Home improvement season is upon us, and while it’s often wise to enlist the expertise of a contractor or trade professional, there are some projects you can tackle on your own. Some of these are more for your own enjoyment, while others, like replacing the front door, can result in a significant return on investment should you decide to sell your home. These small improvements can really pay off:
Replace the front door
The front entry is key to your home’s curb appeal. Purchase a new door, or if you like the one you have but it needs a refresh, paint it. Create an eye-catching contrast by painting it a vibrant color.
Update your kitchen fixtures
If new cabinets are out of your budget, give your kitchen a modern look easily and cost-effectively by changing out the fixtures. Update worn or dated kitchen drawer pulls and cabinet handles.
Replace bathroom faucets and toilets
It may seem daunting, but replacing faucets and toilets is a fairly straightforward task. A low-flush toilet may cost a bit more upfront, but you’ll save in long run with lower water consumption. Replacing old light fixtures will add value and freshness too.
Paint, Paint, Paint
One of the simplest and most cost-effective improvements of all is paint. Freshly painted rooms always look updated and clean - and that means value.
Add new Energy-Efficient Fixtures
A functional, decorative ceiling fan provides light and creates a soft breeze in hot weather, reducing the need for expensive air conditioning. But, an outdated, wobbly or broken ceiling fan is an eyesore. Replacing old fixtures will add to your home’s look and your enjoyment.
Add Decorative Features
Fire pits, small fishponds and garden beds are refreshing features, and make spending time outdoors more enjoyable.