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Tackle These DIY Home Improvement Projects
 

Being a homeowner means you probably have a continual list of projects that need to be done. This ongoing to-do list is a responsibility that comes with homeownership, but itís also an opportunity. Are you tired of your outdated kitchen? Or maybe youíre longing for an outdoor living space to enjoy long summer days? Whatever it is you want from your home, this is the perfect time to tackle those DIY projects and make it happen. While weíre all spending more time at home, what better way to pass the time productively and finally check off some of those tasks? 

Beef Up Your Homeís Security
Many of us have already gotten into the smart home trend for the convenience these gadgets provide, and now that DIY home security systems have gotten into the game, using smart home tech can also keep you safe. An affordable alternative to hiring a security company, DIY home security is as simple as choosing a system, downloading an app to your mobile device, and setting up the components, like motion sensors and video cameras. Most of these systems  allow monitoring through their app, but you can also choose to contract with a monitoring service for your DIY system.

Spending time on your homeís security may not be the most exciting project, but as US News explains, itís one that will give you peace of mind knowing that your family is protected. And of course, using technology isnít the only way to make your home more secure. You can also boost security by installing deadbolts and by trying these landscaping ideas from Den Garden that help deter criminals.

Another way to improve your homeís security is to install a fence. But keep in mind that while itís possible to DIY this project, youíre generally best off bringing in the pros. A skilled fence installer will build your fence with high-quality materials, have the tools necessary to complete the job, and fully understand local regulations.

Take on Minor (or Major) Renovations
If youíve been putting off a renovation project thatís been on your list for a while, this is the perfect time to take the plunge, especially if youíre planning to sell your home at some point. The main question to ask yourself is whether you want to go DIY with minor upgrades, or if you're better off hiring a pro. You can definitely save money with low-cost projects, even if youíre wanting a whole new look.

For example, you can use wallpaper to give your bathroom an easy DIY makeover. Yes, wallpaper. Believe it or not, this once popular design trend is making a comeback. Nowadays, you can find a limitless variety of designs, colors and textures to give any room some extra zing. Plus, with easy applications like contact wallpaper, you can accomplish this quickly. Add a few fluffy towels, change up the hardware, add a little decor, and bam! Youíve got a new bathroom.

If a kitchen remodel is where you have your sights set, DIY isnít the best idea. Youíll likely need a pro if you want to do a complete kitchen remodel or any other project that requires a greater skill level, such as upgrading floors or having windows replaced. 

Create an Outdoor Oasis
One way to make the most of spring and summer is to spruce up your homeís outdoor spaces. Outdoor upgrades rank top among DIY projects 
that increase your homeís value, and of course, the immediate benefit is that you can get some fresh air and enjoy nature while under quarantine. If you havenít done regular maintenance to your lawn in a while (or yet this season), start with some basic landscaping like pruning, seeding grass, and clearing your yard of debris.

Once youíve taken care of some maintenance projects, consider what else your outdoor space could use to make it fit your familyís needs. Small projects you can do yourself might include planting new flowers, building raised beds for a vegetable garden, building a fire pit, or installing a play space for the kids. If youíre up for a bigger project, you may want to add outdoor living space, such as building a deck, a covered patio, or an outdoor kitchen. Even if you need to hire a professional for these bigger projects, the result will be worth the investment!

Some of these major projects require work that can only be done by a professional, but for smaller projects, this may be the perfect time to learn a new skill. Maybe you want to try your hand at tiling a small bathroom or learning how to grow an edible garden. More time at home provides an amazing opportunity to try something new and make your home look better than ever.Contact Me

If your upgrades were a means to prepare your home for sale, let real estate expert Emil help you get the best price for your home and help you find the perfect new property. Reach out today to get started! 201-280-2884 

Article Submitted (May 2021) By:

Curtis Fisher

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