Affordable ways to update your house

    Buying a home is a major investment—both financially and in regards to time.  When you’ve been renting most of your life, it’s tough to remember that it is now your responsibility to maintain the property.

    Even a small project or home improvement will increase the value of your home when you go to sell in the future. Because our wallets don’t stretch as far as our imagination, here are a few affordable ways to update your home and increase your property value.

    Kitchen.
    Buyers are very discerning with kitchens.  Because kitchen renovations can get costly, most people want something moderately updated.  There are plenty of subtle ways to increase a kitchen’s appeal. Do you have a white country kitchen? Consider painting it a very light, cool tone. What about seafoam or a mint? Buying new light fixtures also freshens up a kitchen. Consider adding wall scones or under-the-cabinet lighting.
    buy a new shower curtainBathroom.
    Bathrooms are tough to DIY. After all, nobody wants to mess with pipes and accidentally flood the place. If you can’t afford to hire a professional, consider using some of the same tricks you used in the kitchen. Add a fresh, crisp coat of paint. Add different layers of light — a fixture on the wall, one on the ceiling and one over your mirror. Speaking of your mirror — considering replacing it and adding some wall art. Replacing your shower curtain instantly gives the bathroom a fresh, clean feel.
    Landscape.
    When guests (or potential buyers) pull into your driveway, the first thing they notice is your landscaping and the general appearance of the front of your house. Make sure you have curb appeal. Plant flowers or greenery. Make sure to weed that garden and keep the lawn mowed. If you’re a member of our Raving Fan Club, you can power our pressure washer to hose down your windows and siding.
    Go Green.
    Going green isn’t just a buzz term. Eco-friendly and cost efficiency is a huge attraction to buyers. It’ll also help keep money in your pocket right now. Monitor your water usage and efficiency. If your toilet is more than 20 years old, consider upgrading to one that follows current energy standards and saves water. You can add aerators to the faucets to prevent waste. Check your windows for leaks or drafts and repair accordingly.
    If you’re looking for an Albany, NY contractor to help you, we’re happy to share our list of preferred vendors. We work with all types of companies — everything from landscaping to siding installation. You can find some of our vendors here. As always, you can feel free to email us or post any questions on our Facebook page.

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