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Excerpted from an article by Andrea Davis for realtytimes.com

“Updates and home renovations are scary to many homeowners, but improving your home doesn’t have to be a daunting task.  Here are a few simple projects that will boost the value and looks of your home…

TRY A FRESH COAT OF PAINT.  It can make a huge difference in the looks of your home.  If you have children or rambunctious pets, consider a quick touch-up of  nicked or damaged areas.

UPDATE YOUR HARDWARE.  Quality hardware can cost anywhere from $5 to $25 per piece.  But considering the cost of most home improvements, even more expensive hardware can be a bargain.  You can update your hardware with classic designs, or go with a sleek and modern aesthetic.  Always keep the old hardware in case you decide to sell your home.

IMPROVE LIGHTING.  Lighting changes the way a room looks and feels., When you want to improve the lightning in your home, focus on adding accent lighting overhead.  Lamps, floor lights and even spots on your art and other collectibles can greatly improve a space.  Ambient lighting like sconces can add a decorative and useful touch.  Task lighting will also improve the usability of your home.

GO VINTAGE.  Vintage items, particularly those with a more rustic or lived-in feel, can make a sterile space feel more exciting.  Also, many vintage pieces won’t cost as much as new or designer lighting options.

CLEAR THE CLUTTER!  Extra items cluttering your home will detract from its charm and make it difficult to clean.  Move excess items to a storage space in the garage or have a yard sale.  You might even make money improving your home.

CONCLUSION….Updating your home can be a costly project.  Use these tips to help you improve your home without breaking the bank.  You’ll be surprised how much better your home can look and feel for just a few bucks.”

SOURCE:  Andrea Davis is the editor for Home Advisor, which helps homeowners find home improvement professionals in their area at no charge to ensure the best service in the shortest amount of time.  IMAGE:  Pinterest

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