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Top 5 affordable home improvement ideas

1. Don’t Forget The Details:

As much as many of us would love to make over our entire home, making small changes can have a big impact. Try changing out the handles and drawer pulls on your kitchen and bathroom cabinetry. Also try adding hooks for your towels or bathrobes. This can instantly freshen up the look of a room. If some of your furniture is outdated, like an armoire or dresser, do the same. This mini-facelift can be achieved for as little as $100.

2. Make Your Home Welcoming:

While you may see your home a certain way, try to remember how others see it. One of the easiest but most effective areas to update is the front door and entranceway. Repair any cracks in the door and give it a fresh coat of paint — think about choosing a bright, vibrant colour that will command attention. In addition, make sure your house numbers are in good shape. Do you need a new mailbox? These are simple, affordable solutions.

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3. Create a Garden Oasis:

While you are outside, take a good look at your front and back garden. While new flowers and plants can get pricey, there are a few things you can do to keep costs down. Shop at the end of the summer season for a new patio set — there are great deals to be had. In addition, you can plant low maintenance perennial plants around the outside of the yard that will come back for years to come.

4. Make a Statement With Paint:

If you are looking to overhaul a living, dining, bath or bedroom, paint is a simple and relatively affordable solution. Whether you decide to make a bold statement with a dramatic colour or just freshen up the look of a room with a neutral coat, paint makes a big difference in the look of a space.   While price varies, depending on brand and where you purchase it, a gallon of paints usually begins at around $35.

5. Go Green:

There are a number of ways to improve your home by making it more environmentally friendly and energy efficient. Perhaps the simplest thing is to switch traditional light bulbs to energy-saving compact fluorescents. Another way to g green is to replace your old showerheads (or even toilets if you feel like spending a bit more money) with pressurized, low flow alternatives. This can save gallons of water every day!

Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012 8:17 AM by Sutton Realty

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