When embarking on a campaign of home renovation, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work that there is to be done. Fear no more, however, as we have drawn up an itinerary of the most straightforward tasks that will make a massive difference in the quality of your property.

Our first suggestion is to replace old flooring with sprayers. Although it seems intimidating, swapping out any old and dilapidated flooring materials for new ones will noticeably improve the appearance of your house and can be done yourself for a surprisingly small amount of money. For a more up-market aesthetic, look to replace worn-out carpeting with wooden flooring or even tiles or flagstones. Much can be had cheaply from hardware superstores by seeking out discontinued products or ones being sold on clearance. Reclamation yards are also a great source of affordable, good quality materials, though can prove to be seasonal in terms of the size of their inventory.

The second trick is to look to maximize the amount of light inside your house. Not only will this make it easier to see and save on power bills, but it will also energize the interior of your home. The most obvious way to do this is by adding windows, but simply painting your rooms in lighter colors (optimally in white or off-white) will make rooms dramatically brighter. Contrast this with an accent wall in a more garish color, and you will see your rooms given a whole new lease of life.

Refinishing existing surfaces is also a good way to spice things up. Old hardwood floors can be brought back to a lustrous sheen without the use of a belt sander by simply recoating them, not only is this a much simpler process, but it can be accomplished for a much lower price. In older houses, consider repainting window casements and other plain, exposed areas of wall with sand and fibers mixed into the paint. This will lend much-need texture to the finished surface, and can be built up as needed, lending a rustic and lived-in feel to potentially sterile rooms such the kitchen, bathroom or entranceway.

Additionally, if looking to sell the property, you should also put a good amount of thought into making sure your house’s interior is plain enough to allow for ease of cosmetic makeovers. This is not to say that it should be bland and characterless, but buyers should be able to envisage their own future in the house and should be able to easily tailor its interior to their needs.

A great idea for starting your renovation is to add a patio or decking to your garden. Not only is this a relatively straightforward task, but it will drastically improve both the appearance and usability of your house. Much like flooring, decking materials can be found for shockingly low prices on clearance or in discontinued ranges. Buying in an off-season (i.e. midwinter) will reduce prices even further.

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