7 DIY Home Projects to Increase the Value of Your Property
Josh Wilson, a licensed realtor and co-founder of That Florida Life, shares that the average cost for a full kitchen remodel project depends largely on the extent of the work being done but typically ranges from $5,000 to $15,000. For those brave enough to revamp their culinary space sans pros, Wilson says there are a few key tips to keep in mind: “Create a budget before you start, maximize the use of available space by using smart storage solutions, and develop a plan with a timeline that allows for unexpected hiccups,” he says, also highlighting that he’s also a fan of adding some new paint or changing the hardware on existing cabinets for a refreshed look.
Buy a new carpet or two
A new rug or carpet can liven up the look of a space and help it sell.
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Wilson believes replacing a carpet or more than one area rug is a great idea for home sellers seeking a good ROI. “It can dramatically improve the look and feel of their home and can also increase the home’s value. On average, replacing the entire carpet in an entire house will cost around $1,500 to 3,500,” he says, adding that when replacing the carpet, it’s important to consider the area’s size, the type of carpet used, and the underlayment needed. “It’s also important to make sure that the carpet is installed properly stretched and secured,” says Wilson, caveating once again that doing it yourself is possible if you have the tools and the time for it, but as with any major project, it’s likely best to hire a professional to ensure the best outcome.
Though not the easiest DIY, new windows can reduce energy costs and increase home value.
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Windows are the literal viewfinder into your home, and yet an oft overlooked renovation. “Replacing windows is fantastic as it can help improve a home’s energy efficiency, reduce long-term energy costs, and can help to increase the value of a home,” says Wilson. “The average cost to replace one window can range between $400–$650, but this fee can vary greatly depending on the size and types of materials used.” (Since we’re guessing those looking to replace one window in their homes, likely have more to swap out, we’re grouping this with more expensive projects). Take note that this project isn’t for the DIY faint of heart: “To do the project on your own, it is important to take accurate measurements of the existing window, research local resources to purchase the window, including reviews and pricing, and familiarize yourself with the installation process in advance,” he says. “More so, taking safety precautions and having the right tools on hand can help to ensure the project is done correctly and is as efficient as possible.” When in doubt, hire a professional.
Update your landscaping
Sisson considers spiffing up your landscaping as part of the larger, worthwhile initiative of boosting your curb appeal. “The cost for this can vary a lot based on the size of the parcel of land on which the home sits and whether it’s a simple trim and pruning that’s needed or if new plants and foliage would make a difference in accenting the appearance of the home,” says Sisson, who ballparks the budget for this about $1,000 to $5,000. “The goal here is to accent the appearance of the exterior and improve its appeal,” he continues, noting that he’s a fan of incorporating lush greenery and a splash of color when rethinking your landscaping MO.
It may require a bit of dough up front, but it’s well worth it: “A beautifully landscaped yard not only increases your property’s curb appeal but can also increase your home’s value from 5.5% to 12.7%. On a $300,000 home, this is an extra $16,500 to $38,100,” says Lippi, cautioning that this is usually a professional’s job. “If you were to DIY this project, I highly suggest doing softscaping [which refers to the living elements of landscaping like flowers, grass, soil, and trees; as opposed to revamping the foundation, or hardscaping—DIYing your own paths or walls] could only cost you around several hundred bucks. The key is to make sure your yard looks inviting and well-maintained.”
10 Easy DIY Home Projects (And 10 To Leave To Pros)
For what it’s worth, keep in mind that no two people have the same skillset or level of expertise when it comes to home projects, and one’s willingness to tackle the projects below will depend on a lot of factors.
If you’re not feeling particularly confident about starting a project that could potentially damage your home, it’s best to leave it to the experts.
“Your light switches can be doing a lot more for you than just turning things ‘on’ or ‘off.’ After reading about it on Reddit (and writing a BuzzFeed post including it), I personally replaced the standard light switch that controls my bathroom fan with one that has a built-in timer. For 10 minutes of work (and about $25), it’s become one of the most luxurious features of my home, and I honestly just want everyone to do the same. Swapping out light switches is way simpler than you think!”
