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5 Small Renovations That Make the Biggest Difference

Last updated on May 11th, 2021 at 12:55 pm

5 Small Renovations That Make the Biggest DifferenceLooking for some quick and affordable ways to spruce up your home or improve its value when you’re planning to sell? There are many simple and small renovations that make the biggest difference, so you don’t have to splurge with your budget. Here are some quick and easy ones to consider for transforming your home with minimal effort.


When it comes to transforming any space, one of the best ways to do it instantly and affordably is by simply repainting it. By lighting up the colours on your walls and adding a fresh, clean coat, you can make rooms appear larger and brighter, and more modern, clean and welcoming. Even adding an accent colour to a feature wall can enhance your interior dramatically by creating a focal point and some character.

Refinish Cabinets

If your kitchen is looking a bit drab and could use some attention, you don’t necessarily have to splurge on an entire kitchen upgrade and stretch your budget thin. Instead, focus on the areas that tend to wear down fast, like the cabinets. Rather than replacing them, you can refinish them by cleaning, sanding, painting and replacing the handles with newer, modern ones. This is a perfect DIY job that can be done in the span of a weekend.

In addition to the cabinetry, some other quick fixes that can drastically improve the look of your kitchen include adding a new backsplash and replacing the faucets with chic, modern looking ones.

Add New Light Fixtures

One key feature that can instantly enhance the kitchen or living room as well is a new light fixture. If your current one has been hanging there since the 90s or creates a dark and unwelcoming interior, consider replacing it. Adding a new light fixture can create a more dramatic accent, modernized your décor, and brighten your home, making it appear much more inviting.

Replace the Front Door

When’s the last time you replaced the front door? If your current one is cracked, chipped and looking noticeably weathered, it’s time to either refinish or replace it. As the most visible feature of your home, it affects your curb appeal significantly and can make or break first impressions when you place your home on the market. The last thing you want is to deter potential buyers with a bad impression before they even enter your home.

Improve Basic Landscaping

Speaking of visible features, how does your landscape look? Is your lawn patchy, burnt and unkempt? Remember, improving your home with small renos also extends to the exterior. Whether you have a small patch of grass, gravel or a simple patio, spending a little effort to spruce it up can make a world of difference for boosting the curb appeal and value of your home.

Looking to buy or sell your home this year in Ottawa? Our team at RE/MAX Affiliates Geoff & Bobbie McGowan Realty is here to help guide you through the entire process with ease. Contact us today to learn more.