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Every homeowner has a budget and an unending list of home improvement projects. Although home improvement projects can bring new life to your home and boost your market value, hiring a crew to complete the work can eat into your budget. Taking the reins and doing the work yourself can be an enjoyable way to save money and get things done around the house.
If you have a toolbox and a bit of knowledge, there are many projects around the house to take on yourself. For projects that you aren’t sure about, you can do a bit of research or watch a “how to” video for direct instructions. For larger projects that include plumbing or electrical work, it’s still best to bring in an expert, but you should be able to do the work yourself for simple upgrades.
After a trip to Reid Supply, the paint store, and your local lumber yard, you are ready to get started. Let’s look at a few DIY home improvement projects that can save you money.
Update Your Kitchen
The most popular home improvement project is updating your kitchen. Your kitchen is the heart of your home and deserves to look its best. Large-scale kitchen renovation projects can take weeks to complete and cost a fortune. There’s no need to start demolition to give your kitchen a great new look. You can paint your cupboards in just a weekend and replace the hardware for a modern look that complements the rest of your decor. Upgrading your faucets and lighting fixtures is a simple job that will significantly impact the overall feel of your kitchen.
The exterior of your home can take a beating over the seasons. From the dust and pollen in the spring to the icy runoff of the winter months, it doesn’t take long for the outside of your home to start looking aged and dingy. If you are looking to improve your curb appeal, the easiest project to tackle is power washing. Using the intense pressure of your power washer can help to rinse your home of grime and dirt. You can clean your upper story windows, remove dirt from your bricks or siding, and give the exterior of your home an upgrade in just one afternoon.
The floors of your home can take a beating, especially in rooms with high foot traffic. If you are looking to give your home a whole new look, you can start by laying some new flooring. With the right equipment that you can rent from your local hardware store, you can install plank or tile flooring. There is very little knowledge or experience needed. Most vinyl flooring comes prepacked in planks that can be easily laid as they simply click together. Tiling your floor may take more time but is equally easy to do with the right tile cutting equipment.
Nothing gives your home a new look faster and easier than a fresh coat of paint. Your walls can become stained and dull-looking after a few years and are in need of an update. You can go bold with a bright and colorful accent wall or keep things simple by choosing an earthy or neutral color palette. Gather your friends and have a painting party to help you get your walls done in a hurry and give your home a whole new look.
Replacing outdated lighting fixtures can change your whole home. Updating your pendant lighting with track or pot lights can bring simplicity to your home and decor. Switching out your older bulbs to newer and more efficient LED bulbs can bring a new glow to your home and save you money on your energy bills.
Don’t be afraid to get out your toolbox and tackle some of your home improvement projects. Try some of these updates for your home to give it an upgrade and boost your curb appeal.
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