A perfect home is one that provides the ideal environment for a family to learn and grow together. Updating your home will involve experiences you can share with your children, who can lend you a helping hand during the process. Not only will it give them a better place to live and grow, updating can also increase the value of your home. They’ll go off to college one day, and when you finally buy that condo on the beach you’ve always dreamed of having, you’ll be able to do it with the profits you’ve made off of your former home.
1. A Few Coats of Paint
Who would have thought that paint can have such a profound effect? When the young ones are little, we give them brightly colored walls with themed trims and borders. As they get older, it’s better for their maturity and the value of your home to switch them into a more grown-up, neutral colored room. If you have crayon on your walls and scratches from the family dog, it doesn’t hurt to give everything a fresh coat. Just make sure you lay down some plastic tarps on the floor, and you can even allow your children to frame the baseboards and corners.
2. Fixing Up The Back Yard
This is where your children play. They’ve probably done some damage over the years, though it was all in good fun. Trim your old trees, or plant some new ones. Pick up the bits of broken toys scattered throughout the grass. Lay some paving stones, and build a deck. Your kids may not be able to help with the stuff that’s labor intensive, but they can help in the form of raking leaves and spreading grass seed.
3. Make Some Small Bathroom Updates
Home buyers care a lot about bathrooms, and coincidentally, bathrooms take a lot of damage over the years. With all that water everywhere, tile gets to the point where it’s seen better days. Moisture causes wallpaper and borders to loosen up. You may even have some pesky water damage under the sink. Painting your bathroom and updating the tile isn’t that hard to do on your own, and it’s one of the most inexpensive improvements you can make. Have your children help you lay the tile. You can always use a second pair of hands while you’re concentrating on measurements and exact placement.
4. Take Care of Your Carpet
Carpet is one of the hardest kinds of flooring to maintain. It builds up allergens, and it’s susceptible to staining. If your carpet is worse for wear, it may be time to hall it out of there. While you’re free to replace it with whatever you want, your main objective is to get all of the nasty carpet out of your house. Your kids can help you remove the carpet, roll it up, and drag it to the dumpster.
Your front lawn is the first thing that people see when they pull up to your house. It’s your chance to make a meaningful impression. Planting some flowers will spruce things up a bit. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can even install a fountain or a pond. Kids love playing in the dirt. They’ll be happy to help you sow some seeds or dig some holes.
When it comes to DIY home improvement projects, everyone wins when it’s a family affair. Your children get to feel as though they’re contributing to the wellbeing of their household, and with the improvements you’re making, you’re also increasing the value of your investment.
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