I ended up attempting to disassemble it and figured I'd take a couple of pictures to show what you need to be on the lookout for. You'll need a small phillips screwdriver and either a plastic tool or credit card to separate the plastic cover without damaging it. I definitely do not recommend that you use a flat head screwdriver for this stepor you can risk damaging the cover. As you might be able to see, there are 10 screws total that you will need to remove. Unfortunately 7 of those are hidden under the rubber strips under the laptop. These are attached some double sided tape so be very careful when removing it.
Replacing the HDD with an SDD is pretty simple, just remove some screws to detach the mounting bracket and replace the drive. You'll also need to remove the optical drive before taking apart the cover. Another thing you will notice is that this laptop only has one DIMM so you simply cannot add another stick of RAM, but that's to be expected with a laptop in this price range.
While these are not step-by-step instructions, I hope they help someone that might be in the same situation I was in.