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Tricks And Tips On How To Efficiently Improve Your Home

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by Danni Rodgers
(California, USA)

DIY Home improvement does not necessarily mean completing an upgrade inside of the home. Repairs to the driveway or grooming your lawn can also be considered home improvement. There are a lot of things under this umbrella, and there is a lot you should learn before attempting to handle improvements. Check out these great tips:

* Building a dog house in your backyard can provide a fun home improvement project for you to do with your family. It will also provide a place for the family dog to go when it is outside and wants to get some shade, get a drink or take a nap.

* A great home improvement project that will add value to your home is to add a water filtration system. This is usually a very easy home improvement project that can be done in just a couple of hours. There are units that can be installed under the kitchen sink that will filter your sink water.

* When you replace old equipment during a home improvement project, always try to get the most energy-efficient replacements you can afford. In many cases, a slight extra expenditure gets you appliances or building materials, that are far more efficient than the bargain-basement options. These little extra outlays will be quickly offset by reduced energy and heating bills.

* The two rooms in your home that repel or attract the most home buyers are the kitchen and the bathrooms. This is why it is very important for you to keep both of these rooms updated. Buyers love extra bathrooms and updated kitchens, so keep that in mind when planning to do any home improvement.

* If the standpipe in your laundry room overflows when your washing machine drains, check for a clogged vent pipe (usually on your roof). You can also snake the drainpipe, as small socks or pocket debris may exit the washer and become trapped in the pipe. If no clogs are located, you may need to make the standpipe taller or replace it with a wider pipe that can handle your washer’s output.

* A great tip when it comes to home improvements is too replace all your old appliances with newer more energy efficient models. Not only will it look better in your kitchen and laundry facility, but it will also save you on your electricity bill. That’s two birds with one stone.

* When comparing quotes from contractors for home improvement, don’t just look at the dollar amount. There are many factors which should also be compared, like warranties, time lines, labor costs, and how often they are contracted to be on site. You want to balance the cost of the project with how much it will affect your life.

* One way to prevent insects from entering your home is to adjust the surrounds of your home. Make sure there are no piles of straw or leaves around the outer walls of your home. Insects will hide in these patches of straw and leaves and move into your house where the house meets the ground.

* If you need your home improvement work completed in a hurry be prepared to pay for it. If you consult your contractor or workers you will most often find them happy (even eager) to put in more work on your project. Be aware that they are happy because they expect – and deserve! – more pay for a rush job.

It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to throw on some new wallpaper or pull up an old rug, your home improvements will not go as planned unless you’re properly prepared and knowledgeable about what you’re attempting to do. Be sure that you’re taking this information seriously and working to implement what you have read above!

Updated: December 20, 2013 — 1:56 am

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