Whether you’re looking to enhance your home’s value before putting it on the market, or you’re simply hoping to give your house a little facelift in time for summer, there are plenty of budget-friendly home improvement projects you can do on your own.
Try These 4 Projects
When it comes to DIY home improvements, you have to be careful. The appeal – cost savingos, greater control, and quick turnaround times – is obvious, but there are certain repairs you shouldn’t tuch. Make sure you’re honest with yourself about what you can handle. That being said, there are a few budget-friendly home improvement projects that just about anyone can handle. Set aside some time this weekend to knock a couple of them out.
1. Refresh Your Walls
Wall space makes up a large portion of your home. Neglecting your walls can directly compromise the visual appeal of your living spaces. Thankfully, it’s not very difficult (or expensive) to refresh those walls.
Painting is obviously the first thing to consider. A fresh coat of paint can modernize a room that otherwise appears dated or in disrepair. While you can get dizzy reading about hundreds of different painting tutorials and techniques online, it’s really not that complicated. Buy the right supplies, tape off the borders, and start painting. You should be able to paint multiple rooms for $150 or less.
2. Update Your Entrance
Curb appeal and first impressions are everything. If you want people to fall in love with your home, start by designing a welcoming front entrance. Simple things like planting fresh flowers, adding a bench, and painting the front door can combine to make a powerful statement. Depending on the type of siding you have, you may also want to pressure wash the surrounding area.
3. Perform a Lighting Makeover
Something a lot of homeowners overlook is lighting. By updating the lighting in your home, you can give your house a completely new design. There are a few options and a lot depends on the type of fixtures you currently have. If you like the design, but not the finish, it could be as simple as spray painting the fixture, adding new bulbs, and updating some hardware elements. If you want a totally new fixture, you may be able to find some relatively inexpensive options online.
4. Update Kitchen and Bathroom Hardware
A lot of people think about replacing or refinishing kitchen and bathroom cabinetry. And while there’s nothing wrong with this, it can be expensive and time consuming. If you’re looking for a new look, you may opt to simply update the hardware on the cabinets. You’d be surprised how much a simple tweak can change the overall look.
You have two major options when it comes to updating hardware. You can either refinish or replace. Refinishing is the best choice when you like the style of the hardware, but not the finish. You can cover them in fresh paint or strip away the old material and apply something new. If you want a brand new look, head down to your local hardware store and look at the options they have. Installing cabinet knobs and drawer pulls is super simple.
Add Value to Your Home
Your home is an investment. In fact, it’s probably the biggest investment you’ll ever make. But, as is the case with anything of value, you have to pay attention to it. The good news is that you don’t have to call in an expensive contractor or designer every time you need to make a change or improvement. There are plenty of cost effective DIY jobs that you – or anyone else for that matter – can handle without issue. Once you realize this, your home will have unlimited potential.