Even if you are not exactly handy, some home improvement tips can prove to be useful. All you need is the proper information to get started on your dream home improvement project. Try some of the tried and true home improvement ideas below.
If you have watercolor paintings hanging in your home, try to place them where they do not receive direct sunlight. The sun, or any bright light, will cause the colors to fade over time. Your treasured paintings may lose their vibrancy--and value. Keeping them out of the sunlight will help preserve their colors.
Looking for a way to add counter space? Why not install a microwave that can be installed over the oven range? Microwaves that replace the range hood come in different prices, and some of them have special features, like convection cooking. However, these units often only provide a recirculating filter, so if you are a cook who needs a good ventilation system, you may need to look elsewhere.
To minimize the "peek-through" of walls behind paneling, paint stripes on the walls prior to putting up paneling. It doesn't matter how well you try to install the paneling, the old wall seems to want to peek through. To minimize this, try to measure where the panels meet prior to installing it. Match the paint to the paneling color.
Pour bleach into the toilet bowl to keep it clean. Sure, bleach has a strong odor, but it's worth it to reduce disease causing germs and to have a shiny toilet. Finally, scented bleach helps eliminate odor.
Instead of investing in all new furniture, you may consider having your current furniture repaired and reupholstered by a professional. Many times older furniture is higher quality and with some affordable repairs and refurbishing you will have better furniture for less money than when you invest in low-price new furniture.
Sealing air leaks is an inexpensive way to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Unsealed cracks and openings are one of the leading causes of heat loss in the average home. Common problem areas include around doors and windows, around pipes, wires and ducts that lead outdoors and around recessed light fixtures. Use caulk to seal small cracks and expanding spray foam for larger gaps and openings.
Now you have a heads up on some good, sound advice, and you can move forward with the home improvement project you have been dreaming of. By gaining the right knowledge, you are giving yourself the confidence to get started on any home improvement project.