5 Easy Home Improvements for Under $500

Whether you’re in the market to sell a house to relocate quickly or you just moved in to a new space, odds are good you’re trying to maximize your home improvement dollars.

HGTV offers 30 ideas and tips for renovating your house that can increase its value, for a minimal investment.

Here are our top five favorites, and each can be done for under $500 …

  1. Hire a Pro for an Hour – Sample professionals to consider hiring could be a real estate professional (who might just be free if they’re hoping to earn your business) or an interior designer for a brief design session. No matter who it is, bringing in an outside eye to assist in arranging furniture, changing light fixtures, offering landscape ideas, or sharing recommendations on paint colors can go a long way — and likely for less than $100 if you’re only hoping to brainstorm.
  2. Plant a Tree – Think about planning for the future with a landscaping improvement that matures over time. This could be a well-loved fruit tree or even some shade trees — not only will mature trees make your home more desirable, but a fully grown, properly placed tree can reduce cooling costs by as much as 40 percent. Mature landscaping can also help the environment, providing a necessary habitat for wildlife while adding valuable curb appeal to your home.
  3. Paint. Paint again. And then paint some more – For around $25 per gallon, updating your house colors to on-trend colors or a more neutral palette can help attract a buyer and make it desirable to more people. Another advantage is that it can help mask any funky older smells. While you’re at it, remove any overpowering wallpaper to freshen the appearance and give your house a clean and bright look. This can also help to boost your home’s screen appeal.
  4. Less mess, less problems – Make your home interior shine by hiring a professional cleaning service for a thorough deep clean. Even if that’s something you do regularly, getting into the corners, nooks and crannies can help make your home squeaky clean — for less than $400. One call can clean it all!
  5. Visually increase your square footage – The goal is to make your house feel larger by incorporating some simple techniques. Try replacing heavy, dark draperies with blinds or shutters to let in more natural light. Consider adding a large mirror or two. And lastly, clear out that clutter. For less than $400, you can purchase or build a new shelving unit to help organize and store like items to help keep clutter out-of-sight. Better yet, donate anything you no longer need to help someone else — and also reduce your moving inventory.

If you’re in the market to move locally or across the country, Beltmann Moving and Storage is here to help you plan a stress-free move. Contact us today to start the conversation or get a free quote.