Home Improvements That Won’t Break the Bank

Very few projects are as rewarding and fulfilling as home improvement projects.  A well-chosen home improvement project can not only make your home more attractive and can also raise the value of your property.  How’s that for rewarding?

If you’re on a tight budget with a low income, you may think that you can’t afford to tackle and home improvement projects.  Stories of expensive contractors and rising prices of materials can be pretty intimidating for the average homeowner.  There are, however, some projects that you can do yourself that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.  Taking on any or all of these projects can improve the appearance of your home and increase the amount of equity you have in your home.   

  1. Trim or Remove Overgrown Shrubs.  Overgrown or misshapen bushes or shrubs can easily kill a home’s curb appeal.  Fortunately, repairing or removing them costs virtually nothing.  If you decide to trim your bushes, check in with the lawn and garden experts at your local home improvement store for tips on correctly trimming your specific type of shrubbery.  If you opt to remove the bushes, be sure to check the location of your utilities to ensure that you don’t disturb any lines or pipes during the removal.
  2. Scour your bathroom from floor to ceiling.  Many people are too busy to give their bathroom a thorough, detailed cleaning as often as they’d like.  Sure, the mirrors are cleaned and the toilets are scrubbed, but the floors and walls probably don’t receive the attention they deserve.  A day spent scrubbing the bathroom from top to bottom can leave it feeling completely fresh and won’t cost you more than a few dollars for cleaning supplies.  To add a finishing touch to your hard work, you can always splurge on a new shower curtain and new hand towels.
  3. Update your kitchen’s appearance with new cabinet hardware.  Renovating your kitchen may not be possible with a low income, but you can give your kitchen a whole new look just by changing out the knobs and pulls on your kitchen cabinets.  The easiest way to make this switch is to select new hardware that can use the holes left by the old hardware.  Just take the old hardware with you when you shop for the new hardware.  In an afternoon your kitchen will look totally different.
  4. De-clutter your home.  Getting rid of things you don’t want or need isn’t just good for the soul; it’s good for your home, too.  Crowded, cluttered rooms and closets make your home appear smaller than it is.  Spend a few days gathering your unwanted items and have a garage sale.  Your home will have a fresh new appearance, and your pocketbook may have a new, fuller, look, too.
  5. Use paint to make a dramatic difference.  One of the quickest and easiest improvements to make to any part of your home is to re-paint.  Paint isn’t very expensive and can cover a multitude of problems like scrapes or toddler wall art.  You may decide to just refresh a room with a new coat of the old paint color.  Or you might opt to totally change a room with a bold, new color.  The great thing about paint is that you can make such a huge difference in a few hours.
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