Simple Home Improvements with Drastic Results

When it comes to sprucing up your home, you don’t need to spend a lot of time or money. If you are in the midst of spring cleaning or are preparing to sell your home, here are some simple home improvements that deliver drastic results.

The easiest improvement (and one that is always on our list) is updating lighting fixtures and hardware throughout your house. This includes knobs, handles and outlet covers. You can even go so far as to give your home a unique look with antique accessories or design custom fixtures from a lighting company. Visit some of our favorite places for hardware and fixtures including the Home Depot, Restoration Hardware and Anthropolgie.

On that note, if you’re in the selling-your-home bucket, make sure your updates are modern and are in line with current home trends. For example, shiny brass is out and aged brass is in.

Up next: carpet and paint. Oftentimes we don’t notice our carpet is matted down because we’re used to the look and feel of it nor do we see tearing corners that are covered by furniture. The same goes for your walls. An easy fix is to update both the floors and the walls with neutrals such as gray and beige, or what we like to call “greige.”

Then comes the kitchen. Update your surfaces with granite or quartz and swap out older appliances for stainless steel. As far as the cabinets go, you don’t necessarily need to replace them, just make sure the hardware matches well with the new counters and appliances.

Lastly, there’s the bathroom. Go all the way and replace the tile, or for an easier update, change your mirrors, vanity and fixtures. Pre-furnished vanity pieces are easy to buy and install. Online retailers have hundreds of vanities in different sizes that are sure to fit any space making it easier for you as a homeowner to install yourself.

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