Valentine’s Day is a special occasion when we try to do something special for our loved ones. Do away with the traditional roses or candy and give her a gift from the heart and the hands. Take care of some of those small home improvement projects that she has been asking you to fix for ages. Here are a few inexpensive suggestions along with links to help you get them done.
1. Update Door Knobs. They cost anywhere from $10 to $20 dollars each and they can make a huge difference to the look of your doors. Newer homes are often built with rather boring and generic knobs. Impress your loved one by installing new ones. DirectDoorHardware.com offers a wonderful selection of door knobs.
2. Install a Luxurious Showerhead. Turn your shower into a personal spa. Most of us suffer from cheap old showerheads. It only takes a few minutes and $25 to $50 to install a new showerhead that has better water pressure and coverage.
3. Get the Carpets Cleaned. This service is actually cheaper than you would think. The average homeowner pays about $250 to clean 1,000 square feet of carpet. While you are at it, most carpet cleaning companies also clean furniture. Your significant other would be thrilled to come home to a house with spotless carpets and furniture.
4. Replace Faucets. Similar to a door knob replacement, changing your bathroom or kitchen faucet is a cheap way to update these rooms. Lowe’s gives a step by step guide to doing it yourself. It only takes a few hours and some common household tools.
5. Paint a Small Room. Put a smile on her face with a fresh coat of paint in the bathroom or another small room. A small room won’t take more than a half day.
6. Install a Closet or Cabinet Organizer. Everyone wants more usable closet space. A quick fix for extra space is to install double-decker rods, however a true closet remodel will require hiring a contractor. For the kitchen there are many quick fixes to add more cabinet or countertop space. Install a hanging stemware rack, an under the shelf rack and a sliding cabinet organizer.
7. Fix a Broken or Cracked Window. Although not a difficult job, replacing a window requires some skill and attention to detail. It’s better to hire a professional for this job. You should get multiple price quotes from local window replacement companies.
Ranita Cherry is a freelance writer concentrating on home improvement tips and tricks.