“One of our first ever DIY projects was tiling our bathroom. Now, I see every imperfection when I shower. Since we were stuck working on it mostly on weeknights, I wish we’d just hired someone who would’ve been able to get it done in a quarter of the time — and with better results.”
“I paid $100 to repaint my kitchen cabinets, and it was the best decision ever. It’s simple, too — all you have to do is clean them, scuff them up with sandpaper, prime them, and paint with two coats.”
“If you can manage it, you can absolutely save $10K. If you can’t, you’ll end up destroying at least $5K in materials, and then have to hire to finish the project.”
“I spent just about $100 to get a keyless lock that works with my home automation, and it’s amazing. I pull into the parking spot in my condo, and bam, the doors unlock before I even get upstairs! Even when I end up using the keypad, it’s easy to use and so worth never having to fumble with keys. It gives me so much peace of mind to know I can just lock it when I’m not home, too.”
“We just had our house painted by a team of painters yesterday. They finished the job in two days. It would’ve taken me two weeks. I was originally planning to do it, but my wife talked me out of it. Painting the outside of a house can be incredibly dangerous, and she reminded me that any injuries could end with my inability to work (and a loss of income as a result). “
“I just replaced our ninth boob light to complete our whole downstairs! Man, did it make my ’90s house feel so much more updated — it’s ridiculous how transformative it can be.”
“1. Drywall finishing is an art.
2. It’s messy as hell.
3. Pros can do it in a few passes without making any mess and needing any additional sanding.”
“As long as you’re replacing your pre-existing doorknobs or handles with ones that are the same dimensions — in other words, there’s no need to move the notches you’ll secure the knobs through — this project can be completed really easily. I’d describe myself as 40% handy, and it took me no longer than 10 minutes per door. You can get as fancy as you want here, but I found that these $26 door handles were all I needed to totally elevate my space. In all honesty, I’m grateful for them every day.”
“Anyone can put a tree on the ground. Hell, gravity does most of the work. But you’re paying money for people to put trees on the ground safely, and without damaging anything they’re around. It’s a difficult, dangerous job even for the most experienced professionals.”
“I upgraded to a smart thermostat about a year ago. I got the Nest one, and with rebates from my utility, it was well under $100. I thought saving energy and being able to adjust the temperature when away from home would be the best feature…but far and above that, I love not having to get off the couch to make an adjustment. So worth it!”
(Note: As long as your current HVAC system wiring offers all the connections you’ll need to install a smart thermostat — for the vast majority of smart thermostats, we’re talking about C-wires (or “common” wires) — this is a relatively straightforward DIY project. However, if your system needs to be retrofitted in any way, it’s best to call the pros.)
“I built a flagstone patio, nothing too large, about 15 by 20 feet. It was the worst weekend of my life. Digging six inches into hard clay soil sucked. Making the ground completely flat sucked. Everything is heavy — the bags of rocks, the bags of sand, the stones — and getting everything totally level at the end was a pain. Never, never again.”
“Getting rid of this fluorescent overhead light in my kitchen was the first DIY project I tackled in my new home, and it was also my first foray into the world of electric work and lighting. I was terrified to do it, but it truly couldn’t have been easier. The most time-consuming part was actually re-finishing and painting the area behind the fixture itself. The disassembly of the fluorescent fixture and the installation of the new one were incredibly quick, and now my kitchen is filled with warm, inviting light from energy-efficient LED bulbs.”
“I refinished the main floor of our home and I was so impressed and satisfied with my work — I felt great about what I accomplished. I had no hesitations at all about going back to rent the sander and do the second floor, but let me tell you: By the time I was done the second floor, I was SO sick of it. I’ll never do anything like that again.”
“Lots of people are obsessed with soft-close drawers, but many don’t realize you can retrofit your existing cabinets and drawers with soft-close hinges. When you buy the hardware online, it’s really cheap, too.”
