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Home updates don’t need to be elaborate or expensive. There are countless ways that you can DIY your way to increased value and enjoyment.

Try a few of these inexpensive home updates to enhance your home without breaking the bank.

Make It Safer

A safer home is a more desirable home for potential buyers, but insurance companies often smile on you too. Smart technology makes it simple to secure your home, without breaking the bank.

Many insurance companies offer discounts if you install an alarm system, motion detectors, cameras, door and window sensors, a power backup, surveillance cameras, leak detectors, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Add A Touch Of Class

Adding trim to rooms in your home is a simple and relatively inexpensive way to add a touch of class to your home. Installing crown moldings, wainscoting, or new baseboards only requires a miter box, saw, nails, and patience. It’s a simple way to change a boring room into something special.

Fresh Coat of Paint

Nothing refreshes a home more quickly than a fresh coat of paint. Fill all imperfections, sand well, and choose a neutral colored paint. By the way, did we mention off-white walls with cabinets are the combination this season?

Clean & Organize Storage

Cleaning and organizing your home is the most recommended first step for home improvement. If you don’t like to clean, hire someone to do it. It is well worth the investment.

When you organize closets, cupboards, storage rooms, and your garage, you aren’t just making your life easier, you’re making your home look larger. Even if you don’t intend to sell immediately, a cluttered home creates the illusion that you do not have sufficient storage space, even when you do. Install closet organizers, buy tools hooks, and purge.

Change Hardware

New cabinets are costly, so why not spruce up what you have? New knobs and handles can bring an old home into the 21st century affordably, and they’re easy to change. Measure the distance between the screw holes and look for appropriate replacements.

New Accessories

If your sofa is in good shape, change your living room’s look with new accessories. It’s easy to totally transform a room with colorful cushions, a new area rug, and some tasteful pieces of artwork on the wall.

Make a small room look bigger by adding a large mirror. Make a large room look cozy by arranging furniture to create conversation areas. Coordinate accessories to unify the look.

Light It Up

Highlight favorite pieces of art or ornaments with inexpensive LED lighting. It uses less power than traditional bulbs and LED rope fits into any space without worrying about heat and fire.

Dimmer switches are an inexpensive way to add pizzazz to a dull room, and they save energy. Turn the lights up when you’re performing tasks such as preparing dinner, and down to create some ambiance.

Replace or Refinish Your Front Door

According to Remodeling’s Cost vs. Value report, replacing your front door with a new steel unit delivers a 90% return on your investment. It looks great, improves curb appeal, and increases energy efficiency. If you’re not ready to replace your door, and have a battered wood door, sand it down, re-stain, and seal it so it looks new again.

Replace your mailbox, house numbers, and porch lights too, if needed.

Caulk The Tub – Clean The Grout

Grungy tile grout and mildewed caulk are easy to remedy. Scrape off the old caulking and clean well. If you’re inexperienced, lay a line of masking tape along the tub and tiles and then sparingly squeeze in the caulking. Wet your finger and run it along the bead until it’s smooth and flawless.

To clean grout, just fill a spray bottle with half water – half vinegar. Spray it on, let it stand for five minutes, and then scrub with a stiff-bristled brush.

Install A Backsplash

Even if you can’t afford new cabinets, you can change your kitchen’s look with a new backsplash. You can buy a single piece of material instead of installing tiles. Have the material cut at your DIY center, glue it into place, and run a bead of caulking along the edge.

These are just a few ideas. You can find countless more online and at DIY stores. Remember, when you increase the value of your home you also need to consider your insurance coverage. Once you master some of these minor improvements, you may want to tackle bigger projects. Talk to your insurance agent before you begin to make sure that you’re always properly protected.

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