Life is hard when the budget of your dream home decor doesn’t match your actual budget. But hey! No need to be upset just yet.
There are many ways in which you can fulfill your home improvement dreams without breaking the bank. All have to do is be creative with your ideas. Not sure how to go about it? Don’t worry. I have 10 amazingly creative yet cost-effective home improvement ideas to help you get started.
So here we go:
Fix Your Toilet- I’m starting with the toilet because a house with a messed up toilet is basically a jail. To save the cost of replacing the existing fixtures with brand new ones, take small precautions from this very moment. Noticing that your toilet has started to slowly leak water? Install a rubber flapper and or invest in a DIY toilet kit to fix the problem.
Lighten up: Install tiny LED track lights exactly where you need lighting instead of decorating your entire house with incandescent bulbs. LED track lights are energy-efficient and cooler than regular bulbs. Not just that, it also gives a soothing atmospheric light all around your house.
Use Cooling Fans- Using a cooling fan in your room can do much more than just shrinking your electricity bill. Here’s why: one, it creates a cooling effect by circulating the air, thus turning your room breezy and comfy.
Two, air conditioners can only bring down the temperature, whereas a fan doubles up as an insect repellent too as mosquitoes, flies can’t fly in windy rooms. And above all, it’s way cheaper than air conditioners and air coolers. If you too want to get these incredible benefits of a cooling fan, experthomemakers.com has a really good collection for every budget group.
Expand Storage Space– If you have any corner of your house or wall unoccupied, make the best of it by adding racks and shelves over there. You can keep everything, from cookware, books, knickknacks to wine bottles on it. There’s no need to buy different shelves or cabinet for storing different things. A multipurpose metal slotted rack will enhance your home decor and won’t mess with your budget either.
Use Water Heater Insulation Bucket- According to a report by Iowa Energy Center, you can cut down the power consumption of your water heater by 25-45% just by installing insulation brackets. These are usually made from fiberglass, doesn’t cost much and require no complex tools for installation.
Fix Leaky Windows- Tiny gaps around a window might seem harmless for now. But if you leave it unattended, the same gap will widen and may end up damaging the entire frame. And if that happens, be ready to shell out a couple of $100 bills. So if you are noticing small gaps or minor damage on the caulk work, fix it as soon as possible.
Refurbish– Refurbishing old and faulty furniture instead of remodeling them can save you a huge amount of money. If the glitches are minor and you have some sort of expertise over furniture restoration, buy an inexpensive DIY resurfacing kit and give your furniture a complete makeover.
Close Curtains– Curtains are the most inexpensive and effective way to cool down your home and prevent your skin from being exposed to harmful UV rays. Buy 100% cotton, dark-colored curtains for the windows, especially for the south-facing ones and keep them closed during noon-time. This way, you don’t have to turn down your AC temperature too much for a long time to feel comfortable.
Cost-saving Window Insulation- In order to keep cooling level to the optimum without keeping your fan or AC on all the time, insulate your windows. For this, you need only two things- water and large bubble wraps. Simply dampen the window with water and stick the bubble wrap on the glass window. It will stay that way for months, work like a charm and won’t cost you a single dime.
Buy an Energy Star Qualified Dishwasher– Old dishwasher models can give you a heart attack when your monthly utility bills. Do yourself a favor and replace it with an Energy Star Qualified to save almost 500-600 gallons of water a year.