When looking at homes for sale, a “fixer-upper” may be your most cost-effective option. However, it is important to keep in mind that home renovations can be quite an expensive undertaking, especially for a first-time homebuyer. With the need for permits and inspections, some of the bigger jobs are better left to the pros – but not every renovation project has to be.
Here is a list of eight fun and easy renovations that you can do yourself to make your new house feel like a bit more like home.
1. Replace Cupboard and Door Handles
There are a number of innovative ideas to explore when looking to update the kitchen in your new home. One of the simplest ways to give your kitchen a new look is by replacing the handles on cupboards and drawers. This technique can also be extended to the outside of the kitchen by replacing doorknobs around the house as well. While this change may seem insignificant, this minor update can really change the composition of a room and all you need for installation is some time and a screwdriver.
2. Paint Cupboards to Give them New Life
Painting the cupboards is another small upgrade that can hugely impact the overall aesthetic of your kitchen. Ensure to use more than one coat of paint as a single coat may leave the cupboards looking a bit washed out. Also, don’t be afraid to experiment with a new colour if you are looking to make more of a dramatic change.
3. Instant Backsplash
Paint, however, is not your only option if you are looking to add some more colour to the room; peel and stick wall designs could also be a good choice. You can incorporate them into your kitchen by using them as an “instant” backsplash. This allows you to have the same wonderful design element without all of the commitment and installation hassle.
4. Outdoor Upgrades
Another area of the home that can really benefit from simple renovations is the home’s exterior, particularly its front entry. Proper landscaping and other tricks, like painting the front door or putting up a new house number, that liven up one of the major focal points are a great place to start when looking for easy home renovations you can do yourself. Taking care of your front entryway is of particular importance if you are planning to move again soon, as this is one of the first areas that buyers look at in houses for sale.
5. Creative Bathroom Tiles
Upgrading flooring is another a renovation that new buyers may want to do themselves. If you are looking to change the flooring in your bathroom in an effort freshen up a more dated design but the project is too costly, consider painting the tiles in your bathroom to achieve a similar look. Chalkboard paint, stencils and painters’ tape can be worthwhile tools in helping you achieve your vision.
6. Simple Energy Saving
Two key areas where new home buyers can make quick adjustments to make their homes more energy efficient are their lighting and windows. By sealing windows which may have gaps, you can save on heating and cooling costs. There are a number of different ways to go about this from caulking to weatherstripping. Use the method which works best for you and your project. Switching from fluorescent or incandescent light bulbs to LEDs is another way to save energy. LEDs help cut down the cost your energy and have a longer lifespan than the other bulbs as well.
7. Lighten up With Light Fixtures
Changing your lighting fixtures can really change the way you view your space. You can either transform or replace old lighting fixtures. An option to consider would be track lighting as it sits on the ceiling rather than being contained within it like some other styles of lighting. Lighting fixtures are something that you may want to splurge a bit on as the right fixtures can make a room seem more upscale and adding more light to a room can really help to open it up. While this last tip is something you can most likely do on your own, don’t be afraid to call in a pro if you get stuck.
8. A Fresh Coat of Paint for the Walls
Lastly, one of the most common home renovations for new homebuyers is painting their home’s interior. Whether you are looking to freshen up the current paint or go with a different colour altogether, paint can really impact the overall room aesthetic. Painting your walls can be a bit complex but it creates the opportunity for your home to truly reflect your personal style. For example, you should consider creating an accent wall if you are really looking to make a bold change. Just remember to prep your materials and prime your wall before you get started to ensure that your project goes smoothly.
As a first-time homebuyer, trying to make your new home reflect your vision can be difficult and costly. These easy renovations can add to the beauty and value of your home, without you having to spend as much. You’ll also feel a sense of pride knowing that you played a role in creating your dream home.