Inexpensive upgrades that have big impacts

Inexpensive upgrades that have big impacts

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If you are planning to renovate your home, one of the major challenges you are going to face is to determine which upgrades will actually add value and which ones are just a waste of money and time.

Smart homeowners invest in upgrades that are cost-effective and at the same time increase the property’s value. Here are some upgrades that you can make on a shoe-string budget:

Replace old hardware

This is one of the cheapest ways to make your home look new again. Perform an inspection and make a list of hardware items that have broken down and look rusty due to wear and tear. Pay particular attention to pulls and handles and plumbing hardware items. You can replace them for mere dollars and install most of them on your own. All you need is a screwdriver.

You can also consider replacing only the facet in the kitchen, instead of installing a new sink which will cost you hundreds of dollars.

A fresh coat of paint

A fresh coat of paint can completely rejuvenate your home. If you don’t have time to repaint the entire house in one go, you can take up small paint jobs on weekends or whenever you are free. You can start with the front door and bathroom and kitchen cabinets. Once you are finished with doors, windows and cabinets, you can turn your attention to smaller rooms such as bathrooms. You can have your family join you from time to time to speed things up.

Make lighting convenient

Have you ever used sensor lights? They are simply great because they not only are inexpensive, but can also add a lot of convenience. You can install these lights at the entryway or near the garage door. They will turn on as soon as someone enters your porch or garage. This is also a safety features because burglars or intruders will be wary of entering your home. You can also install magnetic door catch for the front door.

Wall and ceiling molding

Crown molding is one of the cheapest ways to make the ceiling of your home look simply great. It is applied to the space where the walls meet the ceiling. It is very inexpensive and you should definitely consider this upgrade if you don’t already have it. Make this upgrade before you repaint your home.

Electric fixtures

You will be spoilt for choices when you hit the market shopping for modern lights. You can easily find lights that look awesome and fit in your budget. By simply adding a pendant light that will cost you a few dollars, you can change the look of the entire living room or any bedroom in your house. You can also consider replacing switch plates if the existing ones are old and look grimy.

Some other considerations

If you can slightly stretch your budget, you can make some very cost-effective luxury home upgrades. They include adding a seperate wine room, installing a video intercom that show the video of a visitor at the door or maybe just replacing old flooring.

In conclusion

The upgrades outlined in this blog are not expensive, but can add tremendous value. You should avoid spending thousands of dollars on upgrades, particularly if you are selling your home. Nine times out of ten, you won’t be able to recoup the costs. However if you spend wisely on upgrades, they can increase the value of your home and help you get the top dollar.


E2F Properties is Westchester County’s premier real estate redevelopment company. We would love to help you sell your home anywhere within Westchester. If you have a home that you need to sell or if you know of a property in your neighborhood that you think needs renovation, please call us to discuss your options! We are a solutions company and are available to help! (914) 999-2293

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