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25 SMART Home Improvement Tips You Need to Know

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So, you’re ready to do some home improvement but don’t know where to start?
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Well, rest easy because we’ve got some great tips and tricks for you.
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Whether you’re selling your house or want to spruce it up and make a warm environment
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for you and your family, home improvement doesn’t always have to cost you an arm and
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a leg.
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Best of all, you can do most of it yourself.
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From weekend home improvement projects to best home improvements to increase value,
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there are plenty of things to improve your home.
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But, before you hop in, you’ll want to keep some things in mind.
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So, get out your toolbox, cause I’m Al with Tool-Time…I mean Mike with List25 and here
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are 25 Smart Home Improvement Tips You Need
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to Know.
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25.
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Being zealous to take on any project, it can be easy to forget basic safety.
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Sometimes you might try to cut corners to save some money to the detriment of your safety.
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But, no matter what, always wear the appropriate equipment whether it be eyewear, gloves, foot
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protection, or something else.
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24.
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300 people die from falling off ladders each year and 164,000 people end up in the emergency
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room.
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On top of that, the United States is the world leader in ladder deaths.
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So, buy a strong, sturdy ladder, and follow appropriate safety guidelines.
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23.
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Hanging pictures is the most frustrating task when decorating your new home.
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While there are numerous gimmicky tools to help you solve this problem, all you need
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is some blue painters tape.
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Stretch the tape from one hole to the other and then place the tape on the wall where
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you want the picture to be.
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Hammer in the nails at each end of the tape.
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22.
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Whenever doing any project, always remember to measure thrice (that’s 3 times) and cut
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once.
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Be meticulous, take your time, and be sure what you’re doing is exact.
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Otherwise, you might make more work for yourself down the road.
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21.
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If you’re a homeowner, no one has to tell you energy is expensive.
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It can suck the money right out of your wallet.
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A top priority should be finding the energy holes in your house and fixing them.
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It could be as easy as replacing your light bulbs to LEDs, upgrading your appliances,
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getting a smart thermostat, or installing better insulation.
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20.
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Speaking of saving on energy, you should shut your closet doors regularly.
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Yes, it might sound ridiculous, but it’s true.
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Making sure your closet doors are shut insulates your house and saves on energy.
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19.
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Ditch the cheap tools you got for Christmas or those old tools you’ve been using since
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college and go invest in some quality tools that you can use for years.
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It shouldn’t have to be said, but having good tools will make your job much easier.
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18.
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If you want to keep your house fresh and clean, save some money, and stay healthier, then
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make your own cleaning solutions.
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There are plenty of easy recipes online without the harsh chemicals of store-bought cleaners.
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17.
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Let’s face it, most people forget to replace the furnace filter.
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A clogged up filter will put extra strain on the blower, making it work harder and potentially
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wrecking your furnace in the process.
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Set a reminder on your calendar to replace the filter regularly.
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Depending on the filter, you might have to replace it once a month or once every three
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months.
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Regardless, make sure to replace it.
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16.
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Usually, a hot water heater is set at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, but it doesn’t need to
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be that scalding hot.
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The U.S. Department of Energy recommends putting it down to 120 degrees, instead.
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15.
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If you’re looking to sell your house, it goes without saying you’ll want to spruce up the
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property.
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However, it doesn’t make sense to put money into projects that won’t give you much of
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a return.
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Once you’ve figured out what those are for you, prioritize them by value and start checking
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them off the list once completed.
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14.
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Maybe you want to upgrade your kitchen but don’t have the money.
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An easy and quick way to give your kitchen a tiny spruce is to update the cabinet pulls
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in your kitchen.
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You can do it yourself, and it won’t break the bank.
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Depending on the age of your faucets, you might need to replace them.
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Whether hard water has damaged them, or they’re not cosmetically appealing anymore, replacing
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a faucet is easy and fairly inexpensive.
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12.
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If you have kids, or if you’re honest with yourself and know you stay in the shower too
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long, installing a shower timer might be just what you need.
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It’s easy and will help you reduce the amount of water you use.
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It might sound strange, but replacing your garage door can give you one of the highest
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returns on investment, approximately 82.5 percent.
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If you get a little better-looking door than you already have, it’ll greatly improve your
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house, make it sell faster, and for more.
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10.
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While you’re replacing doors, you’ll want to turn to your front door next.
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Upgrade to a steel entry door, and you’ll likely see a 101.8 percent return on investment.
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Outside lighting fixtures near your entryways and garage can look pretty worn and rusty
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over time.
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If yours look like they need to be replaced, there’s no easier way to give your house good
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curb appeal than replacing them.
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Everyone loves popcorn, but today, unfortunately, no one loves popcorn ceilings.
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They scream outdated.
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The bad news is this isn’t an easy process and requires many steps and patience to see
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it through, including asbestos testing if your house was built before the 80’s.
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7.
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Painting the interior trim is no small feat, but if your house has an outdated trim, giving
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it a modern and updated look will certainly improve the quality of the home.
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Unfortunately, this will require patience and plenty of research.
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Use the wrong brushes or rush the project and you might do more harm than good.
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Some home improvement projects can easily be done by a novice repairman.
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Do a little research, maybe ask a friend to give you a hand, and get the task done.
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Others, however, are much more difficult and should not be done by an unskilled professional.
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Know when to call a contractor or professional when a job seems like too much.
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It’ll give you peace of mind knowing it was done right.
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5.
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If you want to sell your house, putting up a neutral coat of paint will help make your
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house look new, clean, and fresh.
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Or, if you’re sticking around, putting up some color will certainly make you feel more
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at home.
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You’ll be simply amazed at what a change it will make!
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4.
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Who said you needed a large home office?
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If you’re looking for a home office, but you’re tight on space, you can convert your closet
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into one.
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3.
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Solar energy has become the new thing to do.
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Installing solar panels will save you money in the long run on energy costs, and if you
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do it before 12/31/2019, the U.S. government will give you a 30% tax credit.
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2.
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Not all landscaping has to be done by a professional.
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Whether you want to add a stone path, do a little gardening, or just improve the look
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of your lawn, a little bit of work on the outside of your house can go a long way.
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1.
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If you haven’t’ replaced your shower head in a while, it might be time to replace it,
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especially if you have hard water.
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Hard residue and scum can build up over time, reducing the water pressure.
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Fortunately, replacing a shower head is cheap, easy, and will greatly improve your showers.
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So, do you have any home improvement tips we may have missed?
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