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To avoid breaking the bank with extreme home improvements, try these simple yet affordable tips for a prompt update to help upgrade your home on a budget.

1. Boost Curb Appeal

Maximizing your home’s curb appeal can be a fairly low-cost way to improve your home’s value. What’s more, boosting curb appeal doesn’t require too much use of time. This can be done by painting the front door and dressing it up with a decorative wreath, adding colourful container plants, building an inviting walkway or upgrading any railings. If you have the additional time and budget, you can also freshen up the backyard.

2. Update Light Fixtures

Updating interior and exterior light fixtures in your home can be a cost-effective way to upgrade your home. Whether it’s a modern table lamp, glass pendant lights or a gorgeous chandelier, letting the light shine in your beautiful home will help tidy up the overall look.

3. Crown Moulding

Transform and polish up the rooms in your home with crown moulding. This extra touch can spruce up the walls of your home and help match your space. There are various types of crown molding, so be sure to do some research beforehand to make sure you choose the right option for your home and wallet.

4. Add Storage Space

Have a look around your home for any potential area that could act as extra storage space. Many new home buyers and homeowners look for functional ways to organize their home and cut the clutter. Some storage space hacks you can add into your home include vertical shelving, hanging pots and pans, drawer organizers and more.

5. Dress up the Fireplace

Give a facelift to your fireplace by installing a white wraparound mantel or opting for tile instead of brick. Whether your fireplace is wood or electric, giving an upgrade to your hearth can be done on a budget and can help increase the value of your home.

6. Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Brushing a new coat of paint on the kitchen cabinets to give them an instant makeover is a more affordable option if buying new kitchen cabinets isn’t in the budget. A new colour can add a touch of flair to your home and spruce up your kitchen. Don’t forget to sand your cabinets beforehand so the paint will stick easier.

7. Add Mirrors

Mirrors have been known to make a room appear larger and lighter. Use this design trick to make your home feel bigger and brighter by adding a mirror or two. Choose from sleek modern designs or elegant rustic ones.

8. Ceiling Fan Update

Save money on air conditioning by getting a ceiling fan or upgrading the one you do have. You can freshen up the fan by adding brass finishes to it or painting it a different colour. Consider switching to energy-efficient LED bulbs, which last longer and reduce energy consumption.

9. Update Faucet

Installing a new faucet is a simple and affordable upgrade for your home. A pull-down faucet for your kitchen can add elegance or a self-powered sensor sink for your bathroom can add practicability. If you need help installing your new faucet, contact a certified professional.

Along with these budget-friendly improvements, review your home insurance policy to see if it needs any updating. Enjoy your rejuvenated home with a peace of mind.

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These tips are provided for information and prevention purposes only. They are general in nature, and Desjardins Insurance cannot be held liable for them. We recommend using caution and consulting an expert for comprehensive, tailored advice.

In Quebec, Desjardins Insurance refers to Desjardins General Insurance Inc. In Ontario and Alberta, Desjardins Insurance refers to Certas Direct Insurance Company, underwriter of automobile and property insurance.

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