You finally have the time to work on home improvement projects, but you don’t want to stretch the budget. The good news is you can make a big difference and enhance your home or investment property with these easy DIY projects.
Change Out the Lights
Bring those old ’70s ceiling lights into the 2020s by replacing them with modern-but-classic fixtures. Make sure you choose lighting that can handle the space and light requirements, and stay within the wattage guidelines when you install bulbs. And whenever you work on electrical projects, turn off the power before starting.
Walls Can Talk
You could see an uptick in your ROI by painting the rooms with a few cans of high-quality paint. Stick to neutral or soft pastel colors that renters can live with. Many consider white walls to be passe, and flat gray can be boring if overused.
Curb Appeal Matters
Spiff up the front with colorful flowers and neatly trimmed shrubs. If your yard is flat and unappealing, plant trees that will eventually offer shade—and a potential 10% increase in your property’s value.
Redo Bathroom Caulk
Bathroom caulk can attract mold and will yellow with age. Cracked caulk lines will allow water to soak behind walls and floors, causing more grief in the future. Remove the old caulk with a putty knife or similar tool, and clean the area with a bleach and water solution before replacing it with a clean new bead of silicone caulk.
Don’t Ignore Your Fans
Do the bathroom fans make a rattling noise? It’s an easy fix. Many new bathroom vent fans will fit the existing space, or you can replace the motor in the old one. Make sure you cut the power before starting work on the project, and clean up any dust or debris inside the space before installing the new fan.
Upgrade the Thermostat
Energy Star reports that homeowners can save up to 8% of their heating and cooling bills by switching to a smart thermostat. Programmable thermostats are available for less than $30, so it’s a win on the savings front.
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