Home Improvements on the Cheap


Perhaps you’re updating your old home in preparation for resale. Or maybe you’re updating your newly purchased abode and, considering the myriad fees associated with buying your new digs, you’re a little strapped for cash. Whatever the case, cheap home improvement projects are always a godsend.

Enter This Old House’s Cheapskate Hall of Fame, a list of TOH reader-recommended ways to save on home improvements, from sourcing your own materials for kitchen and bath renovations — paying a contractor to install, as opposed to paying her to find, buy, and plug in your new appliances and fixtures saves you a bundle — to making your own floor tiles (for the DIY-savvy, of course).

Of course, if you’re not ready to take on a large-scale remodel, consider these small, yet aesthetically pleasing fixes from Apartment Therapy: install a shiny, new mailbox (for under $100!) or some slick, new house numbers. AT has pulled together its favorites in each category, so shopping for a fresh look for your home’s exterior is a snap — and coming home to a sexy new entry, even if the inside is stressing you out, is never unwelcome.

If it’s inexpensive interior updates you crave, try the easies: A fresh coat of paint. Some crisp window treatments. New cabinet knobs (or doors, if you’re handy). A set of off-the-rack bedding. Or even fresh flowers. Posies work wonders on drab rooms, if only temporarily.

Any quick decor fixes you’ve tried and loved? Penny-pinching shortcuts you’ve taken with major redos?

Photo courtesy Carlos Porto.

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    Thanks for the suggestion. Home improvement demands lot of money but there are some inexpensive ways from which we can remodel our homes within the budget like installing vinyl siding on the exterior of the home.