40 Home Improvement Tips to Save You Time, Money and Headaches! (Part 1 of 3)


Are you hesitant about where to begin with your home improvement projects? If you’re unsure on where to start, don’t worry you’re not alone. There are many people like yourself, and with so many improvements that can be done to a home, that’s a completely understandable feeling to have.

The following are some home improvement tips that we’ve prepared for you. Hopefully some if not all of these tips will help to make your home improvement projects that much easier.

Here’s the first 10 Tips in video format, and you can also read it in the text that follows along with the full list.

  1. If you want to replace the siding on your home, be sure to use proper insulation. This will make your siding last longer as well as help reduce your heating and cooling bill. There are several different types available, with varying prices associated with each. With a little research, you can figure out which insulation option is a good match for your budget.

  2. Just because a room is lacking in square footage doesn’t mean it has to seem cramped or confined. Allow light to filter in. For example, losing those curtains and going with blinds will work. Simply cleaning the windows could also work. It’s amazing how much bigger a room looks when you take advantage of natural light. Keep your room clutter free and paint the walls with pale colors. Your little room will seem much more spacious quickly.

  3. When it comes to home improvements, make sure you realize just how long some things last. A chimney should last around 100 years. A deck can last up to 15 years. A vinyl floor can last between 20 and 30 years, which seems like a long time until you consider the fact that oak flooring can easily last a century. When you’re renovating your home, you should consider these things to decide whether or not a given renovation is worth the effort and expense.

  4. When planning a major home renovation project, consider hiring a professional architect or designer to create your plans. If you lack formal training in this area, the plans you create may be heavy on aesthetics and light on functionality. Professional designers will be able to create meaningful plans to construct from, ones that also meet all local building restrictions.

  5. If a home improvement is going to come close to a water valve, shut the water down. You really need to know where the shut off valve to the water in your home is located so you can turn it off to work on the sink or other plumbing. Otherwise, you may flood your home!

  6. Take local conditions into account when doing a renovation. For instance, if you live where you do not get a lot of warm days, do you really want to install a pool? If your home improvement does not match your local area, most likely you’ll just be pouring money down the drain.

  7. Liven up the room with new accessories. It’s truly amazing the amount of difference a few bright pillows or a new wall hanging can make in a room. Get new curtains in a new color, then add new pillows, a lamp and a vase in complementary colors, and the room will seem as if a professional designer did it.

  8. A coat of paint can instantly improve the look of your home’s interior and exterior. Paint is your homes first line of defense as well as the most significant factor of curb appeal. To make it the best it can be, really choose your color scheme wisely.

  9. Don’t just plunk your money down for the first materials you see. Do some comparison shopping to get the most value for your money. It costs a lot of money to install new flooring and other upgrades. But if you compare prices, you can keep your expenses to a minimum. Shop at discount home supply stores and other outlets that offer the best bargains.

  10. A lot of homes lose a considerable amount of heating & cooling through the windows. This can be reduced by equipping large windows with a second glaze. Your heating & cooling bill will be lower and you’ll still be able to have comfort even in the worst temperatures.

  11. When performing home improvement projects, planning ahead is essential. If you wait until you start, you can run into a disaster because you did not plan. If you plan out what you are going to do, you will not run into as many issues.

  12. Don’t forget to consider the debris and waste generated in most home improvement projects. You will need plenty of room and possibly a rented receptacle for the debris. You’re going to have a lot of refuse on your hands, especially if you’re doing demolition work. By planning a spot to put this debris, you won’t end up with piles getting in your way.

  13. It’s important to find a trustworthy roofer when your roof needs repair. Never enter in to any legal contract with a roofing company without first doing your homework. Check out the company with the Better Business Bureau, Department of Consumer Affairs, and search online for reviews so you have a complete idea of who is doing this home improvement for you.

  14. Take advantage of a ceiling fan installation. This simple project can be done by anyone. It also makes a very cost-effective investment. Operating a ceiling fan can save you some money on air conditioning by circulating cool air with a minimal expenditure of power.

