5 Sure Fire Ways to Upgrade Your Home on a Pauper’s Budget

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Spring is around the corner, and the house needs a little sprucing up. The only problem is that your bank account is too skinny for major renovations. Cheer up! You can freshen up the house without breaking the bank.

Here are five suggestions for easily-affordable projects.

5 Sure Fire Ways to Upgrade Your Home on a Paupers Budget

  1. Color!

    The cheapest, but one of the most effective, remodeling tool is paint. A fresh color palette changes the atmosphere of a room, creating an opportunity to make small additions, such as new throw pillows, area rugs, or fresh flowers, which make a big impact.

    When repainting a bathroom, consider the moisture factor. It is worth a few extra dollars to buy high quality satin finish paint for the bathroom that inhibits mold or mildew growth.

  2. Go Green!

    If appliances need replacement, be sure to buy energy-efficient models that will save you money on power bills every month. Check with a tax professional to see if the replacement appliances qualify you for a tax credit.

  3. Bathroom Bling!

    When replacing bathroom fixtures, remember the environment, and purchase water-conserving models, whether it is a new toilet, sink, or shower head.

    While you might be pretty handy with a paintbrush, this is the time to call a professional, such as Amyotte’s Plumbing & Heating Ltd., because plumbing is not for the faint of heart.

    Small changes, such as faucets, towel racks, and light fixtures, can make your bathroom look fresh. Oh, and add a fresh shower curtain and towel set to complete the redo.

  4. Recycle!

    Whether you need a new sectional sofa, a dining room set, or even new granite countertops, look for lightly used, new-to-you pieces. You will save hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars.

    Look for deals at estate sales, in your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore or Goodwill store, and from friends and neighbors.

    Granite companies may offer slabs with imperfections that will not be noticeable but far cheaper than perfect.

  5. Create a Focal Point!

    Your friends will think you have hired a designer when you create a focal point in your living room, and reconfigure your existing furniture to accentuate it.

    For example, use your existing fireplace as the focal point, and invest in one fabulous piece, such as a mirror or painting, to hang over it.

    Reset the furniture to show off the fireplace, and create conversation areas with a new traffic pattern through the room.

    New drapes or blinds to take advantage of natural light will complete your room.

There are a thousand small changes you can make to update and refresh your home without spending a fortune. Remember to refresh, recycle, and consider the environment as you create the home of your dreams.

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