Are your windows outdated? Do they provide the right insulation? Maybe one or two of them are cracked or perhaps the style and design just doesn’t fit the times anymore. Updating to new windows improves the beauty of your home as well as the value. Consider getting new windows if it is time.
Lay down tarps in front of wall being worked on. Tape the baseboards. If the wall connects to another wall or ceiling that is not being plastered tape the adjoining surface. Make sure you press the tape edge firmly to prevent bleed-through.
You might be surprised that this question is on the list. Unless you have a firm bid on paper with all costs included, you may find extra charges adding up beyond that phone quote or advertisement. This is particularly true of items purchased from home improvement retailers which then get installed by sub-contractors. The sub-contractors don’t know your home and there are sometimes charges for various adjustments they need to make during the installation. It is often recommended that people get multiple bids for large projects. Make sure those bids are complete.
I bought a twelve-ounce can of Dow GREAT STUFF Insulating Foam Sealant at my local hardware for about five bucks. Builders Square, Amazon.com and even eBay has this product listed for around seven bucks a can.
A great home improvement product tip is to hire a good architect or designer if you are not one yourself. Even though this will cost you money, you need to spend money in order to make good plans that work. In addition, you may need a permit or license for certain zoning or environmental restrictions. Professionals are needed to let you know of these things and to give you the information on the permits or licenses that are needed.
One sure fire indicator of escalating do-it-yourselfer’s is by observing the tool rental industry. Homeowners trying to cut costs will rent a huge variety of equipment instead of paying a professional to do the job. In fact, a number of rental companies have reported increases in business this year. Cincy Tool Rental Inc., a small Cincinnati chain claims tool rentals are up 6% in 2009. Sunbelt Rentals who operate within Lowe’s Co. stores, experienced a 47% increase this spring in online tool reservations.
Use wallpaper and varnish to make a backsplash in your kitchen. Purchase wallpaper with the design you want. Begin by taking a measurement of your wall space. Using these measurements, cut the paper a few inches larger to allow some room for error. When you apply the wallpaper paste to the walls, allow it to sit for several minutes in order to get a little tacky. Hang the paper and smooth bubbles out with a squeegee. Then, trim the edges. Varnish should then be brushed on. Following these steps put you quickly enjoying a new back-splash that was inexpensive to create.