As we spend more time in our “home sweet home” these days, it’s easy to become hyperaware of home flaws that have started to drive you crazy. But while every house has blemishes, the great news is that there are easy ways to fix up your house that don’t cost a fortune.

Whether you’re looking to make your home more comfortable now or hope to boost its value before you sell, check out these common home imperfections along with ideas about how to fix up your house in a budget-friendly manner:

1. Worn hardwood floors mar your living area.

Sure, you can roll out an area rug to mask flawed floors, but that defeats the point of having exquisite hardwoods in the first place. Instead, maybe you can restore them to their gleaming best by refinishing them. First, a contractor will sand them down to repair any damage, such as deep scratches, and then refinish them so they look as good as new. You can even transform hardwood floors by choosing a different color of stain; for example, using a lighter hue to update from a traditional look to a more contemporary vibe.

If you’re coping with carpet you’d like to scrap but don’t want to shoulder the cost of installing new hardwood, consider a more wallet-friendly refresh like laminate hardwood, which is an on-trend, yet affordable, choice. It boasts the rich finish you’re looking for but can run you as little as half the amount of true hardwoods.

If you are wondering how to fix uneven floors in an old house, you might need to do a deeper dive, as these can indicate a structural issue that may need to be addressed before you try to sell your home.

2. Your kitchen appliances are going on strike.

As we pivot to eating more meals at home, kitchen appliances have likely become your home’s most valuable player — and the strain might be starting to show. Whether your dishwasher is wheezing from constant use or your baking masterpieces deserve a convection oven, modernizing appliances can do double duty for both practical and cosmetic benefits. As a bonus, they might be more energy-efficient, too, if you are replacing a relic.

You can spend as little as a few hundred dollars for a trusty no-frills workhorse up to several thousand for a smart appliance that can even help you produce a grocery list. With today’s newer designs, you’ll enjoy functional pieces that also provide a pop of color or premium finishes that rejuvenate the entire room.

3. Your bathroom plumbing is sluggish.

While the toilet paper shortage is real, it hopefully won’t last forever. A bidet, however, is a great toilet paper alternative and will prove its usefulness for years to come, providing environmental benefits through less paper use, along with a more sanitary experience.

While the fixture itself costs more than a typical toilet — a high-end one can set you back almost $7,000 — you can also find something in a more reasonable range of several hundred dollars if you’re not willing to take the “throne room” moniker seriously.

Fortunately, the installation won’t break the bank since you’ll be using existing water lines. However, don’t be surprised if this sleek appliance spurs you to a wider bathroom remodel, such as a stylish vanity and even a fresh look for your tub or shower. 

4. Insufficient lighting is making your home dark and dated.

Whether you want to look your best on your video conferences or realize your track lighting is an eyesore, swapping out your light fixtures is a relatively affordable way to brighten up your room’s look — and your mood.

The cost to purchase a light fixture can vary widely depending on how large and luxurious you want to go, from mini pendants or sconces to extravagant chandeliers. Expect to pay about $100 to $250 to replace existing fixtures and up to $2,000 to install a new chandelier. Your best bet is to switch out all your fixtures at once so an electrician can handle the whole project simultaneously.

5. You need a quiet retreat to take video calls.

When your house became your office (and a classroom, if you have kids), you may have realized you didn’t have a private or quiet place to conduct business. If you’re yearning for a more dedicated space, a little creativity can go a long way. Take a look at possibilities in your basement, garage or even a spacious closet, and you might find the ideal place to get the peace and quiet you need to concentrate on your work.

Depending on the existing infrastructure, a remodel could be as simple as adding some partitions, a sturdy desk and a colorful coat of paint; or the project might require a more comprehensive overhaul, with enhanced soundproofing, insulation and lighting to make your room work-ready. Don’t forget ample electrical outlets and a high-speed WiFi connection.

6. You crave a relaxing oasis right outside your door.

Outdoor living spaces are having a moment — there’s nothing like fresh air and nature to help you relax and recharge, plus provide a respite from your four walls. Many homeowners are building entire rooms outside, complete with TVs, kitchens and other amenities that redefine the “great” outdoors and make your space more livable than ever. Of course, you can also go all out with a swimming pool, but make sure to budget for ongoing maintenance and insurance before committing.

If you want a more modest upgrade, create a soothing retreat by beautifying your landscaping with an assortment of plants and flowers, accented by a water feature. Add a gazebo or fire pit to extend your garden’s use even when the weather turns.

Ready to unleash your inner designer? Fixing up your house with one of these upgrades can be a wise way to invest in your financial future while enjoying the benefits today.

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