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Easy and Affordable Home DIY Upgrades

by Vincent Zhang 12/20/2021

Remodeling your home can give it a fresh look, but figuring out what changes to make can be difficult when you have a strict budget to stick to. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a lot of time and money to upgrade your home. In fact, there are several easy and cost-effective ways to improve your home’s appearance. Consider taking on these projects when you want to make some quick upgrades while staying well within your budget.

Change Light Switch and Outlet Covers

Light switch and outlet covers are items that are easy to overlook when you’re thinking of ways to spruce up your home. However, these covers can become dirty over time, or they might have an outdated look in your home. Outlet and light switch covers are simple and inexpensive to replace. You can choose decorative ones to liven up a room, or get covers in a color that matches your walls. To be safe, shut off power to the outlet or switch before removing the cover and putting the new one in place.

Paint or Refinish Kitchen Cabinets and Cupboards

When you have kitchen cabinets that are looking a bit worn or plain, consider refinishing or painting them. Refinishing these cabinets can give them a sleek and shiny appearance that makes them look as good as new. Painting them can give them a whole new color that complements or contrasts with the rest of your kitchen. Refinishing or painting these cabinets is much more budget-friendly and easier to do than replacing them entirely.

Replace Bathroom Hardware

Cabinet handles, towel racks, towel hooks and other hardware in your bathroom are cost-effective items to consider replacing. This is a simple project that just involves removing your current handles and other hardware and replacing them with brand new items. Choose decorative towel racks and hooks to add some flair to your bathroom. For bathroom cabinet handles, you can choose colorful pull or knob handles, or go with chrome or a similar finish that provides an elegant look.

Install Crown Molding

Crown molding provides an easy and cost-effective way to enhance any room in your home. You just have to purchase pieces of crown molding, and cut them to the lengths you need before installing them. Crown molding adds a stylish, upscale touch to rooms, as well as a bit of character. Keep in mind that you can also add molding to cupboards and cabinets to spruce them up.

Add Carpet Treads

If you have bare wooden stairs, you might notice the center areas of each step looking worn from use. Adding carpet treads on each step can prevent this from getting worse while also giving your stairs an enhanced appearance. Carpet treads are easy to install and don’t require as much time and effort as having to refinish worn areas on each step. When you have these treads on your stairs, they also lower the risk of slipping and falling.

Change Door Knobs

Replacing the door knobs throughout your home can add visual appeal while also making doors easier to open and close, especially if you have older door knobs that are worn or have locking mechanisms that don’t work as well anymore. Remove old, faded or out-of-style door knobs with shiny new ones on interior and exterior doors. This is a quick project you can do on a weekend while spending a low amount of money overall. 

About the Author

Vincent Zhang

I am a real estate broker, property manager, and investor, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. To each client, I bring close to a decade of experience in real estate, first as a real estate investor, then manager, and now love to share my experience and knowledge with property buyers and sellers as a real estate broker. Since attending the University of Michigan in 2005, I have lived in Ann Arbor ever since. My exceptional knowledge of the market as an investor and property manager provides a unique perspective and competitive advantage to my clients for selling and buying both residential and investment properties.

I have successfully managed investment properties in Ypsilanti and Kalamazoo and have conducted real estate transactions throughout southeast Michigan. Whether clients are looking for their first home, vacation homes, or the home of their dreams, I will be able to stay on top of the process, remove obstacles and make the real estate deals as pleasurable as possible. I enjoy working with people and finding ways to share a laugh or two in the process. I take pride in being available to my clients and being responsive to their needs.

In addition to my residential property expertise, and my multicultural background, I am capable of working with international investors and home buyers to make their international property purchases smoother and trouble-free. If you are interested in the acquisition of investment homes for your children while they attend the University of Michigan, as a property manager, investor, and broker, I will be able to help you make that reality come true.

I graduated from the University of Michigan and own and operate several businesses in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. In addition to my real estate experience, I am also a technology enthusiast and am always on the hunt to use technology and media to enhance the buying and selling experience. 

If you are looking to make your first home purchase, or are trying to sell your home, give me a call and I can guide you through the services that I can offer you to help you start along the journey. I take great pride in my work and it would be an honor for me to represent you and your needs.

Yours truly, Vincent Zhang