A little sweat never hurt anybody right? It seems like nowadays we’ll find any excuse to pay someone to do something for us, from calling uber eats, to installing a new floor. Why not save some cash and embrace our inner fixer upper guru? Set aside next Sunday to take that renovation you’ve been meaning to get done into your own hands. You might be surprised by how empowering it can feel. Here are our top five DIY renovations:

 

Updated cabinets

 

One of the first things you see when you walk into a home is the cabinets. The condition of your cabinets sends an instant message. Have you ever walked into a house you thought looked aesthetically pleasing and then stepped into the kitchen to see terrible, outdated cabinets? Yikes. Luckily this is a pretty easy fix. Without even replacing them you can make all the difference by giving your cabinets a sharp paint job and matching them with the right hardware.

 

Backsplashes

 

Bring your kitchen into the current decade with a fresh backsplash. Backsplashes can give a clean intricate look to your kitchen without breaking the bank or sacrificing much of your time. Peel and stick backsplashes are super simple and look a lot more expensive than they actually are.

 

Floating Shelves

 

A nice set of floating shelves can add versatility to a room and make the most out of your space without requiring you to spend or work much. They can add character to a bare wall, and the possibilities for their utility are endless. Let’s say you’re strapped for space in your living room, but you want to display some candles and books. Instead of taking up space with a clunky side table, put up a pair of wooden floating shelves.

 

Updated Floors

 

Floors are extremely important to the vibe of your home. Outdated floors in bad condition can ruin an otherwise perfect room. Hiring someone to refinish your floors can get expensive, but setting aside a few hours and renting the right DIY equipment can save you a pretty penny and put the control in your hands. From steaming your carpets, sanding and refinishing hardwood floors or even installing peel and stick tiles, you can accomplish more by yourself than you might think.

 

Landscaping

 

Making outdoor landscaping changes yourself can put you in control of the aesthetics of your home. Maintaining your yard is extremely important and is one of the easiest ways to save money. Trim hedges, lay sod and spread mulch yourself to save a great deal on hours of labor. Installing the right shrubbery can add the perfect finishing touches and save you from the problem many homes suffer from today: a bare lawn.