Happy Aloha Friday from Honolulu! Today is May Day, which is normally considered "Lei Day" here in Hawaii. Unfortunately, most of the normal celebrations we're used to on this day aren't taking place. Rather than dwelling on the negative, we'd like to take this time to be positive and provide some value to you during these times.
As we enter into our 2nd month here for quarantine, here are 7 things we came up with you could be do to boost the value of your home:
1. Replace Wall Plates and Switch Covers
Just like a good throw or statement cushion, wall plates and switch covers are a great accessory which can transform the ambience of your home. If you’ve never considered these an accessory, or perhaps your view of these are ‘cheap’ or ‘outdated’, then the chances are you just haven’t come across the right ones! It’s super easy to replace those cheap plastic covers with more elegant wooden, ceramic, or metal ones with better aesthetic appeal and ROI. And did we mention, kind on the budget!
NEXT STEP: Where else but Wall Plate Warehouse! They offer a huge selection and have a great FAQ’s and blog page where they walk through all the different types of options and also installation! Free shipping and great customer service!
2. Refresh Your Artwork
Have you been looking at that blank space on the wall for years thinking ‘that would be a great place for a piece of art”... Well, now is a better time than ever! Sometimes increasing your home’s value is as simple as swapping out that dated family heirloom for some- thing a little more contemporary. Measure the space and get online searching. Once you find something, consider using tape (wall safe of course) to attach to the wall where the frame/piece will go, this will give you a good idea of spatial use.
NEXT STEP: Now we are not suggesting you spend a fortune on a original masterpiece – although if that tickles your fancy go ahead and splurge! But if you do want to keep on a budget, consider etsy. com. It’s such a great place to find undiscovered artists! You can even narrow your search in etsy to find someone in your local area, how cool is that! You might have never known Suzie two blocks away, is the next Picasso!
3. Swap Out Old Lights & Lighting Fixtures
“This house is too bright and airy” said no buyer ever!! If you can’t remember what your lighting fixtures look like without looking up, This might be an indication they need some attention. Lighting fixtures should be the jewelry of your house! Now saying that, does your jewelry look like it’s from the 50’s, not in a ‘precious antique type’ way but in more of a ‘original cookie cutter, grandma’s house type’ (note grandmas please don’t be offended, it’s not personal!) way? If so, let’s go shopping! Improving your light fixtures will improve the potential buyers check! When you’re replacing fixtures, don’t forget to swap out your old light bulbs for ones with a higher wattage. You want buyers to be able to see all of the highlights when they walk through your home and if you have dim lighting, they may be missing out on some key features.
NEXT STEP: Light fixtures might be a little harder to come by in this lockdown, but explore local stores and call around to see if anyone is offering delivery or curbside pickup. If all else fails, start a Pinterest board and start saving all those favorites you find, so when those stores open back up, you will be front of line!
4. Don't Forget the Outside
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. This is a place you can make a huge amount of impact while stuck at home, with little investment and big elbow grease! Simple things like mowing the grass, removing weeds and raking up leaves can make a huge difference! And did we mention fresh air! With this time at home show your garden some love and with a little tender love and care over a couple of weeks you might just surprised with the outcome. Think about making your landscaping clean and something which looks easy to care for. If you have a driveway, paths or garden bed curbs, just cleaning up the edges can give the ap- peal a crisp clean look. If you are looking to go the extra mile, maybe a new mailbox, some potted plants and a few bags of mulch.
NEXT STEP: Find those garden gloves and get to it! Don’t forget to take a before and after picture!
5. Re-Grout Your Shower Tiles
We all know renovated bathrooms are the real money makers in selling property! Now, we are certainly not suggesting a $10k+ DIY renovation! But with that in mind, consider how you can refresh your bathroom. For many people it means restoring the shower and floor tiles which are often neglected even through regular cleaning. Let’s be honest, tending to the tile grout is often not a weekly cleaning to-do. Similarly, re-grouting your bathroom tile can make your bathroom shine again in a pinch. Re-grouting tiles is an easy, small project that can make tiled walls feel like new.
NEXT STEP: If this is something new for you, Youtube is a great tool for tips and tricks from renovating experts! Jump on check it out, use their recommendations!! Again, don’t forget before and after pictures!
6. Replace Your Cabinet Door Handles and Cabinet Drawer Pulls
Keeping on the budget theme, we are not suggesting a full kitchen renovation. Plus, like really, who has enough sanity for that right now?! But a way to fake it, is by updating and replacing door handles. Obviously like everything you can spend as much as you like, but you will be surprised there are many great looking options for as little as $1-$3 each! And for most, this isn’t even a full day project! Try and consider matching the hardware color or style to lighting fixtures and/or wall switches to keep everything in a cohesive theme.
NEXT STEP: Start searching the internet for ideas of what you like. Large home improvement and hardware stores are open like Home Depot and Lowes and have a great range of products. Additionally, as we have suggested before, even if you don’t know the owner of your local hardware store, consider getting in touch, saying hello in this difficult time, I’m sure they might appreciate some local support.
7. Go Minimal
We get it! You are probably been overwhelmed with social media telling you ‘use this time to declutter your space’ uhhhh. Easier said than done! But in keeping with the Netflix theme of virus lockdown, have you watched the Marie Kondo ‘Tidying Up series? She is a genius at teaching tips and tricks of decluttering your space. And if nothing else you will feel better even just by looking at the amazing before and after of declutter-ing spaces.
NEXT STEP: While you prepare to sweat, put on your sweats and lift up that remote!