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Give your home a budget-friendly facelift

Ginger Dean

June 23, 2014

By: Ginger Dean, Home Finance Specialist

In: Interior Design

People sometimes want to sell their home because they want something different, something new. The truth is, you don't have to move into a new home or spend a fortune on a home makeover to get the look you want. Many home renovation projects can be done on a budget and - dare we even say - DIY.

Three frugal tips to revamp the look of your home:

Make those floors shine. Floors may be the most used part of your home, and wear and tear over the years can take a toll on their appearance. If you want to replace carpet with tiles, that's one thing. But if you have older hardwood flooring and want a fresh look, that's a whole other story. Don't replace your floors - just redo them. You can save some money and re-sand your floors instead of completely replacing them.

If you do need to replace your floors, there's no doubt this can make your home feel new, and it doesn't have to be an expensive upgrade. If you can be flexible on when your new floors must be in by, you can even wait till a product you love goes on sale. Depending on the flooring you select, you may even be able to install it yourself.

Change the interior of your rooms. Sometimes new fixtures are all it takes to refresh the look of your bathroom or kitchen. Small changes such as painting kitchen cabinets as opposed to completely replacing them can give your room a quick facelift. Buying new fixtures for your bathroom vanity and bathtub can give your rooms a new look without breaking the bank.

If you are on a tight budget, start with your favorite room or the room you spend the most time in. Updating one room at a time is easy on the budget and you won't feel like you're taking on a massive home renovation project.

Don't forget the decor. Just as new fixtures can give rooms a new, modern look, so can new decor. Small changes such as changing the lighting in a room or having your sofa reupholstered can give a room a whole new look. And don't underestimate the power of a fresh coat of paint. A new color and coat of paint can give your favorite room a fresh look.

Other facelift projects that can help revamp your rooms include adding mirrors, buying new pillows and accessories, and adding bookshelves. Little projects can have a big impact! And they allow you to love your home again.

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