Looking for some DIY projects to keep you busy over the coming months? With a little bit of know-how and the right materials, you can do a lot with your home and won’t break your budget. Home improvements have the potential to add great value to your home, so there’s always that financial motivation to give your house a bit of a makeover. But it’s also about your own comfort. If you’re not looking to sell for a long time, that doesn’t mean you can’t improve your home’s liveability.

Here’s 3 easy home DIY projects that will increase your home’s value and also benefit you here and now.

Painting the house

Many homes could do with a little sprucing up cosmetically. As houses age, so do internal wall trends, leaving many homes looking dated and tired. It might be an outdated colour scheme, or even some unattractive wallpaper. Whatever flaws your walls may have, you can certainly do something about it.

The scope of this home improvement really depends on what you’re starting with. If you just need new colours, then simply painting the walls is a relatively simple task. If you need to remove wallpaper or some kind of timber or vinyl sheeting, the wall’s condition underneath may need work.

In some cases, you can sand the walls down, removing any glue or leftover pieces of wallpaper. But if the wall looks too far gone, you may be better off going for new plasterboards. Do a little research, and see if you’ve got what it takes to remove and replace your plaster. If you do, your paint job might be a whole lot easier!

Updating your home’s insulation

Another great improvement you can make is replacing your home insulation. Some older homes may have no insulation at all, while others might be old and ineffective. If you’re all aboard the home improvement train and you’re replacing walls as suggested above, it’ the perfect time for insulation.

Grab some good quality wall insulation and install it while your wall cavity is exposed. It’s the best chance you’ll ever have to replace insulation in a hassle-free way. While you’re at it, don’t forget about your ceiling. A lot of heat can enter and escape through the roof, so climb up into the wall cavity and check your existing insulation.

Stay cool in summer and warm in winter with a complete insulation overhaul.

Build an outdoor entertainment area

When summer comes around there’s nothing better than firing up the BBQ and sharing some drinks with friends. Of course, it’s a lot more enjoyable if you have a great outdoor entertaining area. You’d actually be surprised how easy it can be to make one for yourself.

You can lay pavers, concrete an area, or even lay some timber decking. It will depend a bit on the area you’re working with and the look you want to create. After that, it’s just a matter of constructing some shelter. A timber-framed pergola is always great but does require a bit of know-how. If you’re not quite that confident, you could even consider purchasing a shade sail and installing it yourself.

Whatever DIY home improvement project you choose, plan thoroughly, use quality materials, and make safety your priority.