Everyone wants a healthy, solid and safe home, and buyers will carefully look for signs of routine upkeep. Here we list 65 of the most unbelievably simple home improvement tips that will keep your house in tiptop shape.Read on to find out how to add the most value to your home with little effort.
1. Curb Your Enthusiasm
Add curb appeal to your home by installing an adhesive or magnetic kick plate on your front door. Choose from brass, aluminum or stainless steel to instantly spruce up the exterior and protect against scuffmarks or toe kicks.
3. Walk this Way
Patching any cracks in your walkway will not only make it look nicer but also make it safer for visitors. Simply fill in gaps with a patching compound specifically made for cement.
5. Fire it up
From fire pit kits to online tutorials, adding a fire pit to your patio is an easy DIY project that will have you enjoying the outdoors even on cooler days. As an added bonus use it for extra serving or a seating surface when unlit.
7. Breathe Deep
Change your air filter every 30 days. A cheap fiberglass filter is actually preferred for two reasons: One, replacing the more expensive filter that often is too costly. Two, the fiberglass filters actually allow for more air to flow into your unit, reducing the amount of energy needed to heat or cool your home properly.
9. Get Gutters Clean
To prevent foundational damage it’s important to clean your gutters annually. Remove debris from the channels and thoroughly wash them down with a garden hose. Be ware of gutter guards as they do not adequately stop debris from getting in and make it almost impossible to clean them properly.
11. Outdoor Living room
Get the most out of your backyard by adding an outdoor lounge area. Stack wood pallets on top of each other and secure them with screws. Repeat for added seating. Trim remaining pallets to height and attach them as back rests. For a more finished look cover the front, sides and seat backs with 1×4 pine boards, and top the seats with plywood for even support. Add some outdoor cushions and a coat of paint for a beautiful, easy way to enjoy the outdoors.
13. Terrific Terrariums
Use a fish bowl or floating candle bowl, to create a tiny bio dome for several colorful succulents. These plants don’t require much attention or water, making it a super simple way to brighten up any room.
15. Book Worm
Or create a home library without taking up too much space. Stack tall bookcases on top of each other and anchor them to the wall to get the appearance of floor-to-ceiling built-ins without splurging on costly custom designs.
17. Create Space
A simple way to transform a room and add storage space is to put up shelves. Install a long shelf in a lengthy hallway to store house keys, shoes, hats etc. or add irregular-shaped floating shelves to the living room and display plants or collectables.
19. Plump Up Your Pillows
To keep cushions nice and full put them outside in the sun for a few hours and flip them halfway through. The sun will help evaporate any built up moisture and the cushions should plump up nicely.
21. Stop Sagging
Keep your chair caning looking brand new by using a wet sponge to apply warm water to the underside of the chair. Let dry overnight and repeat if necessary.
23. Grand Slam
Subdue the slam of a door by stretching a wide rubber band around the doorknobs on both sides and across the edge of the door (don’t cover the latch). Or fasten some peel-and-stick foam weather stripping around the doorstop.
25. Stairway to Heaven
Professionally carpeting your stairs can cost upwards of $2000. However, with just two off-the-shelf woven rugs and some supplies from a home repair outlet you can spice up your staircase with a non-slip DIY runner at a fraction of the cost.
27. Lay Low-Cost Flooring
For a professional looking, durable floor opt for self-adhesive vinyl tile.The 12×12-inch tiles come in many colors, patterns and textures, making it easy to create designs or contrasting borders. Perfect for any mudroom or laundry room.
29. Feel the Burn
Save money on gas and membership fees by creating your own home gym. If you have the space set up a treadmill, stationary bike, or weight lifting station. Otherwise use storable options like free-weights, or a yoga mat.
31. Halt Humidity
Dampness can cause wallpaper and upholstery to mold; to keep this from happening simply purchase a dehumidifier and place it in the appropriate room.
33. Get with the Program
Switch any old-fashioned dial thermostats to programmable thermostats. Experience the satisfaction of waking up to a warm bedroom while saving money on your heating bill, all you need is a screwdriver, drill, and maybe a little touch-up paint.
35. Bright Idea
There are many ways to brighten up your home but the most obvious way is with lighting. Make a fabric-covered drum shade to match your décor, breathe new life into an old chandelier with some spray paint or simply purchase a lighting conversion kit to update fixtures electrician free.
For a simple one-night project, improve lighting and ventilation by installing a ceiling fan in place of an old light fixture.
39. Tweak your Toilet
Drop some red food coloring into the water in the toilet’s tank. If the water in the bowl turns pink, about an hour later, you have a leak. Fix the leak by changing your toilet’s flapper and help save on your water bill in just one night.
41. Maintain your Washing Machine
A plastic washing machine water supply line or plastic drain hose should be changed every three years and inspected annually. If you notice any discoloring or rust, replace them pronto. Additionally, check the tightness of the drain lines by using a crescent wrench or pliers. You should not be able to tighten the line any further if it is properly tightened.
43. Stop Clogs
Insert a hair strainer into any bathroom drain and remove accumulated hair often. This will reduce the amount of hair that finds its way into your plumbing and save you from costly professional fixes.
45. Show Love to Your Shower
Shower time just got even better with an easy to install multi hose showerhead. This look will add luxury to any bathroom.
47. Care For Your Closets
Turn that simple storeroom for clothing into a showpiece by painting the inside of your closet a bright color, adding some wallpaper or even a chandelier.
49. Dress Up Your Windows
Installing blinds can make a small room seem bigger and adding curtains can soften the look of a room. Try adding curtains to your kitchen window for a more inviting feel that helps make the space intimate when being used for formal occasions.
51. Improve Insulation
Add caulking or weather stripping to windows and doors for a quick and inexpensive improvement. This simple renovation could save you 30% on your energy bill according to energy.gov.
53. Add Pizazz to your Pantry
Easily jazz up the look of your kitchen by replacing a pantry door with glass panes, or stained glass. If you like to keep contents hidden without compromising style add a curtain on a double tension rod to the inside of the door.
55. Paint it On
Painting a full room can be a lot of work. However, consider painting just one wall in your kitchen, bedroom or living room to add a bright splash of color in no time.
57. Scintillating Scents
Use this realtor trick to keep your house smelling fresh.Pour two caps full of vanilla extract in a coffee cup, bake it in the oven at 300 degrees for one hour and your house will smell like heaven.
59. Slide it Shut
To ensure a sliding door closes tightly, super glue one small magnet onto the door and a second one to the frame. This will help prevent drafts, lowering the cost of your utility bill.
61. Sneaky Stainless Steal
Love the look of stainless steal appliances but can’t seem to fit it into the budget? Stainless steel contact paper is an affordable alternative. Purchase the self-adhesive sheet at any home repair store and adhere it to the appliance for an instant upgrade.
63. Reliable Refrigeration
Some fridges have coils along the back that contain the coolant the refrigerator uses to keep the inside cold. If your refrigerator is among these, then vacuum the coils occasionally to remove any build up from dust and dirt. Build up can stop your fridge from working efficiently or stop it cooling altogether.
65. Make a Splash
Companies like Swanstone make back splashes from a single sheet of solid surface material in a variety of colors and patterns. Shaping, cutting, and gluing this inexpensive stock material is a weekend project amateurs can conquer with confidence.