5 Low Cost Kitchen Updates

Many homeowners dream of a kitchen remodel, but with the average cost of most remodels ranging from $20,000 to $50,000, the dream oftentimes never becomes a reality. The good news is that you can still make a big impact on your kitchen without having to make a large investment.

 

In fact, these simple updates won’t cost you a lot of money or time. Below, we list 5 low cost kitchen updates that will spruce up your cooking space practically and affordably.

 

Paint a Wall (or Two)

Painting a single wall, or even two walls, can be accomplished quickly, easily, and affordably in a weekend. When it comes to choosing a paint for your kitchen, aim for a finish such as semi-gloss that will be easy to maintain and wipe clean when the wall gets dirty. Flat paint seems to absorb grease stains and other dirt, so avoid this finish when painting. Also, aim for the highest quality paint you can afford and be sure to prep walls (patching holes, sanding, and priming) before starting.

 

Color Your Kitchen Cabinets

If you’d rather make a more impactful change to your kitchen, then consider painting your cabinets. Choose a color that compliments the rest of your kitchen—think of what types of brand new cabinets you would purchase if you were installing new ones. This is a great way to make a dramatic change to your kitchen. Even though painting cabinets take a little more time a prep work than painting walls, this job can still be tackled pretty fast and is much cheaper than a full cabinet replacement.

 

New Cabinet Pulls and Handles

If you decide to paint your cabinets, fresh new handles and pulls can really finish off the new look with subtlety. Again, go for hardware that compliments the cabinetry and the rest of your kitchen. Even if you’re not painting your kitchen cabinets a new color, simply swapping out hardware can have a pretty major impact on your kitchen. If your cabinets are wood or a solid neutral color, consider adding colorful hardware to add a little personal flair to the room.

 

Adorn The Window

If you’re lucky enough to have a window in your kitchen, make use of it! An easy way to create a new look in this space is to swap out your existing window treatment for something quite different. Depending on how much light comes through, you could have a variety of ways to play off the window dressing. For example, consider adding classy window decals with a stained or leaded glass motif to dramatically change your space. Or keep it simple and opt for a new color of valance or swap out old venetian blinds for light and breezy curtains. The options are truly endless when it comes to adorning your kitchen window.

If you have a window above your kitchen sink, keep this in mind that you should avoid any curtains that could get damaged by the proximity to water. Valances and pull up blinds are perfect for these window areas.

 

 

Don’t Forget to Change Your Air Filter!

Even though this update doesn’t deal directly with your kitchen, this is a friendly reminder that your home’s indoor air quality will greatly benefit from a new air filter. Filters should be changed regularly for a well-functioning and efficient HVAC system. We offer an affordable “delivered-to-your-doorstep” program to help you keep up with your filters changes.  Give us a call to learn more: 425-746-3077.

4 Home Improvement Ideas Just in Time for Winter

Winter is right around the corner, and that means colder weather is upon us. Now is the perfect time to sneak some home improvement projects in before winter sets in. Learn the best ways to protect your living space from extreme weather and chilly outdoor air below.

Winter Home Improvement Projects

We’ve gathered together several home improvement ideas that are just in time for winter weather. Don’t be caught unprepared for the cold! Read on, and get a head start on these winter-ready home updates you can make today.

 

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3 Hot Trends in Seattle Home Improvement

Top Trends for Seattle Homeowners

Everyone loves a bit of an update to their home, especially if you’ve been residing in the home for a long time with little to no changes. So, what are Seattle homeowners up to in regards to home improvement trends? You may not be surprised that there are several common themes that seem to be taking off in the Seattle area when it comes to home improvement.

Check out the graphic below, which outlines the top 3 hottest trends we noticed when it comes to Seattle home improvement over the past year. Homeowners are seeing the potential of these improvements, and many are quickly jumping on the bandwagon so that they can keep up with Seattle’s latest home improvement trends for a more enjoyable experience at home.

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Handy Home Improvement Advice for Seattle Homeowners

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Is Tech Making Home Improvement Better or Worse?

Technology has made many aspects of our lives easier. You can contact your friends and family in other countries, read your work email, find a recipe, check your bank account, get directions to a new location, and learn how to refurnish your living room furniture – all from your smartphone.

