As a homeowner, you may want to spruce up the place simply to change the general atmosphere or even to add a lot of value to your home in order to refinance for lower monthly payments. Regardless of your reasons for wanting to take on a project, you should first take some time and read these home improvement tips.
It may be necessary to repaint your porch. If so, make sure the paint you use is good quality. Make sure the bases of the old and new paints match. That means using oil-based paint if the existing paint is oil-based, and the same for water-based paints. An oil-based paint is better for trims and will last a long time but you should use a water-based paint for decks or floors since oil-based paint can become slippery in the winter.
When removing cabinets as part of a kitchen remodel, make sure you don’t just unscrew and yank them off the wall. You will more than likely end up taking some or all of the drywall off with you. Take time and care to remove each and every screw, and use a utility knife around the edges to break the caulking that was most likely used to seal between the cabinet and the wall.
One thing that a lot of homes seem to be missing is plants. Adding some plants to your living environment can spruce up your home infusing it with some life. Plants are not only a great design element, but make your home decorations seem complete and add a touch of nature to your rooms.
Installing carpet can be a daunting task if done yourself, or an expensive task if you pay a professional to do it. Fortunately there is an alternative. Much like vinyl floor tiles, there are carpet tiles that exist. These too have adhesive backing that allows you to install them easily, and they look just like real sheet carpeting when installed.
Make sure to have your home inspected before starting any major renovations. Checking for roofing issues, termites, electrical issues and plumbing beforehand can save you a lot of trouble down the road. Finding issues like these when you are halfway through a renovation process can be a nightmare on your budget.
Consider a truly “green” makeover to your landscaping. A popular new trend in landscaping is to make your garden fit the climate and area that you live in. Gone is the need for the perfect green lawn all year round. If you live in a dry climate, consider creating a landscape that are tolerant to drought and you will save money in watering costs and help the environment.
Attaching two PVC pipes is a simple process that requires PVC primer and PVC cement. It is important that you use these specific products as your pipe will not hold with any other glues or cements (since PVC cement melts the PVC slightly to create a more firm bind) and it may be prone to leaking if you avoid a coat of PVC primer. Additionally, there should be no water on the surfaces of the pipes.
Consider installing motion detector lights on or near your front door. By turning on the lights only when needed, these will save keep your electricity costs down. You can take your home’s safety up a notch by installing motion detectors that cause lights to turn on when a thief is present.
Look for stores that can provide inexpensive storage for built in closet projects. You can save money by installing it yourself instead of paying a contractor to create a closet system. Many times, the quality will be very similar to a paid professional. However, you can get it done yourself in a faster amount of time, if you can follow instructions.
Face it – not everyone needs ten cabinets for their dishes. If your small kitchen is in need of some extra space, consider removing the top row of cabinets. This frees up the wall space for artwork or decorative wall covering and gives you more room to be creative with your cooking surfaces.
If your home improvement projects disrupts part of the street you live on, you should let your neighbors know as quickly as possible before the work begins. Home improvements might require the street to be blocked for any period of time. If you let your neighbors know about this, they will appreciate your consideration and won’t mind the inconvenience so much.
Dirty ceiling vents can make your home look bad. You can purchase and install new ceiling vents, giving your home a cleaner and neater look.
After reading these tips, you are one step closer to finally making those repairs or upgrades. What’s the next step, you ask? Well, proper implementation of the above tips and tactics is how you want to proceed. No shortcuts here; apply exactly what you’ve learned for the best results.