by Hannah Ramirez
(West Islip, NY, USA)
Undertaking a home improvement project not only makes your homea more pleasant place to live, but will also increase its value. Before you get started, though, make sure you give yourself an advantage and help yourself avoid common errors by making use of the tips and techniques in this article.
* Prepare for loss of water use. If you are planning any project involving plumbing and/or shutting off the supply of water to the house, make sure you account for your family’s needs. You should at the very least have several buckets of water available for manually flushing the toilet; or you could consider renting a portable lavatory for longer projects.
* When renovating a kitchen or bathroom, avoid using linoleum. The foremost reason for this is that linoleum has dropped out of fashion and can make your new renovation seem dated. Tile has a much better appearance, can be used in any situation where you might choose linoleum, and can even have radiant heat grids installed underneath for the extra touch of heated floors.
* When it comes to home improvement, the lowest bidder for your project will not always translate to be the one who does the best work. Many times, a quote that is too good to be true is just that, due to poor work quality or hidden costs. Be sure to check with any agencies that provide feedback about contractors before hiring them.
* Upgrade your kitchen to improve home value quickly. Kitchen improvements can be as simple as refreshing paint or wallpaper or as complex as installing new cabinetry, appliances or flooring. You can do most kitchen improvements yourself or contract with a professional for more difficult items. Investing in your kitchen makes your homemore enjoyable for yourself and your family, and it also increases the home value should you ever decide to sell your house.
* If you plan to sell your home in the near future, you should avoid expensive home- improvement projects that cater to your unique personal tastes. Such projects will often be a waste of money in the sense that they will not correspondingly raise the value of the home.
For example, installing expensive custom-made bathroom tiles from Italy is a poor choice for a home-improvement project because potential buyers will rarely agree with you on their value. Prospective buyers will have their own personal tastes and will already be planning to incorporate their tastes into their own projects.
* Having a small kitchen doesn’t have to be all bad. Since you have limited surfaces and space to work with, make sure to purchase a sink with a deep bowl. Then add some elegant high- end faucets to match the rest of your kitchen. You can easily create a feeling of space without having to compromise the rest of your home.
* If you’re looking to build some recreational fun into your home, keep in mind that anything that poses as a potential hazard can raise yourhome insurance premiums. Adding a swimming pool or trampoline for the kids can increase your yearly premiums as much as 10 percent. Make sure to take this into consideration prior to purchasing to determine if the benefits outweigh the additional insurance costs.
* Bugs tend to plague every household. A great way to ensure that you have it under control is by vacuuming and moving things around daily. Also, pinecones are actually a great remedy to keep bugs away. Collect pinecones and display them in a bowl to: repel the bugs, and add a chic touch to your decor.
No matter what kind of home improvement project you are considering, the advice in this article can help you get the best results. Whether you are redoing a kitchen, installing a new shower or adding a second floor, the tips and ideas in this article, will help your project go smoothly.