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Home Improvement Tips To Make Your House Your Own

Mar 18
 
 
Different people have different goals in mind when working on their home. Often, people just tire of the appearance of their homes. Others hope to increase their home values. Then there are those that just enjoy getting their hands dirty. The following advice can help you, no matter why you want to start improving your home.
 
Angie Brennan
 
When building your own home through use of a contractor, add a clause to the contract that gives the builder a bonus for finishing on time and on budget. This clause will encourage your builder to do a good job in the time allotted, and can save you a lot of headaches due to missed deadlines and extended budgets.
 
If your bed doesn't come with a headboard, or you didn't purchase it with one, you can easily solve your problem. Use an old weathered wooden gate or a lovely iron gate to make a one of a kind headboard. That's something you won't see anywhere else and will not be sold in stores.
 
Always keep the big picture in mind when embarking on a long term home improvement project. Your budget may dictate that you break up a project into several smaller, more manageable pieces, but take care that the finished product doesn't look like a hodgepodge of unrelated, poorly thought out elements.
 
Consider a truly "green" makeover to your landscaping. A popular new trend in landscaping is to make your garden fit the climate and area that you live in. Gone is the need for the perfect green lawn all year round. If you live in a dry climate, consider creating a landscape that are tolerant to drought and you will save money in watering costs and help the environment.
 
If you are interested in changing the look of your bathroom, this space could be the perfect choice for your next home improvement project. Give your bathroom an extra special touch by installing radiant floor heat and a light-tube, which gives the space the appearance of having natural light. Both features come with instructions that are easy to follow.
 
A normal wood fireplace used for heating might not be such a great idea. They certainly look nice, but they aren't very energy efficient, as the structure of the fireplace ensures high heat loss through the chimney. Even worse, maintaining a fire consumes a great deal of oxygen from the air in your house.
 
Install energy saving windows in your home. They will lower your energy bills while keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They also increase the value of your home as buyers love new energy saving amenities. Take the time to pick windows that are visually appealing and fit your home's motif.
 
When building an addition to your home, make sure to use insurance-friendly materials. Cement or steel buildings present less of a liability to the insurance company in case of fire, so they charge lower premiums for using them. Wood framed buildings will greatly increase your premiums, because these are much more likely to be damaged in any sort of disaster or fire.
 
Install smoke detectors in every room of the house. Smoke detectors are cheap, and they can save your family's life in the event of a fire. All you need for installation in most cases is a screwdriver. At a bare minimum, make sure you put one in the kitchen and one near the door of every bedroom.
 
Always select energy-efficient windows for home improvement projects. Modern windows conserve energy in a variety of ways, from special glass coatings to tight-sealing gaskets. The most efficient of modern double-glazed windows even have noble-gas-filled glazing cavities to prevent heat transmission. High-tech windows can help the homeowner realize significant savings on heating and cooling.
 
If you have wood or faux-wood paneling in your home, consider refinishing it rather than getting rid of it in a renovation. Removing the old paneling requires having it hauled away, while new wall covering must be brought in. Wood paneling can be easily sanded down and the voids filled in with drywall compound.
 
Most people don't think of their circuit breakers until they lose power unexpectedly. One of the best things you can do to improve the safety and efficiency of your home is to regularly test your breakers by switching them on and off at least once yearly. This clears the breaker contacts of any built-up corrosion and allows them to work more efficiently and safely. If your breakers frequently trip, this may indicate potential safety issues that require an electrician.
 
Most people have to undertake home improvement projects in one form or another. Every home improvement project starts with some goal in mind. Home improvement is something that can benefit everybody, no matter what you expect to gain out of it.
 
Angie Brennan