3 Big Reasons Why Small Home Improvements Make Good Sense

Do you think big when it comes to improving your home? You’d be forgiven for thinking along these lines, and yet there is a lot to commend the idea of thinking on a smaller scale.

If you need convincing, perhaps these three reasons will help. As you are about to find out, small improvements can be just as good – if not better – than big ones.

1. They’re much cheaper and thus more affordable
Small home improvements are indeed cheaper. Instead of building a new extension, why not redecorate a room and repurpose it instead? A spare bedroom could be repurposed into an office by replacing the bed with a sofa bed and adding a computer desk instead. You’ll have to spend money on the furniture of course, but it is cheaper and more practical than finding the money for a new conservatory or extension.

2. Small changes can still make a big visual improvement
People tend to forget this aspect. Certainly, a new extension would have the wow factor, but it would also be expensive and difficult to afford for many people. If you want to improve your home you can easily redecorate a room or change one aspect of it – such as the colour of the walls. Try changing the scatter cushions on a sofa or adding some mood lighting; you might be surprised at how different the outcome is.

3. Small improvements can help to reduce the chances of needing bigger improvements later on
In this sense we’re talking about the likes of preventative improvements. For example, if you have wood framed windows they will gradually rot away unless you take regular steps to protect and preserve the wood. If you have painted frames you will need to check their condition and maintain them every year or two. If you do this, they’re only likely to need a quick sand down and a fresh coat of paint. You can also check the condition of the putty holding in the glass and replace any sections that require it. Compare this treatment to the situation you’d find yourself in if the frames rotted and you can see how the cheap and easy upkeep is better than not doing anything and paying for new windows as a result.

As you can see, it isn’t always necessary to spend a significant sum of money to get the result you want. Before you go for the big home changes, think about the small changes you could make quite easily (in a weekend, perhaps) that would improve the look and feel of your home. You may be surprised how many possibilities you come up with.

General Home Improvement is Not Putting a Light Rail Terminal Behind Your House

When doing general home improvements around the house you should not let your eyes get bigger than your stomach or pocket book in this case. After all, doing small home improvement jobs does not mean building the Eiffel Tower next to the pool in the backyard so that kids can use it to jump off into the swimming pool.

All too often, people plan home improvement projects that are well beyond their means, and then the feature creep gets the best of them. For instance, at first they just want to build an outdoor barbecue, and a small gazebo out of redwood. The next thing they know they have the project running over $100,000 which is obviously not going to fly.

Such massive expenditures are simply not in the family budget considering we are in the middle of a recession. If you want to build another room onto your house and you pull permits, the last thing you want to do is give the impression of mansionization on your property.

It also makes sense not to make gigantic home improvements if you are considering selling a house in the next 5 to 10 years unless it will improve the value of the home. Additionally, with the way that home equity loans are going these days it may not make sense to borrow a whole ton of money right now.

Still, if you are going to do general improvements this is the best time to hire a contractor at a discounted price and to buy the materials needed to complete the project because most people in that industry are hurting right now and they need to work. So you should take advantage of the recession to save money, but you should not go overboard or overspend. Please consider all this.