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Budget to Spruce Up Your Home: What You’ll Need

Renovating your home doesn’t have to break the budget, or take weeks off your life.
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Employing simple tricks and utilizing a little ingenuity can help turn your clunker into a palace in just a few easy steps. Here are a few goals for sprucing up your abode.

Add a dash of color

A fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into your home. Frustrated with your dreary, off-white bathroom? Add a touch of blue striping to help mix things up and give it a little character. Instead of replacing your kitchen cabinets, why not add a coat of white for a cheerier atmosphere while you bake?

Paint and tools
$200

Install crown molding

Can’t afford a kitchen reboot and new cabinets? No problem. Adding crown molding above your cabinets can give your kitchen a whole new look without breaking the bank. It adds a touch of elegance and is pretty easy to install. It’s also a good option to add a little flair to the living room. Make sure you buy more molding than your measurements tell you to buy—you’ll need to account for mitering (joining) the ends. You’ll need a compound miter saw to miter crown molding correctly, which isn’t cheap, but produces an excellent result.

Crown molding
$1000

Flooring

Homeowners are particular about their floors; they can make or break the whole look of a room. If you’re planning on revamping the linoleum and adding hardwood instead, it’s going to be difficult to do this on the cheap. Still, you can find steals if you opt for faux wood or tile instead of the real thing. When it comes to laying it out, it doesn’t take as long as you might imagine. You’ll need the actual flooring of course, as well as underlayment, tape, floor-leveling compound, shoe molding, and possibly a baseboard.

How much you spend will depend on the size of the room you’re flooring, and the material you choose.

Flooring
$2000

Tools

Everybody needs a great set of tools, but the ones you have stored in the shed might not be enough for a small-scale home remodel. Sit down and plan out your project before beginning so you can purchase all the necessary hardware ahead of time. This might actually be one of the most expensive aspects of the remodel, unless you can borrow from your neighbors! Demolition hammers, tarps, saw blades, stud detectors, putty knives, and a portable workbench are all necessities.

Another necessity is a breathing mask—don’t breathe in all those carcinogens! If you’re concerned that your house may have been painted with lead paint, talk to a certified professional.

A good set of tools for your home remodel can easily cost you thousands of dollars, depending on what you already have, and what you’re planning on doing. If you’re saving up, it’s best to go a little over the amount you think you might need, just in case a need unexpectedly arises.

Tools
$1500

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