Home improvement can be great for the do-it-yourself homeowner, or the homeowner who likes to hire a professional to take on the project. Either way, you can’t go wrong with making repairs and doing some upgrading as long as you follow these tips and advice on how to avoid pitfalls and make the best decisions possible.
Few realize just how easy it is to install a new light fixture in homes that were built within the last ten years ago. Most overhead lights now include all the wires and screws needed; in most cases the only wiring required is to connect the circuit box of the new fixture to the wires in your ceiling. Look for everything-included kits, which are designed for the average homeowner and include useful resources to help you through the process.
When deciding to do home renovations on a budget, allow for an extra 10% for cost overruns. It is inevitable that any home improvement project is going to have things happen that just cannot be accounted for in the beginning. So, include this extra 10% so you do not go out of your budget.
When planning your kitchen, make sure your stove and your refrigerator are not right next to each other. If you set them side-by-side, they will both have to work too hard. You will waste energy and get less life from your appliances with this arrangement, and neither will perform optimally.
To get a better looking basement, try staining its floors. Staining concrete floors is less costly than replacing them, and looks very stylish. Adding a stain also makes your floors more durable and keeps them easy to clean. Look for a stain that will add lustre and shine. This can make your floors look much more expensive than they actually are.
Use semi-gloss paint on trim or moldings and high humidity areas. Semi-gloss paint looks fantastic on trim and moldings, as it really draws attention to the detail. It can also be used on bathroom and kitchen walls, as it is very resistant to humidity, and withstand stains. Be careful to only use gloss paint on a really smooth surface, as imperfections will be highly visible. That being said, it is the easiest of all paint finishes to clean.
Design your ideal kitchen online. There are a number of room planning software tools that will help you to create the perfect design for your kitchen. You can drag and drop the units and appliances into your room plan. Remember to leave at least 36″ to 48″ of floor space in front of appliances and cabinets, as you need to be able to open the doors comfortably. Once you have the ideal design figured out, it will be much easier to purchase exactly what you need.
When you are thinking about taking out a home improvement loan make sure you do your research. It has become increasingly harder to take out a home improvement loan that is unsecured which means you may have to use your home as collateral. Make sure this is something that you are prepared to do.
If your walls are in bad condition, consider using wallpaper instead of paint. Wallpaper can hide all manner of damage on a wall, like hairline cracks, grease marks, chips, pen marks, etc. Paint on the other-hand, can draw attention to even the smallest defect on an interior wall. Wallpaper also have the added advantage of making a room feel cozier.
If you are the proud owner of a home with a slate roof, a good thing to do is clean it regularly. Do what you can to keep it in good condition and it can last 75-200 years. It is not nicknamed ‘the hundred year roof’ for nothing.
To raise your home’s value without spending a lot of money, take the time to replace your light fixtures. Light fixtures are one of the first things that catches a buyer’s eye, and a dingy and dated one can change their opinion of the whole room. An inexpensive new light fixture will make the room feel fresh and new.
When you are doing a project that requires screws to be put into drywall, you should use anchors. Anchors reinforce the screw to make a stronger hold, allowing them to hold more weight. Some screws are included with a plastic anchor that is inserted into the wall before the screws, while other have anchors built right into the screw, in the form of a strong metal spiral.
An easy way to save money with home improvements is to never have to be forced into doing them by keeping up with the maintenance and repairs on your property. Once a month you should walk around your home and take specific notice of what is in need of repair and fix it.
If you are improving a home that you plan to live in for the rest of your life, then always get the best materials you can afford. While 10 years may sound like a long time, ask yourself if you really want to be doing this project again down the road, and opt for materials with a lifetime warranty instead.
When planning a home renovation with your contractor, be honest about your budget. While many homeowners fear that they will get ripped off by a contractor if it is known how much money they have to spend, the reality is that being honest will get you better results. The contractor is free to budget for better work and higher-quality materials if they know your true cost ceiling.
Choose very carefully whether to add a personal touch through home improvement or to make changes which are more widely acceptable. For example, choosing a bold paint color is great if you plan to stay in the house for decades, but an unwise choice if you’re planning on selling soon.
Whether you are improving your own personal residence or an investment property that you will use for resale or renting, the tips we have discussed in this article will set you well on your way to higher property values as well as hassle free and financially responsible remodeling projects.