Which DIY Home Project Can I Tackle Myself And How Much Money Will I Save?

There are many DIY projects around the home that you can tackle yourself, depending on your skill level and comfort with tools. They will save you money if you are willing to invest the time into them. And yes, time is money so if you can take your own time to do it, you shouldn’t need to pay someone else!

Here are some common DIY projects that are often manageable for homeowners that will save you money:

Painting: One of the easiest and most cost-effective DIY projects is painting. You can paint walls, ceilings, furniture, or even cabinets to give your home a fresh look (be weary of cabinet painting, if not done properly they will chip and peel very quickly). You can save anywhere from $500-$3000 depending on the surface area and the skill level of the painter/ company by doing it yourself.

Installing Shelving: Adding shelves to walls or closets is a straightforward project that can provide additional storage space anywhere. Now, the price varies because there are design centers like the Container Store that charge you quite a bit to install their shelving systems. They will design the layout for free so take some time to read the instructions, grab your tools and and install them yourself! Save $60-$900 by learning to install your shelves properly. Watch our previous video if you want tips on installing shelving. WATCH

Updating Cabinet Hardware: Swapping out cabinet knobs and pulls is a quick and easy way to give your kitchen or bathroom a new look. The knobs are inexpensive and having the holes already predrilled for them makes it an easy swap. If you want to hire a handyman to do it for you, they may charge you a minimum hourly rate so you may be paying anywhere from $100-$175 depending on who you get.

Installing a Backsplash: Adding a tile backsplash in the kitchen can enhance the aesthetics and protect the walls from splatters. This does require a certain skill level in order to be accomplished properly. If you are unfamiliar with tile, you should look for a certified tile installer (yes there is a certification) and be ready to pay upwards of $1500. For Herringbone tile patterns, you will be looking at roughly $3500 for the standard kitchen (labor only), If you go with a handyman or someone who is not certified, you may be able to pay $500 roughly in labor costs. If you are feeling up to the challenge and want to tackle this project yourself, we recommend easy mosaic tiles that come in a mesh or standard subway tile. Herringbone is beautiful but does require some practice. Watch our video here on how to install Herringbone tile. The video can be applied to any pattern. We don’t recommend peel-and-stick options as they look cheap and peel easily when steam and temperature differences are involved.

We also offer a product call FIBO (we are a distributor for the material) and it is 5 TIMES easier and faster to install than tile. We will have a new video on that coming soon. This is our preferred backsplash option!

Weatherstripping Doors and Windows: Improving energy efficiency by adding weatherstripping to doors and windows is a simple DIY task that can help with insulation. This saves you on your energy bill, not so much on the installation cost.

Replacing Faucets and Fixtures: Updating kitchen or bathroom faucets and fixtures can improve the overall appearance of these spaces. Just make sure to turn off the water supply before starting! This is a job that most people will hire a plumber for, but if you just read the instructions on the faucet, you will see how simple it actually is to do! Save yourself the plumber’s hourly rate of $175-$200 and DIY it!

Building a Bookshelf or Storage Bench: If you have basic woodworking skills, building a simple bookshelf or storage unit can be a rewarding project. Save yourself the IKEA trip and cheap materials, and build yourself something that will last and save $80-$200

Installing a Light Fixture or Ceiling Fan: Replacing or installing a ceiling fan or light fixture is a manageable electrical project for many homeowners. Always follow safety guidelines and turn off the power before working on electrical projects. We recommend recording a video or taking a photo before you disconnect any existing wires so that you know how to match the colors with the new fixture. If you can save yourself the electrician call you can save $150-$300 for his time.

Creating a Garden Bed: Building a raised garden bed or container garden is a great outdoor project for those interested in gardening. Buy a few 2’x8’s from Home depot and nail them together. Voila! A garden bed that you can fill with plants, flowers, and anything you want to grow. Don’t pay someone $150-$500 to build you one, DIY it!

Installing a Smart Thermostat: Upgrading to a smart thermostat can be a DIY project that enhances energy efficiency and home automation. This can save you money not only on the installation but in the long run. You can geofence your home so that your thermostat lowers when you are away, and raises the temperature when you return home. Save the service call from the HVAC company and keep $150-$300 in your pocket!

Before starting any DIY project, it’s important to research and understand the steps involved. Additionally, ensure you have the necessary tools and safety equipment. If a project involves major structural changes or major electrical work, it’s advisable to consult with professionals to ensure safety and compliance with local regulations.

Happy DIYing!

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