Easy Home Improvement Tips

Home improvement is an increasingly popular pastime for many homeowners, and it
can be particularly beneficial as a way of enhancing your home, for very little cost.
Of course, improving your home also inevitably increases its potential sales value,
which makes home improvement an even more valuable pursuit. In this article, we’ll
look at some of the key things you should consider when thinking about improving
your home, and some obvious and simple tips that could definitely help you out.

Before you begin any home improvement work, it’s always a good idea to check the
state of your house. If you’re thinking about doing work that could have structural
implications, for example knocking through walls, it’s a good idea to consult a
specialist to ensure your home is structurally sound. Additionally, it’s a good idea to
treat problems such as damp and excess condensation before you begin your
improvement work, so you don’t end up wasting your money.

After you’re home is given the all clear, why not consider starting off by improving
your kitchen? The kitchen is not only one of the busiest rooms in the house, but the
room that can really make or break your home on the open market. Buyers love
attractive kitchens, so focusing your efforts there might not be a bad move. A great
place to start is by tiling a section of your wall. After tiling, you can create an
amazing rustic-farmhouse effect, by painting the center of certain tiles to form a
pattern. Section off the tile with masking tape to leave a small square in the middle,
and paint this any color you like. You could try a terracotta finish, or some simple
yellows and green for a farmhouse look. Be creative and have a go – you’ll be
amazed how effective this can be!

Another good home improvement tip is to look at the bathrooms. Bathrooms and
kitchens sell homes, so make sure yours are in top shape. Reseal bathtubs and any
tiles in the bathroom, and theme with pastel colors, right down to the last detail. You
might also like to consider a white theme, with dark blue to give your room that
luxurious feel. Additionally, add a thick hand towel and nice, color-coded hand soap,
to add the finishing touches.

Home improvement is a great hobby, and if you do it well, you could end up adding
more value to your house. On top of that, you can leave your house looking great,
making DIY improvements one of the most rewarding things you can do.

The Home Improvement Crime Prevention Guidelines

Everybody loves home improvements – a loft conversion here, a conservatory there and, most importantly, jealous neighbours. But while this is all well and good, there are potential pitfalls involved in the decision to move ahead with home improvements. Go about it the wrong way and your home could be left less secure. Here we provide a guide for those wanting to safely renovate their homestead.

Locks

The lock is a symbol of safety and security. However, if you are making home improvements you may well need to rethink how many locks you have around your house. Windows on the ground floor are often more secure than those on the second or third level, for obvious reasons, but home improvements can change things. The last thing you want is for your new porch or roof to provide a stepping stone for a local thief. If renovations do compromise the higher levels of your home then locks should be applied to these windows too.

Doors

Doors are the main entry point for burglars, and if the improvements you are making to your home include the installation of new doors, it is vital to ensure that they are adequately secure. Door sets that comply with British Standard (BS) PAS 24-1 represent the most effective way to guarantee quality. After all, fitting a high quality lock is useless if the door frame that surrounds it is weak. One strong barge and down it comes. When thinking about new doors for your property it is also essential to consider whether there is a window. Should you choose a composite door, which often lack glass panes, it is a good idea to request that a spy hole be fitted as the door is constructed.

Gardens

Gardens can contain many elements that help burglars in their attempts to access your home. Taking a few precautions can reduce this risk significantly. For example, garden sheds close to the house should be avoided, and in many cases an unlocked shed will provide all the tools a burglar requires to break in, while any newly constructed garden fences should be at least 2m in height. Extra safety measures include trellising on top of the fences so as to make them harder to climb.

Renovating your home is a joyful time and should not be ruined by small little details. In addition to the precautions above, a visit to your local police station for some advice can never hurt. Enjoy your refreshed home.