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Whether you’re getting ready to sell or just looking to refresh your home, you don’t need a huge budget to improve how your home looks and feels. With a modest investment, some DIY skills and a little bit of elbow grease, try these budget-friendly home renovations.
Repaint the exterior and update the front door: An easy way to instantly enhance your home’s curb appeal is to refresh the exterior trim colour. You can also simply change the colour of your front door to make a difference to your home’s façade, or add new house numbers or a new mailbox, some planters or updated landscaping.
Turn a closet into a powder room: Create a new bathroom in your home by renovating an under-used closet into a powder room. Use a self-contained macerating toilet system such as the Sanicompact system from Saniflo. The compact toilet is installed on top of your existing floor and can accommodate a sink connection, as well. If you have some basic plumbing experience, you shouldn’t need a plumber. All you need is an electrical outlet, some basic tools and access to a water line.
Add removable wallpaper: Unlike hanging wallpaper in the past, today’s removable wallpaper is much easier to work with. Since it can be easily removed when you are ready for a change, it is a great way to try a new colour or pattern with little commitment.
Refresh your kitchen: If your cabinet doors are still in good condition, sand them down and repaint them. Then, swap out the old hardware with fresh pulls and knobs to make your cabinets look like new. Update the backsplash with peel-and-stick tiles, which are affordable and super easy to use.
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