Renovations can significantly increase value and bring major returns on your home improvement project.
Renovating the kitchen and bathrooms brings the greatest return on your investment. They are the most expensive rooms to renovate. If you can't afford to invest in a full renovation, here are some low cost ideas for home improvement
You could paint your kitchen cabinets instead of completely replacing them. If the flooring is pretty bad, linoleum is not only inexpensive but very attractive.
Repainting the kitchen will brighten it up considerably. Lighting is important, though, and if your kitchen is dark, add LED lighting.
Bathrooms can look like new if you re-grout the floor and tub. If the tub is in a bad way, rather than invest in a new one, check out some low cost methods of resurfacing or reglasing. Prices can be as low as $200. Replace the old medicine cabinet with a new one and hang an attractive mirror. These changes will give your bath a clean, new look.
Flooring and walls
Look into the new products available to restore the color and shine to floors without resanding. If you have carpeting in the home, it might only need a professional cleaning. However, if it really needs to be replaced, go to carpet factory outlets and see if you can find a remnant large enough to cover the floor. This will be a big savings on the normal price for wall to wall carpet. By painting walls and cleaning up your floors, you'll be well on your way to enhancing the appeal of your home and giving it a fresh, clean look.
Don't neglect the old "elbow grease" method of renovating. Buying new appliances can do serious damage to your savings. Simply cleaning your stove until it's spotless, washing down the fridge and adding spit and polish to your other kitchen appliances can make a huge difference. Of course, putting effort into renovating your home might not accomplish much if you have a lot of stuff in your home that can be thrown away. Magazines, old clothes, junk in the garage, piles of paper in drawers--all of these items should go in the trash. Donate old dishes you no longer use to a thrift store--not the family heirlooms. All the things that create clutter in your cabinets and closets should be donated or thrown away. Don't underestimate how much of a difference this can make in creating an attractive, comfortable home.
The more work you can do for yourself, the more money you will be saving. Take advantage of the home products retail stores for advice on how to go about fixing something. These professionals can tell you how to install faucets, tiles or shelving and how to patch and sand walls, just for a few examples.
Consider replacing your Lights with LED Lighting. LED Lighting will save you a bundle on energy costs. Keep an eye out for these kinds of upgrades, you will quickly recoup the money you put out through the energy savings, not to mention the value that energy efficient LED lights will add to your home.
Necessity, as the old saw goes, is the mother of invention. As you make improvements to your home, you might find yourself coming up with other ideas to enhance and improve your home. A combination of cosmetic and structural renovations can actually look like you've invested a lot more money than you did, which also goes to prove that money isn't everything.