There’s room for improvement in each room of your home. Here, we will take a look at a few remodeling projects that will have an impact both on your quality-of-life and your home’s value. We’ll also point out which projects you should tackle on your own and which to pass off to the professionals.
The kitchen is one of the most-used rooms in homes across America. But unless you’ve remodeled in the last five years, your kitchen probably isn’t as efficient – or attractive – as it could be. For a quick DIY facelift, consider swapping the hardware on your cabinets and drawers and replacing your appliances with energy-efficient models. Another relatively inexpensive project that will have a dramatic effect on the overall look and feel of your home is painting cabinets. This project, however, should be handled by an expert, as mis-application can result in disaster.
Remodeling your bathroom is another project for the pros, as it not only requires precise measurements, but an intimate knowledge of plumbing and electrical systems as well. HomeAdvisor reports that it costs an average of about $9,700 to fully remodel a bathroom. A professional contractor can get it done in about two or three weeks and will make sure that everything is back in place the way it should be. Unless you are a plumber who also happens to have an electrical license, you’ll want the reassurance that what’s going on behind the walls isn’t going to damage your home.
When it comes to actual upgrades in the living room, you’ll want to focus on the floors, colors and lighting. If new floors and fixtures aren’t in your budget, painting and installing crown molding can brighten things up without breaking the bank. A painting contractor can help you pick colors that work with your home’s size and layout, and will have all the equipment needed to paint high walls and ceilings safely.
When you are planning to sell, a new roof is a shining beacon that says there is less upkeep to do on the home. According to This Old House, there are a number of different roofing materials, each with unique benefits. Asphalt shingles, for instance, are the most common type of roofing material, and it’s also the least expensive. For a more refined look, consider architectural shingles or ceramic roofing tiles. Country houses and cabins may be best served by a metal roof, which cannot only stand up to the elements but looks great, too. For your own safety, a roofing contractor should be brought in for this high-impact project.
One of the best things you can do for your home is focus on the landscape. And fortunately, there are many outdoor projects that you can handle without the expense of a contractor. You can build a raised garden bed, install a new mailbox, or add decorative railings to your front porch. A fire pit or stone patio is a nice weekend project that will not only add curb appeal but will also give you extra space for entertaining. Make sure you have the right tools, including a hammer, drill, tape measure, and utility knife, for the job before you begin so you aren’t stopping every few hours to run to the hardware store.
Even if you don’t spend a great deal of time in your garage, it deserves respect and attention. Staining concrete floors is a great project that will also encourage you to do a little housekeeping and get rid of all the things you’ve shoved in the garage that you’re never going to use again. The DIY Network notes that rubber tiles and sheet vinyl are two of the best DIY garage floor materials if paint doesn’t appeal to your tastes.
Whether you’re moving or plan to remain in your home for the foreseeable future, each project you complete is an investment. Remember, certain projects, such as in the kitchen and bathroom or those that put your safety at risk, are more appropriate for professionals. But don’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves and do a little work yourself.