So you have just bought your new starter home. Like most people that buy starter homes, you don’t plan to live there forever, but on the other hand, you don’t plan on leaving anytime soon. Now, you have to determine which improvements will give you the most return on your investment when it comes time to sell. Guttering out your entire kitchen may be what you want to do, but it may not be ideal. Here are five affordable upgrades perfect for your starter home.
1. Swap out your kitchen countertops
Your first inclination may be to replace your countertops with granite, but don’t jump on this so fast. Granite countertops don’t carry the same weight that they once did, partially because every home has them now. If you’re only replacing the countertops, opt for a cheaper, but equally beautiful material like recycled glass. When choosing a color, stick with neutrals like gray. This will give your kitchen a brighter, clean look and if your budget allows, invest in backsplashes with bright, fun colors.
2. Investing in a freestanding bioethanol fireplace
These freestanding units add tons of character to a home without breaking the bank. The piping from the fireplace vents the smoke out of the home, making it an easier and more cost-effective installation.
3. Increase your living space with decking
We’re lucky to have such temperate weather here in Southern California, and deck usage is very possible year round. It’s an affordable way to extend the living space of your home to entertain family and friends. If a new or bigger deck is not your thing, look into extended patios and outdoor living rooms or kitchens.
4. Add low-voltage outdoor lighting
Think about adding lights to your driveway, walkway, and in trees. This will create ambiance, especially in the evenings as you enjoy entertaining your guests.
5. Give the exterior a makeover
One option to give your home a facelift while staying on budget is replacing all the outside light fixtures and having your home’s exterior professionally power washed. Also, replace hardware on your front door, mailbox, and shutters. Don’t forget a freshly landscaped yard will also do wonders for your outdoor space.