Let’s face it; DIY doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Not all homeowners know how to get on a contractor’s level and transform their home into a stunning oasis. After all, they’re the professionals with years of experience. However, you can learn how to increase the quality and efficiency of your home improvement jobs with just your bare hands, some tools, and the right know-how.
As long as you know these four tips, you’ll be much more likely to improve as a DIYer and create stunning renovations you’ll be proud of.
1. Balance Expenses as Needed
Remodels can be expensive, even if you do it all on your own. With a full construction project at hand, the costs may even make you wonder, ‘how much does it cost to refinance a mortgage?’
If you want to avoid these expensive costs during your renovation or home improvement, consider these items below:
- Research all materials used and choose the less expensive option.
- Do as much or all of the project on your own (consult professionals if needed to maintain safety!)
- Take on smaller projects that you can accomplish.
- Make upgrades to existing appliances and furniture before replacing them.
- Consider small lifestyle changes to save up before starting your project.
2. Use Nylon or Fiberglass for Decking Projects
If you have a backyard deck, then you can freshen up your home by changing out that decking to make it brand new and beautiful. Some recommended materials would be nylon or fiberglass planks. These are a better option because they have the same rigidity as wood but are far more resistant to molding and corrosion in the rain and weather than traditional wood. With about two people (or more, if your deck is larger), you can take on this project and have it completed in about a month.
3. Refinish and Upgrade Bathroom Appliances
If your bathrooms need some fixing-up, you can give them a little refresher by changing the faucets and installing some high-quality cabinetry. With just a few tools and patience, you can install new showerheads and sink faucets according to your preferences. Rainfall showerheads will instantly make your shower feel luxurious and create a nice relaxing atmosphere for you and your guests. Similarly, waterfall-style faucets can instantly make you feel like your bathroom has gone through a huge upgrade without the extra time and hassle of a full bathroom remodel.
4. Touch Up Your Hardwoods Before You Replace Them
If you have hardwood floors in your home, but they are old and losing their luster, you’ll want to learn how to polish them correctly. Firstly, and more expensively, you can pull them up and completely replace them with a new set of hardwoods, tile, or carpeting. This can take a lot of time to DIY and could be a very long project. Another less expensive option would be to touch up these hardwoods and make them look brand new. You can do this by using a sanding machine to slightly clean and buff the wood. After buffing, you should coat the wood with a protective enamel layer to give the wood a shiny texture while keeping it safe and protected.
Doing home improvement projects on your own is a wonderful way to upgrade your home if you are on a budget. You can take on small projects and complete them on your own time while avoiding paying extra costs for the labor of a professional installation. Don’t let the projected costs stop you from making these projects work; with these tips, you will drastically reduce the amount that working with a contractor would require. So, don’t live without these tips!