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
Did you undertake any major home improvements over the past year? Buy a new water heater or air conditioner? Put up some new storm windows? Guess what, hope you kept the receipts because these could all be tax deductible. And in fact, they aren't tax deductions, they're tax credits, which are even better for you.
It's winter and the holidays are over. Now you're stuck inside because of the weather and broke from the shopping and going a little stir crazy from staring at the same four walls. This is the perfect time to do some simple home improvements that have big payoffs. I'm not going to suggest knocking out a wall or putting in another bathroom, but there are quite a few cheap and easy things you can do that will have a big impact and change the whole look of the place in a weekend.
If you are truly broke and snowed in, I even have a suggestion that doesn't cost a dime or involve leaving the house.
The first and simplest suggestion: Re-arrange the furniture. If you are going to do some of my other suggestions you are going to have to move it anyway, so this is a good first project.
Okay, so the last couple of giveaway prizes have been a bit "female-centric." But for day eleven of our Twelve Days of Giveaways we're tipping the scales over to the testosterone side of the equation with a $500 gift card courtesy of that mecca of maleness: Home Depot.
As the weather gets cooler, we'll all be spending more time indoors, even in L.A. so now's a good time to fix stuff. You should take care of these little home repair and improvement projects now (or at least prepare yourself) since they get more annoying as the days get longer and you get cabin fever. And there is nothing more annoying than the dripping faucet.
When a faucet drips, or worse yet won't shut off, the most common cause
is a bad rubber washer. When you close the faucet the rubber washer is
pressed into a metal seat. With time the rubber hardens, and compresses,
and sometimes even starts to fall apart.
In the mid-1800s door hardware to a great leap forward, along with most other things, due to the industrial revolution. Door handles went from blacksmith wrought thumb levers (the style you still see in gate hardware today) and handmade brass and iron rim locks, to mass produced iron rim and mortise locks sold throughout the country by retailers like Sears and Roebuck. By 1880, Yale had invented the modern pin tumbler lock and key system. About 1925, Mr. Schlage invented the modern cylindrical lockset and revolutionized the installation process--though these didn't really catch on until the post WWII building boom.
Then, sixty years of nothing.
Your hotel room and you ATM kiosk got electronic magnetic card reader locks. Your car not only got keyless entry, but it could remember where you wanted the mirrors and seats and change from wife to husband mode. How come your house didn't do this?
Well now your house, just like everyone else, is going on the internet!