With 2020 in the rearview mirror, homes have transformed from simple living quarters to a base of operations for all things work, school, and entertainment related. This new way of life has prompted many Utahns to sell their home for something with more space, even during a pandemic, reports KSL. For others, the punch list of to-do items and upgrades seems to grow by the day, evidenced by home improvement stores saying they've experienced some of the strongest sales they've ever seen, reports CNBC.
For those haunted by the never-ending punch list, the thought of tackling some projects can be overwhelming. The cost, the labor, the time—better off leaving it for later, right?
Wrong! If you have a weekend, and about $1,000, there are several projects you can undertake that are relatively simple and will leave your home feeling refreshed and revitalized.
Here are seven cost-effective and impactful home improvement projects you can do this weekend.
Front door replacement
If you're looking for an easy, stylish way to update your home (and increase its value!), consider replacing your front door.
To keep it under $1,000, you may need to do some cross-shopping and install it yourself, but it can be done and will give your front entry the much-needed facelift it's been waiting for.
Switching out your old lighting fixtures and updating them with stylish, energy-efficient ones is a great way to revitalize the feel of your home and save money in the process, says HGTV.
Lamps are an easy way to give new light and style to a room. Ranging from $20 and up, there are plenty of choices when it comes to lighting. To stay under $1,000, you may want to avoid projects where an electrician is required, but that shouldn't stop you from getting some new fixtures or other DIY light replacements.
Looking for an even simpler project that will save you time and money in the future? Change all bulbs over to energy-efficient LEDs. These bulbs use far less energy than incandescent and CFL bulbs and are available in a variety of warm and cool tones to fit the feel of your living space, according to the Consumer Energy Alliance.
If you only have about $1,000 to spend, the bathroom is a great place to focus your time and money.
Linens, curtains, shower rods, faucets, knobs, and towel racks all are relatively inexpensive, and can help your bathroom feel new. Tile, and other floorings like what you'll find at Giant Carpet One, are affordable, easy to install, and a great way to change the look and feel of your bathroom.
Even if you wanted to go big and replace a toilet, sink, vanity, mirrors, or shelves, you likely would still be under $1,000, and still be able to hire a plumber to give you a hand.
Update your entryway
The entryway is the first impression of your home, so why not spend some time and money to make it shine? If you already have a quality door, try updating it with contemporary knobs and hardware, or painting it a new color.
Live plants, warm lighting, new house numbers, and a stylish welcome mat, or new tile or flooring from Giant Carpet One, can make your entryway feel and look like a million bucks.
Of all the rooms in the home to update, the kitchen can be one of the most rewarding. While getting new cabinets or new appliances is expensive, smaller projects like retiling the backsplash can be a relatively quick way to give your kitchen a new look without breaking the bank.
Decorate the walls
It's amazing what some simple wall decorations can do for your home. Not only do wall decorations add color, style, and flair to your living spaces, they also can make your rooms appear larger. According to Porch.com, decorating the vertical space in your home "gives the eye a reason to move up and down, and tricks the eye into thinking the space is larger than it is."
There is no shortage of great ideas for wall decorations, but even basic additions like shelves mounted in a symmetrical pattern, or simple artwork, can instantly make your home feel cozy and new. Check out this list on Elle for some truly stylish ways to dress up a wall.
While there is something to be said for updating by addition (decorating), sometimes it is in the subtraction of things from a room that can give it new life -- making the room feel much more beautiful and functional than before.
Organizing, or tidying up, has become especially popular in recent years with new shows like "The Home Edit" and "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo" motivating millions to enhance their living space and life through organization and decluttering.
Boxes, shelves, and cabinetry are all helpful in the organization process and can be installed in less than a weekend. Intermountain Healthcare lists all the mental and emotional benefits of decluttering, such as peace of mind and better sleep, so organizing might just be the most meaningful home improvement project you do this year.
And finally, don't forget about flooring! Flooring sets the tone for the space that it's in. Choosing the right flooring can add style, comfort, and warmth to your living spaces, so it is important to get it right.
Thinking of updating your home with new flooring? Giant Carpet One offers excellent solutions to all your flooring needs. With options for every budget, Giant Carpet One can help your home look new.