3 Weekend Projects that Make a Difference
You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars and weeks (or months) dealing with contractors in The Woodlands to make your home a more comfortable environment. The following three projects are easily completed in a long weekend, even if you’re not the handiest man in the neighborhood.
Spruce up the landscaping
If you’re trying to improve your home’s value, start with the landscaping. First, you’ll need to hire a professional to pressure wash the outside of your home so your landscaping efforts aren’t overshadowed by a dirty house. Then, you can get to work clearing out old flower beds and removing unsightly shrubbery. Good Housekeeping also suggests pulling weeds regularly and adding concrete or slate paving stones to prevent your lawn from getting worn out in high-traffic areas.
Beautify the guest bath
You likely don’t spend much time in your guest bathroom, but it’s a room that deserves attention nonetheless. And, since it’s probably smaller than your master bath, giving it a facelift should be a breeze. While you can certainly stick with traditional colors – white ceiling and blue, yellow, or green walls – it’s perfectly acceptable to get a little creative in your guest bathroom decor. Install new lighting to create the illusion of space in a small room and don’t skimp on the mirrors. Southern Living notes that colored grout and color-contrasting accessories will give your guest bathroom a comfortable and cozy feel.
Put a barrier around the backyard
When you have kids and pets, having a fenced backyard is a necessity. But, what you might not realize is that if you have a swimming pool, it may be against the law to forgo fencing. Not only will putting a fence around your backyard pool enhance the look of your landscape, but it might save a life. This guide provided by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and PoolSafety.gov outlines the different types of barriers you might consider for either an in-ground or above ground swimming pool. While it might sound like a daunting project, installing a swimming pool fence/barrier isn’t that difficult – you can easily find step-by-step installation videos online. The type of fencing material you use may change the process; always check with the manufacturer before installation.
Your home-improvement endeavors are only limited by your comfort level, budget, and abilities. A few other simple projects you can do in a single weekend include:
- Install a brick mailbox
- Paint an accent wall
- Refinish kitchen cabinets
- Stain a wood deck
- Convert an unused hall closet into a pantry
- Tile basement entryway
Before you begin any DIY endeavor, be realistic and don’t try to tackle something that could potentially put you in harm’s way. For instance, if you have a bad back, hire someone to help you move large objects in and out of the home or storage so you don’t have to strain yourself. Do your research when looking for an affordable moving service. You may also wish to seek out a qualified contractor for big jobs or those you are not equipped to handle with your tools and skill level. Before hiring anyone, ask for recommendations from friends and family. Check Yelp and the Better Business Bureau for ratings and reviews and don’t be afraid to ask for plenty of references.
If you do decide to complete a home project, plan ahead so you aren’t left with a disaster. Chances are, your vision and your end result won’t be exactly the same, and that’s okay. You can always make adjustments and correct minor issues down the road. Don’t sweat the small stuff and keep in mind that a bad paint job can always be fixed. It’s the dangerous tasks you have to watch out for.