1: Paint, Paint, Paint10 DIY Ideas That Will Increase The Value Of Your Home
If your walls have scuffs, marks or scratches then a coat of new paint will refresh the room. Likewise if you have old, outdated wallpaper. Pull it off, sand the walls and replace it with fresh paint. If you are planning to sell, then choose a neutral colour that will match any colour scheme and makes the room seem bigger.
2: Update Your Fixtures
For only a few dollars, you can make a room look more modern and fresh by updating the little fixtures. Light switches, plug outlets and door knobs can change the whole look of a room. Go one step further and you can also update your light fittings and curtain rods quite cheaply.
3: New Window Dressings
Close the curtains on ugly and cheap window dressings. Choose elegant blinds, luxurious drapes, or trendy shutters. Even if you intend to take the curtains with you when you move, having them there when the house is on the market will present the room in its best light.
4: Reveal The Wood
Often older homes will have hardwood floors lurking under the other floor coverings. If your carpet has seen better days, then pull up a small section in an unnoticeable area to check for hardwood floors. Sanding and varnishing the wood will be a far more cost-effective method than re-carpeting the floors. You can even paint or stain concrete floors for a more industrial look.
5: Jazz Up The Bathroom
You don’t have to entirely remodel to give your bathroom a fresh new look. Cheaper items like vanities, taps, ceiling light fixtures and towel rails can make a huge aesthetic difference in a bathroom. When you hire a professional, a lot of the cost involved is for labour. If you are willing to put in the time and sweat, then you can replace those items inexpensively.
6: Repaint Cabinets
Freshen up the cabinets in your kitchen by repainting them. White is a colour that is clean and fresh, and doesn’t go out of date. Make sure you clean and prep the surface before painting to ensure a professional, smooth finish. Go one step further and replace all the handles on the cabinets too - give a dated kitchen a modern lift.
7: Improve Your Curb Appeal
A brand new front door can change the whole look of the entrance way, and instantly increase your curb appeal. For only a couple of hundred dollars it is worth the investment. If you can’t afford a whole new door, then repaint your current one an inviting colour instead. Make sure you replace the front door mat as well!
8: Wash Your House
Removing the grime from the outside of your house can be as good as repainting the whole thing. Plus it takes far less time and costs less. While you are at it, waterblast the driveway, paths and patio areas.
9: Remake Your Yard
Some simple yard work can make your property look amazing. Plant perennial plants for year round beauty, prune trees, and tidy up the lawn as a first step. If you are feeling more adventurous, then you might choose to create a BBQ area with pavers, lay bark in the garden beds, or even tackle a small deck.
10: Add Wardrobe Storage
Use bookcases and tension rods for a closet organisation system that won’t cost the earth. Plus, you get to customise it how you want it to look.
As you can see, it doesn’t cost a fortune to make some noticeable changes to your house. Most of these projects are quick and easy too. Tackle one a weekend, and your house will be looking amazing in no time!
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