The end of the year gives us more than enough time to tackle those house projects that have been on our -to-do list for months.
Whether it is a New Year’s resolution or simply a wish to transform your living space, now is the time to take action.
Here are 7 common house projects that you can undertake before the year ends.
1. Repaint Your Interior Walls
The inside of your home should feel like a sanctuary, where you can relax and unwind after a long day.
A fresh coat of paint can do wonders in transforming the look and feel of a room, giving it a new lease on life!
To start with this project you’ll need to:
- Choose a colour scheme that suits your taste and complements your furniture.
- Gather all the necessary materials such as the paint, paint rollers, brushes, drop cloths, etc.
- Prepare the walls by cleaning and sanding them if needed.
- Move furniture away from the walls and cover with drop cloths.
- Apply primer if needed before painting with your chosen colour.
At the very least, if you don’t want to repaint, a good clean of your walls can make your home feel so much fresher.
2. Declutter And Organise Where Needed
You’ll be surprised how much clutter can accumulate in a year.
Take a look around and spot areas in your home that need decluttering and organising.
It can be your bedroom closet, the garage, or even the kitchen cabinets.
The benefits of decluttering and organising are numerous!
Your space will look clean and organised, and most importantly, you’ll know exactly where to find things when you need them.
There will be no need to search endlessly for your car keys, or your favourite spatula!
3. Get New Window Treatments
A new year, a new look – and what better way to give new life to a room than by replacing the window treatments?
They add style, privacy, and give you the ability to control natural light entering your home plus if you are upgrading to block out options you can save money.
We recently added lockout curtains to our loungeroom and a front bedroom for only $50.
It significantly reduced how much those rooms heat up with the sun making it more comfortable and cheaper to cool. It’s one of the tips for reducing costs in summer.
You can choose from an array of options including curtains, shades, blinds or shutters.
Blinds, for example, are very popular due to their sleek look and ability to control light.
Blinds also come in different styles, from wooden to fabric, making it easy for you to play match-making.
Have a look at ABC Blinds if you’re looking for high-quality blinds and shutters.
They offer a variety of options and customisations to fit your specific needs.
4. Revamp Your Outdoor Space
Picture all the gatherings and entertainment that will happen in your outdoor space next year.
Do you want it to look the same way it does now? If not, then it’s time to give your outdoor space a little love.
A few simple ways to revamp your outdoor space include:
- Thorough weeding of gardens and trimming of all plants
- Adding new plants and flowers
- Updating your patio furniture so that it is weather-resistant
- Hanging up fairy lights to create a warm, inviting atmosphere
- Building a fire pit to host barbeque days
- Install a pool if you have the space (although this can’t happen quickly!)
By including just a few of the abovementioned changes, you can create a stunning outdoor space perfect for relaxing and hosting.
We added a variety of plants, mainly from cuttings, some vegetables from seeds, fairy lights we already had and a fire when we moved into our home.
Even though we are only renting, it added warmth and has been a great space to entertain plus we love the herbs and vegetables from our garden.
5. Add Solar Panels
This is another you can physically complete quickly but you can get things started so it is finished next year.
Solar Emporium highlights the urgent need for immediate attention and strategic intervention regarding the electricity shortage on Australia’s eastern coast.
I’ve personally experienced electricity being rationed in two places I’ve lived. and it is not fun.
To prepare for power shortages by 2027, you should consider installing solar panels before the year ends.
Solar panels save you tons of money on electricity bills, and in some cases, you may even be able to sell excess energy back to the grid.
A bonus to installing solar panels is that your carbon footprint will significantly reduce, making your home more environmentally friendly.
6. Improve Your Home Office
After the COVID-19 pandemic, chances are you’re probably working from home or doing a hybrid work setup.
If your home office this year consisted of working from your dining table or bed, it’s time to make some improvements before the year ends.
A work office consists of more than a laptop, and creating a functional workspace can drastically improve your productivity.
Consider investing in a good desk, ergonomic chair, proper lighting, and storage solutions to keep your space organised.
You’ll be amazed at how much more efficient you’ll be when you have the right setup.
On top of that, keep records of it all because you can claim this at tax time.
7. Fix Your Roof & Gutters
If your roof leaks every time it rains, it’s time to take care of this problem because it can damage insulation, and plasterwork, cause mould and more.
A faulty roof can only last so long before it needs to be fixed and replaced, and ignoring the issue can lead to extensive damage and repairs in the new year.
Gutters also play a crucial role in keeping your home safe and well-maintained.
Clogged gutters can cause water to overflow – leading to damage on your roof, sliding, and even the foundation of your home.
Make sure to clean your gutters and fix any damaged areas now.
This should be part of your maintenance plan annually anyway, especially with the storms and bushfires we have in Australia.
If one of these 7 common house projects is still on your to-do list this year, now’s the time to get started.
Don’t wait until next year – start tackling these projects today.
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