While you’re thinking about resolutions. Thus, your mind may wander to your home. Hence, how will you make your house a better place this year? While a big project isn’t always feasible. Therefore, you can still work within the existing framework of your space. Thus, to transform your home into a better, more functional place.
How? We asked the pros—from realtors, to contractors, to interior designers—to dish on the easiest and cheapest home upgrades. You don’t need to hire anyone to take on these quick fixes. In fact, they can all be completed in one weekend, tops.
“Adding a smart thermostat to your home. Hence is a project that will offer homeowners a projected 23 percent savings on their heating and cooling,”. Thus, says Shawn Breyer, owner of Breyer Home Buyers. Heating and cooling bills typically account for about 40 percent of utilities. So considering the size of your home. Hence, a smart thermostat could pay for itself within a year of use, he adds.
According to a recent analysis of more than 135,000 photos from sold homes around the country. Therefore, homes with black or charcoal gray front doors sell for $6,271 more than expected.
If you are looking to sell your home this year, focus on the simplest visual upgrades, says Eric Sztanyo, a Realtor at Keller Williams. It sounds so basic, but cleaning and painting are easy and inexpensive changes that make a big difference. “Get items packed away or into storage and paint with fresh, neutral colors.” If painting a whole room seems daunting, focus on door frames and baseboards to give the room a quick refresh.
“Light fixtures don’t have to cost a lot of money and easily transform the look and feel of a space, elevating it from drab to fab while increasing the value of your home,” says San Francisco Bay Area interior designer Alice Chiu. To get the most bang for your buck, focus on the kitchen and the bathroom, she adds.