Make Designs on Home Improvements Without Breaking the Bank
Whether you own or rent your residence, it is not unusual to want to make some cosmetic changes to the interior from time to time.
That said, making such changes can sometimes seem like a major drain on your revenue stream. If you are not adept at doing the work yourself, you could end up paying an expert a sizable amount of money, not to mention possibly products and/or supplies.
So, how can you make some interior improvements without breaking the bank?
First, don’t try to do a handful of projects all at once. There are several downsides to such an approach, including time and money. While some may opt to redo an entire floor or even a residence for that matter all at once, doing it room by room allows you to spread out the time the area is tied up, not to mention spreading out the expenses.
Five Areas to Consider Improving
There are likely a number of areas at home that you can improve without spending a fortune. They include:
• Floors – Although some folks may not like hardwood floors, they can be beneficial for several reasons. Carpeting can be a nightmare in that it almost always needs cleaning. In the event you have a child or more than one, you know it is inevitable that they will spill something on the rug at some point. With hardwood flooring, spills clean up much easier. You also will have an easier time of it (cleaning hardwood floors over carpeting) if you have a pet or pets. Pet hair and nail clippings will be much easier to sweep up on a hardwood floor than trying to get them caught up in the vacuum;
• Stairs – Depending on your age, whether or not you have kids and how many trips you will make up and down them daily, stairs are another area that can be improved. Perhaps consider adding a circular staircase to the mix. Not only is such an addition an added selling point should you put your residence on the market at some point, but it can replace an old, boring staircase;
• Living Room – Oftentimes the central point of a residence, have you looked at your living room lately? While it may seem like a major overhaul is needed, you can do simple things such as changing blinds and drapes, adding a new window, or throwing a fresh coat of paint on the walls to enhance its look. If you are really strapped for cash at the moment, even rearranging the furniture periodically can do the trick. Also consider adding some shelving in order to place books, pictures, mementos and other items in view but not taking up floor space;
• Bedroom – Much like your living room, you can make subtle changes to the bedroom without breaking the bank. One problem you may be dealing with is too much furniture in the bedroom, leading to the feeling like you are walking into something every time you turn around. If you have an extra room and/or space available, consider turning that area into a den or even small guest room. That will allow you to move some items (desk, dresser, chair etc.) out of the bedroom to free up some space;
• Kitchen – Last but not least, does your kitchen feel a little too cluttered? Given this area of your residence is one you spend a sizable portion of time in, it may be that you have too many items in a limited amount of space. Take a before snapshot of your kitchen, then empty everything out of it except for obvious too big to move items like the refrigerator, stove etc. Only put back the items you truly need in there. In many cases, you will find your kitchen much less cluttered, all the while you did not spend a dime to free up space in the process.
While some home improvement projects will undoubtedly cost you money, there are many others that you can do without breaking the bank.