The Commonwealth Blog

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Affordable Updates for Your Home

Updating your home doesn’t have to be an expensive affair, robbing your bank account of money that could be spent on other moving expenses. Thankfully, little makeovers can make a big difference – and won’t break the bank. To add some sophisticated finishing touches to your home before placing it on the market, consider these crafty DIY home improvement tips.

Jazz Up Your Doors  

Entryways and doors are made stylish with just a couple of easy fixes. Your garage door is a good place to start. Not only do you see it every day as you pull into the driveway, but it’s likely a focal part of the front of your home, visible to passerby. Neighbors will turn their heads while strolling the block when they see your new garage door additions. Here’s what we recommend.


Add magnetic hinges and handles on the front of the garage door to make it look like a real carriage house garage door. This is a stylish design that’s highly sought after in the design world, so why not slap on a couple of decorative handles to give it a classic, rustic appeal – and for less than $20.


Use the same creativity and ingenuity when using mirrors on bedroom doors. They make a room look much bigger than it actually is, and decorating rooms with mirrors before prospective buyers get a tour is strategic. They’ll walk into a space that feels spacious and looks lighter. All you have to do is purchase $10 floor-length mirrors at your local box store and attach them with construction adhesive.


Styling and painting over interior doors is another cheap trick that almost effortlessly adds value to your home. Paneled Shaker-style doors are trendy but, unfortunately, cost well over $200. Avoid this expense by designing the doors yourself. Simply attach plywood panels in appropriate places and paint over them with a thick coat of fresh paint. This trendy trick makes hallways appealing and gives your home a crafty yet tasteful feel. 


Retreat to a Cozy Kitchen  

For many, a kitchen is one of the centerpieces of the home. It’s a place where celebrations and festivities take place and should look polished and refined for all your get-togethers. Soft lighting will do the trick by creating a warm and inviting space.


The correct lighting creates a cozy ambiance and is perfect for post-dinner parties or late-night movie marathons in nearby living rooms. To achieve this effect, place LED puck lights underneath cabinets, giving a soft glow to late-nights spent in or around the kitchen. A pack of lights costs around $20 and they’re easy to install.


Adding kitchen backsplash that’s also functional is another worthwhile improvement. New pegboard backsplash hides old blemishes and offers a convenient spot to hang kitchen appliances. To revamp surrounding kitchen cabinets, replace interior cabinet panels with polycarbonate glass to effortlessly brighten up the room.


When your kitchen needs a makeover, consider these easy and affordable tricks. Old spaces will look new again, and buyers more easily envision their own kitchen parties in a place that’s clean, stylish, and useful.

A Little Bit of Work Pays Off

Investing in home improvement projects can be fun and affordable. You have room to get creative and, with a bit of research and effort, ordinary spaces become attractive to buyers who are eager to move into a home with personality and charm. These DIY makeover tips may save you time and money when selling your house, and prospective buyers get to enjoy the decorative details you worked hard to bring to life.   

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