Low-Cost Home Upgrades
(The Freeman) - April 22, 2017 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines - At some point, some home improvement projects just become necessary. It does not matter whether or not the home owner is ready for the cost it entails. When the ceiling begins to drip when it rains, prompt action is required or else the family may go to sleep drenched on a rainy night.

He cost of home projects can vary greatly, depending on the size of the undertaking. Major renovations apparently cost more than minor home upgrades like painting and redecorating. A major renovation may require an architect or construction engineer to do – but a simple home improvement project may only need creativity and common sense.

Christina Lauren Pollack, in an article at www.wayfair.com, tells those in the mood to update the look and function of their homes that they may do so without spending a fortune or hiring professionals. She gives examples of budget-friendly home improvement projects that homeowners can tackle in one weekend – on their own.
Décor. A simple, easy way to quickly change the look of a room is to add some new decorative elements. Bright colorful pillows, fresh linens and comforters, and even a couple pieces of wall art can instantly update a room's décor without requiring a significant amount of time or money.
Furniture. When regularly-used furniture – such as kitchen stools, dining chairs, and dresser drawers – start to look dingy or worn, a simple paint is a budget-friendly fix that immediately makes these pieces look like new again. Adding a few coats of paint to old furniture is the quickest, and least expensive, way to improve its look. You can also change out Old drawer knobs and pulls may also be changed to more ornate or contemporary ones, to give the dressers an updated look.
Organization. Getting organized will not only help the home look cleaner, it will also help it to function better, making life easier on the house residents. It helps a lot, at least once a year, to spend a few hours going through closets and drawers, deciding which items to keep and which ones to toss or sell. When it's time to get organized, decorative storage boxes may be used to store belongings and add a visual element to the room.
Garden. The house deck or patio can easily be made to look better with simple touches. Adding a pre-planted color bowl (filled with flowering plants) is a fast and affordable way to freshen up the outdoor living space without requiring hours of manual labor or knowledge of gardening. To keep the flowers thriving, garden fertilizer (like Miracle Grow) may be added once a month, and the plant watered a few times a week.
Any one or two of these projects will fit perfectly to a weekend. If several family members are involved, all can even be done in just one weekend, with one person focusing on one home project. Home upgrades like these mostly cost only time, effort and the decision to do it. Amazingly, the rewards are priceless – it gives one a sense of fulfillment and a better home! Alexis Ruiz (FREEMAN)

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