Fixing the Fixer-Upper You’re Living In

Fixing the Fixer-Upper You’re Living In
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    If you would label your home as a fixer-upper; maybe it’s time to start doing some repairs and decorating around the house.

    There are simple things you can do to turn your home into something special, a place you will be proud of.


If you are thinking it’s not in your budget, you may have the wrong expectations of what you are going to be doing.

Start with the rooms in your home that you want to see fixed up first.  If you feel like your kitchen is falling apart and all the appliances belonged in the 1960s then start there.  If you are more comfortable in your bathroom at work then you are at home, start with the room you use every day!  Sometimes it requires some updated furniture, or it might just need some refinishing.  Consider some tips on redoing your home and making it less of a fixer-upper.

Ideas for Fixing Up Your Bathroom

Assess your bathrooms’ condition, from the appliances and fixtures to your needs and expectations.  Depending on your budget, and the plans you have, you can really do a lot.  If you watch HGTV, you probably have that little voice inside that says you are capable of a DIY project.  So start this one with a little flare.

Changing out your showerhead is not going to solve all your problems; though it might be a good start. But instead, let’s start by ensuring you have the best plumbing for your bathroom.  You want a shower and a sink with water pressure! You can get rebates from the government for updating to Energy Star-approved appliances.  So really start thinking about that as an option.

Next, start thinking about the flooring, changing the texture of the floor can do a lot for your home.  If you are stuck with dingy matted carpet, or chipped linoleum then think about a few other solutions.  One great new idea is cork flooring as it is water proof, easy to clean, soft on your feet, and easy to install.  If you aren’t into trying out new flooring, then install some nice tiles.  Put in new carpeting if you are worried about cold floors or just buy rugs for hardwood flooring.  Dressing up the flooring can do a lot to change the space in your bathroom.

Now, let’s talk about fixtures.  Replacing your vanity can be costly if you are purchasing it.  If you want to build from scratch and think you can actually do it, then you can save a lot of money. You can resurface your cabinetry and change the color.  Making your cabinets a new color instead of a dark wood can update your look a lot.  This is also one of the cheapest ways to change the vanity.  But just looking at local hardwood stores, you can spend as little as $200.  That comes with a new vanity and a top for the counter.

The last parts of the bathroom to fix or change are the color of your walls and the lighting fixtures.  If you are working in a bathroom with bad lighting, it’s no wonder you hate your bathroom.  Update to new fixtures with white light.  You can change the entire feel of the room.  New lighting can cost anywhere from $40 to a few hundred dollars.  If you feel that changing the paint color then paint and texture your walls.  Light walls in the bathroom can help things seem cleaner longer.  Choose one wall for accent colors and dress up the bathroom.  By changing little features and aspects, you can see amazing changes in your bathroom.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by doing all of the changes yourself, call a specialist.  They will be able to provide you bids on their work, and help you install and create much faster.  Call for fixes and repairs in your home.

Dressing Up An Older Kitchen

You spend at least a few minutes each day in the kitchen.  It should be a place where you can bring guests, entertain company, and feel like you can regroup as a family at the end of the day.  If you are standing in your kitchen now, looking at it can be overwhelming.  There are several moments you know it is time to do an overhaul.  The dark wood that is older than your mother, white plastic shelves, or stained cabinets that went out in the 1980s are some problems associated with dated kitchens.  Dress it up!  This is the expensive part if you replace it.  But there are refinishing options too.

Next, let’s update the countertops for your home.  You can change the whole feel of your kitchen by choosing the right countertop.  You have probably been watching the IKEA commercials and wanting to redo your kitchen.  And it is totally possible.

If you are satisfied with your counters and cabinets, then maybe you are just looking for a new look to dress up the kitchen.  Install a backsplash as this will dress up the kitchen fast, hides messes and is easy to install.  Some of the most up to date looks today include sticker sheets with small glass squares.  These are easy to cut and then install on your walls.  It can change the entire feel of the room and there are backsplash options for days.  Pick a look to match the feel of your house, your kitchen, and give it that home look.  From wood to plastic to the little stones, you will love the way your kitchen changes.

The last thing you will need to consider updating in your home are the appliances.  Remember that you can find discounts on new appliances and they are going to be more environmentally friendly.  They will do a lot to increase the value of your home and the style of your cooking.

Dress Up Your Home and Do Repairs

It is possible to do DIY repairs at a cost that fits in with your monthly budget.  You should also consider what the benefits are of collecting bids for work to be done by a professional. It is possible to live in your dream home – but you might have to work to get it there.

Author Information

Lacie Christensen enjoys writing for the home improvement industry on topics ranging from plumbing repair to interior design. She has been writing professionally for the better part of three years and is always looking for new trends and secrets for home improvement.



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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".