5 Important Home Improvement Tips
Home improvement isn’t as easy as it looks. It seems that any free time that homeowners have tends to go towards continual upgrades and DIY projects just to ensure that your home doesn’t crumble. However, there are ways to work hard on your home and ways to work smarter.
In this article, we will take a look at five important home improvement tips.
- Invest in Low Maintenance Siding
One of the most common complaints of homeowners is that they spend most of their free time on their home’s maintenance and upkeep. That’s where investing in a low-maintenance siding choice, like steel siding, can save time that other materials—such as vinyl and wood siding—require regular vigilance. Considering steel doesn’t rot or tear easily, using steel siding is an appropriate choice that can last years longer than comparable materials, especially when considering replacement.
- Add Extra Fire Safety Measures
Considering that there are nearly 360,000 home structure fire per year, adding extra fire safety measures to your home should be a top priority. First, make sure that your home has smoke detectors installed in every room of your house—or at least install smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area and/or on every level of the home, including basements and attic spaces. Next, you’ll want to have at least one up-to-date fire extinguisher in your home with easy accessibility—placing one per level of your home can be sufficient. Also, you may want to consider installing fire smoke curtains that can impede the flow of smoke, giving your family valuable time to escape safely as well as isolate a fire from the rest of your home.
- Have The Right Tools
Have you ever tried to use a butter knife for certain home repairs? Usually, grabbing ill-matched tools leads to a botched job and a tool that can’t withstand the task at hand. Instead, you’ll want to have the following tools at hand to ensure that you can repair your home when needed:
- screwdriver (Philips and flathead)
- adjustable wrench
- utility knife
- putty knife
- tape measure
- electric drill
- stud finder
- circular saw
- safety gear (gloves, safety goggles, dust mask)
- Proper construction grade level
- Use Natural Lighting
Adding windows in your home increases the amount of natural light that your house is exposed to. There are numerous benefits to adding natural light besides just adding a more organic aesthetic. First, natural lighting can help your home’s occupants absorb more sunlight, which produces feel-good vitamin D. This helps ward off SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. Natural sunlight UV rays also kill off bacteria, so using natural light in kitchens and bathrooms can make your home healthier.
- Replace All Your Faucets and Hardware
Perhaps the most overlooked part of your home can be the hardware that you’ve installed. Choosing a contemporary faucet is a smart move around your home, particularly in your kitchens and bathroom. The visual appeal of stainless steel matches nearly any color scheme and adds a sleek, modern look that catches the eye—especially in minimalist homes. Also, stainless steel hardware is germ-resistant, which can help reduce transmission of sickness during flu season and from other household germs.
As you can see, these five tips can help improve your home and ensure that it remains in good condition for years to come. Remember, working smart now helps keep you from working harder in the future!