Do you want to improve your home without spending a fortune? Luckily, there are plenty of easy home upgrades that you can complete in a day for less than $100. Here are 5 ways to improve your home for very little money.

Easy Home Upgrades: Paint a Room

Most rooms won’t require more than one gallon of paint, which is well under $100. If you are painting a lighter color over a darker color, get a gallon of primer, too. Other inexpensive materials you’ll need include a roll of painter’s tape, a roller, naps, small paintbrushes, and sandpaper. You can buy drop cloths to protect your floors and furniture or just use old sheets or tarps. All in all, you can have fresh and clean-looking walls for under $100.

Change Out Cabinet Hardware

Cabinet hardware can have a surprising impact on the style of any kitchen or bathroom. If you don’t have cabinet hardware to help with opening cabinets and drawers, or the hardware looks outdated, take on this simple and inexpensive project. Handles and knobs don’t cost much, and all you need to fasten them to surfaces are a drill and a screwdriver. Make a template with a piece of cardboard so the placement of the hardware will be uniform.

Add a Programmable Thermostat

Replacing an old basic thermostat with a new programmable one is an easy and affordable task that will save you money in the long run. Scheduling the HVAC to heat and cool based on your family’s daily routine will reduce energy costs. You can find a good programmable thermostat for less than $100.

Easy Home Upgrades for the Outdoors

Incorporating walkways into your landscaping helps to protect grass and flower beds because they won’t be walked over. Purchase cement pavers or stone slates to create a pathway, depending on the style of your landscaping.

Build an In-Ground Fire Pit

While you are working outside, why not build an in-ground fire pit for your new walkway to lead to? Purchase extra pavers to make a border for the pit. Creating a fire pit is as simple as digging a hole, lining it with sand, and surrounding it with non-combustible materials.

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