Hands On – 5 DIY Projects That Can Save You Tons of Cash

Hands On – 5 DIY Projects That Can Save You Tons of Cash
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    When it comes to home improvements, you don’t always have to call in the professionals.

    In fact, there are several DIY projects that you can handle on your own to improve your property and save cash.


Get ready to fire up the saws and start making the improvements that you’ve always dreamed of with these smart projects.

Replace your Faucets

A dated faucet makes the entire room look dull, but you can easily put in a new fixture to take your space to the next level. Most faucets even come with installation directions that step you through the process. Make sure you turn off the water at the emergency shut-of and drain the line before you start. Put a bucket under the connections when you first turn the water back on just to be on the safe side.

Get New Lights

A simple light fixture can make a big difference in the look and feel of a room. You don’t have to be afraid of replacing lights. As with faucets, most lights come with detailed instructions for installation. Shut down the power to the fixture ahead of time. As an added precaution, you can wear a pair of safety gloves to protect your hands, but it really isn’t necessary.

Upgrade to Hardwood

Don’t be afraid of this project. The tools you need to do this job are available for rent, and you’ll still save a small fortune on labor. For a professional finish, make sure that you leave an expansion gap between the flooring and the wall all the way around the room. They sell shims for consistent sizing of the gap, and you’ll cover it later with baseboard and shoe molding. As you put the planks in place, watch the seams. They should be staggered by several inches on every row both for space and aesthetic appeal.

You Can Paint

The beauty of paint is that it cleans up with special cleaners, you can always change the color if you don’t like it, and you really cannot go wrong doing it yourself. Use painters tape to mask off trim and other areas, and take your time with the roller. Slow and steady will win the race, and a second coat will ensure even coverage.

Install a Tile Backsplash

The beauty of putting tiles on a wall is that they won’t need to support any weight later. There’s no need to worry about them cracking, so you don’t have to be a tile expert. Make sure the sheetrock is in good condition, and use an approved adhesive that’s designed for your tile of choice. Plastic spacers make it easy to maintain consistent spacing, and you’ll soon have a backsplash that makes a great impression.

There are some projects where you want to bring in the professionals, but most of them are surprisingly easy and affordable. With online tutorials, manufacturer’s directions and the availability of rental tools, you’ll be amazed at what you can do yourself to save money. So don’t be afraid of a little elbow grease and you will be sure to make some memories!

Meghan Belnap:
Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise as well as researching new topics to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. If you are looking to get involved on some of these projects Meghan recommends using a service like those that rent carpet removal tools to expidite your project.



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