Expert Advice On Your Next Home Improvement Project

Some homeowners can never seem to get around to beginning their home improvements. The potential costs, the messes and the irritations can be more than they want to jump into. But home improvement does not have to be difficult. For example, a homeowner should take the time to develop a basic working knowledge, as well as developing a budget.

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.

Keep your closet free of clutter by organizing your shoes. Keep boots and shoes that you don’t wear often in a large plastic box, or in the original boxes you got when you purchased them. Only leave out the shoes that you wear at least twice a week. Doing this will allow your closet space to be organized, and your shoes to be neatly displayed.

Focus on exterior lighting for your next home improvement project. Installing an outdoor motion detector is a good choice; the sensor will ensure that the light only comes on when you need it to. Not only does this save you money on energy bills, but the motion detector is also a good security feature. It alerts you if anyone is walking around your property.

One home improvement tip that works well is to be sure you create a contract with the person doing the work when they come to see your problem. If you have a clear contract, you won’t be taken advantage of or surprised with unexpected charges. If you do not have a contract, you may end up paying a lot more than you should.

When planning for landscaping upgrades, consider native plants in your yard plan. They’re generally more hardy and require less water than non-natives. Your plant choices will vary depending on your area, but your county agricultural extension will be able to help you with planning. Also check to see if a local university has a program to help homeowners with native landscaping.

Have a large bulletin board in your kitchen or living room, where you can write reminders for yourself of things you need to do or bills you need to pay. Emergency phone numbers, contacts, brochures, postcards and notes to yourself, look better arranged on a bulletin board and won’t clutter your refrigerator or other appliances.

Facing your outside lights downward can accent your lawn and show its attractive elements. If you can situate some of these lights within your trees, it can often look as if it were moonlight. Try emphasizing garden structures like trellises, statues or seating arrangements.

You can easily change the look and feel of your furniture simply by purchasing distinctive new knobs, handles, and drawer pulls. These accents can be purchased individually or as part of a set for added savings, and the selection of colors, materials, and shapes is virtually infinite. This is also an excellent option to update antique or vintage furniture that is missing its original hardware.

Do-it-yourself hardwood floor installation is especially tempting for homeowners who want to save money by tackling the project on their own. This is fine for most faux-wood kits but if you are using actual wood that must be sanded first, it may be best to hire a professional to handle the sanding. Real wood is quite expensive, and even the smallest sanding goof can ruin the flooring.

Changing the upholstery on your furniture will give your room a fresh new look and cost you far less than buying new furniture. It is quite an easy fix for dining chairs and stools but you will likely have to hire a professional to do the work on big pieces, like sofas.

The canny homeowner pays for quality, not name recognition when buying home improvement materials. Many expensive fixtures and fittings cost so much because they have recognizable brand names and fancy styling. Other fixtures are expensive because they are exceptionally durable and well-made. Learning to spot the difference and spending money on the latter is the way to get the most out of a home improvement budget.

When choosing colors for your room, decorate ‘vertically.’ Choose darker shades for the floor, medium colors on the walls and a lighter color on the ceiling. Don’t be tempted to use darker colors one one side of a room and lighter colors on the other side. This will make the room appear out of balance, as well as, visually unappealing.

This article has presented just some of the many ways that homeowners can better prepare for home improvement projects. Improve the comfort and value of your home by applying what you’ve just read.

5 thoughts on “Expert Advice On Your Next Home Improvement Project”

  1. One of the quickest, easiest and cheapest ways to improve your home is paint. Whether it is the outside or the inside, both areas will look new and transformed. Pick neutral shades and brighter trim colors. Plain white walls tend to make your home look like a rental and not owner occupied.

  2. A great way to add ambience to a room is by lighting a candle. Candles are a romantic gesture in any setting, but also give off a warm glow providing a room with the feeling of warmth and coziness. If your candle is scented, it also gives off a nice scent in the room while making you feel relaxed.

  3. Simple lamp shades can be very boring with no personality. Buy some cheap stencils at your local craft store, and using some acrylic paint or dye based ink pad, dab around the designs and transfer them to your lamp shade. This will give your rooms some personality, taking away the reality of how boring an ordinary lamp shade can be.

  4. Prepare for loss of water use. If you are planning any project involving plumbing and/or shutting off the supply of water to the house, make sure you account for your family’s needs. You should at the very least have several buckets of water available for manually flushing the toilet; or you could consider renting a portable lavatory for longer projects.

  5. Adding casual living areas to a home, is a smart and profitable home improvement project. Many homes have just one living area, the addition of a second that can be used as a family room or den are big plus to potential buyers who see your home as place that they can grow with their own family.

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