Do it Yourself: 5 Affordable Home Improvement Projects

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Home improvement shows often make it look easy to pull off amazing home renovations in just a few weeks; it’s easy to think that any of us could potentially turn our own home from a disaster to a dream home. The truth is that without the right training, some home improvement jobs should be saved for the professionals. Unless you have the necessary skills, trying to do an entire renovation yourself could lead to a big mess, and potentially, a dangerous situation if you mess up wires.

On the other hand, there are many home improvement projects that can be done on your own if you are willing to take the time to learn how, and then to complete them. Some projects can make your home or lawn look much better, and even bring in potential buyers if you are trying to sell. Here are five affordable home improvement projects to try.

1. Landscaping

A well landscaped yard can make a home look immediately more appealing. While some buyers are certainly looking for a low-maintenance yard, you can still do simple projects to make your backyard look nicer, and to improve your curb appeal in the front. If you simply want to improve your home for your own enjoyment, then a nice looking lawn or patio can really help you enjoy your outside time. Pinterest has a plethora of affordable landscaping ideas; you can spend less than $100 to do a simple garden, or you can spend much more to create a backyard haven from busy life. You can find simple directions for most projects on YouTube. If you’re not ready to go all out, you can just take an afternoon to cut back shrubs and really weed your backyard.

2. Paint rooms

According to Lowes, new paint can be a great way to give your home a lift. Neutral colors are great if you are hoping to sell soon, and light colors make living areas look roomier, while darker colors make an area feel cozy. Many people hire painters because they don’t believe that they can do a good job by themselves, or they don’t have the time. If you do have the time, this can be an affordable home improvement project that will really make your home look nicer. Valspar paint has step-by-step directions for painting a room if you want expert advice: tips include choosing a color palette, picking a finish, planning, clearing the room, and protecting the floors and woodwork.

Also, consider refinishing cabinets or other furniture if you want a new look without spending a lot of money.

3. Remodel your bathroom

“Remodel” is one of those words that causes most people to see money signs, but it doesn’t need to cost a fortune. While you probably want to get help from experts for a large remodel (unless you have experience in the area), there are easy and affordable ways to remodel without spending a lot of money.

Consider your bathroom — you could get all new cabinets, a new vanity, new mirror, new tile, a new toilet, and a new bathtub, and you could spend thousands of dollars. Or, you could strategically replace certain parts of your bathroom to get a new look for less money. Fox News recommends choosing a neutral paint color, installing new faucets and light fixtures, framing the bathroom mirror with trim, and choosing your linens and shower curtain wisely because people entering your bathroom will surely notice them.

4. Light it up

Lighting is really important in a home. If you’re hoping to sell your home, you won’t impress buyers with a space that is too dark. A home that is brightened entirely by glaring lights probably won’t win many fans either. If you just want your home to be welcoming for your guests (and yourself), then the lighting that you choose will certainly affect the feelings that people experience when they come to your home. According to L’Essenziale Home Designs, lighting affects the style of your home, and although many fixtures are expensive, it is possible to find fixtures that are affordable and fit your decor. It’s necessary to think about the cost of running the lights in addition to the fixtures alone. You can choose to replace a few fixtures, or you can simply update all of your bulbs to LED lights; you can save money and improve your style.

5. Stage and decorate

Light fixtures are important when it comes to appealing to your guests (or buyers), and so is staging or decorating. Whether you want to strategically stage your home to get people to buy it, or you simply want to have a clear style, decorations are important. According to HGTV, getting rid of clutter is very important when trying to sell a home; it’s also important to stage your furniture in groupings to attract buyers. These same tips can be true for just improving your home for yourself.

Be careful in your decoration choices. Obviously, you will want to choose different pieces if you want your apartment to feel like a bachelor pad versus a home for small children. Every decoration you choose will send a message to your visitors.

There are so many ways to improve your home without spending a lot of money. Sometimes home renovations can be overwhelming, but simply improving your lighting, or properly decorating a room, can make a big statement without costing too much.
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