Home Improvement Tips

For many of us, our home is our most valuable asset in terms of our financial security. In addition to being the place where we spend the majority of our time. Having a home that is well maintained and attractive can increase our financial stability, as well as our psychological peace of mind.

If a price sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Make sure you get estimates from multiple contractors before making a choice on a company. It’s tempting to go with the company that comes in thousands of dollars lower than their competitor, but often you’ll end up paying for shoddy work that could have been prevented by going with the more reasonably priced company.

small bathroom designIf you have a small bathroom, consider finding ways to save space as your next home improvement project. It is easy to use an adjacent closet or to reformat an old kitchen cabinet into a new storage facility for your bathroom. Always make sure not to remove any structural support that the room has.

When using nails to join wood surfaces, such as those indoor frames, try reinforcing them with glue or liquid nails. By doing this, the wood will be reinforced with a much tighter bond than normal and strengthen the quality of your construction, which will last for many years without the need for constant repairs.

Sand down any wood before you stain it. Using sandpaper with a fine grit helps to give it a nice smooth finish. Wiping off the object afterwards will keep it smooth and get rid of dust.

Securely screw your bookcases and other tall furniture to your walls! Not only is this step an important safety precaution in fortifying your home for a potential earthquake, doing so might actually prevent a child or elderly person from knocking these tall items over on themselves and sustaining serious injuries.

Today, you need to watch for sub-par drywall when considering home improvement projects. Avoid buying drywall (i.e. wall board, sheet rock) manufactured in China. China exports a great abundance of drywall to the US and has been since 2005. A lot of it does not have the same quality control that American made drywall does. Some Chinese drywall emits toxic fumes that corrode wires.

If you are doing work near a kitchen, fireplace, or gas appliance, make sure you know where the gas shutoff for your home is located. If there were to be an accident, and gas started leaking into your home, the smallest spark could set it off. If you know in advance where the shutoff is, you can respond faster to the issue before it becomes an emergency.

Enlist the services of an electrician to place an electrical outlet adjacent to the area where your microwave will be installed. This will allow you to plug your microwave in without having to see the cord. This helps to minimize the jumble of electrical cords that plague many kitchen counters.

You can see now that there are very simple steps that you can take right away to increase the overall worth and appearance of your home, even if you are operating on a shoestring budget! Put some of these suggestions into practice for a more attractive and manicured home.