Expert Home Improvement Tips, Tricks, and Ideas

Expert Home Improvement Tips, Tricks, and Ideas

 

1. Have a vision for your finished product.

“Have a good idea about what you would like the whole house to look like once you are finished. Many times we go room by room, and end up with a mix of styles and materials. If you stick to a unified vision, you will end up with a great home.” — Phillippe Diederich, 6 Tips for Home Improvement on a Budget, Mamiverse; Twitter: @MAMIVERSE

2. Seal any gaps between the baseboards and the wall.

“If you notice a crack starting to form at the seam between your wall and baseboard, you shouldn’t just paint over the top — that won’t fix anything. Instead, add a new layer of caulk to help fill in the gap.” — Lauren Smith, 13 Handy Tutorials Every Homeowner Should Pin Right Now, Good Housekeeping; Twitter: @goodhousemag

3. Install water-saving fixtures.

“Installing water-saving faucets and showerheads will save you gallons of water use. Another energy saver is a use of a two-button dual-flush toilet. These dual flush designs only use a fraction of the water regular toilets use. Faucets, showerheads and toilets designs are stylish and will definitely move your bathroom design to a new level.” — Bathroom Renovation Trends, Plus DIY Home Improvement Tips, Remodeling Image; Twitter: @AllConstruct ‏

4. Maintain your home’s downspouts.

“Make sure that your downspouts on the outside that’s attached to the gutters are away from your home and away from the foundation. Otherwise, they’re going to start leaking, the water will start dripping and you will have seepage into your basement. So keep it clear and free of debris.” — Sonia Figueroa, 5 Home Improvement Tips for February, SeeSonia; Twitter: @soniafigueroaRE

5. Incorporate fresh flowers.

“Fresh flowers really up the ante of any room, and they feel special. It can be as simple as a $10 bunch of roses from your corner market. They feel so fresh and are perfect for spring. There’s something about flowers in a space that elevates a room — and your mood.” — Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, 7 decorating tips from Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent to spruce up your home for spring, Today Show; Twitter: @TODAYshow

6. Increase your storage space.

“More often than not, the older the house the less closet space will be available. The economical answer is to install do-it-yourself closet systems in the bedrooms, entry closets, and pantries. Closetmaid is one example of an Internet site that allows you to redesign your closets online. Large home improvement retail stores will also have tools to help you with these projects, which often do not take more than a weekend.” — Top 10 inexpensive home improvement tips to increase value of your home, Loan City Home Loans; Twitter: @Loan_City

7. Use your tax refund to cover remodel costs.

“For true home remodeling, keep it simple by starting in the bathroom. With your tax refund dollars, you can afford new paint, new flooring, fresh grout, new faucets and perhaps even a stylish new vanity. You’ll stay under budget and be proud of the outcome.” —  Kate-Lynn Scheib, Reinvest Your Tax Refund Into Your Home With These Home Improvement Tips, 33 Realty; Twitter: @33realty

8. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

“Having a partner helping with the work is the most efficient way to tackle a project. This person can assist you with heavy lifting or moving things or by holding the ladder or simply passing tools your way. He or she also can manage work while you make another run to the home center for more supplies. Having a helper around also provides companionship during tedious projects.” — Home improvement tips learned the hard way, Potter Heating and Electric

9. Remove corded window treatments.

“Recalls, regulations, new products and new designs have lessened the dangers, but older existing window cords still pose a threat, and some experts maintain that no corded window treatment— old or new—is completely safe. In addition, some older vinyl blinds present a lead poisoning threat.” — 9 avoidable home improvement hazards, Yellow Pages; Twitter: @Yellow_Pages ‏

10. Refresh your deck.

“If you have a wood deck, start by applying a deck cleaning solution using a pump-up sprayer and clean with a pressure washer or scrub brush. Replace deteriorating boards, and hammer in protruding nails or replace them with deck screws. Finally, apply a clear deck sealer or deck stain to protect the wood.” — Danny Lipford, Simple Steps to Summer Prep, Today’s Homeowner; Twitter: @DannyLipford

11. Fix maintenance issues before remodeling.

“Don’t put in granite counters if the plumbing or wiring is outdated and needs fixing. You could end up having to rip out what you’ve done in the near future.” — Simple Home Improvement Tips, Disaster Central

12. Pick the right paint.

“Confused about which paint is best for your project? Don’t skip the research. The type of paint you choose is just as important as the color, and can have a major effect on the character of your room.” — Tim McKeough, 5 Major Types Of Paint and How to Choose The Right One, Elle Decor; Twitter: @ELLEDECOR

13. Give carpets a deep clean.

“Simply shampooing the carpets and rugs can make them look brand new again. You can either do them yourself or hire a carpet cleaning machine.” — Anthony Bird, Quick Home Improvement Tips, Riverbank Finance; Twitter: @riverbankGR

14. Ask for references from contractors.

“Bad contractors will be reluctant to share this information and scammers won’t wait for you to do your homework. If you can, get references from past customers, both older references to check on the quality of the work and newer references to make sure current employees are up to the task. Check them out at bbb.org to see what other customers have experienced. And always be sure to get a written contract with the price, materials and timeline. The more detail, the better.” — BBB Tip: Home Improvement Scams, Better Business Bureau; Twitter: @bbb_us

15. Freshen up your trim.

“Nothing will make as big of an impact as painting your trim. All you need is paint and a decent amount of patience.” — 10 Home Improvement Ideas: How To Make The Most of What You Already Have!, LiveLoveDIY; Twitter: @livelovediy

16. Replace your garage door.

“One of the biggest returns on your home upgrade investment is to replace your garage door. On average, you recoup 92% on what you spend, according to Remodeling magazine. While custom doors cost a pretty penny, semi-custom will give your home a polished look without the pricey bill. Look for manufacturers that let you customize color, style, and the number of windows as well as the type of closure, but budget at least three times as much as the $430 off-the-shelf basic white hinged garage door you get at big box stores.” — Romana King, Garage and basement renovations for any budget, Money Sense; Twitter: @MoneySense

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