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.
If you can afford it, get wood flooring rather than laminate. Laminate looks almost like real wood and is easy to care for, but it cannot be refinished. In 10 or so years you or whoever owns the home will be required to get a whole new floor rather than refinishing it.
Age your new wall paneling a few days before installing it. New paneling is typically stored at the warehouse in large tightly compressed piles. When the individual pieces are removed from those piles and exposed to room humidity they sometimes shrink. Providing an aging period of a few days in your home will keep you from suffering the consequences of the shrinkage.
Wallpaper can be a great designer addition to your home, but after awhile - accidents happen - and wallpaper can start to peel. You can easily fix it with some wallpaper paste. Using a knife, smear some wallpaper paste on a piece of writing or printer paper. Rub the piece of paper that you just smeared paste on against the underside of the peeling wallpaper. Slowly start pressing the wallpaper back against the wall, while slowly sliding out the piece of paper. Smooth any wrinkles or bubbles with the help of a clean cloth.
Get plenty of help from family and friends before tackling your next home project. Get commitments beforehand. They may have other things to do if you ask them once you start. You also run the risk of running overbudget or overtime, which can be a problem for outdoor projects that rely on good weather.
Hot glue your screws, nuts, bolts and other hardware to their storage containers! It can be difficult to find what you are looking for in even the most organized tool shops. Written labels may all start to look the same when you rifle through all of your containers looking for a part.
When it comes to home improvement,it is not uncommon to ask for a contractor to provide references from their previous jobs. This is important to ensure that their prior customers received the satisfaction that you desire. It is not abnormal to ask for this, and if the contractor acts otherwise it is most likely because they have something to hide.
Chandeliers are a great addition to any dining area, but overtime they can be a real collector for dust. To get rid of the dust on your chandelier you first need a pair of white cotton gloves. One of the gloves needs to be dry and the other needs to be dampened with any brand of glass cleaner. Make sure to wipe each prism with the damp glove first and then the dry one.
Do you want to gain a little closet or floor space in your next home improvement project? Relocate your water heater to your attic! Modern water heaters are produced in efficient, reliable "low-boy" designs that you can tuck safely between your ceiling and your roof. This allows you to gain a little extra storage space.
Do not choose a contractor just because he is offering you much cheaper rates than everyone else. Sometimes that is a sign that he or she doubts the quality of their work and you should to. Always get a few estimates and make sure each of the these contractors gives you references.
Perpetually closed doors can make a hallway or corridor appear uninviting and uncomfortably narrow. Replace your solid door with a French door, which has a series of clear glass panels framed by wood. If you are concerned with privacy, opt for translucent glass or an adhesive to give the glass a "frosted" look. Home Depot and Lowe's carry adhesive window films for under twenty dollars.
Sand and refinish an old dinning room table for an inexpensive way to refresh your dinning room area. Although this takes time, refinishing it will make the old table appear like new. Be sure to take your time in order to have a good looking finished product.
If you are not able to take good care of your yard, try changing it to a low maintenance version to make it less work. Most low-maintenance yards feature plants that don't require lots of water and extensive beds of maintenance-free rock and gravel. This sort of yard is cheap to maintain and it requires minimal work over time.
Hide clutter to make each room look fresh and inviting. Over time, we tend to collect things - photos, gadgets, plants, and little artifacts that turn into clutter in our home. Arrange these things into collections by color, put them into bookcases, or buy attractive boxes or chests with lids to contain them. This gives your rooms a clean, relaxed look.
One of the quickest, most inexpensive ways to brighten up a room is to paint your walls. Visit your local home improvement center to look at paint samples. Select colors that you find fun and exciting! If you wind up not liking the results, you always have the option of painting over it.
Purchase your building materials at re-use stores such as Habitat For Humanity's Re-Store. When you do this, you are saving resources and recycling your money by investing it in your own home and in providing homes for the homeless. If you hire a contractor, make sure s/he does not throw out usable materials. Either re-use them yourself or donate them to the Re-Store.
If your home has more closets than you need, consider converting one or more into another functional space, such as an office, a home bar, or a small library. By removing the doors and adding shelves, a desk, a chair or other furnishings, you can utilize the storage space you don't need as extra living space.
Pay attention to how the sun hits your home and how much sun it receives when choosing paint colors for the exterior. Check out paint samples at various times of day to see how they might look in different amounts of light. Don't forget to test your trim and accent colors in the sunlight too.
Home improvement could become your new hobby: it saves you a lot of money when you consider how much you can do to improve your home. These tips should help you get started or get new ideas. Remember that home improvement should either be fun or save you money. Consider this before you start a new project.