DIY Options for New Home Owners

Buying a new home is always an exciting experience, especially when you're prepared to do a few improvements as soon as the sale closes. Fixing up a property can wind up being a memorably fun project if you're properly equipped and informed to get the job done right the first time. However, not all DIY jobs are right for new homeowners, as you might not have the handy skills needed to handle more advanced repairs and renovations. With that said, here are a few great DIY options for new homeowners:

Install a Wired Doorbell

While messing with your home's wiring isn't a common recommendation for new homeowners who aren't experienced electricians, installing a simple wired doorbell is something that most people can get done on a DIY basis. You can get them hereand most models will come with relatively simple installation instructions that will walk you through whatever guidance you can't find on YouTube. 

Paint the Interior

While you might not feel extremely comfortable painting the exterior of your home just yet because you don't want the entire neighborhood to behold your very first painting project, any novice property owner can confidently learn the ropes of painting inside their new home. Buying the paint won't cost much and, with a bit of practice, anyone can become a decent painter. 

Update the Bathroom and Kitchen 

If you've just bought your home, there's a chance that the appliances, flooring, and fixtures in the bathroom and/or kitchen might need to be upgraded for a more modern look. Furthermore, changing sinks and cabinets might seem difficult, but it's actually something that most people can figure out without help, as long as there isn't any advanced plumbing or electrical work involved. 

Add Shelves and Organizers to the Garage

Most garages don't come with the organizers and shelves built-in, so this is a good place to start if you're wanting a nice space to tinker and fix things. You can find plenty of guides and instructions on how to build tool storage organizers, wall shelves, and other built-in garage accessories. If you know you're going to be embarking on DIY projects regularly, you might want to start by turning part of your garage into a workshop area.

Upgrade the Light Fixtures

Hanging a new light fixture can dramatically change the look of a room, yet it's something that most new homeowners can do in as little as one hour on their first try, and even quicker once they've gotten the hangof it. Furthermore, fixtures are generally cheap and you can find some great deals on elaborate chandeliers as well. 

Screen in the Porch, Patio, or Deck Area

Finally, screening in an outdoor area of your property is another easy project that will make your home a more comfortable and enjoyable place to be. Most homes will already have either a porch, patio, or deck. If not, you can just follow a DIY guide to build your own deckor BBQ area and then screen that in. 

You Can Do All of the Above in a Week!

Perhaps the coolest aspects that all of the above recommendations have in common are their affordability, speed of completion, and newbie-friendliness. Even if you were to add all of these suggestions to your to-do list, chances are you could get them done in less than 7 days. 

While these improvements aren't going to boost the monetary value of your property by much, when you consider how much aesthetic and functional value they provide, it's definitely worth taking a week off from your normal routine to get it out of the way. Plus, it's always best to tackle projects right away instead of procrastinating and doing them later after the home is no longer “new to you.”

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