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Improving Your Home on a Budget: How to Upgrade for Less


September 30, 2020


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Improving Your Home on a Budget: How to Upgrade for Less

This past year, we’ve all had the opportunity to spend more time at home. For better or worse, we’ve learned to use our house in new ways and either appreciate it for what it is or realize that it’s just not working anymore.

Moving is expensive and in somewhat challenging times, it’s not always an option. However, that doesn’t mean you have to live with an outdated house that isn’t working for you and your family. It means you need to find budget-friendly ways to improve your space in a way that makes you excited to live there.

5 Cheap Ways to Improve Your Home That You Can Do Yourself

If you’ve ever watched HGTV, you have seen the total transformations they do on houses. But that kind of update requires taking down walls, major renovation budgets, and interior designers. But there are simple ways you can make a big impact without any major renovations involved.

  1. Paint your front door – If you haven’t already done so, painting your front door is an inexpensive way to make a huge impact. Choose a contrasting color that will pop against the color of your house and don’t be afraid to go bold. You can always repaint over it if you don’t like the end product.
  2. Add dramatic lighting – Adding pathway lighting up to your front door or adding LED strip lighting under cabinets can make a huge statement that doesn’t cost very much. And you can have the project completed in just an hour or two.
  3. Install new cabinet hardware – If you have boring hardware on your kitchen cupboards, why not choose something more modern? For less than $50 you can swap out all the hardware in your kitchen or bathroom and give the room a fresh look. You can also do the same thing with door hinges and doorknobs to give them a modern take.
  4. Rearrange furniture – Sometimes, just changing the flow of a room can completely transform it. Especially if you are working from home or doing virtual learning, having a dedicated office space is important. Put unused items in storage and create an entirely new space with what you already have.
  5. Go crazy with paint – You can give the moldings in your home a completely new look with some white paint, update cabinets with a fresh gray or pop of color, paint old flooring to give it new life or even paint your bedroom or living room a bright white to breathe new life into a space. Get creative, the only cost is your time and a gallon or two of paint.

As a homeowner, you should love where you live. Even if it’s not your forever home, there are still ways you can make subtle improvements that won’t cost a lot but will go a long way in making you love your space. Especially as we spend more and more time at home, you should be happy. Get inspired and don’t be afraid to let your creativity take over.

Improve the Space in Your Home with ezStorage

If you are trying to transform the spaces in your home, it all starts with decluttering. Getting rid of bulky furniture pieces you don’t use, or old strollers, car seats, or sports equipment, can all free up space for you to be creative in your home. And, you don’t have to get rid of these things thanks to the temporary storage options at ezStorage. We make it simple to rent temporary storage units in and around Alexandria, Takoma Park and Liberty Harvest, MD. If you are social distancing, you might want to consider our new contactless rental option to keep you safe. Our Virginia and Maryland storage facilities are open, and our team is ready to help you find the perfect solution. Rent a storage unit today!

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