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Investing in home improvement adds value to your house, but paying professional handymen and contractors can add up over time. But don’t start counting your pennies just yet. There are many simple projects that you can handle on your own to improve your home’s energy efficiency, appearance and value. Most of the following tips won’t take more than a day to complete. Roll up your sleeves this weekend and try some DIY home improvement projects!

  • Before painting projects, use painters tape around baseboards, moldings, windows and door frames. Fill any nail holes with spackle before starting. 
  • When priming a surface before applying paint, tint the primer to match the finish coat. This will reduce the amount of paint coats necessary, saving you precious time. 
  • Use old, dirty paint rollers to clean the gutters, sliding it back and forth to remove debris and dirt.
  • Perform an annual AC unit cleaning. Ensure that the unit has a 2 foot wide by 4 foot tall surrounding space that is clear is plants or debris. Disconnect the power and use a hose to spray off dirt and dead leaves. Patch any leaks in your ducts and vents with heat-graded foil tape.  
  • Change your home’s light bulbs to the energy efficient rated models. For stubborn bulbs, press the middle of strip of duct tape to the center of the bulb, fold the loose ends back onto themselves and use the tape handles to help twist the bulb until it loosens.
  • Flooring can take a beating. A brown crayon or wood marker can fill in scratches on hardwood, while using a wet cloth and an iron can steam out dents and dings. For vinyl seams that have popped up, use adhesive and a brick to paste them back down. Scuffs in linoleum can be rubbed out with white toothpaste and a dry cloth.
  • Aging homes naturally begin to creak. Sooth squeaky hinges by spraying on WD-40 and moving the door back and forth to work the lubricant into the inner parts. Rubbing on petroleum jelly can also work. For a squeaky floor, sprinkle talcum powder over the noisy areas and sweep it into the cracks.
  • If your wallpaper is peeling, smear wallpaper paste onto a piece of printer paper with a knife. Rub the paper against the backside of the peeling wallpaper. Press the wallpaper back against the wall and slowly slide out the printer paper, smoothing any bubbles with a cloth as you go.  
  • For stuck sliding windows, spray silicone lubricant onto a rag and wipe along the tracks.
Protect the home you work so hard to maintain. Call Loftis & Wetzel Corporation at 855-360-0466 for more information on Investing in home improvement adds value to your house, but paying professional handymen and contractors can add up over time. But don’t start counting your pennies just yet. There are many simple projects that you can handle on your own to improve your home’s energy efficiency, appearance and value. Most of the following tips won’t take more than a day to complete. Roll up your sleeves this weekend and try some DIY home improvement projects! •Before painting projects, use painters tape around baseboards, moldings, windows and door frames. Fill any nail holes with spackle before starting. •When priming a surface before applying paint, tint the primer to match the finish coat. This will reduce the amount of paint coats necessary, saving you precious time. •Use old, dirty paint rollers to clean the gutters, sliding it back and forth to remove debris and dirt. •Perform an annual AC unit cleaning. Ensure that the unit has a 2 foot wide by 4 foot tall surrounding space that is clear is plants or debris. Disconnect the power and use a hose to spray off dirt and dead leaves. Patch any leaks in your ducts and vents with heat-graded foil tape. •Change your home’s light bulbs to the energy efficient rated models. For stubborn bulbs, press the middle of strip of duct tape to the center of the bulb, fold the loose ends back onto themselves and use the tape handles to help twist the bulb until it loosens. •Flooring can take a beating. A brown crayon or wood marker can fill in scratches on hardwood, while using a wet cloth and an iron can steam out dents and dings. For vinyl seams that have popped up, use adhesive and a brick to paste them back down. Scuffs in linoleum can be rubbed out with white toothpaste and a dry cloth. •Aging homes naturally begin to creak. Sooth squeaky hinges by spraying on WD-40 and moving the door back and forth to work the lubricant into the inner parts. Rubbing on petroleum jelly can also work. For a squeaky floor, sprinkle talcum powder over the noisy areas and sweep it into the cracks. •If your wallpaper is peeling, smear wallpaper paste onto a piece of printer paper with a knife. Rub the paper against the backside of the peeling wallpaper. Press the wallpaper back against the wall and slowly slide out the printer paper, smoothing any bubbles with a cloth as you go. •For stuck sliding windows, spray silicone lubricant onto a rag and wipe along the tracks. Protect the home you work so hard to maintain. Call Loftis & Wetzel Corporation at (580) 363-3434 for more information on Blackwell home insurance..
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