When most people think about home repairs, they immediately assume they’re going to have to spend a small fortune. The fact of the matter is that some home repairs and major renovations really do cost a lot of money. After all, there’s a lot to do, and you probably have to hire professionals to do a lot of the work for you.
However, there are some tasks around your home that you can do on your own to improve the look and safety of your house. Best of all, these don’t have to cost and arm and a leg to complete.
Use this guide to help you spruce up your home and make it safer for you and your family at the same time.
Update Your Hardware
The hardware that’s on doors, drawers and cabinets around your home is immediately obvious when you walk into a room. Chances are you don’t really think about it much anymore though.
To really improve the look of your rooms, try switching out your hardware for something a little more special. Glass knobs, bronze pulls or even hammered silver can all look spectacular in a variety of different environments.
Antique hardware is also experiencing something of a comeback in many homes these days.
Flooring can be expensive, but replacing your carpet can make a world of difference. If you have old, worn looking carpet, get an expert to come and give you an estimate for replacement.
Make sure you buy the right carpet for you, too. For example, if you have kids, you need something that’s easily washable and durable.
Get New Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors are a minor thing, but if you have a family in your home, you know how important it is to have them. A home without working smoke detectors really isn’t a safe one after all.
When it is time to replace your smoke detectors, look for top of the line models that detect smoke from several rooms away. These are the most effective and they really don’t cost much more than bargain basement models.
You’ll also want to look for detectors that will pick up carbon monoxide and radon gas. These dangerous gasses can be serious problems in your home, and without proper, working detectors, they could lead to serious damage.
Don’t pick the most inexpensive route when dealing with your family’s safety.