Home Improvements That Don’t Break The Bank

For most homeowners, it sometimes seems that home improvements are just an endless drain on the bank account. No sooner have you fixed a leaky roof, when it’s time to spend hard-earned cash on damp proofing. Whilst there is no getting away from paying out if you’re a home owner there are steps you can take to make enhancements that won’t always result in taking out a bank loan or a second mortgage.

Affordable ways of sprucing up your home that won’t break the bank:

  • Revamp the kitchen: You don’t have to spend a ton of money if you want your kitchen looking as good as new. Fortunately, these days, kitchens cupboards are made so that replacing the cupboard doors is a very straightforward procedure. So rather than spending thousands on a new kitchen, you can pay hundreds and end up with a kitchen that looks nearly brand new.
  • A touch of paint: Painting is one of the most affordable and easiest ways of improving a property. Painting will save the hassle of having to re-wallpaper every few years and once you have paint on the walls, it’s far easier and cheaper to transform, should your tastes change. Another great aspect to painting is making a home more sellable. Lighter color paints make a room look bigger and as a result, will add to the appeal should a prospective buyer view the property.
  • Flooring: Whether you are looking to sell, or just brighten the place up, flooring can play a huge part.  A new carpet can and does brighten the home up and do everything from improve the appearance to add value. However, if you have children, pets or just like to change the décor reasonably often, it may be financially prudent to opt for a carpet that is easily cleanable and a solid neutral colour. A neutral colour will match a variety of furnishings and won’t have to be changed every time you get a new suite or curtains. Some carpets are tougher and easier to clean than others. The initial outlay can save money down the line that will often be spent on cleaning or replacing. Here’s another tip; if you haven’t already, look under the carpets. It’s amazing how many homes have carpets sat on natural wood. It could be that you could improve the look and value of your home by just pulling the carpets up and hiring a sander.
  • Lighting: Taking time to address the lighting in the home can make a big difference to how it looks and feels to you and to prospective buyers. Using brighter bulbs where possible can make rooms look lighter and fresher. Whilst brighter rooms look bigger and more appealing to someone considering buying your property, they can also make a huge difference to the look and feel of a room. Replace thick, dark lampshades with lighter ones whilst you’re at it, as this will help as well. Do take the time to shop around for energy efficient bulbs, as you can get bulbs that are both bright and cost effective. In no time the initial outlay will pay for itself.

Even if you aren’t looking to sell your property, approaching improvements from this viewpoint is a good way to make enhancements without shelling out too much cash. Before you know it, your house could be transformed without the cost that you would normally expect.

14 thoughts on “Home Improvements That Don’t Break The Bank”

  1. New paint is always number one on my list. It is truly amazing what kind of effect a new coat of paint can have on a room!

  2. I am slowly switching over to stainless steel appliances. The stove is left at this point. After that, I think I will have the kitchen remodeled. Next will be the bathrooms. Our place was remodeled just a couple years before we bought nearly 16 years ago.

    • I’ve been trying to convince my wife that when we replace appliances, that a gradual transformation is the way to go, but she thinks that once one appliance goes, we should replace them all to match. So far we’re in a stalemate as none of the appliances have bitten the dust yet 🙂

  3. It’s possible to improve your home without spending a lot of money. You can always find affordable prices if you search well. I also agree with nick, it’s amazing how painting can change the look of your home, it has a great effect !

  4. Right on spot. Nick is right. New paint can give a whole new look on a room. And a box room where you can place a lot of things can help a lot arrange and keep some stuff out of sight.

  5. I am hoping to paint the kitchen cabinets in our home before the end of the year. It will probably cost less than $200 and will be a huge improvement. I’ve never been one to tackle these kinds of projects in the past and I’m excited to give it a try!

  6. Painting is a great one! We re-paint our rental condo with each new tenant to keep the place clean and fresh.

    You can also consider replacing countertops – not as expensive as a full kitchen and a modern, clean counter does wonders.

  7. I agree with the majority on this one…adding new paint can work wonders. And it’s something that you can do yourself so it won’t cost you a fortune for this home improvement.

  8. There are a lot of DIY tips that we can do for home improvements. We do not need to spend much. All we need is just a little knowledge and patience to do things personally. A good and new paint also makes a lot of difference.

  9. I’m going to have to agree with the above when it comes to painting! Not only is it a very cost effective method of home improvement, particularly when compared to extensions or a new kitchen or conservatory but it’s quick, easy and can really make a huge difference to the overall appearance of your home.

    I also really like the idea above about simply replacing counter tops and perhaps handles, this would be a much more cost effective improvement than a complete kitchen replacement and would still transform that living space, creating a completely new look.

  10. A fresh coat of pain can truly transform a space. The same can be said about adding some lighting fixtures that can create a mood in the space.

  11. Home improvements can be very expensive. Luckily, there are some ways that can help you to make your home more attractive and catchy without braking the bank.

Comments are closed.