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  • Writer's pictureDavid Cade

Budget-Friendly Home Upgrades

If you are a DIYer and like to plan, you can transform your home with minimal cost to really bring in current and future savings with some simple home improvement projects. Check out these projects and decide which ones are right for you.

1. New Paint

You can really bring an old washed out room back to life simply by picking up a can of paint. You don’t have to be a professional to breathe new life into the room. A weekend project and you will have the room looking good as new.

2. Easily Update Old Bathroom Cabinets

If you are going for a high impact DIY project for the bathroom, one that is cheap to do but worth your time and money this is it.

3. Bathroom Vanity Countertop Overlay

If your vanity countertop is outdated, you could try a DIY vanity makeover countertop before spending making a big investment in a new bathroom. There are many ideas out there from a DIY concrete countertop to a heat wrap new insert right over the top of your old vanity.

4. Replace the Old Dishwasher

That old dishwasher that has been there since your first child was born and now he is married with kids of his own, can be wreaking havoc on your bills. Switching to a new Energy Star qualified one can save you about 40 bucks a year on electric and almost 500 gallons of water.

5. Update your Ceiling Fan

A newly updated ceiling fan will help with energy, looks, and airflow. Especially after you just put a fresh new coat of paint up. You can replace ceiling fans from $50 to $350 depending on what you are looking for and what room it is for.

6. Garage Door Makeover

If your garage door has been suffering from the baking of the sun along with the usual outdoor elements it might be begging for a makeover. You just need a couple of simple tools and a little bit of time to make it look good as new. A pressure washer, a can of stain or paint, and a paintbrush is all you need to turn that old grungy looking door to new again.

7. Install a Water Filter

People have been switching from tap water because of the concerns over the true purity of their tap water. So ditch the bottled water and install an under the sink water filtration system. For about $250 you can be all set for filtered water right from your kitchen sink. For a whole house system, you will be spending considerably more but do your research it might be worth it to you.

8. Revive an Old Deck

Prepared to get your hands dirty but the savings will be well worth it. Grab a pressure washer and a good scrub brush to clean away all the buildup over the years. Once you have a clean slate you can repair and apply a nice new protective coat of semitransparent stain to protect it from the elements. Cost is around $100-$200 verses thousands for a new deck.

9. Replace the Bathroom Vent Fan

Installing a vent fan in your bathroom does more than just eliminate fogged-up windows and stale odors. It will help prevent moisture from building up and causing growths of mold and mildew.

10. Replace the Old Blinds/Shades

The heat from the day’s summer sun shining into your living room is nice but over time will breakdown the blinds. Replacing with new ones will help keep out summer’s heat and winter’s cold winds.



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