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Home Improvement Advice Anyone Can Use Now

Improving a home is an art that consists of far more than simply replacing hardware or covering walls with new wallpaper. You really need to put time and research in order to make your home your own. You can use the information that is provided below to help you learn how to do home improvement jobs with more skill. It is a great way to save money and get your dream home built.

Keep an eye out for deals on carpet installation offered by national chains. You can often put the carpet in for a lower cost. When you see this type of sale, it’s time to have that new carpeting put in your home since full-priced installation can cost more than the carpet itself.

If you can afford it, go with authentic wood flooring over laminate. Although laminate might look real and be easy to clean, you cannot refinish it. In 10 or so years you or whoever owns the home will be required to get a whole new floor rather than refinishing it.

If you use motion sensor lights instead of regular porch lights, you will lower your electric costs. You can still use this type of light manually, and the sensitivity of the sensor can be changed on most motion sensors.

Do not allow contractors to perform work on your home before signing a contract. If you can, have a lawyer review the contract before moving forward. There are many details that you can examine yourself in the home improvement contract including the total time anticipated to complete the project, when it will begin and finish, how long a workday the contractor puts in, warranties on work performed as well as total cost for the project.

Put nail holes in the rim of paint can. The lid on most paint cans fits into a groove on the can. While you paint, this groove usually gets filled with paint; when you put the lid back on spills and splatters are commonplace. Use nails and drill holes in order to solve this problem.

Use aluminum foil to cover your outlet covers and switch plates before you paint. It is far easier to use aluminum foil than tape, and your covers will be shielded from possible splatters. It is so easy to clean up! Let your paint dry, carefully remove the aluminum foil and then recycle!

If there are small holes in walls from hanging pictures or paintings, try using spackle to renew the walls. You can buy spackle at any home improvement store. To take care of a few small holes, you’re not going to need much spackle at all. For really small holes, apply spackle with a bobby pin. After it is dry, using something fairly hard to scrape off the excess and make the wall smooth. Paint over the area. Any holes in your walls will disappear right before your eyes!

If you are doing some work on your house, you need to have a drill. You can make holes and even attach screws. The drill should be cordless and battery powered and come with a variety of attachments and differently sized bits.

Putting bleach inside your toilet is a great way to clean them. The bleach may have an unpleasant smell, but it will reduce the spread of germs and your risk of getting sick, in addition to giving you a clean and shiny toilet. If you use scented bleach, it will reduce the objectionable odor.

It is important to turn the breaker off when doing any electrical work. Touching live wires when the power is on is a serious mistake that can lead to electrocution and even death.

If you are planning a major landscaping project, plan it so that the style and construction complement the rest of your home. Whether you are installing

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Posted by Michele T. Ricks - September 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm

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