Hey guys! Tinsley Mitchell here with Living in Central MS and today we are going to talk about 5 affordable home upgrades to increase your homes value. Sometimes the smallest tweaks to a home can give you the most ROI. Do you need to spend $20,000 plus dollars on a single home upgrade to increase the value? Absolutely not. Here are 5 affordable home upgrades that you can do that are guaranteed to increase the value of your home!


First up is curb appeal.

Curb appeal is the way your home looks from the outside and how attractive it is to anyone who passes by. The color and condition of the exterior, the landscaping and the overall maintenance of the property all contribute to its curb appeal. Some simple and cost effective ideas can be repainting the house. A dingy exterior can sometimes be unappealing before they even step inside. One of the best ways to refresh your home is with a coat of fresh paint especially if the paint has faded or chipping. Even just repainting or staining just the doors can have an impact, painting just the front doors or garages can help spruce up the entry ways to the home since its one of the first thing potential buyers see and both of these items can be DIY if you choose. Another item is cleaning the windows and making sure the window screens are in good condition, this is both easy and inexpensive. Refreshing the landscape around your home can help tremendously. This does not have to be professionally done or expensive either. This can be as simple as new pinestraw or mulch, tidying up flowerbeds and adding new plants, flowers or a few pre potted plants and flowers to walk ways or porches to add a pop of color. And lastly powerwashing the driveway or porches/patios. For many homes, the driveway is front and center so making sure it is clean and polished up will have a great impact on the overall curb appeal of your home. 

Next up, is kitchen upgrades.

And we are not talking about a full kitchen renovation. Some simple upgrades such as painting cabinets, replacing hardware, updating light fixtures, and installing a stylish backsplash can make a huge impact.         Paint Cabinets: Painting or staining your kitchen cabinets can give them a whole new look without the expense of replacing them entirely. Choose a color that complements your kitchen's style and other elements.

         Update Hardware: Replace old cabinet knobs and drawer pulls with modern or stylish alternatives. This simple change can make a big difference in the overall appearance of your kitchen.

         Add a Backsplash: Installing a new backsplash can instantly update the look of your kitchen. You can use affordable materials like subway tile, or even paint.

         Upgrade Lighting: Updating your kitchen lighting can dramatically improve the ambiance. Consider installing under-cabinet lighting, pendant lights, or replacing old fixtures with energy-efficient LED options. 

         Replace Faucet: Upgrading your kitchen faucet can make a noticeable difference in both style and functionality. Look for a stylish yet affordable option that fits your kitchen's aesthetic.

         Upgrade Countertops: If your budget allows, consider replacing old laminate countertops with affordable alternatives like butcher block, granite tile, or concrete. You can also explore resurfacing options for existing countertops.

         Organize and Declutter: Sometimes, a simple reorganization and decluttering can make your kitchen feel brand new. Invest in affordable storage solutions like drawer organizers, shelf risers, and hanging racks to maximize space and efficiency. These are all items that can take your kitchen to the next level and still budget friendly. 


       3rd on List...Bathroom updates.

     Update Fixtures: Replace outdated faucets, showerheads, towel bars, and toilet paper holders with newer, more stylish options. This can instantly modernize the look of your bathroom without a major renovation.

         Add New Hardware: Swapping out cabinet knobs, drawer pulls, and other hardware can give your bathroom vanity a whole new look. Choose finishes that match your fixtures for a cohesive design.

         Install a New Mirror: Upgrade your bathroom mirror with a stylish frame or replace it altogether with a newer, more modern option. Mirrors can help make a small bathroom feel larger and brighter.

         Replace Lighting: Updating old light fixtures can improve both the aesthetics and functionality of your bathroom. Consider energy-efficient LED fixtures or vanity lights with adjustable settings for optimal lighting. Upgrade Shower Curtain or Screen: If you have a shower curtain, consider replacing it with a new one in a fresh pattern or color. Alternatively, upgrade to a sleek glass shower screen for a modern look.

         Refresh Grout and Caulk: Over time, grout and caulk can become discolored or damaged. Refreshing them with new grout and caulk can make your bathroom look cleaner and more well-maintained. Remember to prioritize upgrades based on your budget and the areas of your bathroom that need the most attention. Even small changes can have a significant impact on the look and feel of your space.

Next on the list...Making your home more energy-efficient

This not only reduces your carbon footprint but also saves you money on utility bills in the long run. Here are some affordable energy-efficient upgrades you can consider:

         Seal Air Leaks: Air leaks around windows, doors, and other openings can waste a significant amount of energy. Use caulking or weatherstripping to seal these gaps and prevent heat loss or gain.

         Install a Programmable Thermostat: A programmable thermostat allows you to set different temperatures for different times of the day, so you're not heating or cooling your home when it's not necessary.

         Upgrade to LED Lighting: LED light bulbs use significantly less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last much longer. Consider replacing your old bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs throughout your home.

         By implementing these simple energy-efficient upgrades, you can reduce your home's energy consumption and save money while also contributing to a more sustainable future. 

         Lastly and maybe not the most affordable of all the home upgrades but can be most effective is fresh paint and flooring.

      Fresh paint and new flooring can completely transform the look and feel of your home. Here are some tips for upgrading both affordably: Fresh Paint. Choose Light Colors: Lighter paint colors can make rooms feel larger and more airy. They also reflect more natural light, reducing the need for artificial lighting during the day. Don't Forget the Ceiling: Giving your ceiling a fresh coat of paint can brighten up a room and make it feel more cohesive. Consider using a lighter shade of the wall color for a seamless look.

         DIY vs. Hiring a Professional: Painting can be a DIY project if you're comfortable with the process and have the time and energy to dedicate to it. However, for larger or more challenging spaces, hiring a professional painter may be worth the investment to ensure a flawless finish.  Flooring:

         Consider Laminate or Vinyl Plank Flooring: Laminate and vinyl plank flooring are affordable options that mimic the look of hardwood or tile at a fraction of the cost. They're also durable, easy to install, and low-maintenance.

         Shop for Deals: Look for sales or discounts on flooring materials to save money. Many home improvement stores offer promotions throughout the year, especially during holidays or seasonal sales events.

         DIY Installation: If you're handy and have the time, consider installing the flooring yourself to save on labor costs. Many flooring options, like laminate or vinyl plank, come with easy-to-follow installation instructions. Consider Refinishing Hardwood Floors: If you have hardwood floors that are in decent condition but looking a bit worn, consider refinishing them instead of replacing them. This can restore their beauty and shine at a fraction of the cost of new flooring.

         Budget-Friendly Tile Options: If you prefer tile flooring, look for budget-friendly options like ceramic or porcelain tile. These materials come in a wide range of styles and colors to suit any decor.

Remember to consider your budget, personal style, and the overall aesthetic of your home when choosing paint colors and flooring materials. With a little creativity and planning, you can achieve stunning results without breaking the bank.

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