Spring is here. And now is the perfect time to take on simple home improvements.
Although many of us are now able to embrace the outdoors again after a long time inside, it’s still a good idea to use this season to spruce up your home. And these easy ways to improve your home are perfect motivation.
In this guide, we’ve rounded up our favourite easy DIY projects for home improvement that don’t require a large amount of experience or cash. So, you can get involved and improve your home on any budget - even if it’s your first time carrying out DIY.
These home improvement ideas can make a huge difference to your indoor life and won’t keep you away from the spring sunshine for long, either.
One of the easiest home improvement projects for beginners is painting.
A lick of paint can transform the look and feel of a room and offer a much-needed mood boost. To keep the cost of decorating your home low, choose a colour that complements your existing furnishings, as even a slight change of shade can bring new energies.
Here are some top tips for newbie painters:
You can fix door problems with surprisingly quick - and cost-effective - solutions.
Some common issues and fixes for doors are:
For more detailed information on fixing these issues and more, visit Pretty Handy Girl’s guide on common door problems.
Swapping old features for something new can refresh your interiors. But it doesn’t have to be expensive. Second hand can still be new to you. Search local classified adverts and social media for suitable swaps. You may be surprised how much is available at a low price - or sometimes even free.
It’s not just about saving money either. You can make money too. You could sell on some fittings for their vintage appeal, while others might have a scrap value.
Low-cost fixtures and fittings that you might want to replace include:
Just remember if you are replacing lighting, you may need to get an electrician involved. A DIY bathroom refit may require a plumber for some parts, too. So always leave enough budget to pay professional tradespeople if necessary. If you’re thinking of hiring a tradesperson, read our home improvement article on tips of the trade here.
You might be considering an extension if you want to increase your living space, but many other cheaper home projects can also give you more room, such as:
If you have a garden, you can reimagine this space too. For more easy DIY inspiration for your home and garden, visit our list of DIY ideas to help pass the time.
Kerb appeal is important to consider if you’re looking to sell your home or just impress your neighbours.
Painting easy-to-reach areas of the outside of your home is relatively simple. But you should only take on fascias and soffits if you have ladder experience and assistance. If in doubt, always ask a professional - your safety is worth the extra cost.
For more information about how to paint fascias, soffits and bargeboards, visit The Paint Shed’s exterior painting guide.
If you are thinking about larger DIY projects, you may want to consider a home improvement loan from Shawbrook to fund this.
Interested? Find out more about our home improvement loans.
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