Home remodeling can be very expensive and very stressful. But that doesn’t mean it always has to be. There are plenty of inexpensive home improvement projects that you can do all by yourself without breaking the bank. Many of them can be tackled in a weekend or a single day. Here are a few projects you may want to consider.
For the kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of any home. It gets the most foot traffic and you spend a lot of time there preparing meals and cleaning up afterwards. A kitchen remodel can be a daunting project because it’s typically the most expensive room in the house to remodel but there are some smaller projects that can make a big difference. Repaint dated or tired-looking cabinets rather than replacing them completely. After you’ve painted them, replace the cabinet hardware with something a little nicer and more modern looking. You can also replace sink fixtures. A shiny new faucet will not only look better but it can add some functionality as well.
For the bathroom
The bathroom is the second most important room in the home, after the kitchen so it’s a good idea to spend a little time and money upgrading that as well. Since it’s a small room you don’t have to do as much to give it a new look. Remove rust stains and clean the grout. If the grout is falling apart, replace it. You can replace the faucet and upgrade the cabinet hardware in there as well. A new toilet seat may also be in order.
For the whole home
Some upgrades improve the entire home. Repainting the interior can be a fun project that is divided up over a few weekends and the entire family can pitch in. You might be surprised how much upgraded lighting can improve the look of your home so get some new, energy efficient bulbs and replace the fixtures as well.
Other total-home upgrades include improved storage space and a good carpet cleaning. Unless your carpet is totally shot, a carpet shampooer rental and a little of your time is all you need to make your carpet look like new.
For the yard
Last but not least, spend a little time sprucing up the yard and the home’s exterior. After all, it’s the first thing people see when they pull up in front of your home. Trim any shrubs or trees that are looking overgrown. Hang some planters or a wreath on your porch. Plant some new flowers and pull any weeds. Give your front door a fresh coat of paint and replace the house numbers with bright, big new ones.
Source: US News