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Small Changes Can Add Up - These Ideas Will Improve Your Home Value

By Yakov Rossman on March 18, 2012

Some people think that home improvement is for others to tackle, demanding skills they could never possibly learn. There are many jobs around the house, though, that nearly anyone can do if they take the time to learn. The following home improvement tips will show you that anyone can participate in improving their home. You may have looked at a home and wondered about the number of bathrooms it has, and if that was enough to work for you. A home's value relies heavily on whether or not it has adequate bathrooms. Adding another bathroom to your home can greatly increase the net worth of your home. Make sure a contractor you're considering hiring has the proper documentation before you sign them on. Every state has a licensing board website you can use to check this information. Alternatively, you can call the board and ask. Stay away from contractors without a license. They may have done something to lose it, or worse, may be a con artist just out to get your money.

TIP!An easy home improvement job is installing a new mailbox. Spruce up the appearance of your home just by putting in a new mailbox.

When you are remodeling a room that has a lot of moisture, like a bathroom, consider replacing the wall board with a water-resistant version. Water resistance is important to prevent dangerous molds from thriving within moist walls. "Green board" is a product that is water resistant, and can prevent mold growth so is ideal for this purpose. Spring is a good time to see if your roof has suffered any damage. Check shingles for curling or blistering and replace any that show damage. Fix minor damage on your roof right away so that you do not end up having a more serious problem down the road. If you are looking to reduce you energy costs, you could change your lighting system to operate on motion sensors. You can manually turn the light on and adjust sensitivity most of the time.

TIP!A landscaping project can enhance the beauty of your property. Planting everything from flowers to a hedge will not only improve your appreciation for your home but also your neighbors'.

Hire a professional when there is major work to be done. There is a reason that architects, contractors and skilled tradesmen exist. The work they do requires the skills that they have. Even though you might want to attempt a project on your own, allowing professionals to do the work will ensure that the project will be performed in the right way the very first time. Make sure you get copies of everything for a file that contains, the permits themselves, the inspection reports and the permit applications. You should ask the contractor to provide you this documentation when he is hired. When you are working with wood and you have a precise spec, never substitute a guess for an actual measurement. Before starting a project, have a tape measure, an accurate level and a square handy for all your measurements.

TIP!Stucco is a viable alternative to metal-siding when you are re-siding your home. Stucco is a long-lasting siding option, although professional assistance may be required.

Take safety precautions prior to doing a home improvement job. You need these precautions so that you or your home are not injured. Be careful about following all instructions that came with your power tools. Also have a clear understanding of what your project with involve. Re-caulking windows is a project that can prevent you from having high utility bills and damage costs. Making sure no cold drafts or moisture are leaking in from the outside will reduce your heating costs and prevent mold growth. If the old caulking is cracked, remove it carefully with a chisel and hammer and replace with fresh caulk. Most supplies for home improvement projects tend to be items that would be valuable theft targets. These need to be kept safe when you're not working. If the home itself is secure, with windows and doors that lock, it is fine to leave the supplies inside. If the project has holes where windows and doors will go, then the supplies need to be kept in a lockable container on site.

TIP!One of the best tips to help you on your quest to home improvement, is to take a personalized look at what you wish to achieve. A home improvement project gives you a great opportunity to add personal flair to your living space.

An air conditioner may stick out like a sore thumb in your garden decor, but it is a much needed appliance in many climate regions. It is easy to hide it with some nice latticework or any other feature. Ornamental grasses are a great option, but you must make sure you leave about one foot between the edge of your unit and the roots. If you have been thinking about trying your hand at home improvement, you may not know where to start. You have vague ideas, but no concrete plans. A good amount of preparation and planning is always important, but you also need guidance to get your plans headed in the right direction for your specific project. Use this advice to inspire your own home improvement project.

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