Easter marks the time when thousands of homeowners across the country get out their tool kits with the good intentions of tackling much procrastinate about DIY projects.
Most people’s skills mean that they won’t attempt anything much more complicated than a new coat of paint or putting up a shelf or two however.
But even with limited DIY knowledge and abilities, there are relatively simple ways to improve where you live and give you a sense of satisfaction from a job well done.
Here are a number of ideas for things you can do which can have a considerable impact:
Cupboards for clutter
If you can identify an unused part of a room which you think could make decent storage space, why not have a go at putting a cupboard there?
As long as the space isn’t too complicated (an unused area below a worktop or in a utility area, for example), fitting cupboard doors and frame may take some effort, but isn’t actually that difficult. And you can then scoop up any clutter you have lying around and dump it in, instantly making everywhere look tidier and more spacious.
The front door is vital for making a home look welcoming and classy. You don’t necessarily have to rush out and buy a brand new one however.
Give wooden doors a serious rub down and fill cracks before giving them a classy lick of paint. If it’s of the out-of-fashion PVC variety, there are some really good plastic paints around these days which will transform the ‘look’.
Also think about adding nice carriage lamps, numbers and door knockers.
Window frames and fencing
Well-painted window frames and fencing can also transform your home’s kerb appeal.
Tired old frames and fence panels with loose and flakey paintwork, or, worse still, rotting timbers, look awful. Rubbing down and filling carefully before painting also ensures you’ll seal the woodwork can delay the day you might have to shell out thousands on new replacements by many years, possibly ever!
An unused room is generally an unloved room and anyone walking into one knows it instantly. If you have rooms you simply never use, consider transforming the space by changing it’s purpose. An old child’s bedroom could become a hobby space, such as a music room, art studio or gym, or a tidy, useful office perhaps.
Spruce up your furniture
Okay, so you’d need some pretty nifty sewing and soft fabric skills to re-upholster a sofa. But with some neat throws and cushions, along with trips to the menders for old and tired chairs and settees, you can soon have ‘new’ looking furniture which will look so much better.
Re-grouting and new taps in bathrooms
Something like tiling might be a bit tricky, but if you follow fairly simply instructions which you can easily find online or in DIY manuals, you’ll soon have new shiny taps and be able to replace knackered old ones.
Re-grouting and changing waterproof strips at the bottom of shower doors can also make a bathroom look much smarter, not forgetting a good old-fashioned top-to-bottom clean.
Stripping back floorboards
Tired, nasty old carpet can look awful, and deciding to rip it up in search of the timeless classic look of stripped and varnished floorboards might be one of the best decisions you ever make in terms of re-vitalising how your home looks.
Sanders, along with sanding strips and dust bags, can be hired for relatively little over a weekend. Follow preparation instructions carefully for preparing the floors (e.g pulling up old nails etc) and varnishing after.
DIY and your home insurance
Simple DIY projects, like some of those mentioned above, won’t affect your home insurance.
However, for much larger DIY projects those with a considerable amount of knowledge and skill might attempt, such as re-wiring a house, or even building an extension, you will need to tell your insurer.
If something were to go wrong, and you hadn’t informed your home cover provider before starting, the insurer might simply say you shouldn’t have been attempting it in the first place and can’t claim for whatever disaster has befallen you.
Even if you can handle the work, you still need to tell the insurance company. It needs to decide if your ‘risk’ profile increases because the work’s being carried out and potentially increase your premiums.
Subsequent changes to the size and shape of a property also need to be taken into account for insurance purposes.
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