Whether you purchased a home and want to tackle home improvement projects to make it better suit your style, or you want to improve your current home to increase its value when you sell it, you need to know which home improvements you can tackle yourself and which are best left to the pros. While it’s tempting to take on projects yourself to save money, you won’t save anything if you attempt a project that is beyond the scope of your knowledge and ability. Our project suggestions will help you decide which to add to your DIY list and which to reserve for the professionals so you can get big results.

1. Interior Painting

If you’re new to home improvement, get your feet wet by tackling a simple, inexpensive DIY weekend project. Many homeowners choose a weekend to paint a room, update lighting fixtures, or hang shelves. These projects are ideal for DIY because they don’t require expertise; all you need are materials, time, and patience, and you’ll complete these DIY projects and change the look and feel of your home.

When it comes to interior painting, inspect walls for cracks, nail holes, or other imperfections first. Typically, you can repair these problems with spackle, a putty knife, and sandpaper.

Larger holes in drywall may require joint compound. You should be able to fix these issues using tips from Houselogic. But, if you come across large cracks or holes, you are better off calling a professional painter or drywaller. Often, these wall repairs require new mesh and drywall patches, which often fall out of the realm of weekend DIY projects.


2. Update Lighting Fixtures

Updating lighting fixtures is another quick and simple home improvement that makes a significant impact. If you’re afraid to replace fixtures because of potential electrical issues or because the new fixtures are a different size and will require covering old holes, one option is to paint your existing fixtures. 

HGTV’s tips walk you through spray painting outdated brass fixtures; be sure to remember to prime the surface before you paint it. Other simple ways to update lighting fixtures include adding contemporary shades or purchasing conversion kits to transform existing fixtures into new styles.

Of course, if updating a fixture requires new wiring or adding a fixture to a new location in your home, you need to contact a licensed electrician. Homeowners don’t have the expertise required to run wiring, and the last thing you want to do is put your home or personal safety at risk by attempting an electrical project yourself.

 

3. Tackle the Exterior of Your Home

Not all home improvement projects take place inside the house. Make a big impact by pressure washing the exterior and painting entryway doors and shutters. Freshening up your home improves curb appeal for a relatively low cost.

Another inexpensive DIY exterior project that gets big results is updating your landscaping. Trim your shrubs and trees, add new mulch or landscaping stones, or install solar lights along your walkways. Other budget-friendly landscaping ideas include creating focal points, creating an island, and making a path for high-traffic areas.

One exterior job you should leave to the professionals is cleaning your gutters. While clean gutters are not visible to everyone, it is an important maintenance step that prevents costly problems. Clogged gutters prevent water from flowing freely, which damages your foundation, roof, sidewalks and driveways, and landscaping, not to mention causing water damage and allowing mold to grow in your home. You’d be wise to contact professionals to clean your gutters because it involves climbing ladders, inspecting your gutters and downspouts, and crawling on your roof.

You can choose weekend home improvement projects to get big results. Keep in mind that homes in the Rancho Santa Fe area average about $3.62M and so it’s very important to make sure the updates you choose will give you the best results. Be sure to include interior painting, updating lighting fixtures, and tackling the exterior of your home on your list. You should keep in mind the tasks that require a professional, such as running wire and also climbing on your roof. With all that in mind, you can check these projects off your to-do list in no time.

Article provided by Ray Flynn from DIYGuys.net

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