There are as many reasons to engage in home improvement as there are home owners. These projects range in size and scope, and can take as little as a few hours, to months of hard work and labor. No matter if you take the work on yourself or hire professionals, you need to keep several things in mind before proceeding with improvement projects. This article is loaded with advice that will help you through the entire process.
Even the most seemingly minor home-improvement project can have a major impact on the overall value of a home. When you are considering selling your home, think about the small things that you can easily do to improve it. For example, give your house, inside and out, a fresh coat of paint. Although it is an inexpensive project, it can increase your home value, dramatically.
Don’t plan a home renovation just because you can or just because you have the money. Many times, projects that are designed for the sake of being projects end up missing some other vital component of a home renovation, such as being non-value-adding changes or even causing the home to break local building codes.
A touch of spackle and a little paint will freshen up walls that look the worse for wear due to lots of nail and hanger holes. Purchase spackle at any home improvement center. As long as the holes are not too big, a tiny bit of spackle will do. For really small holes, apply spackle with a bobby pin. Once it dries, use something rigid to smooth it over the hole. Then you just have to paint. Any holes in your walls will disappear right before your eyes!
Downspouts, gutters and chimneys are often overlooked when performing updates and maintenance each year. Inspecting these areas of your house is important to ascertain they are in proper working order and also to make any needed repairs. If you do not clean it regularly, your chimney might catch fire; your downspouts and gutters may clog and lead to some water damage if you don’t pay attention.
Maximize kitchen cabinet storage space. Use a turntable inside a cabinet for smaller items such as spice jars. In larger cabinets, use shelf dividers to double the storage space. Stack items on top of each other, such as canned or boxed food goods. Install floor to ceiling pantry cabinets. The most important tip? Get rid of anything you don’t need or use, such as old appliances or tableware. Any food that you don’t intend to eat, especially canned items, can be donated to your local food bank.
Treat your wall to a dolly! No, not to a child’s toy but to a specially made anchor and toggle bolt! The shank of a dolly expands when you screw it tight. It can be used to hold a picture or other light object in place on the surface of a hollow wall where there is no underlying stud to nail to.
It can be costly and time consuming to renovate your home. Thankfully, as long as you’re aware of all the potential benefits and drawbacks of your project, you can keep costs down and make things run smoothly. Use the advice from this article to avoid mistakes and enhance your investment.