6 Easy Home Improvement Projects You Can Do in a Weekend

These quick and easy projects will leave your home feeling brand new.

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Home improvement projects are often synonymous with major renovations and high costs. And if you don’t have prior homeowner or handyman experience, overwhelming projects can take a significant mental and financial toll. But not every project needs to be a huge undertaking. In fact, a few minor DIY projects can make a big difference, leaving your home refreshed and ready for the coming seasons in just a couple of days time.

To brainstorm the easy home improvement projects you can do in a weekend, consider those small annoyances you’ve never gotten around to fixing, or small upgrades you keep moving to the bottom of your list in place of more major changes. This might include things like replacing creaky door hinges, weather-proofing windows, and updating home appliances. Small projects like these can be accomplished in just a few days without professional help, so you can get that instant gratification from a job well done.

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Update hardware cabinets

Ryan Meagher of Toronto-based construction contractor BVM Contracting says that updating hardware cabinets is easier than you might think. Updating kitchen and bathroom cabinet knobs and pulls can give your space a modern look without the costly price tag of complete cabinet replacements. “The only thing to be mindful of,” Meagher says, “is to make sure the new hardware is the same size and spacing as the existing hardware.” Selecting the appropriate replacement hardware for size, not just style, is also important. To ensure the proper fit, Meagher recommends taking the existing hardware and screws to a home improvement store to make sure that the replacements are a perfect match.

Meagher says with just a screwdriver or drill, homeowners can get this job done quickly. Plus, if your cabinet doors have three hinges, you should be able to replace them one at a time–avoiding the need to take down the door completely. Replacing worn and weathered door handles and hinges can add a fresh look to your home.

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Weather-proof your home

Chances are there’s a time of year, each and every year, when you wish you had better prepared your home for seasonal changes. Luckily, you can do a lot with just a little time—and the results will have long-term benefits for your home. “One good DIY renovation that most people can do is waterproof the basement from exterior cracks,” says licensed Florida realtor, Omer Reiner. “These can be taken care of with a sealer that costs less than $100. These require just a little time to set and a putty knife.”

Reiner also suggests caulking windows to improve insulation. “This requires caulking and a caulking gun, which may look intimidating, but I do not know one person who was uncomfortable with caulking after about an hour learning how to use it,” he reassures. “These quick repairs can help prevent air or water from coming into your home. Basements need special attention, but attics, bay windows, and other exhausts also benefit from some TLC.

Lastly, weatherstripping exterior doors is a straightforward task that you can easily complete on a weekend (or just a single afternoon). According to the US Department of Energy, replacing old weatherstripping to better seal air leaks can save more than 20 percent on heating and cooling bills.

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Paint surfaces in need of a refresh

A fresh coat of paint is one of the fastest and easiest ways to give your home a facelift without breaking the bank. Repainting—with non-toxic paint—can also be a fun and safe activity for the whole family to enjoy. Tackling the doors and walls in high-traffic rooms can be a perfect weekend project. If you can, start early on a Friday and wait around 24 hours to slap on the next coat. Don’t forget primer!

Remember, paint projects aren’t just for interior spaces, but external ones too. The time frame may vary depending on what area you choose to freshen up, but there are plenty of options for quick turnarounds. If you’re up to the task, repaint your doors, exterior siding, and windowsills to make a noticeable difference to your home’s facade.

Pressure wash the exteriors

Need a project to help you let off some steam? Try power or pressure washing the exteriors of your home. These processes can get rid of a stubborn layer of grime on the outside of your house and give it a brand new look, without a fresh layer of paint. Power or pressure washing your home exteriors can take just a few hours, depending on the size of your home, the materials of the exterior surfaces, and just how dirty your home has gotten. (Just make sure to read up on the differences between pressure or power washers and how they work to ensure you use the right option for your home.)

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Upgrade your lighting

Old light fixtures and covers can quickly make a home look under-maintained. Not only do they accumulate dirt and grime over time, but constant exposure to light can change their color, making them look yellow and aged. Consider switching out plain ceiling light bulb coverings for more modern glass or metal covers with personality. Outdoors, add metal lamp guards that protect exposed bulbs. You can even swap out outdated lamp shades for new ones to give your home a quick refresh.

While you’re at it, look at your light switches as well, since they can get discolored and cracked over time. A quick trip to the store for updated switch plates and a simple screwdriver is all you need to replace the old with the new.

Do some decluttering

If you don’t want to add anything new, try decluttering your home by removing any broken or underused appliances, furniture and fixtures. Upcycling or trashing items that no longer serve your needs could take a full weekend to review and decide, but you can make a fun activity of inviting friends and family over to challenge you to rehouse beloved items that are just taking up space or destroying your home’s esthetics.

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