The condition of our home has a significant impact on our lives and our attitudes, as well as its value, which can have a profound effect on our finances.
When we feel comfortable in our home, we feel good about ourselves, and we feel right about the state of our lives.
When our living space begins to look more “lived-in,” the more we wish we could change things.
Sometimes, after we’ve lived in a home for a decade or so, we become envious of our friends, whose home seems newer and more exciting.
Sometimes, we look around, and we just want to renovate and change things up.
Well, because we like to help people do things they believe is impossible, we’d like to show you the best ways to renovate your house with little to no money.
Many people think a home renovation starts with tearing out walls and ceilings and putting in new floors, but that is indeed not the case. Start with the two most noticeable changes, which can usually make a huge difference.
The best way to do a quick renovation is through longer curtains and a front door. The right curtains are full-length curtains, which aren’t much longer than standard curtains, but they can create a completely different and more positive atmosphere in the main rooms of the home.
After you change the curtains, you can also change the front door. After all, the front door is the focal point of your home from the outside. In many cases, if it is in good shape, you can paint it or stain it. If not, it is possible to get a good quality door for a relatively small amount of money.
Quite often, replacing the front door and the curtains in the main room of the house will bring new life to the home and increase its value without doing anything significant. However, if you need more, here’s what you can do.
Inside your home, the floor is likely the most important single feature. It is undoubtedly the most-used feature and the most prone to wear and tear. If you have a rug down now, it’s possible a good rug shampoo will give the carpet a fresh new look. However, even a new rug can give any room a chic and updated look that will make people think you hired a high-cost designer, without the price tag.
Quite often, those who feel they need a new kitchen believe they have to rip out everything and replace everything, but that isn’t always necessary. Many people considering a complete kitchen renovation look around and realize the only thing needing change is the countertops. There are many ways to do this with very little money.
You can opt for a smart countertop that is easy to clean, or you can choose a laminate, that can give the counter a nice clean and new look. When people put in new countertops and do a deep clean on everything else in the kitchen, they often find that sufficient to look like a complete renovation. It can give the entire kitchen a very modern and very chic look without spending thousands.
If everything else in the bathroom is in good shape, there are easy ways to upgrade the shower and make it look and fee brand-new without having to replace everything. For just a few hundred bucks on the shower, a couple of new towel racks and other inexpensive odds and ends, and perhaps some cleaning supplies for the rest of the bathroom, you can feel like you completely remodeled the bathroom for (almost) no money.
Often, just living in a house wears things out. That means, sometimes, you need to restore a few things. The first things to show wear and tear are tiles, whether they are on the floor or the walls. Tearing everything out and replacing may sometimes be necessary, but more often than not, it’s over-kill. In many cases, you may only need to rent a steam cleaner or a polisher, although you may have to bring in professional cleaners to do it well.
Then, after you have cleaned and restored the floors and perhaps the walls, it may only be necessary to replace that old couch, and maybe a chair and some end tables, too. Consider getting a sofa bed, to reduce the wear and tear on your current guest room and to make the living room even more functional.
One of the best ways to change the entire look of your home without spending a lot of money is to improve the lighting. Install LED lights instead of incandescent and use track lighting to get the best effect. With this type of lighting, you can swap outlooks, depending on a particular room. For example, you may want a different lighting scheme for a party than if you’re relaxing.
Depending on your budget, can often paint the outside or the inside of your house to give it a fresh new look and to make it feel much more modern and chic.
In some cases, it may be possible to do many of these renovations or others for even less money. Many state and local governments have programs which allow you to make changes to your home and give you some or all of the money to do it. It could be worth your while to look into whether or not someone will pay you outright or offer you a rebate to put in new energy-saving doors, windows, bathroom fixtures, kitchen appliances or even lighting.