Not all home renovation projects have to be done by a professional. There are countless things you can do yourself to give your home a whole new makeover. The projects that you choose to do should depend on your skill level.
Here are 3 that can be done regardless if you are a pro or are just starting out:
1. Visualize What You Want to Achieve
A good way to begin any project is to have an example in mind. You can get ideas from various home renovation TV shows (such as ones on HGTV), magazines, books, etc. These will illustrate current design and decorating trends. And the good thing is that you can always find something regardless of your budget size.
If you need additional guidance on what projects you should do, you can always contact a local realtor to come to your home and do a walk through. Wondering how much that’ll cost you? They’ll do this service for free. The realtor will assess what areas could be updated and inform you on what other homes in the nearby area have. It’s always good to know the ins and outs of the housing market—regardless if you want to put your home for sale or simply want to give your home a “face lift”.
2. Paint Makes any Room Look New
Let’s be honest, a white wall is a safe color choice, but it’s also dull. And if you haven’t painted a room in a while, it’s likely that its current color has lost a lot of its vibrancy. Painting can be done by anyone, regardless of skill level. All you’d have to do is go to any hardware store, pick out a desired paint color and supplies and get to it. The time you spend painting will depend on how many rooms and walls you’d like to cover. Naturally, doing just accent walls will make any room “pop” but be short on actual time spent painting.
A painting project will simply make each room more desirable (providing that the wall color goes…just be careful on what you select). Homes with lots of natural light can afford to have bolder colors; whereas ones with more dimly lit rooms should stay on the brighter color spectrum.
3. Install Energy-Efficient Products
While it’s always great to have Energy Star certified products—like dishwasher, refrigerators, washers and dryers, you can always install smaller things yourself. For starters, some homes have home security systems (such as Vivint Smart Home) that let you cut down on energy. Some energy-saving alarm systems are DIY and wireless. ADT has even partnered with Nest, providing a Nest Learning Thermostat.
In addition to these, you can install energy-efficient fixtures, such as overhead lights and ceiling fans. New ceiling fans will help reduce the dependence on your air conditioning unit (during the summer) and gas/electric heat (during the winter).