How do you transform your home? If you’re looking to save money and don’t mind doing the work yourself, whether that be windows replacement or changing up your home’s colours, start with these simple but impactful DIY home improvement ideas. Here are some easy projects you can complete on your own this weekend. In no time, you’ll have made your home better than ever.
5 DIY home improvement ideas
1) Organise your garage
Making your garage look good is a great way to add value to your home. The first step is getting rid of all that stuff you’ve been meaning to throw away. Next, you should decide what you’re going to keep and how you’re going to store it. Be sure to leave plenty of room for moving around, because eventually you’ll have friends over who will want help working on their own cars. You’ll also need room for any outdoor gear and sports equipment. And, last but not least, keep in mind that if your hobby is painting or woodworking, having an organised and safe place for those materials could help prevent any accidents from happening inside your home as well.
2) Plant a tree
Planting a tree or even just adding a few potted plants to your home or office can significantly improve air quality. Different species of trees, for example, purify water and absorb greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide (CO2). Others offer shade from summer heat and shield from excessive sunlight. Whether you opt for a fruit-bearing tree or one that offers springtime blossoms, there’s no denying that your home will be transformed by a simple act of greenery. Before you rush out to buy seeds or new plants, however, it’s important to think about what you want to get out of your plant. For instance: Do you want something colourful and fragrant? If so, look at small flowering trees like plums, cherries and dogwoods.
3) Install curtain rods
You’d be surprised how much you can accomplish with a bit of elbow grease. When you need to hang curtain rods, a drill and some screw hooks are all you need. Be sure to install them on a drywall wall or studs—as opposed to drywall alone—so they’re secure. Start by measuring where your rod will fall on each side of your window, then measure down from that distance (usually about three inches) for hanging points on your wall. Securely fasten your screws with a drill and finish off with putting up your rods (preferably brackets). Then simply slide in curtain rings and done. You have an updated look without spending big bucks.
4) Purchase new furniture
Furniture can be expensive, especially if you’re shopping for quality. Fortunately, there are numerous websites offering deep discounts on furniture and other household goods, including Craigslist and eBay. If you’re handy with a drill or a saw, you can even build furniture yourself (or pay someone to do it for you). Just make sure that everything fits properly before buying anything. Buying new furniture doesn’t have to be expensive; at thrift stores, you can often find antique-style tables and chairs for just a few dollars. If you buy old furniture that you like, then it is easy to just refinish it with paint, making it look like new once again. While you may want to change things around in your home every now and then, buying new furniture can help make small changes while also saving money over time. Having different styles in your home can also bring some life into it and keep things interesting.
5) Get rid of clutter
Go through your house room by room and find out what needs to be thrown away, recycled, or donated. It will feel great to get rid of all that junk. The end result is a cleaner home and less clutter. If you can’t decide what should stay or go, ask your family members for their opinion. Alternatively, get them involved by giving each person a bin of stuff that they must keep or give away. A good tip is to take before-and-after photos as you complete each room – no one likes clutter but it’s very hard to visualise how different rooms will look after decluttering until after it has been done.
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