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by Jayne Holden
(Toronto, Canada)

Home improvement is not just for dedicated enthusiasts. Any homeowner can increase the value and appeal of his or her home with some simple projects. Home improvement projects are easy to complete when you research them ahead of time and prepare yourself well. Here are some great ideas for doing home improvement work without the hassle:

* Everyone has heard the saying “plant a tree for your tomorrow.” Well, you can also plant a tree in order to increase the value of the property of your home. It has been estimated that each tree planted that grows to full size increases your property value by 1000 dollars.

* Decorating your walls on a tight budget can be quite simple and requires no painting. Consider buying a large quilt or an interesting piece of tapestry and affixing it to your wall. This can be a nice conversation piece on your wall, and provide you with a nice piece of your personality to look at.

* If you are looking for home improvement ideas that can add value to your house, then lighten everything up by adding space if you can. If your rooms are small, then this gives a cramped/dark feeling to them. Look to see if you can knock down a wall to combine two rooms (possibly between a kitchen and dining room). This will give a light and airy feeling to the space.

* Take your new cabinets apart before installing them. Remove the cabinet doors and all of the drawers to make them lighter and easier to install. Make sure to label all of the drawers and doors so that you can get them put back onto the right cabinet when they are installed.

* Don’t throw out your small baby food jars; instead use them to organize your workspace. Superglue or screw the lids of the jars to the underside of a wall shelf. Insert small items into the jars, such as: beads, jewelry parts, screws or nails. Then twist the jars back into place under the shelf. This helps take full advantage of a wall shelf and small jars you didn’t think you would ever need.

* In any home with original wood floors, the homeowner considering home improvement projects, should avoid replacing the floors, at all cost. The older a wood floor is, the less likely it is that it can be replaced with an equally attractive floor. It is much better to refinish existing wood floors. Even in cases of the most extreme damage, laying a new floor over the original one is preferable to removing it.

* When you are replacing your siding with veneer some positive things to keep in mind about that material are the functional advantages to other sidings. The veneers can protect your home quite well from damages, they are very easy to install, and require little to almost no maintenance which is very important.

* Choose very carefully whether to add a personal touch through home improvement or to make changes which are more widely acceptable. For example, choosing a bold paint color is great if you plan to stay in the house for decades, but an unwise choice if you’re planning on selling soon.

* When looking to replace counter tops, go with granite. Most granite is attractive looking, durable, reasonably priced and is able to withhold hot products. Also, because it is so hard, it will not scratch, blister, or crack. It is easy to clean and does not wear down like other counter tops.

* A key tip to an excellent home improvement painting project is to paint like a professional. Use the proper tools for the job and do not take shortcuts. If you were a master painter you could probably do the job in half the time, but take your time in order to do it like a professional would.

* Try to replace your exterior light fixtures. Consider the style of the light fixtures and their function. You need them to be able to bright enough to light up your entryway and to make it safer. Try looking for fixtures that have the same mounting system as your current ones so you can save time on the project.

Hopefully this info will make your next project a breeze. Not only is it easy to complete home improvement projects when you do them right, it can be addictive, too. Doing good work will lead you to taking on new, more ambitious projects. As long as you remember to educate yourself thoroughly beforehand, the sky’s the limit.

Updated: November 3, 2013 — 1:08 am

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