Along with a heartfelt chorus of Auld Lang Syne, no New Year’s celebration is complete without a vow to follow personal resolutions in the coming year. Including home improvement resolutions in your personal goals for 2014 is a perfect way to make your house a home and feel like you are living in the lap of luxury all year.
Whether selling your existing home or purchasing a new one, DIY home improvement projects are a fun and practical activity for the whole family.
1. Welcome Home
Nothing is more inviting than an eye-catching front door. Whether sprucing up an old door or replacing it with a new one, a fresh entryway appeals to friends and visitors, and says ‘Welcome Home’ at the end of a busy day.
2. A Splash of Color
Give every room a makeover with a fresh coat of paint. Choose neutral colors for a subtle change or vibrant colors for eye-opening appeal.
3. Create Some Space
Adding shelving to cramped closets and cabinets creates more storage space and makes it easier to organize anything. Shelving can be installed with simple planning, basic tools and a few hours of work.
4. Fix Drippy Faucets
A dripping faucet is a waste of water and an annoying sound that keeps you awake at night. Fixing leaky faucets will save money and allow you a more peaceful night’s sleep.
5. Seal Bathroom Cracks
Caulking around tiles, tubs and shower stalls gives bathrooms a clean, new look. This simple home improvement project also saves you money in the end by heading off water seeping into cracks and crevices, and decreasing mold and mildew build-up.
6. Insulate Pipes
Conserve energy, prevent heat loss and decrease condensation by insulating hot and cold water pipes. There are a variety of insulation products available that makes this an easy and inexpensive do-it-yourself project.
7. Give Kitchen Cabinets a Facelift
Give dull kitchen cabinets a facelift. Adding a coat of paint and new hardware to your cabinets can bring new life to your kitchen with minimal cost to you. Decorative cabinet molding also adds an elegant touch.
8. Take the Haunt Out of Your House
Creaky floors belong in a haunted house, not a happy home. Rather than cringe with every step you take, silence those noisy floorboards and enjoy the serenity. Then you can walk in peace while also increasing the value of your home.
9. Make Floors Pop
Wall-to-wall carpeting or laminate floors are a fun family project that adds pop and pizzazz to any room. The choice of carpet colors and flooring styles makes this a personalized and exciting home improvement venture for every homeowner.
10. Brighten Your Home
Brighten up your home and create ambience with new interior lighting. Select from sconces, track lighting, chandeliers or drop lighting … the possibilities are endless.