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Congratulations homeowner! You’ve found a home, signed the papers and are either getting ready to move in or have already started to enjoy your new home. But what about home improvements? Here are some easy tips to help you stay on top of those new tasks.
Top 10 Home Improvement Tips every homeowners need to know:
10. Make Improvements That Add Value
When you’re starting out, you’ll want to focus on projects that add equity to your home. Unless you have an unlimited budget for home improvements, consider whether your next project has a good return on your investment.
9. Start With Quick, Timely Projects
As weather shifts with the seasons, you’ll need to focus on projects that will prepare your home for that upcoming season. Take an hour or two every week, even if it’s only ten minutes a day, to see to the most pressing tasks for your home.
- To DIY or Not to DIY
Even weekend DIYers (do it yourself) need to know their limits. Start with smaller projects that build on your existing skills and don’t be afraid to call in the professionals instead of getting in over your head.
- Improve Your Home Improvement Skills
Many tasks are easy to learn and provide you options to add to your existing skills. Volunteer at construction organizations, watch a YouTube video or pick up a book to expand your knowledge.
- Browse for Project Inspiration
In your spare time, browse the internet for inspiration for your new home. Pinterest, Houzz, Wayfair and many other sites not only give you inspiration, but also allows you to organize your ideas in the process.
- Create a Tool Kit
Don’t think that you need to buy a huge number of tools. Start with the basics, then add to your kit as you undertake other projects. If a tool is too expensive to justify the expense, see about renting it.
- Money Matters
Learn whether you can use utility rebates, tax credits or other benefits for particular projects. If you can’t pay cash, look for long-term interest-free financing offers or find a loan that doesn’t put your home at risk.
- Hiring A Good Contractor
Much like hiring other professionals, you’ll want to hire a contractor based on good reviews, checking references and looking at their previous work. Take time to check out your contractor before you hire.
- Save Money On Projects
Reuse stores, surplus stores and online ads allow you to save cash on DIY projects. Take the time to explore the steps of your project, figuring out where to invest and where you can make do with what’s available.
- Create A Plan
If you start projects without a plan, it can really cost you in the long run. Plan the entire project and create a budget. Nothing makes a project more expensive than having to change it in the middle.
Homeownership creates great opportunities to learn and grow your home, your equity and your skills, but it will take some work. By following these easy tips, you can become a home improvement pro in no time!