Smart homeowners are always looking to improve their home. Sometimes the wish list can be a mile long, but the pocket book can be a dollar short! So, just how does one achieve the goal of updating their home on a budget? Learn from what others have found out from experience! You’ll be surprised to learn that home improvements don’t have to cost a fortune. Let’s take a look at a few tips for improving your home on a budget.
If you have an older home, you may find that there are hardwood floors underneath any carpeting currently installed. Many homes prior to 1950s were required to have hard wood as their sub-floor. This means that there may be gold in those floorboards. They may need some refinishing, but not having to pay to have them installed would be a huge money saver.
Drywall mud can be used not only for repair of pocks and holes, but also to add some visual depth to your walls as a texture agent. The process of texturing is not difficult. Apply the mud to the wall and use a sponge, brush or bag to dab the mud to add texture.
Installing a second bathroom in your residence will significantly enhance the value of the home. This is especially useful if you have rooms on a floor that does not currently have a bathroom. Inevitably, two people will need to use the restroom at the same time, after all.
You can easily dress up a teenager’s room by creating pillows that serve as a trendy focal point. Make pillowcases using old jeans, band t-shirts or interesting fabrics. Let them decide which materials to use to give the room some of their own personality.
Basements typically have little in the way of natural light. Be sure to install enough lighting that your basement is usable. If you have some luck, you will have a basement with high walls that stick out above ground level. If so, you may be able to install windows that bring in natural lighting.
Maximize kitchen cabinet storage space. Use a turntable inside a cabinet for smaller items such as spice jars. In larger cabinets, use shelf dividers to double the storage space. Stack items on top of each other, such as canned or boxed food goods. Install floor to ceiling pantry cabinets. The most important tip? Get rid of anything you don’t need or use, such as old appliances or tableware. Any food that you don’t intend to eat, especially canned items, can be donated to your local food bank.
Another very simple but easy to complete improvement is painting your home with a fresh coat of paint. By buying high quality paint with eye catching colors, you will improve the general look and mood of your place. Retouch the original color or possibly try a new, lively color in your rooms.
Stain the floors in your basement to make it look nicer. It is cheaper to stain a concrete floor than it is to replace one, and the look can be very trendy. Staining adds durability to the floor and keeps it easy to clean. There are many stains on the market, so find one that suits your style. This will give the illusion that your floors are fancy.
Before you start painting a room, it is best to know about how much paint you need. Measure the length of the walls in the room you plan to paint and add them together. Next, measure the height of the room. Multiply the height by the length. The square foot of the room is the answer you get. One gallon of paint will generally cover 350 square feet.
If your home has low ceilings that leave you feeling closed in, try using creative window decor to create the illusion of space and provide a splash of color. The trick to making the ceiling appear higher is to locate the drapes, valance, and curtain rod closer to the ceiling.
Improving your home is important, and even on a tight budget, it can be done! In this article we have discussed some of the tips most often recommended for updating your home. Take a weekend and give a few of these tips a try! You’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you’re capable of doing on a budget.