7 Budget-Friendly Home Improvements Ideas

by Niz Brown 04/07/2019

Upgrading the look and feel of your home doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. You can actually carry out a lot of home improvement plans on your home even when you are on a budget. Check this list below for the top 7 home improvement ideas you can execute. As an added benefit, they may come in handy if you decide to sell your house and you are looking to get more value from it.

  1. Add a fresh coat of paint to your front door and rooms. Repainting any place always has that feel of newness that it brings with it. You can make even the ugliest of walls come alive by adding a new coat of paint. Little wonder repainting is the most carried out home improvement hack.
  2. Install new wallpaper. Removable wallpapers are another fancy way of making your rooms look new. If you have a great eye for matching colors and patterns, you might consider buying yourself nicely designed wallpaper that matches the rest of your decorations. You could even decide to get a piece of wall art that matches your wallpaper.
  3. Change the lighting. The ambiance light fixtures give to a house can do a great deal of changing the way a home feels. One new chandelier can definitely increase the quality of lighting in a room and make it fancier.
  4. Work on your kitchen cabinets. You can either decide to add more storage in your kitchen by taking advantage of the extra spaces you have between walls or choose to upgrade your current cabinets by replacing the handles and giving them a new coat of paint.
  5. Take your rugs and carpets to professional cleaners. While regular vacuuming just takes care of dirt, dust and pet fur, taking your carpets to professional drycleaners will get rid of long-standing stains, mold, and other allergens, and give your carpets a fresh look on the outside. 
  6. Replace old fittings. Go out on a limb and replace old and worn outdoors and door handles, electrical wall sockets, showerheads, and faucets. You would be surprised at how much better your home will look.
  7. Plant some vegetation in the exterior. An assortment of potted plants and garden-variety vegetation around your walkway won’t cost you a lot but will help to make your home look warm and inviting. Ask your neighborhood horticulturist for suggestions on plants and vegetation that don’t require lots of maintenance.

Ask your real estate agent for the best upgrades to improve the value of your home.

About the Author
Author

Niz Brown

Born in San Pedro, California, as a first generation Croatian, I graduated from California State University at Long Beach with a degree in Mathematics and Chemistry and then earned a teaching credential from San Francisco State University. In 1960 I married native San Franciscan Jim Brown. Jim, was a high school teacher before becoming the owner/chef of La Lanterna Restaurant in Kentfield from 1985-1992. He is now retired. I combined substitute teaching in Marin County with the rearing of our four children, all of whom are grown and have settled in Marin. I became intrigued with the world of homes when we acted as the general contractors in building our own home in Woodacre and another home in the San Geronimo Valley. I began to work the carpet business, and became licensed to sell real estate in 1976. I was an associate realtor with other companies before becoming an independent broker and opening my own office in downtown Larkspur in 1991.

Decades of experience in real estate, plus a passion for details, executed in a creative manner allows me to serve in an exceptional manner. I advise my clients on the preparation of a property for sale and use my skills to assist sellers in arranging for staging, clean up, etc. Then I begin the marketing by having the home professionally photographed I create a property website and create fliers and print advertising. The MLS places the listing on all media site. Then when a offer comes in, the negotiation skills and attention to the details of the transaction take over. Other agents often say "you have the nicest listings". I care deeply about the quality of service I provide. When it comes to representing buyers I am patient and tenacious. I am just as excited as the buyer when we find the right home. I love my job!

I network with agents from diverse brokerages. I operate a "bus tour" with 25 professionals from 15 different brokerages. Operating my bus tour is my way of establishing close relationships with colleagues and gives me the opportunity to serve more effectively. Real estate is a unique community of competitors who work together with love and respect and cooperate to serve our clients.

I have developed a passion for photography and painting larger-than-life images of flowers. I am a signature member of the National Watercolor Association. At close of escrow each of my clients is given a choice of one of my prints for their home.