Whether you’ve just bought your first “fixer-upper” or your home of many years beginning to look a little dated, home improvement is one of the most important aspects of homeownership. While the list of things to do can seem endless, most of our pocketbooks aren’t. Finding affordable ways to make improvements to your home will quickly become crucial as a homeowner.


We’re here to help! We’ve put together a list of 5 easy and affordable ways to complete basic improvements to spruce up the appearance of your home!

  1. Boost your curb appeal

Let’s start with the very first thing people see: the front of your home. Something as simple as painting your front door can spice up the appearance of your home. You may even decide to paint all of the trim and the garage door too! Adding fresh house numbers and a new mailbox can also attribute to a clean, fresh look. Top all of this off with some general yard maintenance, and maybe a few new shrubs or flowers, and you will have a whole new appearance to your home!

  1. Interior Paint

A fresh coat of paint can add a fresh clean feeling to any room. You can try adding an accent wall to some of your spaces for a pop of color. If your kitchen cabinets need updated, but you don’t want to buy all new ones, try painting them! Whatever you chose to paint, be sure to do your research. Using the proper technique and equipment is crucial to producing your desired appearance. Preparation work, quality brushes, and the proper type of tape are all factors to consider. 

  1. Updated Light Fixtures

Changing out one light fixture for another of similar size can be relatively easy, although it’s important to keep in mind that there are some more complicated changes that are best left to professionals! As an even simpler option, try switching out your old outlet covers with new clean ones.

  1. De-Clutter

We often think of projects that add storage space, and there are many creative ways to do that. But first take a hard look at what you’re planning to store and see if you really need it. Removing half the furniture from a room and clearing off surfaces can give the room a new, clean look at no cost.

  1. New Faucets

Faucets are the workhouses of the kitchen & bathrooms, and probably the fixture that sees the most use day in and day out. Adding updated faucets to your bathroom and kitchen is an easy way to modernize the space at a very small cost.


Finding ways to make improvements to your home within your budget is an important part of making your house feel like a home. Creating spaces that meet the needs of your family as well as fit into your style preference while sticking to a budget can be challenging. We hope that this list can be a guide to you through easy ways to get started!

If you’re looking to buy or sell a home, contact Randy McBee at (541)944-0299 or randymcbee@johnlscott.com