You can quickly block off a mouse hole in your house using some steel wool. The rodents are not able to chew through this, even though they can chew through just about anything else, so you can use this as a stop-gap until you make a permanent repair.
Cleaning your carpets will help with the overall cleanness of your home. High traffic areas on your carpet especially need to be shampooed or deep cleaned regularly. You will feel as though you are living in a cleaner home.
Don’t neglect all that space outside the walls of your home. Consider extending a living space into part of your backyard. This creates an idyllic outdoor environment for relaxing or cooking out with the family.
Consider installing motion detector lights on or near your front door. You can lower your electric bill by using the lights only when necessary. A lighting system that uses motion detectors to illuminate the exterior of your home can be a useful theft-deterrent.
Buy a dormer window so that your attic space can become usable. Your home’s exterior will be more attractive, and your square footage may increase. For such a small price, you will raise your property’s value quite a bit.
Putting up a new mailbox is an easy project to start off with. The new mailbox is likely to be the first thing someone sees when they come to your home for the first time. If you are looking to sell your home it also adds curb appeal. Check with your city to make sure that it follows regulations. Likewise, if you live in a neighborhood with a homeowner’s association, then you want to make sure that it is allowable before purchasing it. It is a easy and quick job taking just a few hours.
Sort your tools by purpose or project, not by type. For instance, reserve one toolbox for plumbing jobs only. Fill this box with pipe wrenches, pipe glue and fittings. Use another for electrical jobs that contains switches, voltmeters, zip ties, fuses, etc. When your tools are organized in this fashion, all you have to do the next time you are starting a project is pull out the appropriate toolbox.
Putting new caulking around your windows can help you save money on utility bills, as well as protect your home from water damage. This can help prevent moisture and mold damage, as well as stop cold drafts. Remove old, cracked caulking before you start adding fresh caulk.
If you need to remove any walls or drywall to reach plumbing when doing repairs to kitchens or bathrooms, put up a new wallboard that is water-resistant to avoid future problems. Professionals often refer to this product by the name “green board”, and it is better suited to water than typical drywall products. As an added extra it has normally been treated to resist mold growth.
If you want to try a cheap and quick way to change the look of a room, try paneling. Paneling can be relatively inexpensive and adds a new look to your home. Another benefit is that the panels can be removed with little work or damage.
Unsurprisingly, an immaculate, well-crafted front door can increase the value of a property as much as 10 percent. Get at least a new knob and a new lock if you cannot afford a door.
Save money on home improvements by joining with your neighbors and setting up a ‘community toolbox’. This allows everyone on the block to save rental and purchase fees by sharing tools and specialty equipment. Even better, you two can share tips.
Tired of your bedroom’s old dresser? A great way to reinvigorate worn furniture is to sand down and revarnish them. When you refinish old furniture, you get a new look for less money. You can choose from a variety of stain colors.
Ascertain that the contractors that you are thinking about using for your home improvement projects have the proper state licensing. To find out what is required,you can either call your state government or check their website. Be wary of unlicensed contractors. While many of them may be honest and competent, some may have lost their license for poor workmanship, fraudulent practices, failure to complete a job or other illegal or deceitful actions. In addition, there are others who never had a license to begin with because they are nothing more than scam artists posing as contractors.
With the proper preparation, including taking the advice you learned here to heart, you can be sure that your next home improvement project goes off without a hitch. Grab your tools and get out there!