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Creating A Home That You Can Be Proud Of

For many homeowners out there, it's not just enough that they have a place they can call home; they also want to live in a location that they're proud of. Maybe you don't want to be proud in the sense that you get to show your home off to everyone, but you definitely want to take pride in the place you hang your hat permanently. So if you want to take pride in your domicile, here are some easy, inexpensive home improvement tips you can follow.

Tip: Talking to a friend who is a contractor or does other work related to construction can often provide some helpful insights. They will have a good idea of what needs to be done for a certain project.

The first step in any home improvement process is to take an inventory of the home in order to fix anything that may be broken. "Broken," in this context, also means anything that's not functioning properly, like a loose toilet or a leaking faucet. Go ahead and handle the easier stuff first by fixing anything that's broken. Fixing it now saves you from having to make the big repairs later.

Tip: Switch your thermostat to a programmable model for an easy update that will save you money on your energy bills. These thermostats can be set to automatically adjust the temperature based on the time of day, so your furnace or air conditioner will run less often when you are at work or school or while you are sleeping.

Not only is painting a very simple home repair that anyone can do, but it's also extremely inexpensive. Even the best brand of paint on the market is only going to cost you around $20 per gallon, and you can usually do the entire home with only a few gallons of paint. Just make sure you're purchasing heavy-duty supplies, like brushes and rollers, so you can rinse them out instead of having to purchase new ones.

Tip: If you are looking for home improvement ideas that can add value to your house, then lighten everything up by adding space if you can. If your rooms are small, then this gives a cramped/dark feeling to them.

Next up on the list is replacing your carpet if you need to. Because hardwood flooring options are so vast today, carpet is at all all-time low in terms of price. You can find some high-quality carpet for a rock-bottom price, and this even includes installation. Carpet your bedrooms, stairs, den, etc for a new look in the home.

Tip: Brighten up your kitchen cabinets simply by washing them. Dish soap and warm water works wonders on most dust, smudges and built-up grease.

Accessorizing is definitely a great way to spruce up your home without having to invest a lot of money in it. For instance, instead of spending over a thousand dollars on a new furniture set, go ahead and spend a fraction of that on furniture covers and throw pillows. This will give your room a brand new look and feel. Add in some lamps and other accent pieces to complete the look.

Tip: For a professional finish when painting furniture or other items, consider using spray paint instead of painting with a brush. You can better control the application of the paint, and when the furniture dries, it will not have any brush marks.

Now that you've made the improvements in your home, a great way to keep everything looking fresh and new is to ensure that you're keeping things clean. Get in the habit of thoroughly cleaning your home every week or so. Wash your windows, vacuum the carpet, dust and sweep, wash your walls down (especially if you're a smoker), and keep things looking brand new.

Tip: When buying new appliances, you should avoid buying extremely cheap ones. Keep in mind that quality appliances can last you for at least one decade, even more depending on the kind of appliances.

If you're not entirely sure about the types of improvements you can make, go ahead and visit a home improvement store on a weekend and take a good look around. You'll find a lot of different ideas by just walking down the different aisles.

Tip: Here is an idea! To call attention to pieces of your furniture and accessories that are brown or purple, place them against a white backdrop. This is especially great if you live in an apartment and are unable to paint your room a different color other than white.

Another great place to find improvement inspiration is the television. There are a lot of different shows out there dealing with home improvement, so you should have little trouble finding inspiration on cable.

You don't have to spend a lot of money to turn your house into your dream home. You only have to put in a little bit of time and effort to make it happen.

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