The jacaranda trees on Mission Street are in bloom which signals one thing-Spring has sprung and homeowners’ thoughts are turning to home maintenance. The “honey do” list gets longer and longer as spring moves into summer. With much to do and maybe not so much to do it with, here are some great home improvement projects for $500 or less.
Spruce Up That “Curb Appeal”. You don’t need to be in the middle of a home sale to reap the benefits of a good-looking front yard. Pull those pesky weeds, plant perennials, trim hedges (really, trim those hedges and all the other over-grown bushes and trees you’ve been neglecting-seriously). If you haven’t done it yet, it is also a good time to start replacing that water-guzzling lawn with drought tolerant plants.
Repair and paint fences, steps, handrails and walkways as needed-a little paint (and color) goes a long way. Touch up that trim or paint the front door a fun color. Perhaps a new mail box would add a little bling to your landscape.
More Paint. Breathe some fresh, spring air into your interior with new paint. Give your walls a new lease on life with new paint and baseboards. If your supply of elbow grease is plentiful, your wallet will be better able to take the hit.
Let There Be Light. It is amazing what thoughtful lighting can do for a space. That amazement can come at a price so to keep the budget intact, look for inexpensive solutions. A new chandelier over the dining table or in the entry, update the ceiling fan or add new lamp shades.
Water, Water, Water. Toilets are cheap. If you haven’t replaced yours with low flow models, best get on it. With the current water crisis every little bit helps. You will save hundreds of gallons of water-and keep the water police off of your back!
Excerpted from Money Magazine.