Posted by Pattern Cut on 6/16/2015
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Making your house more livable, and increasing its value, does not necessarily entail spending a fortune on renovations. A few tweaks here and there can sometimes lead to a significant difference in the look and feel of your living space. There's also no doubt that sprucing up your place could go a long way in attracting buyers should you decide to put your house in the market. However you go about it, making your place more inviting always brings back desirable returns, whether those returns are measured in dollars or increased quality of home life.
And since DIY is an affordable way to go in home renovation, here are a handful of projects that are easy on the pocket.
Freshen up the Walls
A gallon of paint comes cheap, but if done right, the result of repainting a chipped wall is not. A fresh coat of paint - ideally in lighter or neutral shades that make rooms feel larger and relaxing - can immediately transform a living space from drab to fab.
Install Crown Molding and Other Ornaments
Even fresh-painted walls can seem bare without appropriate crown moldings or ornaments. And it does not take a whole lot to make those walls come to life. Crown moldings, ornaments, corbels and capitals are affordable and generally easy to install if you have woodworking skills, and this surprisingly simple addition can add a lot of character to an otherwise bland room. When potential homebuyers shop around, having a crown molding or tasteful ornamentation in your home may just be that tiny detail that makes your house stand out from other homes whose walls and corners are unadorned. The trick is to choose the kind of molding or ornament that fits well with the overall theme of your house or creates a visually balanced contrast when the adornments are viewed in context. An acanthus leaf or floral cove crown, for example, can soften up a space with plenty of right angles while a smooth profile crown adds a clean and contemporary feel to an otherwise elaborately decorated room with an Old World character.
Replace Old Vent Grilles
Clean indoor air may be an intangible quality but it makes for a pleasant atmosphere at home, especially for the current occupants. Well-filtered air reduces the risk of acquiring allergies that may be brought about by dust or other smaller particles. Especially now that the weather is getting warmer, allergens such as pet hair and dander, pollen, mildew, dust mites, bacteria and fungus may make breathing difficult for those prone to these triggers. One of the surest ways to purify indoor air is to replace your return air filters, and summer is the best time to do it. While you're at it, upgrade your unsightly metal air conditioning grilles to a wood vent variety not just for aesthetics but also for ease of maintenance.
Update Window Treatments
Plastic blinds do not only look cheap but also perpetrate health hazard as they easily collect dust, which will affect the quality of your indoor air. Instead, choose window treatments that have a more natural look, such as wooden or Roman blinds. They lend not only a more inviting feel but also absorb sound better to filter undesirable noise coming from the outside.