Easy and Affordable Home Improvement Projects

After spending the last year in our homes, this is the summer of the home renovation! Many home owners are ready to make their dreams, reality. Unfortunately, building supply costs are skyrocketing. Contractors are booked months in advanced and furniture and appliance delivery are 24+ weeks out. This doesn’t mean all of your projects have to be put on hold. Check out these 3 easy and affordable home improvement projects you can do now!

Easy Landscaping and Patio Projects

Has your landscaping become overgrown by large bushes and out of control plants? This is the perfect time for a landscaping refresh. Dig out your large overgrown landscaping and give your home a clean fresh look. If you live in an area that is very hot this time of year, consider waiting until fall to plant new bushes and plants. In the meantime, add a deep cut or stone edging and a light layer of mulch for a finished look.

The summer months are here with all of the sunshine and bugs. Create your own outdoor living oasis by filling planters with flowers and herbs that repel mosquitoes and other outdoor pests. Try lemon grass, magnolia, basil and mint leaves. This will also provide some fresh herbs for cooking and cocktails all summer long. Check out this video from HGTV for tips on the best plants and herbs to repel bugs. This is also a great time to check out sales on patio furniture.


backyard patio with table and beautiful landscaping

Powerwash Your House: 

If you live in South Central PA, you know your home withstands a lot from the elements throughout the year. Give your siding and other outdoor areas, such as children’s play sets, your wood deck or patio, a quick and thorough cleaning with a powerwasher. If you don’t have a power washer, considering borrowing from a neighbor. Just be sure to disinfect before and after using anything borrowed. You can also get a refurbished powerwasher at the Home Depot for as low as $99.00.


man cleaning terrace with a power washer - high water pressure cleaner on wooden terrace surface

Paint or Wallpaper a Room:

One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to upgrade the look of your home is to add paint or wallpaper! Paint can give your room a brand new feel. From simple and modern to bright and bold. A whole new world of style is only a paint brush away. You can also consider wallpaper. If you aren’t comfortable with traditional wallpaper and paste, consider the new peel and stick wallpaper options. Wallpaper not only adds a new style but can also add texture to a room.

You can also paint your doors and shutters to give an immediate update to your home’s curb appeal. Thankfully paint is a simple and affordable home improvement making this a great way to incorporate  a more trendy design and color that can be changed from year to year! Neutral colors are the name of the game in 2021. Check out this year’s 15 popular exterior paint colors.

wallpaper in girl's bedroom

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