Gaining The Most From Home Improvement Efforts

Home improvements can revolve around a few weekend days or they can last for years on end. Consistently upgrading your home can add value. Conversely, it can detract from its value. Below you’ll find some sage advice that can guide you towards making smart home improvement choices and avoiding the pitfalls that can turn well-intentioned projects into nightmares.

You should never allow a contractor to begin work on your project without a signed contract. If you can, have a lawyer review the contract before moving forward. It needs to clearly show warranty information, the amount of work that needs to be performed, total costs, and beginning and completion dates.

For a cost-effective method of updating the tiles on your floor, use vinyl instead of the more expensive stone or ceramic tiles. Vinyl is durable, strong, and water resistant, and comes with an adhesive backing that makes installation a breeze. To meet your individual needs, you can conveniently purchase vinyl flooring in large sheets or as individual tiles.

Attaching PVC pipes to each another is easy, and requires just a bit of PVC primer and cement. You need to use these products only on your pipes because other cements or glues can cause the pipe to leak later. Make sure the pipes have no water on their surfaces.

If your home heating costs are out of control, consider insulating your attic to save money. Heat rises and, over time, a lot of it is lost during the colder seasons in houses that have poor insulation in the attic. You should be able to find quality insulation in most hardware stores and installing it yourself should not be too hard.

You might find it easier to construct your own window screen if you can’t find a replacement in the size you need. You can get a frame kit and cut it to fit any window. Then you just use cording and a simply, inexpensive tool to attach the screen. Certain windows require a certain type of screening, but an external screen is attachable to most any window easily with the right adaptation.

Consider padding the edges of sharp furniture if you have small children or clumsy animals. You can even turn this into a stylish do-it-yourself project. You can get protectors for the corners of your furniture from a store or just use tape made of foam and if you wish your car to have protection too, consider having carport kits. Another thing that you should do is tape down loose wiring that can strangle your child.

Tie or cut dangling blind cords. You can avoid a disaster by a child or pet becoming tangled in them and potentially strangling. Leave just enough cord so you can use the blinds, but don’t leave any that will cause a problem. Tie it up or cut it to avoid any unfortunate events.

Clearly, your decision making process will determine whether your home improvements will increase or detract from the value of your home. Some home improvement projects do little to increase the value of your home. Follow these rules to get the most bang for your buck regarding your improvements.