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Home Improvements On The Cheap

  • June 6, 2019

Home Improvements On The Cheap

If you are hoping to be able to make improvements to your home regularly, you probably also want to make sure that you can keep such projects as cheap as possible. However, that is much easier said than done, and it is something that you will need to work on and think about deeply if you are to make it a reality. However much passion you might have for home improvements and DIY and so on, it can be a challenge to make it affordable, but there are many things you can consider if you want to make this happen, and you should find that it is surprisingly easy to do. In this article, we are going to look at some of the things you can do to make your home improvements and DIY projects as cheap as possible, and so save a considerable amount of money without sacrificing the quality of those projects.

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3 Tips To Help You Determine If An Apartment Is Worth The Rent

One of the largest monthly expenses that the average person has to pay is for their housing. Ideally, you shouldn’t be paying a huge percentage of your monthly income toward your housing costs. But even if you’re within a good range, it’s still possible that you’re paying too much for your rent or that you’re not getting what you should be for the amount of money you’re paying for your rental property. So to help you know if what you’re being charged is fair, here are three tips to help you determine if an apartment is worth the rent.

Ask Around The Neighborhood

Whether you’re considering moving into a new place or you’re wondering about the rent you’re currently paying, it’s a good idea to find out some information about what the other people in your area are paying by asking them. Especially if you’re living in an apartment, you can likely find someone who has a property with the same stats as yours, which makes drawing comparisons very easy. According to Ron Leshnower, a contributor to The Spruce, as long as you speak to one of your neighbors who has essentially the same sized home you do, you should be being charged about the same amount for rent. If there are big discrepancies, it might be cause for concern.

Consider The Amenities

Something that can make any property worth more or less is the amount or quality of amenities that are available as part of your rental agreement. Some of the amenities that could make an apartment worth more, according to Trulia and Forbes.com, include a fitness center, doorman, additional storage, Wi-Fi, on-site parking and more. So if the perks for living in a certain place are considerable, it’s likely that the rent amount will reflect that by being higher than it otherwise would just for the space alone.

Weigh The Location Versus Your Needs

If you’re wanting to get an apartment in a very desirable area, you can expect to pay a rental price that will match. When a property is in an area that people want to live, the landlord can afford to ask for a much higher rent, even if the property itself isn’t ideal. According to Jacqueline Curtis, a contributor to Money Crashers, if the apartment is near public transportation, has a great view, is in a safe neighborhood, or is in a particularly convenient location, rent prices will likely be high, even for a small space.

If you’re trying to decide whether or not an apartment is worth the price of rent, consider using the variables mentioned above to help you determine whether or not a property is worth the financial investment for you and your needs.

5 Kitchen Islands That Will Make You Say Wow

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When we're entertaining, the focal point is usually where the food is served.  Chances are that is your kitchen island.

We all want a kitchen island that pops and wows everyone that comes into our home.  I complied a few of the best kitchen islands that you can use as ideas for your next home renovation project.

Use these for inspiration for your next project or save them for a friend who could use them.  Check them out and let us know what you think!

A Few Quick Things Before Diving In ...

Looking for other DIY projects?  Check out our DIY whiteboard tutorials, basement ideas, and fall decorations.  They are sure to spark some creativity for other spots in your home.

Also, any serious DIY'er needs the right tools.  Our article on the 7 must have DIY tools is essential reading.  You can also head over to Amazon to get the basic tools needed for any project.

OK, let's get back to it!


5 Kitchen Islands That You Need To See Right Now

DIY Kitchen Island with Trash Storage

Found from Shades of Blue Interiors

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From Buffet to Rustic Kitchen Island

Found from Hometalk | Roni's Rescued Relics

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Need Kitchen Storage? Make a Kitchen Island From A Dresser!

Found from Vanessa's Modern Vintage Home

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Thrift Store Cabinet Turned Kitchen Island

Found from At Charlotte's House

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DIY Rustic Buffet Table That Can Double As a Kitchen Island

Found from Home Made By Carmona

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Which Kitchen Island Do You Like Best?

