The American dream is to own a home. Your own little slice of paradise on a piece of land you get to call your own is what most people aspire to own, and it's a beautiful feeling. The moment you sign your name on the paperwork and receive the keys to your home for the very first time, you're signing up for an incredible experience.
It'll have its ups and downs, and it'll certainly be an experience you didn't ask for at times. However, you will find that taking on various home improvements, problems, and changes is exciting. As a homeowner, it's your duty to learn a few of the best-kept home improvement secrets, and here's a little head start for you.
Not every home upgrade must be something you spend a lot of money on, and not all of them need to be real construction projects. For example, it's expensive and a major project to add a fireplace to a home where one isn't already present.
However, high-quality fireplace tv stands are less expensive, easy to add to your living space, and perfectly stylish. It's situations like this when you must make an executive decision. Spend tens of thousands of dollars tearing down walls and going into the ceiling, or fake it?
If you're a new homeowner, you must know this very important home improvement secret. Not every upgrade, improvement, or remodeling project adds value to your home.
Be very careful going into this situation before you spend big bucks on something that adds little to no value to your home. In general, most kitchen and bathroom upgrades add value to your home, but only if your home doesn't far exceed every other home in the neighborhoods.
If you ever go to sell your home, you need comparable home sales in your area. Before you take on a remodeling project, ask yourself what the other homes look like.
If you're planning on adding a spa bathroom for $75,000 to your $150,000 home, you might be overdoing it a bit if no other home in the area has a bathroom worth half the price of their entire home. Keep your upgrades in line with other homes your size, so you don't price yourself out of the neighborhood and suffer during the sale of your home.
You can DIY all you want around the house, but you should know sometimes it's the littlest things that make the biggest difference. It's a coat of paint that changes the entire room.
It's a new light fixture, a new faucet, or even new cabinet door fixtures that change an entire bathroom or kitchen. Before taking on a major DIY project, you should look around and see what little details you can change yourself that might make a much more impactful difference.
You can DIY a lot, but you must know your limits. You're a homeowner now, and that means being able to admit when something is way above your experience level.
You can paint, you can lay tile, you can rip out the carpets and paint the kitchen cabinets, but can you move the plumbing or handle electrical work? Sometimes you should just bite the bullet and call a professional for situations you're not comfortable with or familiar with to save money and maybe even your life.
Before you start any DIY project as a homeowner, make sure you have the correct tools. You can't just ignore the tools you need by assuming you can use something else you have on hand. You must have the correct tools to do the job correctly and to make the job easier.
Take the time to research what you're doing and what's required to do it. Now go and buy the tools or rent them. Not all tools are items you need to have in the garage. Some are expensive, large, and not useful for more than one or two projects, and that's when renting them is a better idea.
Many people will tell you owning a home is expensive, and it is. However, not all the projects you want to complete are as expensive as you think. You don't need to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a kitchen remodel, for example.
Are the cabinets in good shape and positioned correctly? If they are, you can save thousands by just painting them the color you want. You can then add some backsplash, new fixtures, and change the entire look of your kitchen without an expensive remodel. Sometimes you can make major changes without making major expensive changes.
Your new role as a homeowner is exciting, but it's even more exciting when you know the best secrets regarding home improvements and how you can tackle them. Don't rush into anything, but do take the time to research what you're looking to do. You'll get better each time you tackle a project, and your home will become your dream home one small project at a time.
The article is contributed by Alex Moore by SewingMachineJudge.com. Alex is a seamster and interior decorator with an unyielding passion for everything relating to DIY.