Your home is likely your single largest area of investment. As a responsible homeowner, you’re probably always on the lookout for ways to improve your home in order to protect and build on your investment. The good news is that you don’t always need to spend a significant amount of time, money, and effort in order to add significant value to your home. You can take advantage of the following cost effective home improvement ideas to achieve your top functional and decorative goals.
Your home’s windows represent vital parts of your home. They’re among the primary focal points to your neighbors and people passing by, and they’re among the top places throughout your home that you look at/through. Upgrading or completely replacing your windows can easily get very expensive. In fact, completing this process for your entire home is so expensive that it often requires homeowners to wait weeks or even months in between upgrading each window, waiting until they have room in their budget for the next one. This often leads to an unsightly aesthetic contrast between the old and new windows, and sometimes even leads to an abandonment of the project due to insufficient funds or depleted motivation.
Opting for static cling window film instead of completely replacing your windows will save you a serious amount of money. The great variety of window films available make it easy to achieve your desired results. For example, you can install etched glass decals that look exactly like real etched glass at a small fraction of the cost of actual etched glass. Similarly, you can choose to get budget-friendly stained glass decals that deliver the same lovely appeal as real stained glass windows, which are very expensive.
In addition, your home’s windows are also one of the most significant contributors to both heat gain and loss. You can save a significant amount on your energy bills by installing mirror window film. This special type of window film can be installed in just minutes, but keeps saving you money month after month by reducing the strength of the sunlight that penetrates your windows, allowing you to run your air conditioner at a significantly lower setting. Not only do you save money on your energy bills, but tinted window film can be purchased for just a fraction of the cost of whole window replacement.
You can also get UV blocking window film that helps promote a safer living environment. And the sunlight blocking and reducing capabilities of these window films also means you can greatly reduce glare within your home, which means you’ll be able to see your TV better throughout the day and you’ll no longer have to squint while in certain rooms of your home. Furthermore, these tinted window films will also help preserve the original color of your wall hangings, furniture, and floors. And if mirror window film isn’t quite what you’re looking for, you can also opt for sidelight window film, which does a wonderful job of reducing the amount of full sunlight that’s let in, while still allowing just the right amount in through the side of your window.
Rips and holes in screen doors soon lead to even bigger tears in your screen. This allows hordes of insects and bugs to enter your home. You can save a great deal of money by using screen door magnets instead of replacing the whole screen door. These are very quick and easy to use. They always come in a set, so you simply need to place one screen door magnet on each side of the other, and they magnetize to each other. The magnets then completely cover holes, rips, and tears. This allows them to block insects from coming and also prevents the hole in your door from getting bigger. Even if you don’t have a hole in your screen door, the variety of shapes, colors, and styles make them a fun and decorative fixture for any screen door.
The walls of your home are among the biggest surfaces throughout your living space. Faded, outdated, and peeling paint, wallpaper, or other wall coverings can easily make your whole house look bad. You can take advantage of peel and stick wallpaper as a cost effective home improvement idea. You can find virtually any color or style to match your home’s decor. Peel and stick wallpaper is very quick and easy to install, makes no mess, and does not damage your underlying walls.
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