Many home-improvement jobs can be done without the help of a professional. Many self-help books are available that you can use to learn exactly what techniques and equipment you need for any job. If you follow the directions, you should be able to get the job done right the first time.
Painting a room is perhaps the cheapest home improvement you can carry out. A fresh coat of paint in a different shade or texture can completely transform a room for minimal cost. If your walls are not in the best condition and you don’t have time to re-plaster them before painting, consider hanging wallpaper instead, to avoid drawing attention to the damage.
To avoid costly mistakes when painting a room, make a small investment in the paint samples that many retailers offer. You can get 8 ounce sample sizes in any available color. For a small cost, you can apply paint to a big enough area to really get a feel for how the paint will look, much more accurately than with paint chips alone.
Use a flexible container to mix up just enough dry plaster of Paris for your intended use. When you are finished with the job all you have to do is allow the remainder of the plaster to harden, turn the container upside down over a trash can, and flex the sides. The plaster will cleanly separate from the container and you can put the container away to use on the next job.
Glue your wallboard in place before nailing it! A caulking gun and the right adhesive makes quick work of the job. The advantages of quicker installation are obvious. Another advantage is fewer nails. Furthermore, the glue holds the wall board tightly in place and the nails you do use are less likely to pop out in the future.
It’s important to have fun when doing any type of home improvement. While you do need to take the project seriously and carefully do any work, you should also try to have fun. Mistakes are more probable if you are not enjoying your work. If this happens to you, hire a professional for help.
Wallpaper borders are no longer as popular as they once were. However, you can add nice designs to your wall without them. Buy some stencils at your local craft store in a theme that matches your home decor and paint them in a line on your wall where normally the wallpaper border would go. This creates a nice visual effect for your eyes to follow in the room.
Put exhaust fans in the kitchen above the stove, and in each bathroom. Venting this air will drastically reduce the probability of mildew and mold invading your home. Lowering indoor humidity will also prevent the trapping of condensation in the walls, thereby preventing rot.
Doing the home improvements yourself can give you a lot of pride and joy. The money that you can save from doing the improvements on your own could be used somewhere else or to do more improvements in the future. Following the directions in the books will make the work quick, easy and rewarding.