Most homeowner's find themselves in need of repairs or home improvement at one time or another.
Here are some handy tips to pass on! Hopefully, this will save you both time and money by doing it right the first time. Read on for some great advice.
Fix a nail that's popped partially out of your wall covering with a couple of drywall screws! Insert a drywall screw a few inches above the offending nail and another a few inches below. This will pull the drywall or other wall covering back into the wall stud so that you can hammer the nail back into place without blemishing your wall. Paint the visible nail and screw heads and you're done!
When you are making a home improvement that could affect the area around it, be sure to take proper care of the area. If you will be painting, it is a good idea to lay a tarp down to protect flooring and furniture from paint splatters and spills. Make sure to cover any surfaces that you do not want scratched or damaged.
It is your responsibility as a homeowner to verify that a contractor really is insured if he or she claims to be. You can simply call their insurance company and let them know that you are considering hiring them for a home improvement job and wanted to verify that their insurance was current and valid.
Cover all surfaces appropriately before starting an improvement project. If you are tearing down walls or kitchen cupboards, cover any surfaces that have a finish that might get scratched, including floors and nearby walls. If you are painting, make sure to use a dropcloth on the floor and painter's tape with paper coverings for features such as doorknobs and light switch face plates.
Painting home improvement projects require dry days. This tip is critical for having success in painting your home. On wet and humid afternoons, paint dries more slowly on the walls, which means that you will be at your project longer. Only painting on the dry days will cut your time in between coats and speed up the project overall.
When it comes to home improvement, be sure to keep in mind the age of your household members as well as health status. This is important if stairs are unmanageable or if there is a potential need for handicapped facilities in the bathrooms. Depending on the modifications, you may end up increasing the value of your home.
You will save a ton of money by living in your house while you complete home improvements, so try to stick to one room at a time. This will help make living in your home bearable, until you end up working on the only bathroom! Consider staying with friends if that situation occurs.
Are you ready to start? Remember 'a penny saved is a penny earned.' So, take the time to read ahead of time to avoid any unnecessary mistake. Use the tips provided above to help you save time and money.
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