I know redesigning a kitchen is a lot of work.  I hope that some of these designs for your next kitchen island get you thinking.

Either way, realize with these examples of great kitchen islands that a beautiful kitchen is possible on a budget.  As with anything else, it takes time and dedication.  Save the money, acquire the skills, and get the help and advice you need.

So, readers, what redesigns and renovations do you have going on?  Do one of these kitchen islands fit your style?

Let us know in the comments -- and share these kitchen island designs on Facebook and Pinterest.  Make sure to show some love to the content creators as well!  Happy DIY-ing!

These Basement Remodels Will Make You Want To Start Yours Now

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Are you ready to tackle a basement remodel?

As I write this, we are currently redoing our basement.  It's sure been a process.  It started as a project strictly for my father-in-law and me.  But, as we soon realized how big it truly would be, we hired some contractors to help us do larger parts of the job.

To help you avoid some of the hassles we had and give you some frugal ideas for your basement remodel, check out the resources below.  Let us know what you think!


Before You Begin ...

Check out some items you may need below as well as other resources for any DIY basement remodel project:



5 Of The Best DIY Basement Remodel Ideas

For The Movie Buff and Sports Fans -- Here's Your Home Theater!

Found from Perfectly Imperfect

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Got Kids?  Please Don't Overdo It On The Floors!

Found from GreatMats on Amazon | Simply Home

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DIY Beadboard Ceiling To Replace a Basement Drop Ceiling

Found from Remodelaholic

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Create A DIY Pallet Accent Wall in Your Basement

Found from Cape 27

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Awesome Way to Protect Your Walls -- And Have A Dart Board!

Found from Imgur

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Ready to Tackle Your Basement Remodel?

I know there is a lot to consider when you undertake a basement remodel.  But, don't be afraid to try to do some of these things yourself.

Yes, there will be a learning curve. There's no doubt about that.  However, you will learn lessons that can serve you for the rest of your life -- and pass those skills onto your children.

So, have tackled a basement remodel?  If so, or you're considering it, tell us about it.  Share this article with your friends on Facebook and Pinterest!

5 Kids Halloween Costumes That Will Make You LOL

5 Kids Halloween Costumes That Will Make You LOL

Trick or treat? I can't believe Halloween is almost here. It's always one of our favorite holidays and it's so much fun now with kids. Here are some kids Halloween costumes that will make you LOL. I know I did!

There are some great options here for boys, girls, or the entire family. Plenty of costumes to choose from that will fit any budget.

Oh, hey, don't forget the Halloween candy either! Unless, you already bought it in September and ate it all like we did.

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5 Halloween Treat Ideas That Will Make You Scarily Popular

5 Halloween Treat Ideas That Will Make You Scarily Popular

Everyone loves a good Halloween treat, right? I mean forget the tricks. Just give me the treats! With that in mind, here are some deliciously spooky Halloween treat ideas that everyone will be dying to have!

Cue scary laughter in 3, 2, 1 ...

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5 Of the Best Fall Decorations That Will Make Your Neighbors Jealous

  • October 8, 2017

5 Of the Best Fall Decorations That Will Make Your Neighbors Jealous

Don't you just love fall? The changing leaves. The chilly weather. The beautiful landscape. And, yes, the time to have a great time being creative with your interior and exterior decor. Here are a few frugal ideas for your fall decorations that will make your neighbors jealous.

Let us know what you think and how many people ask where you got the idea!

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5 Super Simple DIY Whiteboard Tutorials For Weekend Warriors

  • August 25, 2017

Simple DIY Whiteboard Tutorials

Have you always wanted a whiteboard in your office or kids' playroom, but didn't know how to make it happen? Well, we have 5 super simple DIY whiteboard tutorials that can give you that coveted whiteboard this weekend.

You just a few things to get started and a little time -- and you can get this done quickly. Check out the whiteboard tutorials below and create that space for your ideas, goals, or kids' artwork.

What You'll Need For Your DIY Whiteboard Wall:

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