If you’re a homeowner, you know there’s always something around the house that can be upgraded or improved. The challenge of addressing these fixes lies not only in the degree of difficulty and cost of the project, but also in the amount of time it will take. For that reason, we’ve put together a list of home improvement projects you can do in 15 minutes or less.
1. Upgrade Your Faucets
Your faucet is one of those items you use every day but might not think much about. How much nicer would your kitchen and baths be with the installation of some modern faucets? While replacing a faucet may seem like a significant undertaking, it really just requires a little bit of wrench work.
2. Pressure Wash Your Sidewalk, Deck and House
Renting a pressure washer can be an effective way to spruce up multiple areas of the exterior of your home. Blast away mildew, stains and leaves in minutes with the power of water.
3. Shampoo Your Carpet
How long has it been since your carpet got a thorough cleansing? Rent a home carpet shampooer to bring your carpet back to life. You’ll be surprised what a difference it will make.
4. Paint an Accent Wall
Don’t have the time or the money to paint a full room? Consider just one wall! Having one wall that is a bright or complementary colour can really brighten up your home.
5. Silence the Squeaks
If you live in an older home — or a home with wooden floors — chances are pretty good you know of a few squeaky spots around the house. Applying WD-40 to your door hinges should take care of the doors, while sprinkling talcum powder around the source of the floor squeaks and sweeping it into the cracks should help silence the floors.
6. Change Your Switch and Outlet Covers
While many of us probably just think of white or beige as the only options for switch plate covers, you can find a plethora of colourful and cool options online and in stores. These inexpensive options might flip a switch on the way your room is perceived!
7. Replace Your Furnace Filter
Check your furnace filters about once a month and change them every few months. New filters can substantially reduce the amount of airborne dust particles and help improve the air quality in your home.
8. Get Some New Knobs
If your doorknobs and cabinet pulls are a little outdated, a quick trip to the store for some modern ones is an easy way to modernise your home.
9. Clean Your Dryer Ducts
If your home has an in-unit dryer, unplug the dryer, disconnect the ductwork and use a vacuum to clean out the ducts to help it run more efficiently.
10. Hang a Ceiling Fan
Ceiling fans are not only decorative, they’re also functional! Rather than running an air conditioner during the summer months, your ceiling fan can keep you cool on those marginally warm days!
11. Put Dimmers on Your Lights
Dimmer switches are another way you can cut down costs while adding to the ambience of your home. You can use standard incandescent or fluorescent bulbs, or look for bulbs specifically labeled for use with dimmer switches.
12. Organise and Upgrade a Closet
Is there a closet in your home that isn’t quite maximising its potential? Find closet organisers and racks to put the amount of space you have in your closet to use in an optimal way.
13. Install a Water Filter
While bottled drinking water has become more and more commonplace over the years, a water filter for your tap can save you hundreds of pounds a year while still providing clean drinking water for you and your family.
14. Unstick Stubborn Windows
Pick up some silicone spray lubricant to grease the skids of your windows. Just spray it onto a rag and wipe it along the tracks, whether they’re metal, wood or plastic.
15. Scrub Your Tub
Use a bleach cleaner — or combine equal amounts of cream of tartar, baking soda and lemon juice into a paste — and rub it into your tub stains with a cloth or sponge. Let it sit for half hour, then rinse with water.
While many home improvement projects take a significant amount of time and money, these quick fixes optimise your time and can still make a big impression. Hope your work is rewarding!