In the wake of hurricane Sandy those of us who have been effected by the storm will have some renovations and improvements to do; maybe even more. But as far as home-improvement projects go, it’s not the scale of the changes that you make. Instead, the deciding factor should be the impact that is created. With this mindset, you need not spend thousands of dollars to make an impression. This handpicked selection of home-improvement storm tips and tricks is suitable for all types of projects.
Before you order you new kitchen cabinets, draw a plan of your kitchen that shows the location of all plumbing, outlets, appliances, windows, and all other obstacles. This will ensure your new cabinets are a perfect fit. Many retailers will develop a design plan for you free of charge if you purchase your cabinets from them.
Did your contractor mention that you have 10 days after signing his contract to “cool off” and cancel if you wish? Also see my article on choosing the right licensed contractor for the job. If not, I’d really question whether or not the contractor has your best interests in mind. It is his legal responsibility to ensure you know all facets of the contract, including that one.
One way to save money and energy is to buy a programmable thermostat if you don’t already have one. A programmable thermostat will allow you to specify what temperature you want your house to be at any given time or day throughout the week, even when you are away from home.
Switch your thermostat to a programmable model for an easy update that will save you money on your energy bills. These thermostats can be set to automatically adjust the temperature based on the time of day, so your furnace or air conditioner will run less often when you are at work or school or while you are sleeping.
There are many tax credits that you can get as a home owner for energy saving improvements. Now with the storm you can also get help from FEMA. Do some research, find out what they are and go for it. You will not only be increasing the value of your home but you will also be saving yourself on unneeded tax liability.
Equipping your house with smoke alarms (checked regularly) can help bring down the premium on your homeowner’s insurance. The effect is more pronounced with older houses, because insurance companies assume – rightly – that more modern homes are built with more fire-resistant materials. And of course, besides saving you a few bucks, smoke alarms might just save your life.
If considering a home improvement project first clean every nook and cranny of your home especially if you had storm damage. This will let you inspect your home in its entirety so you can determine where you want to focus your efforts. This will also make your home feel more comfortable and look great at the same time.
Update your bathroom to make your house feel like a home. Every member of the family spends quite a bit of time in this room, but we often overlook giving it an update during a remodel. You can do easy changes by replacing wallpapers, lighting fixtures, and cabinetry, to create a fresh look.
When thinking about value in doing a home improvement, kitchens and baths are always a good bet. Home improvements are always a safe bet, but if you have a few thousand to spend, spend it on your kitchen or bathrooms because they are the areas that new home buyers are generally most interested in.
Do renovations because they are needed not because you are bored. Many people undertake renovating jobs because they need something to do and are bored. This pointless work can lead to many problems. Building code violations, rooms that are useless, as well as other renovation follies, can quickly become issues if you do not have a reason behind your work.
Adhesive window films are one of the most affordable and easy-to-install home improvement projects. These films are available in distinctive stained-glass patterns, frosted designs, and a variety of other textured patterns. Many window adhesive kits include all the tools needed for the job and cost less than twenty dollars per window.
Even if you have only a hundred dollars at your disposal, there are many affordable and accessible home-improvement projects that can have a great impact on the appearance of your house. Keep the advice from this article in mind as you begin to plan out your next home and garden project.