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How to Renovate a House on a Budget: The Best Tips

A complete home renovation can cost anywhere from $40,000 to $60,000! So, if you’re a new homeowner, you likely don’t have the budget to tackle that kind of a renovation.

Thankfully, you can put together a fully renovated home for much cheaper. Here are some great tips to show you exactly how to renovate a house on a budget. Your dream home is right around the corner.

Make A Budget

The saying goes that a project will take as much time as you allot for it. The same thing goes with your home improvement projects.

If you don’t decide your budget before you start, your renovation will take up as much as it needs to. This can end up being much more than you can afford.

So, before you even start putting together plans, put together a budget. Make a list of the renovations you want in your home and do some market research. Figure out how much those renovations typically cost.

Once you have a budget in place, you can move forward with the rest of your renovation.

Plan, Plan, Plan

Before you renovate anything, you should have an idea of exactly what you want your new space to look like. This will help you maintain your focus.

It will help you identify weak spots in your renovation plan before you even start. Maybe you hang a color palette for your kitchen, then a month later you realize you don’t really like those colors. At least you determined that before you bought the paint and other items in those colors.

A solid plan will keep you from getting distracted by the latest fads and trends. You know exactly what you want. Maybe you have decided that you want a sleek kitchen. So, when wicker trends come into style, even though you love the look, that means you won’t be using any wicker in your new kitchen.

Paint Is Your Best Friend

Often, a new coat of paint goes a long way when it comes to giving your home a new feel. As often as possible, repaint instead of replacing. This applies to cabinets, walls, doorframes, and even doorknobs.

Doorknobs themselves can cost anywhere from $10 to $60 each! A can of metallic spray paint will run about $8.

If you can upgrade it with a new coat of paint, and it already functions well, then there’s no need to replace it. This alone can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

Repainting walls can give rooms a brand-new feel, and it doesn’t cost much. You can opt for classic styles or look online at samples of rooms you like or search for a color palette that you think would look wonderful in your home.

Focus On Your ROI

If you plan to sell your home in the next few years, focus on renovations that are likely to have the highest ROI. Of course, this is your home too. So, if there’s something you would love in your renovation, add it.

Kitchen remodels, decks, and improving your curb appeal typically see the biggest ROI. Replacing the garage door is expected to provide a return of 97.5%.

Different projects have different rates of return. As you renovate your house, keep in mind three things.

Why Do You Want This Renovation?

If your home wishes involve big bay windows and a little breakfast nook, then go for it.

But remember that the reason you’re adding this renovation is that you want it. Don’t expect a return on investment, and seriously consider if the cost will be worth it.

Is The ROI Worth It Right Now?

If you’re doing a renovation for the ROI, hopefully, you plan to sell your house soon. If not, it may not be worth it right now. The newer the renovation, the better the ROI. People like to know they won’t have to fix something for a long while.

If you don’t plan to sell your home soon, and your current appliances still work, postpone it. This will help spread out your expenses so you can handle them better.

Is It Good Enough Right Now?

Consider if you need a full renovation. Is an appliance functionally sound, and just needs some cosmetic improvement? If that’s the case, you can save big bucks by holding on to functioning appliances longer.

Upcycle And Recycle As Much As Possible

Habitat for Humanity ReStore sells excess building materials. You can save money by shopping there instead of Home Depot.

Where possible (and practical) look to use recycled materials as much as possible. Not only will this help your bottom line, but it’s also better for the environment too.

Upcycling old decor can add a lot to your home’s personality as well. For instance, if your bathroom needs a new mirror, consider shopping at thrift stores. A beautiful antique mirror will do a lot more for your space than a slab of glass from Wal-Mart.

Pay Attention To The Pay Off

Especially when you renovate and update appliances, pay attention to the cost-saving value. Sure, an eco-friendly fridge might be more expensive initially. But by replacing it, it will save an average of $270 over the next five years.

The more you do this throughout your home, the bigger your annual savings. One of the best places to focus on eco-friendly choices is actually with your lighting.

Switching to eco-friendly bulbs or adding dimmer switches can give you a bigger pay back. Plus, the mood lighting in your home can make the environment more vibrant or cozy, depending on your design.

Don’t Forget Landscaping

A dead yellow lawn takes away a lot from an otherwise beautiful home.

When you’re planning your landscaping, consider what you predominantly use the space for.

If you love reading in a hammock, you can fill your lawn with bushes, tall flowers, and decorative stones. Then add a little end table next to your hammock for an umbrella and a book.

But if you have three active boys, you will probably want to invest in the turf that can withstand a lot of wear and tear. Don’t skimp on your lawn if it’s going to have to handle a lot of activity. If you skimp it could be destroyed within a year.

