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Home Improvement Tips for First-Time Homeowners
Home Improvement Tips for First-Time Homeowners
If you're a first-time homeowner, you may feel overwhelmed with all the home improvement projects that need to be done. The good news is that there are several effective methods for making your life easier. These tips will help you tackle projects without breaking the bank.
Painting the interior of your home is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to make it feel like a new and improved space. If you pick up some paint samples and test them out in different areas around your home, you'll get a sense of what the color will look like in different lighting situations — morning sunshine streaming through your window; afternoon light coming from the outside, or evening light cast by lamps and overhead fixtures. There may be significant differences between samples that initially appear to be similar, so testing them out is your best bet for figuring out which hue suits you best. Painting can also help cover unattractive wall flaws such as water damage, scuffs, scrapes, or wallpaper.
A fresh coat of wax on your floors
Refinishing hardwood flooring is an expensive endeavor, but you can preserve your existing floors by laying down a coat of high-quality floor wax. The wax will fill in the scratches and scuffs that are inevitable when living with hardwood floors, giving them a refreshed look without spending money on refinishing services. Waxing doesn't just work for hardwoods either; it works on all types of wood, including pine or maple. You'll want to avoid waxing engineered wood because its finish tends to be too delicate for this type of treatment. Don't worry about using more than one color of polish on different areas of the room — it only takes a small amount of wax to see a noticeable transformation.
Check online reviews before you hire a contractor
If you need a contractor to tackle any home improvement projects, be sure to do your research. You can find reviews from past clients on the internet as well as on some contractors' websites. If possible, read Networx reviews and those on other sites to find the right professionals for your next home improvement project. This is because hiring the wrong contractor can end up costing you a lot of money in the long run. Make sure to also ask friends and family for recommendations as well. If you're working with a bigger company specializing in construction services, find out if they have an online presence. Most companies have their own company webpage where past clients are encouraged to leave reviews of their service.
A new lighting plan
Most homes have just one or two overhead fixtures, but there's no reason you can't add more to your home. Adding multiple overhead fixtures will brighten up a room, especially with dark hardwood floors and minimal windows. If the room feels darker than you'd like, try adding a dimmer switch so that you can control how much light is emitted from each fixture. This allows you to adjust room lighting depending on what activity takes place in the room — cooking dinner after work, sitting down at the end of a long day, or hosting guests for dinner parties or movie nights. In addition to adding extra lights, consider installing motion sensors for lights. Motion sensors allow you to save money on your energy bill because the lights will turn off automatically after a period of time.
Get your floors ready for winter
After the holiday festivities have ended and everyone has gone back home, it's essential to get down to business. One task on your list should be deep cleaning your house before winter arrives because this will help keep it safe during harsh weather conditions. Do everything from giving your garage floor a sweep or hosing off your driveway to de-icing your steps and walkways. Doing this will help you avoid any slippery situations during the winter season, especially when it's dark out.
Add warmth to your home with wood
If you love having a fire in the fireplace but hate dealing with the mess of ash left behind after everyone has gone home for the day, try adding wood storage to your living room or family room. Add-ons like these can leave any space feeling more inviting while creating a stylish focal point perfect for snuggling up on chilly nights by the hearth. You can also add faux logs if you want something more affordable or are just looking for an accent piece that doesn't require maintenance quite as often.
After you have finished all your home improvement projects, take time to relax and enjoy the work that you have done. It may still feel like a lot of work, but it will be worth it when you can see everything finished. Finally, if there's anything else you'd like to improve about your home or any projects you've wanted to tackle for quite some time now, do not hesitate because now is a perfect time.