Working on your home can improve its appearance and also raise its value. Keep reading to get great home improvement ideas that will add value to your home.

TIP! Take a sample of the nut or bolt that is in each of your storage containers and hot glue it to the top. Finding just the right nut or bolt in even a well-organized toolbox can be a pain.

Take a sponge to your drywall! Rather than sanding drywall seams, just sponge them. Using a wet sponge can do as good of a job as sanding can. With the sponge, though, you’ll avoid getting all that drywall dust all over your house.

TIP! Putting in insulation in your attic can reduce heating costs when it’s cold. Heat tends to rise and without proper attic insulation; it seeps out of your house and runs your energy costs up substantially.

You should store building material stacked in between floor joints or your ceiling rafters. A little effort goes a long way and you can store sections of molding and other longer building materials out of your way. Simply nail a couple of furring strips across two of your exposed floor joists or rafters and slip in the material to be stored.

TIP! Motion detectors should be installed near the entrance to your home. You will reduce your electric bill because your lights will only be on when they are needed.

Whatever your home improvement project, you need a designated space for all waste and debris that piles up as a result of your projects. Getting rid of all that debris can be a big expense, so it is critical that you plan ahead in order to economize and avoid delays with regard to your project.

TIP! Contractors that are not licensed should never get hired by a homeowner for a project of any kind. No matter where it is that you currently reside, all contractors are required to have some sort of certification from your state.

When replacing locks, you have two options. You can only replace the cylinder or you can replace the whole assembly. The cylinder being the lock’s mechanism that completes the lock action. If your key has been lost and you would like to change out the lock to ensure you’re protected, you can replace the cylinder. If you’re doing it for aesthetic purposes, change the whole a