Inexpensive Upgrades to Bring You More For Your Home

January 25, 2021

Whether you currently own a home or are looking to purchase a new home, keep in mind that updates and upgrades are possible without draining your bank accounts.
If you currently own a home there are many things that you can do to bring you more bang for your buck when you go to sell your property. If your bathroom or kitchen could use some love, keep in mind that you can update those rooms with some of the following tips.
First, cabinetry. If your cabinets are in good shape but may not be the color you like, or a popular color at the time, there is always the option to paint/stain. With painting comes new knobs as well. Paint and knobs will give your cabinets a whole new feel and make the space feel much more open and airier. Same for your bathrooms, paint and new knobs can go a long way for refreshing a space and bringing an out-of-date space up to date.

Next is paint and flooring. If you currently own a home with wood paneling, please know that if you do not have the means to replace it, that you can always paint it. I have painted the wood paneling in my home until my husband and I decide what we would like to do further with the space. Painting wood paneling is easy, and it looks fantastic, it also gives a little bit of dimension to the room. While you are painting, painting trim may not be the most fun, but it will certainly save you some money and is a great option if your trim is still in very good condition.

When you are contemplating replacing flooring please know that you do not need to go with solid hardwood floors, bamboo or anything at a higher price unless you wish to do so and have the means to do so. You can make a room exactly what you want without spending too much. For example, vinyl flooring is always available and looks wonderful, it also wears really well for long periods of time.

I recently updated my office. My office does have wood paneling, and I do like the look, I just did not like the color. Therefore, I elected to paint the wood paneling along with the trim. I went with a deep emerald green on the walls and white trim. We also replaced the flooring with a vinyl grey/white. The deep color with the exceptionally light floor has a wonderful contrast and really opens up the space. It is absolutely wonderful how much a room can change with easy repairs or replacements. My office is cozier than it ever has been and is exactly what I envisioned. Other than the some decorating/organizing, the room is complete. (Before & After Photos Below)

If there is a space in your home you just do not know what to do with, reach out to us. We would love to assist anyway that we can in making decisions that may best benefit you in the sale of your home. Or, if you are not looking to sell your home but need an opinion, we would be happy to chat!


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Georgie Christian

Realtor, Lead Buyer Specialist & Listing Specialist




Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

December 2020 ~ Real Estate Market Update

January 5, 2021

2020 has come to a close!  Across the Twin Cities the Real Estate market ended strong with housing prices up and the need for new listings still remains.  Are you thinking of listing your home in 2021?  Now is the time to start that discussion with us.  Contact us today, we are ready to meet with you and put a plan in place to get your home sold this year!










We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Years celebration!

Chelsea Knutson, Georgie Christian & Darcy Warcken

Realtors~ Better Living Group/Avenue Realty