As the weather starts to get warmer and the sun a little brighter, we're all looking forward to cozy, summer days well spent at home. Whether that means a nice evening on the back deck or a productive afternoon of relaxing on the couch, our homes are always there to welcome us with open arms. So why not show some love back? While renovations can seem overwhelming and pricey, we're here to tell you that doesn't have to be the case!
We've gathered up six budget-friendly ways to turn your house into the home of your dreams this summer!
Boost Curb Appeal
With these renovations, you'll be turning heads in the best way possible!
1. Repaint the front door
Did you know: updating your front door can be a major boost to the curb appeal of your home. Consider choosing a bold accent color, or something that adds a pop, that also works well with the rest of your exterior. In the end, you want a front door that stands out to give it a little bit of a spotlight. Bonus points if you add a decorative wreath or update your house number(s) to match, too!
2. Plant more flowers… Without spending a dime
Yes, you read that correctly! You can actually divide perennials, like Daylilies, every 3-6 years. This not only controls plant size and invigorates growth, but this also multiplies the number of beautiful plant residents in your garden or front lawn!
Create An Oasis
You spend just about every day of your life at home, so turn it into a place you love!
3. Decorate your walls
You can change the overall look, feel, and style of a room just by hanging wall decor! From frames, to photos, to artwork, the walls help to tell the story of the space they're in. If you don't have framed pieces on hand, head to a local flea market, antique stores, or even a secondhand shop to find things like frames, art pieces, and overall decoration items.
Pro Tip: before you even place a single hole in your walls, cut out some cardboard, or another material, to be the exact size of your artwork. Then, temporarily place them on to their future wall destination with an easily removable adhesive. Alternatively, you can also plan the wall's layout by placing your decor items on the floor.
4. Refresh your bathroom
The bathroom might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think upgrades, but it should be on your list! It can be as easy as grabbing a new shower curtain with some matching rugs and towels. If you want more, you can even replace a basic showerhead with a handheld model or add in-shower storage shelves for additional space.
Cut Costs and Boost Comfort
Being comfortable and being cost-effective do not have to be mutually exclusive!
5. Use or install ceiling fans
Dust off those ceiling fans and put them to work! They offer dramatic energy savings the whole year through. In summer, their cooling breeze reduces the strain on your air conditioner. While in winter, they circulate your heated air which helps to keep the room warm!
6. Install a digital thermostat
Going digital may seem like a hassle, but it's easier than you think and will save you money in the long run! With a digital model, you can trim as much as $180 off your annual heating and cooling costs. Not to mention the added convenience of a more user-friendly design.
Are you inspired!? Whether you're raring and ready to get back to traveling, or looking forward to a summer well spent indoors, we hope these tips will come in handy and help you achieve your dream home without breaking the bank.