There is no exception when it comes to home improvement. The internet is full of how-to videos and advice on how to make simple repairs, perform home maintenance, and even decorate your home without having to call a professional. However, there are some drawbacks to our access to technology, which brings to light the question – is technology making home improvement better or worse?

Pros of Technology for Home Improvement

The internet has changed the way that we get our information. Gone are the days when you have to go to the library and check out a home improvement book to learn the DIY tips. Now, you can just open up the YouTube app on your smartphone and learn how to perform different home improvement tasks. You can even pause and re-watch video content while you are in the middle of a project to get the information you need.

In addition, DIY home improvement technology has also come a long way. Innovations like home automation and solar energy have changed the way that contemporary homeowners live. Not to mention, many of these innovative technologies are easy for homeowners to access, install, and monitor within their own homes, without having to call a professional. This has transformed the way that homeowners look at making improvements to their home.

Cons of Technology for Home Improvement

While technology has certainly made it easier for homeowners to tackle DIY projects, it also has the potential to make any person feel like an expert. Though this can be empowering when it comes to some home improvement projects, more complicated and dangerous home repairs and upgrades are best left up to the experts.

When homeowners attempt to take on home improvement projects that require skills and experience outside of their comfort zone, they can end up doing more harm than good. For instance, while trying to repair the air conditioner, a well-meaning homeowner can cause even more damage that results in costly repair needs. Though technology has the power to help homeowners feel more in control over the way they live, it also has the power to provide a false sense of security.

In the end, there is a wealth of information out there and tech tools that make it easy to work on home improvement on your own. The key is to use this technology responsibly and be able to identify when you need to call in a professional. Just because you can find out how to replace your HVAC system on YouTube does not mean that you should. Remember, that calling in a pro for certain projects can help you save money in the long run from costly mistakes, not to mention it is often safer for all involved.

If you have an HVAC repair or installation need that requires an expert, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our air conditioning and heating technicians are experienced in diagnosing and fixing any HVAC system issue right the first time around.

Selling Your Home? Make Sure You Repair These Things First

If you are planning on putting your home on the market this spring, you need to start thinking about which repairs you have to make before you list the house. If you want to get top dollar for your home, you’ll find that some repairs are more important than others. When it comes down to it, there are certain repairs that you’ll need to do if you want to attract buyers and others that you can leave for the new owners to tackle.

Making repairs to your home may require a significant investment upfront. However, repair costs will be far less than the cost of having to reduce your listing price when your home sits on the market too long. The key to getting the highest return on investment is choosing the home repairs that matter most in the homebuyer’s eyes. Below, we’ve put together a list of the must-have fixes that you’ll need to work on before listing your property.

3 Things to Fix Before Selling Your Redmond, WA Home

Here are just a few things that you will want to repair before you list your Redmond, WA home:

  1. Repair damaged flooring.

Damaged flooring is worth replacing as it can turn potential buyers away in a heartbeat. If you have wood flooring, this can be a major selling point for homebuyers. Refinish any scratched wood floors so that they appear move-in ready when you show your home. If you have any cracked tiles on the floors in your home, be sure to replace those as well before you put your home on the market. This ensures that your flooring has a seamless and finished look when potential buyers visit.

  1. Replace outdated light and plumbing fixtures.

Outdated light and plumbing fixtures can give your home an old vibe – and not in a cool, retro kind of way. Replace any outdated ceiling fixtures and bathroom faucets with new brushed nickel fixtures. This helps give your home a more modern vibe. The best part is that this minor repair requires only a minimal investment, and many homeowners are able to tackle this revamp on their own.

  1. Remove popcorn ceilings.

Popcorn ceilings can turn away the majority of your potential buyers. Not only do these ceilings look old and tacky, but popcorn ceilings in homes built before 1979 are likely to contain asbestos. This means that this is one project that you cannot do yourself. It’s vital that you hire someone who is licensed to remove it so that it is removed safely. If you have a newer home, you may be able to remove the dreaded popcorn yourself by wetting and scraping it.

In the end, quick fixes often payoff more than huge makeovers or remodels. The bottom line is that you need to consider whether or not you will make your money back on a project before you start the repair. If the updates won’t pay off in the end, then save yourself the time, money, and hassle.

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