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Home Improvement Can Do Wonders For You

Posted on Jun 23, 2012 by Taylor Owens

Hiring professionals gives you some confidence that your end result will be just what you wanted.

Try swapping the lights in your home for ones that use energy efficiently. In addition to being good for the environment and lowering your electric bill, they are more long-lasting than traditional bulbs. Use modern, energy efficient bulbs instead.

Weigh the pros and cons of having a security alarm set on your home when having showings. If you aren’t in residence at the house and it’s located in an unsafe neighborhood, having an active security system can be a good idea.

If you have a lot of attic space, invest in a dormer window to make it usable. This will add charm to the exterior of your home and potentially double your square footage. For a small investment, this will give you more livable square footage and increase your property value.

Your location can affect your home improvement decisions. To give a specific example, it makes more sense to install central air instead of fireplaces in a hot climate. Outdoor swimming pools are great additions in the western states, but may not be desired in New England.

Looking to improve your home? See if some of your existing artwork can be used, which will save you money as you personalize your home. Purchase some decorative frames that will match your existing decor.

Many lampshades are plain and boring. You can spice up your lamp shades by painting them using stencils. This will add some style and personality to you rooms and take away the drab look from a cheep looking lamp shade.

You will find carpeting throughout older homes, however, wear and tear will have taken its toll on most carpets. Wooden floors generally last longer and look more classic.

If you are doing a project in a room that has gas connections, such as a fireplace or a stove, shut off the gas before you begin working. You want to be extremely cautious during this process. You can be seriously injured or start a fire during the project.

Think about getting a combo washer-dryer unit if you are limited on space in your laundry area. Many of these units are as small as a dishwasher, so the room necessary to incorporate one is not substantial. It is possible to wash and dry clothes in a combo unit.

Gutters are often the culprit in drainage problems, especially if you have had a particularly rainy season. Clogged gutters will overflow down the sides of your home and can even cause water to seep into your basement. Clean out the gutters before this happens.

Look this up on your state’s website or call the appropriate department. An unlicensed contractor may have issues that prevent them from having a current license.

I have 35 years experience in the market of asphalt shingles. I now live in the Yorkshire countryside with my wife and 3 children.

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