Home Improvements Ideas for Beginners

Mon, Jan 5, 2015

Home Improvements Ideas

If you are a homeowner and you don’t have many handyman skills, even the most basic of home repairs can seem daunting. However, there are many things you can do to improve the quality, look, value, and safety of your home without any previous experience. Here are some ideas to spruce up your homestead as a beginner.

The first and easiest way to make a shabby room look new again is by painting it. You don’t just have to paint all the walls a single solid color. You can paint moldings a contrasting color for an eye-catching accent, or leave one wall white in a room painted with darker colors to brighten up the space. Go to a home improvement store and look at their books for design ideas.

Another easy option for re-decorating a room is wallpaper. Wallpaper is especially useful if your home doesn’t have moldings along the ceiling. A wallpaper border near the ceiling can add whimsical flair to a child’s bedroom or add a touch of class to your dining room. Again, your local home improvement store should have shelves of samples and design ideas for you to check out.

You can also repair damage to door and window screens yourself. You don’t just have to replace the whole screen because of a small tear. There are kits available to help homeowners repair their own screens quickly and easily.

In addition to repairing the screen door, you should also be able to install your own weatherstripping. Weatherstripping fits around the edges of doors and windows to keep the outside air out. This greatly improves the efficiency of your heating and cooling system.

Are your carpets starting to come apart at the seams? You don’t have to spend thousands replacing them. It’s easy to secure those seams yourself and add years to the lifespan of your carpet.

Of course, the first thing anyone needs to know about home improvement is proper safety techniques, as well as how to protect the rest of your home from your work. Always read and follow the instructions for any chemicals or tools you are using. Wear gloves, safety glasses, and/or a dust mask whenever necessary. And before you paint or cut anything that will produce sawdust, put down plastic sheeting on the floor and over any furniture that remains in the room.

You don’t have to go running to a contractor for every little home repair. There are lots of basic repairs you can do yourself. And as long as you take some simple precautions, it’s safe and easy.

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