Look around your home for areas that could use additional lighting.
If you haven’t already done so, change out your existing light bulbs for brighter, more energy-efficient ones that mimic daylight in their brightness.
Want to modernize your current light fixtures?
There are a lot of kits available at your local home improvement store that vary in price; alternatively, you could spray paint your existing fixtures to brighten their look.
If you want to add a new light fixture and don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself you could hire an electrician to install one fairly quickly.
However, plan to purchase a less expensive light fixture to offset the cost of the electrician.
2. New entry door
Even if you’re not planning to sell, replacing your front door will give you a good return on your cost. In fact, front door replacement has been shown to greatly improve the value of a home; more so if the door is steel.
Depending on where you live and whether or not you can DIY the project yourself it’s possible to replace a front door for less than a $1,000, however, if you live in a pricier area, it may take a while before you find one in your price range.
Note: According to HomeAdvisor, as of 2020, the cost to have a steel door installed is anywhere from $473 to $1,480.
If your door is still in good shape and you don’t want to replace it you can still improve how it looks by repainting it and/or replacing the door handles, knocker, etc.
3. New appliance
Even if your current appliance works well, you could potentially save money by replacing it with a more energy-efficient model.
Some appliances that can be replaced for about $1,000 (depending on where you live) include:
- ⬥ Dishwasher
- ⬥ Range
- ⬥ Refrigerator
While it would be difficult to find top of the line appliances at the $1,000 dollar mark, you can get mid-grade appliances that look just as sharp in this price range.
Look for sales and even take a look at the store’s ‘scratch and dent’ section for your new appliance. (you’d be surprised what you could find)
Obviously, if you plan to DIY your landscaping you’ll save a significant over hiring someone to do it.
Think “conceal” and “cover” when looking at any problem areas of your yard. A lot can be done with landscape fabric, rock, mulch and flowers.
Add landscaping blocks to neatly define flower beds and plant shrubs to block road noise and add privacy.
If you do plan to hire someone to do the work be choosy about what you want to have done as costs can add up quickly.
5. Update your bathroom
Finally, next to the kitchen, bathrooms are one of the most popular rooms to remodel.
As they’re generally small, you can do a lot for $1,000 dollars…especially if you DIY your project(s).
Need a new toilet or sink? Even if you have to hire a plumber you can very likely have it done for less than you might think.
Of course, simply adding paint, new fixtures, fittings and even new tile can all be done inexpensively. Simply look for sales and discontinued items to keep your costs low.
To get the biggest “bang for your buck”, choose an improvement that will make the biggest impact.
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