Home Improvement Tips: More Than Curb Appeal
By Angela Sanders Saturday, October 19, 2013, 08:26 AM EDT
Most people hear the term "home improvement" and immediately reach for the Yellow Pages. However, it does not have to be as difficult a task as you think. There are lots of do-it-yourself methods to home improvement. This article will provide you with a few creative tips for improving your home, without spending a fortune. Maybe the house or apartment you're living in is great, but the view to the outside is not. If you have any offending sights that you wish to conceal, consider putting some plants or flowers on your window sill or in a window box. If you would like to take drastic measures in concealing your offending view, plant some shrubs or large trees in front of your window. This can ensure that you have a nicer view.
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When Saint Croix Exterior works on the exterior of your house, installing siding or roofing, our professionals do all of the work. That way, we both know the job is done right. This also ensures that you receive the full benefits of the manufacturer's warranty if needed. Our preferred siding manufacturers include:
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This is one of the most popular siding options for homeowners in the Saint Croix Valley for a variety of reasons. Made from polyvinyl chloride, vinyl siding stands up to the elements so it does not crack or decay as does wood. Vinyl siding is easy to install and requires almost no maintenance. Just wash it once a year. But, the best news of all is that it is inexpensive! Other types of siding cost more, so if price is a concern, choose vinyl.
Before you make any changes, make a plan. All improvement jobs require a well formed plan to ensure completion on time without going over the available budget. If you decide in the middle to add an extra feature, you will significantly increase the cost and time it will take. If you're working with contractors or other professionals, you'll also find that they are much more comfortable with well-defined goals to work towards. Pour bleach into your toilet bowls to keep them clean. Although bleaching toilets might smell bad, it lowers the risk of spreading germs and illnesses. In addition, it improves the look of your toilet. Reduce the unpleasant odor by selecting a scented bleach.
Roll roof your floor for a practically indestructible finish! Buy roll roofing without the adhesive strip. Glue it in place either in long strips as it comes off the roll or cut up into irregular geometric shapes. Coat thickly with paint and use a brush to work the paint evenly into the surface.
Make sure to have your home inspected before starting any major renovations. Checking for roofing issues, termites, electrical issues and plumbing beforehand can save you a lot of trouble down the road. Finding issues like these when you are halfway through a renovation process can be a nightmare on your budget.
If you are improving your home to increase its sale value, focus on the important portions first. Trying to renovate the whole home will become overly expensive and provide a diminishing return on investment. Items such as exterior siding, plumbing fixtures, lighting, and kitchen appliances, however, will be universally appealing as you try to sell the home. Make your home look better on the outside by painting window and door frames, shutters and doors. Homes clad in lighter-hued vinyl or brick really look great with blue and red paints; while darker exteriors tend to favor dark greens or deep eggplant colors.
It is wise to trim any branches that are overhanging your roof. In a storm they may break off, fall and spear your roof. In a snowstorm they will dump their load of snow, which may accumulate as ice. Also, falling leaves from these branches may accumulate and cause dampness on the roof, and clog the gutters. Use an old, dirty paint roller to clean the gutters on your house. The old paint roller that you have deemed unusable will quickly and easily clean your dirty gutters. Attach the roller to an extended handle. Then simply remove debris and leaves by sliding it along the gutter.
In summary, home improvement is easier now than ever before. By using the tips provided, you can be on your way to having the home you have always dreamed of. With a little time, energy and creativity, you are sure to create the perfect look for your home. The best part is that you can achieve it all for fractions of what you would pay a professional.
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