This week we had to replace our furnace. While that is not always good news, it did allow us the opportunity to reconfigure our utility room and create some much needed storage space. With this silver lining in mind, I decided to tackle a late summer DIY project. I built some IKEA shelves. I must say, they function perfectly. That success made me wonder, what other DIY projects can I tackle?
It seems like we think of DIY projects to improve our spaces or live / work efficiency in Spring and Fall. I love to watch HGTV and see the projects that those ambitious home owners and TV personalities master. In the real estate world, I have seen a lot of great and a few not-so-much DIY attempts. I suppose we should all recognize our own limitations as we consider the scope of the endeavor. Keep in mind the joy of DIY and the value of home improvement.
Realtor.com had a fun blog post 3 DIY Projects To Do Before Fall written by Dawn Walton. She even had the good grace to list the projects by skill level. Smart woman! Please visit her full blog, but here are her key points:
3 DIY Projects To Do Before Fall
PAINT YOUR ENTRY DOOR – NOVICE LEVEL
Painting your front door can increase your curb appeal and give a feeling of newness to your entryway. Choose your color in a glossy exterior paint – a quart should be enough. You may want to test a few colors in various lighting before you make your final decision.
INSTALL A PAVER WALKWAY – INTERMEDIATE LEVEL
Pavers come in all shapes and sizes and can create a flat parking space for an RV, more design and aesthetic to your entry, or even a whimsical path to outdoor space. Quickly spruce up an area, such as a garden, with a border. Or, dig a 5” deep trench set with compacted class V gravel and sand to create a long-lasting foundation for decorative pavers.
DO A MINI-MAKEOVER – EXPERT LEVEL
Kitchen and bathrooms are where we spend most of our time, and a mini-makeover can create a more beautiful or usable space. Replace hardware, add a tile backsplash, or install a new counter or sink to instantly transform your space. Install drawer roll-outs to increase storage and reduce clutter.
Local hardware stores and online tutorials are sure to inspire and instruct you on your makeover. And all these projects can be completed over a weekend.
What DIY projects are on your to-do list? I still have a painting project and a door lock replacement in queue. And there is also …… (numerous improvement projects) that we may get to someday. It is fun to consider all the possibilities. Luckily, I have collected a roster of skilled professionals to help when the skill level is above my abilities (or when time is tight). Contact me if you need any recommendations. After real estate, my next favorite topic is home improvement. Call, text or email!
Good luck on your DIY projects!
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