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.
Considering the cost of hiring a plumber, you will probably want to do some of the simpler plumbing tasks yourself. An essential tool is the pipe wrench. It is adjustable, so it can fit a pipe perfectly, and it provides an excellent grip and leverage. This one tool will more than pay for itself.
An easy way to make the worn our furniture and scuffed up floors look like new is to add new lighting fixtures. There are many styles of lights that create a comforting aura of light. While you may think the adding light to the room emphasizes the impurities, but guests will only notice the bright and cheery glow of the house.
Think about using stain instead of paint on your baseboards for your next home improvement. The classic look of finished wood complements virtually any home decor style. Stained backboards also serve the benefit of defending against stains and marks, which can increase its longevity. There are several colors to choose from so you can match any decor.
Dramatically increase the odds of your family staying safe in emergencies by having a family meeting to discuss your home’s escape routes. When there is a tragic accident or something beyond your control, people can tend to panic. Preparing escape routes in advance gives your family something to focus on when confronted with fire or other dangers. It’s important to discuss alternate routes out of the home with everyone, not just the most obvious routes.
When building an addition to your home, make sure to use insurance-friendly materials. Cement or steel buildings present less of a liability to the insurance company in case of fire, so they charge lower premiums for using them. Wood framed buildings will greatly increase your premiums, because these are much more likely to be damaged in any sort of disaster or fire.
If you are re-painting a small space, such as an undersized bedroom or living room, make use of light colors. Lighter colors on the walls will reflect more light, making the room feel brighter and larger. Also, consider using two shades of the same color in stripes, which can make the room feel longer or taller.
Gutters clogged with leaves or other debris can cause serious problems with drainage in a rainy season. One of the major causes of leaky basements is clogged storm gutters that re-route rainwater down the siding of a house. Regularly clean your gutters to avoid this problem.
When cracks appear in your interior walls or your ceilings, have them inspected by a construction professional as soon as possible. While the most likely cause of such cracks is a simple failure in the finished surface, they can indicate deeper, much more serious causes. You don’t want to blithely paint over a crack and forget about it when it is actually indicating foundation settlement!
If you are in need of a home improvement project, consider an extension on your home. Extensions can be added to the exterior or the interior of your home and expand on space you already have but aren’t using. For example, loft spaces can be created out of rooms with cathedral ceilings, or a finished attic can act as an extra bedroom.
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.