If you’re like millions of Americans, you may be getting some money back from your taxes and when you do, you’ll ponder what to do with it. New clothes? Trip to the beach? What about some home improvement? I’ve got a few ideas on ones that are DIY-ers so you may actually be able to do a little bit of everything!
- Replace kitchen counter tops. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to update the way your kitchen looks. Simply replacing your counter tops with one of the many budget-friendly materials is a great place to start.
- Upfit your bathroom . If you plan to stay in your home for a while, start making small changes that create easy access for family members of all ages and abilities. You can select smart installations like a wider entry door, easy-to-grasp door and cabinet hardware, rocker light switches, grab bars, and a shower fixture with a removable, hand-held head.
- Brush up on change Painting is an affordable home improvement project and could become your go-to way of updating a living space. You can get sample sizes for testing out new hues, as well as special formulations and tools for taking a faux approach. Already painted? What about adding crown moldings, chair rails or other trims to create a custom look on a budget.
- Sitting outside You can expand both your living space and your home’s value by building a small deck or a patio of brick, natural stone or cement pavers. You can also update landscaping and add pathways to form outlying seating areas or hideaways in a yard of any size.
- Enhance curb appeal. You know how important curb appeal is so hit the nursery and update your green for a lush, lively look. Check out your home’s entry, and perhaps add a beautiful new entry door, up-to-date light fixtures or some well-placed planters of blooms to add freshness and friendliness.
- Speaking of Green – With the ever climbing costs of home heating and cooling costs, use your money to make your home more energy efficient. You can enhance home comfort by sealing all heating and cooling ducts along seams and connections with duct sealant (mastic) or metal-backed tape (never duct tape, as it doesn’t have the required staying power), followed by insulation wrap. Also consider upgrading your home’s insulation — a visit to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Insulation Recommendations page will provide guidance for your specific climate and location.
- Look Good and Get Organized Clear away the clutter and get more use inside your four walls and install organization systems. Shelving and safe stowing zones can convert a crammed garage into a place where you can actually park a car, and a closet fitted with modular components allows you to greet every day without the stress of a mess. My favorite place to find inspiration for this is Pinterest!!
What other home improvement projects do you think would be good ones to do for under $1,000?