A great home improvement project can make your space more comfortable, more functional, and even more valuable. But it’s an intimidating prospect to some of us. For those who don’t consider themselves “handy”, it seems like the only option for meaningful home improvement is to call in a professional contractor.
It’s certainly a good idea to use a professional contractor for any job that you can’t handle yourself. For serious projects, mistakes on the part of a DIYer can be tough to fix and, in some cases, even dangerous to live with. But it’s also important to remember that not all home improvement projects are serious structural undertakings. You may be surprised to see just how much you can accomplish on your own in your space! Try some of these relatively simple projects first.
A new coat of paint
Painting is one of the simplest things that you can do to improve your space. That doesn’t mean that it can’t be complex at times, so check for difficult spots like strange angles, hard-to-reach places, and intricate molding before you decide to tackle a painting project yourself. But if you think the job looks doable, go for it. Painting isn’t too tough to do. Just brush up (no pun intended) on proper painting techniques before you get started, so that you don’t end up with a patchy look or poor texture on your fresh coat of paint. And of course, make sure that you’re protecting furniture and areas that you don’t want to paint by properly using painter’s tape and drop clothes.
Painting regularly is a great way to make your space look fresh while also protecting your walls. And painting is a great project for new DIYers to start with, because it’s relatively simple and is unlikely to lead to serious or costly mistakes (again, so long as you’re careful).
Replace a plumbing fixture
Are you sick of an old sink or other plumbing feature? Then why not swap it out? A house’s plumbing is a complex and important system, but replacing a single plumbing fixture is a relatively simple job. In fact, some experts consider replacing a sink to be one of the easiest DIY projects out there.
Just remember to take your time and set things up right. Turn off the water and clear the space so that you can work safely and stay dry. Follow reputable guides or get help from a more experienced DIYer. With a few twists of a wrench, you’ll have a new faucet in place.
Regrout or replace tile
Tile looks great on floors, walls, and backsplashes in kitchens, bathrooms, and other spaces. But it doesn’t stay looking great forever. Eventually, grout can become discolored and unattractive, and it can break down and fall away. Tiles can crack, fade, or become discolored too. You have to spruce things up from time to time!
You could call in a pro, or you could go to a tile store yourself and pick up new tiles (or even just new grout). You might be surprised to see just how affordable new grout and tile can be if you take out the labor costs that come with hiring a contractor.
Start simple. Use high-quality cleaning products to clean and maintain grout, and then when you’re ready, remove and replace the grout yourself. Once you’ve mastered that, try replacing the tile itself. You may find that this is another DIY project that you can manage on your own.