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Whether it be a small change or an expensive addition, improving the appearance of your house is always a worthwhile venture and almost always increases the value.

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Brighten each room

Brightening each room with light will make it appear larger and give the illusion of a better foundation. Adding more windows to your rooms is a great way to brighten up any space, but always be sure that they are strategically placed to let natural light flow through each room.

If you can't add windows, try changing the color palette to something brighter. Picking clean and lighter colors tend to have a more welcoming effect.

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Clean the flooring

Clean the flooring with a vacuum cleaner and make sure that the surfaces are dust-free. Doing so will not only improve your home's appearance but also help it stay healthy. Even if you don't have pets, clean the flooring to avoid attracting pests into your house.

There are many ways to change how laminate floors appear without spending money on expensive materials like hardwood. Simply changing out light bulbs can give an otherwise dull room life and energy; try using lamps instead of table lights for a softer ambiance too!

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Add some smart technology

Adding smart technology to your home is one of the easiest things to do, and it can instantly make it more valuable. It will also be more future-proof than any other upgrade you could do to your home, so if technology is something that interests you, then these are some of the best upgrades for your house!

One great way to add smart lighting without spending a ton of money is by installing hue lights in every room. You can even pair them with Amazon Alexa or Google Home devices, which allow users to control their light settings using voice commands from anywhere within range.

Smart doorbells are another great way to both add smart technology and increase the value of your home. They can be used as a surveillance system, alerting homeowners when someone is at their door or has been in their yard without permission. Some models also have two-way audio, so they act like an intercom, making them perfect for hard-of-hearing people.

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Repair worn or broken blinds

Clean and fresh blinds make a big difference in a room, and replacing the cord on an old blind is one of those quick fixes that can make them look brand new again.

For some rooms, consider installing blackout curtains to keep out light and heat during the day. They also block unwanted noise, so they're perfect for bedrooms or living areas where people spend time sleeping at night.

If your blinds are just dusty, use a lint roller to clean them. If they're breaking or falling apart, you can easily replace the hardware using any old screws from around the house and some new fabric that will match what's in your home décor.

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Replace light fixtures

Lighting fixtures can instantly change the look and feel of a room. Install new light fixtures in any area where you need more illumination or mood enhancement with brighter lights.

You can replace them without too much hassle by removing some old screws from around the house, unplugging the fixture, then replacing it with your desired style and plugging it back in.

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Install a fire pit

Installing a fire pit in your yard can instantly make your home feel more inviting and cozy. You can choose any size or shape you want, including around one that will work well if there's limited space in the backyard.

If you have an existing outdoor fireplace, adding a fire pit to it may be your best option as they're typically cheaper than installing something new.

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Clean, repair, or replace appliances

Old appliances are a clear sign of the age of a home, but with a bit of TLC, you can make them look and work like new.

Sometimes just wiping down the surfaces is enough to help appliances look newer, while other times, it's necessary to replace or repair parts that aren't working correctly.

An old dishwasher often becomes unusable over time because of mold buildup between the door seal and around the bottom corners inside the appliance, where water pools during cleaning cycles. If your dishwasher is older than six years or has not been cleaned recently, consider replacing it before any additional damage occurs on top of what's already there.

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Build a patio

Building a patio in your yard is a great way to increase the value of your home. Patios are a great place to gather and enjoy time with family and friends while also acting as an extra living area for those times when you have guests over.

A patio is a must-have in any modern backyard; it's the perfect space for hosting BBQs and outdoor get-togethers during the summer months.

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Install some outdoor lighting

Installing outdoor lighting to your front entrance or backyard is a great way to provide some illumination at night and make your home appear more welcoming. It's also practical for when you're moving in the dark or have guests over who are arriving late at night.

Whether you install outdoor lighting in the form of a lantern or string up some fairy lights, adding outdoor lighting is an easy DIY project that can have big rewards for changing the look and feel of your property. In terms of functionality, installing exterior light fixtures also has many benefits, particularly on security.

Installing this type of fixture not only provides better visibility but they'll also deter any potential intruders from targeting your property due to the fear of being seen.

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Repair windows with cracks or foggy panes

Repairing windows with cracks or foggy panes is an easy and inexpensive project. You might even be able to hire someone else to do it for you, depending on the severity of your window's condition.

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Paint the front door

Painting your front door a vibrant color is an excellent way to make it stand out and add a little flavor.

Whether red or turquoise, blue is your favorite color can be done without hiring someone else for help. It's just a matter of picking up some supplies at any home improvement store and painting away!

Painting the exterior of your property does more than give you that fresh look; it also protects you from sun damage in addition to repelling bugs and other critters. You'll not only save on utility bills, but there will be less wear-and-tear on your house over time too!

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Open up your space

Removing a wall to open space in your house opens up the possibilities of what you can do with it. It allows for a new flow in your home and makes things feel more open, perfect for entertaining family and friends or working on projects!

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Upgrade your landscaping

Having a well-manicured lawn and garden will help give your home an instant facelift. From planting different types of flowers to adding a row of trees in your yard for privacy, a well thought out landscaping will make your property more appealing to the eye.

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Power wash your house

Power washing your house will bring back that freshly painted look, and it will also take off the grime of years past. You can power wash your exterior or interior walls, window sills, ceilings, and baseboards to make them fresh again.

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Resurface your cabinets

Resurfacing your kitchen cabinets is a quick and easy trick to make your kitchen look modern and updated. You can use different materials such as paint or laminate to give them a new life!

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