Maintaining your home can be challenging, especially on the financial aspect. The following are some creative ideas that can help you in making your home look and feel good without breaking the bank. This can be very helpful, especially if you are planning to sell your home in the future. Have you thought about moving out of your present home, but right now is not the best time?

Perhaps it’s because of personal reasons or due to the economic situation. The good news is you can make your present home look and feel new again as you are waiting to move to a new one.

And maybe when the time comes, these renovations can even help you in selling your house at a higher price. Whether you want to remain in your home or plan to sell it in the future, be sure to check out these upgrades.

Upgrade Cabinets

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Unfortunately, new cabinets are quite expensive. Aside from paying for the cabinets, you also have to pay for the demolition and installation costs. However, dismantling your present cabinets carefully allows you to earn some money by selling them online or in a garage sale.

But whether or not you can recover the costs, new cabinets can likely cost you thousands of dollars. If you can’t afford this, then you might as well tweak your current cabinets rather than fully replace them.

Changing the cabinet hardware can make your whole kitchen look modern. However, if you require more overhauling, then you can apply new paint on your kitchen cabinets, which costs less than buying new ones.

Repaint Some Parts of Your Home

One of the cheapest, simplest things to do to make your home look new while obtaining more savings is to paint it. Painting the inside part of your house can help in getting rid of those stains, marks, and dirt on the walls, making it feel fresh and look more appealing. In addition, you can also paint the outside part of your home to help in increasing the value of your home.

Replace Bathroom Hardware

If your bathroom is already outdated, then you have a gut renovation is required. This means that you have to spend a lot of money and time on it. However, there is a way that you can add value while avoiding a complete makeover.

All you have to do is replace the sink fixtures and current hardware on the cabinets to make the room look more polished. To give it a new vibe, you can switch from chrome to gold. Replace the shower faucet of your bathroom to instantly give it a spa-like feel.

Update Lighting

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Improving the lighting in your house is also another great budget-friendly home improvement idea that you might have never thought of. One of the easiest things that you can do is to simply change the old light bulbs to new LED lights.

This can help in improving the illumination and energy efficiency in your home. Additionally, it could be the fixtures that are making your house outdated. Luckily, you can simply do some inexpensive replacement to it.

After replacing your interior lighting, you should also update your exterior lighting. Replace degraded patio fixtures and chipped lampposts with new ones. Furthermore, if there is abundant sunlight in your area, then it’s worth investing in solar lighting so you can get more savings.

Switch Window Treatments

Aside from creating a huge impact, new windows can also make your home more energy-efficient. Additionally, it can also be a sweet selling point. Unfortunately, this will involve a large investment of thousands of dollars.

If you don’t have any budget for its replacement and your present windows are still in good condition, then the best thing that you can do is to upgrade your window treatments.

There is a wide range of modern shades and blinds that you can use. You can also choose curtains that come in a variety of styles and colors, from blackout drapes to sheers.

You will be surprised how they can make a major difference in your room. However, you should not neglect the exterior part of your home as well. If your shutters are already damaged or have faded, then buying new ones can amazingly improve the curb appeal.

Install Built-In Bookshelves

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What do most homebuyers are looking for? Well, it’s more storage! Installing a built-in bookshelf can create an amazing focal point in your home. Although it’s fine to have a detached bookshelf, it won’t add value to your home compared to having a built-in bookshelf, especially if it’s made from high-quality wood.

It is a versatile way of making any room look elegant and beautiful, especially if it is accompanied by a fireplace. Whether you want to hire a contractor or build it yourself, there are different ways of building bookshelves in your home.

Build Custom Storage Areas

Aside from installing bookshelves, it’s also a good idea to create more storage in different areas of your home. Having these areas gives you the chance to store seasonal items such as blankets and holiday decorations.

You might consider building custom storage areas under the stairs to fully utilize the empty space. Are you getting tired of those extra Tupperware that keeps on falling out from your cabinet?

Why not store them in these storage areas? Most likely, you have seen a seating that has a storage compartment. This is perfect if your home has a bay window, where you can enjoy the sun while making use of the extra storage space.

Update Crown Molding and Trim

If you’re getting bored with the current rooms in your home, then it’s time to have an upgrade. You could consider installing new trim and crown molding to add some character. To obtain great results, you should paint the trim and crown molding before installing it.

Keep in mind that you should avoid using wood crown molding or trim in bathrooms due to moisture issues. A better option would be to use PVC crown molding. If you prefer crown molding that is more stylish and elegant for your living room, then you can opt for plaster. You can also use other crown molding materials such as polystyrene foam, rubber, and MDF fiberboard.

Refresh Flooring

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Take note that one of the most expensive upgrades is brand-new flooring. The cost can quickly add up if you have a bigger space to cover. But are there any ways that you can refresh your existing flooring?

If you are using wall-to-wall carpeting, then you might consider shampooing it, which is much cheaper. Likewise, rather than installing new floors, why not reglaze tile or refinish hardwood flooring? This could cost you less than installing new flooring.

Enhance Landscaping

Another update that can bring more value to your home is upgrading your landscape. There are some simple improvements that you can do such as building a firepit, applying fresh mulch, planting flowers, pressure washing the walkways, and installing landscape lighting.

You can start planting flowers during the spring. Be sure to put them in appropriate areas such as the walkway or the front door to make your home stand out. Additionally, pruning trees and shrubs can also help in adding value to your home.

Revive Old Flooring with Paint

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Perhaps the burgundy red floor in your bedroom might not fit your energetic personality. However, since you only have a limited budget, refinishing may not be the best option. Luckily, you can update the room by simply painting the floor. A couple of coats of floor paint can add character and personality to your space for just a small price.

Use Interior Shutters for Privacy and Shade

The sunlight that comes from your windows can sometimes create a distraction. The best thing to do is to install shades, particularly swinging wood shutters which can make your house look more beautiful. They are very easy to install on any type of window.

Casci Design Works Inc. can help you with your renovation. Just give us a call at 916-216-2786 or send us an email at