Do-it-yourself (DIY) home modifications are becoming more and more popular as hiring contractors is getting harder and harder. According to several studies, the DIY industry has the biggest market in North America, and amazingly, it is predicted to rise by another three percent by 2026. While many people make renovations to their homes for aesthetic reasons, there are certain DIY adjustments you can make that will do more than just make your home more beautiful.
Insulation helps regulate the temperature in your house. With the right quantity of roll or spray insulation in your attic, walls, and crawlspace, you can keep your home comfortable all year round, no matter the weather. A well insulated home is free of drafts and loss of heat in the winter and loss of cold air in summer. This, in turn, will help keep your energy bills as low as possible. When you home is well-insulated, your HVAC systems don’t have to work so hard and won’t have to run constantly.
Check your insulation to be sure it’s still protecting your home. New technology can benefit your house in ways older insulation can’t. Upgrading is worth the investment.
Installing a fence seems like a daunting task, but it can be tackled as a DIY project. You’ll likely need to rent a post hole digger to make installing the posts easier. Fences are a must if you have pets; and not to just keep your pets inside the yard. Fences also keep wild pests away from your pets. If you’re already experiencing pests like moles, rats, or snakes, you may need to call on a professional exterminator to aid in getting rid of these animals.
A fence will help ensure the safety of your pets and your children who play in the yard.
Wall-to-wall carpeting used to be the way most homes were outfitted. Today there’s generally a mix of hard surface floors and carpets. Carpet is generally installed in bedrooms to give warmth and comfort to bare feet. Kitchens and bathrooms typically have tiled floors and living areas can be laminate, tile, or hard wood. If installing hardwood floors seems to difficult, you can actually install vinyl plank tile that looks just like wood.
Once your old carpet and padding is removed, be sure your concrete floor in clean of any dust and debris. Then run your vinyl planks in a brick pattern after removing the protective backing for each plank. It’s very time consuming but can be done! We did our entire house several years ago. It took a few weeks but that has been my favorite floor to date.
Whether or not your design aesthetic is considered minimalist; most homes can use some decluttering. You can make your living spaces feel larger just by removing unnecessary items. Random tables tend to become what we call a “catch all.” This means anything that may be in your hands will find its way there. Before you know it, there are stacks of mail, receipts, and spare change laying around. This makes cleaning the surfaces more difficult and frustrating.
A messy and cluttered home is likely not good for your mental health. If you can take time to reorganize your space and make it less busy with things, you’ll find you can relax more in that room. You home can still reflect your style with fewer things around. Pick your favorite things and only display those. You’ll find you can breath a little easier when there is room to do so.
Make your home a place that is safe and happy for your family. Some DIY projects can make a big difference.