Game Changers For Your Home That Cost Less Than $1000

By: Marlene Boyle

Game Changers For Your Home That Cost Less Than $1000

Tags: Home Improvement, Game Changers for your Home, Inexpensive Home Upgrades, Home Renovation, Home Improvement Ideas

Whether or not you’re planning on selling soon, it’s a good idea to consider some upgrades for your home that could potentially increase the value of your home. However, home renovations and upgrades don’t necessarily have to break the bank.

A user asked the Home Improvement community what investments they’ve made to their homes that they can’t live without now. Check out these convenient upgrades that these homeowners are proud to have splurged on!

An extra fridge

If you have space in your home for an extra fridge or freezer, it is definitely a game changer. It’s a great idea for extra storage space, meal prepping, and making sure you’re doing more home cooking. An extra fridge or freezer can even reduce your food waste as you can freeze any leftovers that might otherwise go bad. 

A 3D printer

You might be thinking, how will this increase your home value or make life easier? Well, this user shares that they were able to use their 3D printer to make all sorts of things to use around their home. They created an under-cabinet mounted paper towel holder, sliding shelves, and were even able to 3D print small or unusual shapes for quick furniture repairs. 3D printers can cost $300-$500, or even $1500 for higher-end printers.


Adding a fresh coat of paint can brighten up any room and make it more desirable, not only for yourself, but for any potential buyers if you decide to sell in the future. A homeowner on this post shared that they painted the interior of the whole house before moving in and it made the home feel 20 years newer!

Automatic light sensors

This has been a game changer for many homeowners and is especially useful for the laundry room and the pantry. No more having to struggle to reach the light switch while carrying a heavy load with two hands. You can find most motion sensor lights for under $50.

Insulating the attic

This is an investment that can actually end up saving you money. This homeowner insulated their attic and have since saved at least $1800 in heating and cooling costs.

Bidet toilet seat

Bidets are extremely common in several countries and are great for the environment, reducing toilet paper waste. Since installing an actual bidet requires a lot more work and money, buying a bidet toilet seat is a great alternative. One Reddit user says that the heated seat is a great feature, especially in the winter! These toilet seats typically range from $100 to $300.

Soft-close cabinets

Another modern kitchen feature everyone loves is soft-close cabinets! You can install cabinet hinges with slow-close springs to prevent extra wear-and-tear on your cabinets. No more slamming drawers when you’re angry! For 5 pairs of soft-close hinges, you’re looking at approximately $50.

Garage shelving

Shelving in a garage is always a great idea and will free up tons of space! Installing shelving in your garage is especially useful if you don’t have a basement, attic, or ample storage space.

Battery powered lawn equipment

One homeowner says that battery power lawn equipment is the way to go! They no longer have to deal with gas cans, stinky exhaust, and there is way less noise. A battery powered lawn mower is typically under $500.

Dimmer switches

Putting a dimmer switch in the bathroom is a great idea – the light doesn’t have to blind you when you’ve just woken up, but when you’re cleaning the bathroom or shower, you have the option to make it nice and bright. Grabbing a few dimmer light switches from the store will typically be less than $50!

Door sweeps

An amazing investment that won’t break the bank is door sweeps! You can get them for as little as $15 and it’ll prevent cold air from entering during the winter months. Make sure to measure properly to fit the gap and width of your door.

Sliding shelves

Installing sliding shelves in lower cabinets is much more organized and less of a hassle than stacking all sorts of items on top of each other! It’ll save you time and prevent all the noise that comes with moving around a bunch of pots and pans. Slide-out shelves typically go for around $100.

Heated floors

Heated floors in the bathroom is a great idea, especially if you’re already remodeling your bathroom or planning to in the future. Your feet will thank you on those chilly winter mornings!

Keyless entry lock

Keyless entry locks are very convenient, especially if you tend to lose or misplace your keys often! No more digging around in your purse trying to find your house key. It’s very convenient for any workers, relatives, or guests who need access to your home and the code can easily be changed. These are relatively inexpensive and easy to install. Keyless entry locks can be as little as $50 or around $350 if you’re looking for a Google Nest.

Fenced yard

If you don’t already have a fenced yard, it’s a great option if you have children or pets. It’s also a bonus for parents and pet owners if you ever decide to list your home. Plus, the privacy fencing offers is an added bonus! The price will obviously be dependent on the size of your yard, so costs could be above $1000.


Although dishwashers are quite common, not every home has one. This is definitely something you should consider, especially if you plan to sell. You can typically get a dishwasher for around $500.

Ceiling fans

Several of the homeowners in this thread have commented on how installing ceiling fans in every room has made a significant difference in their cooling costs during the summer months. Ceiling fans are approximately $100 - $200, not including installation.

New water-saving toilets

Toilets that are specifically designed to use less water are great investments and will save you money in the long run with lowered water bills!

USB outlets

This is relatively inexpensive but very convenient! You can buy new electrical outlets that come with an additional USB charger. This can end up saving you money in the long run as most phone chargers require an extra adaptor to plug into the wall.

Mesh wifi

Mesh wifi is a main wifi router that connects to your modem and has a series of modules or nodes placed around your home so that the wifi connection is strong regardless of where you are in your home. This takes away the frustration of “bad Wifi spots” in your home. It doesn’t matter if you’re outside, in the basement, or right next to your Wifi router, the connection remains strong and you don’t have to worry about those annoying loading icons.

Smart thermostat

Homeowners who have installed a smart thermostat are elated with how convenient it is! With a smart thermostat, you can adjust the temperature of your home from your phone. This way, you can set your thermostat via mobile so that your home is nice and warm when you get home late on a winter night! These typically sell for anywhere between $80 and $300. Many users have even commented on the great deals they’ve gotten on smart thermostats from their electric provider, so be sure to look into that before you buy!

Register covers

If you have a home with floor registers, you can spend as little as $10 each to replace them with a more modern version.

Interested in more home improvement tips? Check the Reddit page for this community here.