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The Best Home Improvements For Increasing Value 449509

09/09/2012

Home improvement can be a big job. The temptation to dive in and gut the entire house to make improvements can be overwhelming at times. A comprehensive budget and thorough plan are required before starting any home improvement project. These tips will give you a solid foundation for starting your project. Always keep your work area clean when doing home improvements. Many accidents occur when an area is cluttered with debris and you cannot move and work properly. Take some time from your project and clean the debris from the area. This will help keep you safe from trips, falls, and tangled cords.

There are dozens of ways that you can improve your home which will also up the value of it on the market. This can be a good way to invest in the future of your home as well as a way to enjoy it more while you are the owner. If your air conditioner is more than seven years old, consider improving your home by replacing it. When purchasing a new air conditioner, look for the Energy Star label. This label will let you know how energy efficient the unit is and if it is a good buy for saving money in the future. Plant some trees around your home. Trees increase in value as they get bigger and will shade your house and help to save energy. The shade they provide can keep your house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. When planting trees, they can be the walls and roofs of outdoor rooms.

When renovating a historic home, visit home salvage yards or resale shops to find period fixtures and hardware. If you are friendly with the employees or owners, they may keep your name and number handy so they can get in touch in case a fabulous chandelier or another great period piece comes into their shop. Locate the studs in the wall prior to beginning to hang your new cabinets in your kitchen. Using a finishing nail to mark each stud is going to save you the time of missing the stud and having to put multiple holes in the cabinets trying to find the stud to hang them on. If safety is a concern, install motion detectors. These are a great home improvement project because not only is it simple and fairly inexpensive, it also deters thieves and lowers your insurance premiums. These motion detectors activate lights when motion is detected, letting you know when someone has entered your home.

Make sure you have weather stripping around all of your doors and windows. This helps you with multiple problems. It keeps air from leaking out keeping your house cooler or warmer when you’re running your A/C or heat. It can also keep little critters from finding their way in. It’s also good if you’re in an area that floods a lot, to keep water from seeping in. As stated in the introduction, starting a new home improvement project can be very exciting. Careful planning is required to ensure that all of the proper tools, required money and other resources are available. So, by following these tips, launching your new home improvement project will be painless and easy as possible.

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