Got a free weekend coming up with nothing planned? Thinking of putting your house on the market in the coming months? If so, you might be looking for some simple DIY projects (suitable for beginners!) that can add significant value to your home. Luckily, we have some ideas that may be just what you’re looking for.
1. Rejuvenate those kitchen cabinets
For individuals and families alike, the kitchen is one of the most important parts of the home. If you’re looking to increase the value of your home without spending very much money, this is a fantastic place to start. Kitchen cabinets can become very worn and aged over the years, but luckily they’re very easy to fix up and can look better than brand new in a few short hours. All you need to do is give them a quick paint or stain job, and update the hardware by adding some modern features such as brushed nickel pulls. As for what color to paint, if your kitchen is on the smaller side, lighter colors will help to make the area look more spacious. If your kitchen is already large, you can afford to be a bit more bold and brave, and introduce a darker color to add some depth to your kitchen.
2. Revitalize your bathroom
Even relatively minor changes to your bathroom can have a profound effect on how it looks and what it may be worth. A great place to start when it comes to giving your bathroom a facelift is with vanity cabinets. This is one of the largest elements of a bathroom and therefore one of the most noticed, so it can be a somewhat make or break feature. If you currently have a sink without a vanity cabinet, consider installing one. If you have one that has been in place for many years, maybe it’s time for an upgrade. To save money, you can use a dresser or a chest of drawers as the foundation of your vanity. All you will have to do is cut a hole in the top that the basin sink can sit in, and connect up the pipes. If your bathroom is predominantly white, a black vanity cabinet can have a strikingly modern and sophisticated effect.
3. Check the view from the street
Although you may constantly be noticing things that need repairing and replacing inside your home, you have to remember that the first thing everybody sees when they come to your house is the outside. One of the most effective and easy DIY projects you can undertake to make the outside of your house look appealing is repainting your fence. A nice, newly painted fence can make your whole property look neat and tidy, but one that is in disrepair can project a feeling of abandonment and a house that needs a lot of work doing to it. By painting your fence and fixing any missing or broken aspects, you can easily have your house looking better than any other on your street.
4. Say goodbye to carpet
It’s a well known fact that carpet tends to age over time, and no matter what color you choose, it will always be less fashionable ten years from now. Instead, consider hardwood or wood laminate flooring; an elegant and significantly easier to clean alternative that will definitely add value to your home. No matter what style of furniture you have, wood or faux wood floors come in many shades and styles and are sure to bring out the best in it.
This may count as an intermediate level DIY project as it’s more involved than the others. Don’t let that daunt you, however, since it is actually very straightforward. Once your carpet is pulled, make preparations such as removing left over carpet staples, pulling baseboards and checking that the floor is level. Barring any major leveling issue, you’re set for installation and there are many how-to video tutorials out on the internet to help. With the new flooring installed, add a splash of color by investing in some stylish rugs and you’ll be loving your new room in no time!
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