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The Do’s and Do Not's of Home Improvement

Jan 14 2014

Whether you have room redesign or overall home improvement on the brain, there’s never a better time than the present to spruce up what you come home to everyday. To simplify daunting tasks and prepare you for things to watch out for, here’s home improvement made easy with some some do’s and don’ts to follow.

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Do’s

·       Prep before you paint. Before you begin the painting process, protect furniture and flooring against paint splatters. Remove furniture from the room if possible. It’s also important to dust and clean walls prior to applying paint or primer. And of course—most importantly—make sure you have the necessary tools and the right color picked out.

·       More is better sometimes. When upgrading and improving your home, make sure you do allow for waste or error when buying materials. As a rule of thumb, always get an extra 10% of what you think you need.

·       Make a plan and be knowledgeable. It’s important to highlight and map out everything you want to improve and work on before you begin. You should also make sure you have the necessary tools and that you know how to use them properly.

Don’ts

·       Don’t ignore safety. This rule of thumb goes for any home improvement project. Simple precautions like wearing safety goggles, not overloading outlets, or turning off breakers can go a long way towards the success (or failure) of your home improvement projects.

·       Don’t forget necessary building permits. The last thing you want to do is spend time, money, and effort building a beautiful deck only to have it ripped up because you didn’t have a building permit. Before adding on, find out the rules and regulations for building permits, codes, and inspections.

·       Don’t hire the wrong professionals. If your home improvement projects require outside help, make sure your professional is just that—a professional. Never let anyone other than a licensed electrician repair or alter the wiring in your home. The same goes for your plumbing.

·       Don’t get the wrong style window. The wrong windows can have consequences on both the inside and outside of your home. When choosing new windows, make sure the style matches the appearance and architecture of your home’s exterior. On the inside, keep in mind that windows affect light, ventilation, and temperature, 

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What are some other do’s and don’ts of home improvement? Let us know in the comments section.