A couple of weeks ago, I went to visit my daughter who moved recently. While there, I helped her put away some stuff from the move as well as do some cleaning and painting.
Once I got back home, I was inspired to finish a project I’ve been putting off. I ordered new carpet for a basement bedroom and today I started painting it. That made me think about the different frugal fall home improvement ideas people could do to spruce up their homes.
1. Paint Indoors or Out
Of course, one thing you could do as a frugal fall home improvement idea is to paint your home. Whether you choose to paint indoors or outdoors may depend on how much you want to spend. It can also hinge on which area needs to be updated more.
For a bedroom, like I am currently working on, you can get a couple of gallons of paint for under $50. If you spend another $20 you can get a good angled paint brush, some roller covers, and painters tape. In fact, I was able to buy all of my supplies for around $50 to update one bedroom.
Obviously it would cost significantly more than that to paint the entire outside of your home. Still, paint is one of the most frugal home improvement ideas you can do to refresh your home. Also, sometimes you have to spend a little money on your home to save money in the long run.
2. Clean Up the Yard
To make the outside of your home more appealing, try this frugal fall home improvement idea. Pull your weeds, removed dead flowers, and trim in addition to mowing your lawn. Then sweep away dead grass and rake and bag dead leaves.
When you clean up the yard it makes your home more appealing to others who visit. Additionally, If you plan to sell it anytime soon, this is a home improvement idea you don’t want to skip.
As far as cost, you might need a garbage bag or two for dead leaves and weeds. The cost for those should be less than $1. You’ll also need gas for your mower and trimmer, which should only cost a few dollars at most. Beyond that, the rest is just your own time and labor.
3. Light it Up
Another frugal fall idea is to get a new lamp or two. You certainly don’t have to choose anything fancy. Target has lots of trendy lamps for less than $40 each.
If ceiling fixtures are what you need instead, those can be had as well. Careful shopping will help you get a new one for less than $100. To get one used, watch for sales or check out Craigslist, EBay, or online sale groups in your community.
4. Update Cabinet Door Pulls
You can completely change the look of your kitchen by getting new cabinet door pulls. I bought new ones not long ago and it totally changed how our kitchen looks.
The other great thing is that it was a relatively inexpensive home improvement idea. I bought 40 of them and spent less than $150 total. If you don’t need as many and don’t choose super expensive pulls, you may be able to stay under $100.
5. Curtains & Blinds
Curtains and blinds can transform your home and make it more modern. There are plenty of places to purchase them without breaking the bank. Check out the Walmart, JC Penny’s, and Bed Bath & Beyond just to name a few options.
As far as price, it depends on the material and size. When I helped my daughter choose curtains recently, she got hers for less than $30 per window (her windows are large).
6. Cleaning & Decluttering
While some people wouldn’t consider this a home improvement idea, it is frugal and can help you update your home. I spent some time cleaning and decluttering today and yesterday. I found several items I plan to sell online that were not being used.
I’ll use the extra money to buy the new ceiling light fixture for my updated sewing room. That’s a great way to find the money to complete my room without shelling out extra in my budget.
Many people do their spring cleaning and sprucing up in the spring. I like to do it both in the spring and in the fall. That way, my house is fresh and ready to go for the holidays.
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What frugal fall home improvement ideas are you working on?
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