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DIY Paint Projects: Some Assembly Required?

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One of the most common DIY projects for those looking to apply a hands-on approach to home improvement is painting a room. Popular because it is a good choice. A lot less expensive than splurging on brand new furnishing and the result can be a full-scale aesthetic makeover.

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Some Assembly Required? YES!

Successfully pulling off a DIY home improvement project involving paint is to look at like you are building something. You may not thinking painting a room or the entire house requires assembly like putting together your kid’s bike on Christmas Eve. If you change your mind about that, you will discover the process goes much more smoothly.

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10 Tips To Improve Your Home

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Many people are looking to fix up their home but may not know where to start. There are ten simple home improvements that can be done to make a home look great once again.

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1. Fix Up the Yard

 

Adding a couple of flowerbeds, putting down a layer of sod can improve the look of the home. Yard work is inexpensive and once it is completed the house will have a much better curb appeal.

2. Wash the Walls

 

Instead of repainting the home wash the walls if they are looking dingy. A little soap and water will do the trick. This will remove all dirt, handprints, and other things that may have the walls looking dull.

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A Guide To Priming Your Kitchen Cabinets In Under 2 Hours

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Introduction: Priming Kitchen Cabinets

Priming your cabinets first is very important, if you want your paint job to adhere quickly, cover up stains, and remains durable. If your cabinets are already painted or if they are unpainted, a primer will Take off and prime the doors, drawers, and cabinet frame. Many primers seal surfaces which have a porous texture and smooths it so that when you apply your paint, it goes on easily. Make sure to paint them afterwards. Modern primers are water (shellac), latex, and oil based with speeds up all types of priming jobs. Water based primers dry very rapidly and can be recoated with finish paint in less than an hour. The guide to priming your kitchen cabinets in under 2 hours is all in the type of primer you choose. There are fast drying, low odor primers that can be found in local home improvement stores or through popular online websites. Here are some tips on priming your kitchen cabinets in a quick time frame:

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5 Cleaning Strategies to Impress Your Landlord

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Someday you will own your own home but right now you are renting. Use this time wisely to learn how to care for your living space just as you would if you were actually the homeowner. Your landlord will be so impressed and you will always have a neat, clean environment to live and entertain in. This info was taken from: http://www.sa.gov.au/topics/housing-property-and-land/housing/renting-and-letting/information-for-private-rental-landlords

Some great cleaning strategies to utilize while you are leasing include:

  • Put your cleaning duties on a schedule.

Decide what must be done every day, every week, every month and every year. Make easy-to-reference lists so nothing is forgotten. For example, you may wish to clean your refrigerator once a month but the back coils of your refrigerator may need to be vacuumed about once a year. Have specific times during the week that you clean your basic surroundings by scrubbing, sweeping, mopping, dusting, wiping down or sorting. Saturday mornings may be good for some while a weeknight might work better for others.

  • Go above and beyond.

Your landlord will have a reasonable expectation that you will keep your rental neat and clean but what he will not expect is your attention to detail outside of your home. Always keep the exterior of your door shiny and clean. Placing a small welcome mat just outside of your entrance will look inviting and will also keep dirt and dust from entering your home when friends and family arrive. If your door opens to the outdoors, add small potted flowers on either side for even more appeal.

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  • Think outside of your own space.

Make a point to always pick up trash near your mailbox or on your way to your car. It should be all of the tenants’ responsibility to help keep the area clear from debris and even if your landlord doesn’t see you, other tenants will and will probably comment to him and then follow suit due to your good example.

  • Hire professionals when the need arises.

Pros can do a much better job on your carpet and tile than you can and the result will be well-maintained and attractive areas that your landlord will be truly impressed with.

  • Use only green household cleaners

This will reduce the impact on your health and the environment. This shows that you are a caring and very particular renter. Your landlord may even take note of your cleaning supplies and begin using them when other tenants move out.

Becoming a responsible and clean tenant will give you the basics you will need to know in properly cleaning a home. You will also be in good standing and have a great relationship with your landlord if you care diligently for all of your surroundings.