40 More Home Improvement Tips to Save You Time, Money and Headaches! (part 2 or 3)

Home Improvement Tips - Part2

The following is part 2 of 3 in our home improvement tips mini series. If you haven’t read part 1, you can do so here.

  1. You can craft your own kitchen back splash by using varnish and wallpaper. Begin by purchasing wallpaper with a design that you love. Measure out the full space of your wall, and purchase a bit more than you actually require. Apply the paste and allow it to take a few minutes to get tacky, Hang the wallpaper as you smooth out the bubbles that may appear. After the paper has dried, you can trim away any excess on the edges. Once the wallpaper sets, you can use a brush to apply varnish. Stand back and admire your handiwork.

  2. Try composting to help reduce the waste your house produces. A compost pile is easily started by choosing a spot in your yard, and layering grass cuttings, coffee grounds, veggies, fruit peelings and other organic matter into a pile. This decreases your trash for trash day, meaning you can lower your waste bill.

  3. Before beginning any new home improvement, clear out all items you no longer need. You can clear up a lot of the space in your home by doing this, which can make it easier to unpack and get settled in. Less trash around the home will help you become more organized and productive.

  4. Sitting chair cushions in the sun helps them fluff back up to life. Chair cushions eventually flatten with use and sitting them in the sun will help remove some of the moisture in the cushions and give them new bounce. Flip the cushions over after a while, but be careful not to leave them outside too long, since the sun may fade the fabric.

  5. Review any quotes for all of your home improvement tasks and determine which are normal documents and which quotes are given on a letterhead. Generally, professional businesses use letterhead, which means the business has likely been in operation for a while. This is an important metric to use to avoid scams. This will give you a good indication as to if the company is worth looking into further.

  6. Always consider your climate when thinking of home improvement projects. For example, an elaborate landscaping project may not be the best choice if you reside in a hot, dry climate and are frequently subject to watering restrictions. If the renovation does not suit the environmental conditions, the renovation will not be worthwhile.

  7. Crown molding makes a huge difference to your walls. Crown molding introduces a little visual interest to an otherwise plain wall and can significantly improve the appearance of a whole room. Crown molding is not very expensive and installation is easy.

  8. Before you start to paint your house’s interior, make use of a wet cloth to take away dirt and dust from the baseboards and walls. The paint will adhere much better when you do this, and it may only take one coat and save you from making frequent touch ups.

  9. A home improvement store in your area will likely have classes that you can take. The stores offer classes because they want you to do all of your business with them. Attend some of these helpful classes to pick up the basic skills you need to tackle your next project around the house.

  10. To get the most out of your home improvement projects, make sure you are using the best tools for the job. Jobs can be done more easily and, more importantly, done correctly with the right tools. Ensure that you completely understand how to use any tool you are working with to ensure safety and efficiency.

  11. If you do not have a lot of money to replace your cabinets, consider resurfacing them to create an updated look on a budget price. It can be expensive to completely repair cabinets. However, replacing just the cabinet fronts can cost you much less. You will have a whole new look and spend very little.

  12. Investigate credentials for all professionals you enlist for home improvements. You need to ensure that the contractor has the required skills and experience to complete the project without causing any problems. Simply asking for credentials can help you to steer clear of major problems.

  13. Homes that have a nice view tend to sell for a lot more than similar houses with undesirable view. There are some instances where the extra expense for a good view might not be worth it. Potential buyers may not care for the changes you make, but may very well fall in love with the view and the vision of what they have for their potential new home.

  14. Vinyl flooring is an affordable alternative to more expensive materials like stone or ceramic. Vinyl has several things going for it. It is durable, installs easily with an adhesive backing, and resists water damage. You can buy this flooring as a set or in one piece to cover a large area.

  15. Be on the lookout for sales on carpet installation at local carpet dealers, as well as national retailers. In order to gain customers, they oftentimes will install carpet for cheap prices or even offer free installation. These offers are well worth taking advantage of, because depending on the details of your home, you may find that the labor that goes into installing new carpet is more expensive than the carpet itself.

  16. Vacuum out your cabinets before you clean out the interiors. Sucking out the loose dirt and debris will speed up the subsequent cleaning process. Use a mild soap solution to clean the shelves. Remember to start with the highest shelves and work downwards; this minimizes the amount of work you have to do. Also, this a prime opportunity to replace worn out cabinet lining paper and improve any sagging shelves.

