There are probably many upgrades you would like to make in your home, but it is hard to find the time and the money. We can’t help you make time, but our nine tips should help you find the budget for your next home upgrade.
How to Upgrade Your Home on a Budget
Repaint and Reclaim Old Furniture
You can give your old, tired furniture a new lease on life with just a lick of paint and the right technique. If you need to add some furniture to your home, you can reclaim and reuse some old and unwanted furniture and do the same.
Bring Life to Dull Spaces by Adding Plants
Plants can be a cost-effective way to add some color and texture to spaces, and are portable too, giving you lots of options. Flowering plants add a spectrum of seasonal colors, and leafed plants can give you some green all year round.
Invest in Rest with a New Bed or Mattress
You can get yourself a better night of sleep, and make a huge upgrade to your life and your home with a new mattress. Bed-in-a-box style mattresses are an easy option and are often superior to many mattresses you could find in a store that cost more.
Also consider just cleaning the mattress with these mattress stain remover tips.
Buy Some Cheap Art, or Make Your Own!
Putting some pictures up on the walls or adding a sculpture to a space can make a home look completely different, and cost you next to nothing. You can frame a printed poster for less than twenty bucks, and you can spend even less in a craft store and make something for yourself.
For more ideas see Home Decorating Tips for Keeping Yourself on Budget.
See Things Differently with a New Lighting Scheme
The light in a room influences how it looks more than any other factor, yet many people completely overlook lighting or only think about natural light. LED strips are extremely inexpensive, easy to use, and often offer a range of colors and color schemes that can be changed remotely.
Make a Quick Change with Just a Little Paint
You don’t need to spend a lot of money on paint to give a room some new color. Just painting one wall, or using stencils to make a pattern using the existing colors in combination with some new paint, can be a very cost-effective way to redecorate.
You can make a feature out of a small nook or dull corner by painting a bold color on the walls from just a small can of paint. Fixing baseboards is another quick and easy win.
Get Organized and Give Your Home a Minimal Look
With some clever home organization and some savvy storage ideas, you can completely change the look of your home. If you know your way around a workbench and are happy using power tools, you can even make yourself some custom storage solutions, tailored to your spaces. Give yourself a place for everything, and then put it in its place.
Bargain Hunt and Hit Seasonal Sales to Save Money
With the right planning and preparation, you can make huge savings by making purchases during seasonal sales or taking advantage of special offers. Big ticket items like furniture or kitchen appliances can stretch any budget, but sales events like Black Friday and Labor Day sales give you a chance to make massive savings, sometimes fifty percent or more!
Declutter Your Home and Maybe Make Some Money
You don’t have to spend money to make a home upgrade, and you can even make some. Have a good clear out of old clothes and unwanted items or furniture, and sell them in a yard sale or online through sites like eBay and Facebook.
It costs nothing to throw something away, and if you sell it you can make yourself some money to spend on another upgrade.
With these nine tips, you should be able to make just about any home improvement you want. If you are really lucky, you may even have enough for a vacation after all your hard work!
Rachel is an Austin blogger, educator, mom, wife, young breast cancer survivor writing about health, saving money, and living a happy life in Austin, Texas.
Rachel has written for HuffPost and Hometalk and has been featured on KXAN, Studio 512, Fox 7 Austin, and CBS Austin.