Making a house a home is something that many of us like to do. Even if you aren’t a housewife or a stay at home mom, you probably still enjoy making your home look good. After all, you probably work hard each day in order to afford the rent or mortgage payment, so why shouldn’t you be proud of what you have?
Some people love the idea of doing different jobs in their home. Taking on renovation tasks and making things completely different. Some people choose to call in the experts to take on the tasks, but this can be quite costly as you have to think about the labor costs on tops of the materials that are needed. Wouldn’t it be easier to just do it yourself?
Many people see themselves as a bit of a newbie at the DIY thing. While sometimes an expert is needed for things that you are not skilled in such as gas, plumbing, and electrics, there are so many ways that you can put your stamp on your place yourself, and be able to feel proud of the work you have put into it. Not only
Paint And Redecorate
One of the obvious things to suggest would be to paint and decorate your home. But you won’t believe how many people book a painter to do it for them. Time is money that you could be using for other things. Sure painting can take a bit of time and patience, and often there are areas such as woodwork and the cutting in that can cause you to feel frustrated. However, it is a job that many of us are more than able to do in our home, and the results are so worth it. Just think how you will feel sat in a room decorated by your own fair hands.
Knock Down Walls!
I get it. When you think about knocking down walls in your home you may imagine that the whole house will crumble around you. But not every wall in your home is supportive, and often they are put there to add a separation between rooms. Knocking down a wall is actually a lot simpler than you may think. Making sure it isn’t a supporting wall is the first thing you need to do. You might actually want to call in a professional for this part, but it can save you time and money in the future. Once you get the assurance that the wall is not structurally needed, grab a hammer and get to work. You can knock through the sheetrock and plasterboard easily enough. It can actually be a great way to relieve stress and anger. Once done, check out some YouTube videos for instructions on how to plaster and fix the edges of the walls and seams. Once that is dry, paint it and it’s like it never happened only you have a lot more space!
Be Your Own Plumber
You may be thinking that anything to do with your water heater in your home needs expert help, but actually, there are many great tutorials online that can talk you through replacement and also fixing water heaters. At this time of year especially, lumbers can be booked up with all sorts of emergencies, so it is important to have the confidence in yourself to talk care of small matters. You may even find that you could extend the life of your hot water heater by as much as 30% by taking out certain checks and doing specific things to help keep it ticking over. You will be thankful of it when it comes to the coldest times of the year.
Decorate Your Home
It may sound crazy, but there are people out there who would rather hire someone to fix up lights outside their home for the festive period than to do it themselves. But this could be a big chunk of money that you are simply burning through. Decorating your home is one thing to do, and whether it is Christmas, Easter or 4th of July, doing little DIY jobs like decorating your home seasonally yourself can save you a small fortune. A great tip is to pack things away neatly in labeled plastic containers to keep lights from being tangled and different seasons from getting mixed up.
DIY Home Renovations
A new kitchen and bathroom are traditionally seen as big home renovation that needs professional help such as electricians, plumbers, and a contractor. But, not all of us are in a position to afford a new bathroom or do a kitchen upgrade, so as a DIY enthusiast, you could makeover these rooms yourself. Kitchens can be easily spruced up by painting doors on cabinets. New tiles can add new life to both rooms, and a fresh coat of paint on the walls can make all of the difference. Don’t avoid them because you think it is too much work. You can totally tackle these DIY jobs
Add New Flooring
Flooring can make a huge difference to your home, and installing it yourself is something you can try your hand at. Laminate flooring can come in squares that you just peel and stick directly to plywood. Carpeting can be purchased by the foot and cut in advance to fit the size of the room it is going in. As it covers a big surface area, you may want to enlist the help of friends or family, but doing it yourself could save you a hefty amount!
Landscaping And Other Outdoor Areas
Gardens, backyards, and outside areas can get massively neglected, but they are extensions of your home and you shouldn’t forget about them. Never underestimate the importance of curb appeal, even if you aren’t selling your house. There is nothing worse than driving down the street looking at all the cute houses and then seeing ONE house that has a horribly messy and cluttered yard that looks like they’ve been dumping rubbish in their yard for so long they couldn’t mow it if they wanted to. Don’t be that person!
Just make a list of DIY jobs to do, get outside and do some renovating in your garden yourself. Mowing the lawn, tidying up the flower beds, and cleaning the patio areas could make a big difference. Even just clearing away debris, leaves, and stick and tidying up can make an outside space look much more presentable. Who needs an expensive gardener when you can get some exercise outside doing it yourself?
Upcycling Old Furniture
Your DIY skills don’t have to be just about the home itself! What about the things that you put in it? There has been a huge trend in people upcycling old furniture and using woodworking techniques to create unique pieces for their homes. You don’t need to be super crafty to give new life to old furniture. Look on places like Facebook Marketplace or Craiglist for cheap, solid wood furniture and give it a fresh coat of chalk paint. Check out Pinterest for ideas!
Display your own artwork
Many of us display art in our homes, whether it is a painting or a drawing, quotes, scripture, or even pictures of our family and friends. But have you ever thought about doing it yourself? Having your own photoshoot on a budget to create some great pictures of your family is a great way to get personalized art for your wall. Check out places like Snapfish for custom canvas prints.
Getting the paint out and drawing your own pictures or quotes can be
Find inspiration and unique pieces online
Finally, a look online should have you feeling inspired, especially on websites like Pinterest and Instagram. People share their DIY jobs and hacks, there rooms transformations and tips all of the time, and you may find that you get instructions and steps on how to recreate certain looks yourself. The possibilities are endless.
Sometimes you just need to have the courage that you can do things yourself. The money saved could be built up to help create savings for other things in your life.