Home improvements not only add value to the home, but they also add style and beauty making the home more comfortable for you too! While you can’t always contact the designers and renovators over at HGTV for a home makeover, there are some very cheap home improvements that you can do to increase the beauty and the value of your home. From bathrooms to kitchens, flooring to walls, these low cost home improvements will have your house looking like new in no time!
Do It Yourself Home Improvements: A Little Paint Goes a Long Way
When we talk about paint most people have a little difficulty thinking outside the box. IN other words, most only think of paint as an avenue to change wall color and it ends there–These thoughts couldn’t be more wrong! Paint is a great avenue in low cost home improvement that works great for wall, ceilings, cabinetry, floors, appliances, furniture and nearly anything in the home. Basically when it comes to paint, there is a paint for anything in the home!
Appliance paint costs about $20 per appliance and can give your appliances a quick and easy makeover that will make your kitchen look like you just went out and spent thousands on stainless steel appliances.
Countertop paint is another great home improvement item that costs under $50 for the average size kitchen and will make your countertops look like new! There’s even granite countertop paint that uses a faux texture technique to make ordinary laminate or formica countertops look like they are very expensive granite countertops–this too costs lest than $50 for the average size kitchen!
Instead of painting an entire room, to save money you can paint just an accent wall in each room. The amount of paint will be cut into about a quarter and in most cases a gallon will do double duty and have some left over for a bathroom or another accent wall in the home!
Do It Yourself Home Improvements: Pergo Flooring
The flooring in a home can make all the difference in the way a room looks. Not only is flooring one of the best cheap home improvements that you can do in a day, it really adds some class to the home. Pergo or laminate wood type flooring can be purchased for under $2 per square foot and is easy to install in the home. It runs right over the existing wood or concrete base of the floor creating a subfloor that is easy to remove and change later on if desired–although it is so nice you aren’t likely to change your mind in the future! The only tools needed for this low cost home improvement is a chop saw, rubber mallot and a tape measure. Install the flooring going with the incoming light in the main windows of the room for a look that elongates the room. Pergo style flooring is interlocking and works just like building a puzzle. Check flooring outlets to get the best prices on laminate flooring. Also, eBay is a great place to shop for the plastic underlayment–averages less than .10 per square foot versus about .30 in most flooring stores!
Do It Yourself Home Improvements: Bathroom Makeover
There are a few different ways that you can quickly, easily, and most of all inexpensively make over the bathroom. Bathroom home improvements are one of the most appreciating improvements that you can make in the home. Most bathroom improvements will result tin an average of 60% of the overall amount of the improvement cost being appreciated in the value of the home.
Bathroom fixtures can easily be changed out to the bathroom a new look. You can find cheap fixtures on clearance at home improvement stores and also online sometimes. All you need is a screwdriver to replace the fixture to give the bathroom a whole new look for under $100.
Porcelain coating can be purchased from the home improvement store and it can be used to completely redo a bathroom. Shower walls, tubs, sinks and toilets can all be revamped for under $100 with spray on porcelain coating. A quick install of some new tile flooring and the bathroom will look brand new again!