Another good idea is turning some of your outdoor space into a garden. If your HOA allows, you might be able to do this with both your back and front yard. This gives you much better use of the space than an empty lawn. It’s decorative, beautiful, and good for the environment.

Plus, you’ll have healthy homegrown vegetables all year round. This, in turn, can cut down on your grocery expenses.

Most importantly, focus on sustainability in your yard. Try to incorporate the natural landscape around you. Decorate with plants local to the area. They’ll last longer and grow healthier. They’ll also be less of a drain on your water supply and require less attention.

Even if you live in a desert, you can have stunning landscaping that fits the place you live in.

Final Tips

You’re a frugal person who knows how to make a dollar stretch. Don’t forget to use the money-saving hacks you already know when it comes to a renovation.

Take advantage of deals and DIY where you can. But don’t be afraid to pay for a professional on hard issues like electric and plumbing.

Focus on big impact renovations first, like flooring, lighting, and paint. Then pay attention to your small impact renovations.

Remember, little details have a big impact. This is your space, so create it the way you want.

Focus On Interior Design

If your home feels outdated, the issue might not be your home. It could be your furniture that’s the problem. These days, people are focusing on designing cozy, chic, and eco-friendly interiors.

Consider trading in your furniture for something that better suits your space. Put in the effort to make it feel exactly the way you want. Pretty paint won’t help much if your couch still looks like it comes from the seventies.

Look for ideas to decorate your home online. Pinterest and other site have thousands of ideas that you can look at to glean details that will make your space just the way you want it. You can also get inspiration from magazines or googling ideas for remodels.

Focus on how much space you have. For example, if you live in a tiny home, you don’t want to look up remodels for gorgeous huge kitchens. You want something that fits the space you have. This will make it practical, and more fitting for you.

Now You Know Exactly How To Renovate A House On A Budget

These tips show you exactly how to renovate a house on a budget. It takes a bit more creativity, but it’s not hard. Often, you can get an entirely new feel for your home by painting or upgrading your furniture.

With these tips, your dream home renovation is right around the corner.

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5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained

5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained

5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained | MyKCM

Have you ever been flipping through the channels, only to find yourself glued to the couch in an HGTV binge session? We’ve all been there, watching entire seasons of shows like “Property Brothers,” “Fixer Upper,” and “Love It or List It,” all in one sitting.

When you’re in the middle of your real estate-themed TV show marathon, you might start to think everything you see on the screen must be how it works in real life. However, you may need a reality check.

Reality TV Show Myths vs. Real Life:

Myth #1: Buyers look at 3 homes and decide to purchase one of them.
Truth: There may be buyers who fall in love and buy the first home they see, but according to the National Association of Realtors, the average homebuyer tours 10 homes as a part of their search.  

Myth #2: The houses the buyers are touring are still for sale.
Truth: Everything is staged for TV. Many of the homes shown are already sold and are off the market. 

Myth #3: The buyers haven’t made a purchase decision yet.
Truth: Since there is no way to show the entire buying process in a 30-minute show, TV producers often choose buyers who are further along in the process and have already chosen a home to buy. 

Myth #4: If you list your home for sale, it will ALWAYS sell at the open house.
Truth: Of course, this would be great! Open houses are important to guarantee the most exposure to buyers in your area, but they are only one piece of the overall marketing of your home. Keep in mind, many homes are sold during regular showing appointments as well. 

Myth #5: Homeowners decide to sell their homes after a 5-minute conversation.
Truth: Similar to the buyers portrayed on the shows, many of the sellers have already spent hours deliberating the decision to list their homes and move on with their lives and goals.

Bottom Line

Having an experienced professional on your side while navigating the real estate market is the best way to guarantee you can make the home of your dreams a true reality.

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The Impact Staging Your Home Has On Your Sale Price [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Impact Staging Your Home Has On Your Sale Price [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

Some Highlights:

  • The National Association of Realtors surveyed their members & released the findings of their Profile of Home Staging.
  • 62% of seller’s agents say that staging a home decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market.
  • 50% of staged homes saw a 1-10% increase in dollar-value offers from buyers.
  • 77% of buyer’s agents said staging made it easier for buyers to visualize the home as their own.
  • The top rooms to stage in order to attract more buyers are the living room, master bedroom, kitchen, and dining room.

6 Easy Ways to Boost Curb Appeal

6 Easy Ways to Boost Curb Appeal

The exterior of the home counts big for creating first impressions. Indeed, 99 percent of real estate pros say that curb appeal is a critical factor in attracting a buyer, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2016 Remodeling Impact: Outdoor Features survey.

Get more ideas: Amp Up Curb Appeal

Here are a few things you can do to enhance the curb appeal to your listing:

1. Paint colorful flowers.

Adding colorful flowers, like yellows or pinks, to your landscaping can be the pop of color needed to attract buyers. Visit the local nursery or garden center to learn which varieties are the most hardy for where you live.

