These 3 easy upgrades will increase the value of your apartment or home with little effort.
Any time I move into a new home, the kitchen and bathroom are the two areas I focus on first. If you put a little effort into these two common areas, you will not only immediately feel more at home in your space, but also create a more welcoming area for guests, since these are two areas they often visit. If you don’t believe me, throw a party and tell me if people don’t tend to congregate in the kitchen and make frequent trips to the bathroom. These are also two important areas to upgrade before you sell, to make your old home appear fresh and new for prospective buyers.
The good news is, there are some very easy ways to upgrade these areas in your home, so if you are looking for a little renovation inspiration, look no further.
Step 1– Paint the cabinets. Cabinets are often overlooked as a functional piece of any kitchen, but you would be surprised what a difference a coat of paint can make. Painting your cabinets white is the easiest way to upgrade a room, and make it look clean and new.
Step 2- Replace the hardware. Another super easy way to upgrade your cabinets is to replace the hardware with something new, like brush nickel or chrome finish knobs and handles. When you combine bright white cabinetry with modern fixtures, it gives the impression of a brand new kitchen.
Step 3- Clean or re-grout bathroom tiles. Bathrooms are especially tricky, since they tend to get dirty pretty easily. After a few years, white grout becomes dingy, and needs to be redone, or cleaned. The easiest way to do this is to spend an hour or two with a toothbrush and some bleach, and attempt to bring back the whiteness between your tiles. One easy fix I have found is this grout renew colorant, which is basically paint for your tiles. It only costs $12 at Home Depot and makes a huge difference.
These three simple things are an easy way to make your existing home more attractive to buyers, or your new place feel a little more like a home.[ via ] [ via ]