In the following ideas that will be presented in the article, there will be a link to an article that will be more detailed. Hope you find these things to helpful. Remember there is a cost, but in the long run changes done to any home will be worth it. (A side note, spend your money wisely, no need to go into debt in upgrading.)
1. Refresh Your Rooms With Paint
2. Add Crown Molding the Easy Way
3. Install a Low-Cost Stair Runner
4. Install a Dishwasher to Conserve Water
5. Rewire a Vintage Entry Lantern
6. Renew Old Flooring With Paint
7. Make Shade and Add Privacy With Interior Shutters
8. Give Kitchen Cabinets a Flawless, New Finish
9. Get More Flowers Without Spending a Dime
10. Install a Water Filter and Ditch Expensive Bottles
11. Lay an Eco-Friendly Layer of Insulation
12. Refinish Your Home’s Handsome Wood Door
13. Put Down a Fresh Bead of Bathroom Caulk
14. Revive Your Old Deck
15. Add Architectural Interest With Stair Brackets
16. Lay Low-Cost Flooring in Laundries and Mudrooms
17. Protect Walls With an Easy-to-Clean Backsplash
18. Prevent Mold Growth With a Bathroom Vent Fan
19. Build a Custom Tool Bench
20. Ceiling Fans for Summer (and Winter) Savings
21. Cut Costs With a Programmable Thermostat
*These are only ideas, everyone is different in the wants and needs of the family and home.
Here is another article from the pros from HGTV. They give the home owners the option of “trying it themselves” or “call in a pro”. I did enjoy reading the different ideas and options. If you are a person who is a “DIY” person who likes to get their hands dirty, more power to you. On the other hand, if you rather have it done by a contractor/pro, it is a great idea.
How to add character to your exterior house on a low budget.
There are different ways to add charm to your home’s exterior on a nice easy budget. Some ideas are plain right out in front of you and others are challenging and creative, depending on what you as the home are looking for. Here are some ideas for your home’s exterior. These ideas are DIY small projects.
*Shutters- they add character to the home around the windows. Different colors can make the windows pop.
*Window boxes- They also add character to the outside of the home and allow flowers to add to the character as well.
*Flower beds- Similar to the window boxes for flowers, flower beds allow more of a variety of flowers and small plants to beautify the home.
*Stone border- Using stone can add character to the outer part of the home. It all depends on the home owner’s taste and budget.
*Paint- Adding paint to the home definitely adds character. Depending on the color, the color can make the house pop.
*Replacing exterior light fixtures- Depending what type of character the home owner is looking for will depend on the light fixture. Sometimes adding paint, a finish or good cleaning can help the house have character.
*Updating garage door- When we think of updating items, we always think of buying a newer item. If the homeowner is not able to do so, adding paint or decoration will help.
*Use reclaimed wood- Reclaim wood is wood that has been used prior. If the wood is in good shape to be used again, use it, and save money.
Hope these simple ideas help. Encourage you to search for other ideas.
Effective ways to clean your house.
The dreaded cleaning of the house. No one wants to do it, except the dirty house will not clean itself. Here are some effective ways to help you to keep the house and family clean.
*Cleaning is not fun, except there are ways to make it fun for the whole family. Use your creative thinking to come up with ways for cleaning to be fun.
*Clean the “whole” house- If we think about the phrase… doing the entire home at the same time the owner will feel good about how the house feels and looks. The owner will also feel they accomplished a task that day.
*Have all the cleaning supplies together- Keeping all the cleaning supplies together will help in doing the work.
*Get rid of clutter- It will be easier to clean when items are picked up and put away in the proper place. Then the fun begins.
*Dust and vacuum- The built up of dust on furniture and other items makes them look old. As it says in the beginning of this paragraph, first dust and then vacuum.
*Clean mirrors and glass- Using a wet micro cloth followed by a dry cloth to clean the extras behind.
*Disinfect countertops and other surface area- Getting rid of the extra germs where hands touch, items are put down and where food could touch. Cleaning these areas will help family, pets and friends.
*The “creepy” bathroom- Why clean the “creepy” bathroom? There are lots of germs that seem to be attracted there. Spray the cleaning solution and let sit for a few minutes, then wipe or spray with water.
*Sweep, then mop- If a person is mopping first, the dirt on the floor would be moved around only. That is why we should sweep then mop with clean water and mop.
*Vacuum- “To vacuum or not to vacuum, that is the question.” Yes the carpets need cleaning as will. Carpets get dirty as much as bare floors do. As you vacuum, listen to music, if you have more than one vacuum, make it a race or see who can clean with “quality” the fastest.
AND last of all, make sure to clean the items that are used for the cleaning.
Remember, cleaning is GOOD.