Home renovations blog: DIY tips to add value to your home

By the resi financial blog team, 04 September 2014

5 DIY tips

While you may have some larger renovation ideas to improve and add more value to your home, these projects can be costly and time consuming, making them part of longer term plans. But adding value to your home doesn’t need to be expensive, nor be something to be put off for another day.

Here are five simple renovations that you can do to your home that won't break the bank. 

1. Replace old door handles 

One thing to think about when looking into potential projects to undertake is how often people use something in a traditional home and how this could be better improved. For example, door handles are used everyday by people coming and going through your home - so, naturally, they may be looking a little worn and worse for wear. 

However, replacing your current handles with new, stainless steel ones is a tiny detail that can help make your home look a lot more modern and chic. This can also go for kitchen and bathroom cupboards, which can often become grimy after extended use. 

2. Change up your bathroom fixtures 

Another aspect you can update are the bathroom fittings. Often your bathroom faucets and fixtures will suffer from wear and tear  after extended use due to the sheer amount of moisture they're exposed to in the bathroom. 

Replacing these with a simple, new fixture and giving the room a thorough clean can make a world of difference to your bathroom's presentation. 

3. Install new light fittings

Updating your light fixtures and fittings is another easy way to update the look of your home. With trends in lighting changing at a rapid pace, it’s easy for your existing fixtures to look outdated, however this also means that installing new fixtures- whether it’s a classic, simple design, or more of a statement piece – can make a significant difference to your home and make it feel more modern.

At the same time, this can be the perfect opportunity to look into more sustainable lighting options that not only save you money but also have less of an impact on the environment.

These can provide the same amount of light, but consume less power. Not only will this save on electricity bills, but it'll make your home more friendly to the environment, too. 

4. Put up new blinds 

Curtains and window coverings are one part of the home that's often overlooked. However, you'll be amazed at how much of a difference having some fresh, new curtains and blinds throughout your home can make. 

Ensure you keep the new blinds in line with your home's overall aesthetic and remember, curtains usually compliment a room's atmosphere, rather than overwhelm and clutter it. 

5. Touch up the garden

Backyard looking a bit shabby? By giving it a makeover, you can help increase the appeal of your home. Weeding, clearing clutter and planting new plants in the garden bed can easily make the garden seem brand new. 

These are just some basic renovations that you can do to your home in a matter of hours with a limited budget!

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