We’ve all got a little bit of time on our hands this weekend, why not make the most of it by tackling some simple but often put off home improvement projects around the house.
The wall plates on electrical switches and plugs grow dingy with repeated use. And cheap plastic rarely ages well; it tends to turn yellow. Replacing the wall plates in every room of your house will give the rooms a unified look, and you can find options in plastic, metal, wood, and other materials to match the room decor.
Begin by removing glass covers on ceiling lights and fans and giving them a good cleaning with soap and water. If you can’t remove them, wipe them down with a damp rag. Use a microfiber cloth to remove dust and cobwebs from fixtures and ceiling fans, too. And remember to have someone help you, especially when standing on a ladder or step stool. If there’s room in the budget, replacing mismatched light fixtures is a good investment.
Doors accumulate handprints and smudges quickly, particularly around handles and lock hardware. Clean or paint interior room and closet doors, and oil any squeaky hinges or sticky locks. Pay special attention to the main entrance, which makes a big first impression on potential buyers and guests. A fresh coat of paint in a bright, eye-grabbing color is an easy upgrade, as is installing a new handle and lock hardware. You can find matching sets in a variety or styles and finishes at Home Depot and other hardware stores for $75 to $150.
A neutral color scheme on the walls is a no-fail way to market a house, but pops of color give it life. Small things such as throw pillows, wall hangings, and table decorations add flair and can be easily changed out seasonally for a new look. If you or a loved one is crafty or artistic, consider displaying a treasured work in a place of prominence. Search eBay, Craigslist, and local thrift stores and estate sales for unique finds. Remember: The searching is half the fun!
Walls of Post-it notes stuck onto every surface may help you stay organized, but it’s not a good look. Consider painting a wall with chalkboard paint so that you can scrap the notes. If you have little ones in the house, consider setting aside a section for them to express their creativity without creating clutter.
While guests might not notice the upgrade, putting a deluxe shower head in your bathroom can be a luxury that will make getting clean feel like a trip to a spa. Plus, if your shower head is old and outdated, a new one that has the EPA’s Water Sense label can save water and money.
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