Quick Solutions For Being Your Own Handyman (or Handywoman)

You may think that they could never improve your own home. Take comfort in the fact that there are tons of projects that any beginner can do. Improving your home has some long term benefits and the following article should give you some great ideas as to how you can do it all yourself.

Fans are a must in the hot summer months. Ceiling fans help circulate air, which will help in cooling the room. Fans help decrease the energy that is spent on the air conditioner. As a result, your electric bill can be decreased.

Get a motion activated light for your front porch to help you keep your energy costs low, while keeping your yard safely lit. You can turn the light on manually, and on many models, you can also adjust its sensitivity.

You can add storage to your rooms by simply recycling old shoe boxes. Use fabric or old wallpaper to cover the boxes. You can add storage and decor by doing this.

Small rooms tend to be gloomy, but they don't have to be. Let some light in! Clean your windows and make them sparkle. Open the blinds as well. If you make the most of natural lighting, any room will seem bigger. Keep clutter to a minimum and stick with light, subdued paint colors. Suddenly, your little room will not seem cramped.

Thoroughly dust your home at least one time every week. Dust bunnies can start creeping up after a few days, and that encourages allergens to interfere with your life. By dusting you will remove those allergens as well those pests such as spiders or ants.

Use bleach to sanitize your commode. While the bleach may not smell great, taking the time to clean them this way will leave your toilet looking lovely, and will also disinfect it. Finally, scented bleach helps eliminate odor.

Building materials can easily be stored between floor joists or ceiling rafters. Long pieces of molding and even larger materials like two by fours can be stored up and out of the way just with a little effort on your part. Nail furring strips across a couple of exposed floor joists. Alternatively, nail them across your rafters. Slip the material in there for easy storage.

Ask a professional about the condition of your current flooring before you buy new hardwood floors. There may be natural hardwood underneath your carpet or linoleum, and it could be beautifully refinished. In many cases you can get a floor that looks even better than a new one while spending much less money.

You can make decorative pillows easily. You can sew a new cover from interesting t-shirts or vintage jeans by cutting to size and sewing them up. The room will gain a bit of life and personality with these cool additions.

A front door that makes a great first impression on potential buyers can increase your homes value by up to 10 percent. You could update your front door and give it a completely new look by simply purchasing a new lock or doorknob.

Contractors that are not licensed should never get hired by a homeowner for a project of any kind. General contractors as well as sub contractors are required to have certification in most states. Although the requirements are not a guarantee that your contractor is competent for the job, they are required by law. Unlicensed contractors usually lack insurance as well, meaning that you take a major risk in hiring them.

You should talk to your neighbors and local government about drainage before doing any major work on your landscaping. Ideally, you want to drain all the water off your property. Sometimes, the easiest method of doing so is to funnel it towards your neighbor, but they probably won't like that! You must communicate with your neighbors to make sure your drainage plans will work to your advantage and theirs.

Like we said earlier, just because you are a novice does not mean that there are not a lot of projects you can do on your home. You should be be more confident now, so make use of these tips, and tackle your home renovation projects. You will have a real sense of pride if you do.

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