What’s the average cost of a home remodel? Stats have the average cost per square foot at anything from $15 to $60. That means that to renovate a home with 1,000 square feet, you would spend at least $15,000! That’s not a tiny figure. For most people, renovating a home translates to going into debt or reaching far into their savings. But did you know that you can have your cake and eat it? That’s right! You can still give your home a facelift without spending more money than you would like. We have some ideas to get you started.
Spruce Your Walls
Your walls are a massive part of the home. If they look good, then everything in the space automatically looks better. That’s why anyone looking to save money always goes for the cheapest option- redoing the walls. We are not talking about knocking down the walls and putting them up again. Instead, we are talking about the façade.
The options are to paint over the wall or install wallpaper. Again, when trying to save money, the latter makes the most sense. You can forego the labor and do it yourself. It’s even easier with peel and stick removable wallpaper, which, as the name suggests, only requires you to peel it and stick it! It’s probably one of the easiest home improvement options in the market right now. Not only is it easy to install but also to remove. So, if you are leasing a space, you do not have to worry about losing your deposit. Also, if you like updating your walls often, this removability will work in your favor.
Did we mention that there are tons of cute black wallpaper options on the market? You can get removable wallpaper in pretty much any design you’d like.
Get New Fixtures
What if the walls already look great, yet the room still feels a bit off? Your accessories could be to blame. You may not think about them often, but fixtures play an integral part in the room’s look. For example, if your doorknobs are rusty or do not match the overall décor, they hurt the aesthetics in the room. The same goes for light fixtures, curtain rods, and even outlet covers.
So, what’s the best way forward? First, you must consider if you are updating the home in anticipation of a sale. Putting a house on the market is never easy, and any changes you make now should help you net a better ROI. When choosing fixtures, consider if other people would love them if they were to view your home from a buyer’s perspective. Secondly, consider your budget. While decorative fixtures may look great and can tie everything together, they may be a bit pricier than you would like. You can either go for these options or embrace the spray can. Did you know that you can spray over inelegant items and make them look costlier than they are?
Clean The Home
This option may seem odd, but it works magic. Your home’s look might not be outdated. Instead, the house could be dirty. Sure, this is not something that you may want to hear but think about it. When is the last time you really scrubbed the tiles in your home? How about the windows? What about the fireplace? It’s easy to get by with routine cleaning ever so often. However, if you are not moving things around, ensuring that you clean every nook, your home may still not look good.
So, consider setting out time to clean the house from the inside out. Start by clearing out your closets and wiping down every surface. As you move from one room to the other, getting rid of clutter and collecting items you need to give away, you should notice a change. Do not forget the outside too! Ensure you give your house a proper scrub, clean the gutters, and mow the lawn. Does your house still need an upgrade?
Refinish Your Hardwood Floors
Do you have classic hardwood floors in your home? It might be time you worked on them rather than installing new flooring. So, how do you do this? Start by assessing the damage to your floors. It will not be much in most cases, and all you will need is some buffing and a fresh coat of varnish. But even with a lot of damage, you can still make do with making this a DIY project.
Some prep work will go into redoing the floors. For example, you will need to remove all the furniture and rugs in the room and cover the electrical boxes and wiring. The next part involves checking for cracks and holes and repairing these using wood filler. It should be fun! Be sure to use a thin wood filler that’s easy to apply and can cover broad areas. After sanding, buffing, and prepping the floor, you’ll be ready to stain and seal the floor. Easy! Sound like something you can handle?
Change the Exterior
It’s easy to focus on what’s inside and forget that the exterior also matters. After all, you spend much of your time inside and are more likely to notice what’s amiss indoors. But forgetting the outdoors can hurt the overall look.
How about installing a new front door? Sure, it will cost you a lot of money, but its effect on the house will be untold. If forking out hundreds of dollars is not the best move right now, you can get away with painting the door. There’s nothing a fresh coat of paint won’t fix! You could also try changing the doormat for a nice change.
Power washing the house’s exterior is an excellent way to get rid of the accumulated dirt. It works almost as well as a fresh coat of paint. We’ve mentioned paint so much, so we may as well go ahead and say it- repaint your home’s exterior!
Sometimes, the magic lies in the greenery in the home. Mow the lawn, plant some flowers, tend your vegetable garden, trim existing trees, trim the fence, etc. Whatever makes your house look better on the cheap, do it!
See? You can save money and still update your home! The two do not have to be mutually exclusive events.