  17. Opting for carpeting in very high traffic areas of the home is going to be costly and will not last as long as other options. It won’t take long at all before the carpet is ruined. All it takes is a few people tracking their mud across it to ruin it for good. You will need to replace it frequently. Adding a harder, easier-to-clean surface is much better. Think about linoleum, hardwood, tile, etc.

  18. Before starting your renovation, make sure that you have a well-designed plan in place. Having a plan is important for any project to be finished in time and within the expected budget. Changing your plans or adding tasks in the middle of a project can easily increase your costs and time to completion. Also, any contractors that you may hire will be much happier if you know exactly what you want before construction starts.

  19. Cement backer boards are necessary if you are putting in tile that will be near moisture. This back board prevents moisture from touching the drywall. Not only can water damage drywall, but it can also promote mold growth, which can cause certain groups of people to become sick.

  20. When contemplating a landscape project, it is essential that you choose a design style that will complement your home. When a garden or patio area matches the style of the rest of your home, then this brings cohesion to the whole property, where clashing styles may look unattractive or unplanned.

  21. When you put your house up for sale, be sure that each space has a purpose that is well-defined. For example, your office should have the right furniture and accessories for a typical home office. Potential buyers will be able to get a better grasp of the space’s purpose and come up with compelling ways they could use it themselves. Your house will be more attractive to buyers and that increases your chances of selling.

  22. It is wise to pay any contractor with either a credit card or a check. This is a good way to make sure that you do not get scammed. Credit cards are a good payment method if you need to dispute the work rendered.

  23. Major upgrades may require professional planning or permits so be aware of those costs. The blueprints are worth the money. These records will be filed with your house and if you sell in the near future, buyers will know your upgrades were completed up to code.

  24. In the bathroom it is important for any caulk to be in good shape. It is a good idea to check the caulking for holes around your tub to see if it needs to be resealed. Small cracks allow moisture to get in where it shouldn’t be, and this can lead to the formation of dangerous mold. If water starts seeping through the holes and cracks in your caulking, it will find its way into the flooring, and eventually the floor will start rotting. Prior to applying new caulking, eliminate all traces of the old caulk and ensure that the area is cleaned and dried thoroughly. You will achieve the best seal from the new caulk when you have a clean surface.

  25. Never let a contractor start work without having a signed contract. If it’s possible, have a lawyer review the contract. Start and finish dates, warranty information, the work to be performed and the total cost should all be clearly spelled out in the contract.

  26. Arm yourself with the right tools. When you’re planning to do a DIY project, the last thing you want to do is go into the project half-cocked. This will only make your job wayyyy harder. Oftentimes, it’s not the actual work that’s hard to do, but it’s just the lack of proper tools that can make the job tough. Professionals understand this and that’s why they make it their business to always have the right tools. Now don’t think that you have to necessarily buy every single tool that’s required for the job. Keep in mind that you can rent them and save yourself some money. Bottom line: if you don’t have the right tools, then don’t even fool with it, just hire someone who does and let them do a professional job for you.

  27. Use pressure washers and special detergents to wash down your home’s siding with a hose. It is really cheap to rent a pressure washer, and you will get amazing results for very little work. Be careful when cleaning windows and roof lines. You want to avoid knocking things loose!

  28. Always have a budget for various home improvements projects in order to keep your house up to date with repairs and up to code. Dedicating some money to maintaining your home each year will help it stay in better shape in the long run. Any funds left over can be set aside for major projects or unexpected repairs for the following year.

  29. Browse magazines and attend local shows for great home-improvement ideas. Even if you are not planning on a home improvement project right away, seeking and remembering the ideas that you want to use ensures when you do tackle the projects, it will be less stressful. Not only that, but purchasing materials ahead of time can help to spread out the expense.

  30. Your bathroom can be redecorated quickly and on the cheap. Buying new towels, a shower curtain and bath mat is a very easy way to give your bathroom a new look. You will find that this adds a bright new feel to the room. Plants are good in livening up any type of bathroom. Remember to choose the right one that can tolerate high humidity as well as low light requirements.

  31. When buying new furniture for your bedroom, consider buying freestanding units. Fitted items such as dressers or cupboards add a certain look, but they can never be moved or relocated completely. As well, free-standing furniture can be moved around your home or sold separately if you need cash for your next remodeling.

  32. It is important to protect flooring when painting. Paint can be difficult to remove from your carpet or floor, so take preventative measures. One inexpensive and effective way to protect flooring is using layers of old newspapers. You can use a plastic sheet or paint cloth to block your floor if paint splashes.

