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One of the easiest ways to give your house an updated look is a fresh coat of paint in a vibrant color. For bedrooms, living rooms and family rooms, go with a flat, matte, or eggshell finish. For the kitchen, bathroom, and other high traffic areas, select a semi-gloss for easy cleaning.

Big box hardware stores will offer the best price on paint and supplies. For instance, if you are looking to transform a living space, you can likely do so for less than $100 for an average size room.

You can also paint furniture and other home accessories to change the look of a room. If you have lamps that don’t match your new décor, consider spray painting them with a high quality (yet still inexpensive) glossy spray paint. It can save you from having to purchase new lamps!

Curtains and window treatments can be expensive, but they do add that cozy factor to any room. Mini blinds and vertical blinds, while functional, aren’t in style at the moment and can quickly date your décor.

There are several retailers that offer ridiculously affordable curtains and window furnishings. With a little bargain hunting, you can update up to 4 rooms in your house for under $200 by shopping at Tuesday Morning, TJ Maxx and online at Amazon.com. Tuesday Morning is your best bet for hardware too—it offers a wide selection of curtain rods at very affordable prices.

Perhaps new carpet or flooring isn’t in your budget, but you can easily update the look of any room with a stylish area rug. By adding a little pop of color in an area rug, you can change the feel of the entire room. For stylish and colorful rugs, again, check out Tuesday Morning and TJ Maxx. Surprisingly, Lowe’s offers a wide selection of rugs from doormat on up to full-room rugs. You may also consider visiting a flooring store. They often have carpet remnants available that you can get bound for a fraction of the cost of an area rug.

Look at your current accessories and spend some time decluttering. Then, pick a few signature pieces that match your décor. Target’s clearance aisle is a good place to start when looking for trendy accessories. Gordman’s, Berlington and TJ Maxx also offer a nice selection of affordable home accent items.

A lot of discount stores have a wide selection of throw pillows, as well, which can easily update the décor in your living room, family room, or bedroom.

You should consider removing personal items so potential buyers can cast a vision for the house to make it their own. Potential Buyers have a hard time viewing themselves in your house when it is filled with personal items.

Updating your living spaces doesn’t have to cost you thousands of dollars. The simple things mentioned above can go a long way to increase the appeal of your home to potential buyers.

Before you start taking pictures of your home to send to a realtor, spruce the place up with these helpful tips. If you are trying to sell your home and are looking for a new home, give us a call at Ruoff Home Mortgage. We would love to answer any questions and get you into the home of your dreams!

Help you sell

The value of your home fluctuates constantly and is dependent on factors such as location, local growth, your neighbors’ homes, and current market conditions. Those factors are out of your control; however, you can add value to your home yourself through the upgrades you make to your home. Here are some easy, budget-friendly ways to add value to your home.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to add value to your home. Start with small upgrades like a new or refreshed backsplash. Applying a fresh coat of paint can cover up old stains and scratches. Retiling the backsplash is a task most beginner DIYers can achieve and will make your backsplash look brand new. Many home improvement stores also offer peel and stick backsplashes for an even easier application.

Upgrading the hardware, such as your door knobs, cabinet handles, and even light fixtures in your home can give it a more modern feel and help you make a statement. If you aren’t sure what kind of hardware you’d like to use, consider looking into stainless steel. It’s easy to care for, very durable, and attractive.

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for your walls and cabinets. Make any room feel cleaner and more welcoming. Just remember to keep the colors neutral if you’re planning to sell your home.

5 DIY Projects

After a long, hot summer, it’s finally fall. Make sure you’re ready for the cooler weather and immerse yourself in the spirit of fall with these fun DIY projects!

Rearrange the furniture.
If your home has a fireplace, take some time to shift the room’s focus around that feature. This will help make your home a cozy conversation hub as family and friends gather around.

Make gourd bowls.
Gourds have a long history as a fall decor staple, and starting in September, many grocery stores, farms, and craft stores start stocking up on dry gourds. Pick up a few for your house and enjoy carving, painting, and filling them up with fall-inspired items or use them as a convenient place to store your loose change.

Create leaf art.
Next time you rake your yard, keep an eye out for especially nice leaves. Put these aside to frame or use in art projects.

Decorate your table.
The dining room table is a great place to make a seasonal statement and bring the outdoors in. Create a centerpiece with plenty of acorns and pine cones or use an old quilt as a tablecloth. There are limitless opportunities to show your love for the season with your place settings.

DIY pumpkin potpourri.
Bask in the sweet scent of pumpkin pie any time by creating your own pumpkin pie potpourri. All you need is a small pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and a small, lit tea light to diffuse an all-natural pumpkin pie fragrance throughout your home.