If you’re looking to improve your home, then the summer months are the perfect time to make those vital repairs. People tend to feel more apt, energetic and generally more focused when the weather is good, so make use of the sun this summer by giving your house a facelift.
First things first – make a list. No matter how big or small your house, organisation is key. If you don’t organise and plan the repairs you’ll most probably be overloaded with work – and ultimately get nothing done.
Divide the repairs up into rooms, and itemise the equipment you need to make the repairs. Also, make a note of the jobs you won’t be able to complete on your own, so you’ll know what’s left in the pipeline. Don’t feel bad about leaving some heavy duty repairs – its best to leave the most important jobs to the professionals. However there are some quick-fix that you can start straight away, improving your home visually while also increasing the resale value.
What an Entrance!
The entrance to your house, apart from the surrounding landscape, is the first thing a person will notice on their approach. The porch and the front door, if decorated appropriately , can effortlessly complement the exterior and interior of your home.
Start with a fresh coat of paint on your front door, as it’s an inexpensive way to kick start your repairs – you don’t have to stick with the original colour either. Adding furniture to your porch is also a great way to rejuvenate the view from your front gate. Why not look at new fonts for your house numbers too, the postman will certainly be impressed!
The simplest of tables and matching chairs will do wonders for your porch, and you won’t have to break the bank either. Charity shops and car boot sales are full of mish-mash furniture that might look out of place in your living room, but outstanding on your porch.
Replace Faucets and Hardware
Does your kitchen look old, even though everything is relatively new? Try replacing the taps, utensils and other pieces of hardware. Firstly, it will be a darn sight cheaper than getting a new kitchen, and you’ll also be able to complement large surfaces and spaces with small items. Replacing door knobs or changing their colour is also a great way to give your kitchen a face lift.
You can also apply these cheap and cheerful techniques to your bathroom. Why not add a bronze finish to your railings, radiators or light fittings. If you’ve got a wooden floor, why not give it a polish and buffer treatment?
Restore Your Cabinets
While your cabinets may be as sturdy as when your first bought them, the colour may not be. Old cabinets can add a distinct feel to a room, but leaving them unkept can lead to your bedrooms feeling worn and outdated. Coat your cabinets with varnish, and paint over them if necessary. It’s tough to get a good-looking set of drawers or a book shelf that will last the years as well as fitting effortlessly into your home. So once you’ve found one, keep it in tip top condition!