As time goes by, you will begin to notice more and more jobs around your house that need to be done. Home maintenance and repair is a never-ending battle, but you can make the task easier (and less expensive) by staying ahead of the game. Try to tackle home improvement projects before they absolutely have to be done so you can keep your home looking great along the way.
By doing these projects yourself instead of hiring a contractor, you stand to save a significant amount of money – and you just might find that you enjoy this kind of work.
Here are four home improvement ideas that most people are capable of handling on a DIY basis. You may need a few simple tools and some basic skills, but these jobs are within the ability of nearly every homeowner.
A Fresh Coat of Paint
This is a classic DIY project, and one that doesn’t require much in the way of experience or know how. One of the keys to a successful painting project is assembling all of the necessary supplies before getting started. Make sure to have things like brushes, rollers, drop clothes, painters tape and more, in addition to the paint itself. By being prepared before the project starts, you will be less likely to run into complications along the way.
A New Floor
A more advanced project, laying a new floor is something that is still within the capabilities of many homeowners. If you wish, for example, to replace your carpet with a laminate floor, you should be able to acquire all of the tools you need for a modest cost at the local home improvement store.
Also, instructions for doing this kind of job can be found all over the web. With a little bit of study and a patient approach, you can save thousands by putting in the new floor yourself.
Gardening and lawn care is probably the most popular DIY job around the house. Taking good care of your exterior spaces not only gives you a nice outdoor area to enjoy, but it also can help to maintain your property value in the long run.
Take your climate into consideration when designing your landscaping so that you are aren’t fighting against Mother Nature all year long. For example, if you live in a hot and dry climate, try to minimize your use of grass so you don’t have to constantly water the yard to keep it green.
Finish the Basement
If your home has an unfinished basement, you can instantly add to your living space by finishing off the square footage down below. This is the most advanced job on the list, and you may need to call in contractors for specific bits and pieces of the work that you don’t know how to do. For example, don’t attempt to do electrical work unless you are qualified to do so.
Hiring a professional for contract work on a limited basis is far more affordable than having to go back and fix things that you did wrong. With that said, there should be plenty of jobs in the basement that you are capable of handling, which will lower the overall cost of the project.
Have you ever tried to DIY these things? What other house repairs and upgrades have you DIY-ed? Can you think of any other cheap ways to add value to your house?
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