Most homeowners know the value of knowing how to do some tasks around the home themselves rather the calling for a handyman every time something goes a bit wrong. But what about larger projects? Some people are surprised at how much they can do with the right skill set and some good instructions. They are even more pleased when they find out how much money they can save with a DIY project. Here are four stellar exterior home improvement projects:
Put on a Fresh Coat of Paint
One day you look at the siding of your house and notice that it looks a bit dull. Yet, you figure a paint job is too big for you, and you can’t afford professional painters right now, and a house with fading paint isn’t a health hazard. A fresh coat of paint improves the curb appeal of your home, which is highly likely to increase your home’s value. It is also welcoming to you, your family and your guests. Moreover, putting on a fresh coat of paint isn’t that strenuous if you know what to do and have an assistant. You’ll need to estimate how much paint you need, choose the kind of exterior paint, choose the color and follow some safety precautions. Other than that, all you need is basic painting skills.
Put in a New Door
Maybe your door has also seen better days. It’s not quite plumb anymore and the strike plate and the deadbolt no longer match up, which is a security issue. Not only that, you’ve painted the siding a new color (see above), and your door no longer matches the rest of the house. This is as good an excuse as any to hang a new door. Hanging a new door in an opening takes basic carpentry skills, while you’ll need some moderate carpentry skills to install a door that is prehung.
Construct a Deck or Patio
You’ve probably watched enough home improvement shows to know that DIY attempts to build patios and decks requires some planning. But if you know how to do it and have a helper or two, this project can be both productive and beautiful. The secret, as is the secret to so many other DIY projects, is to make sure that everything is level and plumb. You actually only need moderate carpentry skills.
Replace Your Garage Door
Garage doors, too, can look careworn. If the automatic opener stops working, and you have to open and close the door manually, which is a vexation. Cables can go slack, bar locks won’t lock and tracks are not as parallel as they should be. When replacing the door, make sure to get complete instructions from the manufacturer and follow them to the letter. Also, make sure the door comes with a new garage door opener.
Painting the outside of the house, hanging a door, replacing an old garage door or even building a deck or patio are all projects that can be done with a little know-how. You can do it with some help, and imagine how proud you will feel when the job is done!
If you like in and around Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Plymouth, or Maple Grove Minnesota and need exterior home work like siding, roofing, gutters, windows and more get in contact with us!