3 inexpensive (and fast) upgrades for your Southern Maryland condo

Kimberly Bean
Published on February 5, 2020

3 inexpensive (and fast) upgrades for your Southern Maryland condo

Are your single-family-home-owning friends a little jealous of your condo-living lifestyle? They’ve probably told you how owning a house comes with an almost never-ending list of maintenance expenses.

On the other hand, you can use what you would’ve spent on lawn service, pool cleaning, and roof repairs for more enjoyable stuff – like cosmetic upgrades for your home.

The good news is that you don’t need to save up big bucks to breathe new life into your condo, whether you’re redecorating for yourself or preparing to put your Southern Maryland condo on the market. These three upgrades are quick, easy, inexpensive, and most of all, noticeable by potential buyers.

1. Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets

It’s tempting to think about replacing the facings on your cabinets, it isn’t easy and it’s far from cheap. There are other ways to refresh them, though, that won’t break the bank.

Completely transform their appearance with new pulls, knobs, and handles. Plus, the knobs and pulls are typically inexpensive, although you can buy ultra-high-end pieces. Best of all, installing them is an easy task for homeowners without too much DIY experience.

Just be sure to unscrew one handle to see what’s underneath it before heading off to the store. And, watch Better Home & Garden’s handy video on how to change cabinetry hardware. You’ll find the video at BHG.com.

Cabinet hardware is available from a variety of sources including the big home improvement stores and online retailers, such as Wayfair.com and Rejuvenation.com. If you’re short on cash, try visiting your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore or local thrift stores.

2. Window Treatments

We tend to hang curtains and blinds once and then forget about them forever. After all, once they’ve proven themselves to regulate the light (and your privacy) efficiently, why change them?

Except, that means your window treatments may give your rooms an outdated appearance. And, they may not work as effectively as you think.

Check out the alternatives, and you may just find some that will transform the mood of every room in your house. You’ll find inspiration online at HouseBeautiful.com and HGTV.com.

3. Lighting

New lighting will always make a room feel newer and brighter. If you can afford to replace outdated fixtures completely, you should consider it now — especially if you’re planning to sell.

The rooms in condos tend to be a bit smaller than those in a single-family home, so you’ll need to keep scale in mind when buying new lighting.

Before you shop for new lamps and fixtures, learn some tips on how to choose the right one for each room. Forbes.com and Lumens.com both offer up helpful information.

You’ll find a large assortment of lighting at the big home improvement stores or online at LampsPlus.com, Wayfair.com, and PotteryBarn.com.

If you can’t buy new lighting, a little change in lamp shades or brighter bulbs may just do the trick.

Want to do something more drastic, like painting? It may be best to wait until later in spring so you can open the windows and doors of your condo while you do it. But fresh paint on the walls is one of the best investments you can make before putting the condo up for sale.

Accokeek MD Homes for Sale and Real Estate Services in Southern Maryland. You now have a search engine to help you with your Southern Maryland home search! And I’m ready to provide you with a custom home valuation if you’re considering selling your home. Let’s connect to discuss how I can help you. Contact Kimberly Bean at 301-440-1309

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