Sunday, May 17, 2009

Simple Tips to Improving Your Home Without Spending a Fortune

Has it ever occurred to you that your home is a mess or that it is too small or cramped? Sometimes it is tough to face the truth but you decide that you should finally take action to make your home look and feel better. Make your home your castle. It doesn't matter if your home was custom built or purchased from a previous home owner, make it your own and a place you are proud to live. Following are a few home improvement tips.

Do It Yourself (DIY) Home Improvement. When your home needs a makeover or an improvement of sorts, most people think that calling a professional handyman or contractor to do the job is the only solution. This isn't true because there are a lot of home improvements that you can do yourself. One of the advantages of doing home improvement yourself is that you can save time and money doing the project rather than hiring a contractor who might take longer to finish the project and may charge more than you want to invest.

Start by taking an honest assessment or your home and what it will take to improve it. Sometimes it is as simple as a fresh coat of paint, other times you might have to consider replacing flooring or other slightly more complex improvements.

Here are some simple tips for do it yourself home improvements:

  • Painting - a fresh coat of paint in some up-to-date colors can produce a huge improvement for relatively little investment of time and money. Get creative. Use a wallpaper border at waist level with complimentary colors above and below. New textured painting, painting two walls in a bold color and use of stencils can add a lot to a room.
  • Flooring - Today a tour of your local home improvement center, such as Lowe's or Home Depot will reveal a multitude of flooring options for DIY home improvement. These home improvement centers frequently offer seminars on how to apply these flooring alternatives yourself.
  • Lighting - Changing out old, outdated light fixtures is another way of having impact with a small investment of time and money. When you consider this always look at adding light to a room - brighter rooms give a perception of larger space.
  • Window Coverings - Updating the window covering in your rooms is yet another do it yourself home improvement that is an easy and quick way to perk up the looks and feel of your home.

Before considering tearing out walls or lifting the roof, stop, take a look around and see if the simple do it yourself home improvement tips above can make a big difference in your home.

Autor: Gregory Morneau

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Added: May 17, 2009