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Improve Your Home Without Spending A Lot

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Cheap home improvement in 2013.With the struggling economy, many people are struggling as well. Much needed improvements to your home may be put off as the price to complete them may be too high. Items on the list, such as renovating the whole kitchen or bathroom, may have to be delayed. However, there are many ways to improve your home without spending a lot of money.

One of the cheapest ways to improve your home is with paint. Go to your local home improvement store and spend some time in the paint section. Many have computers set up where you can input what room you’d like to do, the dimensions of the room and what colors you would like to try. After inputting the information, it will give you a basic view of the room with the colors you have chosen. By using the user-friendly software, you will prevent spending time and money on a color you really don’t enjoy. Painting a room in your home will not only give it a nice fresh look, it will help to add value to your investment.

If your kitchen looks a little tired, consider refinishing your cabinets. Although time-consuming, this is relatively easy to do. An electric hand sander will be needed and these can usually be purchased for under $50. To refinish your cabinets, remove the doors for easier access and use the electric sander to remove the old finish. Once this is done, you will be able to stain them or paint them in your color choice. For added updates, consider adding new hardware to your cabinets. You will be surprised at how quickly this can change the look of your kitchen.

Another way to improve your home is by giving the outside of your home a fresh look. Stand by your driveway and try to look at your home through the eyes of someone who has never seen it before. Does the house look drab? Perhaps a fresh coat of paint will bring it back to life. Is there clutter in the yard? Simply putting stuff away in a garage or shed will clean up the area and offer more appeal. If landscaping is not your cup of tea, many high schools offer horticulture classes to their students. It never hurts to call and ask if they need a site volunteered for a class project.

Many small home improvements can not only improve how you see your home, they can improve the value of your home, as well. In 2013, with the economy in such a stressed state, the value of your home could mean your survival.