These Improvements Prove You Can Spruce Up Your Home for Less

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Time and again, you are thinking about giving your house a bit of makeover without breaking the bank. You are thus leaning toward budget-friendly projects that add to your home’s appeal and charm, as well as function.

These pursuits not only save on costs but also offer customization as you do the tasks yourself.  

All other things being equal, home improvement projects can increase the value of your home. Each renovation can have a small or significant impact on the sales price, depending on the buyers in your region.

For example, homeowners with a finished basement in California will likely see the biggest return on investment than those in Rhode Island, according to Zillow.  

For now, turn your attention to these improvements to your home for less. 

1. Enhance Curb Appeal

The front greets the people when they enter your home and even you when you get back from work. Curb appeal boils down to creating a welcoming and clean front of your house.  

You can thus improve this curb appeal by doing these:

  • Repaint the front door. A gallon of paint won’t cost much, but keep in mind the house’s overall color scheme when choosing the front-door color.
  • Replace an old mailbox. Residential mailboxes can be mounted on the post (freestanding) or on the wall, which is cheaper between the two.
  • Add potted plants. Flowers and greens instantly transform your front porch. That goes without saying that you don’t let them wither and become unsightly.  

2. Freshen Up on Your Kitchen Area

The kitchen is a major hub of activities, including countless home improvement projects. However, remodeling this area costs lots of dollars. In the meantime, do these:  

  • Paint your kitchen cabinet. For the new paint to last longer, you need to repair any flaws, sand, clean, add primer or undercoat, and finish off the job with the color of your choice.
  • Replace cabinet handles to pair with your newly painted cabinet doors. Install the new hardware a day or so after the paint job.
  • Organize your kitchen drawers. Look into dividers for your cooking utensils, pot lids, cutlery, and more. You can also maximize your refrigerator space with mini divider drawers.

3. Upgrade Your Outdoor Space

You can utilize even the tiniest yard space and transform it into a beautiful and functional area for your family with the following tasks:

  • Create a garden. You can have a raised flower bed or a container garden with trees, vegetables, flowers, and shrubs.
  • Install lighting. Choose among torches, floor lamps, and outdoor string lights to create a mood.
  • Set up a table and chairs. Now, you have a spot for dining alfresco and reading.

4. Expand Closet Storage

Storage is a perennial problem and thus a premium among home buyers. Instead of buying organizers or dividers, you may need a new mind-set to maximize your current closet space: 

  • Declutter. Take out all your stuff, clothes, bags, shoes, and accessories, and then discard what you haven’t worn and will likely not wear. Put them in a bin for sale. You can try this platform to sell your stuff online for a monthly fee that covers pretty much everything.
  • Fold anew. Fewer clothes mean a larger wiggle room. To free up even more space, consider folding your clothes in novel ways, such as those from Marie Kondo and DIYers on YouTube.

5. Add a Bathroom

Like the kitchen, the bathroom experiences significant traffic and receives periodic upgrades, too. If you have a family comprised of children and adults, a bathroom addition is always a viable project. You can have a tiny bathroom for less with the following tips:

  • Use a macerating toilet. This toilet is built for simplified bathroom additions, particularly in unconventional and tight spots. You only need (1)  electrical and water supply and (2) plumbing skills.

The toilet has a dependable macerating pump that you can buy separately. The pump handles the waste flushed down the toilet and, as an option, connects to the shower and sink to simplify the workings of the bathroom further.

  • Create recessed storage. It doesn’t take any space because you’ll be using your walls for this. Recessed shelves can house your toiletries, towels, and decor.
  • Use a sliding door. This conserves space and adds personality to the room.

With creativity and curiosity to explore new ideas, you can do more to improve the place you call home. Till the next sharing of home improvement tips. Get to share yours in the comments section.