Not only is your home valuable to you financially, but it is valuable personally as well. Since most of our time spent is in our own home, it’s best to make sure it meets your expectations.
In many cases, just a small project can make a huge different to a home’s value. If you are considering selling your home, consider undertaking a few small projects. A new paint job, on both the interior and exterior, will freshen the look of your home. This simple task can significantly raise the value of your home.
Improving your home’s energy efficiency is a type of home improvement that could deliver significant returns in both the short and long term. Possible improvements to consider are: installing solar panels on your roof, cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and replacing any single-glazed windows with double-glazed or even triple-glazed windows.
When doing a DIY home improvement project, put safety first. Make sure you wear protective equipment such as a hard hat and goggles when needed. Use power tools (especially ones you are not familiar with) with extreme caution. Read the directions and ask for help when needed. Home improvement stores are a great resource of information.
Anything simple, like a lampshade, can look and be boring. Go to your local crafts store, pick up some acrylic paint and stencils, and create designs on your lampshades. Keep in mind this can be done with dye based ink pads as well. This helps add personality to your rooms and really enhances a plain lamp shade.
Sponge your drywall. Use the sponge instead of sandpaper. Using a wet sponge can do as good of a job as sanding can. One great thing is that sponging isn’t as dusty as sanding.
Hiring a professional organizer for a home storage makeover, can do wonders for your home’s look. Most of us have catch all areas throughout the house, where items tend to go to die. We all have areas that we look at and say that we’ll straighten it out tomorrow. A professional organizer can suggest changes you can make to avoid these problem areas and make your home more efficient.
Adding attic insulation can help you save money on winter heating bills. Because heat rises, many homes with poor insulation lose heat through the roof during the cold weather months. There are many different materials to choose from, most of which are available at your local home improvement center or builders’ supply store.
If you live in a rural area, consider purchasing a power back up generator. When the lights go out and sometimes your heating even depends on it, you can be without power for hours or even days in seriously harsh weather. A power generator can help you take care of the necessities that you can’t do without when the electricity is out.
Although it can be tempting to continually put off home repairs, or hire a professional to do simple repair work and, in doing so, rack up a costly bill, most people are amazed to discover how easily and readily they are able to do basic home repair work and maintenance themselves.