Although home upgrades have a reputation for being expensive, it isn’t always deserved. Home improvements come in all shapes, sizes and price points. If you’re working with a limited budget, it often helps to work on smaller projects first while you save up for the bigger ones. Here are four budget-conscious improvements you can make to your house this year.
Décor trends often go in cycles, and carpet in major living areas is definitely out at the moment. Although hardwood is the preferred replacement, it can be too expensive for many homeowners. To achieve a similar effect, consider redoing your living and dining rooms in either laminate or bamboo flooring. Both of these materials look fantastic and are more cost-effective than solid hardwood flooring.
While a complete bathroom renovation might not be in your budget, you can upgrade the space a lot simply by putting in a new sink vanity. For $1,000 or less, you can find any number of stylish, modern vanities that will bring your bathroom into the 21st century. Replacing a sink vanity is also a project most homeowners can approach on a DIY basis, meaning you can likely get away without paying for labor.
Roof repairs may not make your house look noticeably better, but they will protect you against future water damage. Roofing work is reasonably affordable and will pay off in the long run. If your budget allows, you might even consider replacing your current roof altogether.
One of the least expensive yet most effective improvements you can make this year is to put in an outdoor patio area. Assuming you don’t mind putting in some elbow grease, a patio is a simple enough DIY project. You’ll need sand, a tamper and paving stones to construct a basic patio. Once the surface has been laid, you can pick out some nice patio furniture, set up your grill and you’ll have a perfect space for outdoor entertaining during the summer.
By taking on some or all of these home improvement projects, you can substantially upgrade your property without breaking the bank. Some projects, of course, are expensive by their very nature. That said, don’t let cost scare you away from starting to improve your house. Once you get into it, you’ll find that there are many small improvements that are well within even a modest budget.