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Home Improvement

By Andee Nelson 

Have you ever wondered, what exactly is home improvement? The concept of home improvement, home renovation, or remodeling is the process of renovating or making additions to one’s home. Home improvement can consist of projects that upgrade an existing home interior, exterior, or other improvements to the property. Inevitably, every homeowner feels the need to improve upon his or her home. Home Improvement can range from requiring little to no skill or being a professional in that specific area. 

Home improvement can be as simple as painting a bedroom or building a basketball court in your backyard. My family is not unfamiliar with either of these things and everything in between. I have been blessed to grow up with parents (and my entire family, really) that take pride in how their house and belongings look. They may not always buy the newest or best things but, with their proper care, they can always look great. Learning how to do this “takes experience, but sometimes takes a little online research,” in the words of my lovely mother, Alexandria Nelson.

Improving your house is important for many reasons. First of all, it is important to keep yourself happy in the home you live in, therefore making small improvements now and then that suits your style will provide you with the pleasant environment that you deserve. Second, is maintaining your appliances and other objects in your home. Maintenance should always be done regularly to spare you hidden costs down the line. Last, but not least, if your home goes to the market you will be happy that you kept everything in order as it will spare you loads of work and it will get you the value which your home deserves.

There are several ways that home improvement projects, particularly those involving exterior home remodeling, can save you money on your energy bill. Replacement windows and new siding can better insulate your home, allowing thermal energy to redistribute more easily. While you’ll notice how comfortable and spacious your home is after an exterior remodel or expansion, you’ll practically be doing backflips at the end of the renovation. That’s because your energy bill will likely be quite a bit lower than they were previously. For example, glass coating on replacement windows can cut down on the amount of solar heat that beams into your home through the glass.These factors will help keep your home from feeling like a sauna or an igloo you won’t need to turn up the heater or air conditioner as much, which will save you money.

Knowing when to hire a professional is important in all, but knowing how to properly maintain your appliance is way more important. We all rely heavily on the appliances in our homes. We can hardly do anything without many of them. Unfortunately, many homeowners take their appliances for granted. Many people don’t give them much thought at all, until they break. Repairs after major appliance failure can be costly, and almost always, they can be prevented entirely. Performing regular maintenance on your appliances is important. Something as simple as cleaning your filter in your dishwasher or making sure your dryer exhaust is clean. These tasks can take as little two minutes and can save you hundreds of dollars.

Maintenance is so important and can be very confusing. One big thing in almost every website I have read is CLEAN. Cleaning your appliances is so important. Even if you have a self-cleaning unit, still check your unit as it can have cleaning issues. Especially with ovens and microwaves, because heat is an element that’ll harden any spilled food. Easy solution is making a paste of baking soda or some citrus/vinegar and soap mixed together. 

Renovating and proper maintenance care of your home is crucial to improving the value of your home. If you aren’t ready to remodel your kitchen you can do simple projects that will increase the value of your house. Some very simple things you can do to upgrade your house is add a fresh coat of paint to a room or even adding low-maintenance plants to your yard. Doing this will not only increase the value of your house, but will increase the pride you take in your home  As my mom said,  “You can’t be afraid to fail, because that will hold you back from trying cool things and keep you from realizing if you are good or bad at something.” I think that’s the best way to approach home improvement and DIY projects. You can be afraid to try new things, because it could prevent you from loving a new part of your house.


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