Did you buy a home that could use a little touching up, but the projects are larger than your bank account? Do you want to boost the curb appeal and value of your home, but are looking for simple ideas you can do yourself?
Here are 10 do-it-yourself home projects to boost your homes value!
Paint. You can paint your entire house or you can paint just the trim, interior or exterior. Or, paint an accent wall inside. Can't afford new kitchen cabinets? Paint the old ones. The key to painting is in the preparation work, including taping around windows and cutting in around the ceiling. Keep that in mind when budgeting the time a project will take.
Change your kitchen or bathroom hardware. This is one of the easiest projects you can do to freshen your kitchen or bath. Before you start, make sure the new hardware will fit the existing holes, or the project will expand to include filling old holes and drilling new ones. To ensure the new pieces will be a snug fit, measure the distance between holes for pulls and bring an old knob to the home improvement store for comparison. Before you buy hardware at a store, check online. You may find a significantly better price. Photo by JLT/Flickr
Reorganize a closet. You can buy a closet-organizing system at a home improvement store and install it, or you can create your own system with shelving you buy or already have.
Boost your curb appeal. Paint your front door or go all the way and paint all the trim and the garage door as well. Add fresh house numbers and a new mailbox. If you want still more curb appeal, plant new flowers and shrubs. Photo by The Little Greene Paint Company/Flickr
Turn a closet into a de facto mudroom. Many homes come with hall closets, where homeowners hang coats. That doesn't take care of the backpacks, shoes, sporting equipment and other items your family brings home and dumps at the entrance. Consider removing the closet doors and adding hooks and shelves to make a space that better suits your family's needs.
Light fixtures: Install updated lighting fixtures. Changing one chandelier for another of the same size is surprisingly easy, though some light fixture changes are best left to professionals. "Things as simple as lighting really make a difference," Van Lydegraf says. "There's so many options out there." An even easier project: Replace all your outlet and switch covers with clean new ones.
Build a stone or brick path outside. In many cases, all you need are the stones and some sand. Look for stones on Craigslist to cut the cost of the materials.
Replace your showerhead. You can quickly give a mundane bath a spa-like look with a rain shower head. Plus, you'll cut your water usage with a more efficient model. You'll need plumber's tape to wrap the threads before you install the new head.
Add pullouts, shelves and other organizing tools inside your kitchen cabinets. Adding pullout drawers requires some skill and tools, but inserting wire shelves or a lazy Susan for spices takes no skill and significantly increases your storage capacity.
Wheel out the pressure washer. Power wash the exterior of your house, your driveway and walkways to remove mud, dirt, mold and other grimy buildup. You can rent a pressure washer at a hardware store.
There are a lot of things you can do to update your home without breaking your budget!