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Technoreporter.com – To keep the water pipes under your home from freezing in the winter months, use foam pipe insulation to keep the cold air from seizing your pipes with ice. This pre-slit black foam slips easily onto your copper or PVC pipes, and you can secure it with duct tape.
It is your responsibility as a homeowner to verify that a contractor really is insured if he or she claims to be. You can simply call their insurance company and let them know that you are considering hiring them for a home improvement job and wanted to verify that their insurance was current and valid.
When hiring a contractor to do home improvements for you, always shop around and look for the best price. Always get at least three estimates and check the references and previous projects done by the contractor. Many contractors take a lot of pride in what they do and they are more than willing to show you photos from previous projects or referrals from happy customers.
Use flour for emergency wall paper glue! That’s the way the old timers always used to glue their wall paper in place. Just mix some flour with enough water to make a paste. Apply it just as you would any other wall paper glue. It will last for years!
If the cabinets in your kitchen are out of date or in bad shape, consider replacing them or resurfacing them before you attempt to sell your home. Kitchen remodels, such as replacing cabinets, normally offer a 100 percent return on what you spend. Kitchens are a big selling point when someone is looking to purchase a home.
Prepare for loss of water use. If you are planning any project involving plumbing and/or shutting off the supply of water to the house, make sure you account for your family’s needs. You should at the very least have several buckets of water available for manually flushing the toilet; or you could consider renting a portable lavatory for longer projects.
Buying fancy decorative pillows can be expensive and occasionally they may not all match. A great way to get around this problem is by buying some fabric and sewing your own pillow cases or pillow coverings. If you choose to make your own pillows, sew the outside of the case and then use stuffing from your old and unwanted pillows to fill the new ones.
Your head may be spinning from all the advice and expertise you have just read. But take these tasks one at a time. Step by step, you can transform the problems and shortcomings of your home, into reasons for pride. Yes, you fixed those things. Better yet, when the tasks are finished, you can sit back in your favorite chair with a feeling of pride.
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