Are you considering putting your house on the market, or are you just looking to improve the appearance of your home on a budget? That’s the story for a lot of people in these tough economic times. While only you know whether you are in a financial position to do home improvements, there are some ways to do so on a relatively small budget. Plants Yes, just about the easiest, and for some, most enjoyable ways to improve your home is the curbside appeal. This usually comes in keeping a well-manicured yard and planting some colorful and attractive flowers and shrubbery in front of your home. While it’s still the cold days of winter as we speak, before you know it spring will be blooming with beautiful colors. Don’t miss out by not adding some of that color to your home. Paint What wonders a couple gallons of paint can do! If you are looking to see your home, conventional wisdom says you should stick to neutral colors, maybe even white. But don’t be afraid to use some color – you’d be surprise what bold statements you can make with a new look to your walls. Don’t forget to consider painting your front door. It’s one of the first things people see, so make sure it looks its best. Damaged Goods This may come as a surprise, but scratch and dent products aren’t always a lost cause. If you need new appliance or furniture, check your local home goods store for what may be on clearance due to some modest dings. If the damage isn’t too noticeable you can often save a significant amount of money. Lighting Nothing is worse than a dingy dark room. By updating your light fixtures, you not only improve the appeal of your home, but can even improve the lighting in your rooms. If you are selling your home, one of the most important visual elements is to have bright rooms. Not only will potential buyers be able to clearly see everything in the room, they will be positively affected psychologically. Handles and Hinges Small details can make big differences in the appeal of your home. This extends to things such as door and cabinet handles and hinges. Maybe you haven’t given this much thought, in which case you may have rusty or drab looking handles and hinges. For just a few bucks, you can get something new to match the new coat of paint you put on your doors.