Small Budget Home Improvements That Make A Big Difference

If you’re looking to make changes to your home in a big way but don’t have the time or the budget, there’s plenty of things that you can do in order to bring your home to another level without breaking the bank. 

Look From The Outside In

Enhancing the landscaping and curb appeal of your home can be an easy project to add value and comfort to your home. Whether you’re getting ready to sell or you just want to feel more at home, making your home look more inviting from the outside is a worthwhile project. 

Open Some Space


Just knocking down a wall can make a huge difference in your home. Once a wall is removed, it can really transform your space. Be careful though, as knocking down a wall where plumbing is or electrical work is can disrupt a lot. This can become very costly, so you may not want to undertake such a big project. Also be mindful of reconnecting floors or moving features like a kitchen island. Be sure to get a few quotes from contractors for these jobs before you settle with one.

Get New Windows

Putting in new windows is a great project that can add a lot of value to your home. You should really replace the windows in your home every 20-25 years. Updating the windows in your home not only changes the look of your home but makes it more energy efficient as well. The extra insulation can also help to keep out noise disturbances and keep your home a quiet place to live. If you live near a main road, new windows are a must. 

Upgrade Appliances 

There is nothing more attractive to buyers and homeowners alike than new appliances. These are fairly cheap investments considering their returns. You can replace one appliance or go for a whole new kitchen if you’d like. It all depends on the condition of the appliances. Even simply replacing the washer and dryer can make your life easier and also make your home more attractive to buyers when you decide to sell.

Change Up The Floors

Simply switching your carpet or ripping up carpets to put in hardwood floors can be a huge game changer for your home. The costs of these improvements can vary greatly. The size of your rooms and the type of materials that you choose can affect the costs as well. 

Get Organized

Putting in shelving or other organizing systems to help you and your family keep organized can be invaluable. Not having to deal with constant clutter can reduce stress and make your home look more presentable. This is another improvement project that is totally worthwhile for you to complete.

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What Happens if Co-Living Takes Off

Co-living arrangements are popping up in major cities like New York City. These living arrangements are another option to apartment renting. Similar to co-ed living spaces, with a co-living arrangement, you may get matched to live with someone you don’t know.

Co-living celebrates the person who has an open mind

To truly appreciate a co-living arrangement, you just might need a really open mind, the type of mind that allows you to feel comfortable renting someone’s house during vacation instead of staying at a hotel. You need to absolutely love meeting new people.

A sense of exploration definitely helps. In a way, co-living is similar to staying at a college dorm, another place where you often don’t know who you’re going to be sharing a room with until you arrive on campus. If you’re thinking about stepping into a co-living arrangement, below are a few factors about the developing housing option:

  • Co-living is similar to dorm living
  • Cost of staying at a co-living space can be as low as nearly one third of what you would pay if you rented a one or two bedroom apartment without taking in a roommate. But, keep your eyes open. Some small co-living spaces cost more than a studio apartment. It depends on who is managing the housing. Location also matters when it comes to price. Enter a co-living arrangement in a hugely popular and bustling city like New York City and you could end up shelling out more than $1,400 a month. What you may not lack is someone to talk with.
  • Co-living spaces are run by real estate companies. Startup businesses may become more involved in the newly developing residential option, especially as companies who are already operating in the space start to turn a profit.
  • Some co-living spaces have a residential leader,someone who watches over the goings-on at the dwelling. A residential leader may handle conflicts that might occur between residents. This person might also work with management to address supply and dwelling issues like a shortage of toilet tissue, intermittent cable operations and spotty WiFfi access.
  • Great co-living spaces offer ample room without feeling too big. They are also great places to connect with other people, which is what may be attracting millennials to co-living housing.
  • In addition to being located at traditional apartment suites, co-living spaces are also showing up in traditional houses. For example, a real estate management company might rent out one floor of a four-story house or they might rent out one room of a house in a co-living arrangement.

Instead of having to sign a rental leasing agreement, you might be asked to take out a membership to stay at a co-living space. As with any housing option, make sure that the dwelling is clean, affordable and located in an area that offers a vibrant social life. Also, make sure that management is experienced, understanding, solvent and reliable.

If you’re not certain about whether or not you’ll like the living arrangement, see if you can sign a short term membership. Another thing that you could do is to ask colleagues and co-living management professionals to give you referrals of people who are already living under the arrangement. If these people’s lifestyles match yours and they love co-living, you might appreciate it too.