Small Fixer-Upper Projects With Big Impact

The Austin housing market has older homes for sale in need of just a little TLC to bring out their charm. If new-construction is out of the budget, buying a fixer-upper is a great option when taking the step to become a homeowner. Certain houses will require a lot more work than others, but most can be transformed with only a few budget-friendly updates.

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The Power of Paint

Adding a fresh coat of paint to both the interior and exterior of a home can make a dramatic difference. Homeowners may not notice how poorly a house appeared until the walls are painted and they are able to take a step back to admire the improvement.  Here are the most popular interior paint colors for 2019. 

Bold Design Elements

Including bold and contemporary design elements is a great way to liven up a house. Often times, this can be accomplished with minor construction and does not require breaking the bank or knocking down walls.  Bold accent walls, a tiled mantel or backsplash, or a brightly painted door to contrast with a neutral exterior are some unique options to consider.

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Set Priorities

Unless some rooms are in dire need of attention, focus efforts on the spaces that are most frequented. Typically, this includes the kitchen, living room and outdoor areas which can also be the priciest. If the kitchen has good bones, consider refinishing the cabinets rather than replacing them, and instead, splurge on new countertops and appliances. Keep an eye out for seasonal sales for new flooring or outdoor furniture and consider improving landscaping yourself.

Renovating a home can be overwhelming and expensive, but taking on projects one at a time can help. Take time to plan out the finished project and do research on the most cost-effective ways to get the job done. With a little time and money, anyone can easily turn a fixer-upper property into an Austin dream home.