I’m an interior design expert – how to increase the value of your home for just $40

YOUR next home renovation project doesn’t have to have a five or six figure budget.

With careful planning, a small investment can add significant value to your home—for as little as $40.

Renovating your home doesn't have to break the bank, pros said


Renovating your home doesn’t have to break the bank, pros saidPhoto credit: Getty – Contributor

Apartment Therapy’s home professionals have collected the best home renovations under $1,000 inspired by a Reddit thread.

Here are the projects to add to your to-do list depending on your budget.


With a small budget of only 50 euros, you can still improve your home in a meaningful way.

Go into the kitchen where you open the cabinets and make a big investment with a little money.

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Installing shelves in your kitchen cabinets is a great way to increase your storage space without the heavy construction that comes with a whole set of new cabinets.

Measure your closets, then buy shelves that fit snugly. You can buy the shelves wholesale, the experts write, but if you’re willing to do some additional research, you can find them even cheaper at a closeout store.

Some discount stores, like Home Goods, also have freestanding wire shelves that fit snugly in your closets and create levels of organization.

It can also make navigating the kitchen easier for your body: adding shelves to base cabinets expands your space, but also makes it easier to navigate without crouching and stooping.

For a complete makeover, spend your $50 on motion sensor lights. On Amazon you can find rechargeable lights that stick to walls and cabinets, or unobtrusive LEDs that plug straight into your outlets.

Position them near your front door, under cabinets, or in any area that could use a little more visibility.


With $150, you can transform your kitchen and bathroom into luxurious amenities.

“Slamming drawers and cupboards could be a thing of the past once you’ve installed soft-closing doors, which many people said felt like they were living the high life,” the experts wrote.

While elevating your bathroom cabinet, also spend $35 on a soft-close toilet seat.

It’s an unexpected addition, but once you have one, you’ll never want to be without it.


There are two projects in the $300 range that will greatly improve your life.

The first is a new kitchen faucet, which you can install yourself or have a professional do it for you. Take a look at your sink and see which features would make your life easier.

Could you benefit from a pull down faucet head that allows you to get deep into the nooks and crannies of your dirty dishes?

Or would you like a new spout with a high, curved neck that arches over the sink and leaves more room for large soup pots? It’s your decision.

If your kitchen already suits you well, consider investing the $300 in your garage.

Home Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond, Costco, and other hardware stores have sturdy shelving in the $150-$200 range that’s perfect for the garage.

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Spend the rest of your budget on mounts and security. Wall mounted shelving secured with additional studs or ceiling joists can give you a sense of security.

If you treat the garage as a giant garbage drawer, adding shelves will reduce clutter and give your cars more space in what sounds like money well spent. I’m an interior design expert – how to increase the value of your home for just $40

Jessica MacLeish

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