Grab a paintbrush
“It’s amazing what paint does,” Truhan says. “You can take your living room from drab to fab with $150 of paint and supplies, and add $1,000 to $2,000 in value.” Crisp whites and neutrals are in right now, Truhan says, and green is starting to trend; on the other hand, earth tones are dated. Be sure to paint all areas, like the crown molding and thanks for an extra clean look. Use a stable ladder, like this one from Little Giant Ladder Systems Store, for reaching the high areas. Not enough time for a whole-house refresh? Try painting the front door with a color shown to make your house sell for an extra $6,000.
Give your kitchen a mini-makeover
A kitchen remodel is one of the most cost-effective improvements a homeowner can make, recouping up to 81 percent of its value, according to NerdWallet. Obviously, you can’t do a whole remodel in a weekend, but you can indulge in a mini-makeover. Start by painting cabinets. Then add trendy black or oil-rubbed bronze hardware to the cabinets and a new, modern statement faucet like this one from Vigo to your sink. Swap out your builder-grade pendant lights for something more eye-catching and, voilá, your kitchen has a whole new look. Before you begin, make sure you’re not planning any of these kitchen trends that are on their way out.
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