  15. When you buy new bedroom furniture, try getting some freestanding units. You can save space with fitted dressers and cupboards, but you can’t take them if you move. Units that are not fixed into place; however, are moveable into other rooms as needed, or even sold when updating the house look.

  16. A strong relationship with your contractor can be established if you have a clear contract that lays out your budget and the expenditures expected. It should definitely also provide a guarantee about when work is to be done and on which time line. There should also be a payment schedule.

  17. Some home improvement projects may seem a bit costly, but you’re actually saving money in the long run by tackling them. New appliances can help save on your electricity bill in the long run. Repairing the roof and increasing the amount of insulation will lower your heating and cooling costs. Keep your budget firmly in mind when planning for any home improvements.

  18. If your floor is squeaking, stop the annoyance with some construction adhesive. You may need to do it from your basement or even the crawlspace, but this is one improvement that is worth the effort. Utilize a caulking gun to apply glue to the sides of each floor joist. The joists are secured to the subfloor planks by doing this.

  19. Appliance paint can be used to update the appearance of your kitchen in just hours. While stainless steel is popular, there’s no reason to toss your fridge because you don’t care for the color. There is spray paint available for your appliances in a lot of different colors. This will instantly liven up the appearance of your kitchen.

  20. A fun home improvement project is to add a bar to a basement space. Designing the bar is a project filled with style, interest and personality. It’s great fun to watch the wood take shape and turn into a special bar space. Whatever method one chooses to use, adding a bar is a great way to update a home.

  21. If you have been dealing with a hard water problem, try this solution. Consider a water softener. You will get rid of chemicals and also minerals in the water that cause it to be considered hard water. There are a lot of different kinds of water softeners you can use. Find the one that works best for your type of water and your home.

  22. Look at the quotes that you have received for your home improvement project and see which are on letterhead and which are just a regular document. Professional businesses will send their quotes on a letterhead, letting you know that they are an established company. This is something that you will want to take into consideration when deciding on who to hire.

  23. Ask about receiving discounted supplies from home improvement retailers. If an item is discontinued, for example, it will costs much less, but can be perfect if there’s enough left for you to finish the job. In order to minimize costs, keep sales items in mind as you refine your project design.

  24. Never undertake a new home improvement project without first ascertaining the expected costs of all labor and materials. Budgets are the biggest issue homeowners run into when doing home improvement projects. Shop around for estimates, then make allowances for the potential costs or delays of unplanned events.

  25. Consider replacing dark shingles with white or light-colored varieties. The darker your shingles are on the roof, the more heat they will absorb from the sun. This means your house is going to heat up and you’ll have to spend more money in the summer to cool it. If you do not use your air conditioner as much, you will be able to save money.

  26. You may be surprised at the impact you will get from installing new carpeting throughout your home. Visit more than one store in order to find the best deals and carpeting for your needs. Request samples to bring home.

  27. When establishing a relationship with any contractor, make sure you have a contract in writing, including all that’s in the budget and how your money will be spent. Also make sure a guarantee of work performed is included within a specified time, as well as how you will make payments.

  28. If you want a tranquil feeling in a room, select light blues, greens and purples. The furnishings should be primarily covered with linen fabrics. Avoid heavy fabrics, including brocade. You can also place a scented candle or potpourri in the room for a nice, tranquil scent.

  29. New windows will reduce both heating and cooling costs and upgrade the look of any home. This project is very rewarding for any area of the home.

  30. There are many kinds of screws to use when renovating your home. Know the proper screw you need for the specific project you are working on. If you’re working with wood, use wood screws. Sheet metal screws are best for sheet metal.

  31. Install peepholes in your exterior doors. Know who is knocking on the door without having to open it! The great thing is that almost anyone can install a peephole in very little time. The only thing you must do is some drilling! A peephole will give you that extra sense of reassurance when someone knocks.

  32. Be sure to set up an emergency escape plan and familiarize everyone in the household with it. When things go wrong, people can panic easily, and end up injured because of not doing anything. Plan a safe and simple way to get out the house in case of an emergency. Planning this in advance allows you to model the home in such a way that you won’t meet obstructions in the escape.

