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No-Nonsense Advice And Ideas For Home Improvement Projects

Stay true to the property and the neighborhood when you take on major renovations. If you live on a street of suburb ranch style homes, then putting in a colonial mansion is not going to get you the desired result you’re after. It will be out of place and not something anyone else will be willing to pay for later.

Over the last several years, compost piles in backyards have become much more common. Not only are they a home improvement tool, they are effective at creating fertilizer for your garden, and can also teach you and your children to be more sustainable and conscious of how you use products and dispose of them.

Choose stains, paints, glues, and sealants which are produced in a manner that won’t release chemicals into your air when you use them. Look for low No-VOC items, but also try to find paints made with milk protein, clay, earth pigments, or lime. Stains can be made with linseed or citrus oil.

After you have finished the painting part of your home improvements, it is important to clean up properly. If you used latex paint, all you need to clean up is soap and water. If your surfaces were painted with alkyd paints, you will need paint thinner to clean the brushes and gear that you used to do the job. Remember to not pour paint thinner or excess paint down the drain since it can lead to ground-water pollution. Both paint thinner and excess paint needs to be disposed at a toxic waste collection facility.

Rearranging your furniture can be fun, but oftentimes you need visual aides to determine where to put everything. A great way to arrange furniture with visual aiding is by taking a piece of graph paper and cutting out square shapes in a scaled format to represent your different pieces of furniture. You can easily toss your graph paper pieces around and decide how everything can fit together. It definitely saves you the trouble of pushing your furniture around first.

Never try to do electrical or plumbing work yourself regardless of how easy the job may seem. Hire a professional to do the job, and make sure that they have all of the appropriate licenses that your state requires. If you don’t verify that you may end up with a badly done job and no recourse.

If you have an extensive collection of collectibles or figurines, keep what you display to a minimum. Trying to display everything in one room or area can make your space appear cluttered. Choose a few focal pieces, about 5 pieces at the most and arrange them in a pleasing manner.

If your air conditioner is more than seven years old, consider improving your home by replacing it. When purchasing a new air conditioner, look for the Energy Star label. This label will let you know how energy efficient the unit is and if it is a good buy for saving money in the future.

Many companies now seal their new tools to keep them looking sleek for months on a display shelf. As a result, tools like hammers can be very slippery the first time you use them. To make a new hammer less slippery, sand the head before using it. Give any new tool better traction by rubbing the work surfaces with sandpaper or steel wool.

Replace doorknobs and drawer knobs. These small changes can perk up furniture that you already have and are less expensive than buying a new door or a new set of drawers. Doorknobs and drawer knobs can be bought in a variety of styles and colors, so it’s easy to add a little pizazz with just a little bit of money.

For an inexpensive update to your bathroom, replace your old or worn toilet seat. Removing the old seat and installing a new one takes less than five minutes and adds cosmetic appeal to your bathroom. Wooden seats are sturdy and basic, or choose a whimsical resin seat with embedded bubbles or fish for your kids’ bathroom.

In order to increase the energy efficiency of a hot water heater, consider insulating it by wrapping it in a hot water heater blanket. This special blanket can be purchased at most hardware stores for around twenty dollars, which is a small amount to invest considering the savings you’ll see in your heating bill.

Now that you know how to begin your own home improvement projects, you won’t have to put off those little repairs until a contractor can come by to fix it. You will save time and money, and you will impress your family and friends with your handy skills!

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