As a homeowner, one thing that you’re probably already aware of is the fact that there are always things that could use some updating around the house. And while you honestly should call a professional to handle major projects related to your electrical wiring, your plumbing or doing things like adding on another room to your house, there are some things that you can do yourself in order to save money.
If you’d like to know about some great money-saving DIY projects that you can get started on just as soon as possible, we’ve got a list of five that are easy, relatively quick and can even raise the property value of your home below:
Do your own landscaping. All of us like having a house that has amazing curb appeal. And while you could hire a professional landscaping design company, if you want to keep a few dollars in your pocket, how about doing your own landscaping instead? Thanks to websites like BHG, Easy Backyard Landscaping and even You Tube, you can receive step-by-step instructions on how to plant grass, prune trees and start a flower garden. Just go to the sites and put “do your own landscaping” in the search field.
Replace your own doors. If you want to make your home more safe and secure, you might want to consider replacing your entry and garage doors. When it comes to your front door, it’s best to install a wooden door or a steel one. As for garage doors, ones that are made out of fiberglass are the kind that we recommend, although steel and vinyl ones are good options too. Once you have purchased the doors, DIY Network can show you how to put them up. Just go to the site and put “installing a front door” or “installing a garage door” in the search field.
Do your own “green upgrading”. Something that you can do to make your home more energy efficient is to put certain “green items” inside of your house. When it comes to your bathroom, consider installing a low-flow showerhead or toilet. When it comes to your HVAC unit, install a programmable thermostat. When it comes to your appliances, how about swapping out the ones that you currently have for some that have an Energy Star label on them. Also, when it comes to your overhead lighting and lamps, exchange your standard light bulbs for LED ones. By doing all of these things, you can easily reduce your energy costs by as much as 30-40 percent.
Deep-clean your own carpets. If your carpets are looking pretty grimy and you’re on a tight budget, you can always deep-clean your own carpets. And what’s even better is that there are tips for how you can get the dirt and stains out of your carpeted flooring naturally so that you don’t have to deal with the chemicals and fumes that come with using some of the popular commercial brands. One website that can walk you through the process is Apartment Therapy. Just go to the site and put “deep green clean your carpets” in the search field.
Add your own deck. If you’re looking to make some improvements to your roofing, it really is best if you first consult with a company like Pro Home Improvement. But when it comes to home improvement projects like adding a deck onto your house, you can save a few thousand dollars by doing it yourself. Plus, it can help to improve the appearance of your home as well. For tips on how to add a deck to your house, visit House Logic or This Old House and put “how to add a deck to your home” in the search field.