  33. If you have chosen to do your own home improvement project, make it a point to purchase the highest-quality tools and materials. It does involve a more expensive up-front cost, but you won’t spend as much money over time. High-quality products have longer lives, and stand up to wear better, over time. Tools, especially, can be costly and you do not want to need replacements often.

  34. Paint is a great way to decorate your home on a minimal budget. If you are not able to afford remodeling, painting is a good option. A new coat of paint may make a room look completely different, especially if it is a drastic color change. Remember, if you are not happy with it, changing it is always easy to do.

  35. A great way to get extra space is to mount your TV on a wall-mount bracket. This will give you extra floor space and make your room look larger. This can be done in half an hour or less. You can also try doing this with other mountable furniture and accessories.

  36. If you are considering a bathroom remodeling job, consider making the room handicap accessible. Although you may not need your bathroom to be handicap-friendly now, if you stay in the home when you get older, you may need it to be. When you sell the house, these things are going to boost your home’s resale value on the market.

  37. When hanging blinds, you need to make sure to measure thoroughly before buying them or trying to install them. Your installation will be easy when you have measured the window exactly and purchased blinds that are the right fit. There are many different sizes for blinds and some are made to be installed on the interior frame of the window and some on the outside of the frame.

  38. Some home improvements like adding a deck or painting can really add a good bit of value to your home. A deck adds a terrific outdoor space to your home, and you’ll find it’s equally enjoyable when you’re on your own or when you invite guests over.

  39. One of the best ways to cut down your winter heating costs is to take the time to give your attic proper insulation. It is a fact that heat rises and is lost easily in poorly insulated homes in the colder seasons. You should be able to find quality insulation in most hardware stores and installing it yourself shouldn’t be that hard.

  40. Take the necessary time to prepare for your home improvement job. If you’re painting, cover flooring and furniture with protective tarps. Splattering paint all over the furniture is one quick way to ruin it completely. Cover your furniture with sheets or cloths to avoid any splatters or drips from the paint.

The tips that you’ve learned here can help you get all those unfinished projects completed. If you take time to research every home improvement project before you begin, it will help to ensure that you improve your home to your satisfaction.

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    28 Responses to 40 Home Improvement Tips to Save You Time, Money and Headaches! (Part 1 of 3)

    1. Vincent says:

      Comprehensive article yet to-the-point. I really loved the use of natural light and paint here. Tips about space enhancements are excellent. Thanks!!

    2. Waqar Ahmed says:

      Some of these ideas are actually very good. Especially the ones that boost the resale value of the house, GREAT!
      I have a question though, the local weather conditions in my area create dampness in the walls and the floor. What do you suggest for that..?

      • ContractorGuy says:

        Without being able to actually inspect your home, it would be hard to say. Could be that a different type of flooring material can protect against this or some form of added insulation or coating, altered piping to reroute the water or other. I’d recommend that you contact a home inspector in your area to take a look at it sooner rather than later. The longer you wait, the more damage and money it can cause to your home.

    3. Timothy says:

      Thank you for taking the time to write this for us. This is great! These methods are music to me when it comes to home improvement jobs and decision making. Love it!

    4. María Garza says:

      I´m getting a new home, this article is just perfect for my whole project, from planing to doing. There are so many things I didn´t know I can do by myself!
      I specially love no.28 I´ll have my own peace bubble. Can´t wait to hear more from you.
      Great job, than you guys! 🙂

    5. Frank Flowers says:

      Wow these tips are really great, I got a couple of ideas just by reading now its time to put them to work. Tip (31) is a great security tip for us that have kids.

    6. Ris Munthe says:

      Thanks for the detailed tips! I’m thinking of upgrading my parents’ old house, but still not sure whether I should hire a residential architect or house designer. Any thoughts?

      • ContractorGuy says:

        Well it depends on what needs to be done. If you just want to rearrange and beautify, then a home designer should be sufficient. But if you want to revamp and reconstruct and possibly do some add-ons, then a residential architect would likely be the best route for you.

