5 home improvement projects under $1,000

5 home improvement projects under $1,000

Most contemporary Americans admit that there is little extra money to go around, and what once could have been spent on home improvement, may now be ear marked for more immediate necessities. Still, homeowners who want to give their homes a facelift don't have to wait until they've saved a small fortune. There are plenty of home improvement jobs that cost well under $1,000.

Learn to organize

A messy house can quickly get on any homeowner's nerves. However, a good organization system can go a long way in making a home feel clean and organized. With a well-planned organizational system, homeowners can maximize space so that they don't have to move or find storage units just to house all their belongings.

A well-organized storage unit usually takes some investment. Closet organizers, garage organization systems, under-bed storage, and even plastic bins are all expensive. Though the amount spent will depend on the size of the house and the amount of organization needed, this home improvement idea almost always rings up at less than $500. To begin this home improvement project, homeowners should create an organization plan that details where they need organization most and how they can achieve it. Then, they can start purchasing organization equipment.

Change the color scheme

Nothing makes an older home feel new again like a change in color scheme. Homeowners who have had the same scheme -- or who have opted for the traditional neutral schemes -- can get a new look with an interior paint job. This project can be as large or small as the homeowner wants. A homeowner may choose to have a single room redone or an entire interior repainted. Interior painting is an excellent under $1,000 home improvement project, because it is so completely transformative and it can lead to more home projects; as a new color inspires different decor, hardware and even structural home improvements, like a fireplace addition. However, homeowners who only have the budget to stick with a single interior paint job can elect to do so as well.

Give cabinets a makeover

Like interior painting, cabinet refacing is another inexpensive home repair that can make a bathroom or kitchen look new. Many homeowners choose cabinet refacing, or changing the outside of the cabinets, over cabinet replacement because cabinet replacement is an expensive job -- and most homeowners care only about the outside of the cabinets anyway. The interiors can usually be spruced up with a good cleaning and a little stain. The price of cabinet refacing depends on the number of cabinets being refaced and the kind of refacing. For example, some refacing jobs consist of merely painting the outside of cabinet a new color. Other refacing jobs include new hardware and even the installation of drawers. Still, many kinds of cabinet refacing jobs can be accomplished for less than $1,000. One of the easiest and least expensive home improvement jobs to do is to paint and add new hardware to a single bathroom cabinet.

Lighten up

New lighting can work wonders on a home's interior -- taking it from drab and boring to exciting and bright. Homeowners can install new house-wide lighting by obtaining in-ceiling fixtures, dimmers, sconces, and coordinated lights throughout the home, or they may focus on a single room. Good choices for lighting makeovers include bathrooms and media or family rooms. Bathroom lighting is historically either too bright for comfort or too dim for beauty preparation. Homeowners can solve this problem by installing separate makeup lights in the bathroom, as well as lamps or other soft light sources. In a media or living room, in-ceiling lights with dimmers can help turn the room into a home theater.

Add a room

Homeowners with a little extra space, where items have simply been accumulating, may want to consider adding a hobby room or a special room for the family's unique needs. For example, an unoccupied bedroom can make an office, library, sewing room or art studio. A mud room can be turned into an indoor garden room, and an unfinished basement is just a few changes away from an in-home shop.


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