Whether you’re preparing your home to sell, or have just bought your personal “diamond in the rough” home to beautify, there are some easy improvements you can do right away that will give you the most bang for your home improvement buck. Take a look at our quick budget-friendly home upgrades.
Dig in and Clean:
When you move into a new home, you may find a few unwelcome surprises waiting for you. Grab a flashlight and comb through all the corners and places that may not get much light. Cobwebs, mold, and funky odors may be lurking.
- For mold growth on hard surfaces, use 1 C. bleach per 1 Gal water. Using bleach is inexpensive and extremely effective.
- Got popcorn ceilings? Then you’ve got cobwebs. Those things are everywhere on those types of ceilings. Grab the brush attachment to your vacuum and have at it. The flashlight will help you find them, not only on your ceilings but in those dark corners and hard to reach areas.
- For odors, activated charcoal is your friend. Activated charcoal (available online and at stores such as Walmart and Home Depot) will absorb the odors, not simply mask them. You can take a glass jar, fill with the activated charcoal, poke a few holes in the lid, and you have a very effective odor fighter for a few dollars or less.
- While you’re absorbing the odors, you can put a pot on your stove, add mulling spices such as cinnamon, nutmegs, dried orange and lemon peel, cloves, and allspice. Vanilla is nice for that too.
A Fresh Coat of Paint:
In the case of foreclosure properties, Prime Location does a thorough cleaning, top to bottom, and use a priming product called Kilz, available at Home Depot. It’s a combination primer, sealer, and stain blocker. We can’t recommend this product enough. But, before you prime, prep!
- Clean your walls first! TSP, or Trisodium Phosphate, is an inexpensive cleaner that works wonders to degrease and get walls ready to take paint. When you use TSP prior to painting you don’t have to sand the surface. TSP is a fantastic mildew killer, too. Just keep it away from bathroom and kitchen fixtures – it can stain them and shorten their lives.
- Prime with Kilz.
- Pick your paint! We have an accent wall in our bedroom. It adds a pop of color in a room with basic walls.
- Other places to paint and freshen up your new house: trim, kitchen cabinets, refinish and stain your front door, or paint it an eye-catching color like red!
Where to Shop for Quick Budget-friendly Home Upgrades
You have your usual suspects, like Home Depot and Lowes, but don’t forget some our smaller, local shops. Another place to keep in mind is Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Winchester. There you can shop for all manner of home improvement items, ranging from nails, cabinet pulls and door locks to gently used appliances and furniture. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your house look like a million bucks!
Want More Home Maintenance Tips?
We want you to be the most successful homeowner possible, which is why we provide tips and information on how to make the most of your home. In addition to these quick budget-friendly home upgrades, check out our tips on curb appeal, plumbing maintenance, and ways to save money on your utility bills!