Disclosure: This is a guest post from Redfin, written by Redfin Real Estate agent, Bree Al-Rashid, on cost effective home improvement and repair projects! Opinions may not agree with those of Budget Earth or our readers. We hope you enjoy these useful tips!
Optimize the sink plumbing
Depending on the type of sink your family uses to wash vegetables and hands before dinner, the sink and faucet could be worn, cracked or out of place with other elements in the room. Upgrading these two fixtures will create a new prep space that can also mean savings on the utility bill. Low-flow faucet installation could cost as little as $130, while sink installation can cost from $180 to $1,500 depending on the type of materials, whether you have to update the plumbing and the extent of the work.
Aside from installing LED lighting, a low-flow faucet and efficient appliances, the kitchen has plenty of opportunities for other sustainable improvements. If there are windows in the kitchen, they could be replaced with double-paned ones that block outside heat or wind and keep the temperature steady indoors. Countertops and cabinets can also be replaced with more sustainable options such as bamboo or solid-surface materials.
Add more illumination
Lighting is paramount to meal prep, especially in the evenings. To help with meal prep, install more lighting under the cabinets or in the ceiling. Recessed lighting is especially useful for kitchens because they can have energy-efficient bulbs and prevent anyone from bumping their head while moving about the kitchen. Homeowners might pay $760 to $1,105 for all new lighting, or a single light fixture could cost between $42 and $112 when hiring an electrician to do the work.
Repairs to the kitchen floor
After years of people moving back and forth through the kitchen, the flooring has probably started to wear and fade. There might be cracks in the linoleum, cracked tiles or other problems that need fixing. You can hire a flooring contractor to fix those cracks to make it look brand new.
In the bathroom…
Even when discoloration occurs in clean environments, it can make a space appear dirty. If aging or damaged paint is the source, it can easily be repainted. However, the most common reason for paint discoloration is mildew, which is all the more likely in moist environments such as a bathroom. This can be tested by applying a drop of bleach solution to the surface. If the stain is mildew, it should change colors within a minute or so. A bleach solution can make mildew situations right, and a fresh coat of paint containing mildewcide can keep it from happening again. But beware of laying on new paint before killing the mildew, or you might learn firsthand that mildew is the gift that keeps on giving.
While it isn’t pleasant, stained tile doesn’t necessarily mean you have to start plying up your floor. In fact, the stains can often be removed with a little elbow grease. A warm water and vinegar solution can deep clean surfaces, and a water-ammonia solution can eliminate mildew. Rusty spots can be eliminated quickly with an application of kerosene.
Minor repairs you’ve been putting off
Replace any burned out light bulbs, broken electrical outlets, or light switches. It would be wise to also repair any leaky faucets or clogged drains before anyone tours your home. Replace any broken tiles that may be an eyesore. Squeaky hinges are music to no one’s ears, so be sure to take care of those as well.
A fresh coat of paint… in any room!
It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do to a room. Picking a light color will make the room feel larger and brighter.
Switching out heavy drapes for a lighter material
Heavy, dark materials can make the room feel smaller and oppressive. If you switch out the dark drapes for something lighter and transparent, the room will get more natural light making the room feel bright.
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