4 Home Upgrades for Homeowners on a Budget

Posted by Cortiers Real Estate on Friday, August 31st, 2018 at 11:35am.

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An average kitchen typically costs $20,474, according to realtor.com. Bathroom renovations can range between $9,000 to $20,000. Most of us don't have a chunk of change like that just lying around. Luckily, there are a variety of updates you can make to your home that are budget friendly. 

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Stick It 

Tile floors are a great way to add a touch personality to a home. Whether you like bright colors or intricate patterns, using tile in your home can give it a unique look. However, tile can be expensive. And, replacing your floors with tile can be a messy, extensive project. Forgo the mess and stress, and opt for tile stickers. Great for renters and budget-conscious homeowners alike, tile stickers can transform the look of your living space in a matter of minutes. Available in all types of styles, patterns and sizes, tile stickers can be used to complement your existing decor or can be used to make a bold statement. Use tile stickers to freshen up your guest bath, or get creative and use playful tile stickers as backsplash in your kitchen. The design opportunities are endless. And affordable.

Shine On

If there's one place in your home where you want to play up the lighting, it's the kitchen. From task lighting to ambiance, lighting is essential in this area of your home. Shine some light in your kitchen by installing under-cabinet lighting. Not only can this his type of lighting provide valuable task lighting in otherwise dark or dimly lit areas, it can give your kitchen a luxury look. Under-cabinet lighting is easy to install and is available in varying affordable options, such as puck, strip and recessed styles. And, you can customize your under-cabinet lighting with choices including LED, fluorescent and adjustable color options.

Window Shopping

Next to paint, this might just be the easiest way to add a pop of color to your living space. Curtains are a valuable decorating tool, no matter what your design preferences may be. Window trimmings like shades, blinds, draperies and curtains can all be used to play up your existing theme, or they can be used to create an all new one. Neutral colors in linen are well-suited to country chic homes and deep jewel tone drapes make a bold statement in contemporary homes. For a touch of whimsy, choose curtains with patterns or designs. And, curtains can even be used to make rooms appear bigger. Use sheer curtains in living areas that could benefit from a little more natural light. Or, for the opposite effect, use dark-colored drapes and curtains in the bedroom to create a sleep oasis.

Paint Job

An outdated bathroom vanity or set of drawers can benefit greatly from a fresh coat of paint. Rather than buy new furniture, simply refurbish what you already have. This home update takes just a few hours to complete. Before you lift a paintbrush, you will need to sand your item, a vanity, for example, and give it a good cleaning with warm soap and water. You will also need to take off the drawers and cabinet doors. Next, use painter's tape to mask off adjoining walls and the floor. Then you will be ready to prime and paint. Let the vanity dry overnight and add the hardware back on for a fresh new look.

Home renovations don't have to be expensive. There are a variety of ways, from refurbishing an old vanity to adding lighting in the kitchen, to update your home on a budget.

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