Tools You Can Trust:  How-To Tips For The Homeowner

Tools You Can Trust: How-To Tips For The Homeowner

A home improvement project can improve your home’s efficiency and appearance. You can tackle many projects yourself, and some do not cost much and are easy to do. Read this article for some suggestions to get started. You will also get ideas of easy fixes you can do.

If you can afford purchasing real wood floors rather than laminate, then do so. Despite a similar appearance to real wood and being easy to take care of, laminate cannot be refinished. In 10-20 years, you will find that your floors need to be replaced and cannot be refinished.

TIP! You should dust your entire home once a week. Allergens and dust bunnies seem to breed when dust accumulates.

If you use motion sensor lights instead of regular porch lights, you will lower your electric costs. You will still be able to turn the light on manually when you need to, and the motion detector can be adjusted for sensitivity.

Stop bugs from entering your home by sealing cracks. Apply caulk around windows and base boards. When the caulk is dry, insects will have difficulty entering and air will have difficulty getting out.

TIP! Downspouts, chimneys and gutters often get overlooked when it comes to home improvements and as well as yearly updating. It is essential that you look at all of the different parts of the house to ensure they do not need an upgrade or repair.

Decide which room in your home will be the focus of your first renovation project. It is not necessary to transform the entire house all at one time, and it may make sense to make renovations gradually to spread out your expenses. Planning ahead will allow you to find the best deals on the products you need to do the work. This will help you save money on your next home improvement project.

When putting your house up for sale, a bathroom is an important room to consider remodeling. Buyers can easily customize the majority of rooms, but make sure your bathroom is attractive and in good working order. So you should try to choose tubs, toilets and other fixtures in the bathroom to be of quality but not too customized to your tastes. Put in tile if you have linoleum flooring.

TIP! Add exhaust fans to high moisture areas, such as bathrooms, cooking areas, and laundry rooms. Proper venting of moist air lowers the humidity of the room, reducing the chance of developing a mold or mildew problem.

You should be paying most attention to visible improvements in your home. Whoever looks at your house is going to go off of what they see, so the last thing you want to present to them is peeling paint or some untrimmed hedges, which can cause them to not buy the house. While it is true that some of the most important improvements are not obvious, for the selling of your house you need to focus on the obvious visual ones.

Display your jewelry on a coat rack mounted on the wall. Be sure to hang costume jewelry only and nothing of high value. Not only will your jewelry be displayed like the art that it is, but it will also stay neat and tidy. Keep the few pieces of jewelry that you wear more often in front and close at hand.

TIP! Tie or cut dangling blind cords. Long or dangling cords pose a safety risk to small children and pets, who may become ensnared.

Use aluminum foil to cover electrical outlets prior to painting. It is much easier to use foil, rather than tape, and it protects your covers from the mess. It is quick and easy to remove, too. Let paint dry prior to removing the foil.

These days, there is something new that needs to be considered when doing projects. Avoid purchasing drywall (i.e. sheet rock, wall board) manufactured in China. In the last few years, the amount of drywall being brought in from China has increased. Most of it is of terrible quality. It’s not only the crumbling and buckling you have to worry about. Some Chinese drywall can actually emit harmful gases.

TIP! Buying extra bricks can be a great idea so that you’ll be able to match them in the future if necessary. When repairs are needed, or you wish to add on to your home, it can be hard to get an exact match for your style of brick.

A drill comes in handy for many projects. Whether you need holes drilled for screws, screws driven into those holes or many other uses, your drill is the tool. You should have a 9-volt cordless, battery-powered drill and some 1/32, 1/16, 1/8, and 1/4″ drill bits. Get attachments that can drive Phillips and flathead screws, too.

One great way to improve safety and aesthetics is by replacing doorknobs. It takes less than an hour to install. All you need to start is a screwdriver. Doorknob replacements can be located by looking at a hardware store.

TIP! Make sure you accentuate your home’s selling points. Try not to block off any scenic views! If is always a great idea to highlight a home’s selling points.

A good place to start home renovation is the kitchen. If you have grease stains on your walls, mix a solution of 2 to 1 TSP and water. This will spiff them up and have them quickly ready for repainting. Use shades of tan to paint the kitchen and you will be surprised at how much better the room looks.

Septic systems must be kept clean. You can simply use chemicals that don’t overflow and accelerate decomposition. Make sure to avoid damaging your septic tank when making home improvements. Get a home plan if you need it so you can avoid damaging it accidentally.

TIP! Get windows that have a secondary glazing. Although these windows can cost more, they help decrease energy costs as well as outside noise considerably.

We hope that these strategies have helped you in realizing the potential that home improvement can bring. You can make your home your own if you have the pertinent tools. This can be a great side project that will improve the value of your home and make your living space more enjoyable.

If you dislike paneling or painting, consider using wallpaper. Wallpaper is an attractive look that is fairly inexpensive. When choosing wallpaper to use, make sure you don’t choose one that will be especially difficult to remove. You may find that you don’t like the wallpaper once it is up.

TIP! Switch out your window treatments to update your living space. Window curtains are generally affordable and come in a wide variety of styles and colors.

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Originally posted 2016-05-20 05:16:13.

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