Home improvement projects in this economy are all about getting the most bang for your buck. If you had planned a complete overhaul of your entire house and are not looking at a different financial situation, don’t despair. You can still get great home improvement results without breaking the bank. You just need to think about things in a different way and adjust your projects so they make financial sense. The following five home improvements can make a big difference in the look and functioning of your house without putting you in financial despair.
1. Painting the interior
If you had to choose one home improvement project that would make the biggest impact for the smallest amount of money, it has to be paint. Painting the walls in your home can create dramatic change immediately. Whether you are just painting one wall or redoing an entire section of your home, you can transform your place in the span of just a few days. Look to home improvement magazines for ideas and then use a mid-range priced brand of paint for a combination of money savings and durability.
2. Cabinet resurfacing
If you wanted to get new cabinets but have now adjusted your budget, cabinet resurfacing is a great way to go. Since home improvements made in the kitchen always increase your value, you can be sure that any money spent here will be a good investment, even resurfacing. By having a professional resurface the cabinets, you can change the whole look of the kitchen with just one project. The cabinets can be updated with a color or stripped down to the rich wood underneath. For mere dollars, you can swap out old cabinet fixtures with new ones and your transformation will be complete.
3. Painting the trim of your home
Can’t afford to paint the entire exterior of your home? No problem! By painting the small surface area of the trim you can give your home a fresh look for a minimum cost. Although it doesn’t seem like it, painting the trim can have a big visual impact on your home. Having the trim painted by professional contractors can cost less than $1000. In addition to cost savings, painting the trim can give you more flexibility to change colors later on. If you change your mind later on, it will be easy and relatively inexpensive to get a new color.
4. Composite floors
Next to the kitchen, the flooring of your home can have the biggest impact on your resale value. Besides paint, it’s the biggest way you can change the look of the interior of your home. If traditional flooring is out of your price range composite floors can give you a dramatic new look for pennies on the dollar. Visit a home improvement store to look into your options.
5. Clean out your gutters
Although this may not be at the top of most people’s home improvement project list, it’s very important and can save you money in the long run. When your gutters are working properly, they efficiently rout the water away from your home and prevent weather damage to the roof, walls and foundation.