“Holy hell, making a fence is a lot of work! I helped my husband make some post holes last weekend with an auger. We dug about six holes by hand, starting with a post-digger but we have hard pan, rocky, clay soil and it’s very hard to dig. We switched to the power auger as a last resort, but even that didn’t totally solve our problems. The auger left me bruised, sore, and humiliated.”
“Installing ceiling fans in every room — even the kitchen and garage — helped significantly with our cooling bills in the summer. Why turn the AC down when you can just turn a fan on?! The $70 Home Depot ones look perfectly fine to me, and they make SUCH a difference in my everyday happiness.”
(Note: Before doing this yourself, just make sure your existing outlet box is rated to support a fan, as some will only be able to support the weight of standalone lights.)
“I’ve seen DIY bathroom remodels take between months and years for some fellow homeowners. That’s a lot of weekends. Plus, add in the cost of goods and going back and forth to Home Depot or your local hardware store, and it very well might make more sense to just hire it out. Not to mention you’re down a bathroom the entire time!”
“I insulated the attic for $500 total, and I’ve easily saved $1,800 in heating and cooling costs since. Plus, the house just feels so much more comfortable, no matter the time of year.”
(Note: Since there are many different types of insulation to pick from these days and your choice will likely be influenced by your climate and the type of home you live in, DIY insulation is usually only practical when you’re dealing with loose-fill or batts. For more complicated insulation projects, like spray foam, it’s best to consult with a professional.)
“We re-did the floors of our living room and dining room at our last home and it nearly killed us. With our new house, the first thing we did was hire flooring people! Much less hassle and they completed it in three days, compared to the 3-plus months it took us the first time.”
Note: Some comments have been edited for length and/or clarity.
photos of crafts from improvised materials
The abundance of all kinds of decorations, decor and interesting accessories help to transform your own house or cottage, separate rooms.
By creating useful crafts with your own hands, you can not only improve the interior solution, but also increase functionality.
To do this, the house is decorated with products with a specific purpose, and they can be made from improvised materials using different technologies and creative techniques.
Creativity and making useful crafts
Any interesting idea can be realized thanks to inspiration and the right selection of consumables and tools.
The creative process can take several days or weeks, depending on the complexity of the selected project and existing skills in working with different textures and textures.
Of course, it will not be difficult for a home craftsman to make a simple craft with a simple and beautiful decor.
But it can be difficult to transform old furniture, create a picture or improvised tools for working in the kitchen, especially in the absence of practice in working with one or another raw material and technology.
Various materials at hand are suitable for making new items or improving existing devices.
To get involved in the creative process, it is enough to choose an interesting idea, design its implementation, stock up on inspiration and free time.
Materials and technologies for their processing
Offered in a wide variety of photos, these are already completed projects for the manufacture of useful crafts for home or summer cottages.
Such a hobby is not just a means and tool of entertainment, but over time it can be used to open your own small business or invent a useful product.
And for the creative process, you can use any available tools that can be found in every home and the most common tools or familiar processing technologies:
- old clothes or home textiles, threads of various thicknesses and densities, remnants of natural and synthetic yarns, loose knitwear out of fashion;
- jars and flasks of all kinds used for preservation, with lids lost or closure mechanisms broken, tin containers and boxes;
- cardboard boxes and packages of various materials, solid containers or with windows made of dense polymer film, packaging materials with different textures;
- tin, plastic and cardboard lids, a variety of polymer or wood products, old furniture and interior items that can be converted and disassembled into elements;
- hand-picked natural materials, natural twigs and dried hay, sawdust and dried flowers, ice cream sticks and non-working pens, pencils and markers;
- ropes and ropes, jute twine and decorative cords, wide and narrow, pleated and transparent, satin and crepe ribbons, decorative ornaments, beads and seed beads.
Thoughtful design crafts with useful properties will help to decorate a carefully crafted interior thematically and complement its composition.
