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Five Upgrades Under $200 That Will Increase the Value of Your Home

Of course everyone wants to remodel their home, but sometimes the funds are just not available. There are several things you can do to a home that will increase the value without spending tons. Most of these things are just buying a few materials and spending a few hours of your time. Sometimes it’s those smaller projects that make huge impact.

I remember back to when Henry and I bought our first home. We didn’t have any money at all to spend on updating the home, but we had the desire to do some projects in order to get the home to a place we could resale and make some money.

We moved in and did all the projects while we were living there with a little extra money we had each month. Normally we would have an extra two hundred or so to spend. It took some budgeting, but we were able to gain several thousand dollars at the time of resale.

Update your Landscaping

Giving your landscaping a makeover is another big one that can add so much curb appeal and value to your home. Sometimes it may be as simple as cleaning up, trimming, and re-mulching. This will only cost you some time and buying a few bags of mulch to spruce it up.

Other times, it may get a little more expensive. I recommend using any existing shrubs you can and only buying necessary items to cut down on the expense. Another thing to keep in mind is that if you can find and purchase shrubs within the winter months, you can get them much cheaper.

Paint Kitchen/Bathroom Cabinetry

Everyone knows an updated kitchen and bathroom is where it’s at with upgrading a home. Painting the cabinets is a way to update without spending lots of extra money. It will change the entire look of the room and make it look up-to-date.

I would recommend using a paint sprayer for a more professional look. If you do the work yourself, you will only be paying for the sprayer and paint for this particular project. Which in return gives you a new looking kitchen for under $200 dollars.

Floating Wood Shelves

Adding some floating wood shelves in a kitchen or even a bathroom is a great way to give it an updated look without spending tons of money. These shelves will add some extra storage while modernizing the room.

We added some to our current kitchen and it will be doing some in our new build. DIYing these shelves will be well worth the look you will achieve.

New Hardware

Another great inexpensive addition is to add new hardware to the kitchen and bathroom cabinetry. It’s amazing what a difference this can make. If you wanted to use the same in each room, buying in bulk online is normally the cheapest route. I kind of like giving each room a unique look which may end up being a little more, but still under $200 dollars for this simple project.

Paint Exterior Doors

Painting exterior doors is a huge upgrade in my opinion. This probably is one of the most important on my list. Painting the front, side, and even garage doors completely changes the outside appearance of your home. It can truly make those doors look brand new.

As some of you already know, we used a black gel stain on our white ordinary garage doors. Staining our doors seriously made our entire home look better! This was very inexpensive, but made a huge impact!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Tricia

    I love the idea of staining garage doors. Are your doors wood or does the gel stain work on a composite material garage door? Thank you.

    January 10, 2020 at 3:17 am
  • Reply Brooke

    Hello Tricia! I’m pretty sure you can. I would probably check with with Minwax to be sure though.

    January 16, 2020 at 7:55 pm
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