5 Best Home Renovations for Under $5,000

Regardless if you own or rent, your home is at the center of your universe. It’s where you eat, sleep, socialize and store all the things that matter most.

So why does it look like such a mess? I’m guessing two reasons: time and money, or the lack thereof. In other words, your busy life keeps you from taking the time to be organized and implementing the latest interior design trends, and the plethora of other demands on your wallet prevent you from hiring someone to do the job for you.

Fret not, because we’ve compiled a list of five efficient ways to spruce up your home without breaking the bank.

1. Paint it out

It’s easy to take the small things for granted. Applying a fresh coat of paint is one of the simplest and cheapest ways to take an old room from drab to fab… provided that your new coat’s color is indeed fab. If you’re not blessed with an eye for color coordination, snap some pictures of the rooms you want to repaint, take them to a local home improvement store and ask for some help. There’s no shame in admitting you don’t want your dining room to have the color palette of a Warhol painting and need assistance to avoid that fate.

2. Get some light

Dimness is great for romantic dinners… but not so much for cooking, doing laundry, taking showers and all the other things you do at home most days. Practical matters aside, low light also makes everything look kind of dingy. So brighten up your life! It’ll change everything, and with a $5,000 budget, a half-day’s worth of time and a trip to an affordable retailer, you’ll be able to outfit your entire home, no sweat.

Important: Remember to treat lights like furniture. They should be functional and fashionable. The monstrosities you had in your college dorm won’t work anymore.

3. Caulk and tile

Bathroom renovation can seem awfully unappealing, especially if you only have one. The prospect of navigating around a demolition zone every time you want to brush your teeth or take a shower isn’t something anyone wants to think about, but with a little planning, your worst washroom fears can be easily avoided.

Start by re-caulking around sinks, showers, toilets and tubs to get rid of unsightly grime. Then pick out some affordable new tiles for the floor, and you’ll be in business. Sure, new sinks and toilets are great — and probably within range for a $5,000 budget (provided you didn’t go with marble flooring) — but caulk and tile is probably all you’ll need to make an impact. Unless you’ve got plenty of experience, though, hire a professional to do the job. It may be relatively cheap, but it sure ain’t easy.

4. Clean up your act

Simple and free. The perfect combo. Yes, all you’ll need to do to clean up your house is…clean up your house. Set aside a weekend and collect all the useless items cluttering up your abode. (You probably don’t need any electronic device made before 2000, and that cargo-pocket phase you went through? Mistake.) Throw out the junk, sell anything that might yield more than $5 at a yard sale or on Craigslist, and revel in the newfound order you’ve created.

5. Knobs, pulls, and counters

Kitchen renovations and panic attacks usually go hand in hand, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The most expensive part of doing your kitchen over is replacing astronomically priced appliances — a superfluous expense as long as they’re clean and functional. New cabinet knobs, drawer pulls and countertops can all be installed on a very reasonable budget, and will rejuvenate even the stalest of kitchens, panic-free.

What DIY projects are you ready to tackle?


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