Five Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Freshen Up Your Home
Whether you are ready to put your house on the market or are just tired of the same old look, you don’t need to spend the money on a major remodel job. There are many minor improvements you can make that will make a major impact in how your home looks
Replace the Mailbox
No one pays attention to their mailbox, and that is part of the problem. The post gets dinged and dented, and the box doesn’t close properly anymore. The mailbox is the first thing you see as you approach the house. Replace your old one for that best first impression. If you have a homeowner’s association, check with them before you make any changes.
Paint or Stain the Front Door
Even if your front door still looks good, the paint or stain is probably faded and worn from the sun and weather. A fresh coat of paint, stain, or varnish will liven up the entrance and improve your curb appeal. While you are at it, check the door knobs and replace them if they are tarnished.
Replace the Exterior Lights
As long as they work, exterior lights are something else that people ignore. Most are made of some type of polished or painted metal and will tarnish or peel overtime. You can go crazy with fancy, expensive lights, but a standard replacement should be less than 100 pounds each. If you are a little handy, you can replace them yourself.
Get the Carpets Cleaned
Carpets get worn, stained and dirty over the years. It isn’t practical to keep replacing them every few years, although you may want to before selling. Meanwhile, have them professionally steam cleaned. It will freshen them up, and get rid of dirt and stains. It won’t make them look new, but you’d be surprised at how much better they look, and if you have pets, how much better they smell.
Replace the Drawer and Cabinet Pulls
Styles change and so do hardware finishes. Each type of metal finish will come and go in style. You probably have a particular finish that runs throughout your house, whether pewter, brass or nickel. It isn’t practical or cost effective to change all of it, but drawer and cabinet pulls are another story. Each knob should take a few seconds to swap out. Pick a look and replace all of your drawer and cabinet pulls for a fresh new look that will improve the look of your cabinets.