5 Easy, Low-Cost Improvements To Make To Your Home This Fall

by Ben SanfordOctober 9, 2017

You Can Enjoy Big Results With Little Money

Spring and fall are the two seasons of the year when most homeowners do transformative work around their homes. Spring is the “renewal” time of year, and fall is when we prepare for the upcoming winter, so it’s no wonder why families perform extra-thorough spring and fall cleanings. Plus, the cooler temperatures make these seasons ideal for undertaking home improvement projects.

If you’re looking to tackle some home improvement projects this fall, but you want to keep your budget in check for the holidays, here are five easy and affordable home improvements you can do that deliver big results with little money.
5 tips to improve your house

#1: Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

One of the best home improvements you can make for your home in the fall is cleaning up your yard and improving its overall curb appeal. With the leaves starting to drop, this might seem like a never-ending battle, but what we’re really talking about is pulling up all of the dead plants and flowers, pruning away any dead branches, trimming the shrubs, planting some hearty fall flowers, and pressure-washing the driveway and/or siding. These are some simple and affordable, but effective ways to give your home a fresh look from the outside.

#2: Update Your Front Door

Most experts agree that the front door of a home sets the expectations for all who enter. So, if your current front door is looking old and worn, why not replace it with a more modern door? Or, if a brand new door isn’t in your budget, simply applying a colorful fresh coat of paint to your door can make a major improvement. In fact, just applying a fresh coat of paint to your front door will bring you a ROI of up to 140%!
Paint your front door to increase home value

#3: Change the Air Filter on Your HVAC System

After a long summer of using your air conditioner, you need to replace the air filter on your HVAC system so it has a fresh one ready in case you need to kick on the heat for fall’s chilly nights. Replacing the air filter on your HVAC system is not only one of the easiest jobs to do, but it’s also incredibly important for maintaining the efficiency and operational capabilities of your system. While you’re at it, why not call your HVAC serviceman and schedule a fall tune-up so your HVAC will be primed for winter?

#4: Renew Your Floors by Painting Them

If you have a room in your home where the carpet is not looking so good, pull it up, remove the padding, and pull up the tack strips to see what you have underneath. If the flooring is hardwood, then all you have to do is have it sanded and sealed, and the beauty of the flooring will come alive. If the floor looks pretty worn down, you can apply some paint over it to give it a fresh and vibrant look.
Revamp your floors

#5: Update Your Home’s Lighting

Home décor trends come and go, but they aren’t restricted to your furnishings and carpet choices. In fact, light fixtures also become dated after a while. So this fall season, go shopping for some new lamps and light fixtures for your home. If you can’t afford to change them all at the same time, do one room at a time instead. And while you’re at it, get rid of any energy-eating incandescent light bulbs and replace them with longer lasting and more energy-efficient LED light bulbs.

Adding value and beauty to your home doesn’t have to cost you an arm and leg. Sometimes, it’s the small things that make the biggest impact. This fall, take on one or more of the above home improvement tasks and see how much you can do for so little money.

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About The Author
Ben Sanford
Ben is a real estate agent and freelance writer. He's lived on the east coast his entire life and is just as "at home" on a snowboard as he is in the office. When not writing about local real estate markets and researching hot new tips for homeowners, he can be found working on his home renovation projects with help from his wife Melissa and their kids, Josh and Cheyenne.