AD| Your home is probably one of the biggest investments in your life. But it’s more than a simple financial investment or even more than a roof over your head. Your home is your sanctuary, somewhere that you can claim as your own. So, it stands to reason that you’d want it to be a pleasant place to live.
No matter how well you look after your property, things will eventually start to wear out and look tired. Those little jobs and irritations soon add up, making it so you can’t relax in your home without noticing yet another thing to add to the itinerary. So, here are some tips that should come in handy when you take on your next big project.
1. Budget and Plan
As with any large project, home improvement isn’t something that you can just do on a whim. They cost both time and money, and will generally disrupt your lives until they’re finished. Yes, projects differ, but any larger home improvement project needs to be planned around.
Once you’ve decided what you need to do, then you need to determine a budget and an approximate timeframe. This will allow you to either save up or take a loan, so you can afford the materials and/or the cost of hiring a contractor. Scheduling a specific time will let you arrange your affairs so you aren’t too badly inconvenienced during this time.
Some families choose to schedule time away while significant work is being done, while others prefer being contactable in case something goes wrong. Both approaches have their pros and cons. In any case, know what you’re doing and when you’re doing it. When setting a budget, factor in unexpected costs so that you aren’t hit too badly should an issue arise.
2. Don’t Do it All Yourself
Speaking of budgets, some homeowners choose to save money by taking on a project yourself. In some cases, this makes sense. If you can spare a weekend and you’re relatively competent at the task at hand, there’s no reason not to give it a go.
However, it isn’t always wise to tackle every home improvement project. In some cases, DIY can end up far more expensive than hiring help, as certain jobs are dangerous or require a great deal of skill. If you get it wrong, you might end up having to hire someone to fix your mistakes anyway.
Even if you don’t need skilled help for a certain task, like painting, consider asking your friends and family to help you out. The quicker a job gets done, the quicker you can get back to your life and enjoy your new paint job. If you go this route, be sure to treat your helpers to a nice meal as thanks.
3. Get Some New Flooring
One of the major changes that you can make to your home is replacing the flooring in one or more rooms. Your floors bear the brunt of everyday activities, getting worn down and damaged over time. Also, changing the flooring can make the room look brighter and more spacious, or cosier and warmer, depending on what you’d like.
An inexpensive and versatile option is laminate flooring, as it serves as a great middle-ground between wooden floorboards and tiles. Laminate is easier to clean and fairly sturdy, and you can pick a style that suits you. Once you’ve changed the floors, add a nice rug to bring the room together.
Replacing your flooring isn’t something you should take on by yourself unless you happen to be trained in it. Otherwise, your brand new floors can get damaged and you might struggle to find the right tools for the job. Laminate, for example, sometimes needs to be cut around awkward corners and slightly wonky walls.
4. Check the Roof
Checking the roof is a job that typically gets overlooked until it’s too late. Roofs last a while, usually around twenty years or so, before they need to be replaced. However, you should always regularly check your roof as certain weather conditions can shorten its lifespan.
Also, even if your roof doesn’t need to be replaced just yet, it might need to be patched up and repaired, especially if you’ve just had a particularly vicious storm. Ignoring potential issues with your roof won’t make them go away, unfortunately. That little leak will only grow into a potential flood, which will cost far more than the patch up that could have prevented it.
As with flooring and plenty of other home improvement projects, roof repair and installation is something that’s best left to the professionals.