We spend a lot of time suggesting ways to improve the home. The time has come to provide a few tips on what not to do when engaged in home improvement. Being prepared and taking precautions can save time and prevent a home improvement project re-do. Follow these guidelines to keep home improvement projects safe and inexpensive.
Tip 1: Never ignore safety when performing home improvement. Turning off circuit breakers, wearing safety goggles, and avoiding electrical outlet overload are simple tasks that can prevent disaster.
Tip 2: Preparation is essential for painting tasks. Prepare the area with a coat of primer to make the results durable and create a bonding surface for the new paint. The only time primer may be unnecessary is when using latex paint over a latex paint surface featuring a color of a similar intensity.
Tip 3: Identify when professional help is required and select a qualified individual. For example, if electrical wiring or plumbing is necessary, hire only a licensed electrician or plumber, respectively, for the job. If certification is required by the state in lieu of a license, verify that the individual has it.
Tip 4: When installing flooring, add a protective layer to the subfloor. A vapor barrier or underlayment should be installed under laminate flooring to soundproof and protect the floor from moisture. A level subfloor is required for hardwood flooring so create it with subfloor compound. When laying tile, install cement backer board under it.
Tip 5: When selecting new windows, make sure they match the home interior and exterior. The style should blend with the architecture of the exterior and provide the desired amount of light and ventilation to the interior.
Tip 6: Always obtain required building permits before starting a relevant job. Inquiring about building codes, permits, and inspections before beginning prevents having to undo any work.
Tip 7: During a remodeling project or when creating an addition to the home, consider a ductless heating and cooling system. This is energy-efficient and does not require redoing or installing ductwork, which saves time, energy, and money over the long-term.
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