Unless you’re ordering a custom home, there’s going to be something about a new home you want to change. You don’t have to knock the place down and start over to make it perfect.
Whether you have a million dollars or mere hundreds, there are lots of quick reno tips that make a big difference. To save you time, we’ve gathered some big-impact, budget-friendly ideas you’ve got to try.
See our top quick reno tips below!
1. Make a Plan For Your Quick Reno
Buying a new home is exciting and we don’t blame you for wanting to get started. We like playing with power tools too! But if you don’t start with a vision, each small project will become a time and money drain.
Spend one afternoon planning your renovation with whomever you’re working on it with. Walk through the house and write down a list of pain points.
Is the carpet atrocious? The appliances outdated? Are the kitchen cabinets more shabby than chic?
Make a list of everything that you have an issue with inside the house.
Once you have your list, sit down with it and prioritize the most important things. Choose each thing from the list as if it was the only thing that would get done (not counting the previous item).
Though it seems tedious now, do this for your whole list. Then sit down with your budget and pick which items you can afford to do.
Once you’ve prioritized, list your can’t-live-without items by the time they’ll take to complete. If you have no idea, call a local contractor and ask how long their team usually takes for that type of project.
Now you not only have priorities for your quick reno, but you know what you need to start on first!
2. Clean the Carpets
Quality flooring can really make or break the aesthetics of a house. If the floor is anything but brand new, it can be tempting to rip it all out and start again.
Depending on the quality of the carpet, you could pay anywhere from $2 a square foot to $20.
Instead of spending the time to rip up the old flooring, haul it away, and install new flooring, rent a power carpet cleaner. These pressure washers are available at local home-improvement stores and some grocery stores.
In most places, you can rent one for a 24 hour period for around $50, plus the cost of the detergent ($15-20). You’re in for a few hours of pushing a loud, heavy machine around the room but you’ll save both money and time.
If you decide to rent one, make sure you read the directions on the machine and change the water often for the best results.
3. Replace Cabinets
Nothing dates a house more than outdated or ugly cabinets. Since they take up so much wall space, they’re hard to ignore. Replacing cabinets may be on the more expensive end of renovations, but you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck.
If you’re doing a quick reno to flip the house for cash, you can charge more for an updated kitchen. Consumers still view the kitchen as the heart of the home and want it to be a pleasant space to spend time.
It’s safe for DIYers to take cabinets down themselves, but better if professionals do the installation.
One of the hardest parts of replacing cabinets is choosing from the many options. For this, it’s better to choose private specialized companies over big box stores.
Not only do private companies have laser-focused expertise, but some will design with you for free! These professional designers can help you narrow down what you like and even pick out specific model numbers you need to order.
4. Spruce up Curb Appeal
Even if the house is heavenly on the inside, it’ll be a hard sell if it has no curb appeal. Walk across the street from your property and get a good look at the house. Notice what surrounding houses have that you’re lacking or what would make the home stand out.
Does it need a new coat of paint? Maybe the landscaping is outdated or overgrown.
If you can’t put your finger on anything specific but want to give the front a quick reno, paint the front door a warm and inviting color.
5. Powerwash the Driveway & Garage
Speaking of curb appeal, don’t let lingering oil spots and caked on dirt sully a perfectly good driveway. Sweep or use a leaf blower to clear large debris, then rent a power washer from a local home improvement store.
These easy-to-use machines hook up to a regular garden hose and are deceivingly powerful. If you’re not convinced, look up power washer before and after transformations. Then hurry and rent one to move on with your quick reno.
6. Upgrade Finishes
If you can’t afford to do much hardcore renovation work, replace outdated light fixtures and faucets. People often forget about these things but they can make a big difference in modernizing a house.
Stainless steel or brushed nickel faucets brighten up a countertop nicely. Replace old light covers with something simple and modern. To make the space feel expensive, place for a statement lights over the island or kitchen counter.
Remove old-school chandeliers and replace them with simpler, chicer, modern models. For inspiration, check out Pinterest or ask your cabinet design specialist for recommendations.
Consider making the lighting smart home compatible. Artifical intelligence is having a moment and consumers pay more for things that make their lives easier.
Finishing a Quick Reno
Don’t be afraid to call a professional for advice or bring them in to help if a project gets tricky. There’s no shame in making sure things are done right.
It costs less than you think.
Our interior designers will give you a kitchen/bathroom design consult for free, with no obligation to buy. Give them a chance to transform your space and give you a hand making your quick reno into the perfect family home.