Home improvements don’t have to be major undertakings and you don’t need to uproot your family, tear down your house or go thousands of dollars in debt just to get a new look for your home.
There are a couple of great ways to make home improvement easier. One is to take on a project in small stages. The other is to do quick and easy projects that may seem small, but still punch a lot of “wow” factor.
If you decide to take on a major home renovation plan and want to try splitting it into small stages, go for it. This is a great way to balance your money and life. By spreading your renovation over a few months and a few projects, you won’t feel like your life has been taken over by the renovations, and you can avoid going into debt.
To do this, start with a plan. For example, you can begin by redoing the windows. In a few weeks, you can then start painting, tearing down or rebuilding any walls. For your next step, update any light fixtures or plumbing. Then, redo your floors room-by-room. Finally, add the finishing touches of new appliances or updated furniture.
You can actually attack your projects in any order you prefer. The point is to do the work in sufficiently small phases that they neither leave your time or wallet depleted!
If you’re not ready for a major home improvement schedule, try taking on smaller renovation projects that can bring satisfying rewards. Keep reading for some suggestions.
1. Spring Clean Your Plumbing
Once a year, spend a few days attending to your home’s plumbing. Unplug any clogs, tighten any dripping pipes, clean up under the sinks and update or replace any old and tired faucets.
You’ll bring new life to your bathrooms and kitchen and stay on top of any potential plumbing problems. If you do encounter a major plumbing issue, don’t be afraid to call in a professional. Doing so is not an admission of failure (guys)!
2. Check Your Electricals
While you shouldn’t undertake any electrical work that you’re not trained for, there are a few tasks you can handle around the house to stay on top of it.
First, replace any old or burned out bulbs in the house, taking time to dust and clean all your light fixtures. Try replacing all your bulbs with energy efficient ones for big savings over time. Then, check all your fuses and replace any that are worn down or broken.
3. Wash or Paint Your Walls
Painting a wall will freshen up a room instantly. Start by covering up any holes or scratches in the wall and remember to use a few coats to get an attractive, professional finish.
If you’re not up for a full day of painting, try washing your walls with a very diluted bleach and water, or soap and water solution. This will brighten the room, get rid of odors and wash out smells from pets, cooking or smoking.