Any homeowner will tell you that owning and maintaining a home is both expansive and time consuming. An average homeowner should be prepared to shell out 1-3% of their home’s value each year on maintenance and improvements. However, you can always cut costs; let’s look at some smart ways you can save money while you maintain and improve your dream home.
Lampshades of simple structure and design are quite a bore. Buy some cheap stencils at your local craft store, and using some acrylic paint or dye based ink pad, dab around the designs, transferring them to your lamp shade. You can give life to your home, as it can take away the boring environment you previously had.
New flooring can instantly update any room. You can choose to do the work yourself, or most flooring companies can install the flooring of your choice (either carpet, tile, hardwoods, or other) in a short amount of time, generally about one day.
When it comes to successfully completing your next project, few things are as helpful as having the proper tools for the job. Making sure you have the right tool for the job guarantees the work can be done right and as easy as possible. Knowing how to correctly use the tool also makes a difference in getting the job done right.
Don’t be too quick to demolish anything. Closely examine the area behind cabinet or wall before demolishing it. If there are electrical components involved, you may have to spend a lot of money to fix the mess that you made.
It is normal for the caning on chairs to begin to sag with time. There is something you can easily do to fix this. Use a wet sponge to dampen the underside of your chair;s caning. It’s got to be warm water. Allow the caning to dry overnight. Do it again until you have the desired results.
If you are planning to make bathroom renovations, try to make them handicap-accessible. Even if you can’t do a full conversion, there are ways to make your bathroom more accessible. This is important especially if you intend to retire and grow older in your home. When you go to sell your house, doing things things can help you command a much higher price.
Always seal the grout following the laying of the tile. Grout is usually porous and has the ability to soak up water. When left unsealed, water can easily leak into the grout, causing mildew and mold to grow. If left unsealed, you will notice your grout discolors quickly from stains. Sealing the grout makes the flooring easier to clean, and it decreases your potential for future costly repairs too.
Many times contractors lower construction costs by using solid wood cabinets with no hardware. Luckily, you can get the knobs, handles or pulls that you want on the Internet or at a home improvement retailer. You can opt for vintage-look pulls, modern knobs, or designer accents that can be installed in minutes.
Add value to your home by refinishing your hardwood floors. This can be a tumultuous task, but it can be done efficiently. Your local home improvement center or hardware store can rent you the specialized equipment you need, and most of them also offer classes to teach you what to do. Performing this project will save you thousands over putting in a new floor.
It is easy to make changes to your home while staying within your budget. By saving money on your home improvements, you will enjoy your home even more.