    7. moondebi says:

      This is indeed a multifaceted article from where everyone could take a tip for their next home improvement endeavor.
      We’re going to redo the painting of our home in couple of months, and tip no. 2 has given me an insight. Being smaller in square feet, now I’m going to look for lighter sheds for indoor painting.
      And, I must mention about tip no.21 as well. Given a strong stain of hard water in our bathrooms, I tried many chemicals to remove the marks. In vain, I had stopped trying something new. Now, a water softener is going to be my next buy.

    8. Raymond says:

      Wow! What a great article. I like (15) because I recently experienced the disadvantage of fitted furniture. Three years ago I had a wardrobe cabinet fixed on the wall in my bedroom but recently I wanted to change it after my girlfriend moved in. Removing it was a piece of work and it left a huge mess in my bedroom, and that’s when I realized I should have opted for a movable wardrobe cabinet.

    9. Dulce Pizano says:

      It’s always nice to hear other people’s ideas without having to leave home. I found these home improvement tips very handy. I never actually realized how proper insulation could make such a big difference in saving money in both winter and summer. Thanks for posting these great ideas and helping us ‘think outside of the box’!

    10. ContractorGuy says:

      Thanks everyone for your comments. Appreciate the feedback. And as always stay tuned for more useful content!

    11. Andry gunawan says:

      A very useful tips, I live in south east Asia, some of the tips is inapplicable, but the rest are very helpful, thanks. Looking forward for your next blog

    12. Rara says:

      Wow! I didn’t think about doing home improvements in such a detailed manner like explained here! Now I know the most important details of what to improve and how to improve them. Especially about carpeting (I love how carpets change the look of a room), I found it useful. Along with other suggestions, I believe this article is for those who are eager to do home improvements in the right way!

    13. mickymouse says:

      Oh my gosh, I needed this. number 35 caught my attention for actions. When I moved to my new home, my friends always told me how my living room looks cramp and smaller. It hit me when i realized there are ways to making my living room neater and larger.

    14. Caresan says:

      Thank you very much for making this article. I think I can use these tips for my future house renovation. This is very helpful and I will surely make note of the most important parts especially the tip on how to choose the proper colors to have the tranquil feeling inside your house. CurrentIy, I’m renting as small space room and I think I can use your tips on how to make look better.

    15. Anna says:

      Thank you for the useful article , and helpful article . Thank you for writing about how cut down the winter heating costs and other tips to repair my home . because i’ve planing to do some minor repair in my home . Thank you !

    16. yugam says:

      Just read the article, it was fantabulous. All the tips were great and are of full use for me as i am going for revamp of my home. It surely will save my time and money.
      Thanks pal for this.

    17. Patricia says:

      Great article! Just the guide I need to help me make some minor tweaks in my own home. I’ve been planning to revamp my living space and number 28 is exactly the kind of ambiance I want to go for. Thanks for this!

    18. Lucie says:

      Very helpful article! This is an articulate guide to follow for the renovation of my house. Tip number 7 works like magic. I bought a mirrored wall clock and mounted it on a bare wall of my living room which was brought it to life. Thanks

    19. Amelia says:

      This post will definitely help me save time AND money on my next “DIY Home Renovations” binge! The part about taking into consideration that some improvement lasts longer than others is such a help! I also liked how you compared the longevity of Oak flooring compared to vinyl.

    20. Adeline says:

      Tips provided in this blog post are really helpful to blog readers. The tip about paint for decorating new homes on a budget is quite useful for them. Needs to brighten up with beautiful wall colors.

    21. Amber says:

      Thank you for such a great article! The tips on interior decorating and making the most of small spaces were especially helpful considering I’m currently living in a small bachelor pad haha.

    22. Albeneth says:

      These tips are just perfect for my next home improvement project. And I agree with you in the No.11 tip about planning ahead is essential. I once got a project into a disaster because I rushed it without planning. That was sad.

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