Most homeowners can attest to the fact that owning your home can be costly and requires work. On an average, homeowners usually spend up to 3 per cent of their home’s value on improvements each year. There are many ways to reduce costs and make your home more valuable thanks to home improvement: go over these tips before you start planning your next home improvement project.
Stay as creative as possible when renovating your home. Perhaps you can add built-ins, a wine cellar or a library. Additions like these will impress visitors, but will also give potential buyers an extra reason to purchase your property.
When you make improvements, think about the rest of the neighborhood too. If your home is the only Victorian in an neighborhood of saltbox cottages, it will look out of place. Remodeling projects should always blend well into the neighborhood in order to facilitate easier sale.
Try getting rid of bubbles in your vinyl floor. If your old vinyl flooring has a bubble under the surface, slice it open with a sharp utility knife to release trapped air. Cutting it will make the bubble go down. Inject glue into it to hold it to the floor after you have cut it. Glue, prepackaged in syringes, is perfect for this job.
Planning to insulate your home while you are already planning a home improvement can kill two birds with one stone. Use weather stripping on doors and windows. If you can reduce the air flow into the house, you will get more efficiency from your furnace and air conditioning. That will also lower your energy bill.
There are many types of materials you have to avoid while making home improvements, and certain types of drywall now fit this bill. Avoid purchasing drywall (i.e. sheet rock, wall board) manufactured in China. Much of the sheet rock used in construction in the US has been imported from China since 2005. A lot of this drywall, however, is not of good quality. In extreme cases, Chinese drywall gives off harmful gases that can corrode wires in the walls.
You can improve your basement by staining the floor. It can make the space look fresh and updated without the headache and costs associated with a replacement floor. The stain will also help the floors last longer and you won’t have as much trouble wiping them down. Choose your stain carefully: select a nice color and make sure you are purchasing a stain that is easy to apply. An upgraded stain can give your basement a richer feel for less money than installing a new floor.
Now that you’ve come to the end of this article, you’re more likely to improve your home without damaging your budget. You can keep your wallet happy yet still enjoy the new look of your home.