To save or to splurge? A guide to fall home improvement projects

General updates

Splurge: If the majority of your budget is going to large-scale projects, consider repainting the interior and exterior of your home and replacing or repairing the roof, doors and flooring. This will give your house a major (lasting) facelift just in time for the holiday season.

Save: If you’re pinching pennies on general updates, instead of painting your entire home and replacing flooring, consider exterior power washing,  painting a room or two  and/or cleaning your carpets. These projects will successfully freshen up your home – and they’re a little easier on the wallet.


Splurge: Adding crown molding is a great way to update bedrooms for a more modern feel.  Match that polished look with replacing out-of-date window treatments.  These also take away from the overall aesthetic of a room and these updates can be a big difference-maker in the outcome of any room.

Save: For a less expensive and equally noticeable update, consider adding new bed linens or artwork  to your walls. Stores like Target and Ikea have great deals on stylish pieces that are sure to please.


Splurge: An updated, modern bathroom renovation can take your home to the next level.. Retiling your shower and replacing vanities bring a dated bathroom from drab to chic in no time. Stylish new countertops will do the same.

Save: If you’re saving money for other projects but still want to add a little oomph to your bathroom, try replacing sink faucets and showerheads. With all of the options out there, you’re bound to find something you love.


Splurge: During the holidays a LOT of time is spent in the kitchen. For a full-kitchen makeover, consider adding recessed lighting, granite or solid surface countertops (if you don’t already have them), new cabinetry and maybe even brand new energy-efficient appliances if the time has come. 

Save: For a more reserved update, replace your cabinet hardware with something a little more of-the-moment or invest in a new sink and faucet. In the kitchen, a little can go a long way!

Remember: “Splurge” projects generally last longer than “Save” projects. If it’s time to do some big renovations and they fall within your budget, don’t worry about spending a little more! You’ll likely enjoy these updates for years to come. No matter what you have planned though, giving your home a little TLC will be sure to pay off and make you a bit more comfortable in the coming months.

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