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Get Great Results With These Practical Home Improvement Tips

Home improvement projects can make a big difference to your home’s structure. It can even cover outdoor structures and landscaping. Continue reading for some helpful home improvement advice that can produce amazing results.

Sometimes, you only need one little improvement to raise a home’s value. If you are considering the sale of your home, think about making one or two little improvements. One easy way is to apply new paint to the interior and exterior of your home. This simple fix will cost only $100 or $200, but can increase your equity up to $1,000.

Before you begin customizing your home, settle on a specific style. The decorating theme you choose will narrow down your choices in several different areas. It is simple to alter styles mid-project without even noticing it. Fixing mistakes is always more costly than doing things correctly the first time.

You can freshen up the look of any room by changing the flooring. A reliable contractor can lay down a new carpet, hardwood or laminate floor in no time at all or, if you are so inclined, look for supplies a a local retailer and do the project yourself.

Work with construction adhesive and remove the squeaks from your floors. You may have to work your way into the basement or a crawlspace, but it is worth the effort. With a caulker, put some glue on all the floor joists, so that glue secures subfloor planks to each joist.

When improving your home, give the most visible areas the most attention. Potential buyers will go by what they can see, so you need to do what you can to make your house presentable enough to sell. It’s true that some improvements aren’t obvious, but the obvious ones are the ones that are seen.

Make holes in the paint can rim. Your paint can contains a rim that the lid fits into. When painting this can fill up with paint and then overflow when the lid is replaced. By making holes around the top of your paint can you can avoid this issue.

There are many options available when it comes to updating your kitchen appliances. Stainless steel may be popular, but why trash your refrigerator that is still working because it is not a “cool” color? Just purchase spray paint for your appliances and color them the color of your choice. You can make your room look better immediately.

Consider updating the insulation of your house for your next energy saving home improvement project. Use weather stripping on doors and windows. Reducing air leaks in your home can help your air conditioner and heater run more efficiently, lowering your costs to run them. This will save you money on energy costs.

Try adding an original print to your living room if you are tired of the way it looks. Something such as a zebra or leopard print accessory like a rug, some wall art or a pillow, will liven up your room.

Invest in a snake for your drains. This can save you from buying drain cleaners. Drain snakes shouldn’t be used unless you are experienced using them. Invest in a snake that’s the correct size or you may damage your pipes.

To make your home improvement project a success, always hire a licensed contractor. All states require for general and sub-contractors to have a type of certification. Keep in mind that these certifications cannot be used to measure the talent of your contractor. More importantly, a person who doesn’t have a proper license probably doesn’t have the right insurance, and they can be risky to do any work with.

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Posted by Michele T. Ricks - July 19, 2012 at 3:29 am

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