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5 Easy Home Updates for Less Than $25

Sep 24 2020

This is part of our ongoing series on home maintenance basics to help you keep up your home and grow your investment with confidence.

You don’t have to break the bank to do some upgrades around your home that will have a big impact. Heated bathroom floors are nice 🛁, but there are smaller, more affordable ways to show your space some TLC.

When it comes to updating your home, it can be surprising how much a little goes a long way.

If you’re looking for a weekend project and only have a few bucks to spare, check out these simple tasks for less than $25:

1. Replace outlet and light switch plates 

These get grimy with fingerprints, dirt, and paint splashes over time. At about $1 a plate, this is an inexpensive way to brighten up your space. This one will light up any space!  

2. Paint metal fixtures 

paint metal fixtures

(Credit: Bless’er House)

Rather than going through the effort and expense of replacing your locks, doorknobs, faucets, and handles, update them with Rust-Oleum spray paint (~$11 per can) in whatever color you desire. (Extra tip: You can buy a kit to give your bathtub a DIY fresh coat of paint, too.) 

Psst – kitchen could use a little more love? Check out our handy guide to kitchen maintenance.

3. Dress up your garage doors

Getting major garage door envy? Psst! You don’t need to spend thousands on new garage doors to get that charming carriage house look. These magnetic decorative accents go for under $15 per package and no one will know the difference! 

4. Apply peel-and-stick wallpaper 

Wallpaper can be really cool — it can also be quite a commitment. Peel-and-stick wallpaper gives you the fun without the fuss. Check out the plethora of options on Etsy. 

5. Stylize your shower curtain

shower curtain

(Credit: HGTV)

You can change the look of a whole bathroom with a shower curtain. Use a liner for water-retention purposes and go wild with the drapery that hangs outside the tub. For a more luxurious look, use two curtains and part them in the middle to enter and exit.  

You can gather some inspiration over on our Pinterest and before you hop off to plan out one of these ideas, here’s some more helpful reading: 

  • Still getting a grasp of this whole smart-home thing? We have tips to use your Amazon Alexa at home.
  • With many of us staying home more than usual lately, we’re getting creative with small outdoor spaces.

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