2. Freshen up the mailbox.

The mailbox counts too in adding curb appeal. Consider a new mailbox, or try to save the old one with a fresh coat of paint. Add new numbers to the box to spruce it up too.

3. Pressure wash.

Driveways can develop oil stains and a deck can show some wear and tear. To remove pesky stains, power wash the deck and driveway to get them clean.

4. Add lighting to walkways.

Beckon buyers to the front door by adding lighting to the path to the door. This will also create a clean border along your walkway. Select solar-powered LED outdoor lights, which don’t require any wiring, to brighten up the exterior pathways.

5. Revisit the front door.

Invest in a new door if the current one is looking too old and dingy. A fresh coat of paint may help improve an existing one, if a new door isn’t in the budget. Consider a new color, like red. Also, replace the hardware, like the doorbell and locks, to give the front door a fresh new look.

6. Repaint the shutters.

Painting the entire house may not be in the budget, but sellers can still make a big impact to the exterior by painting just the shutters. They might even want to consider changing up the color to boost their curb appeal.

View more curb appeal tips and photos at Cheatsheet.com.

Source: “Foolproof Upgrades That Will Instantly Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal,” Cheetsheet.com (Sept. 26, 2017)

Exterior Updates to Boost Resale Value

Exterior Updates to Boost Resale Value

One of the best tools in a seller's arsenal is curb appeal. The outside of a home or property is one of the first things a buyer sees, and while many times it's not on the outside that counts, when it comes to real estate, the outside of a home plays a huge part in whether a buyer is going to want to take a look inside.

If a property can catch a buyer's eye from the get go, the probability that the buyer will want to look inside exponentially grows. If you've put your property on the market and are not attracting the number of potential buyers you'd like, or you're considering putting your property on the market and would like to give it a step above the other options on the market, consider these exterior home updates to help attract more buyers and help the resale value of your home or property.

Landscape

Unless your home or property is in an urban environment, say the middle of the city, it's highly likely you have some kind of yard or landscape. While not all homeowners enjoy working in the yard, a front yard or outdoor area makes a huge first impression on house hunters. Not to mention that 92 percent of home buyers now begin their search online, looking at pictures of homes, so showcasing the front of your home by landscaping or adding natural elements will undoubtedly help attract buyers and overall add to the total value of the home.

6 Worth The Price Fix Ups

1. Cleaning and Decluttering Remove any personal items, unclutter countertops, organixe closets and shelves nd make the home sprakling clean. ($299 cost $1990 RETURN)

2. Brightening. Clean all the windows inside and out, replace old curtains, update lighting fixtures and REMOVE ANYTHING BLOCKING the windows, that means also on the outside any shrubs, flowers that have not been trimmed in years. ($375 cost $1550 RETURN)

3. Smart Staging Rearrange furniture, bring in new accessories and furnishings to enhance rooms.incorporate artwork and play soft music in the background.($550 cost $2194 RETURN)

4. Landscaping enhancements Punch up the homes curb appeal in the front and back yards by adding mulch, bushes and flowers and ensuring current plants and grass are well cared for and manicured. ($540 cost $1392 RETURN)

5. Reparing electrical and plumbing. Fix leaks under sinks, remove any mildew stains, and make sure the plumbing is in working order. Update the homes electrical by updating outlets and any lights that don't work. ($535 cost $1505 RETURN)

6. Replacing or shampooing dirty carpets. Steam clean carpets, replace any worn carpets and repair any floors that creak. ($647 Cost $1739 RETURN)

All this is good and worth it as long as it has been taken care of PRIOR to putting the house on the market. So that it is in the best possible light when it first comes on the market. Doing it while it is on the market diminishes all that is being done because the first few weeks any one seeing the house already as their impression of it.

costs excerpted from home gain 2011 home sle maximizer survey. www.homesalemaximizer.com

 

 

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#3 Priority for Remodel Curb Appeal!

Priority #3 – Crank Up the Curb Appeal

Small changes outdoors can really boost your home's curb appeal for a potential buyer. Here's where a $1,000 budget can create the biggest impact:

  • Add a deck. If you're a handy guy or gal, or you have friends that fall into that category, consider building a wood deck to add to your home's outdoor living space. If you're not looking at a mammoth-sized deck you should be able to purchase the lumber, tools and supplies for less than a grand.

  • Replace the lawn. HGTV suggests that if you can get the job done for your $1,000 budget, ripping up your existing lawn and replacing it with sod will positively impact your home's value. Just don't forget to water!

  • Pretty up the entranceway. Draw buyers to your front door with attractive planters, flowers and a hardwood bench or set of chairs and a small patio table. Line the walkway with a border of perennial plants or simple lighting fixtures.

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