5 Affordable Home Improvement Projects

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We all have dreams about how we could improve the look of our home. Some of them involve big scale projects, like a full blown kitchen remodel, while other dreams are smaller and more specific, like wanting to paint a particular room. Some projects are best left to the professionals, unless you really know what you are doing, but many projects can be done at home by yourself or with a few friends. Many projects are quick, or at least affordable, and can really improve the overall appearance of your home. Some improvements can even increase the value of your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers. Whether you want to do one small project or several projects, and regardless of whether or not you are doing it for yourself or to impress someone else, there are several affordable ways to improve your home without spending too much money.

1. Spruce up your kitchen
The kitchen is where many people spend much of their awake time, and it really helps to enjoy your kitchen if you spend a lot of time in there. Having a disorganized kitchen keeps many people from spending much time cooking, because feeling cramped or disorganized isn’t very conducive to culinary excellence. If you are on a very small budget, simply reorganizing your kitchen by moving things around, or by purchasing a few different organizational items, can help you feel like you have a new kitchen without much money.

If you have a little more to spend, consider improving your cabinets. If your cabinets are completely dated, you might need to replace them. If you are able to do this yourself or with the help of some friends, you will save a lot of money. However, just painting them or adding new hardware can make a big difference in the appearance and feel of your kitchen. A new paint job can also improve the overall feel of a drab kitchen.

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2. Add baseboard and crown molding
If your baseboard has suffered from years of people and animals moving around the different rooms, you can really improve the look of your house, or even one particular room, by fixing or replacing baseboard. You will need specific tools, but if you have the patience and time, you can really improve the look of a room with a nice baseboard. Check out this video on how to install baseboard. Just painting chipped baseboard is also an option if you are not up to the task of replacing them.

Crown molding also really improves the overall look of a room. Although most rooms have baseboard, not all rooms have crown molding. Still, many buyers expect to see it in the homes they look at now, so adding crown molding to your home may help you sell it. A room with quality crown molding will look polished and finished, and appeal to guests and homeowners alike.

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3. Improve the lighting in your home
Most people don’t like to enter a dark home, and even fewer enjoy living in one. Rooms that are not properly lighted feel dingy, whereas rooms with proper lighting look much nicer. You don’t necessarily want to go for the brightest lights possible, but find lights that fit the room you are remodeling. If you have a room without a ceiling fan, or with a ceiling fan without a light, you can possibly install a ceiling fan/light combination. You will want to check with an electrician, but with a little assistance, you can do this pretty easily. In addition, just replacing an ugly or inefficient light with a more efficient or more fitting one (for the particular room and your decorations) will really bring a room together.

Outdoor lighting can also improve the look of your backyard or patio. Security lighting can make you feel safer — and also potentially impress buyers if they look at your home. Also, although this seems obvious, you should replace any damaged lights or lights that have gone out; it’s easy to get in the habit of pushing small repairs like that back indefinitely.

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4. Change your entryway
If you are looking for an affordable way to improve your curb appeal, changing your front door can really help you out. Some doors get old, or they are simply cheap. Adding a new door won’t be as cheap as many other home improvement projects, but it will improve the overall look of your house from the outside, which is a huge plus. You also can consider redoing a walkway or steps that are falling apart. For a cheaper fix, consider repainting a front porch that is chipping, and repainting the trim on the exterior around the door. You can also improve the inside of your house quickly and cheaply by replacing old interior doors.

If you are able to do it, consider redoing the front entryway of the inside of your home. Replace old tiles or other materials with new ones or with wood floors to give your entryway a new look. Again, just painting the front entryway walls will probably improve the overall look and not cost quite as much.

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5. Add some landscaping
Landscaping is another way to improve the curb appeal of your home. The outside of your home is usually the first thing that people will notice, so whether you are hoping to sell your home, or you just feel better when it looks nice, affordable and easy landscaping can make a big difference. Consider planting flowers leading up to your front steps or add pretty shrubs in your front yard.

Although not as many people will see the backyard, planning a backyard oasis can help you to feel at home and relaxed in your backyard – and can be great for parties. Consider a grilling area, a fire pit, flowers or other plants, and even a stone walkway. There are many different ways you can landscape your yard, and many of them can be done without professional landscapers; check out the DIY Network’s site for help using rocks, building a patio, or even creating a space for your kids.

There are many other ways you can improve your home in an affordable manner. Keep floors clean. In addition, if you have wood floors, consider polishing them. Organize your closets, and decorate your house with affordable but noticeable accents. Lastly, fix issues around the house yourself, whether it’s a broken door, a broken light switch, or just chipping paint.

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