10 Home Improvements for Under $50.00

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We all want to have the best home possible within our budget. Sometimes having financial restrictions means letting things go a little longer than we should or sacrificing improvements we really want to make. It can get discouraging to watch as the wish list of projects grows long while the bank balance grows short, but it happens to the best of us. To make yourself feel better in the meantime there are some low cost home improvements that can be made. It is surprising what can be done around the house for little expense but will still benefit your house as a whole. Here are 10 household tasks you can complete for less than $50:

1. For the cost of a gallon of exterior paint, you can apply a fresh coat of paint to exterior shutters. This will freshen up the appearance of your home and enhance curb appeal at the same time.

2. Also for only the cost of a gallon of paint, you can transform a room in your house. A fresh coat of paint will make a room look cleaner and even larger, giving your living space a brighter feel at the same time.

3. Torn window screens can be repaired cheaply. All it takes is removing the rubber spline and inserting a new piece of screen that is cut to fit. Replace the rubber spline and your screen is good to go. Repairing in this manner is cheaper than replacing!

4. If there are any cracks or gaps in your home's exterior, purchase a good quality exterior caulk and seal them up! This will not only improve the appearance of your home but will also help with heating and cooling costs.

5. Should you have cracks in your walkway, fix those as well! Cut the top off of a concrete repair tube and seal cracks yourself to avoid bigger problems with leaks, mold, and mildew down the road.

6. Give the hardware on kitchen and bathroom cabinets and drawers a new look by replacing it with an updated version. Can't afford to replace the cabinets themselves? Some new hardware will give even old cabinets an improved appearance.

7. If your windows are drafty, take care of that problem with a window insulation kit. All it takes is a film application to the inside of a window followed by treatment with a blow dryer to fix drafts and boost energy efficiency.

8. While you have drafts on the brain, check thresholds for ailing weather stripping. If it is in bad shape, replacing it is another way to boost energy efficiency.

9. Update light fixtures throughout your home one at a time. A new light fixture can change the entire look of a room, brightening it and bringing it up to date. Depending on your taste, fixtures can be found that definitely won't break the bank.

10. Add or update a ceiling fan. These can be a little pricier than light fixtures but you can still come in under $50. A new ceiling fan will help cool rooms and help with energy costs in both winter and summer due to the air circulation it provides, moving rising hot air about during winter and providing cool air circulation during summer.

Never underestimate the amount of improvement that can be done in your home on a budget again! Some of the options mentioned above won't even cost you a whole $50 so you can combine two or even three into the same monetary allowance to get the most bang for your buck. The ability to make improvements around the house is there, ready and waiting for you to get started!

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