Kathie Lee & Hoda: Budget Home Renovation Tips & Staging Your Home


Lou Manfredini Home Renovation Tips

For more home renovation tips, Kathie Lee and Hoda were joined by Lou Manfredini, host of House Smart. While Lou offered his expert advice on a variety of topics, KLG & Hoda did what they do best: enjoyed a couple of cocktails.

Today Show: Pine Mulch Vs Cedar Mulch

Kathie Lee & Hoda: Budget Home Renovation Tips & Staging Your Home

Kathie Lee & Hoda learned helpful home renovation tips and ideas for staging a home on a budget.


There are many varieties of mulch, including pine mulch and cedar mulch. Lou recommends adding mulch to a landscape fabric in order to conserve water and absorb moisture. You can also try rubber mulch, which is made from ground-up tractor tires and doesn’t ever decay. It’s perfect for something like a backyard play set.

Windex Outdoor Cleaner Review & Krud Kutter House Wash

Lou recommends Windex Outdoor Cleaner, an “amazing” cleaner that he uses on his own home. The solution attaches to a house in order to neatly clean the side of the house with no streaks. Krud Kutter House Wash also works really well for cleaning a  home exterior, whether it’s siding or brick.

For cleaning moss and mildew, try Wet & Forget. It’s famously used to clean the roof of the Sydney Opera House.


Kathie Lee & Hoda: Deck Stain Reviews

To bring your deck back to life, there are several options. Lou likes Arborco stain and topcoat, or oil-based Cabot used after pressure-washing. If your deck is really bad, Lou recommends using a product called Restore. Slowly apply the paint to restore your beat up, old decking.

Sabrina Soto: Tips For Staging Your Home

Kathie Lee & Hoda visited HGTV’s Sabrina Soto in Brooklyn for tips on staging your home for buyers. The best part is your home will look great, but you won’t have to spend a lot of money! Check out these and all of Sabrina’s tips in the video below:

  • Make sure your entryway is clutter-free, light, and bright. Put away extra junk lying around.
  • Don’t set an entire dinner service on the dining table. Just a few fresh flowers go along way.
  • Remove personal photos so that the buyer can envision him or herself in the home. Also make sure closets are clean and well-organized.
  • Keep 36 inches between a large piece of furniture and the wall.
  • Show off kitchen counter space by removing appliances, and keep the refrigerator shiny using a little mineral oil.

John DeSilvia Budget Renovations

Finally, John DeSilvia from Rescue My Renovation shared his own home renovation tips. This time, they were even more budget friendly. Check out John’s easy, affordable tips below:

  • If you hate the look of your old-fashioned refrigerator, you can create a faux-stainless steel look using spray paint.
  • If you don’t have the money to upgrade your kitchen, buy Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations Kit for just $250. The average kitchen countertop renovation costs $5- $10,000.
  • Upgrade your backsplash tile using Ekbinnovations Instant Mosaic Tile. It’s $10 per square foot and peel-and-stick, so basically anyone can do it!
  • Upgrade your kitchen knobs to change the look of your cabinets.
  • Faux wood flooring costs 75% less than hardwood floors.


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