So your home is feeling blah? Want to spice up a room in your home? Is your kitchen outdated? Bathroom needs help? Want to create a cozy space all your own – a home within your home? Here are some tips for how to create the feel you want and not spend a lot of money while doing it.

  • Prioritize – make a list of what you want. Decide where you are willing to cut costs and where you really want your money spent. Doing a kitchen remodel? Go for more inexpensive flooring so you can get higher grade cabinets, countertops or appliances.
  • Think small – little changes like new fixtures, paint color, or adding decorative moulding are changes with big returns. A room doesn’t need a total overhaul to get that warm and cozy feel you’re looking for.
  • Go Used – this isn’t for everyone but a great way to save on building materials is to buy used. Search Craigslist and eBay for great condition used kitchen or bath cabinets. Even flooring. It’s a great way to get someone else’s leftover materials at a discounted price. And often going those routes means getting NEW materials at a great price. I’m amazed at how many people buy new tile for a project and never get around to it so they’re offering it up at a significant discount to get rid of it.
  • Add personal touches – nothing warms up a room more than some personal photos in nice frames or family heirlooms used in a creative way. Don’t forget to add your personal style – it’s YOUR space, so make it for you.
  • Know the market – There are aspects of a home that most buyers nowadays are looking for. A master suite with a seperate tub and shower. Granite or other natural stone countertops. A great room. Know what changes will make you the most money if you’re planning to resell soon.
  • Know when to call a professional – Don’t get over your head. Doing home improvements yourself is only cost effective if you know what you’re doing. The cost of botching a project and THEN calling someone in to fix it is greater than just hiring someone to do it in the first place.
  • Get multiple quotes – Make sure you’re not getting scammed by calling a few recommended contractors so you have a true idea of what the project should cost you before you hire someone.
  • Remodel Estimates – Check out this cool website for remodel estimates in your area before you get started.