Some improvements are pricey and deter homeowners from doing them. The good news is that it’s possible even on a more restrictive budget to get things accomplished this year. To help you along, here are 4 budget improvements and fixes that are affordable.
Replace the Gutters
The gutters are an essential part of your home. They ensure that rainwater travels from the roof, down to the gutters, is collected, and funneled to the drainage below. When working correctly, theyhelp to prevent water from pooling or ice forming on the ground around your home. But blocked gutters and those with broken sections leak like a sieve.
Getting up on a ladder to replace the broken sections is dangerous if you don’t have someone to help or if you have unsteady footing. Hundreds of thousands of Americans fall off ladders annually and end up at the Emergency department of their local hospital. Ask yourself whether it’s worth taking the risk?
It’s usually best with guttering work to hire professionals that arrive with the right equipment to do it safely. To find out what something like this may cost, it’s best to look at a service provider’s website to get an idea. A good example is Principles Building & Remodeling.
Add Variety to the Lighting Arrangements
Replacing the entire lighting system in the home is pricey,but it’s often unnecessary.To keep the costs down, look at layering the lighting arrangements instead of a complete replacement. By adding wall sconces, a new light fixture in a heavily occupied room, and some strategically placed lamps, light can be projected differently.It’s also possible to use colored eco-friendly bulbs that are controllable via a mobile app. This will allow you to alter the hue based on your mood and how long a day you’ve had already.
Refinish the Hardwood Flooring
For hardwood flooring that is overused and showing it with scuffs on the wood and marks that are tough to remove, it may be time to refinish it. Renting a sander for the weekend to sand down the floor and then refinishing it can bring out the true grain of the wood once again. Ensure you’re wearing safety equipment to protect your lungs and to cover your body too.Refinishing the floor will likely take years off it. It’ll also ensure it’s a standout feature of the home and not something you wish you could hide with a rug or three.
Prevent Water Penetrating the Outer Walls
Water intrusion from the external walls inside the home is a common cause of moisture. The increased moistness can damage appliances, internal walls, and floor coverings too.
A waterproof veneer applied to the exterior walls will do much to prevent rainwater from intruding into the interior. Choose a dry day to do it, so there’s plenty of time for it to dry out completely.
Budget home improvements are great when getting started and on a limited budget. Starting with these first also means that any mistakes shouldn’t be expensive to rectify either.