If you’ve got a spare weekend and want to do something to improve your home, take a few seconds to read the advice that follows. While not everyone can do it themselves, even those who are hiring a professional, will benefit from understanding a few of basics of home improvement.
Keep your air conditioning filter as clean as possible. A clogged up filter can really use a lot more energy to run. Dirty filters can also make your unit run for a longer than necessary time. Change out your filters monthly to avoid buildup.
Don’t overlook the addition of storage space to your new or existing home. Most homes are substantially lacking in storage space. Add built in bookshelves to the living room or dining room. Turn a broom closet near the kitchen into a food pantry. Small changes and additions will really add up.
When it comes to home improvement, go with your gut feeling about the contractor as long as everything else matches up. Do not even consider someone that you do not fully trust, as you probably have that feeling for a reason. If you have a hint of mistrust toward the contractor that you meet with, it may only lead to anger and mistrust on an exponential level if things do not go according to plan.
When it comes to home improvement, take your current space into consideration before adding on with new construction. It may be much more cost effective to convert either an attic or basement into living space. Added costs come into play when you have to add more to your foundation or roof area.
One way to save money and energy is to buy a programmable thermostat if you don’t already have one. A programmable thermostat will allow you to specify what temperature you want your house to be at any given time or day throughout the week, even when you are away from home.
If you’re hiring a handyman to take a look at some problems, be sure to draw up a contract. A written contract keeps both sides honest and protects you, the homeowner, from exploitation. With no contract, you may be taken advantage of.
Choose wallpaper patterns carefully. Avoid using overpowering patterns in small spaces; conversely, using a bold design in a very large room will make it appear cozier. Never use a patterned wallpaper if you have patterned carpet or window coverings. For a room full of awkward corners and recesses, pick a wallpaper with a random design that the eye doesn’t tend to follow. This will help to disguise any imperfections in the walls.
If you want a tranquil feeling in a room, select light blues, greens and purples. Use linen and cotton fabric instead of heavy patterns and dark brocades. Use candles, diffusers, potpourri and other home fragrance products to create an atmosphere that enhances your tranquility.
Remodel your kitchen if it has ugly or outdated appliances and cabinetry. Kitchens are a significant portion of the value of a home. By remodeling your kitchen, you can greatly increase the value of your home. Install stainless steel appliances, replace cabinet doors and put in a tile or glass backsplash.
When your home improvement or renovation project is big enough, you will likely be working with a general contractor, who will have sub-contractors working for him in turn. If problems arise on the job, your general contractor may blame his subs. As the homeowner, you are the boss. Be sympathetic but firm in reminding the general contractor that he is ultimately responsible for his subs’ work.
Now that you have a basic understanding of home improvement, in general and the types of projects you should be looking into, you can see how it has the potential to benefit the quality of your home, as well as, your bottom line. You’re ready to get out there and tackle the weekend.