A homeowner’s work is never done. Whether something needs to be repaired or it’s time for an overall sprucing, there is plenty of projects that keep homeowner’s busy. We’ve rounded up 50 expert home improvement tips and tricks to help make this task a little easier.
1. Have a vision for your finished product.
“Have a good idea about what you would like the whole house to look like once you are finished. Many times we go room by room, and end up with a mix of styles and materials. If you stick to a unified vision, you will end up with a great home.” — Phillippe Dietrich, 6 Tips for Home Improvement on a Budget, Multiverse.
2. Seal any gaps between the baseboards and the wall.
“If you notice a crack starting to form at the seam between your wall and baseboard, you shouldn’t just paint over the top — that won’t fix anything. Instead, add a new layer of caulk to help fill in the gap.” — Lauren Smith, 13 Handy Tutorials Every Homeowner Should Pin Right Now, Good Housekeeping.
3. Install water-saving fixtures.
“Installing water-saving faucets and shower heads will save you gallons of water use. Another energy saver is the use of a two-button dual-flush toilet. These dual flush designs only use a fraction of the water regular toilets use. Faucets, shower heads, and toilets designs are stylish and will definitely move your bathroom design to a new level.” — Bathroom Renovation Trends, Plus DIY Home Improvement Tips, Remodeling Image.
4. Maintain your home’s downspouts.
“Make sure that your downspouts on the outside that’s attached to the gutters are away from your home and away from the foundation. Otherwise, they’re going to start leaking, the water will start dripping and you will have seepage into your basement. So keep it clear and free of debris.” — Sonia Figueroa, 5 Home Improvement Tips for February, See Sonia.
5. Incorporate fresh flowers.
“Fresh flowers really up the ante of any room, and they feel special. It can be as simple as a $10 bunch of roses from your corner market. They feel so fresh and are perfect for spring. There’s something about flowers in a space that elevates a room — and your mood.” — Nate Berks and Jeremiah Brent, 7 decorating tips from Nate Berk us and Jeremiah Brent to spruce up your home for spring, Today Show.
6. Increase your storage space.
“More often than not, the older the house the less closet space will be available. The economical answer is to install do-it-yourself closet systems in the bedrooms, entry closets, and pantries. Closet maid is one example of an Internet site that allows you to redesign your closets online. Large home improvement retail stores will also have tools to help you with these projects, which often do not take more than a weekend.”
7. Use your tax refund to cover remodel costs.
“For true home remodeling, keep it simple by starting in the bathroom. With your tax refund dollars, you can afford new paint, new flooring, fresh grout, new faucets and perhaps even a stylish new vanity. You’ll stay under budget and be proud of the outcome.
8. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
“Having a partner helping with the work is the most efficient way to tackle a project. This person can assist you with heavy lifting or moving things or by holding the ladder or simply passing tools your way. He or she also can manage work while you make another run to the home center for more supplies. Having a helper around also provides companionship during tedious project.
9. Remove corded window treatments.
“Recalls, regulations, new products and new designs have lessened the dangers, but older existing window cords still pose a threat, and some experts maintain that no corded window treatment— old or new—is completely safe. In addition, some older vinyl blinds present a lead poisoning threat.
10. Refresh your deck.
“If you have a wood deck, start by applying a deck cleaning solution using a pump-up sprayer and clean with a pressure washer or scrub brush. Replace deteriorating boards, and hammer in protruding nails or replace them with deck screws. Finally, apply a clear deck sealer or deck stain to protect the wood.” — Danny Lip ford, Simple Steps to Summer Prep.