Upgrading a home is not only challenging at times, it can also be expensive. It is no secret that diy projects are all the rage, but there seems to be an underlying requirement for exceptional creativity and a lot of free time. Often times the diy projects are just as expensive as paying retail prices for already completed upgrades. So how do you save money when it comes to upgrading your home? It is all based on how much research you put into it. Online research, thrift shopping and connections can easily help you complete diy upgrade projects for an affordable price, so before ruling out diy projects, do a little research and you will be surprised what projects you can complete on your own no matter your creativity level, and for a low price. Here are more suggestions for upgrading your home on a budget.
Shop thrift stores and salvage yards
We tend to drive right past places like thrift stores and salvage yards, certain that they do not have anything useful to us. If you speak to avid diy-ers, you will quickly discover that these places are gold mines for affordable materials that work just as well as the materials you would pay top dollar for in any retail store. This Old House suggests checking these places for already carved wood to turn into corbels that can transform the look of a breakfast bar or an entry way. You can find several materials at thrift stores to turn into modernized home décor to use as the finishing touches once your home upgrades are complete. Use these places to your advantage because they can save you hundreds of dollars.
Inexpensive landscape improvements
Exterior upgrades are nearly as important as interior upgrades if you are looking to raise the value of your home. Sometimes all a yard needs is a freshly mowed lawn and some colorful flowers to spruce up the flower beds. If your home takes a beating from winter winds, plant a row of evergreen trees to act as a screen that protects your yard from harsh weather. Evergreen trees can grow up to three feet in only one year, making them ideal if you want a flourished yard, but you have limited patience. Not to mention they are extremely affordable trees, and are easy to maintain.
Minor changes make major differences
Most of the time it is the most minor upgrades that make the most difference in a home. Change outdated light fixtures for modernized fixtures that give your home a fresh new vibe. Remove wall paper or freshen up the look of your home with new paint. Replacing old kitchen cupboard hardware with updated hardware is another way to modernize and update your home without breaking the bank. Finally, make sure you utilize every space before adding more space to your home. A little organization and decluttering can go a long way and save you thousands on a major remodeling project.
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