10 Ways You Can Improve Your Home on a Budget

Posted January 14, 2020 by in Home
framed picture on shelf

Sometimes your home needs a little bit of TLC, but this does not always have to be expensive. You can start off small, tackling little home improvement jobs every weekend and, with the help of this guide, you won’t have to spend a fortune.

Here are 10 ways you can upgrade your home on a budget, paired with the home maintenance checklist, you will have a happy and healthy home in no time:

Give Your Front Door a Makeover

Give your front door a lick of paint to brighten it back up again. If your front door is beyond repair, it might be time to invest in a new one. Your front door is one of the first things people see when they look at your home so it’s important to maintain it in order to create a good first impression.

Colorful front door

Add a Stylish Stair Runner

Stairs are one of the first things you see when you walk into a house. Get rid of your old shabby carpets and replace them with a stylish stair runner. They are a lot cheaper than buying a brand-new carpet and also look more current.

You could choose a bold colored runner for more impact or stay classy with a thick and pale pile.

stair runner

Install a Skylight

If you have a dark attic room or bathroom, off-the peg skylights are the solution. Adding one or two brightens any room and they also add a unique, modern look to your home.

skylight in bedroom

Give the Fireplace a New Lease of Life

A fireplace can be a wonderful focal point of any room, as long as it is well-looked after. Give your fireplace some love with a coat of fresh paint to bring it back to life again. If you don’t have a fireplace in your home, perhaps consider getting one.

Having a fireplace definitely beats having a TV as a focal point in your home, they add character and a homey vibe to your space.

modern farmhouse fireplace

Update Your Sofa

You can update an old sofa or sofa bed with some new bright and unique fabric, or you can give a sentimental piece a makeover with neat new upholstery. You can always get someone to do it for you, even with the cost of help, getting your sofa re-upholstered is a lot cheaper than buying one brand new. 

Persian rug

Add a New Backsplash

With a clever choice of tiles or an all-in-one backsplash, you can transform your kitchen instantly. You can always look at your favorite designer tiles out there and then find a low-cost look-a-like.

If you do not fancy the work that goes into this, you can always pick up adhesive glass backsplash panels. These are really easy to fit and can also be used in bathrooms too.

subway tile

Hang New Curtains or Blinds

You can add more color and a completely different look to any room with new curtains, blinds or an on-trend combination of both. If you plan to make them yourself, unlined panels are easier to make than traditional curtains. 

White room with floral curtain

Get New Carpets

After a while, carpets start to look grubby and in need of some serious attention. However, they cannot always be saved. If you need a new carpet, go for a wool blend for flooring that is durable, soft underfoot and striking. This type of carpet is especially good for high-traffic areas of the home.


Get a Rug

A rug can change an entire room and if you have been searching for the perfect rug but you cannot find one anywhere, do not worry! There are a number of different companies who can help you to create a rug or carpet that meets your specific requirements for less than you might expect. One such company is a Vaheed Taheri, a San Francisco rug store, which is dedicated to making sure your rug/carpet shopping is a pleasant journey.

brown dog on rug


Sometimes all your home might need is just a little lick of paint. This will only look good if you nail the technique. If you do a quick, messy job it could end up looking worse than when you started.

To ensure longevity of your paint job, clean grimy areas with a heavy-duty cleaner because if you paint over dirty surfaces the paint will just peel off. Make sure that you paint the trim first, then the ceilings and then the walls. This means you don’t have to be neat when painting the trim and can concentrate on getting a smooth finish on the wood.

Once the trim is completely painted and dry (this normally takes 24 hours), tape it off, then paint the ceiling and then the walls.

green statement wall

You don’t have to complete all of these things at once. If you take your time, you are more likely to stick to an affordable budget. Over time, your house will start to feel more like a home again with these home improvement ideas.