Upgrading Your Home While on a Budget


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If you pay attention to today’s home improvement shows, then you’re probably under the impression that upgrading a home requires either a small fortune or a great deal of time and energy. While these shows can provide you with some helpful advice on home renovations, many of them skip over the quickest and cheapest ways to upgrade your home. Most of us simply don’t have 40 hours a week and thousands of dollars to dedicate to our home improvement jobs – but that doesn’t mean we can’t make some seriously meaningful upgrades! In fact, it is far easier to renovate on a budget than most people realize. Here are five ways to upgrade your home that will save you money and time and leave you with a home that feels brand new:

Install crown molding to your walls and kitchen cabinets.

Crown molding is an affordable and easy way to add character to your home. Add crown moldings to your walls to instantly add value to your home and leave you with a room that feels well-crafted and upscale. While you’re at it, adding moldings to the top of your kitchen cabinets will make them look custom-designed and installed.

Turn your home into a smart home. 

As smart home devices become more popular, they also become more affordable. Installing a few smart technologies in your home will both improve your day-to-day life and appeal to potential buyers. We recommend starting with the following smart home devices:

  • The Echo Dot smart speaker with Alexa ($50)
  • Smart Plugs (4 for $30)
  • Ring Video Doorbell ($100)

Update your lighting without any electrical work.

By renovating your lighting, you can dramatically change the look and feel of any room. To avoid tools, wires, and cleanup, upgrade your lamp shades with magnetic shades. Or, add new and unique lighting to a room by hanging plug-in pendant lighting from the ceiling. Also, you can use color-changing LED smart bulbs to quickly change a room’s mood through color.

Add a tile back splash to your bathroom or kitchen.
A beautifully designed tile back splash makes for a jaw-dropping statement piece. Whether the colors are light and simple or loud and vibrant, tile mosaics breathe life into a room. And, thanks to products like Smart Tile, you can add a professional-looking tile back splash into your kitchen or bathroom in minutes. Smart Tiles are adhesive sheets that come in many colors and designs and feature an adhesive backing, which allows you to quickly install a custom-looking tile back splash without any experience or expertise.

Apply fresh caulk in the bathroom.

Although it sounds pretty basic, one of the most unsightly things to see in a bathroom is old, molding caulk. Over time, caulk becomes brown and full of mildew and causes your bathroom to look grimy. Apply fresh caulk for a cheap and simple way to upgrade your bathroom and make it look brand-new.

A house is never just a house for long. Once you move in, the four walls and a roof transform into a home – a sanctuary for you to live, love, laugh, cry, and grow. With the importance of your home as both an investment and as the place you and your family lay your heads, it is important that you continue to make upgrades around your house. Many people assume that money is what lies between them and their dream home, however, renovating your home on a budget is far more affordable than previously thought. So, if you’re looking to make some serious upgrades to your home, but don’t want to spend all of your time and money on renovations, follow these five tips for upgrading on a budget.

Article written by Elise Morgan – July 2019