Being a homeowner can be a lot of work, but it is also fun and rewarding. Annual home improvements can typically cost up to 3% of the home’s value. Luckily, there are ways to lower these costs.
You can increase your home’s value with one project. If you want to sell your home, do a few small projects first. One easy way is to apply new paint to the interior and exterior of your home. Something like this that is relatively low in cost can increase your home’s value exponentially.
Use a sponge on your drywall. Use the sponge instead of sandpaper. Sponges can smooth out seams of drywall every bit as effectively as sanding. It also doesn’t make your room fill with dust.
Aluminum foil can be used to cover up electrical outlets before painting commences. It’s easier to apply than tape and will protect outlet covers from spills and splatters. It’s also pretty easy to clean it up. Let paint dry prior to removing the foil.
Before you perform any major repairs, run your plans by a professional. Many times, that opinion will save you quite a bit of money and time. If you do not ask a professional to begin with, you may screw up.
Downspouts, gutters and chimneys often do not get the attention they deserve in an annual maintenance schedule. These are important aspects of the home and they need to be cleaned and maintained to be sure they are working properly. If you do not clean out your chimney regularly, it can cause a fire; if you do not clean your gutters, it may cause water to overflow and flood your home.
Don’t underestimate the aesthetic power of a good door. It will be the very first and very last thing guest will view. You can lose a great deal of heat through a poorly fit and uninsulated door. A door can also be a real security concern if the frame or the locks are not recent.
Making the inside interior walls of your home soundproof is a sound investment, pardon the pun. Doing every wall is luxurious, but not smart economically or technically. You want to soundproof crucial areas like bedrooms, bathrooms, and equipment rooms. The kitchen is a great area for soundproofing, unless the kitchen opens to a lot of areas.
Turning a basement into a usable room is a great idea. Finished basements add square footage as well as extra enjoyment. You can also get the material from a discount outlet. Actually finishing your basement can up the value of your home by 30 percent or more.
When picking contractors, be sure you get several estimates that are each based on the same work requirements. Make a list of everything that you will need the contractor to do, and make sure not to add or take anything off when getting the estimates. If you change things you want for each contractor, it will be tough to compare between them.
Make a list of all of the selling points of your home. Try not to block off any scenic views! Regardless of your case, you should ensure that your selling points are showcased properly. Doing those extra things will allow a buyer to see your home’s full potential and make it more desirable to buyers.
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 while making your home improvements, your home can still provide enjoyment while you save some money.