Home upgrades are invaluable when it comes to the enhancement of your home. But, won’t an upgrade set me back hundreds of dollars? Not necessarily. With a bit of creativity (and frugality), you can upgrade your home without breaking the bank or your back.
And instead of looking for one of the best contractors around, you only need to visit your nearest home improvement store or the dollar store for an inexpensive upgrade. Here are some upgrades you might want to try.
- Paint your kitchen cabinets
Installing new cabinetry, just like new siding installation is rather expensive. But you don’t have to think of ways of breaking the bank for new cabinetry. Instead, you only need a few fresh coats of paint in your preferred color for that modern, clean look. Just remember that you have to do a bit of sanding before you start painting. Also, be careful not to smudge paint in other parts of the kitchen. You could also apply appliance touch-up paint on your appliances.
- Get new handles for the cabinets
After painting, install new cabinet handles. The old and generic handles make your home look older than it is and boring. New, stylish handles, on the other hand, will give your kitchen a completely different/ new look. And the value of your home will go up a few notches after you install new cabinet handles.
- Replace the light switch and outlet plates
You might not think so much about your switches and sockets, but they get quite dirty, making your home look old and neglected.
Fortunately, these fittings are very cheap to buy and install. Also, an electrician will not charge you a lot of money for the small replacement job.
- Add seating areas outside
When you add an outdoor table with seats to your yard or front porch, you make your home look like you have so much more space than you actually do, even when you have limited outdoor space.
- Add new molding
A new molding will enhance the value of your home significantly. All you have to do is choose the right type of molding for you. The most common molding varieties include crown molding, panel molding, half round, screen bead, or base cap. You could use all or some of these moldings, depending on your preferences.
- Touch up the scratches and nicks
If you notice shallow nicks or scratches on furniture, walls or furnishings, touch them up as soon as you can. A stain-filled touch-up marker is good for hiding the shallow nicks – just dab on that crack. Stain and wipe off the excess ink. Note that scratches often absorb a lot of stains and it might turn darker than all the surrounding finish, which is why you should start with a lighter marker then switch to the darker shade if necessary. A filler pencil does the job for deeper scratches.
- Ensure free flow to your faucets
If your bathroom or kitchen faucet has lost pressure or if it’s spraying water to the sides, it means that the aerator screen is dirty. You can fix this though. Close the drain plug, remove the aerator with a rag and wipe off sand/ dirt. You could also soak it in vinegar then scrub using a toothbrush. This should do the trick.
What else can you do?
- Clean up the spaces under the cabinets
- Create above-the-door storage/ shelves
- Hang a shelf above the towel bar.
- Install a new shower trim kit and a new tub.
- Paint your front door