The majority of homeowners have undertaken some type of home improvement project during their lives. It’s true, and many homeowners will agree, that succeeding in home improvements is often a challenge, especially if experience is a barrier. Take the time to read this article for help in preparing for a successful home renovation project.
Hardwood, tile and other smooth surfaces may seem like a good idea in high traffic areas like stairs and hallways, but those same areas can then echo and reverberate throughout the entire house. You wouldn’t want to hear every footstep going down the hallway if you were in a bedroom sleeping.
If you have a porch, consider repainting it. If so, make sure the paint you use is good quality. Make sure the bases of the old and new paints match. That means using oil-based paint if the existing paint is oil-based, and the same for water-based paints. Since oil-based paint generally lasts longer, it is great for trim. However, since snow and water make it extremely slippery, you should not use oil-based paint on any outside surface that is walked on.
Patch the holes in your walls with toothpaste! Yes, this is definitely a temporary cover up but it works to hide an ugly hole until you can come up with the materials for a more permanent fix. Use white toothpaste and trowel it into the hole with a butter knife.
While painting, remember to protect the floors. If you don’t, you will have quite a mess on your wood floors or carpeting. Layers of old newspaper make an inexpensive protective covering. You may also use plastic sheeting or a paint cloth to protect your floor from dripping paint.
Putting bleach inside your toilet is a great way to clean them. The bleach small may be strong for a short period, but it will kill germs and make the toilet bowl shine. Scented bleach options are also available to help with odor.
If you just purchased your home or are renovating it, you know that wallpaper borders can be a pesky item to remove. If you have the time and don’t want to invest a lot of money in removing it, you can easily remove it with the following steps: 1. Get a small spray flask and fill it with water. 2. Grab a towel for the next step. Repeatedly spray the wallpaper border until it is thoroughly wet. The water activates the glue on the back and makes it slimy, which in turn makes it easier to remove. 3. Simply rub the towel over it in a circular fashion and it will start peeling off the wallpaper.
Wise homeowners spend their money on materials and fixtures that are high in quality instead of buying expensive furniture. Those are the things that add value to the property. Attractive fixtures are a valuable addition and can add to the price of a home.
We have repeatedly said in this article that if you do not know what you are doing, you could have a hard time. Without the aid of an expert, a project’s success or failure depends solely on luck. This article should have cleared up any questions and provided some inspiration to take on projects with ease.