There’s lots of easy projects to improve your home that even a novice could do. Besides making your home more livable and attractive, good home improvement work can significantly boost its market value. As you continue to read this article, you will find out some great tips to use when making a wide range of home improvements.
Replacing the hardware in your home such as doorknobs, hinges, pulls, light fixtures, etc, can transform a home from one era to another. It is a quick and easy way to make your home look newer and more updated just by switching out these little details. Brushed nickel and copper are great new trends that will spice up your look.
Hardwood, tile and other smooth surfaces may seem like a good idea in high traffic areas like stairs and hallways, but those same areas can then echo and reverberate throughout the entire house. You wouldn’t want to hear every footstep going down the hallway if you were in a bedroom sleeping.
Store your paint cans upside down. A skin forms inside used cans of paint. When you open the can it’s a mess to remove. One solution is to put the used paint cans in your storage area upside down! That way when you turn the can over and open it, the skin is underneath the paint where it can’t cause a problem.
Resurface the concrete walkways and driveways around your home for a new look. Replacing concrete can get incredibly expensive and doesn’t add much to the curb appeal of your home. Consider resurfacing with cobblestone or brick which will cost a fraction of replacing concrete and will look like a million bucks.
You could make a unique choice in coffee tables rather than settling for something ready-made. You can use an old chest or old luggage to make a pretty nice storage bin. A few magazines on the table can give it a bit of life. You could also place teacups and add a tablecloth in order to have a country look.
When painting your walls, always make sure to properly spread tarps or newspaper over your flooring. You can even go as far as cutting open trash bags and laying them on the floor. Painting is messy and hard/impossible to remove from carpeting and wooden flooring. Take safety measures before you start painting so you don’t have to worry about the after effects.
Prep before you paint. Painting the rooms in your home can provide a new face lift for a little bit of nothing if you are prepared. Don’t try to do it all in one day or weekend. Be prepared before you start. Have all of the necessary tools on hand.
One great way to up the value of your home is to add a second bathroom. A second bathroom can be really helpful, especially when you have more than one floor in your house. It is not uncommon for multiple people to need a bathroom at the same time.
When you hire a contractor to work on a home improvement project, make sure that he is holding a current license and that he has insurance for his employees. This is important for your protection, in case you have a legal dispute about the quality of the work. In addition, if his employees are not covered by his insurance, you might be financially responsible for any injuries that an employee incurs, while he is on your premises.
To save yourself time and trouble on future maintenance when you do any home improvement, remove water heaters from your attic. While attic water heaters save space, they are difficult to maintain and offer the significant danger of ruining your ceilings (at the very least), if they ever leak. Relocating your water heater into a close,t costs very little space and adds, peace of mind.
When you can, use materials that are natural for your home improvement projects. Natural building products made from wood, stone and ceramic are generally superior to artificial ones. They are also stronger and more attractive. Costlier natural products are likely to generate savings in the longer term, since synthetic materials will need frequent replacement.
For a paint finish that really lasts, always sand, strip and prime, prior to applying a fresh coat. Many people think that skipping the preparatory steps of painting will speed up the process, but down the road old paint will peel through the new finish, ruining your paint job and forcing you to strip off yet another layer of paint before repainting again.
As you can see by now, even newbies will find certain projects easy. Performing your own home repairs can be daunting, but quite rewarding. Hopefully, this article has given you some tips for home improvements that you can easily tackle.