If you have owned your home for some time, you know maintaining it keeping it tidy is a full-time job. Of course, there’s always something to improve or something to fix. But sometimes you just want to switch things up and make changes to your home.
If you’re in that boat, there are a few things you can do to upgrade your home, from replacing old, worn-out carpets and painting your walls a new color to adding new window trim and replacing your old mattress. Here are five easy and inexpensive home improvements you can start today.
1. Replace Old, Worn Carpet or Area Rugs
Old, worn-out carpet can bring down the look of an entire room, especially if it’s full of stains or starting to smell. But old rugs can also decrease the air quality in rooms, because they can hide contaminants and allergens. If you have the funds, replace all the carpet in your house.
But say that’s not feasible right now. Then start by replacing the carpet that seems to have the most wear and tear. If the only problem is stains, you could get away with simply cleaning the carpet using a good conditioner and carpet shampooer. But if your carpet is literally coming apart, you’ll have to bite the bullet and replace it.
2. Find a New Paint Color
A bright, new paint color can give your home a refreshing new look. So, if you’re tired of the same old look, mix it up and find a paint color for your walls that brings new life to your rooms. You can also opt to paint the outside of the house a brand new color that catches the eye.
But before you pick out new paint, think about what colors you might want, because once you enter the store, the options might be a little overwhelming. You should also think about which sheen you want. High gloss? Semi-gloss? Another thing to consider is whether you’re going for a subtle, vibrant or elegant look.
3. Get Rid of Old Mattresses
Although people can’t necessarily see your mattress underneath the sheets and blankets, that doesn’t mean replacing it can’t improve your home. Of course, you want your home to look good, but you should also want to feel comfortable in it. Indeed, an old mattress that just doesn’t seem to be doing its job can keep you from feeling truly comfortable.
If your mattress is more than eight years old or has lumps, bumps and dips, or you wake up feeling stiff, tired or sore, it might be time to think about replacing it. Look at new mattress options to start your renovation process and be on your way to a better night’s sleep.
4. Add New Window Trim
Adding new window trim both inside and out is an easy and inexpensive way to improve your home both in visual appeal and overall value. Decide what kind of trim you want, depending on the type of home you have and what look you’re going for. Then think about whether you want to DIY it or hire a professional. If you’re looking to save money, the DIY route is probably your best option. Not sure how to get started? There are hundreds of tutorials online that show you how to add your own window trim.
5. Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal
If your home isn’t the best looking on the block, you can change that with a few simple outdoor improvements. Adding to your home’s curb appeal can be as simple as painting your front door a new color, installing outdoor lighting, planting some beautiful flowers, giving your mailbox a makeover, or adding fences or panels. You could also add some outdoor art or new siding. Figure out what your home needs to help improve its outdoor appearance and start planning how you’ll make it happen.
Starting the Renovation Process
Making improvements to your home doesn’t mean you have to have an enormous budget. Sometimes small changes can make a big difference. So, if you’re ready to make some changes to your home, use this information as a guide to help you take the next step and start the renovation process so you can make your home the best it can be from the style and design down to the furniture and carpeting.