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Time To Think About How To Improve Your House

When the warm weather comes around, a lot of people start to think about home improvements. Home renovations are easier during seasons when there is no constant threat of rain. The days are longer, so you can stay out and work on your projects longer. If you want to spiff up your house this year, read this article for some ideas that can give you some ideas.

First, you have to decide how you want to improve your house. Set aside some time to do an assessment of the current condition of your house. Take a notebook and a pen with you, and just start going through your house, room by room. As you walk around, takes notes on what needs to be fixed. These are things that you "have to" do. After that, write down ideas that can make the room better. These are ideas that are "nice to have", but not as urgent as the repairs. Walk through your rooms slowly as you make notes like this. These pages will be the foundation of your home improvement plan.

Tip: A kitchen remodel is less expensive if you refinsh existing cabinets. You can give them a completely new look by painting the bases and changing the doors.

Do not forget to walk around the exterior of your house. Your landscaping and exterior features are also part of your home. Make the same kind of notes as you walk around the perimeter of your home and through the outdoor spaces.

After you have these pages written down, look over them carefully. Start prioritizing what needs to be done first. Typically, things that need to be repaired should take priority. But even within the repair tasks, you will have to prioritize what needs to be fixed first.

Tip: Give your home furnishings and accessories a thorough dusting weekly. The accumulating dust is a potential allergy hazard that can easily be prevented.

Keep in mind that you will not be able to do everything this year. Pick out one or two projects that you can do this season. Set the others aside until the the current projects are completed.

Now that you have identified what you have to do, start with one project. Write out in more detail what this project will entail. Write down what your budget is for this task and the materials that you will need. If the repair task is large in scope and it is beyond your ability to do yourself, you will have to look for a contractor to help you with the project.

Tip: To minimize the "peek-through" of walls behind paneling, paint stripes on the walls prior to putting up paneling. You might have some old parts of the wall sticking through if you are putting up paneling.

As you are planning out this project, think about the time frame required from start to finish. Look at your calendar, and make sure that your home project does not interfere with any family activity that you have already planned. It is best to pick a segment of time when this project can be done uninterrupted. Plan the schedule with the other members of your household. This ensures that no one's schedule in your family will be negatively affected by the project.

Your home is your largest, single investment. You need to take care of it the best you can to protect its value. This is the haven for you and your family, so make your home into a place that everyone in your family can enjoy.

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