If you’re thinking about diving into some improvements for a refresh, you’re not alone. According to Nielsen Scarborough, 53 percent of adults made some type of home improvements in the past 12 months, and 56 percent of those adults spent $1,000 or more on their home improvements. But which home improvements should you tackle first and still keep your budget in check?
Inexpensive home improvements can take years off of your home’s appearance. From refinishing your hardwood floors to updating your lighting, you can invest a nominal amount in your home’s appearance and win big. Here’s how to get started.
Refinish Your Hardwood Floors
Giving your hardwood floors a quality refinish can take years off of your home’s appearance. It’s also a good way to tackle wood floor repair before it spirals out of control. Start with the most visible rooms like your foyer or living area and slowly work your way through your home.
But what about wood floor refinishing cost? You can expect to pay between $2 to more than $5 a square foot. Just make sure to invest in wood polish and cleaner specially designed for your floor. Otherwise, you could be damaging its luster before you get the chance to really show it off.
Replace Old Fixtures
Homeowners on a budget can think smaller while still making a big impact. Replacing outdated brass fixtures in your bathroom and kitchen can give your home an instant facelift. Focus on the most important and visible fixtures first like your kitchen faucet, or even your cabinet pulls and hardware, to make the biggest impact. You can even source inexpensive or free fixtures from garage sales, salvage yards, and estate sales.
Give Your Walls a Fresh Coat of Paint
Dingy, dark walls can make your home feel old and claustrophobic. Give your walls a big refresh with trending colors like modern blue pastels, periwinkles, or a soft pink. Even just a fresh, white wall can make your house feel brighter and cleaner without a big investment.
However, if you don’t think your walls really need a full paint job but you still want to freshen up the room, try touching up the trim instead. Adding a splash of color to your baseboards and crown molding can transform your favorite room in the house.
Freshen Up Your Kitchen Cabinets
Replacing all of your kitchen cabinets can cost a bundle, but there’s still a way to freshen them up on a budget. Try removing them altogether and painting the cabinets for a modern kitchen. Depending on the material and finish of your cabinets, you can also try painting the actual cabinets to make them look sleek and clean without replacing them altogether.
Update Your Lighting
A dark home with poor lighting can quickly make your home feel dated. Updating your lighting with brighter bulbs and fixtures can create more light in your home without the expense of adding windows and skylights. For an inexpensive idea, repurpose a mason jar and light fixture kit for a cozy and intimate look in your kitchen, dining area or hallways.
Inexpensive home improvements aren’t just easy on your wallet, they can also inspire you to fall in love with your home again. Focus on the improvements that matter most to you and let the rest fall into place.