  33. If you hire a contractor, ensure you keep good records. Never rely on your contractor to do so. Save any contracts and invoices related to your project. This helps you and the contractor continue to concentrate comfortably on the work at hand.

  34. Clean out, then organize your pantry. Trash the stale and out-of-date food and condiments. Clean and sanitize the shelves and add some fresh, attractive liner paper. Categorize and group similar products together within the same shelf or area. This will allow you to easily find all the necessary ingredients when preparing your next meal.

  35. If you hire a contractor, you should agree on a payment schedule based on the work done instead of a time line. This will give you the ability to fire the contractor if the work isn’t at the quality you expected without leaving incomplete projects or the contractor requesting more money.

  36. When replacing your roof, think about using a lighter tile. Black, brown and dark blue tiles will absorb sunlight and heat your home too much in the summer. If you use lighter-colored tiles, the temperature in the attic won’t rise as much. Now you may actually be able to enjoy that attic space instead of just stuffing junk in it.

  37. Adding extra insulation in your home can help save you money. Older homes especially are way under insulated. You can dramatically cut down on your heating and cooling bills by installing more insulation in your crawl space and attic.

  38. Fresh paint on your walls will add a new look to any room and won’t cost a fortune. Visit a hardware store in your area and view the paint samples. Find colors you find complementary to your home. And hey, if it doesn’t turn out the way you wish, it’s easy to just paint over it!

  39. Always think safety first. You may feel a bit silly donning a hard hat in the “safety” of your own home, however think of how silly you’ll feel sitting in a hospital bed explaining how an unexpected piece of drywall popped you across the head and put you there. Goggles, hardhats, as well as breathing apparatuses, can prevent injury while you beautify your home.

  40. It is a good idea to create a budget to pay for your home improvement projects before you actually start them. Otherwise, you could run short of money during the project – or you could become careless with your money and start doing a lot of unnecessary spending. So budgeting before you start your project will help to keep you in check.

This concludes part 2 of our home improvement tips series. Hopefully you have pick up a few pointers that will make your home improvement and projects that much easier. Stay tuned for part 3 next week!

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36 Responses to 40 More Home Improvement Tips to Save You Time, Money and Headaches! (part 2 or 3)

  1. Judy-ann says:

    To start improving a new home is always confusing to me, I totally agree with Tip 43. Clearing out things you don’t need is a must to begin improving. It’s giving me new ideas and the tips are really informative. I’m going to follow these tips at home. It is such a great help.

  2. Lillian says:

    I like tip number 43! You could choose to give away what you do not need to charity, instead of throwing it out.

  3. Sera says:

    I especially like tip no. 51, changing up the cabinet fronts instead of buying new cabinets. I’ve needed an upgrade on a budget for a while now and this seems like the perfect compromise.

    Also, the idea of paying your contractor based on work done instead of timeline (tip no. 75) may reduce your frustrations seeing as you may deter “the unprofessional ones”.

  4. John Emmanuel Calija says:

    Tip number 51 is so helpful! I will make sure to do this at home! Can’t wait for part three!

  5. Ivan says:

    Point No 71, I certainly agree if the room is quite spacious. freestanding items can often be moved or rearranged to change the aspect of the room.

    You might, however, want to consider fitted items if the room is small and in need of some space. Dressers fitted in walls, for instance, can also add value to the property and increase the space of the room. It might require some handy work, but it would be very valuable than freestanding items.

  6. Sunbeam Joy Laroa says:

    I always agree with tip#53 that talks about choosing for a house with a nice view. People nowadays would pay any price for comfort. With the stressful day-to-day life, having a good view when you are at home is really priceless.

  7. adyashasinha says:

    Some really great tips there.. I am always game for DIY stuffs and have been doing some for my kids room like transforming his cabinet by adding some detachable cube cabinets on the sides which double up as seats when he has his friends at home. We have also made a small table using the cardboard boxes. DIYs are always a good idea when it comes to home improvement. It saves on money and also helps in clearing up spaces by using the old things.
    Composting too is a very good tip.

  8. HandyHelper says:

    Point No. 48 is so true! Cleaning out the cupboards, particularly with some mild soap helps a lot.

    Handy tip: If you’re painting something, in addition to wiping down the surface, put some newspaper down on the ground to catch drops of paint. Additionally, spray some (a tiny bit) of water around the room. This helps the dust settle on the ground, and won’t touch the wet paint and stick to it.

