This is a guest post by Mark Justine De Mesa who is a freelance writer and Filipino blogger and is currently writing and blogging about SAP Philippines
For most people, the home is the safest sanctuary—a special place where we not only spend our night to rest. But rather, it is also a place to foster memories in, spend quality time with loved ones and renew our lives. Your home is also a representation of who you are as a person and in more ways than one; it would contribute to the kind of person that you are today. Undoubtedly, for most people, it is the single largest investment they have made or would make in their lives. Considering how your home signifies such a huge part of your life, it is only natural for one to commit to improving and enhancing their homes from time to time. Unfortunately, not everyone is given the creative prowess of artistry when it comes to handiness. So, how does one commit to a lofty promise and goal when one has barely any idea how to accomplish this? Well, let this article serve as your introductory guide before you venture onto your home improvement endeavors.
Regardless of your home size, budget and experience level, this article will give every homeowner that much needed assistance in giving your homes that much needed modern updates and touch-ups.
7 Mind-Blowing Tips and Ideas For Home Improvement
#1 Choose the improvements that would add the most value to your home
A quick survey of your home would readily yield an extensive list of things you would want to repair. However, a closer scrutiny on the state of your home would easily tell you which one you should prioritize and which ones can wait for later. Imagine a scenario wherein you are given an exorbitant amount of cash just for home improvements, what would you do? There is a very likely chance that you are going to improve everything on sight from refinishing hardwood floors to perhaps installing a new bathroom. But keep in mind that there are home improvements that would add more value to your home that the rest and with limited improvement funds, it’s best to consider which project would have a good return on investment.
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#2 Tackle the quick projects that are most timely
Regardless of the season or whether you are putting off a home improvement project for another time, it is a reality that some home improvement projects have a sense of urgency about them. These urgent home improvements would likely save you money if you tackled them immediately or would prevent devastating damage. Deal with these quickly and make these a priority.
#3 Decide to DIY or not
Even if you are blessed with an exceptionally high handiness skill complemented with a well-stocked workshop, some home improvement projects are best left to the professionals (or at least should be done with their assistance). If you are a novice, start small and leave the renovation work to the professionals.
#4 Sharpen your home improvement skills
Some of us are blessed with creativity skills, and it would be a shame not to utilize them in improving our homes. But regardless if you are rather skilled in this field or not, all of us could really use some skills as regards home repair and home improvement. This will not only help you save money by never having to pay professionals to fix things for you, but it would also take care of the job quickly. Broaden your knowledge and as much as you can turn to great reading resources and when you have enough free time, try starter projects as well.
#5 Get the right tools
Having the right tools is essential if you want a significant change to your homes. As it is, you cannot really improve your home with just your bare hands and a few handful tools. This is not to say that you should readily have your homes bedecked with every possible home improvement tool you can find, but you should at least have more than your simple hammer, wrench and screw driving tools. Your best home tool set or shed should include at least some basic plumbing tools and tools that would assist you in any minor repair or major project. Remember, not all repairs can be accomplished simply with duct tape.
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#6 Find inspiration for your next home project
If you feel like you are stuck in a rut with barely any ideas for home improvement projects, let the Internet’s prowess aid you and assist you in gaining a bit of perspective and having a bit of inspiration. Websites such as Pinterest, Houzz, This Old House would yield not only project photos but approximates and cost estimates as well.
#7 Save money on your home your home improvement projects
Home improvements may cost you a lot, but consider that the more you save on a particular project, the more money you have left for other home projects. Be aware on which projects you can realistically splurge or skimp on and on top of that, research which remodeling projects would offer you the most bang for your buck. Be practical when it comes to home improvement and do not install any luxury or expensive items on impulse.
Summing It Up
So, these were some mind-blowing tips and ideas for home improvements. If you like them, share them and if you think we have missed some more great ideas, do let us know in comments.