Home equity is very important in today’s real estate market. Not many people have any, and those that do, often have very little. To make sure that you get the best bang for your buck in terms of equity and resale value, follow the tips and suggestions in this article.
Always know where the gas shutoff valve is when you start any gas-based DIY project. You should exhibit caution when you are doing this. You don’t want to spark a gas explosion.
You can make simple art for your wall by purchasing some solid colored picture frames and tearing out pictures from old children’s books. Illustrations from the likes of Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz and so on are very popular. They make great old fashioned wall art, and add a touch of personality to your home.
When hiring a contractor, be sure to keep good records and always sign a clearly stated contract. You can’t assume your contractor will do this. Keep all of the paperwork related to your project in a safe place. This helps you and the contractor stay focused on the job.
Sealing air leaks is an inexpensive way to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Unsealed cracks and openings are one of the leading causes of heat loss in the average home. Common problem areas include around doors and windows, around pipes, wires and ducts that lead outdoors and around recessed light fixtures. Use caulk to seal small cracks and expanding spray foam for larger gaps and openings.
If your room feels plain, add interest to it by choosing a heavily patterned rug. Stripes (horizontal or vertical), polka dots and swirls always make for a bold statement in your room. Don’t be afraid to try new things, even if at first glance they don’t match. Try small swatches of a design before you purchase the full product to make sure you like it.
For the budget-minded homeowner working on a plumbing home improvement project, plastic PVC piping makes an entirely suitable substitute for expensive copper piping. PVC has been extensively tested and used for years without danger or failure. It is easy to work with and highly durable. The money saved by using PVC can be applied to more visible, usable home improvements.
If you are doing work near a kitchen, fireplace, or gas appliance, make sure you know where the gas shutoff for your home is located. If there were to be an accident, and gas started leaking into your home, the smallest spark could set it off. If you know in advance where the shutoff is, you can respond faster to the issue before it becomes an emergency.
If you have decided to paint your home’s interior, make sure you wipe down the walls and baseboards with a damp cloth in order to remove any dirt, dust or oils that have accumulated. You can avoid the need for extra coats of paint by providing a clean surface for the new paint.
Lots of home builders use only wood in their cabinets to save on costs and neglect to include hardware. You can easily purchase any hardware you need at a home improvement store or online if you cannot find want you want locally. You can choose from everything, from modern knobs to vintage looking pulls and designer hardware, all of which can be easily installed in a few minutes.
With the housing market still being so depressed, it can seem like a waste of money to even do any remodeling on your home. But the truth of the matter is that buyers are still expecting a certain level of updates in the homes that they purchase. Following these tips will ensure that you have what buyers want.