Smart homeowners are always looking to improve their home. Sometimes the wish list can be a mile long, but the pocket book can be a dollar short! So, just how does one achieve the goal of updating their home on a budget? Learn from what others have found out from experience! You’ll be surprised to learn that home improvements don’t have to cost a fortune. Let’s take a look at a few tips for improving your home on a budget.

Porches need repainting at times. Use exterior paint that is good quality. Make sure that you use similarly based paints together, such as putting a new oil-based paint over an old one. Likewise, match water-based or latex paints together when putting a new coat over an old one. Oil based paint works well for trim since it is water resistant, but avoid using it on an outdoor deck or floor because it is slippery after snow.

If you put new cabinets in your home, your kitchen will glow with beauty and style. New cabinets show all of your family and friends that your kitchen is a professional place for cooking and entertainment. You can find cabinets in light wood stains and dark wood stains, giving you the ability to personalize your kitchen to your specific tastes.

If you do run into complications when trying to remodel a section of your house alone ask for help. There is no shame in asking for help when you come across an obstacle. A home that is properly remodeled looks better than a home that was remodeled poorly and not done properly.

Seek out advice before starting on do it yourself projects. There may be important steps you will overlook if you don’t know what you are doing. Although many household jobs can be done yourself, it is always a good idea to ask an expert how to do the job properly.

Are you missing an end table from your living room? Why not create one yourself? Gather a stack of your favorite paperback and hardcover books and stack them on top of one another to the height of your couch. Make sure to stack them according to size; largest and widest on the bottom, and smallest and thinnest on top. Place a coaster on top and you can put your favorite coffee mug or accessory on your newly self designed end table.

Balance the layout of your living room by arranging your furniture symmetrically. For example, opt to put your couch as a focal point, a coffee table in the middle and two lounge chairs on the opposite side of the couch-one on each side. Symmetry can also be achieved in your bedroom, by placing matching lamps and nightstands, on both sides of your bed.

Jimmy proof the locks on your window sashes. Most inexpensive window sash locks can be opened from outside the window by inserting a thin blade into the crack and pushing. Fix this problem by updating to newer and more secure locks. All you have to do is remove and replace a few screws!

You can waste a lot of money and hot water by failing to properly insulate your hot water heater. Stop by a home improvement store and purchase an insulating jacket to enclose your hot water heater. Ideally, the insulation will be about 3 inches thick. This is an affordable and easy way to help your water tank to retain as much as 75 percent more heat that would ordinarily be lost.

Improving your home is important, and even on a tight budget, it can be done! In this article we have discussed some of the tips most often recommended for updating your home. Take a weekend and give a few of these tips a try! You’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you’re capable of doing on a budget.