Want some valuable and helpful tips for making improvements around your home? If so, these six nuggets are sure to make your life easy. Be sure to keep them handy.
1. Do some work yourself. While many of the tasks relating to kitchen renovation will require special abilities and tools, there are some jobs that are nothing more than grunt work. Help with the unskilled labor jobs and save the cash that you would otherwise be paying the contractor's helpers to accomplish.
2. Clear the area of personal belongings. Take any breakables or damageable possessions out of the kitchen, as well off of the walls in adjoining rooms and in the pathway between your kitchen and the access door that the contractors will be using. It helps save money when you don't have to replace broken possessions.
3. Use a "smart" thermostat. A digital thermostat isn't expensive and it can make a significant difference in your heating and cooling bill as well as the environment since you won't be operating the unit unnecessarily. Many cities have a program that offers price reductions when you have programmable digital thermostats installed. Others offer tax incentives. They permit you to make sure that you're only running a furnace or air conditioning unit for the heating and cooling you need, and at the proper times during the day.
4. Mark a leak from the inside of the roof. If your roof is leaking, climb up into the attic (if your house has one) and use a flashlight to identify watermarks on the ceiling. Spray paint a 4 inch nail bright orange and hammer it straight up through the spot where you found the watermark (being mindful of any wiring). By doing this, when you climb on the roof you'll be able to quickly see the spot you've marked (watch for it and don't step on it!). Typically, the shingles or roofing that need mending will be about two to three feet above that spot.
5. Add mirrors to your home. Decorative mirrors should be used to help increase the appearance of space within the spaces of your house, and to improve the lighting within that space. However, mirrors should be carefully placed, because you don't want to use them to divert the flow of energy from a place where you'd prefer it to continue.
6. Buy your own materials. Have a look at the estimates given by the contractors you are considering and see if you're able to locate a place where you can buy the materials yourself, for less. Quite a few contractors mark up the prices of their materials, so you can either locate a contractor who does not use this practice (have them provide receipts to prove it) or you can buy the materials yourself and simply retain the contractor for labor.