Home improvement! Those endless tasks end up making your house into a comfortable, beautiful home. They also help you keep in shape. Here are some words of wisdom on how to do those tasks successfully and as economically as possible. If you read these tips before you pick up the hammer or the pipe wrench, we think you will be glad.
Check out a new contractor through the Better Business Bureau and your Home Owners Association to find out if he’s registered and what his rating is. If he isn’t registered with either, sever ties immediately. If he is registered, see if anyone has lodged a complaint against him and how it was resolved. Do not skip scraping off old flaking paint before beginning your painting project. Painting over old flaking paint will never yield good results. Go buy a paint scraper and scrape off the old paint before starting. Then take a sander and sand down any rough areas so that your new paint coat will look good. When painting, remember that you need to cover up all your surfaces with cloth or plastic. Even skilled painters will drip and drop paint all over the place when painting a wall or ceiling. This is one of those areas where the adage “better safe than sorry” really pays off. It’s a pain to get paint out of those sofa cushions.
Your head may be spinning from all the advice and expertise you have just read. But take these tasks one at a time. Step by step, you can transform the problems and shortcomings of your home, into reasons for pride. Yes, you fixed those things. Better yet, when the tasks are finished, you can sit back in your favorite chair with a feeling of pride.