As any homeowner knows, owning a home is not only expensive, but takes work! Typically, a homeowner should expect to spend one to three percent of the home’s value on home improvements. Certainly, it is possible to reduce costs, so it makes sense to review some great ideas for doing just that.
When trying to choose a project, consider whether you plan on selling or staying and then decide on how customized your project should be. More individualized renovations do not have as much impact on home value to potential buyers.
It may be necessary to repaint your porch. It is important that you do not scrimp on quality when purchasing this exterior paint. Make sure that you use similarly based paints together, such as putting a new oil-based paint over an old one. Likewise, match water-based or latex paints together when putting a new coat over an old one. Be careful with oil based paint on surfaces that have foot traffic because it become slippery when wet. However, oil based paint is fine on house trim.
If your current residence lacks the square footage for a washing machine and dryer, you might consider purchasing a space-saving combo unit. Combo units are great for tight-fitting spaces. The combo unit is really convenient, as it combines the wash and dry cycle into one.
Stained wood is more aesthetically pleasing than painted whenever you’re replacing baseboards. It is a classically warm look of the wood looks great in any room of the house. Furthermore, wood stain does not readily show scuffs or scratches. Painted baseboards, on the other hand, leave very little to the imagination. There are several colors to choose from so you can match any decor.
Paint the gaps where paneling will meet. Often even the most carefully installed paneling allows a bit of the old wall to peek through. Take the time to measure and mark where panels will meet. Paint wall strips with a color that is going to match the paneling color.
To make a quick, easy improvement, go grab a gallon or two of paint. New paint could make your home look new and it doesn’t require a whole lot of time or money. A fresh paint job can boost the appeal of your house to potential homebuyers, in case you are thinking of selling.
Never discard doors simply due to dirt. Simply take the door down, and sand it until you can see the bare wood. Then purchase an oil-based paint that you like and repaint your door using a roller. If you want a different look, try changing the knobs out for something a bit fancier.
One great home improvement project is insulating. Use weather stripping along all the exits to the outside world. Keeping air out of your home will help your cooling and heating systems work better. Money saved means money to be placed towards more important projects around the house.
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 saving money on your home improvements, you will enjoy your home even more.