While we should expect wear and tear on our homes over the course of the years, it’s crucial that homeowners never let their homes reach “the point of no return.” In other words, you shouldn’t let small messes and mishaps accumulate to the point where you need to hire a professional to undo the damage.
For example, the occasional leak or dripping pipe may seem like no big deal; however, even the seemingly smallest plumbing mishap can lead to dangerous mold and water damage that represents an absolute nightmare to clean up. Whether you’re a new homeowner or are considering putting your house on the market, it’s crucial to understand the simple strategies to fixing your house on a budget and avoid the dreaded point of no return.
Likewise, think about the small steps you can take for a more proactive approach to up-keeping your home today. Rather than having to rely on last-minute fixes and costly projects, consider the following means of revamping your house for the long haul and actually improving its value over time.
Fix Up Your Entryway
Your entryway represents the first impression of your home, both for your guests and yourself. Sprucing up your home’s entryway doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, given that just about anyone can do any combination of the following on a budget:
Give your front door and its frame a fresh coat of paint
Trim or remove any shrubbery that’s blocking the entry to your home (on the flip side, you can use potted plants or flowers to further accent your front door)
Replace your doorknocker, doorknob and add small decorations such as a doormat to make your house feel more like a home.
Focus on the Rooms That Matter
When it comes to cleaning your home, either for de-cluttering, decorating or moving out, a room by room approach is much, much less daunting versus trying to clean your entire house at once. The same rules apply when it comes to home improvement. Therefore, you should start by focusing on the room that arguably matter the most in regard to your home’s value: the kitchen.
When showing a house, many potential buyers gravitate to the kitchen first. Furthermore, as the place where you’re constantly cooking and preparing food, it’s crucial to keep your kitchen as spotless as possible.
Don’t let your kitchen become an “all of the above” storage space: focus on keeping food, cooking and cleaning supplies in your pantry and try to keep it at that. Cabinets and sinks are relatively inexpensive to replace as a DIY project and the parts for replacement can be purchased at just about any hardware store. Additionally, consider replacing the light fixtures in your kitchen which can have a subtle yet significant impact on the vibe of the room.
Control Your Clutter
Obviously we want to avoid clutter wherever possible. For those of us moving into new space, a new home represents a clean slate for clutter: on the other hand, those of us already stuck in a cluttered space will have to tackle it sooner or later. Don’t let clutter eventually take over your home and lead to more messes: what better time to clean it up than now?
With some intense focus, most closets can be de-cluttered in the span of a few days. As noted earlier, a room-by-room approach will keep you from getting overwhelmed by even the most massive of messes. By investing in some cost-effective storage solutions, you can remove the stress from your space and make sure that it’s presentable to guests and prospective home-buyers alike.
Fixing up your home requires time, energy and effort; however, taking a smart approach allows you to work incrementally versus all-at-once. In short, consider what you can do today to increase the value of your home tomorrow.