Are you dreaming of home improvements but don’t have the money for a major remodel? Don’t fret. There are plenty of small things you can do that will make your home look amazing without breaking the bank. Here are 11 simple projects that will have an immediate effect on your happiness and all cost $250 or less.
Clean Your Upholstery
Don’t wait until your sofas, chairs, and love seats are stained before you call in the pros to have them cleaned; all of that upholstered furniture absorbs oil and dirt off our clothes, our pets, and even the air in our homes, which means they need to be cleaned every 18 to 24 months… and definitely before there is any noticeable change in the color of the fabric.
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Wall-Mount Your Flat Screen TV
Mounting your flat screen television on the wall will save floor space, put the television in a place where everyone can see it (especially if you use an adjustable mount), and looks clean and streamlined, especially if you have a cord-concealing plan, so you don’t have to look at ugly cords hanging down you wall.
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Have Your House Cleaned
A clean house will make your life better for so many reasons: you won’t be distracted by dirt or clutter; you wont waste time looking for misplaced items; a sanitized home is better for your family’s health; and you won’t ever be embarrassed to invite friends over again. So if cleaning just isn’t something you have the time or inclination to do, considering hiring house cleaners to do it for you. Once you factor in the time and energy you’ll be saving, you’ll likely find it really is worth the money.
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Pressure Wash Your Deck, Driveway and More
Up your home’s curb appeal by using a pressure washer to remove dirt, grime, mildew, and even oil stains. But be aware that if you don’t use a pressure washer properly, you can end up doing damage or get poor results. Pressure washers can also be dangerous and are powerful enough to cause serious injury, which is why you can’t go wrong hiring a professional to tackle the job for you.
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Get Rid of Your Junk
Most people don’t enjoy the process of getting rid of their stuff, but if you take the time to sort through your belongings and toss or donate everything you don’t use or need, you might be surprised at how liberating it feels. Clutter takes up space that could be put to use in better ways and it also makes cleaning the home and finding things much more time consuming. Figure out what you don’t need in your home anymore and then hire a junk remover to haul it all away.
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Make Your Windows Shine
Clean windows don’t just look nice, they also help with heat efficiency, lengthen the lifespan of the windows, increase curb appeal, allow more light to enter the home, and make every view that much better. Hire a trusted professional to save you time, stress, and make sure the job gets done right.
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Rearrange Your Furniture
A great way to give a room new life is by rearranging furniture. It can make a room feel bigger, change the purpose of a space, help your furniture avoid “tan lines” from the natural light, extend the life of your flooring, and help you appreciate things in a way you didn’t before. If you’re not up for the task of all of the heavy lifting, a Thumbtack pro can take care of all of it for you.
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Add a Fresh Coat of Paint
Another easy way to give a room new life is with paint. Add punch by creating a dramatic accent wall using a bold color, pattern, or wallpaper. Highlight exposed beams by painting them a contrasting color. Transform a brick fireplace with crisp white paint. Or paint the ceiling to add depth and dimension. It’s a task that can usually be completed by a pro in a day or two and will make a huge difference in your home.
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Clean Your Carpets
If you want your carpet company to honor your warranty, you probably have to hire professional cleaners every 12 to 18 months, but that’s not technically frequent enough if you truly want a dust-free home. Vacuuming is great, but steam is the only true way to lift dust from deep within carpets and rugs and only a professional machine can do the job so that there’s no moisture (and eventually mold) left afterward.
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Care for Your Lawn
Regular feeding, watering, weeding, and mowing are imperative for a healthy and attractive lawn. And though learning how to care for your lawn is relatively easy, actually finding the time to do everything that needs to be done can be difficult, especially if you’re dealing with insects, disease, or just a lot of square footage. Bring in a pro to do the job and get the yard you’ve always dreamed of.
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Hire a Handyman
You probably have a fairly lengthy list of chores you need to do around the house. And that list probably just keeps getting longer. Hang photos, change light fixtures, fix the squeaky stair, clean the gutters, install the thermostat, replace the blinds… Stop putting everything off and hire a handyman to come in for a few hours and do it all for you. You’ll likely find it’s worth every penny.
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