  9. Jamille Cruz says:

    Whew! Home improvements sure take a lot of effort, time and money. Although I do try to do tip#74 weekly just to keep my pantry clean and throw out any of the old expired stuff in there. I’m also planning on starting a compost just like you mentioned on tip #42. Do you have any tips for me?

  10. CB says:

    Keep compost in an outside or otherwise farther corner of your property from your house. You want it to be easy to access yet not easy for the smell to access your home, and you can’t just seal it up as it needs to be left open to the sun and air to work properly.
    Safety first is always a good idea!

  11. syazwan says:

    looking forward to utilizing these tips! i think it will be a slow progress though, not having any experience. unfortunately, my local home improvement store does not provide any classes 🙁

  12. Pablo says:

    Can’t wait to read the part 3. Improving a house by ourselves is something can turn on a mess without a proper plan and tools. Agree specially at the 61 tip, selling an improved house has higher chances for sale if the room is well defined.

  13. Lakshya says:

    Greatly informative article to say the least! All points put across comprehensively and aptly. DIY Home Improvement made simpler! From deliberating to working out a budget that fits everyone’s pocket with various alternatives is something that is beautifully put across through this article. Kudos!!!

  14. A very strong article about home improvement! Also very helpful. I especially liked the bit about about protecting the floor while painting. It reminded me about my first appartement. I didn’t use protection and ruined my floor!

  15. ryan says:

    thank you for the article. very mundane but very useful tips. And yes i agree vinyl flooring is an affordable alternative.

  16. PG says:

    I’ve always thought of DIY home improvement as being very complicated, so I was surprised at how practical and simple these tips are. The first one on this part (number 41) sounds so retro and cool! And I had no idea that cushions could be refluffed (44), I could’ve sworn they were ruined forever once they went flat. Also, the section about controlling you attic’s temperature with the color of the tiles is amazing (76), I’m glad I stumbled across this article:)

  17. Mewish says:

    A very informative article. I always follow few of the tips mentioned in the 70s. Installing Vinyl flooring is a good idea, it looks beautiful (tip 54) . I would definitely give it a try and I totally agree with the fact that the potential buyers fall in love with the view and vision of the house. The curb appeal is what matters as it’s the first impression, so you get a better price.

  18. John Omori says:

    What an impressive article. It is a life saver. Thank you so much for these tips as they came in handy at a time when I am on the verge of getting my house renovated.

  19. Carla Alvarado says:

    Woow very helpful tips! I’m definitely going to try the composting one, also I’m about to start painting my house in a few days and tip #48 sounds like a great and simple way to make the painting last more! Thank you for sharing

  20. Sya says:

    Thank you for the great tips. I’ve always do No 41,44,48 and 51. Nonetheless it was a great post because now I can use other tips for home improvement. Thank you.

  21. Dolly says:

    Great part 2 tips for home improvement! My take away from the tips are the suggestions no. 42, 43, and 79. It is a good idea to start composting. Another good suggestion is discarding the unused items that I tend to keep, and the best one is taking care of safety when doing things to beautify my home. Thanks! Look forward for more next week.

  22. shreeiti says:

    Wow, these tips are really handy and it’s not a LOT of work. I didn’t realize I could save so much money. Tip no 65 can really help many people. Thanks for putting this article up, I am glad I bumped into this.

  23. wolfbro says:

    I’ve never seen a post this specific on home improving before, more people should be seeing this! Thanks a lot ContractorGuy, you have no idea how much time and effort I saved after watching your blog.

  24. Sami says:

    Thank you so much for the article. It has been helpful to read all the points and specially point 48. Making use of a wet cloth before starting painting is not something that comes to mind.

  25. Harrold Cruz says:

    These tips really helped me a lot, I didn’t know that it is possible to make diy stuff in home and it can be a lot cheaper than buying new things for my house. i was really planning on buying new furniture at home because the old ones boring but when i read these tips, instead of buying i can renovate my old furniture and make it my own style and design. its cheaper but looks like new and save me a lot of money.

  26. Thank you for the tips, actually I’m trying to improve my home and the point 78 (Fresh paint…) gave me a new idea.

  27. Christine Lecluse says:

    Crown molding is a great decorative touch. It instantly adds a bit of interest and elegance to a room. It even comes in Styrofoam which makes it incredibly light and easy to install.

  28. Jack Webster says:

    I was thinking of getting my house remodeled but had no idea how to go about it. This blog really helped me make up my mind on how I am going to go through the whole thing. It is filled with useful pointers on all aspects of home improvement.

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