Small Change, Big Difference: 5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Home

July 10, 2013

Many Portland homeowners think that home remodeling projects all need to be big scale, big budget affairs. Not so! A small home remodeling project can have a huge positive impact on your Portland-area home. It could also save you big money in the long run. Here are some home improvement projects you can take on yourself that can really spruce up your Portland home’s appearance, functionality, and value:


1. A Programmable Thermostat
“Oops, did I forget to turn the heat down?”  With a programmable thermostat, you may never have to ask that question again! Programmable thermostats are perfect for making sure your home stays at the right temperature at the right time of day, meaning you aren’t heating or cooling your home when no one is there. 


2. Low-Flow Shower/Toilet
Combined, a low-flow shower and toilet will save you several gallons of water each year, which is great for the environment as well as your wallet. Low-flow toilets are also a very popular remodeling trend in eco-friendly Portland, and may add value to your home if you’re looking to sell in the near future.


3. Gas Fireplace
There’s not a whole lot that can compare with the charming and cozy ambiance a fireplace adds to a room. With a gas furnace, you get the warmth and appeal of a traditional fireplace without the hassle of, you know, starting a fire.


4. Attic Insulation
Rolling out fiberglass insulation is a simple DIY project, and it makes your home more comfortable and energy efficient by reducing heat loss.


5. Sea Sponge Faux Painting
If you want to give a room an elegant look, faux painting with a sea sponge is the easiest way to do it. You can blend colors as you work, and it does not require a base.


There are countless ways to improve a home, and several of them are easily for a DIY-inclined homeowner. If you feel like your home or a room in it needs a makeover, we say go for it! 


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