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  • Avoid Home Improvement Pitfalls With These Tips

    Whether you want to increase your property's value or even if you just desire to improve yourhome, the tips in this article will be helpful to you.

    If you are working on your home yourself, make sure to purchase high quality tools andsupplies. You might pay more to begin with, but it will cost less money over time. If youpurchase high quality products, they will wear better and last longer. Therefore, you shouldpurchase quality tools that will last for a long time.

    Consider the character of your neighborhood when you plan your home improvements. Anoverly modern home would appear at odds with its arts-and-crafts-style bungalow neighbors.A home that blends into the neighborhood will be easier to sell if you should decide to move.

    Do not let your contractor strain your home improvement budget by saying they will get thejob done in an unusually quick time. Contractors have their own reasons for getting thingsdone super-quickly. Their ulterior motive involves getting as much done in as little time aspossible so they can go on to other work. This can cut both ways though, as contractorsmight try and gouge you for overtime that is not necessary.

    Whenever you are working on a home improvement project that involves bricks, it is wise topurchase extras. When you are working with brick, it can be hard to find new bricks thatmatch the old ones in color or texture. What is "in" when it comes to brick changes often. Astore of surplus bricks bought with the originals - as many as can be reasonably bought andstored - will take the difficulty out of future brick-matching.

    When you renovate a bathroom, it pays to make the bathroom handicap-accessible as part ofthe renovation project. Although it is not necessary to completely convert the bathroom now,preparing it for future adaptations as you grow older will be very convenient. If you decide tosell your house, these improvements will add value to your home.

    If you have bought a home in an undeveloped area, or in the midst of a wooded area,consider installing a quality fence around the boundaries of your property. This will help keepthe wild animals out of your yard and your garden if you have one.

    A screen or other protective guard installed on your gutters can help eliminate thecumbersome chore of gutter cleaning. With good leaf guards, water will roll freely into yourgutters and down your waterspouts. These screens and guards are not entirely trouble-free,you do have to remove the leaves that build up on the outside. But they save a lot of workcleaning out the inside of the gutters.

    If you hire a contractor for your home improvement work, make sure they carry properinsurance. If they aren't and they damage your home, you can not be sure they will repair

  • their damages. Simply ask the contractor for insurance proof.

    As mentioned, feng shui is thought by many to be a powerful way to organize your furnitureto increase your home's good fortune. This is considered a type of home improvement, sincemoving your furniture can provide your home with a new look.

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