Fast And Simple Low Budget Upgrades Part One

Fast And Simple Low Budget Upgrades Part One

Fast and Simple Low Budget Upgrades – Part One

Want to do a little updating to your home and maybe prepare it for future sale while only spending small amounts of money? (Many, if not most, of these should allow you to get a full return on your investment and enhance its value in the market). Consider the following:


This is a simple DIY project that you and your family can do for the price of some paint and supplies. Just be sure to consider the following:

  • Think ahead. If you plan to sell any time in the near future, pick a more neutral or lighter color. You DON’T want your rooms to appear dark when you put it up for sale.

  • Also, however, remember to please your own tastes as the future can be uncertain. It could be a while before you sell.

  • Lastly, when you do sell, your room should look showroom ready. So, the paint and your furniture need to complement each other.

  • In doubt about paint color? Try the Internet or a paint store for current trends and décor ideas.

Cost:  About $150 - $200.


It is a generally accepted fact that crown molding enhances the décor of most decorative styles. It softens and accentuates a room. It adds elegance and greater value to your home. Doing the whole house can be expensive and may not return full value of your invested funds, but a room or two may be just the thing.

Consider one of the following approaches:

  • The least expensive approach is to use a product called Trimroc from Canamould Extrusions. It is a polystyrene foam extrusion coated with a hard plaster finish. No special tools are needed and it is glued directly to the wall and ceiling,

  • Price range for a small room around $120 to $150.

  • MDF (medium density fiberboard) is the next step up. It is stronger and less apt to get damaged easily. This is best applied with use of a hand-miter box (rentable) and also can be applied directly with glue.

  • My suggestion would be to use some nails in addition to the glue. This product can warp and may pull away from a not-so-true wall over time.

  • The cost here should be in the $200 - $300 range for about a 200’ linear room.

  • The best and most costly of the three would be primed pine wood crown molding. Here you will need a miter-box, nails, and maybe some triangular blocks to put behind the molding for nailing. Depending on the size of the molding, you will likely be nailing into just sheet-rock on the bottom side. With the use of backing blocks, you can affix them to the wall and then nail into them. Nail guns “rock” and can be easily rented.

  • I would highly suggest the use of corner blocks. This helps greatly in compensating for not-so-true ceiling lines and the need for mitered corners. Also the result of using corner blocks will add richness and higher desirability when you put your home on the market,

  • The cost range here will likely be in the $500 to $550 area for material costs for a 200’ linear room perimeter run; plus installation if you are going to have it done professionally.

Cost:  About $120 - $550 spanning all three approaches.

THIS IS PART 1 OF ?? Parts.

Stay tuned for Part 2.

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