How do you take a 1970’s ranch style home and improve it without breaking the bank? I have several tips that I have used on my own home and will be sharing those with you over the up and coming months. Even if you’re not interested in selling your home right now, I still hope that you enjoy reading about some of the creative low cost updates that I have done myself.
To give you a bit of background, I purchased my home in 2006 after it had been on the market for over a year. The house basically sat because it was so outdated on both the interior and exterior that most people wouldn’t even make it past the front door.
I was told by most of my friends and co-workers to pass on it all together. I loved the location, that was not a problem. It was on a quiet street with nice homes surrounding and it sits beautifully back up off the road with a sweeping front lawn. Those are the things you can’t change.
The exterior & interior cosmetics, you can change. I know we all know this, however, when searching for a home, how often do we forget this. Not everything is going to be perfect if you want location.
So, I proceeded with purchasing the home and began changing the interior & exterior. Here we go....
Tip #1 - Don’t be shy – paint the brick.
One of the first things I thought of when I first set eyes on my ranch home was painting the exterior 70’s looking beige brick with traditional white with black shutters to give it a timeless cottage feel. Well, I dove in & boy was I right on that one.
The difference was shocking. Check out the before & after pictures.
Everyone said I was crazy. You don’t paint brick! It is so low maintenance, after 2 years, the paint still looks as good as new and I don’t anticipate painting it again for years to come. I will say, I do have aluminum siding on the remaining 3/4’s of the house, but who cares. It looks great!
Be sure to check back, I'll be adding more tips to help improve your home, without breaking the bank.
Thanks for reading - and remember, if you're thinking of selling your home in the Kingston, Hurley, Marbletown, New Paltz, Stone Ridge, Saugerties and Woodstock area, or anywhere in Ulster County, give me a call.