Not every home improvement job you tackle is going to be difficult. Some of them are actually downright simple. Other projects can get beyond your level of experience very quickly and the cost can mount higher than you are prepared to pay.
Building A Budget Begin with a plan. Have the end product in mind and know what you expect to see when the improvement is completed. It doesnt hurt to have clippings of what you hope to have, but the main focus is to be factual and certain of the outcome from the outset. If you dont, there is a tendency to either not complete or to feel it is incomplete when you do stop the project. Nothing is more apparent to your bank account, house guests, or to a potential buyer than an incomplete or disconnected home improvement project. Having a plan assures you that your passion will not be lost even though you stay within your budget. Give yourself this gift of direction from the very start.
Simple Improvements Within Your Expertise and Pocketbook – Add motion detection capability to your home’s front door. You will reduce your electric bill because your lights will only be on when they are needed. Installing motion detectors can help detract thieves, too, since the light will go on when there is motion.
It can cost a lot to replace the whole floor with tile, carpet or wood. It’s easy to stain existing flooring instead of getting fancy hardwood. This is fairly easy and can accommodate any style.
A simple and cost effective improvement can result in hotter water quicker and save you money, too. Using the same insulation builders put in the attic, you can wrap your water heater with a coat of this taped around the top, middle and bottom. Taking weather stripping tape and rolling it as a cover around your plumbed water lines both interior and exterior is a great safeguard to seal in the heat or cold and to keep either from freezing during low exterior temperature. A wrap a year can keep the plumber away and more money in your bank account.
Building or buying a window box for windows in the front of your house is a very effective way to add color and visual interest to a drab exterior exposure. Be careful to affix the planter securing to the frame of the house. When composed with dirt, plants, and water, the window box can become significantly heavy and would eventually pull away from the house and the window if not well planned. This is an easy way to stay in sync with the season and keep your house looking especially sharp all year long.
Some homeowners will secure a window replacement picture window for the exterior of grouped double hung windows, quickly and easily improving the exterior of the home while adding security and energy savings just as easily.
Nothing is more irritating than a squeaky, constantly used door. You can rid yourself of the distraction without having to replace the door. Silicone caulking comes in just the right size tube to lay down a protective dime size dot of caulk precisely where the door strikes the doorjamb. After the silicone dries (usually a 4 to 5 hour period is needed), try the door again. Pleasantly, the door shuts without the irritation as before and the repair cost you less than $5. A pleasant experience all around.