Month: March 2017

Claim Your Closet Home Improvement Tip

I’m sure many of us have more things than we need. We always think we need something. A home improvement tip to ask yourself is, do I need this, or do I just want it? Our closets seem to be a prime target for the accumulation of all our needs. If you have stuff piled sky high with no rhyme or reason, then this home improvement tip article, can help you claim ownership of your closet again.

There are many different ways to organize a closet, but the first home improvement tip is to clean it out first, of everything. That’s right, take it all out. You really need to sort through everything and if it is hanging, or stacked on a shelf, it is easy to say I need that, and just not bother with it. Once you have everything out, you have to now pick up each item, and you can begin asking yourself, do I need this, or just want this? A home improvement tip of placing your items in three piles can help you to accomplish the task of sorting through what you have. You will need, a keep pile, a garage sale pile and a pile to get rid of items you don’t need or want to sell. By the way, the money you make from your garage sale can allow you to buy something you need, (or want).

The next home improvement tip is to build some inexpensive shelves if you don’t have enough already. You can purchase them already done if you would like or can afford. There are some that are pretty inexpensive, and just made of cardboard or particle board. An inexpensive home improvement tip to build your own, is to just buy the brackets and a shelf board, which can be made of particle board instead of real wood, since it will cost less money. You can cut the board to any size you need. This way, you can even build a shelf for a small space. A home improvement tip when stacking your items on the shelves is to organize them in piles. You could organize summer and winter things, pants in one stack, sweat shirts in another, etc.

Now that you have the top and sides all organized. You need to concentrate on the bottom half of the closet. Here’s a home improvement tip for the bottom half. You can design your own shoe shelves by just building some small shelves like you did on top, or you can buy some shoe racks already made. There are even some that hang up on a hanger. Another home improvement tip would be to get some plastic containers or tubs as there are many to choose from, and many are in designer colors so they would be decorative as well. I guarantee if you use a home improvement tip offered in this article, you will claim ownership of your closet once again.

DIY Home Electrical Repair Tips

If you’ve been having issues with a faulty lighting fixture or electric wall outlet, it may be time for you to take this problem as an opportunity to put on your do-it-yourself hat and take action. You’d be surprised to know that many home electricity problems can be easily resolved with a little bit of research and an equal amount of elbow grease!

Safety is obviously the primary focus when working on electrical problems in your home, even if the problem seems trivial. Any situation that involves working with live wires is a serious matter and one that should not be taken lightly. This includes repairing or replacing outlets, installing a new ceiling fan or updating your current lighting fixtures.

Larger electrical projects such as installing a home theatre system is something that would typically be handled by a licensed electrician, but replacing a broken fuse in your toaster oven is the perfect opportunity for the DIY homeowner.

TIP 1: Safety – Always unplug whatever you are repairing and if that isn’t an option, turn the power off completely at the main circuit panel.

TIP 2: Parts – Always be sure you are using the correct type of wiring and connectors. A great example of this, and common mistake amongst homeowners, is buying indoor wiring for a project that is outdoors and vice versa. This type of mistake can be extremely hazardous by making your electrical lines and outlets susceptible to moisture and other damage. Finding a cheap electrical fix is great, but you should never compromise the type and integrity of the electrical parts that are needed for your DIY project.

TIP3: Help – Always ask for experienced help If you are unsure whether or not you have the right parts or equipment. Consult with a friend or family member who may know a qualified electrician. This referral could save you the grief of fires and electrical shock as the result of poorly wired outlets and appliances.

Don’t always trust what you read online! Do your research to find products and solutions which fit your budget and ability. This research can include asking at your local hardware shop for advice if you are in doubt about anything.

Hopefully these short DIY home electrical repair tips will help you on basic electrical repair jobs around the house. Whether you’re replacing a doorbell, rewiring an antique lamp or installing a new outlet always be safe, not sorry!

 

Top 10 Home Remodeling Tips For Any Home Remodeling Project

For your next home remodeling project, whether it be a new kitchen, a new bathroom or any other home improvement job, consider the following important tips I am providing you with. It could mean the difference between a success or failure of your project.

For most home owners, remodeling work on their home is exciting but is also stressing as most people do not have experience with that sort of thing and don’t know what to expect.

The following things are what you can do to ensure the success of your home remodeling project. Please consider and act on the following tips.

Tip #1: Get a professionally designed and detailed plan made.

It is relatively easy to make adjustments in layout, materials, choice of appliances and so on, in this crucial initial stage, the design, so spend time to adjust, change and perfect your vision while it is still in planning stage. Once the job has already started it will be difficult and costly to make changes and quality can suffer as well. Get a designer to put your idea of a perfect look and functionality onto paper, with enough detail so there is no guessing later on.

Tip #2: Don’t start the job before you have the money.

It is tempting to start your remodeling project even before you have all the funds needed, with a hope to come up with the rest of the money along the way, but it is more than likely that you will need more money as most home remodeling projects end up going over budget, unforseen problems once you start opening up walls or making changes being some of the reasons.

Tip #3: Choose finishes and materials that are proven to last a long time.

In a case of your bathroom or kitchen remodeling keep in mind that it needs to last a long time. Trying to save a few dollars on the expense of durability or choosing inferior products will come back to haunt you, when you realise how easy that cheap bench top scratches or the golden finish on the bathroom ware handles starts to wear off for example.

Tip #4: When choosing colors, a particular style and finishing have the future in mind.

Don’t get stuck on some particular color or finish of materials you might personally like. You have to think ahead, whether it will still be good looking and in style decades into the future and if it will appeal to most other people not just to you. This is particularly important if you are planning to sell your home further down the line. You will want to appeal to a maximum number of potential buyers.

Tip #5: Choose the remodeling contractor carefully.

Choose a remodeling contractor with a lot of experience and necessary license for the job. Best if the contractor comes recommended by good friend or family, based on his previous projects. An absolute must is that you have a detailed scope of works, written warranties and legal clauses in the written contract with the contractor, before the job starts.

Tip #6: Your personal input is important but listen to others that matter as well.

At the end of the day it is you and your family that will live in the home you are remodeling and you know your needs and aspirations the best. Be prepared to tell the designer what you want and need for example but also be prepared to listen as the remodeling project is a joint effort.

Tip #7: Have the insurances and approvals in place.

You might need local government approvals before you start the job so make sure you comply. Also it is prudent to have necessary liability insurance as well as checking that the contractor does, by demanding proof of such in writing.

Tip #8: Monitor the work and progress but stay out of the contractors way.

Monitoring the job quality and it’s progress is a must as you shouldn’t take the contractors word for granted. You will be able to point out any discrepancy or ask the contractor to explain something you are not sure about. You don’t need unnecessary stress and worry, after all the contractor should know what he or she is doing and if you are on the job too long and too often it will send the message you have no trust in their work..

Tip #9: Make sure that safe work practices are followed and keep your family safe.

Seeing so many tradespeople and homeowners injure themselves and some even die on the job has made me work safety conscious. In the case of the work being carried out in your own home makes the risks of injury to you and your family even greater, so take steps to minimise or eliminate risks during the job.

Tip #10: Don’t pay out the balance till the job is completed.

You have to honour your contract with the remodeling contractor but so does he or she, so make sure all the work is completed and any rectification work completed before paying the balance.

If you act on these home remodeling tips before and during the remodeling work it should bring you closer to a successful outcome in more ways than one. These tips may not be the answer to all your questions but they will go a long way towards a successful remodeling project.