March 30th, 2013
What good is home improvement if it doesn't offer any kind of practical improvements? In the case of today's home improvement article, we're talking about improvement projects that make the home safer. Now, before you go punching up sites like http://www.securitysystemspecials.com/wireless-security-systems.html
know that there are plenty of cheaper and easier things you can do to make the home safer. Besides - installing a system is cheating.
For instance, did you know that a little yard work could go a long way to making the home safer? Criminals just love to hide out in the overgrown bushes surrounding your windows to scope out the home. Trimming these back limits their cover and severely limits their ability to observe the home and plan an invasion.
You should also look at the state of your front door. A lot of break-ins start through there and if you have a brittle wood or hollow-core door then they really just need a good back kick. Switching out the door with a solid-core model can help and you might even want to install a peephole like the kind you see in hotels across the country.
Another thing you can do is actually improve the outdoor lighting. Less darkness means less opportunity for the criminal element to slip in.
March 26th, 2013
Remodeling your home can add value to your asking price when you sell. The biggest problem with remodeling is the costs of the materials. There are ways to get the cheapest home improvement materials without spending a lot of money. Look for wholesale companies that specialize in selling home improvement materials to contractors. They often have surplus supplies in quantities that they cannot use.
They are willing to sell these materials at deep discounted prices. You can save up to 70 percent on home improvement materials this way. You can also look for discounted home improvement materials online. Look for companies that are holding surplus sales. Check in your local classified ad section of the newspaper for home improvement materials for sale. You can also check for local auction houses to see if they are holding an auction that features home improvement materials.
Consider doing the labor for your remodeling job on your own. Many home improvement stores now offer classes on installing flooring, cabinets and many other home improvement projects. Consider replacing fixtures with used items from thrift stores. You will be surprised at what you can find at thrift stores. A remodeling job should not cost you a lot of money.
July 21st, 2012
For homeowners considering adding an addition, the prospect can seem very exciting. The are a few suggestions that may make the entire process go quite a bit smoother than you might expect.
Use an experienced designer or architect familiar with local codes, to work closely with your general contractor. Do not rely solely on the contractor to provide a working set of plans. As experienced as your builder might be, an architect will have a better knowledge of engineering issues which will need to be addressed.
Play close attention to the permit and inspection process, and make sure that the general contractor and all sub-contractors are licensed in your area. Fines and work delays can cost you a significant amount of money, and can be very frustrating.
Be prepared for delays, and have a plan in place to leave the home temporarily. Weather, material deliveries, and red tape can bring any job to its knees. As much as you hope it won't happen on your project, it's very possible. Add an extra 2-3 three weeks onto your addition's time line just in case. Also, during periods when plumbing or electrical may be down, always have an alternative place to stay.
July 19th, 2012
When there is a repair that needs to be completed on your roof, it may better for you to try to accomplish the task on your own, rather than hire a pricey company. Many minor repair issues do not take much work to fix. It is just the knowledge needed that poses a bit of trickiness. As long as you research what needs to be done, you will notice that the actual process is not all that difficult.
Many websites and books offer the information necessary for repairing the roof on your own. It is important that while making your way up on the roof to be very careful. Each year there are folks who have lost their lives while accidentally slipping off the high surface. A durable ladder should be used, and a person should spot you while climbing up the ladder. Many hardware stores will give you tips, as well, to help you with your roofing tasks. If you combine the tips from the hardware store, along with the information you gather online and in books, repairing minor issues on your roof should be no problem. You will save money and gain some pride knowing that you did this on your own.
July 18th, 2012
As a homeowner interested in DIY projects that will give you a sense of pride, and a sense of saving money by doing it on your own, improving your skills should be a constant goal. Plumbing and electrical projects will always present themselves, and it never hurts to learn all you can.
Watching DIY television shows, and doing research is a great way to learn, aside from continued practice. It's also a good idea to have actual reference material available on both subjects in book form. As much as we love the Internet, there is something about a comprehensive book right in front of you that is hard to match.
Have specialized tools ready for both plumbing and electrical work. Not that you have to go overboard, but having the right tools in front of you can help eliminate quite a bit of frustration and unfortunate mistakes. You may even go as far as having individual tool boxes for each trade.
Always practice project safety. This holds especially true for complicated electrical work. Have a check list of important safety tips and follow them to the letter. Taking your time during a project will help you learn even more.
July 16th, 2012
It may seem like a challenge at first to find local resources to learn about home improvement methods, but it is far from impossible. In fact, it is probably easier than one would think. There are several methods that can be used in order to find out about home improvement. The first method is probably the broadest category, but may not be the right way for everyone. It is to find books that talk about home improvement. There are many different books written about the topic, and they offer wide ranges of methods and approaches.
A second idea is to go to a specialty store and talk to an employee. Most people love to talk about their areas of expertise and are more than happy to give advice to those that don't know as much about the area. This is a cheaper method, but may be more time consuming depending on where the closest store is. The last method is to hire someone to come in and give ideas as well as advice. There are many people who do home improvement for a living. So while it may seem like home improvement is a daunting task, in reality there are many methods that can be used.
July 15th, 2012
If you are considering major home improvement projects and you are not a professional home builder or remodeler, you may want to start by consulting a professional. When you deal with a professional, you can rest assured that your project will be done correctly and in a timely manor.
Perhaps you are considering adding a room onto your existing home, you will want to make sure that you get the proper electrical work done and you will want to insure that the room that you add is going to be a quality job. You want the room that you add onto your home to be a room that you can enjoy, use and are an asset to your home and your family. You want to know that when you add that room that you are adding value to your home and your property.
By allowing a professional to take care of your home improvement projects, you can use a company that is bonded and insured just incase you run into problems. Find a professional home improvement company in your area will prove to be an easy task and you'll end up with a project that you can be proud of for many years to come.