Spend A Little, Gain A Lot

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Ah, the housing market. For those of us who have property up for sale, we’re either forced to lower our asking price or take it off the market, crossing our fingers that it’s only a matter of time until it’s a seller’s market once again. Until that happens, it’s important to keep your home updated.
An upgrade doesn’t necessarily mean a heavy kitchen reno or a landscape lift. DIY Network has come up with a great list of updates for under $1,000. But my faves? Some major changes for under $100. Now that’s in my budget.
Here’s some of their under $100 tips:
Pay A Pro
Yup. An hour consultation with a pro is usually under $100. They’ll point out things you’ve never even thought of doing. Who knew brick linoleum was passe?
Hire An Inspector
A full home inspection will nip little problems in the bud – before they can become big break-the-bank problems. They can pick up on things that aren’t cosmetic – like deteriorating roofs, termite infestation or outdated electrical systems.


Paint
We’ve heard it a thousand times. But guess what? Paint is cheap, practical and it completely updates a room.
Cut Energy Costs
Did you know that many local utility companies provide free energy audits of their customers’ homes? They can show you how to maximize the energy efficiency of your home.
For all the DIY Network’s free tips, visit their full list here.

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Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
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