Worries about your home’s appearance have reached critical mass, and it’s time to do something about it. But repairs on older homes usually end up being more expensive than anticipated. If you’re ready to spruce up your old house in a budget-friendly way, follow these tips, which progress from the least to the most expensive.
A New Coat
A fresh, new coat of paint can do wonders to refresh the look of a home. Consider the case of student housing. In many American college towns, the real estate closest to the university or Downtown sector is often the most coveted – it’s also the area with the oldest homes. For property owners who manage student housing, there is little incentive to push through with massive overhauls on older houses located in the college town sweet spot. A new coat of paint is the most inexpensive way to “fix up” an older home and give it a new layer of cleanliness, just in time for the next batch of tenants.
Another inexpensive way to shake up your old home is to switch out the lighting fixtures. If major furniture replacements and renovations are costly, buy some new lamps and lighting fixtures to replace old sconces or pendants. A new floor lamp or desk lamp could be the perfect accent to make your home cozy rather than cramped. Alternatively, you can search local thrift stores for vintage lamps that match the age and style of your home.
Rearrange the Room
Rejuvenate the common spaces in your home by rearranging the furniture. Try switching that bookshelf in the parlor with a reupholstered wingback chair. Those living in historic or urban residential areas like Manhattan often struggle to arrange furniture in long, narrow rooms. But there are plenty of interior designer maneuvers you can use, like angling furniture and using sofas to close off spaces so that you get rid of the super skinny feeling.
Overhaul Drafty Windows
There’s nothing worse than spending hundreds of dollars on heating only to walk by a window and feel a brisk draft. According to CNN Money, you can expect to pay $1,000 to replace windows with vintage replicas. Rather than spend all that cash, you can opt to spend $100-$200 on a carpenter who can overhaul the windows by improving the hardware, weather-strips, paint, and rails to minimize drafts.
Squeaky Floor Remedies
Everyone in the house knows when you’re creeping downstairs for a midnight snack. Perhaps your partner’s somnambulant habits have woken you in the middle of the night one too many times. Whatever the reason, the annoyance of squeaky floors is undeniable. Luckily, there are several easy ways to secure the floorboards. After locating gaps in the floorboards, you can slide shims between the joist and subfloor, or fill the gaps with constructive adhesive.