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    6 Inexpensive but Impactful Home Improvements

    Remodeling a home is a huge and costly endeavor, but often times, a single project can transform the whole look and feel of your home. Whether you are looking to increase the value of your home over time, sell in the near future, or simply want to give your home a fresh new look, consider these tips for home-improvement projects that will make your home stand out.

    1. Liven Up the Kitchen with a Fun Backsplash

    Putting a textured backsplash in the kitchen will really liven up the room without putting you through the hassle of having to do a full remodel. This is a fun project that you can get really creative with by choosing different colors, materials, and finishes. A new backsplash in the kitchen is the perfect opportunity to inject some personality and style into the room without breaking your budget.

    Average cost: $400-$600

    2. Enhance Your Entryway with a Splash of Color

    Your doorway is the perfect opportunity to make a fun first impression by adding a splash of color to your entryway. Getting a new front door (or painting your old one a new color) is a quick and easy win that can dramatically improve the curb appeal of your home and give it a fresh new feel. A bright color such as red or yellow can make your home pop, stand out from your neighbors, and give it personality.

    Average cost: $125-$150

    3. Makeover a Room with Fresh Paint

    Painting a room can make a huge impact on the way your home looks and feels. It can make a formerly drab or dingy room look clean and new, and it’s a fairly easy home improvement project that you can knock out in a weekend.

    For inspiration finding the perfect shade for your space, compare swatches, look into your favorite magazines or Pinterest boards, and play around with different textures and finishes. If you're putting your house on the market, consider choosing a neutral palette or understated colors that will not scare potential buyers away.

    Average cost: $300-$700

    4. Update Hardware for a Modern Look

    Updating the light fixtures and faucets in the kitchen and bathrooms is an inexpensive and easy way to breathe new life into your home. The kitchen and bathroom are two key areas that can essentially sell a home to a potential buyer, but if you don't have the funds to do a complete remodel, updating the minor details, like lighting and faucets, can give the rooms an inexpensive, and much needed facelift. Updating ceiling fans can also transform the look of a room and reduce your energy costs.

    Average cost: $15-$65 per piece of hardware

    5. Have Your Home Professionally Cleaned

    There’s nothing like walking in to a nice, clean house—but who has time to dedicate a weekend to dusting baseboards and washing windows? Having your home professionally cleaned can make a huge difference to how the place looks, feels, and smells! Most cleaning companies will offer services that include:

    • Sweeping, mopping, and waxing floors

    • Dusting furnishings, ceiling fans, base boards, window sills

    • Cleaning the sink, bath tub, and shower

    • Changing linens

    • Vacuuming carpets

    • Cleaning kitchen appliances

    Average cost: $100-$200

    6. Spruce Up Your Lawn with Landscaping Details

    Curb appeal is the deal, so don’t neglect the outside of your house. Basic landscaping projects such as planting trees, shrubs, and flowers, and making sure your grass is lush and green can significantly improve the outside of your home, making it the perfect spot for outdoor gatherings and barbeques. Some inexpensive landscaping projects that will make a big difference to your home include putting in edging, planting a garden, installing a garden wall or flagstone path, or planting shade trees.

    Average cost: $400-$750 for a small project, $3,000-$10,000 for large job

    Not all home improvement projects are as cheap and easy as these six tips! Click here to learn how to finance your next home renovation with a loan from SWBC Mortgage.

    Increasing the value of your home means giving it the TLC that it needs and the upgrades that buyers want (and will pay more for). Click the below to download our ebook and learn more about the renovation process.

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    Patrick Rockett

    Patrick has more than 25 years of experience in the mortgage industry and has served SWBC Mortgage and its customers since 1991. As one of the most experienced loan officers at SWBC Mortgage, Patrick is uniquely qualified in his understanding of the various mortgage options including conventional, FHA, VA, and construction-to-permanent refinancing.

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