5 Budget Friendly Ways to Improve the Look and Function of Your Home
When considering investing in some home improvements, it’s important to choose the upgrades that will make your home look and function better. Updating your home is a great way to add value to your property and ensure that it is desirable if and when you decide to put in on the market. Our team at River City Financial did some research to find budget friendly ways to refresh and reboot your home. Here our top five favourites!
Add a ceiling fan
The ceiling fan is becoming quite a popular home upgrade. Homeowners love this cost effective enhancement’s ability to instantly add some design flair to their space, while also providing a home with effective air circulation. You’ll be saving on your energy bill by having your fan on in the summer and giving your AC unit a break. Plus, if you run your ceiling fan clockwise during the winter it will keep the warm air circulating downwards. Ultimately, this means your home will feel warmer without having to turn up the thermostat. Bonus: ceiling fans come in an array of different styles and can serve as a statement piece in any room!
A little landscaping
The curb appeal of your home is always something that should be considered – it’s the first impression your property gives to visitors and potential homebuyers. Invest in strategically planting a tree (or two) in your home’s front yard. You won’t just be boosting your home’s charm, but also offering some desirable shade as the tree grows taller. This natural shade provider will help keep your home cool during the warm, sun-filled seasons.
Upgrade your bathroom
An entire bathroom renovation may be out of the question, but investing in some key upgrades can instantly refresh the space. Replace your bathroom faucet and showerhead with low-flow options for a water saving enhancement. If you have a little more room in your bathroom upgrade budget, then you can also replace your toilet for a low-flow option. Your bathroom will look updated and function more efficiently!
Lighting is key
Don’t underestimate the power of good lighting in your home. A well-lit home feels bigger and creates a welcoming environment – two positive features that potential homebuyers are always looking for. If you don’t want to invest in adding new permanent fixtures, then consider adding a beautiful floor or table lamp. And, don’t forget to consider your current window coverings! If you have heavy draperies on your windows try swapping them out for blinds that will give you the option to have daylight shine through, or you can even just switch to a lighter fabric that will allow a little more natural light into your home.
Simply add shelving
Often overlooked, shelving is a fantastic way to improve both the look and functionality of your home. Every room in your home could benefit from this simple DIY addition! Add a few wall shelves in your kitchen to display your spices and you’ll be clearing up extra counter or pantry space. Keep clutter at bay in your bedroom and living room by placing books on shelves instead of on tabletops, and create extra storage space in your garage by having shelves installed to keep your seasonal items organized.
If you’re considering to move into a new home and are looking for some guidance on the process, be sure to contact our team at River City Financial! Our professional mortgage team is knowledgeable in the Edmonton and area market and is ready to help with all your home buying needs.