If you’ve got a spare weekend and want to do something to improve your home, take a few seconds to read the advice that follows. While not everyone can do it themselves, even those who are hiring a professional, will benefit from understanding a few of basics of home improvement.
Removing dated wallpaper is a home improvement that can completely transform the interior of your house. If you have money to spend, the best way to remove wallpaper would be to buy a commercial stream wallpaper stripper. If, however, you are on a limited budget, fill a spray bottle with a mixture of hot water and fabric softener and completely saturate the wallpaper. Leave the wallpaper for a few minutes then carefully peel off with a putty knife.
If your rooms are looking rough because of nicks and dents in your wall, then you should try putting toothpaste in the hole to patch it up. Toothpaste can fill small nicks easily and can keep your room looking great. This is a cheap alternative and a quick fix.
Remove an old vinyl tile with heat. Old vinyl tiles often need to be replaced. Getting them up without damaging the tiles around them, however, can be a challenge. Place a dry towel over the tile and then heat it with an iron. The adhesive should loosen and the tile can then be easily removed using a putty knife.
Make sure that you and your contractor are on the same page regarding your budget for the project. Be honest with your contractor regarding the amount of money you have to spend, don’t hide the wiggle room that you built into the budget. Many homeowners fear that they will get taken advantage of, but if you are not honest, you may find yourself having received inferior materials or workmanship because the contractor was trying to cut the costs to fit your budget.
Write down exactly what you are hoping to accomplish with your home improvement project. After you have started the project, you’ll be free to focus on what it takes to accomplish it rather than elements of design. Get inspired by family, friends, home improvement shows and magazines.
Make your home feel like a home by adding a doormat. A lot of people tend to overlook the addition of a doormat in front of a door. It not only serves a purpose of making a home feel complete, but also serves to keep your floors clean. Putting out a doormat where people can wipe their feet will cut down the amount of time you spend cleaning your floors.
If you’re hiring a professional to improve your house, it is vital that you keep records. Do not rely on the contractor to handle this for you. You should keep the contract and the invoices in a file. Complete records will be a boon to you and the contractor, reducing conflict and helping keep the job on track.
Use sandpaper to make the surface smooth before you decide to paint something. Using sandpaper with a fine grit helps to give it a nice smooth finish. Then collect the dust with a damp paper towel or rag, preserving the smooth finish.
It’s normal for the caning in chairs to sag. It’s actually easy to repair. Just wet the bottom with a sponge. Be sure the water is warm. Give your wet chair overnight to dry. Keep doing this until your caning is fixed.
Whenever you are doing an electrical home improvement job, overestimate the number of sockets each room needs. No matter how generous your plans are, an extra duplex outlet in most rooms will prove itself a wise investment over and over. When it comes to your home’s resale value, “there are too many plugs in here” is a phrase home buyers never say.
An easily-missed factor in cooling costs is your AC unit. You may not need to replace your insulation or windows, if you simply replace or clean the filters in your air conditioner. This is true for both window and central air units. The cost of a new filter for your central unit is much less than new insulation!
If you are considering hanging wallpaper in your bathroom, laundry room, or kitchen, opt for wet-look vinyl. This type of wallpaper is able to withstand sprinkles, splashes, and splatters and is also ideal for use in homes in even the most humid climate. Be sure to clean and smooth the wall surface before hanging vinyl, however, as any imperfections may show through.
Now that you have a basic understanding of home improvement, in general and the types of projects you should be looking into, you can see how it has the potential to benefit the quality of your home, as well as, your bottom line. You’re ready to get out there and tackle the weekend.