If you’re a homeowner, you probably want to add value to your home. You may want bigger bedrooms, a bay window in the living room, an extra bathroom, or a remodeled kitchen. You may also be working on a home improvement budget without knowing where to begin and what projects to do first.
Home improvement projects can make or break your home value. With the proper planning, knowledge, and skills, these projects can add value and beauty to your home.
The following ideas may help.
Lighting is a simple and effective way to add value and beauty to your home. Many homes today are lit by recessed fixtures. A traditional three-light fixture is prevalent in most rooms of the house, including kitchens, bathrooms, and hallways.
If you want some modern touch to your home lighting, you can invest in those elegant chandeliers or those modern outdoor lights for some tranquil and great ambiance.
Also, you can consider motion sensor stair lights, under-cabinet lights, and lighted mirrors. You can do each of them on a limited budget. However, they are effective for added convenience and safety at night or in places where you need some guidance during dark hours.
2. Repairing Water Damage
The most common cause of water damage is a faulty sump pump that allows water to seep into your basement, causing potential structural damage and unsanitary living conditions.
It may sound simple, but repairing the damage is not. It involves tearing out the area, which could be pricey if done by a professional.
If your basement suffered some water damage due to sump pump problems, it’s best to hire professionals for these repairs. However, there are times when you can tackle this problem yourself with minimal tools and equipment.
You can also consider painting the wet walls to cover mold damage. You don’t have to hire professionals for this task because the tools needed are simple, and paint products are readily available at hardware stores.
But you should test first if the wall is still damp after cleaning up mold growth before you continue with using regular latex paint. If not, you can paint the walls with regular latex paint.
3. Taking Care of Your Roof
If your roof is old, it isn’t necessarily damaged and needs replacement. You can repair cracks in asphalt shingles with roof cleaner, sealant/primer, and shingle filler. It’s an inexpensive way to get a new-looking roof.
The exterior of your home tells more about you, and for better curb appeal, regular maintenance is necessary. If your windows are dirty, clean them with a mixture solution of equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water mixed in a spray bottle. Let it stay for 15 minutes before rinsing off with a hose.
For a new look on your gutters, you can paint them to add some color and personality. For instance, you can use red trim on white vinyl gutters or black on greenwood gutters for a more elegant feel.
4. Installing New Window Treatments
If you need to upgrade your window treatments, consider adding some insulation panels in front of your existing shutters.
They are easy to install, inexpensive, and serve the same purpose as expensive shutters without losing warmth during winter months. And since they come with vinyl frames that resemble wood for a more sophisticated look, you can get more bang for your buck.
Best of all, they are very lightweight and easy to handle. You can install them in just minutes without the need for hiring professionals.
5. Applying New Wallpaper
Wallpaper is a quick and inexpensive way to dress up the walls of any room in your home. If your walls are smooth and in good condition, don’t think twice. Just go and buy your favorite wallpaper designs and install them yourself. You can also use removable wall decals that come in different sizes and patterns for a quick fix.
6. Keeping Your Lawn Green
If your lawn needs some re-seeding or face life, it can be a costly affair. It’s not a bad idea to save money by doing the job yourself.
First, prepare your lawn for seeding by removing all stones and debris from your soil. Next, rake the ground into small mounds that allow grass seed to germinate quickly.
Spread grass seed evenly over the entire lawn, and use a rake to cover them with soil. Water the ground regularly so that the seed will germinate quickly.
Give Your Home a New Look Today
When was the last time you made some home improvements? If it has been a long while, maybe it’s time to check out your local hardware store and see what they have in store. You might get surprised how much these quick fixes can add value and style to your home.