by Hayley Jones
(Denver, Colorado, USA)
Whether you are inexperienced or you have years of experience, making home repairs will improve your way of life. Your home is part of who you are. The following information is designed to help you get an idea of what you can do improve your home, thus improve your life.
* To silence a toilet that runs intermittently or has a slow trickle into the bowl, check the flapper and flapper seat in the bottom of the tank. Clean the lip of the seat to ensure that mineral build-up isn’t preventing the flapper from seating correctly, and replace the flapper if it seems worn or cracked.
* If you have watercolor paintings hanging in your home, try to place them where they do not receive direct sunlight. The sun, or any bright light, will cause the colors to fade over time. Your treasured paintings may lose their vibrancy–and value. Keeping them out of the sunlight will help preserve their colors.
* To keep all of your family’s device chargers and cables organized, consider devoting one outlet in your home to a charging station. You can build (or purchase) boxes, stands, or other organizational solutions to contain the clutter and provide an easy spot to power up your cell phones, mp3 players, cameras, and more.
* Use scribe pieces to fill in any gaps that you may have when installing cabinets. Use them along the wall to make sure that the drawers are not going to get hung up on the wall or cause a gouge in your wall. This allows for a neat finish along the wall, and will help disguise any curves in the wall.
* Having new windows installed in your home can be very beneficial. Old windows often do not have a tight seal and allow heat and air to escape, causing an increase in your monthly electric bill. Double pane, vinyl windows are a great choice. Not only do they make your home more energy efficient, but they are easy to clean and increase your home’s value.
* Installing carpet can be a daunting task if done yourself, or an expensive task if you pay a professional to do it. Fortunately there is an alternative. Much like vinyl floor tiles, there are carpet tiles that exist. These too have adhesive backing that allows you to install them easily, and they look just like real sheet carpeting when installed.
* Homes that are built in warmer parts of the country often lack proper insulation for the brief periods of cold temperatures. Instead of wrapping your water pipes with rags or pieces of cloth, spend just a few dollars to purchase a flexible, foam pipe covering from the hardware store. This is a permanent solution that will keep your pipes from bursting during an unexpected freeze.
* Home improvements can be a lot of fun when you do it yourself. Make them more enjoyable by having a positive attitude and enjoying the job along the way. Take before and after photos to show your friends and family what you did as the job progressed and feel the pride of doing it yourself.
* If you use a variety of appliances or computers and peripheral devices, use power strips. Using power strips prevents wasteful energy use because the strips ensure your devices are only drawing power when they are in use. Appliances, cell phones and computers draw power even when they are not in use when you plug them directly into an outlet.
* Before you start enjoying your backyard this summer it is a good idea to evaluate the condition of your deck. Check for rotting wood or holes and repair or replace the problem areas. You will be prepared for the summer and this will save you time and money in the long run.
* Search around and price out different contractors to get the best deals. The best way to feel safe when getting a contractor is to ask a friend or family member who has had their home remodeled by one for a good recommendation. This way you know you’re hiring a reliable contractor that you can trust to fix up your home.
* Giving your rental unit a separate laundry room, will save you the headache of trying to co-ordinate running loads when your tenant wants to use the washer and dryer, too. Having your own laundry will give you the ability to wash whenever you wish to, and the laundry facilities in the rental unit, will command a higher rent.
* Use window coverings, such as curtains to complete your home decor look and make your windows look beautiful. You should choose curtains that are three times wider than your window and allow for enough window coverage. If you are looking to let more light in your home choose curtains that are sheer.
* If your bathroom is looking a bit bland, you can put in a new vanity to add a touch of class and elegance. As time goes on, your old vanity will look worn and begin to warp. If you want to improve your bathroom, just buy vanity and drop it in for a touch of class.
* If you are thinking about ripping up some carpet to see what lies beneath, then it is best to start in a corner out of earshot. Use needle nose pliers to gently pull back the carpeting far enough to see the sub floor. You may be pleasantly surprised to see hardwood floors hiding under the carpet. Then again, you can always secure the carpet again if you did not find anything spectacular.
In conclusion, fixing up your home will make you feel good about yourself. No one wants to be living in a home that is in desperate need of repairs. Hopefully, the above information can get your home back into a condition that will make you love to be living in it.