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.
It's a good idea to use many fans during the summer months. Ceiling fans can be particularly great at cooling down a room because they improve a room's circulation. It also lowers the need for your air conditioner, so you'll save some money too!
Patch holes in drywall using mesh. First spread a layer of drywall mud into the hole and around its edges. Then press the patch into the mud so that it adheres evenly to the surface of the wall. Trowel the mud carefully over the patch, allow to dry, and then sand to smooth.
Sometimes traditional and economical methods of dealing with squeaky doors may work for you. Here is a cheap alternative that you can try: Remove the hinge pin as normal, and rub it with regular bar soap. Then replace the pin and open and close the door to let the soap disperse on the hinge parts.
Adding another bathroom to your house could greatly increase its value. It is helpful to have a second bathroom, particularly if they are located on different floors of the home. When the time to sell your home comes, you will attract buyers who have a large family.
If you are hiring someone to perform your home improvement work, never pay more than 10% down or $1000, whichever sum is less. Legally, a contractor is not able to accept more than this figure. If he asks for additional funds, it is a sign that the person you hired may not be very reputable.
The quality of a great door cannot be underestimated. Your guests will definitely notice your doors. If your door doesn't have good insulation and a proper fit, you're wasting a lot of energy. A door can also be a real security concern if the frame or the locks are not recent.
When your next home improvement project involves landscaping work, you need to coordinate with the owners of adjacent properties about drainage. A major part of your landscape plan is draining water off your property. However, if it just runs onto your neighbor's lawn, he or she is not going to appreciate that. It is possible to coordinate mutually beneficial drainage plans, but it cannot happen without clear communication.
If you live in an older home with a wooden floor that is beyond sanding and staining, add a few coats of oil-based paint over the planks. Choose a paint that is intended for outdoor use on decks or porches; this ensures that it will be able to withstand the occasional wet spill and light traffic. It can also hold you over until you have the resources to replace the floor altogether.
Now that you have a basic understanding of home improvement, in general and the types of projects you should be looking into, you can see how it has the potential to benefit the quality of your home, as well as, your bottom line. You're ready to get out there and tackle the weekend.