Homeowners naturally fantasize about the primary kitchen and bathroom remodeling when it comes to home upgrades. Those can be fantastic, but the problem with those jobs is that they require tens of thousands of dollars. And, you know what? You might not recover your money since those are far from the ROI leaders in terms of summer upgrades that improve the resell value of your home and make a living in your home that much more enjoyable.
Start with Paint
If a room or hallway needs paint, then that’s the place to start with inexpensive summer upgrades. Painting a hallway can cost as little as the can of paint itself if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and put in a few hours of work on a Saturday. The payoff can be huge. For the $30 or so that you pay for a gallon of quality paint, you could significantly improve the appearance of your home and improve your home’s resale value. Start with paint, if your home needs it. Even if you factor in multiple gallons of paint and tools like brushes and buckets, you shouldn’t be talking more than $200.
Upgrade Your Fixtures
On the topic of small upgrades that make a huge difference, you might want to consider replacing old kitchen and bathroom faucets as well as door locks so that everything matches and gets a contemporary makeover. It’s worth it.
Pressure Wash the Exterior
If your home has siding, then you should consider pressure washing it to take away any grime that has built up over the years. Pollution from cars can often lead to grey and black streaks on the side of your house if your home is situated near a busy road or intersection. The beauty of pressure washing the side of your home is that it increases the curb appeal of your home without your having to make any additional purchases – save perhaps for a pressure washer! – and you can do it in a matter of minutes without the need for a chance to get up on a ladder.
Install an Air Purifier
An air purifier can make your home much more livable and remove mold spores and other allergens from the air. The Environmental Protection Agency has found that your indoor air quality may be 100 times worse than that found outdoors. Your air conditioning system repeatedly recirculates the same stale air, and your electronics might be giving off more toxins that you know. There’s also recirculated natural gas from your cooking to worry about. The bottom line is that an air purifier could be an essential summer upgrade for your home, especially if you and your family suffer from allergies. In addition to keeping your family fresh, you might want to invest in a Dyson fan. A good quality fan can improve your living conditions tremendously.
Upgrade Your Cabinets
Before you panic, realize that you can upgrade your cabinets without breaking the bank. Applying another layer of stain on your existing cabinets and perhaps replacing the knobs and handles can dramatically improve the aesthetics of your existing cabinets. You don’t need to spend more to get more.