Making home improvements doesn’t have to mean completing complex tasks. It also doesn’t have to mean spending big bucks. There are many projects that you can complete with just a little guidance. In this article we will provide tips on some simple and cost effective improvements that you could do this weekend.
Sometimes, it takes only a small investment in order to improve your house’s value. If you’re looking to sell your house, then consider doing one or two small things. A good example is a clean coat of interior and exterior paint. For just a few hundred dollars, you can boost your home’s value by close to a thousand dollars!
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.
Use carpet samples to carpet a whole room! Retail stores often throw away their samples. Cut each sample up into smaller pieces and tack or glue them into place for free floor covering. Cut them in identically sized pieces for a tile effect or cut them in irregular geometric shapes for an abstract look.
If your door is still squeaky after trying every imaginable method to fix it, you might want to buy a new hinge. Your local hardware store will carry what you need. Removing the old hinge and installing the new one is an easy project. Then, get the hinge parts aligned and put the pins back into place.
Choose wallpaper patterns carefully. Avoid using overpowering patterns in small spaces; conversely, using a bold design in a very large room will make it appear cozier. Never use a patterned wallpaper if you have patterned carpet or window coverings. For a room full of awkward corners and recesses, pick a wallpaper with a random design that the eye doesn’t tend to follow. This will help to disguise any imperfections in the walls.
Improve your home by removing items you don’t need. You will have more space and your home will appear to be bigger. De-clutter by throwing away, storing or donating unneeded items such as clothes, furniture, etc. Even packing your stuff away in boxes and putting them in the attic will remove things from your immediate living area.
Know what you;re using to unclog your drains. Some cleaners are caustic chemicals. Avoid anything that comes in a crystallized form as the crystals can stick to pipes, causing corrosion and damage. If you have a septic tank, choose a cleaner that is suited for it.
Investing in your own drain snake can be a wise investment to save you money over the years. This will help you avoid buying drain cleaners so often. These tools aren’t for the totally uninitiated, so it may be wise to have a professional show you its proper usage once prior to using. Make sure the snake is the correct size, or you may damage your pipes when you use it.
Many building supplies for use in home improvement jobs are targets for theft. You should be sure to secure them when they are not being used. If your home is safe, meaning everything is locked and shut, you can store equipment inside. A lockable storage unit can prevent theft in an open house.
If you have no shower in your home, you might want to consider adding one. A shower is easier to get into than a bathtub and also limits the water consumed by people in the house. This is especially true if you have kids. Compared with a bath, a five-minute shower uses less than one-fourth of the water used by a full soak in the tub.
If you are working with a very small (less than eight feet wide) section of kitchen counter space, consider visiting a few local granite dealers in search of remnants. Larger dealers often discard these remnants and only charge a small amount for cutting and installing a small counter top. This is an excellent way to add high style to a small surface, and at a great deal no less.
Replace your old curtains with new ones. A faded set of curtains will take away from the look of the entire space. By eliminating them you will add a dramatic feel to your room without having to go through all of the work of painting the room. It is an affordable and easy way to get a new look.
So there you have it, several simple and inexpensive tasks that will improve the value and quality of your home. Tackle one or two at a time, make them a weekend project, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Follow the tips we have provided and you’ll be on your way to improving your home like the pros.