Making the decision to update your home can be a timely and costly project. However, the equity you gain in your home and the enhanced efficiency and appearance of it can be well worth the effort. Whether you hire a company to do the work or you choose to do it yourself, the following tips can give you guidance on all the do’s and don’ts of every type of home improvement project imaginable.
Arrange for a professional home inspection if you are buying a home. This way, you don’t have to rely on your own eyes and the seller to tell you what may need to be fixed or replaced should you buy the home. A third party who is objective provides a great way to keep relations between the invested parties civil, too.
You can speed the drying of your drywall patch by using a hair blower! Any hair dryer will work as long as it is portable enough that you can direct the air flow from it over your patch. Keep the air temperature set to low and don’t try to dry the patch too quickly or it will crack.
Store your paint cans upside down. A skin forms inside used cans of paint. When you open the can it’s a mess to remove. One solution is to put the used paint cans in your storage area upside down! That way when you turn the can over and open it, the skin is underneath the paint where it can’t cause a problem.
Steer clear of any sort of furniture with very busy patterns. These patterns will have to match other aspects of the room. Instead, buy solid colors in natural tones. You can mix and match patterns with your throw blankets and pillows, while keeping the effect of the patterns at bay.
While you might be courting the prospect of installing a traditional fireplace to help heat your home, this could be a bad decision. In terms of heating the home, the fire creates heat that goes up through your chimney and little goes into the home. It might look great, but it doesn’t work all that well. In addition, a fire needs a fresh supply of air to survive and it takes it from inside your home. Your fireplace will use up a good portion of your home’s oxygen.
Don’t throw out your tub just because it has a few hard to remove stains. There is an easy solution that is sure to help your problem. Mix a few teaspoons of baking soda and a few teaspoons of cream of tartar. Squeeze enough juice out of a lemon to create a paste. Spread the paste with a cloth onto the stain. Leave it for about half an hour and go back and thoroughly rinse your tub out.
Before deciding on how to improve your home, review these tips, and choose the best options for your home, your budget, your family and your situation. Save time, save money and save effort by knowing ahead of time what to avoid and what to strive for when updating your home.