In Life at Home, Tips & Advice, Your Home

As a homeowner, you know how important budgeting is. Staying within budget and being aware of costs can be tricky with a never-ending to-do list of upgrades and renovations. Instead of tackling larger projects that require professionals and potentially thousands of dollars, it might be easier to start small.

That’s why we’ve put together a few smaller (and more affordable) upgrades that won’t break the bank but may add value to your home!

Replace the front door

A little curb appeal goes a long way! Swapping out your older or plain door for a colorful choice or different style adds a little extra to your home’s value. If you want to give your entryway a full makeover, install a new doorbell or update the lighting. In no time at all, you’ve added instant appeal to your front entry. The finishing touches? Add a custom doormat or fresh herb garden to complete your home’s new look.

Install tile  

Instantly enhance a room with a quick fix – tile. If your guest bathroom needs some love or you’d just like to change the atmosphere, try picking out a unique tile pattern for the walls, shower or floor. Need a little inspiration? Check out this article on subway tiles by HGTV!

Update light fixtures & bulbs

Let there be light! Installing a few new light fixtures with energy efficient bulbs can breathe new life into your home’s interior. Don’t have the funds to update the fixtures around the entire house? Consider adding a fresh coat of paint to your older fixtures to spruce them up. This could prove to be an inexpensive (and easy) DIY weekend project!

Install a water filter

Start saving money and up your “green” factor by replacing costly, wasteful plastic water bottles with a new under-sink water filtration system. Enjoy crisp, clean drinking water straight from your faucet!

Programmable thermostat

Bring your home into smart house territory with a programmable thermostat. Options like the Ecobee4 Alexa-Enabled thermostat or the Nest Learning thermostat are inexpensive options that will add a little technological edge to your home. You can control the thermostat with your mobile device, set up schedules and more. Check out the top thermostats of 2018 by PC Mag here.

Update window frames

A good way to add a little flair to your home is making a subtle, yet distinguished update to your window frames. Often overlooked, windows shouldn’t be forgotten during renovation planning. Add delicate trim to your windows to unify your home’s overall look. Use this guide for an easy DIY project!

Re-glaze the bathtub

Rub a dub dub. While your bathtub might remain functional, it’s important to up its value by adding a new coat of glaze to really make it sparkle. Whether you’re dealing with minor imperfections or minor rust spots, there’s an option for you!

When you’re ready to take on a larger renovation, be sure to read our guide to financing your renovation and connect with a loan expert to learn about our renovation loans options.

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