When most people hear the phrase “add value to your home,” what typically comes to mind are large scale projects like kitchen remodels, bathroom renovations, and new roof installations. 


While these projects can and often do add significant value to a home, they aren’t the only projects that can make an impact. Small budget DIY projects can actually add value as well!

Want to tackle some upgrades around the house, but don’t want to break the bank doing so? Here are some inexpensive DIY projects you can start with!

Small Budget Home Improvement Projects That Add Value

Remove Wallpaper

Wallpaper is one thing that causes homes to look dated. Removing wallpaper is a pain, and it can be somewhat of a time consuming project, but it’s incredibly effective when it comes to improving the overall look of your home. All you need is some warm water, vinegar, spray bottles, and a couple of scrapers to get started.


Whether you’ve just removed old, out of style wallpaper or you’re ready to change the vibe in a room, paint can do wonders. Painting interior walls can really change the look and feel of a room and can completely transform a home. The best part: paint is relatively inexpensive, and in most rooms it’s totally feasible to do the painting yourself. It’s an inexpensive way to make an impact.

Replace Cabinet Hardware

Want to change the look of your kitchen but don’t want to invest in new cabinets or a complete kitchen remodel? Try replacing your cabinet hardware! Updating the handles and knobs on your cabinets and drawers can give your kitchen a noticeable facelift at a fraction of the cost. (Pro tip: try this strategy in your bathrooms as well!)

Update Light Fixtures

Light fixtures in your home are often the type of thing that you get used to and eventually stop noticing. Believe it or not, they can actually make a huge impact on the overall look of your home. Replacing outdated light fixtures with fresh new ones is a great and affordable way to update the look of a room and change up your home’s style a bit.

Remove Popcorn Ceiling

Popcorn ceiling went out of style long ago, but many homes still have it intact. Though it’s a messy project, removing popcorn ceilings is a task that’s completely feasible to do yourself. Cover the room and the furniture in it with a dropcloth or plastic sheeting, then get to scraping and sanding the texture off the ceiling. You’ll be amazed at the final outcome!

Replace Light Switch and Outlet Covers

Light switch and outlet covers are home features we don’t spend much time thinking about. But the truth is they are important, and very frequently used! Because they are constantly being touched, they tend to gradually build up dirt and grime. Take a closer look at yours and you may realize it’s time to replace them. Doing so is fast and easy (especially if you tackle one room at a time) and it’s a small project that can add a lot to the freshness and cleanliness of a room.

Replace (Or Deep Clean) Area Rugs

Rugs can add a lot to a room. But dirty, old, matted down rugs – especially those in areas with high foot traffic – can take a lot away from a room as well. If you’re feeling especially ambitious, shopping for and replacing rugs throughout your house might be feasible – though on the pricey side. A lower budget option would be to deep clean the rugs you already have. Most local home improvement stores have rug cleaners that can be rented by the hour, and an afternoon spent cleaning the carpets in your house can really make a difference.

Spruce Up Your Landscaping

Overgrown garden beds, leaf-filled flower boxes, trees with drooping branches – if your house has any or all of these things in the yard, it’s time to make a change. You don’t need to hire a professional landscaper to improve the look of your yard. Spend an afternoon or a weekend focused on weeding, removing dead plants, planting new flowers or trees, and mulching. You’ll be amazed at what a difference it can make in the curb appeal of your home.

Make The Most Of Closet Space

Closet space is of utmost importance to homeowners – and to home buyers for that matter. Whether you’re planning to sell your home in the near future or not, it’s a good idea to ensure that you’re making the most of your closet space. Add shelves, hooks, and rods to closets that have unused potential storage space inside. Have a closet in your entryway that’s underused? Transform it into a mini-mudroom with cubbies! Doing so will add some extra character to your home and make good use of a space that was underutilized. Plus, it will help you to keep other areas of your home clutter-free as well!

Want A Home That’s Just The Way You Want It From The Start? We Can Help With That!

Inexpensive DIY projects can help to build value, but constantly working on home improvement projects can definitely wear you down. If you’re ready to make a change and move into a home that’s exactly the way you want it from the layout down to the fixtures, Heritage Custom Builders can help.

Our team of experience Upstate NY home builders can work with you to build the home you’ve always imagined. No popcorn ceilings to contend with, no outdated wallpaper, no old fixtures and appliances to replace – just a brand new home with the features, fixtures, and finishes you want.

We serve the greater Capital Region, with a focus on the Clifton Park, Ballston Spa and Saratoga Springs areas. Find out why so many homebuyers in the Capital Region love working with us and browse our photo gallery to see first hand some of the home building projects we’ve tackled.

Ready to Invest in a Valuable Home That’s Totally Your Style?

Call Heritage Custom Builders at (518) 348-0931, or contact us to get the conversation started. We’d love to help you build a home that’s completely and totally you.

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