Home Improvement Tips To Rejuvenate Your Home

When you want to improve the way your home looks or how it runs, you opt for a home improvement project. It can even cover outdoor structures and landscaping. This article has many great tips to help you have an amazing and better functioning home to live in.

Many lampshades are plain and boring. Using acrylic paint and stencils, you can add great designs to your lampshades. Using this simple tip can make your whole room appear livelier.

TIP! An addition can increase the value of your home. A wine cellar or a library brimming with shelves are wonderful spaces in any home.

When it comes to home improvement projects, you should begin by deciding which room you wish to begin in. You do not have to do everything at one time; in stead, do it room by room. Look for sales and deals when you are deciding what you will be renovating. Proper planning is always the best method to save time and money and to get the results that you want.

Be sure to protect your flooring when you paint. Any paint that gets on the hardwood flooring or the carpet can be really tough to clean up and may actually cause damage. Use layered old newspapers to accomplish this. Other options include plastic sheeting and paint cloths.

Don’t buy furnishings with busy patterns. If you do, you will have the challenge of coordinating your home to that pattern until you recover or discard the items of furnishing. Buy solid-colored furniture that can be easily complemented with other shades. Patterns can then be easily updated at a later time, so as never to look dated and old-fashioned.

Planning Ahead

When performing home improvement projects, planning ahead is essential. You can prevent poor decisions and disaster by planning ahead. Planning will help your project reach a satisfactory conclusion.

When you are remodeling a room that has a lot of moisture, like a bathroom, consider replacing the wall board with a water-resistant version. “Green board”, as it is known in the trade, is water resistant. It will also resist any moisture better than regular boards so is a great choice for this type of use.

TIP! Stained wood is almost always more appealing than painted wood on baseboards. Furthermore, the look and feel of wood is perfectly suited to all types of decor and style.

When you see something that’s broken, fix it immediately. Damage usually occurs when you can think you’re able to live with it and forget about it. Do not think that way! Different parts in your home are really connected to each other and the damage can spread quickly. Small problems can quickly become much larger problems.

Any renovation you make must keep the home’s occupants in mind, especially if seniors live there. For instance, adding step-in showers can make showers much easier for them to access, which will dramatically decrease the risk that they’ll slip. Even such small additions as bars for holding on to can go a long way towards making your home friendlier to those with mobility problems.

Consider buying extra pieces when working on a project involving brick. When repairs are needed, or you wish to add on to your home, it can be hard to get an exact match for your style of brick. The styles and color tones for bricks are updated frequently. This problem can be avoided by purchasing extra bricks during your original purchase, so they can be stored and available for use as needed.

TIP! Purchasing a smaller microwave, or a microwave that you can install over the stove, is a great space-saving tip to use in a smaller kitchen. These microwave ovens are installed where the range hood normally goes.

One cost efficient way to improve a bathroom is glaze. It is a great way to make a tired bathroom look new. It will cost less to glaze a bathroom than it would to replace the floors and fixtures in it. This is a wonderful way to boost the beauty as well as value of your house inexpensively.

With the information provided in this article, you have gained knowledge about what home improvement is and what you can do to improve your home. When you know how to do it right, it makes the project more fun. When you better your home, you enjoy coming home to it after a long work day.

How to Find the Best Contractor for Your Home Improvement Project

gutters new jerseyIt’s finally time to tackle that big home improvement project you’ve always wanted to do. Or, you might have waited so long, now you need to do the project. Which leads to your first question – “Where do I start?”

Well, the truth is… some jobs are simply too big, too complicated, or require too much time to handle on your own. Whether it’s remodeling a kitchen, gutter installation NJ, or electrical rewiring for your business – you’ll likely need an expert.

A contractor, or subcontractor, can be your ‘knight in shining armor’ when it comes to completing your project. But, wait… you’ve heard so many horror stories connected with “shady contractors” that you’re starting to re-think this re-model. But statistics show that the huge majority of contractors out there are honest, hard-working professionals. Most people are happy with any improvement project they undertake.

“Fine,” you say. “How can I protect myself and make sure I find a great contractor?” I’m glad you asked. Here are some standard tips you can follow to make sure your repair, remodel, or installation goes well:

o    Got License? Most states require that a contractor have a license to operate in that state. Once you find a contractor, check to see if he or she has a local contracting license to do the job.

o    Check References – get at least three references from satisfied clients. And if you want to get really fanatical, go to the contractor’s current job site. See if the site is messy. Are the workers taking care of the property?

o    Get Bids – if you have the luxury, get multiple bids from several contractors. Don’t always assume that the lowest bid is the best, because that contractor may be desperate for work or might cut corners on the job. But if you get contractor’s from several sources, you could get a really great deal.

o    Get it in Writing – the days of the “handshake deal” are far behind us. Get a detailed contract together and throw everything in (even if the project doesn’t involve the kitchen sink!) The more you clarify, the fewer headaches you’ll have if things go wrong.

o    Do You Take a Check? Don’t ever pay in cash. Can you say, “Proof of payment”? I thought you could… Keep logs of all payments (for example – 10% down, 20% by one date, another 20% by another date, final payment when work is complete) and pay with check or credit card only.

“Wait a minute!” you protest, “That sounds like a lot of work!” Sure it does. Because it is a lot of work. If you think a renovation or remodeling job is expensive, imagine having to pay for it twice!  Do your homework and you’ll avoid being a horror story.

“Are there any warning signs of a bad contractor?” you ask. Boy, you sure do ask a lot of questions. And that’s good. Always ask a lot of questions. The more you know, the better prepared you’ll be to handle the unexpected.

Okay, these are signs a contractor might not be your best choice:

o    If required by the state, your contractor doesn’t want to show you his or her license. Or won’t give you references. Or you two don’t get along. Keep in mind: this person may be in your home, working side-by-side with you, for several months – you’d better get along!

o    Your contractor wants you to pay for the entire project… up front. Run for the hills.

o    Your contractor has a “friend” in the financing business that can get you a “good deal” on a loan for your project. You’ll end up with a huge “2nd mortgage” at a ridiculously “high rate” and your “contractor” just got a juicy “commission” on the deal.

o    Your contractor doesn’t have a business address, a business card, and it looks like the contractor sleeps in his or her pickup truck. Run really fast for those hills.

Okay. Now you know some of the warning signs. Here are some signs you may have found a really good contractor:
o    The contractor has at least 4 to 5 years experience. It shows they can manage their business and complete their projects.

o    The contractor has insurance. Liability and worker’s compensation are the most important types of coverage to make sure everyone is covered.

o    The contractor has more than references – he or she may even carry a book of photos showing past work projects that have been completed.

o    The contractor provides cost breakdowns for the job. These breakdowns show specific details of what the project will cost to complete.

o    The contractor is flexible. Communicate all your requirements and specifications for the project. Whether you two decide that you want to supervise the work or you want to let the contractor make all the decisions, your contractor will be flexible enough to work with you.

“Okay, am I ready?” Yes, now you’re ready to hire a professional to help get your home or business improvement project off the ground. One of the best ways to protect yourself is the act of due diligence. Webster’s defines due diligence as: “The care that a prudent person might be expected to exercise in the examination and evaluation of risks affecting a business transaction.” In simplified terms – Do your homework. And you’ll do just fine.
Have fun and make the most out of your experience!