As a homeowner, there are likely many concerns that you face every day when it comes to the care and upkeep of your house. For some, making sure the most-used rooms are up to date and comfortable may be a priority. For others, it’s a matter of making some improvements that will add to the value of their home or ensure safety and comfort for years to come.
When you’re ready to tackle any kind of home improvement project, it’s important to make sure you have a plan in place. Some projects are relatively easy and can be done in a weekend, while others may require professional help. You’ll want to decide early on which type of project you’re doing because there’s nothing worse than taking on a project and realizing halfway through that you don’t have the skills or the materials to finish it.
Keep reading for a few tips on how to handle your next home improvement project and how to determine whether you need to call in the pros.
Check the roof
The roof is a major part of your home, and should you ever decide to sell, it will be something potential buyers will likely look at first. Because this is a section of your home that can be very expensive to repair, it’s important to let the pros handle this job. Whether you have damage from a storm or just a few broken shingles, a professional roofer can help you get it in great shape. HomeAdvisor states that the average price to install or replace an asphalt shingle roof is between $5,353 – $9,449, but it can get you a nice return if you ever decide to sell your home.
Painting is definitely a doable DIY project, and sometimes a fresh coat is all a room needs to transform the space. If your home is small, think about painting the ceiling to give the illusion that the room is taller. You can also use light colors to make the room seem bigger; dark hues will close everything in. Don’t forget about the baseboards, trim, and doors!
One of the easiest ways to get a return on your investment when it’s time to sell is to go green as much as possible. If you’re not looking to sell anytime soon, going green is still a great move because it could save you lots of money each year. Installing a programmable thermostat and energy-efficient lighting and appliances and using natural light (or installing solar panels) as much as possible can help you reduce your energy bills while also reducing your carbon footprint.
Update your bathroom and kitchen
The bathroom and kitchen are two of the most important rooms in your home, and they also need updates more often than any other room. The tricky part is figuring out what to do yourself and what to save for a pro. Typically, re-grouting, laying tile, and updating the fixtures can be done with just a bit of research and a steady hand, so these are great DIY projects. However, it’s best to leave the plumbing and/or electrical projects to a pro.
Starting with a plan will help you stay organized, which is imperative for any home improvement. It’s a good idea to keep communication open with your family members so that everyone will be in the know about what’s going on. Make sure to garner support from family and friends who have experience with DIY projects so they can assist you if need be.