Adding value to your home is a great idea, but not every home improvement project will be worth the investment. There are, however, several areas that you can improve greatly without shelling out tons of cash in the process. Most don’t require major home renovation, and many can even be tackled on your own without a lot of expertise or know-how.
The kitchen is one area where it’s real easy to spend way beyond your home improvement budget. Because of that, many people think that any improvement to their kitchen may mean a major home renovation. That doesn’t have to be the case though!
It doesn’t take a big investment or a lot of time to give your kitchen a lovely facelift. Rather than shelling out for brand new cabinets – or even re-surfacing – try a fresh coat of paint and some cute new door pulls. Some appliances also have removable plates that can be changed out to give your kitchen a bright new look. With very little effort and a minimal investment, you can completely change your kitchen’s appearance.
Many people put off anything flooring-related because they’re afraid of the cost. There are some affordable options though. While installing new carpeting or flooring is often left to professionals, there are kits available that make it easy for the uninitiated to install new flooring over an existing covering. This allows you to pay out a minimal amount for materials, while saving hundreds by doing the work yourself.
Of course, if you’re not even ready for a home improvement on the scale of installing new flooring, consider just a good deep cleaning. High-traffic areas in your house will quickly start to look worn and ugly. Rent a carpet cleaner and give that rug a good deep scrubbing. You’ll be amazed what an improvement a little cleaning can make.
Here again, you don’t need a major home renovation to add a little life to a much-used space. Perhaps replacing a few chipped tiles and giving the grout a good cleaning will brighten up a dingy looking bathroom.
If you have a little more to invest, try changing out an old, out-dated sink or toilet for one that is more attractive and efficient. Buy a new bright set of hand towels and toss the old faded ones. Add a shelf or two, or perhaps update your towel and toilet paper holders.
Call in the Pros
Not for major home renovation, necessarily. There are some small things, though, that do require professional help. Over time, fixtures and wiring will age and need to be repaired or replaced. This faithful maintenance shows that you care about your home and reflects on your care for the bigger things.
You may wonder why it’s worth calling a professional to do this particular job. Unless you have the tools and know-how, though, you may end up spending much more time and money than you would by calling someone in to help you.
Small Investments, Great Returns
Sometimes it’s the smallest things that make the biggest difference. Even a small home improvement that contributes to the overall beauty, efficiency, and comfort of your home can add much to your personal quality of life and to the way your home is viewed by others.