If you are working on your home yourself, make sure to purchase high quality tools and supplies. You may spend more initially, but you’ll save money down the road. In general, quality products tend to have a longer life and can better go through wear and tear. Tools, especially, can be costly and you do not want to need replacements often.
Can your contractor help you with these? There are numerous utility, municipal and federal rebate or tax credit opportunities and they change every year. For example, the Federal Tax credits for Energy Efficiency are still available, though there is a 0 maximum for 2011. Many require specific forms and submissions. Click here for more info.
Do want a home improvement product project which is practically free, but still boosts your home value and curb appeal? Form rock walls and make your landscape look even better. You may be able to acquire rocks for little to no cost. Once you have your rocks, you can create your own design or use one of the ready made designs you can easily find online.
Many companies do not disclose that their “employees” are sub-contractors. These sub-contractors may do great work, or not, but they do not receive any training from the company you have purchased from and may not have much experience. Is the sub-contractor licensed and bonded and are their people background checked? Make sure you know what you are going to get.
Assess the condition of the paint on the exterior of your home. Old paint that is peeling can make a house look run down, driving down its value. In this case, it would be worth the investment to repaint. New exterior paint can give an old house new life and add value to the house so that you can justify a higher offer from the buyer.
One simple way of adding fresh touches to your home is to get new electrical outlet covers and replace the old ones. Over time, electrical outlet covers will appear discolored. Replacing your outlet covers can make a positive contribution to your home’s feel at a very affordable price.
You can also paint the door and the door and window frames with these colors. It looks nice to paint the door one color and the door frame around it another color. Paint each window frame a different pastel color. Then top it all off with filmy, pastel curtains either all the same color, or once again, different colors, the same colors as the paint you painted the walls with.