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Costly Home Improvement Don'ts

Home improvement can be expensive, cheap, easy or hard, but one thing it should never be is dangerous. There are simple things like wearing goggles, not over-blowing sockets and turning off circuit breakers that seem obvious enough, but many are still unaware of a number of helpful tips that will make sure your home improvements are a safe transformation.

First Rule of Painting, Primer

Firstly, for those redecorating their walls and living spaces, always apply a coat of primer before going on with the paint job. The first layer of primer will prepare and seal the surface, as well as foster a solid, durable bonding area for the next coat. There are a few times when primer is not necessary, such as when painting multiple layers of latex, but, for the most part, it is a necessary step in preparing your walls for a makeover. When in doubt, never skip the primer.

When you need to hire an outside electrician, plumber or repair man, always make sure that they are indeed a certified professional. Many times businesses will send out experienced individuals, but they may not be professionals with expertise in the area where you may need the most help. Failing to contact professionals can seriously damage your property, furniture and appliances. Only choose businesses which have a state license or certification. It may cost more at the time, but think of how much you might have to pay if something goes awry at the hands of a non-professional.

If you replace tile in your bathroom, kitchen or any other areas of the house, remember not to skimp on grout sealer. Grout is a construction material used to seal joints and fill voids between tiles during installation. If you fail to seal between the tiles, they can attract a number of unwanted problems like stains and dirt as well as cause water damage.

Good Subfloors are like a Good Foundation

Subfloors are not mentioned that often, but they are extremely important to ensure an even surface level. When replacing laminate flooring, remember that an under layer is required for just about every surface upon which it is being installed. This will also aid in soundproofing your home as well as protecting it from moisture. When installing hardwood floors, do not forget that hardwood floors require an even subfloor; similarly when installing tiles you should use cement backer board to ensure its evenness.

If you feel like branching out and creating extensions to your home, remember to first find the rules and regulations for the building in which you live. You'll need to brush up on codes and inspections before undertaking any remodeling.

Always maintain a common theme throughout your home, particularly windows. Make sure that the style matches the exterior appearance and architecture. You'll also want them to be right for the interior, as windows greatly affect the ventilation, light and temperature of your home.

Safety First

Lastly, do not neglect safety. Even if materials like goggles or circuit breakers add a little expense to your home improvement, it will be worth it. After all, spending a bit more cash to ensure the safety of your house is best.

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