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How to Upgrade your Home on a Shoestring Budget

Do you want to upgrade various areas of your home? Maybe you want to but you’re on a shoestring budget and just don’t know where to start. Either way, if you feel as though you are ready to make change, here are some tips.

 

 

 

Repaint your Home

 

If you want to save on your house remodel but still want to make your home feel like new again then one of the things you can do is paint the interior. Painting the interior of your home can help to eliminate marks and it can also remove stains from the walls. It gives your home a fresh feel and appearance too. Painting is also a fantastic way for you to add a great deal of value to your property, so make sure you keep that in mind.

 


Update Cabinetry

New cabinetry could set you back thousands. If you aren’t a DIY-er you will probably have to pay for the demolition and removal of the cabinets you have now and you will also have to pay for the installation of your new cabinets too. If your cabinets are fine as they are then one thing you can do is try and look at an online marketplace. You may be able to find cabinets for an affordable price, or at least find paint for the cabinets you have now as this is a great way for you to give your kitchen a good overhaul. 

 

Replace Bath Hardware

If you have an outdated bathroom then you may need to put in a lot of work to replace it. One way that you can add value would be for you to change the hardware on the cabinets you have now. You can also add new sink fixtures as this is a way for you to give the room a whole new vibe. Swapping from gold to chrome, or vice-versa will also help to spruce up your bathroom. If you notice that the shower faucet is very old then replacing this could be a sure-fire way for you to upgrade your space. Check out my 1920’s powder room makeover to see how changes fixtures makes a huge change!

 

Swap out Window Treatments

New windows can make a huge difference to your home. With that being said, it will require a lot of investment. If you do not have the budget to pay for this then one thing you can do is level up your window treatments by simply opting for new blinds and shades. You can do this in addition to patterns and sheers, to transform your home for the better. If your current shutter is faded, splintering or even just worn out then getting some new ones is one of the best ways for you to amp up your curb appeal in general.

 

Upgrade Lighting

Another budget home improvement you can make would be for you to enhance the lighting of your home.  The actual fixtures themselves may also be replaceable and this is a very inexpensive replacement for you to make. You can often find gorgeous vintage fixtures at thrift shops.

In addition to improving your interior lighting,  you should not ignore your exterior lighting. From chipped lampposts in your yard to any patio fixtures you have, it’s wise for you to try and upgrade things when you can. If you live in an area that gets a lot of sunlight then you should give some thought to solar panels too. This is one of the best ways for you to take advantage of a lot of saving opportunities.

 

Built-in Bookshelves

One thing that buyers often look out for is storage. The more storage you can provide them with, the better. Nothing creates solid storage more than having some striking bookshelves.

 

If you can add detached bookshelves then this will get the job done but at the same time, it won’t add value to your home in the same way that a built-in bookshelf will. A built-in shelf is a good way for you to bring both beauty and elegance to your home, and this is especially the case when you have it above a fireplace. You can do it yourself or you can hire a contractor if you want. Either way, if you can take advantage of this then it will help you out a lot when trying to upgrade the aesthetic appearance of your home.

 

Custom Storage

 

In addition to putting in some shelving, you can also create custom storage units. Anywhere that can be used to house Christmas trees or holiday decorations is always welcomed. You can also use Tupperware to store individual items. Either way, if you can add storage like this then your home will be better for it and you may even notice that your home is worth more as a result. If you need more storage then adding an overhead garage storage rack could be a good option, as you can buy them for a very affordable price and they are both practical and easy to use.

 

Refinish your Floor

If you have a hardwood floor then you may want to pay to get that refinished too. A screen & recoat is now more affordable than ever and when you invest in this for yourself, you will soon find that it is easier for you to get the look you are going for. A lot of the time, you don’t have to replace your whole floor and if you simply put in the work to get a recoat done then you will find that you can not only save money but also a great deal of time

If you aren’t sure if you have a hardwood floor or not then there are numerous ways to find out, and by keeping it, you can add value to your home as they are in high demand right now. If you’re not sure if refinishing it is the way to go, remember you can always get it painted as this is a fantastic way for you to give it a new lease of life.

 

Hopefully these tips will inspire you to make some upgrades to your house to make it feel like home!

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