I guess you could say I’ve been involved in-home improvement projects quite often in my life. At this very minute my husband is finishing the drywall in our living room, and will soon be painting it. While it’s great to see the finished product, the process can be very messy.
Don’t plan a home renovation just because you can or just because you have the money. Many times, projects that are designed for the sake of being projects end up missing some other vital component of a home renovation, such as being non-value-adding changes or even causing the home to break local building codes.
Make sure you have weather stripping around all of your doors and windows. This helps you with multiple problems. It keeps air from leaking out keeping your house cooler or warmer when you’re running your A/C or heat. It can also keep little critters from finding their way in. It’s also good if you’re in an area that floods a lot, to keep water from seeping in.
Sealant strips and draft excluders can keep air from seeping out door cracks. Draft excluders fit underneath a door and stop hot air from leaking out and cold air from leaking in. Sealant strips can fit around frames of doors and do something similar. You can easily find these things in most hardware stores.
You can make simple art for your wall by purchasing some solid colored picture frames and tearing out pictures from old children’s books. Illustrations from the likes of Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz and so on are very popular. They make great old fashioned wall art, and add a touch of personality to your home.
When hiring someone to perform home improvement work on your residence, do not pay cash. Always pay by either check or credit card; you will have a documented trail showing that your contractor has been paid. If you pay cash, it could become your word against his word, and you won’t have any proof that you followed through with payment.
Think about getting water-resistant wall panels for your kitchen and bathroom, especially if you are going to work on the plumbing. These products, also called “green board,” have been treated to keep them resistant to moisture, and to help prevent mold growth.
If you are improving your home to increase its sale value, focus on the important portions first. Trying to renovate the whole home will become overly expensive and provide a diminishing return on investment. Items such as exterior siding, plumbing fixtures, lighting, and kitchen appliances, however, will be universally appealing as you try to sell the home.
Even if you aren’t prepared to install solar panels, you can still harness the power of the sun to your advantage by installing a solar-powered fan in your attic. This requires installation of a single solar cell, which is affixed to your roof and will effectively draw heat from your home, keeping you cool at no additional cost.
When planning for your home renovation project, a great tip to save yourself from added stress is to add in a little extra time and money when you make the plans for your home renovation project. The truth is that your project will very rarely go exactly as you planned it, so you need to be prepared for this fact.
We have a home which is over 100 years old and updating it has been an ongoing process over the past five years. We have a new dining room, two new bathrooms and half of a new kitchen. Recently, my husband installed four new windows and put new siding on half of the house. I can’t wait for the whole thing to be done!