Smart homeowners are always looking to improve their home. Sometimes the wish list can be a mile long, but the pocket book can be a dollar short! So, just how does one achieve the goal of updating their home on a budget? Learn from what others have found out from experience! You’ll be surprised to learn that home improvements don’t have to cost a fortune. Let’s take a look at a few tips for improving your home on a budget.
Choosing to use wooden flooring instead of carpeting can save you a lot of hassle in the long run. Carpet can contain allergens and cleaning it is sometimes out of the question. The cost of ripping up and replacing your carpet can almost be as costly as just putting down wooden flooring. Wooden floors can be refinished and repainted as needed; also providing a more rural and cottage style environment. If your home improvement project involves moving appliances or other furniture in your house, make sure to put something down to protect your floors. Particularly if you have hardwood flooring, taking out large items can make a big mess and scratch up your flooring. Taking a few minutes to protect your floors can save you a lot of money in the long run.
If you are thinking of changing the flooring in your home, go with hardwood flooring. Hardwood is much easier to clean that carpeting and other kinds of wood. It is also very strong and durable and looks attractive. Another advantage of hardwood is that it can refinish from time to time, so it can always appear to be brand new! Replacing an entire floor with wood, carpet, or tile can be a very costly project. One easy thing to do is simply remove the flooring that’s in place and then apply stain in an attractive color to the concrete base. This will give your home a modern and industrial aesthetic that can work well with a variety of different decors.
In-floor radiant heat under your tile is relatively easy to install and not as expensive as you may have thought. If you are replacing flooring anyway, and considering tile, talk to your sales person about adding radiant heat. It’s an efficient and enjoyable way to heat a room. It’s especially nice for the cold bathroom floors in the morning. Radiant heat flooring is a very good thing to have if you are going to sell your home. Install new flooring. Though the price of new flooring can get costly, the rewards make the cost worthwhile. Longer lasting materials such as tile or hardwood floors are a great alternative to linoleum or carpet, and they will increase the home’s value.
Coordinate your bedding and curtains. Purchasing matching fabrics for a room is a cheap way to give a bedroom a mini makeover. You can also choose fabrics that match your current flooring, rugs, pictures and wallpaper to make the room look even more stylish. If you are good at sewing, consider just buying the fabric and running up your own curtains and bed sheets. Always measure long and you will eliminate any errors in your cuts. If you are doing a wood floor, and you cut your pieces too short, there is no adding back after they are cut. So when cutting your flooring in tricky areas, measuring a little long will give you enough to trim so you do not have waste. Improving your home is important, and even on a tight budget, it can be done! In this article we have discussed some of the tips most often recommended for updating your home. Take a weekend and give a few of these tips a try! You’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you’re capable of doing on a budget.