Many people are under the impression that home renovations require a big budget. Stein Posner is here to debunk that myth and let you know you don't have to break the bank to upgrade your home. Of course, there are major renovations that require a heftier budget, but there are also many inexpensive enhancements that yield a big return.
Here are our top five home renovation ideas for those looking to stay within their budget:
As one of the rooms you might spend the most time in, we highly suggest that you make small repairs and upgrades within the kitchen. Start with hardware (cabinet knobs and drawer pulls) and replace them with more modern finishes such as brushed nickel or brass. If you are handy around the house, take a stab at bigger projects like upgrading the cabinets. Instead of replacing them entirely, you can sand and paint to give them a fresh, new look. If you think your kitchen is in need of more texture, there are a host of options for peel-and-stick backsplashes like tile, stone, and brick to give the room extra “pizzazz”. Not only does backsplash add character to the kitchen, but it also protects the walls from accidents.
Looking to spend more? Invest in stainless steel appliances; they are long lasting, easy to clean, germ-resistant, and match almost any decor.
Similar to the kitchen, there are easy improvements you can make to your master bathroom to give it an extra "wow" factor. Evaluate your light fixtures and decide if they need to be upgraded. There are plenty of lighting options that can either energize or calm the space depending on the ambiance you are looking for. For instance, if you prefer versatility, upgrading to a brass or chrome chandelier can revive the room. For a more subdued look, soft white side-mounted sconces will do the trick.
Adding a storage area to declutter any disorganized areas is another great idea. This will help create a minimalist room design - a very popular trend these days. Also, we suggest updating items like the shower door or curtain. Give your master bath a homier feel by adding small details like candles, plants, or wall art.
Getting rid of as much carpet as possible can refresh your home entirely -- and it’s possible to do so without spending thousands! Choosing vinyl wood floor tiles will drastically transform your home. If you aren't interested in buying brand new flooring or don't want to spend the money to remove your carpeting, getting your carpets deep cleaned to remove any allergens will also help. If you are on the fence about essential upgrades, let us assure you that flooring is a make or break.
When it comes time to list your home, repaint your walls with neutral colors such as white, bone, light grey, or cream. Not only does this prevent loud colors from distracting potential buyers, but choosing pale tones with a flat finish will help to cover any blemishes your walls may have.
Take it from us, smooth ceilings are the best! If your home has dated popcorn ceilings, you can easily put knockdown over it to level it. Other ceiling upgrades are also available such as facade coffer tiles if you want to a bit more elegance and texture.
Sunny South Florida allows for its residents to spend a great deal of time outside, so fix up your outdoor space! Simple, inexpensive touches such as ready-to-assemble furniture (cheaper than pre-assembled) and outdoor speakers can make a world of a difference and create a great space for entertaining guests. If you are willing to spend more, consider building or redoing your deck, or paint and refurbish any exposed concrete to take your patio to the next level.
There are many affordable options when it comes to home upgrades, and our seasoned professionals are here to help you make the best decisions for your home as well as your pocket. If you are looking to find more information about potential renovations, give us a call.