Each useful and practical thing will find its place in the house and will be used for its intended purpose for a long time, which is determined by the efforts invested.
That is why every creative process must begin with the selection of an idea, the preparation of a preliminary project, the selection of consumables and tools for their processing.
Ideas and projects for making products
Each interesting project is an original idea and the right tools for its implementation.
Any homemade product should not only be practical and as functional as possible, it is best if it harmoniously fits into the interior and looks attractive.
Shelves and shelves
Dacha or house, even your own apartment will not look comfortable if they do not have certain storage systems.
Small furniture forms can replace full-weight and overall cabinets, these are open racks and original shelves that can be made from improvised means.
Well-finished boards, old stairs or wooden pallets, crates and even ready-made boxes made of durable materials can be used to make hanging and hanging shelves.
Organizers for children
In the children’s room, it is necessary to properly organize the space and distribute it into functional areas using storage systems.
Depending on the chosen interior solution, you can use different devices and the original solution will be the manufacture of wall organizers.
Cloths with closing pockets, placed on the walls, in special niches, on the vertical surfaces of the furniture will help the baby to store his things.
Refusing kitchen textiles, homeowners lose the main aspects of coziness and comfort of different rooms.
Do-it-yourself hot pads will help to return these notes to the interior, while the right material will protect the surfaces from thermal effects.
Such household appliances can be made from several layers of cardboard, jute ropes or not thick ropes, wooden sticks and even epoxy sprinkled with decor.
The more things in the house, the more difficult it is to allocate space for their storage and at the same time not litter the free space.
Storage systems help to solve all problems at once and you can create them yourself from the most affordable and inexpensive materials that are always available.
For a children’s room, you can make a pirate box for books from a cardboard box, create coasters and drawers from monolithic polycarbonate, sew bags and organizers for pantries and cabinets from fabric.
A practical and beautiful tray can replace a serving table and help you get rid of the need to set the table when there are no guests in the house.
For this craft, you can use cutting boards, which are already better not to use in the kitchen, their surface must be treated.
For ease of use, leather or rope handles are attached to future trays, and such a useful decoration will simplify the operation of a functional craft.
You don’t even need a master class to create many useful crafts. If desired, the proposed ideas can be finalized and improved at your discretion, embodying your own and original ideas in them.
Photo useful crafts for the home
Creative technology projects for girls
When creating a creative project on technology for girls in grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11, there is no clear boundary between the areas of children’s creativity. Only for ease of identification and selection of ready-made creative work on technology as a sample, on this page we conditionally highlight creative projects on technology for girls.
This section presents creative projects and work on the technology of girls 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 classes in beading, sewing by hand and on a sewing machine, embroidery and knitting, origami, cooking, creating products from fabrics, as well as wood and other improvised materials.
Sokolova Galina Vladimirovna
Educational technology project on the topic “Knitted toy” is a consideration of a 6th grade student of options for making a knitted toy in a technology lesson, as well as step-by-step execution creative work.
Sofia Denisovna Nezhilenko
Children’s creative project on technology in elementary school on the topic “Do-it-yourself postcard” is dedicated to creating a postcard with your own hands at home.
Begiev Rinat, Gladkov Lesha, Chistygashev Kostya conditions.
In an educational research project on technology on the topic “Cat’s House”, a student makes a beautiful and comfortable house for her cat with her own hands, which can fit into any interior of the house.
Children’s creative technology project on the theme “New Year’s gift bag” contains interesting information on how you can make an interesting New Year’s accessory in the form of a gift bag with your own hands.
Fedorova Veronika Dmitrievna
Educational technology project on the topic “My hobby is scrapbooking” contains background information about the history of scrapbooking, and also offers a variant of making a cover for a notebook in this technique.
Author of a children’s project on technology on the topic “Soft toy” considers theoretical information from the history of soft toys, and also collects reference information on how to sew games abalone yourself .
Children’s creative technology project on the theme “Knitted accessories” contains interesting information on how you can knit accessories for yourself.