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Home Improvement Tips for Renovating Your House This Year

There is a home improvement task you’ve been aching to do for some time.  Maybe you have been spending the winter months inside binge watching home remodeling shows on television.  Either way you are now full of ideas and fired up to take on some home improvement projects.  These simple home improvement tips for renovating your house can help make your project and life a lot easier.

Make Your Primary Wish List First

Actually, you should make two lists.  One list of the things that you should do, and one list of things that you could do.  The “should do” list would include whatever involves basic safety concerns or could fall under the heading of in home or outdoor home maintenance.  The “could do” list would include things that are more pleasurable and more along the lines of improving or redecorating.  Which means don’t start off with everything, position the important items first and then prioritize the rest.

Budget for Important Items

No matter how much money you have, you want to place it where it will count.  In many cases, you are not thinking of selling your home soon, (keep resale value at heart); meaning some things are worth a huge investment and some aren’t.  However, there are many times where you will never get a return on your investment for certain home improvements.

Most real estate experts agree these are a few home improvement that may or may not add value to your home:

–  DO update your kitchen. Whether it’s buying new energy-saving appliances, installing stable surface countertops, or redesigning cabinets and work-spaces to be more efficient, beautifying the heart of your house is an excellent investment.

–  DO update your bathrooms.  Aside from looking good, many new toilets are water efficient.  In case a tub or kitchen sink has seen better days and nights, re-glazing will make it look fresh and new again.

–  DO live green.  Consider the surroundings when selecting materials.  If you are replacing home windows or sliding entrance doors, install double-pane windows that really helps to insulate both from cool and from heat.

–  DON’T replace carpeting anywhere but bedrooms.  Real wood flooring is stronger, simpler to clean, allergen-free, and near the top of the list for most home-buyers.  Even constructed wood can keep going up to a century.

–  DON’T blindly follow developments if you are making permanent improvements.  Things like vessel sinks (the type that looks like salad bowls on top of the counter-top), granite or marble for every flat surface, sliding barn doors inside a house… you get the picture.  Whatever it is, if you’ve been witnessing it almost everywhere for the past few years, it already is or is going to be outdated soon.  Save the in-the-moment stuff for decorative items that you can certainly switch out when you are ready to.

Assess Your DIY Skills

If you or your partner have never held a power tool, you should avoid tackling a large-scale DIY home improvement project.  Regardless of just how many home improvement shows you’ve viewed, avoid being seduced into thinking everything is really that simple.  It’s their job to make you believe you can re-tile a bathtub in half a day.  Don’t fall for it.

Most things concerning electricity, gas, and plumbing related are not for amateurs.  Neither is roof repair, hanging garage doors, or trimming big trees.  This kind of work done by specialists.  Plus it will be safer for your house and for your own life.  It will also save you money in the long run.

While you’re thinking about your skills, think about your time, too.  If you have a lot of other things to do already on your plate don’t plan another project.  Starting something that you can’t finish in a reasonable amount of time will feel like a prison sentence.  Surely don’t start several big DIY home improvement jobs simultaneously.

Educate Yourself

Brush up on methods and materials associated with home improvement blogs (like this one) and videos you can find online.  Depending on the magnitude of the job, it may be worth your time to take a workshop at your local home improvement store or at a close by community college or university that offers a course.

Do the Quick Fixes First

You’ve probably accumulated a few simple fixes that you have been putting off because they seem to be almost too easy.  The best home improvement tip is to always finish one project before you start another one.  Also, if you are not well educated on your project always consult a professional home improvement specialist for assistance.





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