Minor projects create major value inside your home. A coat of paint, a weekend DIY project or a quick visit from a professional can make a difference in your dojo.
To up your home’s value and appeal, check out these easy home projects. Consider seeking professional services and advice for the best possible results.
Popcorn ceilings, which contained asbestos years ago, have long gone out of style. If your home is older, have a professional check for asbestos, and scrape off this bumpy finish for a cleaner, sleeker look. DIY Network has detailed instructions on their website.
A professional energy audit will assess your home’s energy use, locate places where energy is wasted and offer solutions. The Department of Energy says you can save 5 to 30 percent on your energy bill by making improvements recommended by an energy auditor.
Bathroom fixes provide big returns. Updating lighting fixtures, faucets and cabinet hardware will boost your home’s appeal. Consider switching out your showerhead for one with the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense label to save water, energy and money.
A panel effort
While most wood paneling is out-of-date, there’s no need to take it down. Simply add a coat of paint to give old boards a fresh look. Check out these tips on painting wood paneling from HGTV.
Places of reflection
Closet doors are practical but plain. To dress them up, consider adding body-length mirrors and using baseboard trim or molding to build frames. Painting the trim to match the door will make the mirrors look built-in.
For more simple home improvement projects, visit AAA.com/HomeDIY.