Add built in bookshelves to the living room or dining room. Turn a broom closet near the kitchen into a food pantry. Small changes and additions will really add up. In order to save money on air conditioning costs during the summer, try installing ceiling fans. Ceiling fans recirculate air within a room, cooling it down without the need for turning on a central air system. They are relatively easy to install and can be installed in place of your lighting fixture.You can find cabinets in light wood stains and dark wood stains, giving you the ability to personalize your kitchen to your specific tastes. When planning to make changes to the exterior of your home, you should make considerations for the overall look and feel of the neighborhood and surrounding homes. For instance, choosing a Victorian style may stick out in a row of homes with a cottage look. A remodel that will blend to the houses in the neighborhood will have a better chance to sell when it is time to move on.On plaster walls, a wallpaper steamer can greatly speed up the process of wetting and scraping the wallpaper. However, you should take great care when using a wallpaper steamer on drywall, as the drywall is very easily damaged with all the scraping and steam. Don't be fooled by cheap imitation flooring. Tile, Marble and Granite are all better than imitation versions of them. Floors should not have linoleum unless in an apartment, counters should be either granite, tile or marble.There are so many affordable options that there is really no excuse for plastic versions of the real thing. When doing upgrades on your home, make sure you do not invest much into an upgrade that cannot possibly get you a return when you sell it. For example, do not pay $30,000 to upgrade a kitchen in a home that you paid $90,000 for if most houses in the area only sell for around $100,000. Stay away from the cheapest contractor.