It seems as if to-do lists are never ending. As soon as you get one thing crossed off ten other items get put on, and so the cycle goes. It can get tiring, but in a way that’s actually a good thing—what would life be if there were nothing to work on?
When it comes to your home improvement to-do list, however, that can be a whole other story. As with anything, the hardest part of your home improvement project list is actually getting started. Where to begin? What needs the most TLC? Sure, there are lots of little ways to spruce up your interior, but it might be a good idea to take a look around and make a list of the big projects that need to be done.
Here’s a few ideas to think about adding to your home improvement to-do list.
When it comes to taking care of your outside space, few changes will boost your aesthetics more than a well-landscaped yard. Even if the exterior of your house is awesome, few people are going to look beyond the jungle that has become your front lawn to see it.
So where do you start? Even if you don’t consider yourself the DIY type when it comes to lawn maintenance, there are still a few basic steps you can take. Pulling weeds and mowing the grass can go a long way in helping a yard to look nicely manicured. You can also hire a landscaping company to come out, give you a quote, and offer some good yardscaping ideas.
Do you know how old your roof is? If you don’t, and if you don’t know how to find out, it might be time to take a look yourself. Roof inspections are worth doing at least once annually, just to see what sort of wear and tear your home has been holding up against.
Depending on your roofing material, roofs may need to be replaced as frequently as every 15 years. Keeping your roof in good shape is integral to keeping your home free of leaks, water damage, and mold growth. If you’re not quite up for getting up there and taking a look yourself, consider contacting a few different roofing companies for a quote.
Why not consider adding new siding to your home for a nice clean look? Adding new siding will also help you uncover any damage lurking below the surface, such as water damage, that will need to be taken care of.
With so many different siding options out there it can be hard to know which one is right for your home, but a little research and a few trips to your local home improvement store should steer you in the right direction.
Hardscaping your patio area is a great alternative to maintaining a backyard lawn. Who doesn’t like less yard space to mow?
For those unfamiliar, “hardscaping” refers to all the non-organic elements used in your landscaping project, such as wood, stone, or concrete. Concrete, in fact, can often be a very good option for hardscaping projects. Using concrete is usually cheaper than a hardscaping project in your backyard.
Here’s an idea to consider, especially if you’re in an older home: replacing your windows. Like anything else on your home’s exterior, windows are constantly battling the elements and subjected to a lot of wear and tear. Cracks and chips can be a sign that you might need to replace them in the near future.
If you do need to get new windows, try looking for styles that let in a lot of light. You can also upgrade to different glass types and pane thicknesses depending on your needs. And you can invest in energy-efficient types too, saving you money down the line in utility bills.
With remote work and the real estate market both booming, making space for a new home office is a smart move. Having a designated office space is sure to increase the resale value of your house (in most cases). Plus, having a home office space also allows you to create an ideal working environment tailored to your needs.
Even if you don’t currently work remotely, the opportunity may well come up in the future. Home office rooms can also be used as a multipurpose space, such as a home gym or craft room, and they can function as extra storage space too.
Renovating your bathroom is always fail-safe. Bathroom design and decor are especially prone to the dreaded “dated” look, and provided that you have the cash it usually turns out to be a safe investment.
And even if you’re not in the mood to do a full-scale renovation, even making small changes to your bathroom can make a big difference. Try adding shelves or swapping out the knobs on your cabinets. A new coat of paint won’t hurt either, and you can even try hanging a new mirror over the counter in a different style.
Storage space is always in demand in a house. Almost 11% of US households rent an offsite storage unit, and demand is constantly growing. Adding storage space is another renovation that is almost guaranteed to make your house a desirable sell.
More storage space can help keep your house organized and cut down on the clutter. Need some ideas for adding storage? Try adding extra closets or putting in more cabinets, perhaps in the dining room. It’s best to create storage space that feels like a natural fit and is not oddly placed or hard to access, such as in a refinished basement or attic.
So there you have it. These are just a few of the ideas that you can add on to your home project to-do list. Hopefully this is enough to get your creativity going and the wheels in your head turning. Start making your to-do list, and remember—enjoy the process.
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