Every buyer is looking for their own little slice of high-end heaven, and these improvements can help your home be just that. Each one of these tips will add a touch of luxury on a starter home budget. If you want to add value to your starter home but don’t have the big bucks for major renovations, read on.

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Light It Up

If your starter home still has the same basic lighting fixtures you had when you first moved in, it’s time to remove them. Replace any overhead lights with modern, show-stopping pendant fixtures to instantly update the space and bring it into the current age.

Every nook and cranny should have a pair of matching wall sconces or side lamps, so that no area is left in the darkness. Also, consider installing dimmer switches. Being able to create mood lighting is huge when staging and showing off the space.

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Curtain Call

When you move into a starter home, usually there isn’t enough budget for a new window treatment for every room. If you’re trying to take your home’s look from basic to beautiful, consider ordering a set of custom drapes and blinds.

Source a local sewing shop or window-dressing company to get a quote for all your windows and glass doors. Thick linens, damasks or textured silks are held up as the most luxurious fabrics and will instantly make your home feel like a high-end hotel.

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Wired In

Time has become a luxury in the busy, modern world, so having automated home features home is worth a lot. Installing a wireless home control system that’s tapped into the thermostat, lighting and entertainment devices throughout your house has major appeal.

Bring down the temperature with a sweep across an iPad or play a carefully curated “open house” playlist with a simple tap. Showing a house that’s set up for tech-savvy buyers presents a property that understands what true luxury means.

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Counter Offer

A starter home is usually affordable because it needs a lot of work, but choosing which project to start with is key. If a full kitchen reno is out of the question, start with the area most people hone in on the moment they walk in — the countertops.

While 1970s vinyl laminate certainly stood the test of time, it does nothing to increase the value of your property. Consider replacing it with a slab of classic Carrera marble or even a beautiful, white marbled quartz. Strategically scattering these types of high-end materials throughout the home gives the space a luxurious effect without overdoing it (or overspending).

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Wellness Room

Modern buyers are looking for properties that have a little extra something that sets them apart and supports their active lifestyle. While you may not have the budget for an indoor swimming pool, sauna room or expansive games room, there is another option.

Find a quiet, underused corner in your starter home and set it up with yoga mats, floor cushions and mediation candles. Imagine doing a set of morning sun salutations and evening mindfulness practices with calm chanting playing in the background. Taking care of your body and mind is a luxury not everyone can afford, but having a wellness area in your home is a good start.

Adding touches of luxury to your starter home shouldn’t cost you a fortune. These five tips will put you on the right path. With some small, smart improvements you can add real value to your home and potentially move up the real-estate scale yourself. Then you can dream about which luxury features you’d want in your next property purchase. The options are endless.

You may also like 7 Luxury Home Features We All Wish We Could Have on HGTV.ca.

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