4 ideas for DIY Outdoor Lighting

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Making the smallest changes in our homes often have the biggest effects. In this blog post, we’ll talk about the way lighting can transform an outdoor space. And don’t worry, you won’t need to enlist the help of a professional. Here are four ideas for DIY outdoor lighting.

Outdoor patio lighting

Although patio season has sadly passed, there’s no reason you can’t make the most of your outdoor sitting area all-year round. Now that it’s getting dark earlier, it’s best to use multiple light sources for your patio. Try hanging outdoor string lights around the outside of the house, and installing path lights around the perimeter.

LED lights

Not only are LED lights highly efficient and look great, they are also far better for the environment. There are a wide variety of outdoor LED light fixture types available, from LED path and step lights to LED rope and string lights.

Deck lighting

Make the most of outdoor lighting. Think not only about the appearance of your outdoor space, but the safety of the area too. Ensure deck lighting highlights your steps, and install lights around the perimeter of the deck too.

Pond lighting

As with deck lighting, installing pond lights ensures your outdoor space not only looks good, but that people can move around safely at night. Think about adding lights around the pond’s exterior to make the surface or the water flow, or to accentuate a waterfall or other feature. Underwater lighting can also be used to highlight fountains or sculptures.

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5 ways to increase your home value on a budget

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Whether you’re thinking about selling your home now or in the future, it’s helpful to know which projects will increase your home’s worth before renovating. Here are our top fixes.

Spruce up the front and back garden

Particularly if you aren’t planning on selling your house right away, it’s a good idea to plan for the future with a landscaping improvement that will mature over time, for example, by planting shade trees, although bear in mind that large trees and unkempt bushes can obscure views and darken interiors. Short fixes include mowing the lawn, trimming overgrown shrubs and applying a fresh layer of mulch to garden beds.

Give your walls a fresh coat of paint

A fresh coat of paint is the quickest way to transform a room and give your home the appearance of being clean and updated. Whites and off-whites tend to attract the most buyers, since they are neutral and work with most furnishings. Although in a lot of cases, rooms with simply need a touch-up on chipped areas or a magic eraser rubbed over dirt marks, so spending hundreds on new paint tins might not be necessary.

Make the most of your space

Opening spaces up in your home gives the appearance of bigger rooms and will therefore appeal to potential buyers. If you’re looking for a project, knock out a non-structural wall, or remove your kitchen island. Quick fixes include replacing drapes with blinds or shutters to let light in, or adding a large mirror to an empty wall.

Deep clean your home

Buyers will have a hard time imagining themselves in your home if it is full of clutter and dirt. To give them a great first impression, make sure your home is sparkling before someone walks through the door. Hire a professional cleaner, or do it yourself, but make sure you do it thoroughly.

Upgrade flooring

Although some creaky floors can be fixed by repairing a broken nail or patching damaged floor boards, in some cases, a new floor is needed. Choose hardwood flooring which holds value, or tile. And make sure to enlist professional help if you haven’t tiled your floors previously.