Are you considering doing a few home DIY projects in the coming months? Home improvements are great when you can tackle them yourself, because You’ll add value to your home and save money in the process. So, how do you maximize your gains when it comes to DIY?
Firstly, you need to get bang for your buck. That doesn’t mean buying all the cheapest materials, rather it’s quite the opposite. You’ll be living in your home for a long time, so you want your improvements to last, while also providing you with plenty of value.
Here’s a few home improvement tips that you can do yourself. No labor costs means you can use high-quality materials and still achieve great value.
Overhauling Your Walls
You may think a wall is a wall like any other, but many older homes have some curious styling when it comes to walls. From odd, out of place skirting boards to unattractive wood paneling and wallpaper, there are many reasons you might prefer to give your walls a complete makeover.
Rather than trying to salvage an unsightly wall, it’s often easier to start from scratch. You can easily cut, paint and install new skirting boards, and with a little guidance, you can even master the art of plastering. If you’re confident in your home improvement skills, you can give your home a whole new lease of life with new internal walls and a modern paint job.
Fixing Your Home’s Insulation
If you do decide to tear out your old plasterboard and re-do your internal walls, there is no better time to install good insulation. With the wall cavities exposed, you can purchase some high-quality insulation bats that are eco-friendly and built for great thermal performance. They’re extremely easy to install, especially when you’ve got access to your wall cavities.
At the same time, consider installing some quality ceiling insulation. With your walls and ceiling protected against unwanted air loss, you’ll drastically improve your home’s comfort levels. The long-term energy saves will outweigh the cost of insulation.
If you’re more of a green-thumb than an indoor handy person, perhaps you’ll do your best home improvements outdoors. Landscaping and gardening can liven up your outdoor areas considerably, in both your front and back yards. The beauty is, you’ve got so many different ways you can spruce up your garden.
You might consider creating some whole new garden beds, and you can design them any way you like. Surround them with rocks or timber garden walls. Do the same with a new veggie garden. You can completely re-design your yard, and you don’t need any special skills other than creativity.
You might even want to create an outdoor entertaining area. Consider clearing an area to lay some pavers to set the foundation. Once that’s done, you’ve got plenty of options. An easy solution for shelter is installing a quality shade-cloth, but you might be more ambitious. You may need a little help, but building a pergola or other kind of shelter is a great way to create an all-year-round outdoor entertaining area.
As you can see, you don’t need tens of thousands of dollars to make improvements around your home. Just a little DIY know-how, the right materials, and some creativity.