As long as people have lived in homes, home improvement has always been a part of the experience. Sometimes the only possible way to really make your home more beautiful and comfortable is to update it. Read on to pick up some tips and tricks that can smooth your way through all sorts of great home improvement projects.
Minor home improvements have a small but cumulative effect on property value. Setting and achieving modest goals for repair and improvement projects is a good way to keep home value moving upwards. These “little fixes” are cheaper and faster than major renovations and can even make a fun leisure activity for the handy homeowner.
Changing a tire can be problematic if you don’t happen to be a very strong person. Loosening the lug nuts, in particular, can take more strength than many of us have. Use a cheater bar! A yard long piece of pipe that is just big enough to fit over the end of your lug wrench will give you that extra leverage to get the job done.
Before you commit to a new paint color for the exterior of your home, spend some time driving around and looking at homes that you like the look and color scheme of. Paint chips are too hard to envision, so seeing it in person can build you make a better decision.
Applying a new coat of paint to your porch may be needed. Make sure to use quality outdoor paint. You want to make sure you use paint that will work over the old paint. Use oil paints over oil paints and water-based paints over old water-based paints. Oil paints work work well for trim because of its durability. However, oil-based paints are slick and slippery, so they are not good for walking areas.
Improve your home and lower your water bill by changing out your toilet with a more efficient model. Many companies have reduced the amount of gallons it takes to flush and they even feature options, such as flushing only liquids or solids, so you can control how much water is used, depending on what is in the toilet.
You can revive your walls by using paint and spackle to cover up holes. Spackle can be found at the local home improvement store. Just a little spackle is needed for small holes. Use a pin to spackle the really small holes. After the spackle has dried, just smooth the hole with a rigid object such as a credit card. Roll or brush on paint. This method will make holes vanish in single night!
Protect your floors at all times when you engage in painting your home. Paint can be difficult to remove from your carpet or floor, so take preventative measures. Layers of old newspapers can take care of this protection with minimal cost. If you don’t have enough newspaper lying around, sheet plastic is really affordable, and paint cloths can be reused again and again.
Home improvement can be successful and satisfying with the right knowledge and planning. Just remember that thorough planning and rational thinking is required to avoid potential pitfalls. You could end up getting into more work and expense than you realized at first.