It is no wonder that kitchens and bathrooms sell homes when you consider that these tend to be some of the most expensive rooms to update. For those who do not have a generous budget to undertake an expensive remodel, there are a few inexpensive ways to make the kitchen and bathroom more appealing…

RE/MAX of Southern Africa shares three tips on how to upgrade kitchens and bathrooms without breaking the bank:

  1. Upgrade the handles & faucets

One quick and easy way to make a room feel more modern or to add character is to upgrade the cabinet handles. A variety of loose handles of all shapes, colours, and styles can be found at local hardware stores and can cost less than R15 each. Although these tend to be a little pricier to replace, a rusty or outdated tap can also make the whole room feel like it needs an upgrade.

“You could get away with spending around R1,000 – R3,000 to replace the faucet, which can create a whole new look and feel to the room.”

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  1. Paint the walls and / or cupboards

Replacing kitchen cupboards or the bathroom cabinet can be costly. For a more affordable solution, purchase a high-grip primer and a high-quality paint designed for cabinets. A fresh coat of paint on the walls can also work wonders at updating the space – just make sure that the paint is moisture resistant.

“Depending on the size of the room and how much you have to paint, you could spend around R1,000 or more on paint and related supplies.”

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  1. Upgrade the lighting

An outdated light fitting and inadequate lighting can make the room feel dark and dated. Replacing the light fixture is a simple and affordable way to brighten up the space. LED light strips underneath the overhead kitchen cupboards is also an easy way to modernise the room.

“For a quirky and affordable fitting, try shopping around at thrift stores or outdoor markets.”

Those who do decide to undertake a more expensive upgrade are advised to involve a real estate professional for some free advice. “Speak to a real estate professional to help you decide what features buyers are looking for in your area. An agent can also provide a guideline of recent selling prices in the area to help you avoid overcapitalising on the remodel.

As local experts, they might also be able to advise you on reputable local contractors that you can use to help you upgrade these spaces,” concludes Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa.

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