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9 Brilliant (and Affordable) Home Renovation Ideas for Any Budget

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When it’s time to renovate a property in Atlanta, no one ever says they want to spend all of their money. Even those that have a sizable amount of cash to spend on a home renovation want to save money.

Those on a budget want to save even more money, so they get the most bang for their buck.

If you’re ready to give your Atlanta home or investment property a makeover, but don’t have a lot of wiggle room when it comes to price, then check out these top budget-friendly renovation ideas. They are sure to turn your property into something you’re proud of without breaking the bank.

Before You Begin Your Home Renovation

If you want to make renovations to the inside or outside of your home or investment property to increase property value, there are some things you can do before you start the project:

  • Create a firm budget you know you’re going to stick to
  • Build in a 15-20% cushion to your budget for those “just in case” moments
  • Do some research when it comes to your supplies
  • Figure out what is a realistic DIY task and what is not
  • Consider using the design and remodeling services that Halcyon Remodeling offers

Preparation is the key to saving money on a large home renovation project. Before you look for a reliable home remodeler in Atlanta to do your home improvement project, take some time to make sure you’re ready to get everything you need done, for the price you want.

Budget-Friendly Home Renovations Ideas

1. New Countertops

Let’s face it, an entire kitchen makeover is going to cost you some serious cash. In fact, the average major kitchen renovation will likely cost you upwards of $100,000.

That said, there are ways to give your kitchen a fresh new look without redoing the entire thing. For example, if your appliances, flooring, and cabinets are good, you might consider just upgrading the countertops.

Though countertops can be expensive, there are some great – and less expensive – options to choose from such as:

  • Laminate
  • Paint (yes, this is a real thing!)
  • Concrete
  • Tile
  • Wood

2. Replace Your Cabinets

Okay, so you’ve decided that your kitchen cabinets cannot be neglected, even though you’ve heard that replacing them can cost big bucks. So, now what?

How about reaching out to a professional design team for expert guidance. Whether you know exactly what you want or you need help in finding the right style and layout, designers can guide you along the way.

Our design team has worked with folks who have had budgets all over the board and we know how to stay within them. Replacing kitchen cabinets is our specialty and seeing the delight on our customers’ faces afterward is our reward.  

3. Update the Flooring

Alright, those on a budget are probably not looking to upgrade their entire property’s flooring. After all, even with cost-effective material, this would cost a lot of money to do.

That said, if you’re wanting to upgrade a room or two, there are many options for those looking to save money:

  • Use a peel-and-stick option to cover up existing flooring
  • Install a floating floor system (in hardwood, laminate, cork, or more) and DIY
  • Consider vinyl for those rooms that are shaped like simple squares
  • Purchase some high-quality tile and lay it yourself (it’s easier than you think!)

Lastly, look into using pre-cut carpet squares to replace old carpet throughout your home’s most popular rooms. Just remember, installing wall-to-wall carpet in a room that isn’t simple will be very difficult to cut and install. If carpeting is really what you want, and you don’t feel you can DIY, then hire a local home remodeler to help.

You may be surprised to find other affordable options well within your budget such as hardwood flooring or luxury vinyl plank.

4. Freshen Up the Walls

You should never underestimate the power a fresh coat of paint can have on an Atlanta property. Whether you’re looking to update your home or redo your investment property to later sell, changing up the paint can work wonders.

Keep the color light and neutral like tan or gray as they tend to make rooms look larger. Stick with light and neutral especially if you don’t plan to live there as people don’t like wild and bright colors. Avoid white at all costs and do some research so you get great paint for a great price.

Don’t have the time or desire for DIY painting? No problem. You can always schedule a FREE at-home design estimate with us.

5. Install a Medicine Cabinet

You can add both style and storage to a bathroom by adding a simple medicine cabinet. All you have to do is use the open wall space in the bathroom or replace the boring wall-mount mirror.

Not a fan of installing an old-fashioned medicine cabinet? Try mounting small containers to the back of your bathroom’s door for storing small beauty and grooming products. You can even add a magnetic memo board or whiteboard for adding daily affirmations.

In addition to a medicine cabinet, you can add slim shelves to the walls as part of your bathroom remodel or invest in some off-the-shelf storage options like tiered carts, leaning ladders, or apothecary cabinets for a more rustic look.

New light fixtures can transform any room

6. Replace Light Fixtures

There’s no denying that you or your homebuyers will be looking at light fixtures all the time. That’s why a simple, affordable, and effective way to renovate your property is to switch out light fixtures.

Most rooms have outdated light fixtures. This seems to be something that many investors that flip properties and homeowners don’t think to replace when it comes to home renovations. However, the right light fixture can make a home look more inviting, modern, and stylish. And they don’t have to be the most expensive on the market either.

7. Make Your Space Bigger

Although this may be a little bit of a larger project than most want to tackle, opening up space within your home can be a budget-friendly home renovation idea that makes everything seem brand new.

The key to removing a wall in your Atlanta home is making sure the wall in question is not a load-bearing one. If it is, your money-savvy project is going to turn very costly and require an expert. However, if the wall is not important to the overall structure of your home, it’s safe to remove it.

Another way to add space is to use unused space in your unfinished basement. Did you know you don’t have finish your entire basement? You can finish only a single room or small area in your basement if that’s all you need or want to spend.

8. Upgrade the Front Door

People form a first impression of your home or property within 38 seconds of entering. In other words, from the time someone walks up to your front door and walks through it, they’ve decided whether they like what they see or not.

This can make or break a home sale.

One of the best ways to renovate your home on a budget is to upgrade the front door. By doing this, you create a modern-looking and inviting entryway for people coming inside. You can replace the entire thing or just give it a new color by painting it. Either way, it’s going to create more curb appeal and make people feel welcome.

9. Install Crown Molding

Turning a seemingly ordinary room into something special is easy and affordable when you add crown molding. With a few supplies and some wood or plaster molding, you can easily add a beautiful trim to any room and make it look a hundred times better.

Crown molding cleans up the space where the wall meets the ceiling. Plus, it draws your eye to the ceiling and makes the room appear higher.

Final Thoughts

Are you getting ready to renovate your Atlanta home or investment property while on a budget? Then contact us today and see how we can help you turn your home into something new without breaking the bank.

At Halcyon Remodeling, we are your one-stop shop for all your home renovation needs. Whether you want to upgrade a few rooms to make your home more livable or change up an investment property you’re looking to rent out or sell, we’ve got everything you need in one place.

So, forget having to shop around for multiple contractors, suppliers, and vendors. With our top-notch customer service, talent and expertise for all home remodeling projects in the greater Atlanta area, and our ability to stay within the allotted timeframe, you can trust that your renovation dreams will come true no matter your budget.