Making the decision to update your home can be a timely and costly project. However, the equity you gain in your home and the enhanced efficiency and appearance of it can be well worth the effort. Whether you hire a company to do the work or you choose to do it yourself, the following tips can give you guidance on all the do’s and don’ts of every type of home improvement project imaginable.

To avoid costly mistakes when painting a room, make a small investment in the paint samples that many retailers offer. You can get 8 ounce sample sizes in any available color. For a small cost, you can apply paint to a big enough area to really get a feel for how the paint will look, much more accurately than with paint chips alone.

green landscapeConsider a truly “green” makeover to your landscaping. A popular new trend in landscaping is to make your garden fit the climate and area that you live in. Gone is the need for the perfect green lawn all year round. If you live in a dry climate, consider creating a landscape that are tolerant to drought and you will save money in watering costs and help the environment.

Clean out your home every few months by taking a look around and collecting items that you no longer need. It is a great feeling to update your home decor as well as giving unwanted items to charity. Take those things you no longer need and donate them to a local charity or orphanage. This will de- clutter your home and give you space for new items.

Storage projects are an excellent way to get your feet wet in the home improvement process. If you have a broom closet in your home, consider making it into a small pantry. It is easy to attach small racks to the inside of the door and create a place for canned goods and spices. If you are able to add a deeper shelf, you can also store boxes or kitchen appliances that don’t see much use.

It is possible to update the appearance of your refrigerator and other appliances without spending a bundle. Stainless steel is popular right now, but that doesn’t mean you should replace all of your appliances. Consider buying appliance spray paint to color your appliances in any hue you can imagine. This will instantly liven up the appearance of your kitchen.

If you are going to do an remodeling on your home, make sure that your maintenance issues are fixed first. Don’t put in granite counters if the plumbing or wiring is outdated and needs fixing. You could end up having to rip out what you’ve done in the near future. Furthermore, buyers in today’s market want to know that the property they are buying is in good condition. And, you never know when you might need to sell up.

Before deciding on how to improve your home, review these tips, and choose the best options for your home, your budget, your family and your situation. Save time, save money and save effort by knowing ahead of time what to avoid and what to strive for when updating your home.