Add Value to Your Home in Six Weeks
We are all guilty of putting off projects and tasks around the house for months. When putting off things like fixing annoying flickering lights or starting home renovation projects, the work can build up. A recent Yellow Pages survey found that the average homeowner has about 13 outstanding tasks and projects on their to-do lists. These home renovation projects are also often put on the back burner because they seem to be expensive and time-consuming.
Lana Taylor, an expert renovator from Three Birds Renovations, said that she’s got plenty of easy projects that can add value to your home. Here are some home renovation projects that you can tackle each week to get your home in tip-top shape.
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Non-Time-Consuming Home Renovation Projects
Replace your tapware
Get a quick face-lift for your dated bathroom or kitchen by updating your tapware. It won’t cost you a lot of money, nor will it need heavy remodeling, but it is considered as the fast-fashion of interiors. Lana shared, “The idea is that you choose contemporary tapware pieces so it becomes the jewelry of the room and a statement piece in your bathroom or kitchen. And so long as you’ve got the taps in your hot little hands, a plumber can complete the changeover in just a few hours to complete.”
Add feature lights
The right lighting can make all the difference in ambiance, so people would think that it could cost a lot to update the lights. This is not true. A recent survey showed that homeowners have a tendency to overestimate costs to up to 24 percent. In reality, however, you can find affordable lighting options in hardware stores. Lana said, “Install some inexpensive pendant lights in key places, such over your kitchen island, dining table, and bedside tables as an alternative to table lamps, to give that luxe look.”
Reinvigorate your yard
Yardwork is a big job. Lana acknowledged, “Yes, this a big one that most of us like to put off, especially in the cooler months when we’d rather be tucked up on the couch chilling out; however, a well-kept yard can add great value and garden eye-candy, so time to swap your Saturday brunching for some morning mulching (and clearing)!”
On the day of your yard makeover, clear up scrappy planters and dead plants, then save the actual planting for the following day.
Spray-paint your exterior brick
Spray-painting old-fashioned brick houses can give you the most dramatic transformation for a day’s work. Lana suggests using a spray gun, but it’s also worth it to hire a professional painter to get the job done properly—and fast, especially if you don’t have a lot of DIY experience.
In terms of adding value to your house, ask your local real estate agent what they think, but here’s a tip: freshly painted homes are top of their list for added value, you can bet on that.
Fresh coat for your interiors
It’s pretty obvious now that we touched on painting the house facade, remember to include the inside too. Lana said, “For me, it’s hard to beat white for an airy and open feel; however, don’t forget a statement wall with a pop of color can provide the perfect seasonal refresh. Repaint the same feature wall twice a year with a new color to give your home a completely new feel.”
Update your soft furnishings
Home renovation means having to let go of some things and replace them with new ones. So now it’s time to shop for new furnishings. That’s the fun part, as it says a lot about passion and renovation, even new cushions for the sofa can add a fresh feel to your home. “New cushions, throws, and bedding is a cost-effective and hassle-free way to freshen up your home and particularly good at warming up a house,” Lana concluded.
Maybe it’s time to start your home renovation this weekend.