Easy and Inexpensive Home Upgrades to Try
As a general rule, you should avoid doing any remodeling project that would ordinarily require a license. If you’re planning a bathroom remodel for instance, and your vision requires moving the shower to a different area, that’s going to require some serious plumbing work. If you do the plumbing wrong it can be disastrous. If your planned remodeling project requires a professional and you can’t afford the cost, better to try one of these easy and inexpensive home upgrades instead and save the other projects for when you can afford to do it right the first time.
A fresh coat of paint
Repainting your home’s interior is a project most homeowners can tackle alone. It’s not the easiest project on this list but it’s doable over the course of a few weekends. The key to a successful paint job is to have the right tools. Of course you’ll need a good, sturdy ladder and you’ll also want some good quality brushes, rollers, and paint. Choose a color that’s light and neutral so it’s easy to work with when it comes to decorating your freshly painted home. Some other materials that are a must are painter’s tape, plastic sheeting for protecting everything in the room that you can’t move, and paint trays.
Make sure you paint on a day that’s warm enough that you can open up all the windows to have plenty of ventilation. Have a playlist of your favorite music ready to go or enlist your friends and family to help.
Rearrange the furniture
This home upgrade is completely free since it involves moving things around that you already have and not purchasing new things. If your current layout of furniture has become stale for you, why not experiment with putting things in different place? It can give your home an entirely new look. If you’ve decided to repaint as recommended above, your furniture is going to be displaced anyways so it’s just a matter of putting things back in a new way.
Baseboard heater covers
You can quickly spruce up your baseboard heaters if they’re looking worn and dated by installing some snap-on baseboard heater covers. It’s a simple matter of measuring your heaters, ordering the covers for the specified lengths, and snapping them into place.
This is another upgrade that doesn’t cost you anything except your time. Go through and throw away or donate things you never use even if you tell yourself that someday you just might need them. Resist the urge to fill up every space with some little thing. Design your home around the larger pieces and keep accessories and smaller pieces to a minimum. Think creatively about how you can use unused space for additional storage.
Update your kitchen cabinets
Replacing your kitchen cabinets is expensive and requires a professional. But you can give your old cabinets a new look by re-facing them. Start by sanding them down and giving them a fresh coat of paint. Next swap out the cabinet hardware with something new and interesting.
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