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home improvement pointers and practices
Being a homeowner can be a lot of work, but it is also fun and rewarding. It's entirely typical to
spend up to three percent of a home's value on repair work and improvements every year.
Luckily, there are ways to lower these costs.
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Put a stop to your squeaky floor by using construction adhesive. Although you'll need to enter
your basement or crawl space to apply it, it will still be worth it to stop the squeaks. Using a
caulking gun, run a line of glue down each side of every floor joist so that the glue firmly secures
the adjoining subfloor planks to the joists.
If you can afford it, go with authentic wood flooring over laminate. Although laminate looks like the
real thing, you can 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.
Don't just plunk your money down for the first materials you see. Do some comparison shopping
to get the most value for your dollar. It can cost a lot of money to install a new floor, so be sure to
shop around to find the best deals. Between the discount outlets you can find and the bargainhunting resources available to you, you may be able to save significant amounts of money.
Chandeliers aren't just for mansions these days. For less than $500, you can buy a splendid
chandelier to enhance the decor of your home. Look for a chandelier with total wattage in the 200
to 400-watt range to achieve maximum light and sparkle.
Tell the electrician you need an electrical outlet installed above your microwave in the cabinet.
This can make plugging your microwave in really easy, and the cord won't be easily visible. This
ensures your kitchen is attractive.
If your renovations will require using your street then you should take the time to let the
neighbors know what will be going on. Blocking some or the entire road is usually needed when
doing major renovations, for shifting equipment and making deliveries. Letting your neighbors
know about these details beforehand is the courteous thing to do.
For an elegant jewelry display, put up a wall-mounted coat rack with no curves. Never hang your
more valuable jewelry, of course, but hanging costume jewelry is a great way to organize it while
adding interest to a room. Your signature pieces of jewelry can add a personal touch to your
room's decor and also keep your necklaces and bracelets tangle free. Keep the few pieces of
jewelry that you wear more often in front and close at hand.
Keep any small jars (like baby food jars) for use in organizing your space. Attach the lids under a
wall shelf. Store little odds and ends like nails, screws, beads and jewelry making materials in
small jars. Once you do this, twist these jars into place underneath your shelf. This helps take full
advantage of a wall shelf and small jars you didn't think you would ever need.
You can boost your home's value and improve its curb appeal simply by adding another coat of
high gloss paint to its shutters and front door. If your siding is light in color, choose a blue or red
color for your door. Go with jade or eggplant if your siding is darker.
It's important to weigh out the positives and negatives of turning on your security system while
your house is being shown. If you feel the neighborhood is not safe and you're not living in the
house, you may want to keep the alarm activated.
You might know a thing or two about home improvement, but it takes effort and time to really
know a lot about it. It is important to remember to always continue learning and sharpening your
skills. These tips should lead you in the right direction to make your home improvement dreams a