Easy Home Improvement Jobs To Save You Money And Make Your Home More Valuable

Posted: Dec 4 2019, 11:09pm CST | by , in How To

 

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Easy Home Improvement Jobs to Save You Money and Make Your Home More Valuable

Few people are lucky enough to move into a home that's 100% their dream home right off the bat. It isn't a matter of expense necessarily. It's just that if you yourself weren't there for every step of the home's design and construction, there's probably a few things you would have done differently. Luckily, there's almost nothing stopping you from making these changes yourself, or getting someone else to help you do it. If you'd rather get it all done yourself to save some cash and be able to say that your hands helped make the home you enjoy so much, this article is going to go over some excellent jobs that can be done by yourself or with only minor outside help.

Let’s get down to it then, shall we?

Paint.

This is probably one of the simplest ideas on this list, yet its overall value can't be understated. When you take a weekend to repaint some or your entire home, afterward, you'll quickly notice just how updated and new your house seems. If you want to maximize the value added by repainting, you should pick neutral colors that have the most widespread appeal. You'll notice quickly after updating the paint in the interior and exterior of your home that it looks as if your home was built extremely recently. They say not to judge a book by its cover, but that doesn't apply to houses. Keep things fresh and updated as much as you can.

Make the most out of your green space.

There has been a huge push recently for us to reconnect with nature and ensure that we live in some form of balance with the natural world. To truly make your home seem welcoming and resplendent, consider planting some trees on your property that will eventually grow into large, beautiful set pieces that you just can't get overnight. Other things like some shrubs or a small garden are also worthwhile, although if you want to keep things cheap, I recommend only getting low-maintenance plants that grow naturally in your region. Exotic plants might seem tempting due to their beauty, but the associated costs with keeping them alive, and well, plus the actual time commitment involved in doing so, might quickly make it not worth it in the long run.

Replace old light fixtures with new, efficient ones.

We've come a long way in lighting technology in the past few years. With the advent of LED light bulbs, new homeowners might only have to change bulbs in their homes two to four times during their entire time there. Not only do these new fixtures last much longer than the old ones, but you'll also see massive savings in your electricity bills month after month by going green and choosing efficiency over convenience. It might seem like a big expense at first, but as the months roll by, these new fixtures will quickly be paying for themselves. Most new fixtures can pay for themselves in less than five years if you choose correctly.

Update your kitchen.

As tempting as it might be to redo your whole kitchen and spend a small fortune doing it, most kitchens just need a little bit of TLC to make them seem brand new. Start by replacing old faucet sets, as well as updating older cabinet handles so that the cabinets themselves appear much newer than they really are. Consider repainting your cabinets as well. You can change the color entirely to give your kitchen a new dynamic, or just update the current color to not clash with the new handles.

Give your bathroom a facelift.

Of all the places in the home that can most easily fall prey to depreciation, it would be the bathroom. That's because bathrooms deal with a lot of water and also is the control center for our daily hygiene routines. Similar principles apply here that were applied to the kitchen. Think of replacing your toilet or toilet seat or updating your sink to breathe new life into your bathroom. Look for discoloration on your floor or bathtub itself. You can easily install new vinyl tiles to replace the old worn-out ones. Sometimes, you won't even have to take the old tiles off!

Stay current with all of your home's systems.

Things like your plumbing, HVAC, or electrical systems can be easy to forget about since they aren't the first things we think of in a home, but without them, the home is hardly considered livable. Ensure that your electrical system is new and up to code, and that things like your air circulation filters have been cleaned in the past month. Even if you aren't actually fixing anything, buying some HVAC fixtures like those found at aclube and replacing the old worn-out ones with new ones can make your home seem practically brand new. Look for things that just don't seem like they've gotten any attention for some time, and then give them the attention and effort they deserve.

Look for easy quality of life additions.

Some people like to call human beings lazy, but it's preferred to think of us as efficient and that we simply don't want to expend more energy than we have to. For this reason, a few simple additions to your home can end up making it a lot more livable. A good example is to add some storage space right by your entrance, something like a table full of essentials you can leave your hat/gloves/keys in or a coat hanger makes all of the difference after a hard day. Think about each of your rooms individually and what kind of activities you do in them, as well as what kind of state you're in when you're in those rooms in the first place. From there, just think about what simple additions would make your life much easier.

Update your carpeting.

In recent times, there has been a big push away from carpeted spaces. Carpets hold in debris and dirt. In general, they have a high-maintenance burden and can quickly go from their original vibrant color to something faded and unsightly. Replacing or removing carpet can be expensive, so try to prioritize high traffic rooms first. If you switch to, say, hardwood flooring, you'll be able to keep your floors pristine with a lot less work.

Do a big cleanup.

One way you can conceptualize the money you spent on your home is that you paid for each individual square foot. That means that each square foot you aren't utilizing to its full potential is part of your home that's going to waste. Go through your home from top to bottom, and get rid of anything you don't see yourself feasibly interacting with. We tend to attract clutter in our homes year after year as the cumulative evidence of our experience starts to pile up. It makes sense every few years to take a full inventory of what you've stored in your home, and then decide what should stay and what should go. Once that's done, you can use all of your space for whatever purpose you see fit.

Buy more efficient appliances.

If any of your appliances seem like they might be on their way out, be proactive in looking for new appliances that can get the job done with a fraction of the energy burden. Fridges, for instance, get much more efficient every five years or so, while some other appliances like washing machines and dryers have just begun their march to energy efficiency. You won't only save money directly from your bills. If you put in something like an energy-efficient water heater, any prospective buyers will be wowed right off the bat.

Energy-efficient windows

While we're on the topic of conserving energy, one place you might not realize you're losing money on is your windows. The old single-pane design is actually notoriously bad at keeping the temperature consistent. That means your heating and cooling systems are likely working much harder than they have to, essentially meaning that you might as well be throwing money directly out of that window in the first place. Look for Energy Star-rated windows that have proven technology behind them to seal in your home properly. One excellent thing about energy-efficient windows is that most jurisdictions offer tax credits for having them installed, with some utility companies even giving some perks to their customers for going the extra mile.

Conclusion

If you play your cards right, all of these jobs will end up being money-neutral by the end of the day either because of the money you stand to save in electricity or utility bills or because of the value they add to your home. On top of all of that, these jobs help you make a home yours, which should increase your overall quality of life. That's something you can't put a price on. Ultimately, a little bit of work can go a long way. Prioritize jobs that will either bring down home-related costs or increase the beauty of your home. Everything else can wait until you've decided it's truly worth it.

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