TIP! A crazy addition will add some pizazz to your house. Consider installing a wine cellar or library.

Owning a home takes work and money. Some estimate that up to three percent of a home’s value is spent in annual maintenance costs. There are ways to reduce costs while maintaining your home.

TIP! The kitchen is a great place to start with home improvements. If you have grease stains on your walls, mix a solution of 2 to 1 TSP and water.

Putting weatherstripping in your home will ensure that you will have a better energy footing. This helps to seal your home from hot and cold, improving your comfort level as well. No longer will you feel a draft on a cool night.

TIP! Things like chipped paint, water damaged ceilings, and rotting decks are things that are easy to spot in any property that you’re looking into buying. Professional inspectors can spot other issues, such as structural and electrical defects.

Most lampshades are actually quite boring. With stencils, you can brighten them up. Use paint or an ink pad to add designs that be taken from a template, then add them to your boring lampshades. You will add instant personality to your room, simply by brightening up your boring lamp shades.

TIP! Take care not to underestimate the amount of work involved in any home improvement project, before you begin. Make written notes about the entire job, so that you have a good grasp of all the steps involved.

A wood fireplace is not the best way to heat your home. Apart from aesthetic reasons, this type of system is also quite inefficient because most of the heat ends up going through the chimney. Even worse, maintaining a fire consumes a great deal of oxygen from the air in your house.

TIP! Before you go shopping for home improvement supplies, write down all of the things you will need. Having a list helps you stay more organized and prevents you from having to run back to the store again and again.

Chair cushions begin to flatten out over time with heavy use. You can revitalize your cushions by putting them out in the sun for a while. When cushions are placed in direct sunlight, they regain their bounce as moisture evaporates from the fillings inside the cushions. Flip the cushions and don’t leave them out in the sun too long, since they may become faded.

TIP! Always consider landscaping with regards to home improvement. The front of your home is the most noticeable thing, and you want to showcase it to impress neighbors and visitors.

If you are going for a serene atmosphere in your home, the color scheme should focus on light colors, including lighter shades of blue, purple, and green. Linens and cotton fabric add to a peaceful atmosphere. Put some potpourri around the house or some candles with scents, this will create a peaceful environment.

TIP! If you want to free up the space on your tables and nightstands, try buying a floor lamp to replace your table lamps. The floor lamps can be moved to different areas of the room because they are free standing.

Install peepholes in your exterior doors. This will let you see who is at your door before you open it. Installing a peephole is a snap and costs very little. The only tool you’ll need is a drill, and the project takes very little time to complete. When you hear a visitor at the door, you’ll be a little less fearful of who is on the other side.

Wall Board

TIP! Install peepholes into your doors that lead to the outside of your home. You never know who’s standing outside on your porch unless you can see them, and seeing them before opening the door is important.

While remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, consider replacing common wall board with the water-resistant type. Water-resistant wall board is called “green board” by the construction industry and will stand up to moisture much better than standard wall board. Also, most brands have special treatments to prevent mold growth.

TIP! If possible, you should perform renovations immediately whenever a problem arises. You may be able to live with the damage that happens.

Hopefully, the suggestions you’ve received here will send you off to the hardware store with a little more confidence (and some great ideas for saving money) the next time you tackle a home improvement project. Making wise improvements and updates to your home is the best way to maintain your comfort and your investment in your home.