3 home improvements you can do yourself, by Mark Korpi
Whether you’re getting ready to sell or just want to enhance and enjoy your living space, there are a number of things you can do inexpensively on your own.
The Bathroom – You might actually need or want to gut your bathroom and start from scratch, but a few simple changes can make a huge difference. Installing new light fixtures, a new mirror or new towel racks is pretty easy and the directions are always included in the packaging. Some people may be nervous when dealing with electrical tasks, but if you follow directions and make sure the power is turned off, it’s really not that scary. A fresh coat of paint and new molding helps freshen up a bathrooms look too. Crown molding can be added easily and inexpensively if you have a miter saw and a little patience. There’s nothing worse than moldy grout to make your bathroom look dingy. There are a ton of products to help you get in there and clean them up though. Some new rugs and a shower curtain and you won’t even recognize that old bathroom.
Painting – Painting a room can really increase the value of your home if you’re looking to sell and can help you get a quicker offer. You do want to make sure you do a good job though. If there’s paint splattered on the floor or you get touches of blue on the white ceiling, it will put people off. The secret is in using good paint, a good quality roller and brush, and doing the prep work. Prep work is tedious however once it’s done; the job will go faster and look like a pro did it. Prep work includes removing hardware, switch plates and curtain rods. Next, clean the walls with a damp cloth to remove dust and grease that will prevent your new paint from going on smoothly. Fill and cracks or holes with a little spackle and then after that dries, sand the area. You can use primer to the sanded areas or buy a paint that has primer included to ensure an even finish. Now, you can mask off moldings and baseboards with painter’s tape, lay down your drop cloth and start painting.
Caulk – Calk is used to seal surfaces in showers, sinks and toilets to prevent water damage and mold. In time, caulk can become discolored or brittle and it will need to be replaced. Sometimes the hardest part of this job is removing the old stuff. There are products that can be purchased to soften the old material but often you will need a good razor scraper or putty knife and some muscle. Once the area is completely clean and dry, you can start caulking. You will need a caulking gun and tube of caulk and it can be tricky to get a straight line. It will be easier if you cut the tip of the caulk gun at an angle at a diameter that is the same as the area you need to fill. You might want to practice a few times on a piece of wood. If you prefer, there are products today that are caulk strips that just need to be unrolled and set in place.
I have been in business for 13 years. I started out as a boat builder (advertised in the ROBB Report), but since very few people saw the beauty in boats that can be handed down as a family heirloom, I quickly changed to remodeling homes.
I tend to focus on taking a house and making spaces stand out within them with high end moldings and special features. Basements, kitchens and bathrooms are spaces that seem to give themselves up them best and really can take a cookie cutter house and make it special. Not to say that crown, base, and wainscoting cannot dress up living rooms and bedrooms, because they most certainly do.
From a simple bathroom remodel to a complex basement renovation, I do them all. Renovations by Mark serves residents of Livonia, Redford, Royal Oak, Ferndale as well as all of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb County.
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