How to Remodel on a Tight Budget

When you're on a tight budget, remodeling your home may seem out of reach. At the same time, seeing the same old issues and undesirable features in your home everyday could start to wear on your patience and sensibilities. Instead of dealing with the situation as is, explore a few ways to spruce up your house even if your funds are a little low.

Paint all of the rooms in your house as a less expensive way to remodel. A fresh coat of paint is a quick and cheap way to make your home look fresh and new. Add new molding (baseboards) to your walls as well—it costs about $170 to $400 per room, according to CostHelper estimates, as of 2007.

Replace the cabinet doors in your kitchen instead of doing a complete refacing and remodel of the room. A full cabinet remodeling could cost $20,000 or more, according to CostHelper estimates as of 2006, while the cost of just buying the doors to the cabinets is much less and could make the room look much better.

Choose do-it-yourself solution kits for replacing floors, like laminate wood flooring that snaps together, instead of hiring a professional. For standard hardwood floors you could end up paying between $6 to $16 per square foot including installation, while do-it-yourself laminate flooring starts at about $0.90 per square foot, according to CostHelper estimates as of 2010.

Add new lighting fixtures to your home. For instance, consider installing skylights, hanging light fixtures, or just adding more lights than you have now to brighten up each room. Sometimes even a simple change of the wattage of the light bulb you use can improve the look of the home.