5 Ways to Give Your O’ahu Home a Makeover—Without Breaking the Bank

Thinking of selling your O’ahu home and want to make sure you get the most for it? Or maybe you’re thinking of buying a home that needs a little bit of TLC? Or does your current home just need a bit of a facelift? Here are some easy ways to give your home a cost-effective makeover to improve its appearance and add a little value to its price tag.

1. Touch Up Your Paint Job

bucket of paintOne of the easiest ways to improve the appearance of a home is to give it a fresh new coat of color—inside or out! Painting the outside is a great way to make your siding look fresher, newer, and cleaner to improve your curb appeal. Bringing some new colors inside can brighten your home, freshen up your style, and clean up dirty or dingy walls. Just be careful to avoid dark or bold colors, especially if you’re thinking of selling, as buyers may find these unappealing.

2. Refurbish Old Furniture

new covers on old couchesYou don’t have to spring for a new living or dining room set. Get creative and find ways to improve on what you’ve already got. Reupholster chairs or couches. Purchase new cushions. Paint wooden chairs, tables, or accent tables in fresh new colors, or sand off the old color for more of a natural look.

3. Bring in Some Lighting

skylights and lightingChanging the lighting can change a lot! Open the windows and let in the light! If you’re feeling like a slightly-larger project, you might consider adding skylights to really bring in some of O’ahu’s naturally vibrant sun. Not an option? Consider upgrading your light fixtures, or replacing switches with dimmers to provide mood lighting options.

4. Refinish & Replace

beautiful granite kitchenYou don’t have to completely tear out the old kitchen or bathroom to make it look fresh and new. Start small by replacing fixtures and doorknobs. Refinish or resurface old cabinets. Upgrade tile, countertops, or flooring. Add a new sink basin or re-tile the tub. Replace old appliances with new stainless-steel models. As long as you leave plumbing and structural walls where they are, you can make a lot of improvements without any big, expensive changes.

5. Upgrade Your Outdoor Spaces

scenic outdoor porchWhy do residents and visitors alike love O’ahu? Because the weather is beautiful year-round. And there’s no easier way to enjoy beautiful weather than right at home. So give yourself (or your buyers) an easy way to enjoy the great outdoors. Make sure you mow the lawn and spend some time landscaping. Plant a few flowers, trim your hedges, and set some comfortable outdoor furniture out on the patio.

Don’t have a yard? Condos can have great outdoor spaces, too! Add some hanging or potted flowers or plants to your deck or balcony. Set a chair out and position it towards the best ocean or mountain views. Even small spaces can be a great place to read a book or sip a drink while you watch the sun go down. Don’t let these great spaces go unnoticed or unused.

Thinking of Selling Your O’ahu Home or Buying a Home on O’ahu?

If you’re considering a real estate endeavor on O’ahu, then it’s time to contact RE/MAX Honolulu. As your local real estate experts, we are your go-to guide for buying a home or selling a home in Hawaii. We can help you learn more about life on the island, explore its beautiful cities, discover its neighborhoods, and find the perfect home. Or we can help you find the right price for your home, give you some great staging tips, and list your home for the greatest possible amount of money. Call us today and let’s get started.

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