When it comes to home improvement projects, it’s easy to spend a lot of money. Whether you are remodeling a kitchen or bathroom or looking to add some landscaping outside the home, many upgrades around the home come with a steep price tag. There are, however, several improvements you can make for under $1,000. Below, we’ve shared a few of those project ideas, courtesy of Anne Reagan for Porch. Good luck!
Update the Lighting
Reagan says that updating old light fixtures can instantly transform the look of a room. Plus, she says, switching out old sconces, pendants, or table lamps is easy to do yourself, which means you won’t have to hire an electrician. Quality fixtures, she adds, can cost as little as $200 and you can also find great deals by shopping floor sample sales or big-box stores. Reagan says you can also update current fixtures by swapping out the shade or changing the color of the metal by spray painting it. You might also want to switch to LED bulbs, which use less electricity and last longer, to save additional dollars, Reagan says.
Replace the Front Door
Reagan says that updating a front door for “better looks and added security is a wise investment of your money.” Costs of a steel door can vary depending on where you live and whether or not you can install it yourself, but it can fetch a 101% return on investment, says Reagan. Not bad.
Fix Up the Kitchen
Reagan says that installing new drawer and door pulls can modernize cabinet fronts in an instant. You can also add a new backsplash tile design, she says, for as little as $2-$5 a square foot. If you want to update the appliances, an energy-efficient stainless steel refrigerator will run you about $1,000 and a dishwasher about $500. Both will help you save on utility bills. Other inexpensive, DIY upgrades can include repainting walls, repairing shelves, fixing leaking faucets, and changing electrical outlets, says Reagan.
To read the rest of the projects on Reagan’s list, click here to read her article in its entirety.