Save Time and Money with Do-it-Yourself Home Improvements A
s warm weather rolls in, the for sale signs start going up. Homeowners are increasingly looking for ways to
update their living spaces and maintain the value of their homes without completing extensive or expensive renovations. Whether it’s adding a fresh coat of
paint to outdated bathroom walls or new hardware to kitchen cabinets, there are many ways homeowners can improve their spaces without spending a lot of time or money. One of the best resources for do-it-
yourself tips is DIY blogs. Bloggers tackle various home projects and document their journey online to help readers overcome their own home improvement hang-ups. With their efficient project know-how, homeowners can find stress-free and cost effective ways to renovate any space.
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Clean and Maintain The Furnace Cleaning and maintaining the furnace once a year can make any home more en- ergy-efficient and lower utility bills. By us- ing washable filters, homeowners can save even more money by simply washing and allowing them to air dry. This cuts down on costs and is better for the environment.
Affordable Projects Paint
Adding a fresh coat of paint is one of the most inexpensive and impactful changes a homeowner can make. With great innova- tions in paint like, True Value Hardware’s new EasyCare PLATINUM Paint and Primer in One, you can save time and money, making weekend paint jobs hassle-free. Check out www.TrueValuePaint.com
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Changing Light Fixtures and Hardware Kitchens and bathrooms can be the easiest rooms to update with a few small changes. Replacing old, outdated light fix- tures and cabinet hardware can refresh the kitchen or bath without consuming a ton of money and time with a complete overhaul.
Renovate Old Furniture Updating an old chair or table is an easy
way to spruce up a room. If you’re look- ing for new furniture additions, shop local garage sales and thrift stores for old pieces that can be revitalized with a little sanding, paint and new hardware.
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Build Utility Storage Shelves Building a basic utility shelf is a small project homeowners can do themselves to get organized. Planned shelves will put an end to haphazardly stowing away and stacking things in the garage and base- ment—unable to be found again.
Quick Fix-it Project Ideas Replace Old Faucets
Old faucets can make a kitchen or bath- room look dated and dingy. When choosing a new faucet, be sure that it will work with the existing faucet drillings, noting whether they’re center set, widespread or single- hole.
Check Your Asphalt Driveway Seasonal temperature changes can cause asphalt driveways to crack and dip due to water seepage. To sustain durability, be sure to routinely check the driveway and make repairs quickly to avoid further damage. In order to prevent future water seepage, consider sealing the driveway.
Repair, Don’t Replace Tears in window screens can be a frequent and frustrating problem. Before deciding to purchase a new screen, assess the damage. If the tears are small, fix them with a screen patch.
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* Beginner: Clean tile grout to instantly refresh bathroom surfaces. * Experienced: Update faucets and cabi- net hardware. Living Room * Beginner: Let more light in by washing
windows to remove layers of debris and film. * Experienced: Install and paint window trim to tie the room together. Bedroom
* Beginner: Redefine the entire room by adding color, or simply a fresh coat of paint. Use a shade or two lighter than the color of the walls to make a low ceiling seem higher. For high ceilings, use a shade or two darker to make the room feel cozy. * Experienced: Create a custom stencil template and add a personal touch to your haven by adding a border.
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Easy Tips for Sprucing Up Your Home’s Exterior
ith spring finally here, there’s no better time to spruce up your home.
But while most families are reor- ganizing closets and making trips to Goodwill, they are neglecting the part of their home guests see first—its exterior. After this year’s harsh, long winter, the outside of your home probably needs more than a little TLC. “This was one of the worst win-
ters America has seen in decades and unfortunately, snow, sleet and freezing rain can be damag- ing to the exterior of any home,” says Rust-Oleum Brand Manager Dirk Sappok. “Moisture can cre- ate the perfect conditions for the growth of mold and mildew. Dirt, grime and salt residue can also be damaging, if left unchecked. But fortunately, there are products available that can make the outside of your home look brand new.”
Here are some tips and tricks for sprucing up
your home’s exterior: Make your home’s siding shine: After getting hit with record-breaking snow
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Put life back into your driveway: A cracked, weathered driveway doesn’t do
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