7 Quick & Inexpensive Home Interior Updates

7 Quick & Inexpensive Home Interior Updates
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    Updates that can handled in one afternoon or over a long weekend.

    We're stepping inside and will focus on tips related to your kitchen and bathrooms, two of the most important areas in the home buyers consider when shopping for a home.

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Updates that can handled in one afternoon or over a long weekend.

Last week, we shared with our readers 7 Quick & Inexpensive Home Exterior Updates. This week, we’re stepping inside and will focus on tips related to your kitchen and bathrooms, two of the most important areas in the home buyers consider when shopping for a home.

1. Add a new kitchen work station — The expression “there is only room for one cook in a kitchen” does not hold true in all households. For some families, both husbands and wives like to share in meal preparation, with each person needing a dedicated work station. Consider setting up a second station by extending a counter or adding in a free-standing island.

2. Build a kitchen pantry — You may not have enough room to store all of your food, but you have a closet that can be repurposed to do the work. If so, then convert that closet into a pantry. Add shelves, lighting and flooring as needed. You may need to run HVAC too if you need a temperature controlled room.

3. Replace your kitchen’s flooring — Flooring can get expensive, but an alternative to wood flooring is laminate. Or, if you have existing wood flooring, then have it refinished. Go with a different color to update the kitchen.

4. Update your appliances — Replacing your stove, dishwasher and refrigerator may seem price prohibitive, but the savings you’ll gain by choosing energy efficient appliances can help defray some of that cost. Buying all three at once gives you room to negotiate with merchants.

5. Install a skylight — A strategically placed skylight can open up any room including a bathroom. Choose a vented skylight to increase air circulation. Choose opaque glass if privacy is a concern for you.

6. Modernize your fixtures — Short of an expensive overall for the bathroom, you can replace your faucets, shower nozzle, update your lighting and put in a new toilet. Change the vanity top, swap out towel hangars or put in a new shower door.

7. Expand the bathroom — if your bathroom is adjacent to a closet, knock down the wall separating the two areas to gain more space. Or install a door to access the closet from the bathroom to give you dual use for that space.

Most of the projects mentioned will range in cost from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Whatever work you can do yourself will remove the labor cost, an expense do-it-yourselfers prefer to avoid.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".