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7 ways to update your home on a budget

By Andrew Bell

If you’re thinking about selling your home or you just feel like you need a bit of a change in your daily life, taking on a light home improvement project can be a great way to do it. And the best part for many homeowners is that you can do a lot to change the way your house looks and feels – whether you plan to sell or not – for a relatively low cost.

The following seven projects can all be done for little or no money, and will make a big difference for your home as a whole:

1) De-clutter certain rooms or spaces

It seems like every home, no matter how big or small, has a lot of clutter and needs to be cleaned out. Now is certainly the time to do it. Whether that means getting all those extra clothes you don’t wear anymore out of a closet or tidying up your spare bedroom, a few hours of effort will go a long way.

2) Clean it thoroughly

When you’re de-cluttering any space, it can also be a great idea to give your home a thorough scrub from top to bottom. You can take on such an effort in any way you like – setting aside a whole weekend to clean it all or spending an hour on one room per day. A healthy scrubbing can have just about any part of your home looking like new.

3) Repaint the doors and window trim

For a more dramatic change that doesn’t cost a lot of money, you might want to consider repainting your front door or the trim around your windows. This can be especially effective in creating a “wow factor” when you’re putting your home up for sale, making your house stand out a little bit more if you choose the right colour.

4) Rethink your interior and exterior lighting

If you haven’t put much effort into making your home as bright as possible, now is the time to do so. Something as simple as installing foot lights – which can run entirely on solar energy – on a path to your front door, or changing the lamps around your door or on your porch can really make a home more attractive at a low price point. The same can be said for interior lights, especially for rooms that are relatively dim.

5) Beautify the yard

While you’re already installing new lighting in your yard or on your home’s exterior, you might want to think about what you can do to make the yard more inviting. Something as simple as planting a new flower bed or native plants that attract birds and other backyard creatures can be a fun addition.

6) Repaint at least one room

Have a room that needs a refresh? A new coat of paint can do it at a fraction of the price of buying new furniture. Obviously this is a job that would take a little time and effort to tackle, but the end result can leave you feeling like you have a whole new room in your home.

7) Consider the bathroom

Finally, with many bathrooms not necessarily receiving the attention they might need, one area that can break down more easily than just about any other is the state of the caulk or grout you use to keep everything bright and watertight. Spending a few hours retouching areas that have cracked or become discoloured can make a bathroom considerably more attractive.

If you’re thinking of selling your home these days, it’s important to get advice from the experts. At Ray White Surfers Paradise, we can guide you through what it takes to get your home looking its best before you put it on the market. Get in touch with us today.

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