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by Bonny Styles
(Denver, Colorado, USA)

So, you decided that you want to do your own home improvement. That’s a very good thing to do. There is a lot of technique involved to improve upon your home, though. Do you know what you need to know to do it properly? If you don’t, you should look at these tips.

* One of the best home improvements you can do when selling yourhome is to replace the old and worn-out carpets. This will make the property look nice and give a great impression on potential buyers. Buyers quickly get turned off if they think that they are going to have to replace the stained and tattered carpets in every room.

* Beware custom made items. Custom is great for cabinets, but it can get costly when it comes to most items. Save money by figuring out how to modify store-bought items, or how to modify your home itself to fit around the item you purchase. This will typically end up saving you money.

* Start with the bathroom when you are looking for fast homeimprovement projects. Fixing up your bathroom can quickly add value to your property. You will have to spend less for a higher return on property value with the right bathroom fixtures. It is one of the key features people consider when buying property.

* When painting a room it is important to make sure to have proper ventilation. If a room is not moving the air properly it can lead to difficulty breathing. You should keep a window open while you are painting a room so that you can be certain that the air is circulating.

* If you’re unsure of how to fix something in your home, hire a professional instead. Many people start in on home improvement projects thinking that they can do it easily, but that is not the case with many projects. It is easier and more cost effective to let a professional handle it instead of messing up and throwing your materials out.

* On moderately hot summer days, you may want to use a ceiling or other high performance fan instead of running your air conditioner. Check with the leasing agent before renting to learn whether ceiling fans are available in the apartment or not. Modern, high performance fans are not only there to decorate the room, but have a significant cooling effect.

* Paint a room. If you are looking for a home improvement project that takes a bit of time and effort, then painting may be for you. Make sure you have all the proper equipment to do the project, and go for it. A freshly painted room can do wonders for any home.

* You need to lay down drop clothes or old sheets when you are going to be painting a room. Many people do not realize how difficult it can be to get up paint once it has splattered onto a carpet or hardwood floor. Laying down covering is a quick and easy fix that can make a big difference.

* Decals are a great facelift for boring furniture and appliances; getting them off is a different story. If you’re out of ideas on how to remove old decals from surfaces the following tip is sure to help. Spray the decals you wish to remove with WD-40 spray. Try to lift the edges to get the liquid underneath. Let it sit in the solution for a minute or two and then gently scrape the decal with an old credit card or a plastic knife.

* If you are doing work near a kitchen, fireplace, or gas appliance, make sure you know where the gas shutoff for your home is located. If there were to be an accident, and gas started leaking into yourhome, the smallest spark could set it off. If you know in advance where the shutoff is, you can respond faster to the issue before it becomes an emergency.

* If you are buying tools and equipment for a home improvement project, don’t cheap out on the essentials. For example, a cheaply-built ladder will often fall apart while being used and low-quality paintbrushes may shed bristles into the paint, leaving ugly marks on the walls. Aim for middle-grade equipment if you are on a budget, otherwise, you may be in for some nasty accidents.

* If your home lacks windows and natural lighting, consider replacing one of your solid exterior doors with a French door. A French door combines solid wood craftsmanship with a broad expanse of plate glass, to let in a great deal of natural sunlight. This will instantly brighten the look and feel of any room, making it seem airier and more spacious.

* Choosing to use wooden flooring instead of carpeting can save you a lot of hassle in the long run. Carpet can contain allergens and cleaning it is sometimes out of the question. The cost of ripping up and replacing your carpet can almost be as costly as just putting down wooden flooring. Wooden floors can be refinished and repainted as needed; also providing a more rural and cottage style environment.

In conclusion, you wanted to do your own home improvement, but didn’t know much about it going in. You show now have more of an idea of what it takes to do it properly, which is great. If you have any more inquiries as to what to do, make sure that you re-read these tips to help the fundamentals sink in.

Updated: November 8, 2013 — 3:52 am

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