Every homeowner knows that a house is always a work in progress. It doesn’t matter if you bought a house that was just completed only weeks before or if your home is over fifty years old. Regular maintenance is key to keep your home in good shape. You’re likely to want to make changes from time to time. Repair jobs will pop up out of the blue. Doing work on your house can make you feel like it is turning into a money pit. You don’t want to cringe every time something else has to be done around your house. Before you have the checkbook blues, try the best alternatives for inexpensive home improvements to brighten your living space.
Paint is one of the easiest and least expensive improvements you can make. This is a job you can do yourself. You’ll spare yourself a big bill when you don’t have to hire a contractor. You can also cut costs when you check out the clearance section for paint in your home improvement store. People often turn down paint that was personally customized for them. Take a look at your options. You may discover a refreshing color that will give your interior a new look. Take care in your selection. While it may be tempting to pick up the cheapest can of paint in the aisle, there’s a reason you should choose higher quality paint. The paints that cost more include titanium in their list of ingredients. They will cover the surface more effectively than paints that have high levels of clay. In the end, it will save you money when you only need to apply your more expensive paint one time rather than several coats of an inexpensive brand. Once you’re done painting, look for some reasonable large wall décor to turn heads when visitors walk through your door.
Take a look at the exterior of your home. You are likely to see staining, mold, debris, cobwebs, and more collecting on the surface. A pressure washer is a great way to make it look like new again. A pressure washer can be used on vinyl or wood surfaces. Be careful not to set your pressure too high if you are cleaning wood. You don’t want to damage your siding or shingles. If you don’t have a pressure washer, see if you can borrow one from a friend or rent one from a home improvement store. You can also hire a professional service to do the job for you. Compare rates before you make a final decision.
Shutters are an easy and relatively inexpensive way to spruce up your home. You can choose from vinyl or wood. If someone in your family is talented with woodwork, make your own. Wooden shutters can have designs carved in the middle, such as hearts or trees to give your home more personality. While you’re adding improvements around your windows on the outside, consider some new curtains on the inside. Look for clearance curtains online for unique designs that come at a reasonable price.
The thought of buying new cabinets for the kitchen or putting them in a closet can make you only see dollar signs. You don’t have to drain your bank account. Consider putting up shelves instead. Look at available wall space in various rooms in your home. Dishes and cookbooks could be placed on a colorful shelf that adds beauty to your kitchen. Shelves in the bathroom can give you enough room for all of your towels and toiletries. Add more shelves to a closet to get more items off the floor or out of your way. Choose from wood, metal, or plastic to find the right fit for your décor.
Your home has great potential. A few decorative items, fresh finish on an old wood floor, baskets for storage, and new handles on your cabinets are a few inexpensive ways to breathe new life into your home. Don’t forget to go green outside. Add a few trees, shrubs, and perennials to your landscape. You’ll love it when you look at the big picture as your home improvements come together on a budget.