If you think quality home repair work can only be done by a professional, think again. Here are five home-improvement DIY tips that will make you feel like you hired a professional – at a fraction of the cost.
1) Don’t replace – retouch
The first instinct when faced with old furniture, faded tiles, outdated fixtures, etc. is to replace them. But don’t underestimate the value of fresh paint or furniture polish and hard work! You can truly transform even the oldest looking furnishings, doorknobs, fixtures and tiles with just a little creativity and elbow grease.
2) Don’t fix – maintain
You’ll save serious money on home improvements if you properly care for your home before things wear down. So fix plumbing leaks the moment you hear that first drip; caulk your sinks, countertops, and bathtubs; change filters if it sounds like your furnace is working too hard; be ever mindful of wear and tear on your home, and you’ll keep your costs low in the long run.
3) Thoroughly research any major repairs before starting to work
Many homeowners are so enthusiastic about performing DIY home improvements that they rush into a project before they are truly prepared. No matter what you are planning, decide exactly what you want done, research the best way to manage your project, and set your budget – all before doing even a minute of actual work. The more advanced planning, the more on budget and complete your home improvement project will be.
4) Find all tools and materials on your own, and make sure all price quotes are reasonable
Because we live in the age of the Internet, there is truly a massive amount of information about how much home repair supplies should cost. By doing all the research about the materials you’ll need, you’ll avoid any markups and make sure you are purchasing quality tools and materials for the home-improvement you want done.
5) Investigate tax credits, rebates, and long-term added value to your home prior to beginning the job
Last but certainly not least is to consider, just as a professional would if hired by you to do the job, how certain home repair and improvement projects may earn you a tax credit or a deduction. And on top of the money you may actually save by properly doing a home improvement project is the fact that an effective improvement project can actually add to the value of your home!
We hope these five tips get your home improvement project started on the right foot! And always remember that if you find yourself short of cash for your home repair project, or for any other important expenditure, and are either receiving or scheduled to receive money from a structured settlement or annuity, you can call J.G. Wentworth to discuss how to get that money now instead of later. Call us anytime at 877-227-4713.