Tips to Modernize Your Home on a Dime

Tips to Modernize Your Home on a Dime


Whether it’s time or money, it takes an investment to keep your home updated with the most current styles and technologies, but it shouldn’t take your life savings to bring it out of the 1970s.  A few smart investments will keep costs down while still effecting big change. Here are a few low-cost places to start modernizing recommended by ABODO:


Update Exterior

Perhaps robins-egg blue seemed like a great, timeless choice the last time your front door was painted. It will just take a few coats of primer and new paint to make that door look brand-new, without the full cost of replacement, especially if you touch up the paint on the trim as well. While you’re evaluating your home’s exterior, pay attention to the dated hardware. A new set of house numbers and new mailbox can work wonders, as can upgrading your door handle and replacing exterior lights. If your home appears dated before your guests even come inside, the tone has already been set, and the aging appliances they’re about to see will be even more obvious.


Freshen Up Flooring & Walls

Like painting your front door, giving your walls a fresh coat is an easy way to make the house appear cleaner, newer, and move-in ready. Investing in a bit of new flooring — if, say, your house was remodeled with wall-to-wall carpeting in the misguided 1970s — can pay for itself with value it adds to your home: This Old House reported that spending $600 to replace or upgrade flooring can add up to $2,000 to the sale price. Any project you can take off the buyers’ hands makes your home look that much more inviting to potential buyers.


Rethink The Kitchen

Kitchens, filled with several of your home’s most expensive appliances, are daunting to consider updating. Do you replace the harvest-gold stove? Does it need to match the refrigerator? Luckily, you can give your kitchen a serious facelift without even touching your appliances (though a gentle cleaning wouldn’t hurt). Washing alone can put new life into old cabinets, but for a more dramatic transformation, also repaint or reface them and install new hardware — the cabinets will be unrecognizable, and for a fraction of the cost of replacement. You could also deface your cabinets altogether, and instead try out an open cabinet concept that can showcase attractive dishware.


While you have the tools out to replace cabinet hardware, try your hand at adding a new faucet. Replacing the basin is often the expensive part, but largely unnecessary. Adding a colorful backsplash made up of a few affordable tiles will complete the transformation.


And The Bathroom

Your shower enclosure and toilet can stay — they’re as expensive as they are incredibly inconvenient to replace. Instead, opt for updating some cheaper features. Replacing the vanity, for example, isn’t nearly as expensive as it sounds. For just a couple hundred dollars, you can give your bathroom an instant makeover and yourself a break from trying to get out those decades-old stains. If the change isn’t dramatic enough, try updating your light fixture or repainting the walls.



Posted on May 26, 2017 at 8:13 pm
Tiffany Stevens | Posted in Real Estate |

Daily cup of positivi-TEA

“You can complain because roses have thorns or you can rejoice because thorns have roses!”-Zig Ziglar

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Posted on February 16, 2017 at 8:17 pm
Tiffany Stevens | Posted in Real Estate |

Tiffany Steven’s joins the fight against breast cancer


After losing loved ones to breast cancer, PBC real estate agent, Tiffany Stevens, decided to join the fight against breast cancer by partnering with her family and the Susan G. Komen organization.

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest non-profit source of funding for research community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives concerning breast cancer awareness.

“It is a cause that is very close to my heart,” says Tiffany, adding that “participating in efforts to find a cure is important to me because I know what families go through when they lose someone to breast cancer.”

Three years ago, Tiffany and her family started a small fishing tournament to raise money for the Susan G. Komen organization, in honor of her late aunt, Lorraine. This year, the tournament raised a humbling $19,360.

Tiffany credits being a real estate agent with aiding in her fundraising success. She has been able to form close relationships with current and previous clients, many of whom have had similar experiences and are eager to help her raise awareness.

Tiffany adds, “I am looking forward to this upcoming year in playing a more active role on various committees within Susan G. Komen through participating in additional events and fundraisers.” She hopes that her efforts will not only go to fund cancer research, but also aid in education and prevention efforts so that fewer families will be affected by breast cancer.

To learn more about Tiffany Stevens, visit her website or social media pages below.

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Posted on October 21, 2016 at 5:44 pm
Tiffany Stevens | Posted in Real Estate |

New listing in the heart of Southtown

Check out the new addition to our FALL collection!  Located in Lavaca Historic District, in the heart of Southtown, this completely restored cottage is ready for its new owner at $269,900 Take the tour here:

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Posted on October 12, 2016 at 4:35 pm
Tiffany Stevens | Posted in Real Estate |

Check out our latest Luxury Collection digital magazine!

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Posted on October 11, 2016 at 5:17 pm
Tiffany Stevens | Posted in Real Estate |

Kick off to Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Kicking off breast cancer awareness month at Ignite the Night 20th Anniversary reception & art auction at the Tower of Americas, honoring fighters and survivors & commemorating Komen’s 20th anniversary  #komensanantonio #sanantonio  #breastcancerawareness #community #fightcancer #tstevensrealestate #towerofamericas #october #anniversary #luxuryhomes #phyllisbrowningcompany #christiesinternationalrealestate #realtor #sarealtor #realestate10.4.16


Posted on October 10, 2016 at 4:51 pm
Tiffany Stevens | Posted in Real Estate |

They did it!

Congratulations to my dear friend Lindsey on her first home purchase!! It's such an exciting day for you and I'm so honored to be a part of it!! CHEERS!!

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Congratulations to Allan & Kim on your new home and welcome to San Antonio! It was an honor working with your family and most importantly thank you for your service to our country!


Posted on September 9, 2016 at 9:50 pm
Tiffany Stevens | Posted in Real Estate |

Platinum Top 50


I really enjoyed connecting with Platinum Top 50 agents & the SA Express News this week to learn about the Next Million population boom by 2040, where we are seeing the growth & “Are we ready?” 

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Posted on September 1, 2016 at 6:46 pm
Tiffany Stevens | Posted in Real Estate |

How an earnest money deposit is like a marriage proposal

Once you have found THE ONE, making an offer on a home is much like a marriage proposal and one part love, one part transaction! Take a closer look at why earnest money is important in taking the one you love off the market! #landmark #proposal #tstevensrealestate #luxuryhomes #sanantonio #phyllisbrowningcompany #christiesinternationalrealestate #realtor #sarealtor #realestate 

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Posted on August 9, 2016 at 7:27 pm
Tiffany Stevens | Posted in Real Estate |


Proud to announce this Spectacular Summer Collection of Fine properties! It’s not too late to sell this season, if you are considering making a move I can help!

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Posted on July 29, 2016 at 10:59 pm
Tiffany Stevens | Posted in Real Estate |