Hire a contractor for these 4 cost-effective improvements

If money is tight, hire a contractor to complete the smaller projects first. (Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Davidson)

If money is tight, hire a contractor to complete the smaller projects first. (Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Davidson)

Like many homeowners, you may have put off completing a major home remodeling project due to the recent economic downturn. However, there are still many budget-friendly home remodeling projects that can help improve the look of your home without making too much of a dent in your bank account.

If you have been looking for a way to upgrade your home without going over budget, consider hiring a contractor to complete any of the following budget-friendly home improvement projects:

1. Cabinet refacing

Cabinet refacing is an easy, affordable way to quickly transform or update the look of an entire kitchen. Because cabinet refacing only involves replacing the facade of the cabinet door or drawer while retaining the box or frame, refacing offers a faster turnaround at a lower cost than replacing the entire cabinet.

Make sure to have an expert assist you in choosing the right materials and ensuring a proper installation process.

2. Install more mirrors in the bathroom

Adding additional mirrors in your bathroom, or any room for that matter, can create the illusion of extra space. More space can immediately create a luxurious appeal to an overall room design.

3. Add lighting in the basement

If you want to get more use out of unused basement space, but don't want invest in a full remodel, consider adding more lighting to expand the look and feel of the room. To save money, avoid installing lighting systems that involve completely rewiring your current system.

4. Replace your old garage door

Replacing an old garage door is one of the easiest ways to improve the appearance of your home and increase its curb appeal without investing a large sum of money. Choose a garage door that is attractive, durable and well-insulated to ensure the best quality and performance.

Whether you choose a specialist to complete your project, or generalist like a Boston general contractor, make sure you hire the best. Angie's List offers information on more than 500 home service categories in your area to help you maximize your investment.

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