We moved into our townhouse that we bought on a whim over a year ago. We knew when we bought it that it needed a home makeover because it was stuck in the time period it was built in, the 80’s. Nothing against the 80’s, but we wanted to update many items by giving ourselves a home makeover.
Unfortunately when you buy a house you often spend a big chunk of your money on a down payment. I still had my emergency fund intact but I didn’t want to dip into it so we had to put a lot of bigger projects on hold. We were able to do a few affordable home makeover projects though.
Paint the Walls and Baseboards
This wasn’t a ton of fun but it is definitely a home makeover project that you can do yourself. Painting a house brings it back to life and allows you to put your own touch on the space you’ll be living in. We personally opted for brighter beachy colors because the house doesn’t have a ton of natural light and we live close to some of the most beautiful beaches.
Painting the baseboards is a pain but they look great when you’re done. This is easier to do when nothing is in the house because you don’t have to move anything. You could do it later but it will be a lot more trouble than if you just get it out of the way before you move in.
Update Light Fixture and Fans
The light fixtures and fans in our house were horrible when we bought it. Glass panels surrounding light fixtures… enough said. This was another home makeover project we were able to do ourselves. It does take a bit of simple electrical work to tie in the new fans and lights but watching a couple videos on YouTube should do the trick. If you don’t know what you’re doing you may need to hire an electrician.
This a surprisingly affordable home makeover project and it really changed the whole feel of our house. We didn’t feel stuck in the 80’s anymore and it was really beginning to feel like our house.
Update the Landscaping
We were lucky enough (sarcasm) to buy a short sale. The day we went under contract the previous owners turned off the water to the sprinkler system. It was mid summer in Florida and when we went to the walk through the day of the closing the beautiful yard was completely dead. We knew updating the landscaping was going to be on the home makeover project list.
We ended up sodding the yard, mulching and redefining the flower beds and planted some new plants. We planted an orange tree as well. Hopefully we have some oranges next year! We did all of this for under $1,000 but we also had an extremely small yard because we live in a townhouse.
We still have a bit more landscaping to do but the good thing about this home makeover project is you can do it in steps. You don’t have to do it all at once.
Changing Door Knobs to Match Your Style
Have you ever walked in a house and noticed something just doesn’t look right? It is a small detail but you can’t put your finger on it… It might be the door knobs don’t match the house. We had bronze door knobs and they weren’t gonna fly.
In addition to just changing the door hardware we actually changed the doors as well. We had flat panel doors that were painted horribly. We decided to upgrade them to the 6 panel doors and let me warn you it is a giant pain! We finally have all of the doors and hardware updated but the closet doors still need to be painted and hung… We’ll finish this home makeover project one day…
Light Switches, Electrical Outlets and Covers Make a Difference
Light switch covers and electrical outlet covers are easy to change if you only have to change the cover plates themselves. If you have to change the switches and outlets themselves it gets more complicated. Our house came with all tan switches and covers that didn’t work well with our new paint colors.
Once they’re all updated your house will have one less thing that bugs you. We haven’t done the whole house yet but it is on the list. We started with the kitchen first because the outlets were most obvious. Again, YouTube is a great resource here. If you don’t know what you’re doing you probably need to hire an electrician.
There you have it! I hope you enjoyed reading about the five affordable home makeover ideas that we implemented or plan to finish implementing in the near future.
Are these home makeover projects you are considering doing? If not, what are some affordable home makeover ideas that you can share?