Home improvement takes on many forms. It includes repair work, plumbing, painting, flooring, landscaping and electrical work. Then, there’s the exterior to consider, and roofing and maintenance work is always a bugbear. When embarking on an ambitious home improvement project, there are many factors to consider, including your budget. It is imperative to map out the work that needs to be done and create a workable budget to achieve those objectives.
It may be worthwhile jotting down a list of home improvements that need to be made and then establishing a specific timeframe within which to achieve them. Research is a priority. Find out which professionals are best for the job at hand. Some work can be conducted by the homeowner, a.k.a. yourself, while others will require the services of a trained professional. Typically, electrical, and plumbing work requires licensed professionals while painting, flooring and decorative projects can be undertaken by oneself.
1. Enlist The Advice Of A Professional Interior Decorator
[pullquote]Many folks eschew the services of interior decorators for fear that the cost will quickly spiral out of control.[/pullquote] However, there are ways to mitigate these expenses by paying a consultation fee and sharing the ideas of the professional interior decorator. Estimates peg the average fee at around $100 per hour, but that may vary depending on your region, of course. It is certainly a cost-saving tip towards getting the right advice from a professional before undertaking an expensive project. So, don’t shy away from using an interior decorator, it may not be that costly after all.
2. Change Your Lighting To LED Bulbs And Go Solar
Electrical costs are variable – they are not fixed costs. The only time this becomes apparent however is when you switch out your old light bulbs and replace them with LED bulbs. Sure, the initial expense is prohibitive, but the long-term cost savings are incredible. LED lights typically consume a fraction of the electrical energy that a standard light bulb uses. Additionally, LED bulbs are eco-friendly, have low heat emissions, and are less of a safety hazard.
Given that these types of bulbs have a lifespan of years as opposed to months – there are many more reasons to opt for LED over traditional light bulbs. In this vein, you may want to consider supplementing your electrical energy with solar energy. Solar comes with a high upfront cost, but there are considerable tax savings and credits that can be earned on your income tax return. Solar energy can be used to heat your swimming pool, your boiler, and your household appliances, and it will certainly reflect in the decreased utility bills that you pay at the end of the month.
3. Keep The Critters At Bay With Effective Pest Control
Pest control is an important ‘Home Improvement’ to take care of right from the get-go. The absence of pest control is easily noticed in a house whose foundations or walls are being eaten up by termites or other nasty little critters. Many pests need to be guarded against, including ants, bats, raccoons, rats, and mice. According to stats, annual termite damage in the United States accounts for $5 billion worth of expenditures by homeowners.
Typically, home improvement in the form of repairs can cost anywhere in the region of $3,000 upwards. If you live in the northern United States, you know that rodents, bats, and raccoons are more likely to find safe haven in your humble abode during the wintertime. They often take refuge in the roof, or in between the drywalling, with devastating consequences. The pest control measures that can be used against insects and bugs are not necessarily toxic chemicals; they can be substances like diatomaceous earth, citrus peels, and other substances are safe substitutes for harsh chemicals.