5 Ways to Upgrade Your Home

Most home owners have a wish list of upgrades and maintenance activity for their residence. For someone who enjoys DIY activities, there are many small projects that can upgrade the look and functionality of your home for under $500.  Of course there are also bigger maintenance or upgrades that require a professional.  That can mean long range planning and budgeting.  Let’s look at a few ideas for inspiration:


1) Paint The Walls


One of the easiest and most affordable ways to improve the look of your home is to paint the walls. You can choose a new color that will brighten up the space or go with a neutral tone that will be versatile for any decor. If you’re not sure what color to choose, consider painting a small section of the wall in each potential color so that you can see how it looks in person.



Focused cat observing paintbrush near paint pot with green color on parquet in light room



In addition to choosing the right color, you’ll also want to select the right type of paint. Latex paints are generally easier to work with than oil-based paints, and they also tend to be more durable. However, if you’re looking for a high-gloss finish or extra durability, then an oil-based paint may be a better option.  For tips on painting, Architectural Digest’s post, “How to Paint a Room: 10 Steps to Painting Walls Like a DIY Pro” gives you lots of information.



2) Solar Panels



Living in Florida, my home receives lots of full sun most days. I’ve wanted solar panels for years, but they’re still  low on my list of upgrades. Adding solar panels to your home is a great way to reduce your energy bills and help the environment. Solar panels can be installed on the roof of your house, and they work by converting sunlight into electricity. There are some do-it-yourself kits available if you’re handy with tools. But most of us need to contact professionals for home solar panel installations.  According to Consumer Affairs, The average cost to install solar panels in the United States is about $12,000 after federal tax incentives. On the low end, you can install a smaller system for around $5,000, while a high-priced Tier 1 solar panel system can cost $40,000 or more.  



A Man Standing on the Roof Holding a Solar Panel




If you’re not ready to commit to solar panels, then consider adding some solar-powered lights to your yard. These lights are powered by batteries that are charged by the sun, so they’re a great way to add some extra light without increasing your energy bill.



3) Update The Hardware


One of the simplest and most affordable ways to update the look of your home is by updating the hardware. This includes things like doorknobs, drawer pulls, and cabinet handles. You can find a wide variety of hardware in all different styles, so it’s easy to find something that will match your existing decor.



A Person Cleaning the Handles of Cabinet using a Rag



If you’re not sure how to install new hardware, then there are plenty of videos online that can show you how it’s done. It only takes a few minutes to install new hardware, and it makes a big difference in the overall look of your home.


4) Landscaping


Another great way to improve the look of your home is by doing some landscaping. This can include things like planting flowers, adding mulch, and trimming bushes. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on landscaping as even small changes can make a big difference. Do you periodically divide your perenials?  Dividing perennials every three to six years is a great way to thin clump-forming varieties, like the daylily. You get free plants for $0 money.   You can find more information and  free printable planning forms at Garden Planning Guide with Printables.



Yellow Flower in Tilt Shift Lens



If you’re not sure how to get started with landscaping, then consider hiring a professional. They can help you create a plan that will improve the curb appeal of your home.



5) Add Crown Molding


Many of us love crown molding. It’s so charming and adds real value to your home. Is it on your list of home improvement ideas?   This Old House gives complete directions on how to install Easy Crown Molding . Trimroc molding from Canamould Extrusions is a lightweight polystyrene foam coated in hard plaster. It cuts smoothly with a handsaw and it goes up in a flash with joint compound. No coping, no tricky angles, and ragged joints disappear with a dab of mud.



Man Sands Down Joint Compound






In conclusion, there are many easy ways that you can improve the look and function of your home.   I hope these tips can inspire you to re-think your wish list for adding function and beauty to your home.







This is a collaborative post but all opions are my own. Photos via Pexels.com.


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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

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