Best No-Cost Methods for Home Improvement

Best No-Cost Methods for Home Improvement

Sarah Coffey
Apr 24, 2009

The best advice almost always comes from people who are in the same boat as you. Right now, many of our editors and readers are looking for ways to create and maintain a healthy home without spending a lot, so we asked Apartment Therapy readers to share their tips for home improvement on a shoestring. We received a ton of great responses. In case you missed the post or you didn't have time to read through all the comments, we've rounded up a few of the best pieces of advice for how to do more with less...

  • Deep Clean: Cleaning and polishing the windows, light fixtures, the walls (if they're painted), baseboards, moldings and switch and outlet covers can make a big difference. It can be surprising how dingy these things can get. - slowdown
  • Declutter: I LOVE the way my place looks when I get rid of stuff, not bring more in. - inkstainedwriter
  • Rearrange: I declutter as much as possible, re-arrange, and then I generally tidy. - Cashew
  • Paint: I can't say enough about a new paint job. Hands down the most effective way to make a major change at a minor cost. - moderngal
  • Decorate Seasonally: I have wooden floors, so once it warms up in late spring I roll up the area rugs, put them away, and go bare for the summer. In the fall I put them down again and they look new again and make the place feel cozy. - MansardRoof
  • Clean Your Windows: I just washed the windows, inside and out—made a world of difference! - tsteele
  • Take on a DIY Project: Today I discovered that re-grouting is not as hard as I thought it would be and makes a HUGE difference in a tiny bathroom. Just did a small section, but very excited to keep working on it. - home body
  • Entertain: I go down to the local flower shop and spend about a half hour talking to the owner, picking out flowers, and pretending like I know something about plants. Then I go home and put them all over the house and have friends over for a dinner party. I usually end the night thinking, "wow. I am so lucky to live here." - tabithacat
  • Rethink Your Home: You have all reminded me that it's less about what you have and more about how you look after it/respect it/think about it. - eastedan
  • For more great advice, check out the original post here.

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