10 DIY Projects That Will Boost Your Home’s Appeal
DIY renovations are a great way to save money on home updates, but not every project makes sense for the casual DIY-er.
Not only do some home renovations cost much more than they recoup, but they can also be outright dangerous to you and your home. Electrical work carries the risk of electrocution, fire, and building code violations; a small plumbing mistake can quickly become a disastrous and expensive situation; demolishing walls or building an addition can cause structural problems that threaten the integrity of your home.
Even when a project is safe, it isn’t necessarily feasible. A renovation that would take a professional crew a matter of days or weeks could take a homeowner months to finish. Moreover, not all homeowners have the skills to complete a project to professional standards. Consider whether the inconvenience, frustration, and time cost is worth the savings before setting out on a major DIY project.
However, some renovations add value to your house without requiring a lot of money, time, or expertise, making them perfect for the average homeowner.
1. Paint the front door
Add a dash of color or a sleek new look when you repaint your front door. This project adds a punch of curb appeal and only requires inexpensive tools, paint, and a few hours of your time.
2. Replace bathroom hardware
Since changing bathroom hardware like faucets doesn’t require specialized plumbing work, homeowners can update a bathroom’s look on their own. New drawer pulls, towel bars, and doorknobs are quick to swap out for more stylish options.
3. Update the front walk
A cracked and overgrown front walk can be an eyesore. Keep your home’s exterior looking polished by using these ideas from Better Homes & Gardens to replace the walkway with a new flagstone, paver, or gravel path.
4. Redo kitchen cabinets
Homeowners can easily spend tens of thousands of dollars on a full kitchen remodel. If this isn’t in your budget, you can consider making smaller changes to add a new look. For example, modernizing outdated cabinets can make a big difference. Painting, refinishing, or refacing cabinet doors can change your kitchen’s look without the cost of new cabinetry.
5. Paint the walls
Walls get dirty and dinged up over the years, repainting will keep it looking bright and new. Neutral and muted colors are a perfect timeless option, especially if selling your home is on your radar.
6. Resod the lawn
A patchy lawn never looks good. When you choose to resod your lawn, rather than reseed it, your house instantly has a gorgeous green landscape.
7. Install crown molding
Crown molding is one of the more challenging projects on this list, but an experienced DIYer with access to a miter saw can install this elegant feature. If it’s your first time, stick to a smaller room like a bedroom or office.
8. Recaulk and regrout
Do you have damaged or moldy caulk and grout? Thankfully, the repairs are simple, affordable, and can be done in an afternoon.
9. Restore hardwood floors
Over the years, hardwood floors become scratched, stained, and dull. If the damage is extensive enough, you may choose to refinish hardwood floors. However, the process is messy and can take several days. For less severe hardwood damage, follow The Flooring Girl’s advice for screening hardwood floors instead.
10. Clean up landscaping
Dead branches, plant litter, and overgrown shrubs do a home a disservice. Pruning perennials and cleaning up debris will quickly improve your home’s appearance, while installing annuals adds seasonal vibrance to the landscape.
The focus of these DIY projects ranges from everyday functionality to curb appeal, but each recommendation shares one thing in common: it improves your home’s appearance so that your home looks its best!
Authored by Eugene Williams