10 Easy Improvements to Make on Your Fixer Upper

Posted on Mar 22 2017 - 10:01am by Housecall

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By Cary Teller

There is something awesome about buying a fixer upper and doing the renovations yourself. Some people fix them up a bit at a time, using cash as they have it available. If you want to make a big impact by doing small things, here are 10 things you need to include.

1. Change Out the Lighting

Nothing says outdated like an old-fashioned gold chandelier. Lighting is something that can be updated easily and won’t cost a bunch of money. It is one of the smallest things you can do that will have the biggest impact.

2. Paint

There is an old saying that states “if a barn needs to be painted, slap some paint on it.” You will be amazed at what some paint can do to your home. A new hue can cover imperfections and give the room the blast of color it needs. Forget drab, white walls that are lackluster. Give your home a color makeover.

3. New Fixtures

Just like the lighting, the fixtures in the home become outdated quickly. Start with the kitchen faucet and then move on to the bathroom. You can update and upgrade a fixer upper by just adding these small touches.

4. Paint Cabinets/Add New Hardware

If you have new cabinets in the budget, then you should go for it. However, if your budget is limited, then you may want to try to paint them. Painting old cabinets and installing new hardware will give the kitchen a facelift. If the cabinets are old but sturdy, then you can bring them back to life. Painting is inexpensive and has a huge impact.

5. Rip Out Old Carpeting

Carpet is great when it is new; however, when it is old and dingy, it can really have a negative impact on a space. Hardwoods are the best option, followed by laminate floors. However, if you are stretched for money, you may try a bag floor or a penny style one. There are creative options online that allow you to do great things with your floors for less.

6. Add Curb Appeal

The curb appeal of the home is everything. It does not matter how great the inside looks if the outside is in shambles. Clean up any dead plants and add some new. Be sure to pick flowers and shrubs that bloom at different times. This will allow you to have color year-round. Add some shutters and a fresh coat of paint to the porch. Use decorative numbers to display the address. Finally, replace the mailbox if necessary.

7. Repaint Ceilings

Ceilings are often overlooked. They are usually white and the color is reserved for the walls. However, people do not realize how dirty these ceilings can be. A fresh coat of paint on the ceiling can really enhance the whole room. The walls are not the only thing that needs to be painted.

8. Upgrade the Exterior Façade

The biggest impact you can have on the outside of a home is to replace or paint siding. If you have it in the budget, you can add brick and stone accents. Most fixer upper homes have chipping paint and worn out siding. Splurge for some nice siding or paint a great color to update the home’s look.

9. Replace the Windows

New windows are expensive, but they are important. If you have old windows in your home, you need to spend the money to upgrade them. Windows are great for keeping the elements at bay. You will save yourself money in the long run by sealing off old-drafty openings.

10. Update the Heating and Cooling Unit

To help the process of heating and cooling a home, you need to make sure the home has an updated HVAC unit. The air filters are just as important as the unit. Filters with a rating of Merv 11, have "astro pleating" to help ensure no dirt or dust gets into your system. Extend the livelihood of your unit by selecting quality air filters.

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  1. Portsmouth Cleaners March 23, 2017 at 3:51 am - Reply

    Rip Out Old Carpeting – well not all old carpets are to be thrown away. Some of them hadn’t worn off to the point of no repair. In that case, a deep steam or dry cleaning followed by some special fibre protection would restore some the carpet’s appearance.

  2. Larry Brewer March 30, 2017 at 10:30 am - Reply

    In my market, these things will insure that the seller gets top dollar and a quick sale. Replacing the windows is the only one I would hesitate to do if the ones installed were in decent condition.
    This is one of the most practical articles I’ve read in a long time.

  3. Nick Raineri March 31, 2017 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Great list of easy improvements to make. These may seem like small things but they have a big impact! Great post!

