Little Upgrades That Add Big Value to Your Home



If you're wondering which little upgrades you can make that add up to big value in your Emerald Isle rental or beach home, this is the blog post for you. Skip the major remodels and focus on these smaller projects that are worth your time and money—and are a good investment of both. As they say, it's the little things that add up to the big things that matter most. As you're reading through these, you can click on the photos to see how our Emerald Isle rental homes have optimized their home design and decor. Check out these top-rated home upgrades!


beautiful kitchen Emerald Isle vacation rental Hart and Sole | Sun Surf Realty

1. Minor Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling

Forget the total overhaul and instead focus on what you can do to improve what you have. Cosmetic improvements of good quality are a worthwhile investment here. Think refinished or repainted cabinetry, updated flooring, cleaned up tile, improved lighting, and upgraded fixtures to name a few. Minor remodeling of both the kitchen and bathroom areas of your home or rental give them a cleaner, more modern feel—and that's what you want here. You don't have to break the bank! Look at these rooms with a fresh eye and see what little changes make the biggest impact.

beautiful living room Emerald Isle vacation rental Aloha | Sun Surf Realty

2. Minor Updates to Living Room & Bedrooms

Along these same lines, you'll want to do similar upgrades and updating to your living room and bedrooms. A fresh coat of paint, an open airy feel, modern yet comfortable furniture, and other decor and design elements that have purpose when it comes to form and function are key here. Rearrange your furniture and bring the pieces away from the walls to make your living room feel larger and look more contemporary. For bedrooms, modernize any outdated tapestry or drapes, rethink the lighting, update bedding if needed, and reevaluate the flooring. 

outside landscaping Emerald Isle vacation rental Australian Gold East | Sun Surf Realty

3. Landscaping

Landscaping matters! It's the first thing you and others see as you approach your home. Does it look well kept? Uncluttered? Does it leave a positive first (or lasting) impression? Investing some time and money into the landscaping of your home, whether you do it yourself or hire someone to do it for you, is one little way to make a big difference to the look of your home. Consult the experts or ask for some input from friends and family for ways to improve on what you already have. You'll be so glad you did, and your guests will notice.

Emerald Isle vacation rental Atlantic Shores East | Sun Surf Realty

4. Exterior Improvements

Power washing your home, having it repainted, updating decks and retouching trim are some of the many ways to make improvements to the exterior of your home. Spruce up your decks and porches with inviting furniture, potted plants and whatever else makes it look like an inviting place to spend some time enjoying the outdoors. Much like landscaping, the exterior of your home is the first thing people will see, so make sure it's an eye pleaser. Level up your home's exterior to look its best and keep it as clean and well kept as possible.

Porch ocean views Emerald Isle vacation rental C Nutt | Sun Surf Realty

5. Decks, Patios & Porches

Outdoor living spaces add huge value to your home as well as giving you, your family and your guests a place to enjoy the surroundings to their fullest. Whether it's a pressure treated wood deck, an inviting courtyard area, or a stone patio with places to sit, eat and relax—rest assured that these are all valuable additions to your home. So if you don't have any of these, you may want to consider adding one of these options. If you do have any of these outdoor areas, make sure they are appealing, clean and inviting. 

ocean view windows Emerald Isle vacation rental Crystal Sands | Sun Surf Realty

6. Replacement Windows

Replacement windows not only matter in looks but they also help maintain a comfortable climate in your home. Not to mention if you have fabulous ocean views, you want to make sure they are best viewed through high quality windows. You'll get a good return on investment here, as most homeowners recoup more value than they spend on this home improvement. Consult the experts and see which options are best suited for your home. Then go ahead and commit to this little upgrade that will add both value and comfort to your home.


Read more about these and other little upgrades that make a big difference to your Emerald Isle vacation rental or beach house here. You'll also get an average estimate on the return on investment each of these can add to your home. 


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