Redecorating and remodeling on a budget

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Redecorating and remodeling on a budget

 July 12, 2011
  
Some homeowners would love to spruce up their home for sale before listing it on the market, but may find a tight budget lacks wiggle room for a comprehensive remodeling. However, there are creative ways for home sellers to redecorate a home at a low cost so a property looks good to potential home buyers.
 
Repurpose items from around the house
 
Bankrate.com reports more home sellers are looking for creative ways to redecorate with items they already own. Cleaning and removing clutter can open up a room and make it look larger, while a room can look brighter and more inviting with carefully placed mirrors. Additionally, taking items that may be going to waste in one room and putting them in another might give them new life. A cabinet that's taking up room in a 
crowded dining area might be the perfect place to keep books in an office, according to Bankrate.com. Even old quilts or blankets could be used to provide new covering for pillows, if homeowners are crafty enough to pull it off.
 
Scale down remodeling projects
 
While a fresh coat of paint can liven up a room, it doesn't need to cover every wall. Sometimes simply repainting a kitchen backsplash or a specific wall can make an entire room look brand new, according to Bankrate.com. Plus, it allows homeowners to buy fewer gallons of paint and spend less time doing the grunt work.
 
Negotiate on repairs and new items
 
Most home sellers know they can negotiate on their home price when it comes time to sell a home. However, some may not realize they can haggle with contractors and merchants, too. If they need to hire a contractor for remodeling work, homeowners should secure a few different price quotes, reports CNNMoney. Homeowners can then use those quotes in the bargaining process and attempt to negotiate for lower costs or higher quality features. According to consumer review website Angie's List, 81 percent of contractors say they're willing to bend on certain labor prices.
 
Additionally, CNNMoney reports looking for new furnishings or accessories at smaller mom-and-pop stores can provide another negotiating opportunity, since these merchants can afford to be more flexible. The same may hold true for wholesalers or online retailers.