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.Use carpet samples to carpet a whole room. Retail stores often throw away their samples. Cut each sample up into smaller pieces and tack or glue them into place for free floor covering. Cut them in identically sized pieces for a tile effect or cut them in irregular geometric shapes for an abstract look. Use paint made for touching up appliances to cover up flaws on ceramic tile. Did you chip one of your tiles moving furniture.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.It's might seem like a good idea to go with the lowest starting offer, but some contractors will keep increasing the charges as the work goes on. Others will do poor work due to the low price they are paid. Research the needed work ahead of time and use what you learn to pick the best contractor for the job. When renovating, use the time right after the holidays to do your planning. This is normally the time of the year when budgets are the tightest.