Improving Your Home Without Too Much Expenses
When it comes to upgrading your homes, there seems to be a never-ending list of things to do. There are home improvements that you would like to make, like landscaping, buying new furniture or replacing countertops. And then there are the things you have to fix, like inefficient appliances or a leaking roof. But there are a whole range of inexpensive improvements that you don’t take much effort but can go a long way toward increasing your enjoyment of your home – and adding to its value too. Here are some upgrades that you can do that is budget-friendly:
Increase curb appeal
Even if you’re not planning on selling your home, curb appeal is important. For you, that might mean pressure-washing the driveway, repairing broken stairs, or updating your mailbox. Sometimes upgrading curb appeal is simply a matter of spending time in the yard and getting your hands dirty by edging the lawn, trimming hedges, or pulling weeds. To keep costs down, plant perennials that keep their greenery all year long and invest time in maintaining your garden tools so you don’t have to purchase new ones.
Fix the front door
Your front entrance can say a lot about your home. Upgrading to a high-end fiberglass door can cost more than a thousand, but you can get a whole new look for a lot less simply by adding new hardware and a fresh coat of paint. Installing a new doorbell or updating the lighting are also inexpensive fixes that can add instant appeal to the front entry. Pair your newly painted door with a clean doormat or fresh pot of flowers, and you’ll have a whole new entrance for under $500.
Repair interior walls and paint
If your walls are a standard height, it’s easy to make simple repairs like patching holes or sanding. It’s also fairly easy to prime and paint your walls, which can instantly upgrade the look of any room. You’ll need to buy paint and primer plus painter’s tape, brushes and rollers. Painting can get complicated and expensive if you need to repair a significant amount of drywall, remove mold, or have really tall ceilings, so always consult a professional if you feel you might be in over your head.
Update lighting and change bulbs
The lighting fixtures in your home are like jewelry on an outfit—they can instantly add pizzazz or look dated. Switching out a chandelier or sconce is a fairly easy, budget‐friendly project. Shop big-box stores for inexpensive pendants, or ask about floor sample sales at retail outlets. If you’re on a tight budget, consider using the fixtures you already have but updating them with a coat of spray paint, a new light shade, or a dimmer switch. To make sure you’re really adding value, switch to energy efficient bulbs like LEDs or bulb.
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