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Low Priced Improvement Projects to Increase Your Home’s Value

It appears that most of the fracas that takes place when starting a home improvement undertaking only entails a few things. To begin with, a lot of people only daydream of the things they wish to do, as their lives are so full of activity. Next is the issue of budget size and possibly proficiency. Quite a few of us need to determine what we are skilled at, eager to try out and then finally if a carpenter should be called. Those are all very practical and common questions that run through the minds of many. On the contrary, we support you in learning how to do as much as achievable Also, you are capable of a lot more than you realize with home improvements.

If you are a parent, how many times have you commanded them to cut the lights when leaving a room? Although, you only need to do that if there won’t be anyone in there for quite awhile. One rather simple home improvement answer is to add motion detecting light switches. The thought is for the lights to go out right away, if the room is empty for a short amount of time. You can discover mechanisms that can turn the lights on, as well as turn them off. This is something that will be very easy and will not cost very much at all. In addition, you will be helping to cut the cost of your electric bill. If your home has a high ceiling like very many do, then you can benefit from installing a ceiling fan in that room. The fan can be controlled in several ways including a more up to date design that comes with a remote. In this case, then you do not have to do any additional wire runs to a possibly new switch for on/off control. You will have better air circulation by adding a ceiling fan to rooms in your home with high ceilings. This will keep the air moving on a hot day and keep it more temperate on the inside. The same can be said for colder months with circulating the accumulated warmer air at the top of the room.

Adding a large basin to your basin can be a great idea. These are usually simply a multi purpose type of basin. The way this sink will be utilized can be endless. Some things are too large for your kitchen sink and will be accommodated by this one. If you take care of your own car repairs, you will probably have greasy hands from time to time; now you will have a safe place to wash them. This type of sink can be put in without too much effort. If you are a novice plumber you ought to be able to do the job yourself, or you can always consider hiring a professional plumber.

Home improvement projects that improve your security, for you and your family, are essential due to the state of the world today. You can actually spend very little money and have a security system installed that works. The best way to get started is by assessing the needs of your home. Doing research on the Internet should be done in advance so that you get exactly what you need.

The New House – Year One

So we bought a house a year ago almost to the date. Actually we bought it about a year and a month ago, but the painter that we hired took a month to paint it.  And a year later, I’m still shaking my head as to exactly why it would take ANYONE a month to paint the inside of a 2200 square foot house – say nothing about being an actual painter. I digress.

The first year admittedly has been a bit of work in. Sure, everything was unpacked the first week – which actually IS better than a lot of people do – but it takes more than unpacking a bunch of stuff to get moved in. We packed and moved light. A lot of the stuff we had was on the oldish side. Having cats across those years – and a bunch of them – had been one too friendly to the furniture. Scratches and claw marks here and there added up over 10 years or more in some circumstances. So it was time to start fresh.

While we did do a lot of preliminary shopping and collecting of new furniture for the house ahead of time, there were (and still are) things that we can use that would fit better.  We were able to hold down costs considerably when we moved in by going to local auctions.  While some may shake their head at the idea of actually buying anything but new furniture from the local furniture showroom, my fiancee and I are both fond of antique furniture.  We were able to find a lot of solid wood furniture that would literally cost thousands if it could even be found today.  A single piece that we got for the dining room would easily run in the several thousand dollar range. Compared to so much of the consumer grade furniture these days, these kinds of pieces are solid wood, and solid period!

We ended up having to replace a well pump, replace a lot of the plumbing under the house, carpets, finished out a 2 car garage (handily adding an additional 500 sf heated area to our home which now serves as my office). And yes, we went ahead and added a pool. We had talked about it and to me, that was going to give us the home that we really wanted. An acre and a half, nice yard, fenced backyard, 24′ pool, great enclosed porch area as well as a raised veranda area – that is absolutely perfect for plants – even an herb garden.

Modifications for this year? A fairly comprehensive landscaping and outdoor treatment. 4 small vegetable garden areas – maybe 600 square feet worth of veggies. Currently, I’m busy creating some new raised garden beds around the new berry bushes – a couple blackberry bushes, a raspberry bush and 3 blueberry bushes.  Add that to the 2 pear trees, teh plum tree and even a couple of fig trees.

It takes a while to get into a house and make it a home – but we are on to year two now.  Home improvements – ENGAGE!