Your friends decided they wanted to redo a room in their house and, in a few short weeks, they were showing off a new bathroom that looks incredible. We all know those people—and if you’re one of them, the rest of us are envious of you. When it comes to being able to do minor construction and being handy around the house, we’re not all equal. But there are a few smaller things almost anyone can do that can have a big impact on both the value and beauty of your home.
It is common knowledge that bathroom and kitchen improvements typically increase your home value more than others. They are often the most expensive improvements to take on as well. You may not have the expertise to install a stand-up rainfall shower with body jets, but you can probably paint. Painting can add a lot of aesthetic value. It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do—and not just on the walls. Painting cabinets and vanities has become easier and more practical with specialty paints designed to cover wood with fewer coats. Sand off the finish, prime the item, and then paint. Newer, modern colors can help sell a house and make old cupboards look new again, completely transforming the room.
Another easy solution to add value is to replace lights and fixtures. Fixtures that are efficient and use less water not only add value to your home, but will also help you save on your water bills. This task can be completed with a wrench, some plumbing tape, and of course, the directions. Modern lighting utilizing LEDs is becoming more affordable every day; not only will it brighten your home, but it can reduce your monthly energy bills. When replacing lights and fixtures, remember to turn off your power or water first and then follow the directions. These small upgrades make your home more functional, are easy to swap out, and can increase your selling price.
Design and natural light can make a space feel larger or smaller, so window treatments are important. Those old vinyl blinds can be removed and replaced with higher quality shutters, and your curtains can be raised and widened, making the room feel taller and brighter.
Finally, landscaping is something that almost anyone can do. If you’re willing to get your hands dirty and put in a little hard work, planting trees, low maintenance bushes, and flowers will add curb appeal and increase your property value. Well-placed trees can help keep your home cooler in the hot summer months and protect it from brutal winds in the winter. Make sure when you choose plants and trees that you talk to a landscape professional and purchase foliage appropriate for your climate zone.
Even though you may not be the handiest person, there are always ways you can improve, maintain, and make the most out of the space you live in. Instead of focusing on what you can’t do, think about what you can do!