10 Affordable Remodeling Projects to Increase Your Home’s Value

Improving the look and function of your home to boost its value is something every homeowner wants to do. But spending a lot of money to do those renovations? That is something you definitely want to avoid. If it was possible, most homeowners would like to increase their home’s value without spending any money at all. But since that’s not possible, this article will highlight some great affordable remodeling projects that will help.

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There are few (if any) ways to make your home better without spending some money. Even if you take a DIY approach, you still have to buy the materials and invest your time. That being said, it is still possible to update the appearance of your home and make it more appealing to prospective buyers without breaking the bank.

The key to doing this is to understand how prospective buyers form their impressions of your property, says Keyrenter Management in St Charles. While the durability, style, and cost of your home’s major features matter, it is actually the small things that come together to create your home’s appeal. Minor issues like chips on the surface of the siding and the age of doorknobs can make all the difference.

This is why it is important to be intentional when doing renovations. Instead of simply following the recommendations of self-acclaimed home improvement gurus, stop and ask yourself what you are trying to achieve. Is there really a correlation between how much you spend on a renovation and how much value you add to the home?

The answer is no. Your home’s value does not increase in proportion to the cost of your remodeling. The value you create depends on how functional and attractive the changes you make are. If the upgrades make the house more beautiful, easier to live in, and unique, the value of the property will increase.

Affordable Remodeling Projects

In light of this, here are some affordable remodeling projects that will improve the aesthetics and functionality of your home without spending a lot of money.

1. Pressure Wash Your House

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This is one of the quickest and most affordable ways to renew the look of your home. Pressure washing the exterior, sidewalks, and driveway will get rid of years of grime, mildew, soot, and dirt that have built up on those surfaces.

2. Add a New Coat of Paint

Repainting your home does not cost a lot but the results are outstanding. Repainting the home gives you a chance to fix damage to the various surfaces of the home. To get the most out of a new paint job, choose a modern color scheme that is a good fit for the style of your home.

3. Redo the Kitchen Counters

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Granite or quartz countertops cost a bit of money, but they last several decades and instantly improve the value of the home. This upgrade is cost-effective when compared to the negative impact of old laminate or tile counters on the value of your home.

4. Refresh the Kitchen Cabinets

To upgrade the appearance of kitchen cabinets, all you need is to reface the cabinets or replace the doors, or if the doors and components are still in good order, repaint the cabinets. Giving your cabinets a good finish will light up your entire kitchen.

5. Spruce up the Entryway

The entryway tells visitors what to expect inside the home. Upgrade this area by installing a steel door; they bring a sleek and clean look to the entryway. Also, choose a color for your front door that will transform it into a showpiece. 

6. Upgrade the Hardware

Upgrade the hardware on doors, cabinets, and plumbing fixtures. Faucets, doorknobs, and cabinet handles make a strong impression on visitors. Remove any hardware that is chipped, faded, and cheap-looking. Installing new ones with modern designs will not cost a lot.

7. Replace Faceplates and Wall Switches

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Just like door and plumbing hardware, faceplates, and light switches are small details that get a lot of attention. Get rid of metallic light switch covers; they look dated. Replace all wall switches and power sockets that are faded, old, damaged, or cheap-looking.

8. Upgrade your Lighting

One of the top affordable remodeling projects is to improve a home’s lighting. You can replace all dated lighting fixtures with modern versions. Add class to the home by installing recessed lighting in the hallway, living room, and kitchen. Improve kitchen lighting with under-the-counter lights. But don’t forget about adding additional lights where possible. If your top-floor bedrooms don’t have pot lights, attic access makes that cheaper than you might think.

9. Upgrade your Landscaping

Good landscaping is probably the only home improvement that becomes more valuable as it gets older. Your landscaping is vital because it is a vital part of the home’s curb appeal, but making the landscaping stand out does not have to cost a lot. One of the ways to upgrade your landscaping is to add a lot of hardscaping and you can DIY many of those. 

10. Install Outdoor Lighting

Just like your indoor lighting, outdoor lighting should be decorative and functional. The lighting scheme should highlight the best features of the house at night, provide sufficient illumination to make it easy to navigate the property after sunset, and provide security to deter both human and animal intruders.

Tre Pryor, Realtor

Tre Pryor is the leading real estate expert in the city of Louisville. He is a multi-million dollar producer and consistently ranks in the top 1% of Louisville Realtors for homes sold. Tre Pryor has the highest possible rating—5.0 stars on Google—by his clients and is routinely interviewed by the local NBC news. Tre Pryor is a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.