June 14, 2024
Ways to spruce up your home on a budget for the new year

5 Ways to Spruce Up Your Home on a Budget for the New Year

The new year is on the way, and what a good time it is to give your home a fresh, new look. Spending on sprucing up your home may be the last thing on your mind after all the crazy spending during the holidays. But you don’t really need to shell out a lot of cash to make your house look good again. Here are budget-friendly yet powerful ways to give your place a makeover for the new year to come.

Increase Curb Appeal

If you want to give your home a face-lift, start with the first things that people see—the entrance. Giving your home’s facade a face-lift can dramatically improve the overall look of your property and add to its market value.

But you don’t need to do something dramatic to increase your home’s curb appeal. You only need to give your entrance a thorough cleaning, mow your lawn, trim the surrounding greenery, and give the front a fresh coat of paint.

Items that don’t belong in your yard need to go, and gardening and utility tools should be stored where they belong, in the garage or shed. Fix those small problems, like chipped railings or damaged stairs, that make the entrance look unkempt. Give your door a new paint job, and accessorize your front porch to complete the look.

Freshen Up Walls


Painting your walls a new color can instantly transform your interior. A new color palette gives a different vibe to a place.

You can set a different ambience depending on the color you choose. For example, soft and light colors make a room appear bigger, brighter, and more refreshing. On the other hand, dark hues give off a feeling of warmth, close intimacy, and luxury.

To avoid making expensive furniture changes, pick a color to paint your walls that will complement the furnishing you have now. If you want something radically different from your previous interior, you can also paint your furniture so you can have the change you want without spending a lot of money.

Upgrade Lighting Features

Good lighting is essential to set the ambience of a room and bring out its best features. The three types of lighting (ambient, accent, and task) are combined to achieve the ideal lighting conditions.

If you lack any of the three types of lighting in your home, update your lighting features to give your place a makeover. No matter how much you want to save money, it’s best to leave all electrical work to the pros for your safety.

If you don’t have the resources to hire a professional now, use floor or desk lamps, fairy lights, and LED candles, which don’t need installation, to add layers of light to any room. This way, it’s more affordable and less troublesome for you.

Update Light and Water Fixtures

Knowing how important lighting is, you should make sure that all the light bulbs around the house are working well. Check and replace dim or dead light bulbs with LED lamps to save more energy and money.

Replace your clogged and leaky faucets and showerheads for modern, low-flow fixtures that use much less water. If you’re still haven’t swapped out your old toilet that was made in 1994, it may not be up to government standards now. Consider switching to a water-efficient toilet with a macerating pump and upflush system for a hassle-free installation, more water and bill savings, and clog prevention.

Clean and Reseal Grout


Grouts are frequently overlooked, but filthy grouts can bring down the look of a room. They make the place look dull and dirty, no matter how much you clean the area. Fortunately, it’s cheap and easy to freshen up grouts and reseal them.

Always clean between the tiles thoroughly before resealing the grout so that the dirt doesn’t get stuck inside. Once you’re done cleaning, reseal grouts, and do this periodically to keep them watertight and looking clean and fresh.

New Year, New Home

You can never go wrong by investing in improving your home, especially if you choose upgrades that will return the most value for your investment. However, It’s not just because how home-improvement projects can increase the market value of your property that makes doing them worthwhile.

Having a clean and beautiful home is something you and your family deserve. A good home environment is a place where love and care can blossom and families can grow closer and happier together.


Helen is the founder and chief creative officer of ParentsList. Helen is a mom of three, two boys and a girl, her youngest. She’s a stay-at-home mom who just happens to love writing on the side. She loves spending time with her children, especially on warm, cozy Sunday afternoons when everyone’s just relaxed and enjoying each other’s company.

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