Owning a home is a privilege and a joy that keeps you busy from the moment you sign the ownership papers. Part of the freedom you have when you own your own home is that you get to decide how and when every home improvement project takes place. With these decisions comes the choice to do it yourself or hire a professional. Use this short guide to learn about how you can educate yourself to find out which projects are realistic for the average home owner and which ones you shouldn’t leave to chance.

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Get To Know Your House

Whether you’ve just bought your house recently or you’ve owned it for decades, it’s never too late to get to know every way that the parts work. Go through each room and study the pieces.

  • Where are the pipes and electrical sockets located?
  • Where are the beams in the walls?
  • Are there weak spots in corners? Ceilings? Other areas?
  • Has any furniture damaged the floors?
  • Do you have hardwood floors or carpet and have they been maintained?
  • What kind of siding is on the house? How old is it?
  • What system powers the electricity? The ventilation? The hot water heater?
  • What kind of paint is on the walls? On the outside of the house? Is it chipped?

This assessment will help you figure out what kinds of home improvement you want to do and where you may want to begin. Knowing your house also helps you learn what tools you’ll need to fix whatever needs fixing or improving.

Here is some great ideas to get you started

Make a List

Now you probably have a long list of things you want to do with your home that seems a bit daunting but it doesn’t have to be. Make a definitive list of things you know you can do now and long term home improvement projects. The projects on your short-term list should be things you know you can do for which you already have the tools to complete. This lets you have a starting point and from there you can get going! Pick a project from your short term list and when you’re done with it, you’ll have the pride of doing things for your home and you’ll want to keep moving through the rest of the projects.

Budgeting for Your Projects

Some of your larger or more long-term projects may seem impossible to fund but you can do it if you budget intelligently. Get quotes on all the things you thought you could never afford to do and compare with other companies to find the best price. Ask if the company you need has any financing options so that you might get your project done sooner. If not, then create your own financing plan by saving a little bit at a time towards a goal you believe you can realistically meet.

Share Your Success

There are plenty of home improvement blogs and advice on the internet and just as you can benefit from the experiences of others, they can benefit from your success as well. Share on social media, with your friends, and use pictures and videos to illustrate the good times you have on your home improvement adventures.

Most homeowners striving to turn their properties into more comfortable, soothing and appealing environments are faced with a big challenge: insufficient storage space. As spacious as it may be, a house or apartment undergoing radical changes is not exactly the best place to deposit valuable items. In this context, what should you do with furniture, artwork, clothing and appliances that may be in your way during an ample remodeling or renovating job?

Nicely renovated home

3 Steps to Take to Select the Ideal Offsite Storage Space

If you don’t want to see your prized possessions get covered in dirt and dust or get damaged by construction work, you should consider shipping your household contents to the nearest provider of self storage solutions. In case this idea appeals to you, here are three steps that you should follow to rent the best storage option that could turn your home renovation into a truly pleasant experience.

  1. Choose the Space Wisely.

    First of all, note that the Australian storage market offers you a myriad of options that you could research and compare before making a final call.

    From door-to-door containers that could be sent to your door to versatile units as big as a tennis court or as small as an apartment closet, all these spaces can be rented online, with a few clicks, and allow its clients to protect their personal effects from dust, debris, and even theft during a renovation project.

  2. Select a Unit also Based on Its Features.

    While many customers choose a storage solution solely based on its price-size ratio, it is highly recommended to choose a unit also based on the features that it encompasses. Security features are an extremely important selection criterion that should never be disregarded, especially when potential clients are looking for the best temporary home for extremely rare, expensive or unique personal belongings.

    From this perspective, storage units employing state-of-the-art onsite security strategies, such as the implementation of CCTV, the availability of fully alarmed storage rooms and the presence of security guards around the clock, are an excellent choice for homeowners who want to keep their contents out of harm’s way.

    Furthermore, special features guaranteeing a flawless storage experience for any category of belongings are also a big plus. For instance, climate control is a handy extra recommended especially for those who wish to deposit delicate belongings that could be damaged by variations in humidity and temperature.

  1. Keep an Eye out for Special Discounts, Complimentary Services and Other Perks.

    discount pricesNext, keep in mind that the storage sector is a very competitive area. In 2016, players operating in this industry have to think outside the box to stand out among their competition. This is why many storage companies offer their clients the opportunity to profit from significant discounts and complimentary services such as free pickup.

    Other providers highlight the fact that they offer 24-hour access to their storage solutions, and also mention the simple payment structure that they have implemented to make their clients’ lives a whole lot easier. Some of these companies also stock a great variety of packaging materials, including wardrobe boxes, file boxes, tape, padlocks and bubble wrap, to make packing easy and convenient.

    Considering that they offer so many benefits and carry more than reasonable price tags, offsite storage solutions should be seen as an invaluable aid for any family seeking to beautify an indoor or outdoor space through any kind of remodeling work or renovation.

There are some home repair projects you can’t put off for too long, even if you’re prone to procrastination. Roof repairs tend to fall in this category. Whether you’re exposed to a full-blown leak or an insidious Chinese drop, you have to address the problem. However, fixing a leaky roof can be tricky and, if you decide to do it yourself, it’s important to proceed with caution.

Here are 7 easy tips for successful roof repair jobs and leak prevention:

Roof Repairs

  1. Safety first!

We might be stating the obvious, but roof repairs can be risky, so you’ll need to take some extra precautions. Have a friend help you out and always use a harness. Wear rubber sole footwear so you won’t slip. Don’t take unnecessary risks, like trying to do the job as soon as you notice the leak even if it’s pouring or freezing outside.

  1. Find the leak.

In some cases, the source of the infiltration might not be obvious, so you’ll need to start spraying various areas of the roof with a garden hose until you find the spot.

  1. One leak at a time.

Some leaks can be harder to spot, so you will have to play detective and do a process of elimination. Identify all areas which might be responsible for the leak and take them one at a time, replace the shingles and seal the area, and, if the problem persists, you’ll have to move to the next one.

  1. Clean up gutters.

Be sure to clean your gutters on a regular basis, as clogged gutters can lead to water build-up, which in turn can lead to leaks.

  1. Don’t “let it go” all Snow Queen.

Ice sheilds protect your inner wall from leaksAnother common cause of drips is ice build-up. A sheet of ice will form under the shingles and, if it reaches the wall line, you’re bound to get condensation and infiltration. You can prevent this by ensuring proper ventilation and setting up ice shields.

  1. Check materials.

Sometimes problems arise because shingles were faulty to begin with or were not nailed down properly and will crack or start sliding around. If you’ve got a leak situation, don’t go for a quick fix. Make sure you get the best materials and you do a thorough job of replacing the shingles, otherwise you’ll get a repeat in no time.

  1. Check the roof boots.

Check your roof boots have not perishedIf you’ve eliminated all the “usual suspects” and still can’t find the source of the problem, check the rubber boots on the vents lined up around the roof. These can dry up and crack, leading to a leak. You can easily find a replacement; any local hardware or home improvement provider will have them. All you have to do is take some of the singles apart, pour a fresh tar layer underneath and replace the faulty roof boot.

These are just some of the more common causes for leaks and water infiltration. Bear in mind, however, that DIY roof repairs can be quite an ambitious project. If you’re not the handiest person around the house, it’s probably wiser to start with something smaller and turn to a specialist to have your roof fixed.

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