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Home Improvement With A Pocketful Of Tips

January 14th, 2014

Painting a WallHome Improvement With A Pocketful Of Tips

It’s a new year, and maybe it’s time for some “newness” in your home. If you have been planning for a while that you would like to make some updates to your home, but have put it off because you just don’t know where to start, let us help you determine what to do, how to do it, and how to get the best deal possible.

In prior blogs, we’ve talked about

Today, we’ll do some quick tips.

To keep your toilets clean, pour bleach inside the bowl. Close the lid and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Bleaching your toilets will smell bad for a while, but it will decrease your chance of getting sick and spreading germs as well as making your toilet nice and shiny.

When looking to improve your home, consider going with Compact Fluorescent Lights. CFLs do not use as much energy as a normal light, and they last a lot longer. When you switch your lights to Compact Fluorescent Lights, you will save money on your energy bills. CFLs do contain mercury, so you will need to find out where to properly dispose of them. If you don’t like the idea of the mercury, spend a little bit more on LED bulbs. They last just as long and you don’t have to worry about calling a hazmat team if they break.

When you are remodeling your bathroom, make sure not to add carpeting to the floor. Not only does carpeting stain easily, but the water from the shower will give the carpet, and subsequently your whole bathroom, a musty odor. Instead, go with a tile so you can easily clean up any water that may get on the floor.

Store your paint cans upside down. A skin forms inside used cans of paint. When you open the can it’s a mess to remove. One solution is to put the used paint cans in your storage area upside down! That way when you turn the can over and open it, the skin is underneath the paint where it can’t cause a problem.

Cover your door knobs, hinges and other hardware with petroleum jelly before painting. It is an easy way to insure they don’t get covered in paint. All you have to do when you are finished painting is use a soft cotton cloth to wipe the petroleum jelly from the surfaces of the hardware.

Painting an indoor room can be done quickly and easily. If possible, try to do all your painting in daylight hours, as artificial light can cause you to miss small areas. Tackle the ceiling first painting around the edges in bands then working your way towards the center. The walls should be painted starting at the top, and working downwards in overlapping sections.

If you are having home repairs done by a contractor, always get multiple bids from several licensed contractors that are well established and highly recommended. Make sure that the bids you receive are written and contain fixed-price bids for the needed services. Ensure that the word is detailed. You don’t want to go with the best price and find out it didn’t include something major.

Don’t keep putting off your home improvement projects because you lack the knowledge or expertise to do it all on your own. There are plenty of ways that you can make significant changes in your home, with a little bit of time, research, and practice.

What home improvement projects are on your list for this year?

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