Don’t get overwhelmed by home repairs and decor updates this November. Small projects can reap major rewards in day- to-day life and your home’s overall aesthetic. Here’s a list of nine home upgrades that check in at under $500. Best of all, Thumbtack can find you a pro to help.
Get the TV Mounted (finally!)
It’s football season! Make your living room the place to be on game day this year. A wall mounted setup is the reason you have the flat screen in the first place (aside from that awesome high definition). Get the screen up, toss that clunky old entertainment center out, and make room for more guests, bigger chairs, and mountains of snacks.
Get the Carpet Cleaned
Spot cleaning only goes so far. You gotta get professionally cleaned up at least once a year. It makes life so much sweeter. The house smells fresher, the kids don’t get sick from allergens stuck in the rug fibers, and the carpet won’t embarrass you when guests come over.
Paint an Accent Wall
Perk up your pad with a fabulous new accent wall. Try adding a midnight blue wall to the dining room—it won’t be too dark if you accessorize with light artwork or a light-framed mirror. Pop a poppy wall up in the kids’ room for a cheery new feel. Or upgrade your black and white bathroom with a metallic silver accent wall for an elegant Gatsby vibe.
Get Leaks Fixed
You have every reason to have those leaks handled, now. Let’s count the ways: 1) Save money by not pouring it down the drain. 2) Save the environment by not wasting precious resources. 3) Save your health by not developing mold from consistent moisture. 4) Save yourself major money from future home repairs due to excess water pooling. Sounds like you’re ready for a quick visit from the plumber!
Winterize the Yard
Get ready for the cold snap, winter’s on the way. Bundle up your begonias, prepare your soil, and prep your outdoor watering system—it’s soon time to hibernate. Just turning off your outdoor spigots won’t always suffice. If you’re in a freezing zone, drain the water from your pipes to prevent cracks or bursting. Spreading a nice layer of mulch over your garden will also help nourish the soil and protect it from the winter cold.
Get Leaves Removed
The fall leaves were so vibrant red and beautiful…and now they’re all piled in your garden and lawn. Before putting your lawn completely to bed for the winter, rake off all the autumn leaves and haul away the debris. Decaying leaf piles can kill sweet plants left underneath, leave dead spots on your once lush, green lawn, and invite in vermin to your yard.
Re-tile the Backsplash
Need a quick kitchen makeover fix but aren’t up for a remodel? Revamping the backsplash is an instant update that will impact the whole room’s vibe. Try a mix of bold and colorful tiles, reminiscent of a Rufino Tamayo mural, use monochromatic metallic for a sleek and contemporary style, or a simple subway tile in classic white with dark grout. Make it fabulous. You’ll be happy every day when you look at it.
Hire a Furniture Assembler to Build your New Table or Cabinet
You’ve got a fancy new kitchen cabinet or sexy new dining room table. Yay! Perks include: You love the new style, got a great deal on it, and it’s gonna totally bring your room together. Cons include: You have no clue how to assemble it. No need to let the box collect dust in the garage. Call on a furniture assembly pro and have that sweet new piece of furniture ready to party in a matter of hours. Then invite friends over to show it off.
Child Proof the House
Congratulations! You’ve got a baby on the way. You’re probably exhausted from getting every last thing covered, from the crib to the sock monkey. But what about the electrical outlets? And the stairs? And the glass figurines from Prague? Probably best to let a pro handle the dangerous details and y’all just focus on being new parents.
Update Bathroom Hardware
Instead of tearing the whole room out and turning your house into a construction zone, get a quick fix with heartbreakingly fabulous new hardware. Brushed metal in bronze is big this season, and also looks great in pewter for a cool, contemporary look. Go mismatched and quirky with hand painted porcelain and retro pulls. Or keep it classic with clean lines and a polished nickel finish. Get a handyman in and out to handle all the upgrades and you’ll be stylin in no time.
See? That wasn’t so hard at all. See more ideas for small projects, big rewards.