(Article Updated 5/21/2019)
The long Memorial Day weekend is often considered the unofficial start to summer, but it’s also known as one of the biggest home improvement weekends of the year.
Not only do you have an extra day off from work to devote to a significant home improvement projects, many big box hardware stores hold some of their biggest sales of the year over the Memorial Day weekend.
Check out these five affordable, do-it-yourself projects that will add value to your home, and, better still, can be completed over the long weekend:
- Paint: A quick coat of paint, whether interior or exterior, is one of the easiest ways to spruce up your home with a big return on investment. If you’re looking to sell your home, consider selecting neutral shades. Depending on the size of the space and how much prep work is needed, painting can take as little as one to two days. Be sure to budget about $50 on average per 12-foot by 12-foot room for paint and supplies.
- Revive an old deck: A fresh deck not only beautifies your home but also sets the stage for a world of outdoor activities. Wood decks require regular waterproofing to keep them preserved—and, best of all, it’s a relatively low-cost project that will give your home a major facelift. No deck yet? There are many excellent and affordable options for building one from scratch—or consider alternative patio solutions, such as pavers.
- Refresh interior doors: Several things can quickly reveal your home’s age, such as once-trendy finishes, out-of-date carpet and old appliances.. But one often overlooked tell-tale sign of your home’s age are the interior doors. Consider swapping out plain-looking flat-slab doors for more decorative, Colonial style six-panel doors or one of the many other styles available. Updating the trim around the door casing will add a fresh sense of style as well. A full door with casing can cost $90 to $250 a piece. Be sure to measure before you buy—many entries are not made to standard sizing.
- Replace light fixtures: Why throw money away with your electric company when there are so many exceptional low-wattage lighting options. While you’re at it, consider how and why you’re lighting your rooms. Perhaps a corner accent light is all you need in your living room? Or maybe you’d like to replace those bright strip lights in the guest bathroom. Whatever your decision, be sure to consult an electrician before diving too far into any electrical projects.
- Install Drip Irrigation: Save water by replacing your old, outdated sprinkler system with drip irrigation. Not only will you save money, you’ll improve the look and feel of your yard. While you’re at it, remove any dead or less-than-attractive plants. And, if you’re in hotter climates, consider replacing water-thirsty sod with water-efficient landscaping. You’ll improve your curb appeal and save significant money in water and maintenance!
Originally published May 18, 2016
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