5 Simple and Affordable Home Improvement Ideas

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With the warm weather comes the time that every homeowner begins to consider possibilities for remodeling and home improvement. Every year, we seek the best ways to make our homes better and if you are in the market for major upgrades, you could consider making a big change like changing the shape of your roof or adding a dormer and building a new room in the attic. There are countless options for roof types and styles that make it possible to add living space to your home.

But for those who are not looking to make a big change or major addition, there are still many simple home improvement upgrades that can be done by just about anyone without a major investment. These tried-and-true methods can make a meaningful improvement to your home without breaking the bank or breaking your back in the process. If you are looking for an easy way to spruce up your house, take one or more of the following ideas and apply it with your own creative style.

 

Front Door Upgrade

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The first part of your home that any visitor will see up close is the front door, but many homeowners spend thousands upgrading other subtle aspects of the exterior while neglecting this initial impression. With a small investment, you can purchase a new or antique front door that will quickly add some great curb appeal to your home. Even a nice new paint job to your current door can significantly improve the curb appeal of the house for the cost of one can of paint and a few hours of your time.

 

 Outdoor Lighting

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Sticking with the exterior of your home, you can make a significant improvement by installing new lighting that will illuminate and enhance an area of your choosing. Installing or improving the lighting along the walkway can improve the look of your lawn, and new porch lights can increase the outdoor appeal, even at nighttime.

 

Shiplap

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In case you haven’t noticed, shiplap has made a comeback in a big way. The prices for the type of material you use vary greatly, but you do not have to make a small investment to make a meaningful impact. Even one wall of a currently plain room could be papered to add a touch of flare. Take pictures of the room you plan to apply shiplap, measure it properly and look for tips on how to apply shiplap on your walls. These steps can avoid several mistakes.

 

Indoor Lighting

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Any interior designer will tell you that the importance of proper lighting cannot be overstated. You can improve the lighting of your home by installing new fixtures, adding a dimmer switch or even just updating the bulbs. This does not have to be a major project, and you can take it one room at a time if necessary.

 

Millwork

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A major change can be made to any room of your home simply by adding millwork. Paneled walls can create a beautiful framework for any color combination. If not wanting to add paneling, try to paint your existent trim. Painting your trim can have the biggest color impact and simplify the entire process of interior improvement. You will want to paint the trim first and paint the walls after. The most challenging part of the entire process could be finding color combinations that work well together, and the decision should not be rushed.

 

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