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DIY Repairs and Upgrades to Increase the Value of Your Home


 

Repairing and upgrading one's home can seem daunting. If you have lived in your home for many years, the list of issues may have accumulated. However, there are plenty of simple DIY projects you can do yourself, which may also raise the value of your home.

Check the Minor Details

Investing in your home can improve liveability, raise quality of life, and potentially boost its value. Before starting on repairs and upgrades, it's important to establish your home's worth so that you know what value could be gained from DIY projects. Addressing minor repairs is a good start. Do you have uncooperative windows? Doors that stick or squeak? Dents in walls? An uninsulated attic? Thankfully, this sort of DIY neither has to take up much time, nor be expensive. The more issues that you resolve, the more your house may gain in value.

Kitchen

The basis of any home is the kitchen, and repairs and enhancements there can significantly impact value. Look to the basics, like changing out cabinet handles and painting unit surfaces to conceal wear and tear. As a supplement to that, you could also replace cabinet drawers. Also consider replacing faucets, as they can help create a modern appearance while remedying any functionality issues. There are numerous YouTube instructional videos to help make their replacement easy and trouble-free. Old lighting fixtures could also be substituted for energy-efficient alternatives. Not only may it add value to your home, but it could save you money in the long run.

Bathroom

Your bathroom is another area where improvements can add value to your house. You do not have to spend a whole lot, and the tasks can be relatively modest in scope. For instance, a fresh coat of paint can give your bathroom a bright new look. Don't overlook filling cracks before doing so, however. Other practical upgrades could be as simple as replacing a toilet seat and installing vinyl tiles to create a clean, new surface. They’re easy to place, and can be put on top of existing flooring. If your bath has old or unreliable fixtures, replace or repair them. The process is inexpensive and straightforward, and it makes your bathroom less of a hassle to use.

Space

One of the best ways to create space and value to a home is through storage capacity and decluttering. Everyone wants storage, and increased space can make a house feel more modern and inviting. As a simple DIY task, you could upgrade your storage by adding wire shelving or laminated closets, or adding a well-integrated breakfast nook. Before adding space, it is a good idea to declutter your home and put some belongings in storage. Go through your home and identify items which are unnecessary and can be put away or even discarded. You might be surprised how much this can influence your home's appearance and hospitality.

Flooring

What is beneath our feet may be the most visible evidence of wear and tear. Do you have floorboards or other hard surfaces showing scratches or that are in a general state of disrepair? If so, first, re-sand the surface, and then assess the options for repairs, such as lime washing, painting, or re-sealing. Are there undesirable squeaks, too? A few nails in the right places may be sufficient to eliminate unpleasant noises. Broken tiles are also easily repairable, and can really impact a home's look. Sometimes, floors do have to be replaced, but that doesn't have to be too involved, either. There are plenty of online guides offering advice for an investment that can pay off when it comes to your home's appeal and value.

Safety First

Remember that in doing DIY home repairs and upgrades, safety should be your first consideration. Be sure you know how to use hand tools, follow directions for using power tools, and wear all necessary protective gear. If your home contains any health hazards, like lead paint or asbestos, call in a professional for help, and leave any projects that involve extensive electrical or plumbing work to experienced contractors.

Home improvements do not have to be complex or expensive. They can, however, be of huge benefit to your home’s value. If you ever decide to sell your house, DIY projects can be an effective way to increase your ROI. Until that time, simply enjoy the rewards that come from making much-needed repairs and enhancements.

Written by:   Posted 2/21/2020

Bret Engle | DiyGuys.net

bret.engle@diyguys.net


 


Spring Maintenance: 

Tips for Homeowners on How to Do It Right

Spring maintenance can encompass a lot of things when it comes to your home, from sprucing up the interior to cleaning and repairing small things on the exterior. No matter what your project list includes this year, it’s important to have a good plan in mind so that everything is done properly. Doing so will ensure that there are no questions about the safety and comfort of your home, and it can even help you save money. Depending on what needs to be done, you might want to take a look at your credit score as well and start preparing for the possibility of securing a smacll loan to take care of the bigger jobs that aren’t covered by homeowners insurance.

Overall, having the right tools for the job, taking safety precautions, and knowing when to call in professional help are all great rules for starting any home project, but the devil is in the details. Cleaning the gutters but forgetting to trim back trees and other greenery can leave you with problems later in the year, so make a list of tasks before jumping in.

Here are a few things to consider when you’re ready to do some maintenance on your home.

Make Sure You Have the Right Tools

Having the right tools on hand before you begin a job will ensure that you can get it done right the first time without having to worry about possibly going back to make changes later. Most simple home projects require tools like a drill, a good hammer, and a set of wrenches, so if you don’t already have these items, look online for the best ones for your needs. Read some reviews and check out tool guides to get an idea of where you should begin.

Know Who to Call

Once you’ve assessed which projects need to be tackled, it’s a good idea to look at pros near your area for the big jobs. Roofing issues, plumbing problems, and electrical wiring should all be done by a professional to help you avoid injury and to ensure that the job is done right, so look online at the professionals near you and be sure to read reviews and get a price quote.

Check Your Appliances and Security Systems

Home maintenance and repairs can affect many areas of your house, so it’s important not to forget the little things. Your appliances, for instance, may go overlooked, but it’s a good idea to take a look at the washer and dryer, the hot water heater, and your security system to make sure they’re clean and in good working order. Older items can suffer from wear and tear, which can lead to safety issues. When it comes to home security, you want to make sure any cameras or keypads are up-to-date before you take a trip for spring break or summer vacation.

Check the Roof and Gutters

The roof and gutters of your home should be tended to after winter, as storms and wind can have a big impact on shingles or tile and often send debris into the gutters, clogging them up. You can clean these areas yourself, but if you find broken or missing shingles or evidence of a leak, you should consider calling in a pro to tackle the job.

Spring maintenance on your home can be simple or complicated depending on the task, so it’s crucial that you have a good plan in place before you get started. Big jobs will obviously take more time and money and require some consideration, whereas small chores can usually be tackled over a weekend. By thinking about the best ways to get started, you can prevent safety issues and prepare for the coming months without stress.

Written by:

Bret Engle | DiyGuys.net

bret.engle@diyguys.net