Improving your home is a never-ending process. From repainting cabinets to reupholstering couches, there will always be small tasks to do. Furthermore, as you stay in your South Florida property, you’ll discover that your style can change. This year, you may be interested in minimalism, but in two years, you may want to switch to industrial interiors.
Fortunately, turning your home from drab to fab doesn’t have to break the bank. So, if you feel that your home needs a facelift, get ready to do some do-it-yourself-ing.
#1 Reorganize Your Bookshelf
Let’s start with organizing your home. When was the last time you went through the books on your bookshelf? Chances are that your collection of books contains titles that you’ve read too many times, or that you’ve never even read! Spruce up your home by restyling your bookshelf. You’d be surprised at how different your space will look!
Don’t bother arranging your books alphabetically, because trust us, you won’t remember to put your books back in their proper place. Color-coordinate your books and stack them together with small sculptures. This will make your bookshelf look less like it belongs in a library.
Pro Tip: Paint the back of your bookshelf with a color that “pops”. For instance, if your bookshelf is black, painting its back wall with white can add depth.
#2 Paint the Trim
The trim works on your walls, windows, etc. likely look dated. Paint them a contrasting color to define these design elements. Alternatively, paint the wall trims in the same color as the wall. Doing this creates the illusion of having a higher ceiling. It also looks a lot cleaner.
But be careful! If you aren’t a pro at handling the paintbrush, you could end up with streaks and patches. Don’t forget to fill in any holes, dents, and cracks with caulk. If you don’t trust yourself to DIY it, you can always count on a property management company.
#3 Add Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper
Have you ever wanted to paint your wall in bold and big patterns? Hiring someone to create a hand-painted mural can cost thousands of dollars (be prepared to pay $15,000), but fortunately, there’s a budget-friendly alternative.
Peel-and-stick wallpaper allows you to create a statement wall that will have your guests green with envy. Apply it to small spaces such as powder rooms and entryways. Don’t apply it to wide walls, otherwise, your statement wall won’t be properly appreciated.
#4 Repaint the Main Door
You see your main door each day, yet you no longer pay attention to it. This is because it has become such a boring part of your home. Another DIY hack for your home is to paint the door a different color. When done right, it highlights the door and helps your home stand out. This enhances your property’s curb appeal — a clever trick to force-appreciate your property.
Be sure to check whether your community has rules regarding paint colors. It sounds silly, but some homeowners associations (HOAs) can restrict the colors you can use.
#5 Replace the Light Switch Covers
Another home improvement hack is to replace the wall plates. Believe it or not, but your wall plates were once white. Chances are that your current wall plates are now yellowed, cracked, and covered in dirt. Once you replace them with soft-touch switches, you can transform the space in an instant.
You should also replace the outlet covers if you’ve recently repainted the walls. There’s a good chance that they’ve been accidentally painted over.
#6 Replace the Kitchen and Bathroom Backsplash
Do the tiles in the kitchen look like they belong in the 80s? That’s because they probably do belong in the 80s.
Retiling a home isn’t cheap (around $5 per square foot), so the second-best solution would be to replace the backsplash. By replacing the backsplash with brand-new tiles that don’t look like they’re from a time when shoulder pads were popular, you can turn your home into a contemporary casa.
#7 Add Lighting
How well-lit is your home? When the sun starts to set, turn all of the lights on. Do a walk-through of your home to pinpoint areas that need proper lighting. Is the front porch properly illuminated? Does the living room look better with warm light? Write down your observations so you can buy what you need.
If you’re planning on replacing your lighting fixtures, be sure to buy ones that suit your home’s style. For instance, if your home is contemporary, you probably shouldn’t buy a chandelier that looks like it belongs in a castle.
Pro Tip: Replacing lights isn’t complicated, but if you aren’t confident in your skills, you should consider enlisting the services of an electrician. A property management company can find reliable contractors for you.
#8 Design an Outdoor Space
When was the last time you immersed yourself in nature? Your backyard may not be that big, but you can still find ways to better appreciate the space. Start by creating a seating area by adding comfortable chairs, cushions, and so on. If you have the budget for it, you could even build a pergola. Picture yourself sitting there at night with a glass of wine in one hand. Doesn’t that sound perfect?
It’s worth mentioning that this home improvement hack isn’t the cheapest, but it is an investment to consider. If you’re planning on renting out your property, your potential tenants will be more willing to pay if your home has a patio.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to spruce up your home that don’t involve a huge overhaul. When in doubt, walk through your home and ask yourself what you want to change. This list shouldn’t limit you when it comes to home improvements. We suggest having a proper plan to avoid common home improvement mishaps down the road.
And remember, if you require the help of the pros, you can always contact Luxury Property Care. Our team has been helping homeowners preserve their homes for over a decade. We can suggest ways to spruce up your property, and you can even leave the heavy-lifting to us.