  4. Mandy Lane Kinney April 1, 2017 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Except replacing windows! Don’t waste your money!
    Windows in homes built in the 1940’s and before, are a treasure, some over 100 years old, still functioning!
    Replacement windows might last 10 to 20 years. replacing broken seals cost hundreds of dollars per window!
    I agree, Put your money into Paint, new lighting, fixtures, hardware, appliances, refinish hardwood floors, & curb appeal!

  5. laminate countertop @expresskitchen April 17, 2017 at 4:13 am - Reply

    I really like your blog, very interesting. Sometimes small things can draw a big impact. These small things for home renovations are really great and very effective. Thanks for sharing the blog.

  6. Kevin Jameson June 14, 2017 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    I couldn’t agree more on how important new fixtures are, and how important it is to ensure that they are safely installed.

  7. James Pringle October 6, 2017 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Many thanks for writing this article – I’m going to try the least expensive option first!

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    As always, I only find contents of excellent quality. Amazing these 10 tips. Thank you

  9. Peter February 13, 2018 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Love the kerb appeal – always is a great feeling when compared to your neighbour!

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    A great list of ideas. Make it easy for homeowners, good stuff!

  11. Adam March 23, 2018 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Adding curb appeal changes everything about a home’s property. It’s amazing what simply cleaning up the front garden, trimming the trees or regularly mowing and seeding the lawn will do to improve the aesthetics of a home.

  12. Richard April 5, 2018 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    A very good list of simple ideas to improve your home – some people are just itching to spend money though.

  13. Mark May 17, 2018 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Good to see that you all got this attention to this subject. all those tips are more then welcome for me thanks.

  14. Maris May 22, 2018 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Very helpful article. This tips are great :). Thanks and we count on more. Thanks again. / Maris

  15. John Dobbs June 13, 2018 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Fantastic list of tips to implement to improve and for a low cost! Keep up the good work on the great content.

  16. Terry June 21, 2018 at 4:10 am - Reply

    Lots of helpful tips – it’s amazing how quickly people want to move home rather than redecorate!

  17. Simon June 30, 2018 at 8:11 am - Reply

    Wauw very good

  18. Harry July 16, 2018 at 6:49 am - Reply

    This list will help me remembering the points while renovation. Thanks!

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    Great Fixes..! Really Practical.

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    l really enjoyed how you wrote the article! lt was straight to the point and l didnt feel like l was reading an essay lol. Made lt so simple to read ! Thanks

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    I totally agree! Doing some improvements and small renovations in your house make you feel lighter and renewed. Thanks for these tips!

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    I actually applied these 10 improvement tips you have shared and I feel more comfortable living in my house now more than ever. Thanks!

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    Very good ideas for renovations.

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    10 improvement tips you have shared and I feel more comfortable living in my house now more than ever.

  29. David January 21, 2019 at 11:54 am - Reply

    These are great suggestions. Something else you want to consider is Air Duct Cleaning. Old houses, especially fixer uppers, probably haven’t been cleaned well and may have more dust/dirt than usual!

  30. Daniel Perez May 1, 2019 at 5:10 am - Reply

    Wow! Well informative blog, These things will surely can offer a guide on how to improve on fixer upper. It carries a big impact and great ideas. Cool! Keep posting. Thanks!

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    Great list of essentials to get the property renovations going, good job, would be good if you could include a rough idea of the costs to do each type renovation. Like a budget, other than that thanks for sharing

  34. Anne Arjani September 7, 2019 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    In California, we like to install fresh new appliances in the Kitchen, as well. New buyers sometimes cannot afford to do anything after a purchase. They want to be proud of what they purchased when they entertain.

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    It is a complete home improvement tips that i can really use on my company. Thank you for sharing this.

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  38. A.P.K. September 24, 2019 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    My friend flips houses in Kelowna BC after fixing them up and he always prefers buying houses with appliances already installed, even if they’re broken, because he can raise the price substantially if it has modern appliances that work. Just a cool tip most people don’t think about.

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