Top DIY Home Improvements

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Your home is where you spend a good portion of your time. It’s where you and your family create happy memories. It’s understandable that you’d want your home to be just the way you want it. However, it can be expensive to hire a professional to renovate parts of your home. If you want to freshen up your home without the added expense of a contractor, here are some DIY home improvements to try, if you’re feeling handy.

Fix up your entryway

The front door is the first thing people see when they come into your home, you’ll want to make a good impression. A little bit of time and effort can make this part of your house feel more welcoming.

You can make relatively minor changes that will enhance the look. Metal house numbers, trim paint and a few planters can make your front stoop look much nicer. You can also make some serious investments. A new door can really liven up the front of your house. New weather stripping can make your front door more energy efficient and help you save on winter heating costs. Updating light fixtures can take a little time to install, but they can make your house both more charming and a safer. Sketch out some ideas, then head to your home improvement store to figure out what you need to make your front door the talk of the neighborhood.

Create a backyard getaway

With warmer spring weather on the way, you might be thinking about turning your boring outside space into an outdoor living room. Whether you’re after a raised wood deck to give your family someplace to sit or a brick patio for lounging by the grill, a usable outside space can make a big difference in how you enjoy your home. The charming visual addition to the outside of your home is a great way to add value too.

While this may seem like a big project, you can find many helpful DIY videos on YouTube to help you along the way. Start by drawing up some plans of what you want your backyard oasis to look like. If you’re not sure what you want, jump on Pinterest to get some ideas. After, put together a shopping list of things you need and head over to your local home improvement store for what you need.

Paint the interior of your home

You can make your house feel new again with a fresh coat of paint. Choose colors that complement your furniture and flooring, but choose slightly different shades for different parts of the house. Maybe you want to paint your kitchen and dining room in earth shades to give it a sense of coziness, but you want to paint your bedroom a calming blue to help you sleep.

This can be a great project to get the kids involved, especially when it comes to decorating their rooms. Try painting an accent wall to change the light effects in your living room. Aside from paint, brushes and rollers, you’ll want to make sure you also get covers for furniture and floors and painter’s tape.

Refresh kitchen and bathroom fixtures

Your faucets and knobs see a lot of use. They get touched by grimy hands, splashed by soapy water and can build up calcium and rust even if you’re careful about washing them. Dull, streaky fixtures can make your kitchen and bathrooms look worn out.

Replacing them, though, is pretty easy. In the bathroom, you can get sleek, modern fixtures that will save you sink space for storage. In the kitchen, consider getting a detachable head with a vegetable sprayer to make cleanups easier. Whatever you do here, you’ll end up with a nicer looking kitchen or bathroom.

Create built-in storage

If you have a lot of memorabilia, keepsakes or extra stuff sitting around the house, it can look cluttered and dingy. It also makes it hard to clean and dust. Think about adding more built-in storage. Whether you just want to hang a shelf over an entryway, put some coat hooks by the door, or build a bookshelf into a living room wall, built-in storage is a great way to display your treasured memories without shrinking a room too fit too much stuff. Installing it requires lumber, mounting tools and a few other gadgets.

Add a new backsplash

The section of the wall above the sink can see a lot of water damage. Left uncovered, this can lead to mildew and even mold behind the sink. A backsplash is an attractive option for preventing that damage and it can add a little color and design to your kitchen.

While these are typically done in tile, there’s nothing stopping you from looking at wood bead board or other materials. Take a look at your local home improvement store to see what kind of material you want to use, and don’t forget to pick up adhesive to stick it all together.

Need help with financing your home improvements?

While you’ll be taking on these home improvement projects yourself; it’ll save you a lot by not having to hire a contractor. However, if you’re needing a little extra cash to fund these projects, Partner Colorado Credit Union is ready to be your financial partner every step of the way. A HELOC (Home Equity Line of Credit) is one of the most common ways to fund home renovations, big or small.

Our No-Closing-Cost HELOC allows you to tap into the equity of your home. You can access your money whenever you need it during the course of your renovations. No matter what home improvements you decide to make, the investment will help increase the value of your home.