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5 Upgrades For Starter Homes That Will Last Forever

Or at least until you move into a new place

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What comes after investing in your very first home? Needless to say, it's improving the look and function of your new property. However, rebuilding a space can be quite overwhelming for a lot of homeowners as there are a ton of must-dos to consider. To help you weed out what you can push back from what you should prioritize, we've put together a list of projects that don't only make your humble abode more beautiful but increase the value of it, too. Check them out below: 

1. Splurge in high-end kitchen cabinets.

Since the kitchen serves as the business center for most homes, any upgrade you make in this space will be worth it. Start your scullery makeover by moving up from standard cupboards to more durable cabinets that will last you a lifetime. 

RL Tip: If your house comes with great cabinets already, you can work on replacing your countertops with granite or marble panels instead. 


2. Spruce up your outdoor space. 

Whether it's dressing up your deck or having pros put in a patio extension, you can't go wrong with taking your backyard to the next level. It’s an affordable way of extending your entertaining space, especially if you have a small living area. 

3. Go for hardwood floors.

Trends may come and go but wood flooring is simply one of those things that will never go out of style. We can't say we're surprised—it adds warmth to a space, matches most decor styles and easy to maintain. If you're planning to getting your floor redone, go for variations of oak as it is more cost-efficient than most exotic woods. 

READ: 3 Ways You're Unintentionally Ruining Your Hardwood Floors

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4. Paint your front door a bright color. 

It's no secret that paint provides fantastic results without burning a hole in your pocket. For a design pick-me-up that you can do over the weekend, give the frontage of your home a facelift. Yellow, red and peach are perfect options to give off a warm and inviting vibe. 

READ: 6 Photos that Will Inspire You to Paint Your Front Door

5. Improve the landscaping.

There's no point in having beautiful decor if your porch is nothing but chaos. Since it's the first thing people see, it only makes sense that you fix it up to catch the attention of passersby. Invest in a few pieces of garden decor, some potted plants or even trees for an unforgettable home entrance. 

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