Tips for DIY Kitchen and Bathroom Improvements on a Tight Budget

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So, you want to sell your house? You go through the steps of finding a real estate agent and doing your research, but the nagging issues in your home’s kitchen and bath are putting a damper on the process. These two rooms are arguably some of the most important in the house, and ones that are dated and need some “TLC” can bring down how valuable your home looks. A lot of people who sell their homes are on somewhat of a budget because chances are, they’re also moving, which can be expensive. Luckily, you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg on renovations for your kitchen and bathroom.

Stainless Steel Appliances

One of the best summer home improvements with high ROI is to add in new stainless steel appliances. According to top agent insights in 2020, the average return on investment for new stainless steel appliances in your kitchen is 141%! Obviously, appliances can begin to get pricey, so do what you can with your budget. Start with lower ticket items, like a new microwave, and go from there!

Update Cabinets

When it comes to cabinetry, there is a lot that you can do without having to totally gut your current ones and install a fresh set. In fact, you have quite a few options. One of our favorite ideas for kitchen and bathroom makeovers is to repaint or restain cabinets. For those who want to sell their house, go with something more neutral, like beiges, whites, and greys if you decide to paint. Before painting or staining, be sure to sand down the cabinets and choose a finish or paint that will be compatible with the material. After giving cabinets a fresh coat, consider installing new cabinet knobs to top off the new look.

Paint Walls and Accessorize

Do the walls in your kitchen and bathroom need a pick-me-up? A fresh coat of paint will do the job. Buyers tend to be more attracted to neutral and airy rooms, so we suggest going with light greys and off whites that will easily match any style. To match the new paint, you can also add in new curtains and light decorations to draw attention to the fresh looking walls.

Add in Chic (but budget-friendly) Lighting

A nice lighting fixture can transform a room with very minimal effort. For the kitchen, look into installing pendants over your island. For the bathroom, nice vanity lighting goes a long way in adding some charm. It’s important to note, however, that depending on the fixtures and how your wiring is set up in these rooms, you may need an electrician to help with the setup. There are a ton of online shops that sell chic accent lights, too, so that you can social distance while shopping for something that you like and that works with your budget.

We wish you the best of luck with your renovations and your home sale! Make sure to do what you’re comfortable with and what works for your home as well as your wallet.