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Practical Tips For Home Improvement Projects

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by James Lawrence
(Marrickville NSW, Australia)

We see the same scenery every single day in our homes, and that’s why so many homeowners decide that it’s time for a little remodeling. Painting the walls, re-arranging the furniture, and going with new molding — these can seem like easy enough tasks from the start.

However, many people find that they’re daunting. No matter what your goals are, check out these great home improvement tips:

Always allow for extra time when you are doing a home improvement project that involves plumbing. No one likes to be without their kitchen or their bathroom for an extended period of time. You would like to hope that you can get the work done in a day or two and be back up and running quickly. However, rerouting pipes and installing sinks and other fixtures takes time, and unexpected things almost always come up. Plan on projects that involve plumbing to take longer than you expect them to take.

* If you are working with someone else on a home improvement project, make sure to have clear lines of communication. It is important that everyone be assigned a role that caters to their strengths. It is also important that all members of the team understand the role they will have in the project. Clear communication will ensure that the project is completed in a timely fashion.

* Take a close look at your home and what ideas you have. As with any home improvement project, you need to know where to begin. Looking through your entire home and cataloging changes you want to see if you can get the best idea of where to start out. Work through the list from necessity to wants.

* Before removing wallpaper from a room as part of a home improvement project, be sure to determine what type of wallboard is underneath the paper. Generally, you will find either plaster or drywall. Drywall requires much more care when removing wallpaper, as it can be damaged by over-wetting or scraping.

* Find the home that is the right size and has the features that your family needs to live a happy and comfortable life. There are many features that will make living in the home more comfortable depending on the lifestyle and tasks that a person has in their life. Finding the one that meets your personal needs will keep you happy with your home longer.

* During summertime, go outside and pick some wildflowers. Place the wildflowers between the pages of an old and unwanted phonebook. Pile about 50 to 60 pounds of books on top of the phonebook to press the flowers dry. After about a week or two of pressing, adhere your flowers to a piece of card-stock and hang them in your room. They create a great focal point as well as a nature friendly approach to home decorating.

* If you are a handy man, then you can do a lot of work on your home on your own. One of the easiest and most rewarding projects that you can do yourself is to add a deck made of wood to your back entrance for events.

* If you are looking to spruce up the exterior of your house, first think about the last time the exterior of your home was painted. Consider repainting or resurfacing the walls to give your home a fresh look. Also remember to take the time to patch, repair, or replace any damaged areas as well.

* When selecting a contractor for a home renovation, be sure to find someone you trust. Perform interviews as if you were hiring a personal assistant. You will have to let this contractor into your home and workwith them on a daily basis. It’s better to select one you trust from the beginning than to face personality clashes later.

* Make your real estate remodeling activities more green to save money. You can have substantial long term savings within your investment when you choose environmentally safe materials and appliances. There are many items, from paint to building materials, that will have a much better, and longer-lasting, impact on everyone’s future.

* Refurbishing an unfinished basement floor can bring the space together while increasing the functionality of the basement. Family members and friends will want to go down there more than they did before and one can create a new area to entertain guests. Putting down a wood, carpet, or synthetic floor will really improve ones basement.

* If you have a large, open kitchen, consider building or buying a movable kitchen island. An island can be covered with tile, granite, or marble tops, making it the perfect extra surface for preparing meals, serving food, finishing up homework, or as a makeshift mini-bar that goes wherever you need it to. Many models include storage features like drawers, hooks, and built-in cutting blocks.

* Taking good care of your home is as important as putting money in your savings account on a regular basis. Well maintained homes are worth more money than those which need lots of deferred maintenance. By keeping up with small fixes, you will keep your home at it’s prime market value.

* When looking for someone to help you with home improvements, do your research. This is important because you do not want an inexperienced or unskilled person working on your home. Ask around for a good worker from family and friends or go online and look for reviews onhome contractors in your area.

* Consider the payback when adding improvements to your home. The more personally-tailored an improvement is, the less likely it will increase your home’s value to others. Others will not see the same value in your hand-painted kitchen tiles from Italy. Estimate a return of approximately 50 cents for each dollar you put into improvements.

Something that seems on the surface to be so simple can end up being incredibly complicated if you’re not aware of how to handle a task. Painting can turn into a nightmare; adding more lights could leave you in the dark. The tips in this article will help you learn about homeimprovement, so put them to good use.

Updated: July 14, 2013 — 2:07 am

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