Handyman & Home Improvement

Everything is going well in your kitchen renovation until you get to the tiny cabinet hinge screws. They can be nearly impossible to hold onto while installing them. Give your fingers a break by rubbing a strong magnet several times over the tool’s shaft to magnetize it and temporarily give it the ability to hold onto tiny screws by itself. An audit simply tells you what you can do to improve the energy efficiency of your house. But, following the advice presented in the audit results can save tons of money on future energy bills.

One of our favorite home improvement tips is to update and add to the finishes in your home. Every cabinet or door handle, faucets, and light fixtures could all use an update every so often. To apply for a disabled facilities grant, you need to fill in a form which you can get from your local authority. They might ask for information and/or for tests to be carried out before you make a formal application. You might also need to get approval for building regulations, planning, listed building or conservation area purposes.

  • When it comes to projects that will give you a great return when you sell your home, look no further than a minor bathroom remodel.
  • Then finish up by sealing the access hatch with self-sticking foam weatherstrip.
  • If there are vaulted ceilings or a lot of detail work, it could be more.

These loans are only available from some local authorities, so you should contact your local authority to check whether the scheme operates in your area. Some outlet centers have flooring stores, where you can sometimes find great deals on older styles that have been discontinued, Matke says. If an upgrade absolutely isn’t in the budget, then look to have your carpeting and hardwoods professionally cleaned.

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Please comment on Facebook or call the show – you can say whatever you like – it’s your dime. These days “home improvement” spans a gamut of possibilities. We call it “Home” not “House” improvement for a reason.

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Anderson measures demand based on searches for home improvement service projects on Porch.com. In the last three months, the company has tracked 330 million U.S. Google searches for home improvement work — that’s up almost 50% from the same period last year. Gardening is the type of home improvement up the most, but the projects range all over the home, inside and out.

So, as we all take shelter from the storm in our big house, little shotgun shack, trailer home or cardboard box…. Just keep in mind the house is there to protect the home. I have spoken to enough “homeless” people to understand that one never looses a sense of what home is. When you go home today, count your blessings and enjoy the fruit of your labor. Hundreds of previous shows are in our archive so you can enjoy feeling of time travel as you watch & listen.

Equipping your fireplace with glass doors blocks heated and cooled air from escaping and amplifies the fire’s heat, which in turn reduces energy costs. Closing the damper when the fireplace is not in use will help keep cold out of your home and add to heating efficiency. Having your fireplace and chimney professionally cleaned will also improve fireplace efficiency. A cheery front-door color and a touch of landscaping can do wonders for your home’s curb appeal and make a lasting impression on guests. Dress the door with new hardware, and add potted plants near the entrance. Consider installing outdoor lighting to enhance your home’s architecture and illuminate the walkway.