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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.