Reno’s on a Small Budget

Have you looked around your place and thought I just need change a few things, or maybe you’re thinking of selling this spring—or any time during the next twelve months—here are some fast, easy and affordable ways to modernize your home.

renos on a budget

  1. Give your entrance a sense of occasion. Replace the standard knob on your front door with a substantial piece of hardware that lets visitors know this is a home of significance.
  2. Spruce up your carpeting. If your carpets are in neutral colours and good condition, simply have them professionally cleaned. If they’re showing their age, distract the eyes of buyers with tasteful yet inexpensive area rugs.
  3. Add drama with light. Living rooms and dining rooms can gain instant elegance by replacing lifeless light fixtures with a contemporary chandelier or ceiling fan. Shop around and you’ll find that some very expensive-looking fixtures are actually quite affordable.
  4. Make sure your kitchen is bright and up to date. Replace the sink fixtures and cabinet door handles. Install brighter, energy-efficient light fixtures. Help your appliances look newer and more color-coordinated by ordering new face panels. If you have a little extra money, replace your cabinet doors and your kitchen will look brand new!
  5. Transform your bathroom. Replace the toilet seat. Remove the old sink cabinet and install a pedestal sink for a spacious, contemporary look. Install vinyl floor tiles right over the old flooring. Re-grout the tile around the tub and shower. If you have the budget, get a prefabricated tub and shower surround installed.
  6. Maximize limited storage space. Install a wire shelf and basket system in entry closets, pantries and bedroom closets for an efficient new look.
  7. Convert your den into a bedroom. If the room’s big enough, all it takes is a closet, which doesn’t cost a lot to have built in. Remember, adding an extra bedroom adds to resale value!


Posted by Elise Hildebrandt, AMP, Mortgage Associate, Broker Lic# 316103 at The Mortgage Centre, Brokerage Lic #315847, Saskatoon.  She has been in the financial industry for 16 years. Please contact her today if you have any questions about your mortgage at www.elisehildebrandt.ca.



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