Ring In The New Year With Home Improvements

Ring In The New Year With Home Improvements


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Many of us decide to make New Year’s resolutions to get fit and eat healthy. It’s also a terrific time to look around your house and commit to making some improvements. With a little inspiration and elbow grease, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much you can accomplish this year.

Front door. Brighten your home’s curb appeal with a fresh coat of paint at the entry door. Some experts suggest tackling this project when you get a few clear days offering sunshine and comfortable temperatures. This is an easy DIY and can really pack a wallop visually. You’ll need a quart of paint and a quart of primer, cleaning supplies, and a roller or paint brush.

Freshen furniture. Do you have a tired looking rocking chair, or an end table the kids scratched up? A fresh coat of paint can bring a whole new look to old pieces of furniture. HGTV offers simple guidance for this oh-so-doable DIY. A little sandpaper, painting tape, brushes, primer and paint is all you need for a great furniture facelift.

Bigger projects. Some pros suggest doing moderate projects that will go a long way on home improvement. While a full kitchen or bathroom remodel is more costly, and probably beyond your ability, swapping out an old sink is a worthy tradeoff. You’ll improve the whole room for a fraction of the price. And don’t forget your outdoor rooms when setting your improvement goals. Adding a deck, building a gazebo, or installing a new patio are all valuable improvements to put on your DIY list.

Small but mighty. Commit to at least one or two small home improvement projects that will stretch your dollars this year. There are simple things you can do to fatten your wallet and help the environment. Here are a some suggestions from the experts at This Old House:

  • Dryer vent. Simply shortening your dryer vent can reduce the time it takes to dry your clothes by about twenty percent and you’ll knock about $25 per year off your energy bill. You can’t go wrong saving time and money!
  • Cleaning solutions. Make your own cleaning solutions from inexpensive basics, like vinegar and baking soda. It’ll save you a little money and is a green option for keeping your home sparkling clean.
  • Halogen bulbs and dimmer switches. Incandescent bulbs use more energy than the halogen versions, and dimmer switches can further reduce energy use. Over the course of three years you can save twenty bucks on your electricity bill, plus a bit more for the longer lifespan of halogen bulbs.

Safety measures. Whatever projects you choose for your to-do list, always put safety first. Dress appropriately for your projects with no loose clothing that can catch on moving parts or equipment, protect your eyes and ears appropriately, and leave off jewelry and other embellishments. The professionals at Redfin also emphasize conscientious use of power tools. Unplug equipment when it’s not in use and don’t leave tools within reach of children. Be sure to carry tools by their handles and not the cords, and keep cords away from sources of heat, oil and sharp objects.

Right tool. They say you should select the right tool for the job, and no homeowner should be without a good cordless drill. You’ll find it indispensable for a wide variety of home spruce ups and minor repairs. Be sure to do your research and explore purchasing options via a reliable tools review website.

Hire a pro. Some projects are too complicated for the majority of homeowners. If you need a tree removed, an addition or remodel completed, windows installed, or a foundation repaired, some experts recommend hiring a pro. If you aren’t sure, any time you are going beyond your skill set and experience level it’s probably a good time to call in a professional.

Whether you choose a couple small projects or decide to take on something bigger, resolve to improve your home this year. A little paint works wonders, and you should do something good for your budget and the environment. Make a New Year’s plan for some great DIY’s!

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