Getting improvements done in the home is usually never cheap. Were you ever able to do a home renovation project that got completed on time or within the budget? We all know that the home is the biggest and most expensive investment a person could ever make in their life so it would not be surprising if updating a few areas in it would cost a huge fraction of money as well.

However, getting any improvement done in your home does not always have to be crazy expensive – you can actually do simple things that can improve the value of your home. Simple maintenance works such as replacing furnace filters or broken appliances to more energy efficient ones can make a lot of difference. There are even more things you can do around the house that will cost you less than a hundred bucks and it will make your house look several thousands more expensive than it used to.

Accomplishing Home Improvements

Lighting Can Make a Huge Difference

Old chandeliers, lamps that belong to the previous decade or wall sconces will make your home’s interiors look old and cramped. The proper lighting can do wonders in making your house look much bigger than it does and it will feel airy and bright. Updating the lighting fixtures inside the home can usually run up to around $200 but there are also better samples and deals available if you simply look around.

Changing lighting fixtures are often an easy fix and most of the times will not need the help of an electrician. However, if you have no knowledge on electrical wirings or are unsure of what you are doing, it would be much safer to hire one to do the work for you. You can also opt to swap out table lamps instead or change the shades or paintings of the ones you currently have.

It is also recommended to get the new LED or CFL light bulbs because even if they are more costly when it comes to upfront fees, they can give bigger savings in the long run making it worth the money. You do not even have to get new fixtures for the home because these bulbs are often enough to give your home a brighter look.

Replace Your Front Doors

Front doors can make or break the value of your home. The type of front door that your house has can add or lessen your curb appeal. Remember that the door is among the first things that visitors get to see when coming into your home so you would want to make sure that you get one that makes a statement and is memorable. Not only do front doors provide a decorative value, it also make sure that your home stays safe and secure.

If security is your biggest concern, the best way to ensure that is to get a steel door for your home. However, it isn’t always the best choice for your budget since they usually cost more than $1000 although it can get a little higher or lower depending on where you live. You may have to weigh down this option – steel doors do offer a 101% return on investment so it could be worth every penny.

However, if you are keen on staying within the budget, simply applying a fresh coat of paint or even adding new hardware such as doorbells or light fixtures can make a huge difference. Finishing off the look with a pretty door mat or a pot of flowers at the sides can help adding to your house’s curb appeal.

Kitchen Updates

A $1000 budget can only go so far in the kitchen but you just might be surprised at exactly what you can do given the very limited resources. You definitely will not be getting any granite counter tops but you certainly can afford new drawers or cabinet hardware. Even adding updating the pulls of your cabinet can do wonders in changing the entire kitchen’s look.

A fresh coat of paint on your cabinets and drawers or fixing a leaky faucet can also help add value to your kitchen. There are quite a lot of minor fixes that you can do around that will make your kitchen look brand new but without splurging on the money.

Another option that you can consider when updating your kitchen is to upgrade to a more energy efficient appliance. You should be able to get one below $1000 and you can save some money on your energy bills in the long run as well.

Doing Bathroom Renovations

Don’t think you can do anything much with a $1000 budget in your bathroom? Well you can’t do anything major but updates like a new shower curtain, light fixtures and other bathroom accessories can do wonders. You might even want to get a new toilet that is more water efficient so you do not only get a modern bathroom but you also save on your water bills as well.

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