If you have been sitting on the fence wondering if you should even bother doing some home improvements on your home during this recession, then all you need to do is ask yourself why you want to do the home improvements to start with and you should be able to come up with your own answer.
There are a few considerations to take into account before beginning your project. If you only want to improve your home to increase its value, then at this time you should factor in the cost and try to determine if the expense of the project will actually raise the value by more than your expense. Chances are pretty good at this time that anything that requires any large expense on your part would not be a valuable addition… at least not at this time.
However, if you intend to live in your home for the next ten to twenty years or so, then it may very well be a good investment. For one thing, labor costs in the construction trade are at an all time low. You could probably hire someone local from one of those online classified websites for really cheap right now. Unfortunately, there are many construction workers struggling to find any sort of odd jobs right now. It becomes a win-win situation if you can get your project done for a good price, and you can feel good about yourself knowing you helped someone out during a rough patch as well.
There are quite a few home improvement projects you could do to increase the value of your home, and make for a more pleasant living environment for you and your family as well. A simple coat of paint on the walls of a few rooms really goes a long way in improving the appearance of your home. A splash of color on the walls can set the tone for your day, so choose a color you like and is appropriate for what you are trying to accomplish.
If you are doing it just for yourself, then by all means you should choose whatever colors you like. If you are painting to try and improve your house for resale purposes, then you need to choose neutral colors that appeal to the most people. That way when potential buyers view your home the majority of them feel comfortable walking in. You do not want to go painting a wall purple if you are trying to sell your house. A nice tan would be a much better choice if you want to appeal to the masses.
Small investments in home improvements at this time should be done to make your own life better, and if you are trying to sell right now, then keep your budget as small as possible. There are too many really nice homes on the market for a great price, and it is unlikely you will be able to offset your costs, so just be smart about your investment in both time and money and you will be fine.