This is my favorite time of year! December is a busy month full of time spent with family and friends. People go out of their way to spread a little extra holiday cheer. And homes are decorated beautifully. There are so many beautiful trees and lights.
And while some people are sad to see Christmas end, I'm always excited about the thought of the new year. 2012 is just around the corner. It's a time for fresh beginnings and new starts! It's a time to turn your dreams into realities.
This week, my husband and I will sit down and create our budget for 2012. We'll assess 2011, figure out what worked, what didn't work, and what we can do better. One of the items that is now a must in our budget is our home decor/home improvement budget.
This is one of the areas that people often overlook in their budget, especially when they have limited funds. Amazingly enough, it's one of those areas where a little money can go a long way. By setting aside a little money each month, you can transform your home into a place you love to be.
Here are some great ways to make your home look a little fresher without spending a ton of money.
So, a few weeks ago I spent an entire three-day weekend in the crawl space under my house. This week is the last of the posts concerning things I did while under there. I promise. But like I said in that first post: the crawlspace is so horrible, if you have to go in best to do as many things as possible--like surgery.
It has always bothered me that it took about a minute to get good hot water out of my kitchen sink. Upgrading to a water conserving aerator last year just made things worse, now it was over a minute (because less water was flowing). My second bathroom and new washing machine were even further from the hot water heater, so they have to wait even longer for the hot water--but I'll just use the kitchen sink for this experiment.
I am only a recent home owner. Until the market crashed and I got married, there was no way I could afford a house. Now 2+ years later I am enjoying--make that enduring--all the things that make home ownership different than apartment living; both good and bad.
Spring is in the air, and home improvement is at the front of my
mind. There are many changes I want to make to my house this year,
and I've got to keep the budget in mind. Luckily, I've learned how
to improve my house without breaking the bank.
Here are some of the tips I've accumulated with years of home
We are now a week into "Check-uary" (that transitional time when you can't remember what year it is), and it's time to make a new start. By the time everyone remembers to write the date 2011 on everything it's going to feel too late to start fresh. Better get started this week at least with a list of the things you'd like to get done around the house in the new year.
I need to do it, too, so feel free to steal my list and write your name on the top of it.
During a recent wind storm, a small section of my roof was damaged. A few shingles went flying into the night and the wood beneath got a little bit damp. Nothing major, but something that needed to be addressed nonetheless.
Although this was not a huge expense, I wanted to save as much money as possible and I wanted to avoid dealing with a potential roofing scam. To do this, I figured I would have to call in at least two roofing experts for quotes.
Before I got around to the second contractor, though, I had already made up my mind.