Want your home to look like a magazine, but don’t want to spend four figures or hire a professional?
Then there’s good news. “When it comes to making improvements to your home, there are many projects you can do yourself,” states Evan Harris, co-founder and CEO of SD Equity Partners.
And by looking for deals, you can stay within a tight budget.
Follow on for projects you can carry out around your home that cost less than $100.
1. Update House Numbers.
“There are a variety of solar-powered house number signs available that not only brighten up your home at night, but also make it easier for guests to find your house when it’s dark,” explains Harris.
Another option: Put in a wall-mounted planter and add house numbers to its side.
2. Try Some Paint.
“You can really change the look of the room for just two gallons of paint,” notes Chelsea Lipford Wolf, a first-time homeowner, host and blogger at Checking in with Chelsea.
3. Customize the Entryway.
Set aside an afternoon to install a few hooks for coats, put in shelves for hats and keys, or add a shoe rack for footwear.
4. Create an Indoor Herb Garden.
Put a few pots in your kitchen window sill and plant basil, oregano, or rosemary.
5. Make Your Own Shiplap.
Paint plywood strips; then place them on a wall with a slight space in between the pieces to provide a distinct feature. “Any room where you want to create an accent wall can benefit from shiplap,” notes Wolf.
6. Add a Multi-purpose End Table.
If you have tools around the house and enjoy working with wood, try creating an end table that has a lower shelf where shoes can be placed.
7. Look For Hardware Changes.
“Changing out the hardware on the kitchen cabinets can quickly update the look,” says Wolf.
8. Update the Bathroom.
Some faucets can be changed for under $100, points out J.B. Sassano, president of Mr. Handyman. Also try putting in a new rug, adding a towel rack, or replacing the showerhead.
9. Put Up Personalized Decor.
If you have a favorite picture from your last vacation, consider framing it and centering the piece on a wall. For family member snapshots, try putting them on canvas to customize an area.
10. Redo the Entertainment Room.
New throw pillows, framed posters, customized blankets, or memorabilia from your favorite films can help set a relaxing mood in this space.
11. Install a Ceiling Fan.
Cut down on air conditioning costs during the warm months, and increase overall air circulation, with a ceiling fan in a bedroom or living room.
12. Make Pendant Lights.
With two soda bottles, some cement mix, and a few tools, you can create unique light fixtures that work outdoors or in a kitchen area.
13. Introduce Trees Outside.
“Planting just a single tree in your front yard can improve your home – and boost its curb appeal,” notes Ryan Farley, co-founder and chief operating officer of LawnStarter.
14. Upgrade the Mailbox.
If your mailbox is looking worn or outdated, put in a sharp-looking replacement. Or simply repaint the one you have with a modern color.
15. Add a Flowerbed.
“A few new flowers or plants, along with some mulch, can jazz up the exterior of your home,” Farley says.