Home improvement projects may seem overwhelming, but they don’t have to be. While there are certainly a number of labor-intensive projects that can have a big impact on your home’s appearance, there are just as many quick, inexpensive fixes that can have surprising results.
If you are interested in changing the appearance of your home but do not have time to repaint everything or put in new flooring, you can switch your focus to changing the little details in the house.
Handles and doorknobs can be replaced, frequently with nothing more than a screwdriver. Updating your doorknobs is a subtle change that can nevertheless make your home more unique. This has the added benefit of giving you an opportunity to install additional locks on cabinets if you would like to make your home more child-friendly.
Faucets are another quick fix. With just a wrench, you can replace your old faucets to give your home a more sleek, modern look.
Light fixtures can also be replaced with relative ease. Instead of keeping the same generic lighting that is standard in most homes, you can replace the covers with something more stylized. You can also replace or decorate light switches so that instead of being off-white rectangles, they match the theme of your room.
If you are more concerned with maintaining the systems that keep your home running safely, there are several quick things that you can do on a regular basis.
Dryer ducts need to be cleaned every now and again to prevent lint build up. Simply pull the dryer away from the wall, disconnect the duct and then vacuum it out. If too much lint builds up in the ducts, the dryer will not only work less efficiently – it may actually catch on fire.
Furnace filters also need to be replaced, typically every three months. If too much dust builds up in the filter, the furnace doesn’t work as well, but it also increases the likelihood of dust-born allergens.
If you want to update your house based on environmental concerns, or to save a few bucks on your energy costs, there are a few options available to you.
Caulk spaces around doors and windows where air may be entering or escaping your home. You can also use weather stripping. This traps heat in your home so that you don’t have to run the furnace as often.
Your hot water heater may not be operating at maximum efficiency if sediment has gathered at the bottom. Draining a quart of water from the water heater every three months prevents this, and guarantees that your heater is performing at its best.
These small projects can all have a significant effect on how your home looks and operates. Whether you take a weekend and complete them all at once, or spread them out when you have a few minutes to spare, you’re sure to notice a difference in your home.