A few years ago we bought our first house, the townhouse that we bought on a whim.
We knew it needed a home makeover when we bought it.
The townhouse was stuck in the ’80s as it hadn’t been remodeled since it was built.
Nothing against the ’80s, but it wasn’t our style. We wanted to make updates to make our house our home.
Unfortunately, when you buy a house you often spend a big chunk of your money on a down payment. We did just that.
We still had our emergency fund intact but we didn’t want to dip into it. That meant putting many bigger projects on hold.
Thankfully, we were able to do a few affordable home makeover projects that completely changed how our townhouse looked.
Paint The Walls And Baseboards
Painting wasn’t a ton of fun. That said, it is definitely a home makeover project that you can do yourself. Painting a house brings it back to life and allows you to put your own touch on the space you’ll be living in.
We personally opted for brighter beachy colors. The house didn’t have a ton of natural light and we lived a few blocks away from some of the most beautiful beaches.
Painting the baseboards is a pain but they look great when you’re done, especially if they haven’t been painted in decades.
Painting baseboards is easier to do when nothing is in the house because you don’t have to move anything. You could do it later but it’ll be much more difficult than if you just get it out of the way before you move in.
Update Light Fixture and Fans
The light fixtures and fans in our house were horrible when we bought it. Glass and plastic panels surrounded the light bulbs on fixtures that were well past their prime.
Replacing the light fixtures and fans was another home makeover project we were able to do ourselves at a relatively low cost.
It did take a bit of simple electrical work to tie in the new fans and lights but watching a couple of videos on YouTube did the trick for us. If you don’t know what you’re doing you may need to hire an electrician.
This was a surprisingly affordable home makeover project and it really changed the whole feel of our house. We didn’t feel stuck in the 80’s anymore. Our house was really beginning to feel like our home.
Update the Landscaping
The townhouse we bought was a short sale, which definitely saved us some money up front. Unfortunately, it cost us more on the back end in a few areas, too.
We went under contract in mid summer during a dry year in Florida. The day we went under contract the previous owners must have turned off the water to the sprinkler system.
When we went to the final walk through the day of closing, the beautiful yard was completely dead.
We knew updating the landscaping was going to be on the home makeover project list. We ended up sodding the yard, mulching and redefining the flower beds and planted some new plants.
We didn’t end up doing all of our landscaping at one time, but the good thing about this home makeover project is you don’t have to do it all at once.
What we originally did cost us under $1,000 which isn’t bad for a townhouse with a small yard.
Changing Door Hardware To Match Your Style
Have you ever walked into a house and noticed something just doesn’t look right? You might subconsciously be noticing the doorknobs don’t match the house.
When we bought our townhouse, it had bronze door knobs. That wasn’t going to fly.
In addition to just changing the door hardware, we actually changed the doors as well. The doors were the original 80’s style flat panel wood doors. At some point over the last few decades, someone did a poor job of painting them white.
They needed some major TLC when we moved in.
Ultimately, we decided to upgrade them to the 6-panel doors. While it isn’t expensive, it is a giant pain! After the doors were all hung, we were very happy with the final product. It made our home a thousand times better.
Light Switches, Electrical Outlets And Covers Make A Difference
Light switch covers and electrical outlet covers are easy to change if you only have to change the cover plates themselves. If you have to change the switches and outlets themselves it gets more complicated.
Our house came with all tan switches and covers which didn’t work well with our new paint colors. Once you update all of the switches, outlets and covers, your house will have one less thing that bugs you.
Unfortunately, we never did get around to changing all of the switches, outlets and covers before we moved. Thankfully, our buyers didn’t notice we had half tan and half white wall plates and bought the house anyway.
These five minor home renovations that didn’t cost an arm and a leg made a huge difference when selling our home.
Rather than selling an outdated home with 80’s decor, we were able to advertise our townhouse as an updated home with modern fixtures. It definitely helped us get a higher selling price than if we had left the home back in the ’80s.
Are these home makeover projects you are considering doing? If not, what are some affordable home makeover ideas that you can share?