10 Tips for Home Improvement
So you consider yourself a do-it-yourselfer? You know your way around a tool box or you just like taking on new challenges. In this article I will highlight 10 simple tips for home improvement.
- Be Realistic: You need to assess your Strengths and Weakness’s when determining how to tackle your project. I wouldn’t advise rewiring your own home if you have never dealt with electricity before. I would highly recommend hiring a plumber to handle the big projects in your home if you have never dealt with piping & plumbing.
- Budget: When starting a project, you want to set a budget on the supplies you will need. Painting a room is a lot less expensive than remodeling your kitchen. Make sure you do your homework on the cost of materials being used in your home improvement project. Even the pro’s end up with Cost Over-runs. Budget wisely because a half finished project stopped because of lack of funds hurts more than a project never started. Imagine you decide to retile your bathroom but have to stop before you are finished. Exposed walls and water are not a good mix.
- Timeframe: Know in advance how long the project take. There is a difference between a weekend project like painting an apartment and remodeling your kitchen.
- Choose Materials Wisely: Your home is your castle, it is better to pay for quality material that will stand the test of time than to skimp on costs and have to redo the project shortly after.
- Kitchens: A simple kitchen remodel job can be undertaken by replacing old appliances, sanding down & repainting the walls and Touching up the cabinets. Total Costs should be from $5,000 to $10,000. Modern Kitchens add value to your home.
- Bathroom: The elements of a bathroom are pretty standard. Toilet, Sink, Tub/Shower. So how can you spruce up your bathroom? You can make good use of your space. Smaller bathrooms should have smaller tiles, solid color, narrow toilet. Larger bathrooms can have bigger tiles, more colors and possibly a jacuzzi. What can you do by yourself? Paint. For most bathroom jobs I would recommend hiring a pro. With materials and labor you can expect to spend about $5,000.
- Painting: This is possibly the simplest of weekend home improvement projects you can undertake. What will you need for this project? Sandpaper to sand down the walls, primer/paint (they come in combo form now), brushes, rollers, pan, paint thinner, newspaper for the floor, painters tape. The key here is to know the difference between flat, Semi-Gloss and Gloss. They all look nice but they have different uses. Gloss and Semi-Gloss have a shine and are easier to clean. Flat looks, well flat and can be tougher to clean.
- How to Book: A good reference book is priceless. Here is my recommendation. Black & Decker The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair: with 350 Projects and 2000 Photos (Black & Decker Complete Photo Guide)
- De-Clutter: No matter how large of a home you have, clutter takes away from its appeal. You should Spring Clean, Summer Clean, Fall Clean and Winter Clean. This one is probably easier than painting.
- Handy-Man #: You might or might not be that handy. In case of an emergency you should always have the number to a good Handy-Man. You can probably even pick their brains on the things that you might be having trouble with.
This is a basic 10 point guide to home improvement. Fixing your home can be an exciting endeavor but as a reminder, see step 1!
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