Improving Your Home at an Affordable Price
Improving one’s home at an affordable price can seem like a daunting challenge. Thankfully, there are lots of fun, easy, and inexpensive ways to spruce up one’s home without breaking the bank.
Add a New Color
Most rooms can benefit from a nice coat of paint, particularly, if it’s been ten or more years since they have been last treated. Paint is way easier to apply than wallpaper, and it’s also relatively inexpensive. A few coats of good paint will cost less than several hundred dollars (depending on the size of the room, number of coats, and quality of paint) and will last for years to come. The right color can make a big difference in how a room feels and looks. Is there a small room that has a dingy, cramped feel? Try a lighter color! A fair shade of paint will make small spaces seem bigger.
Upgrade Your Outdoor Space
Make use of your outdoor space. Creating an outdoor escape is easy and will add to your homes overall living space. Gardening is a fun, relaxing hobby, but it’s also a way to improve the outside of a home’s appearance for little money. A rock garden is a gorgeous accent for any yard, be it the front or back (or both!). Rocks can be collected from around the property for free, and they look gorgeous. You can often times find free rocks on craigslist from landscapers with excess amounts of material. Invest in perennial plants that will bloom every year, one will avoid having to buy new plants next spring. Walkways are often overlooked but they add ambiance and charm to a home and are fairly easy to implement. Cobblestones have a rustic vibe, and are inexpensive – you can also search home stores for sales on pavement and concrete mixtures.
Updating old shutters can be easily done by scraping the existing paint off, repainting (with perhaps a different color), and then shellacking. Contrast can make such a great difference in how a house looks. For example, if one’s house is yellow, try going with dark green shutters. Is the house white? Try red or even black shutters for a striking look.
Finally, invest in a professional cleaning service. Deep cleaning your rugs and carpet will restore the space, making it appear new. If you own a large home, look into renting a steam machine- it is less expensive than hiring the pros, and in a few hours, the house will look spotless. Try doing this once a year to maintain results.