Unhappy With Something Around Your House? Change It!
As any owner is aware, it is expensive to own a home and it takes a lot of work! It is not uncommon to project costs of 1-3 percent of the home’s value in annual improvements. However, you can always cut costs; let’s look at some smart ways you can save money while you maintain and improve your dream home.
An addition can increase the value of your home. Think of dedicated rooms for uncommon purposes, such as a classy billiard parlor (instead of a mere game room) or a well-appointed wine cellar. This is a good way to improve the value of your home, make it more comfortable and have a fun project to work on.
Though it is always rewarding to fix a problem such as a squeaky door, there will come a time when you just need to replace the hinge with a new one. Every hardware store has them. Remove the current hinge and replace it with the new one that you purchased. Then, replace the pins after aligning the hinges.
Even one with little do it yourself knowledge can repair a leaking faucet. You will lessen your water usage if you fix them right away. The savings you get from this will add up since your water bill will go down.
If you are working on your home yourself, make sure to purchase high quality tools and supplies. It may cost a bit more up-front, but it will cost you much less over the long haul. Better quality products are longer lasting. Tools, while expensive, won’t have to be replaced often.
Be careful about the kinds of products you select to tackle stubborn clogs. Some drain cleaners are extremely harsh. Avoid anything that comes in a crystallized form as the crystals can stick to pipes, causing corrosion and damage. If you have a septic tank, be especially careful to use only products that are approved for use with it.
When it is time for major home improvement renovations, look into “age-in-place” measures you can apply to your home. Age-in-place refers to a design philosophy that accounts for the inevitable aging of homeowners over the span of their ownership. Whether you’re thinking of renovating a home that you’ll hold onto forever or just want to sell it later, age-in-place additions are able to make living more comfortable.
There are lots of various dangers to be wary of when taking on a home improvement project. Try to refrain from purchasing drywall that comes from the country of China. In 2005, there was a drastic increase in the amount of drywall imported from China by US builders. There is poor quality control in China which can end up causing problems. There have been extreme situations in which the drywall has released harmful gases that have a drastic, negative impact on wiring in walls.
Hopefully, the suggestions you’ve received here will send you off to the hardware store with a little more confidence (and some great ideas for saving money) the next time you tackle a home improvement project. By keeping your expenses down, and avoiding the common pitfalls, your next home project should turn out to be a big success.