Stop and take a look around your house. Are you delighted with everything in it? This is where you spend a good portion of your day, and where you and your family build happy memories. If you own your home, it’s likely one of the biggest investments you have.
It can be expensive to hire a professional to redo some part of your home, and choosing a contractor can be a stressful process. Instead of shelling out tens of thousands for a contractor, why not consider these great home improvement ideas that you can do yourself!
1) The deck of your dreams
With summer weather on the way, you might be thinking about turning your outside space into an outdoor living room! Whether you’re after a raised wood deck to give your guests someplace to sit or a classy brick patio for lounging by the grill, a usable outside space can make a big difference in how you enjoy your home.
While this is a big project, it’s big on rewards, too. Start by drawing up some plans. Create a shopping list of things you need, and head over to Stanford FCU to open a Rewards credit card or Home Equity Line of Credit. Then, head to your local home improvement store for lumber, bolts and a few new power tools.
2) Paint a room … or a whole house!
If you’re not feeling up to building much, you can make your house feel and look new again with a fresh coat of paint. Choose colors that complement your furniture and flooring, but choose slightly different shades for different parts of the house. Maybe you want to paint your kitchen and dining room in mellow earth shades to give it a sense of coziness, but you want to paint your bedroom a calming blue to help you sleep.
This can be a great project to get the kids involved in, too. This can be a fun way to spend time together and build some family memories. A sense of ownership over the design might encourage them to help keep it a little cleaner as well. Try painting an accent wall to change the light effects in your living room! Aside from paint, brushes and rollers, make sure you get painter’s tape along with covers for furniture and floors.
3) Add a splash of class with a tasteful backsplash
The wall section above the sink can get a lot of water damage. Left uncovered, this can lead to mildew and even mold behind the sink. A backsplash is an attractive option for preventing that damage.
While these are typically done in tile, other options include wood bead board, ceiling tile or wallpaper. You could even turn them into a functional addition to your organization system with chalkboard, whiteboard or magnetic film! Write up a recipe or meal plan to help keep your prep work organized in the kitchen, or write a fun morning greeting to your kids in the bathroom! There’s no limit to what a backsplash can do for your home. Head down to your local home improvement store to see the variety of options and don’t forget to pick up adhesive to stick it all together!
4) Create a new outlook with new windows!
Installing new windows can seem like a daunting task, but they’ll pay for themselves. Energy efficient windows with new molding and stripping can significantly reduce your energy bills. Plus, having new windows and screens will make your home look well-cared-for when it comes time to sell.
Do some research on energy efficient windows and figure out which will both fit your budget and hold long-term value. Remember, though, that the general rule is you get what you pay for. Inexpensive windows may not conserve much energy.
5) Refresh a tired kitchen or bathroom with new fixtures
Your faucets and knobs get a lot of abuse. They get touched by grimy hands, splashed by soapy water and can build up calcium and rust even if you’re careful about cleaning them.
Replacing them is pretty easy. In the bathroom, you can get sleek, modern fixtures that will save you sink space for storage. In the kitchen, consider getting a detachable head with a vegetable sprayer to make cleanups easier. Whatever you do here, you’ll end up with a nicer looking kitchen or bathroom.
When it comes to improving your home, Stanford FCU is ready to be a partner every step of the way. You may have heard about Home Equity Loans and Lines of Credit, but you may have thought you can’t use it for small remodeling projects. However, it’s actually one of the most common uses for these accounts.
Let’s talk. You supply the ideas; Stanford FCU can supply the rewards credit card, home equity loan or line of credit to make your home improvement dreams a reality. Call 888.723.7328 and speak with a representative or login to Online Banking to apply for a loan or credit card and start enjoying the equity in your home today.