Owning a home can be a very rewarding experience. You have the freedom to make the property uniquely yours and with some strategic planning and improvements, you can leave the property more valuable than how you found it. For first-time homeowners, however, the wide world of home improvement can be a bit intimidating.
The key to not getting overwhelmed as a first-time homeowner is to tackle budget-friendly projects that are easy to complete before moving on to more ambitious ones. With about 33% of new home sales involving first-time buyers, it’s important to highlight some of these simple projects that are perfect for homeowning newbies. Let’s take a look at a few of the most affordable improvements you can do on your own this summer.
Giving the walls of your home a fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest home improvement projects you can do. It also will make one of the biggest impacts on the look and feel of your new home. You can choose any paint colors that speak to your family’s unique style and get rid of colors in the home that you hate. If you’re having trouble settling on paint colors, look online for tips and inspirations. Many designers, for instance, suggest choosing a color theme to carry throughout your home. Others suggest certain colors for certain rooms, such as blue for the master bedroom to encourage a sense of relaxation. Use online sources as a starting point, pick shades that appeal to you, and then get a paintbrush in each of your family members’ hands so that you can tackle the project together.
This project may not be as fun as painting your walls, but it is important for the health of your home. By taking the time to clean your home’s ductwork and remove dust and debris from the vents, you can significantly improve your home’s indoor air quality. Dust in these areas can also force your A/C system to work hard, reducing your home’s energy efficiency and increasing your energy bills despite a subpar performance from your A/C. Use a heavy duty vacuum or shop vac to suction the dust and debris out of vents and a long hose attachment to get deep into the ductwork for cleaning.
If your home includes some land, you have the opportunity to make some simple improvements outside as well. You can make your landscaping look any way you want, whether that involves elaborate walkways and water features or a simple garden bed. This versatility also means that you can cater your landscaping projects to your budget. Start with pruning and weeding the existing vegetation in your landscape. Then, add in flowers and trees that appeal to you and continue to expand your landscape design from there.
Cleaning and maintaining your gutters is important in preventing water from standing around your home’s foundation or leaking into the basement. As you just bought your home and don’t know the last time someone cleaned out the gutters, it’s worth it to grab the ladder and check the gutters out for yourself. Clean out any leaves and debris that are stuck in your gutters to ensure that rainwater can easily run through your gutter system. When you’re on the ladder, take a look at your roof as well. A roof needs to be replaced every 20 years or once there are signs of damage. While total roof replacement may not be a project you want to tackle at this moment, knowing when you need to invest in a new roof will help you financially plan for it.
Many new homeowners dream of tearing out their existing kitchen and replacing it with a modern one made to their tastes. However, kitchen remodels can be quite pricey. If you don’t want to invest in a kitchen facelift right now, try painting your kitchen cabinets. This is a project that you can do on your own and is much more budget-friendly than renovating the entire kitchen. Choose a color that you like and that complements the space and you’ll find that this simple project can transform the entire look of your kitchen.
Before you dive into complicated home improvement projects as a first-time homeowner, get your feet wet with these more manageable projects. By starting small, you can build up your confidence and know-how so that you successfully handle more involved renovations down the road.
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