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Which home improvements can you do yourself?

by John Saunders
21st Sep 22 5:13 pm

Thinking of renovating before the next season? If so, you’re probably looking for ways to save money in the process. One of the best ways to do this is by undertaking a few tasks yourself instead of calling out a contractor, but it’s not always easy to know what’s DIY-friendly.

Before attempting something new, make sure you read our guide below to find out which home improvements can be successfully – and safely – attempted without a professional on standby.

1. Fixtures and fittings

Updating any fixtures and fittings is a great way to add value to your home. Luckily, it’s also a home improvement that you’ll be able to do by yourself.

Why not browse some of the best pendant lighting options to help refine and reimagine your living space? Not only could a new ceiling light add an instant sense of grandeur to your home, but it’s also very likely to make a welcoming, characterful focal point.

2. Painting

A fresh coat of paint goes a long way, especially if you know how to decorate properly. Before you let loose with the paintbrush, it’s always worth doing some research and testing out a few shades first. Investing in paint from luxury brands is always worth it for that effortless, high-end look. It may be more expensive, but such a purchase could provide a boost to your credit score.

We’d recommend using sample shades to add subtle testing spots in different parts of the room. This will allow you to see what the colours look like once dry: you might be surprised to see just how much the final shade contrasts to your expectations.

3. Regrouting

It might be a little bit of a messy job, but refreshing the grout between tiles in your kitchen, bathroom or utility room could make it look so much cleaner. This is especially true for areas along the side of bathtubs, where any dark spots of mould would be immediately distracting and displeasing for anyone viewing your property.

4. Cleaning up your fireplace

If you have a fireplace, consider freshening it up. When wood is burned in a brick fireplace, the brickwork naturally becomes stained with soot and creosote. Although this might give off a certain rustic charm, cleaning up the brickwork will restore it to its former glory, making it instantly more attractive as a centrepiece.

5. Taps

Replacing taps could almost definitely make your home décor look more sophisticated. Simply head to your nearest DIY store and shop around for your favourite style. From basic mixers to pull-down spray taps with a flexible hose, it’s easy to add instant personality to your kitchen sink.

If you’re unsure of which levers to turn to switch off your mains water, it’s important to seek advice. To keep safe while improving your home, never DIY with gas and always ask for help if you’re feeling uncertain.

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