Home Improvement DIY Projects


While most people resort to heavy renovations when they use the word “home improvement”, you don’t actually have to get into intense carpentry to up the look of your house. In fact, there are a whole lot of things you can do yourself. Get those materials and hands ready for some easy and fun DIY projects to bring home improvement to a whole other level!

Out With The Old, In With The New

You don’t have to hold on to that lamp if it doesn’t do your living room justice. Let go of the past and embrace the current trends by holding a garage sale and selling everything that just simply doesn’t look good anymore! Gaudy furniture could have an impact on the entirety of a room – and once you can come to terms with letting it go (even though you bought it at such a hefty price 20 years ago) the faster you’ll get that extra cash to freshen up your living room with trendy, more stylish pieces. Plus, you can unify the theme of your home if you start fresh! Comfy country home? Funky eclectic? The choice is yours – so get that garage sale going, and read up on those interior decorating magazines!

Clean Up Everything!

Get that scrub brush and cleansing detergents ready for some heavy-action dirt busting. A grimy shower or tub is a real turn off to anyone who walks into that bathroom, and just by making the entire room spotless, you create an entirely new, peaceful energy. This doesn’t only count for gritty tiles; if you’ve got unsightly boxes or cartons laying around, tidy them up and arrange their contents on shelves or cabinets. Get those cobwebs out of the corners of the ceiling and spray room deodorizer. Cleaning up definitely can improve your living space.

Repainting To Fit The Trend

Are your walls painted a murky green from the late 70’s? Perhaps it’s time to change the color of your room. Think of light, easy-going colors if you plan to sell or rent the house, as buyers go for more neutral looking hues. These DIY projects can even help you upgrade your home for your own personal taste; go right ahead and paint it any color you wish to! Not only will it transform your entire room, it’ll give you something to look forward to, to re-style and redo the room’s motif.

Get Creative With Frames and Panels

Frames make everything look a little more glamorous. You can add them to a plain looking door and make them look like panels, or you can frame your mirrors and windows! Panels on your ceiling could give the room more texture, or you can opt to have them placed on the side of your walls, lining the hallway or a walk-in closet.

Turn Pictures into A Gallery

A home is a home if it feels like one – so take out all those photos of your husband and kids (or yourself and your friends if you live alone) and decorate your walls with them! This is one of the simplest DIY projects out there. Don’t be shy – use patterns and be creative with the colors of the frames. You can even have a theme for the photos and schedule a specific day to shoot!

How Installing New Windows Can Help With Home Improvement

If you’ve ever had a home that needs a few fixes here and there, you may be wondering where to begin. While it may need the more obvious repairs, upgrades, and cleaning, you’d be surprised at how installing new windows gives your house that much-needed lift. Here’s the low-down on why you should install new windows!

New Windows vs. Replacement Windows

While you may think they’re the same thing – surprise! They’re not. A replacement window is something that simply replaces your old window with a similar one, without changing or redoing the frame where your old window once was. Having a new window installed means completely changing even the frame of your old window, choosing a newer design to fit.

Increased Efficiency

Old windows did not have an insulating system nearly as efficient as windows today do. If your house can’t keep warm during winter and can’t keep the noise of bustling cars out, then you should consider upgrading your windows to double glazed ones. That way, you spend much less on your bills for heating, and you’re also helping the earth conserve energy as well! It doesn’t stop there – your house’s old cold spots will be balanced off, giving you more warmth throughout chilly days, no matter where you are in your house. Those pesky little condensed droplets won’t appear as frequently either, because the glaze is thick enough to ward it off!

A Chance to Look Better


Wasn’t sure of the style of windows 30 years ago when you bought the house? Well, now is your chance to install better ones. Installing new windows will help you finally get rid of less efficient windows, you can also get the look you’ve always wanted, giving you a major bonus in home improvement. Slider windows with a wooden finish? Why not! There are a wide array of the different kinds and styles of windows (as well as the materials you can use) to install. For a little extra effect, you can add some curtains on the inside, flowers to hang out on the ledge outside, and you’ve got a spruced up, brand new window that you’ve been dreaming of!

It Ups Your House’s Worth

The windows gives a lot more value to your house than you think – not only does it promise less bills to pay than most other houses that haven’t upgraded their windows, it also gives it a fresh, new look, and the promise of brand new material not giving up on the prospect buyers/renters. You can even choose between the kinds of glass you can use to build your window. If you live in a tropical country, for example, and you don’t mind keeping the heat inside your house, you can opt to have impact-resistant glass installed on your window. That way, you won’t have to worry if your son’s baseball habit will send glass crashing on your floor! These windows are sturdy and are built to block off minor hits. It makes a great selling point for families with younger children! Now that’s a great home improvement idea.

A Home Improvement Contractor Checklist


When aiming to hire a contractor for home improvement, it is vital to make sure that he/she is competitive enough to get the job done, and also to have a checklist of the things that you want him to do. You will need to have an idea of exactly how you want the project to go, as well as a clear agreement of how much you’re willing to spend for the renovation.

Checklist One: The Deal With Your Contractor

Getting a good contractor happens out of luck; whether someone recommends him/her to you, it may make the odds of a good job better, but it doesn’t guarantee it. Get a pen paper, because you’ll want to note these down. If you’re extra antsy about how well your contractor may do, you are free to do background research on him/her, and the projects he/she has completed in the past. There may be companies that are willing to give you an easier time (though you may have to pay a little bit more!), but this decreases the headaches you’re bound to get while getting the job done. If ever you do get a contractor who isn’t doing well – you can fire him if he starts to go overboard, such as not following the guidelines of your contract, or if he doesn’t even want to sign the contract in the first place!

Checklist Two: The Preparations

Create a contract as soon as possible, and agree upon it! – Specify the important aspects of the project that you want to clarify, such as who pays for extra corrections, and the kinds of charges that are to be included. What parts did you buy and supply them with? It’s important to take those into accounting as well. Note when the project starts, and when it’s due to end. Create a schedule as to when you intend to pay the workers, and that you’d like to pay for everything only once the job is done – no little charges here and there. Lastly, don’t forget to account all receipts that were received during the renovation process, and double check them.

Checklist Two: All About Home Improvement 

First; where do you live? If you live in a condominium or apartment, it’s likely you’ll need a building permit before you do any work. What else about the renovations/improvements do you need to take note of? There are some appliances that only fit certain measurements, or perhaps some repairs need extra care before being patched. There also may be other things that could be blocking your way, such as loose wires or tree roots. Once you have those ready, have an estimate of how much the entire thing could end up costing. Don’t stick to one – it’s a good idea to make several.

Making a set of lists is always better than winging it – most especially when it comes to major home upgrades. Making lists keeps you aware of what you have to do, and how far you’ve come in completing those tasks. It could also help you avoid spending more, giving you the best price for your improvements!