Affordable Home Upgrades
Upgrading a home can be an expensive project, especially if there are several upgrades that need to happen all at once. Do-it-yourself projects are always an option, and a good idea, but many people do not trust their skills or do not think they are creative enough to complete projects on their own, so they end up spending lots of money on products and professionals. The truth is, anyone can complete DIY projects, all it takes is a little time spent on the internet viewing tutorials, and maybe a little trial and error. Here are some more ways you can save money when upgrading your home.
Sometimes all a home needs is a good scrub down to look like new, and that is why you should power wash your home before making any major changes so you can see which upgrades are absolutely necessary. Replacing your front door and window shutters can be pricey, but if you freshen up the ones you already have with paint and new hardware you will save hundreds of dollars and your home will look like new. If you are looking for an upgrade that will spruce up your backyard, install a fire pit. They are easy and cheap to construct, and they add character to a yard. If you are looking to give your yard an updated vibe, install a pergola. According to Choice Home Warranty, pergolas add style to a yard, and are easy to construct on your own.
Upgrades that increase value
If you are upgrading your home in order to raise its value, always start in the kitchen. Statistics show that kitchens are most often the decision for buying and turning down a home. But before you pay an arm and a leg for custom cabinetry and new appliances, work with what you already have. Minor repairs and a fresh coat of paint or stain on cabinets, topped off with new hardware is the perfect way to make your kitchen look updated as well as add value to your home. If you cannot afford brand new stainless steel appliances, update the appliances you already have with stainless steel contact paper or paint. You will be amazed how updated your kitchen will look for a fraction of the price.
Energy efficient upgrades
Your upgrades should help you save money in the long run, so consider installing ceiling fans to keep your heating and air bills low. Exchange recessed lighting for energy efficient light fixtures to start saving money on your electricity bills. If you can afford to replace appliances, make sure they are energy efficient. You might find that the more expensive appliances are worth the investment when you save hundreds on your utility bills each month, and even paying for them monthly is less than you would pay to run your old appliances.
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