Small Home Improvement Projects with Big Impact

You can invest in your home without draining your savings or going into debt. There are many ways to have a big impact on your home with small, cost-effective projects. From painting to lighting, this article will cover some of the 7 best little things you can do to make a big change in your home.

1. Freshen Your Flooring

Revive old hardwood floors by sanding them and putting down a fresh coat of stain and wax. Start by cleaning the floors – but if your hardwoods are still showing wear, try throwing down a new area rug to brighten the room.

Carpets can be professionally cleaned or replaced, and old heating vents should be refitted or even repainted to bring out that original sparkle.

2. Paint

Painting a room is a simple way to make a big stylistic change. Try experimenting with different paint finishes or add dimension with textured wallpaper and varying colors.

To make a room seem larger, opt for lighter colors. For a bolder room, choose vibrant colors and a ceiling color that is one to two shades lighter.

3. Declutter

This is the one home improvement task that could actually earn money. Give away or sell your old stuff. Clean out old drawers, storage spaces, basements, garages and attics. Get the notes off the fridge and the hair pins out of your desk drawer, because now is the time to upgrade your home by downgrading your clutter. If you have enough junk to warrant the cost, rent a large driveway trash receptacle for a week and have it hauled away at the end.

4. Refinish Cabinetry

Update old cabinetry by sanding it down and either painting or re-staining it. Use a neutral color that compliments your countertops and isn’t too overbearing. You can also easily update your cabinet hardware with more modern and stylish pulls that will instantly give your kitchen a contemporary feel.

5. Landscaping

Front-yard landscaping can offer a 100 percent return on your investment in terms of added resale value. Invest your money in lawn updates, weed control, low-maintenance shrubbery and easy perennials.

6. Refresh the Exterior

Have your windows cleaned, clear the gutters, pressure-wash your home’s exterior, update your light fixtures and place a potted plant out on the front porch. These are all inexpensive ways to give your house instant “curb appeal.”

7. Update your Fixtures

Go through your home replacing old light fixtures, switches and outlet covers. Say goodbye to those outdated, yellowing, plastic switches and hello to clean, modern fixtures. By paying attention to these small details, you’ll make a big difference.