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5 DIY Projects to Update Your Home

Whether you’re trying to sell or update your home, improving your house can feel like a costly hassle. Say goodbye to spending thousands on remodels, though. With these five simple DIY tricks, you’ll have your home looking brand new in no time with money left to spare.

painting1. Get a gallon of touch-up paint.
Every house gets wear and tear on its walls, whether it’s from kids’ fingerprints, moving things in and out of rooms, or even just decoration that has changed over the years. Just because it happens to every house doesn’t mean that you have to keep it that way, though. Most homes can be nicely touched up in a few hours with a gallon or two of paint and a paint brush or roller. You’ll be shocked at the difference it will make. Not only will it give your house a temporary slight scent of paint that will remind you of when you first bought the house, but it will make every wall feel fresh and new. Just make sure that you get the right color and sheen so it will blend in!


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2. Modernize your light fixtures and make them energy efficient.

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of your home, making it either dark and dreary or light and inviting. That means that making a few small changes can considerably improve your home and its livability. Best of all, light fixtures can be very reasonably priced and are relatively easy to install yourself, so they are a great way to make your house feel much newer with very little effort. Plus, if you’re selling your house, being able to boast of energy efficient lighting may be something that attracts more buyers.



normal ceiling3. Get rid of popcorn ceilings.
Popcorn ceilings may call to mind nostalgia for the 60s and 70s, but if you have them in your home, it’s time to say goodbye. Luckily, getting rid of the pattern can be pretty simple as long as you have the patience and you make sure that it wasn’t made before 1978. That’s when the Clean Air Act of 1978 was passed, which banned the use of asbestos in popcorn ceiling material. If it does end up that your popcorn ceiling is safe, you can remove it by looking on YouTube for a quick and easy guide. The website found at this link may also prove helpful. Not only will this project not cost much, but it will make your home feel much more modern.





4. Fill the holes in your walls.

Small wall piercings are one of the most common issues many homeowners face after they have lived in a place for a long time. Whether they are caused by posters that have now been taken down or by small nicks that have appeared over time, there is a quick easy way to fill them that will help add a sense of freshness to your home that will either help it sell quickly or make you feel like you’re buying it for the first time all over again. All you have to do is take a tiny bit of spackle on the edge of a putty knife and smooth it over the hole, making sure not to get so much that it coats the wall around it too much. Then take a small paintbrush and brush out the spackles so that it’s light enough not to appear obvious on the wall. If your wall is a color other than white, you’ll need to touch up the paint, but as discussed in tip one, that’s something that will help give your house a “new-home feel” as well.



5. Add space to your closet with an organizational system.

Depending on when your house was made and wh omade it, you might have a closet that leaves you wishing for more space. Closets are something that we use everyday, so chances are, you would rather look into yours and be filled with a sense of joy than one of frustration. There’s an easy way to accomplish this, with closet organization systems being widely available on the internet for all kinds of price points. Whether you’re just looking to add some white wire shelves so you can store more folded clothing or if you want some drawers to tuck away belts and other less-hangable artciles of clothing, an organization system can serve as a solution. Plus, if you’re in the middle of trying to sell your house, you’re going to want to have a closet that leaves a positive impression, especially for the master suite.



These tips have been brought to you by Maria Sims Group, a company dedicated to making sure that you’re in the best home for you. If you have any questions about our company or would like to ask about a personalized list of homes that would fit your needs, please reach out. Our homepage can be found at or you can call us at 404-805-0673.

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