While the term home-improvement is often associated with costly remodeling jobs, there are plenty of simple ways to increase the value of your home. With a little home improvement knowledge, you can get a better-looking home without spending much time or money. Take a look at these tips to get an idea of where to start. Removing dated wallpaper is a home improvement that can completely transform the interior of your house. If you have money to spend, the best way to remove wallpaper would be to buy a commercial stream wallpaper stripper. If, however, you are on a limited budget, fill a spray bottle with a mixture of hot water and fabric softener and completely saturate the wallpaper. Leave the wallpaper for a few minutes then carefully peel off with a putty knife.
Fix floor squeaks with a few drywall screws. While a second person waits below in the crawl space or basement, walk over your floor and locate where the squeaking is occurring. Signal to the person below where the problem is. They can insert a drywall screw through the sub floor and into the flooring to stop the squeak. Vinyl is a cheap way of improving the look of your floor. This material is very convenient, as it repels water and maintains durability. Vinyl flooring comes in sheets for large-scale flooring projects, and it’s also available in individual tiles for smaller jobs.
Flooring can be a relatively simple home improvement project even for a novice. Focus on putting tile in your kitchen and bathrooms and replace your carpet with hardwood flooring. Home improvement stores have a wealth of information about how to make this process easy for you to complete. If your home improvement project involves moving appliances or other furniture in your house, make sure to put something down to protect your floors. Particularly if you have hardwood flooring, taking out large items can make a big mess and scratch up your flooring. Taking a few minutes to protect your floors can save you a lot of money in the long run.
If you are renovating a small room, replace carpeting with hard flooring, such as hardwood, laminate, or tile. Carpet in a small room will contest the visual field and make the room feel even smaller. The right arrangement of floor tiles or planks, conversely, can make the room feel larger. Do-it-yourself hardwood floor installation is especially tempting for homeowners who want to save money by tackling the project on their own. This is fine for most faux-wood kits but if you are using actual wood that must be sanded first, it may be best to hire a professional to handle the sanding. Real wood is quite expensive, and even the smallest sanding goof can ruin the flooring.
Choose materials that last. The best materials might not be the cheapest ones or the trendiest ones, but they will save you money on the long term. You should choose asphalt, wood, stones and ceramic for the outside of your house. For the inside, vinyl flooring lasts much longer. Invest in tile flooring. The floor is something that most people notice when they are in your home, so if you want to catch their attention, use tile. Granite, ceramic or slate tiles are both attractive and durable and come in a number of different styles and finishes. Another plus is that they are much easier to clean than carpet.
Consider green alternatives to standard building materials when renovating or remodeling your home. Materials like cork and bamboo come from sustainable resources and are used to create flooring, furniture and other items that you can use to update your home in an environmentally conscious way. Using these materials is a great way to support eco-friendly practices and lessen your impact on the environment. For a unique alternative to wood flooring, consider covering your floor with brown kraft paper. You can find a variety of techniques described on the internet. Generally, the kraft paper is adhered to the floor with white glue. It can be painted or stained before you apply several coats of polyurethane to seal it.
No matter what your budget, there are plenty of ways to get a better-looking home. Keep these tips in mind the next time you look around your house. You should easily be able to find a do-it-yourself project that will make your home feel like new again.