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DIY Tips: Home Upgrades that You Can Manage by Yourself

Posted by Leian Kae L. Naduma on Oct 12, 2015 06:40 AM EDT
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BURBANK, CA - APRIL 11: Nick Teichtmann (L), with the help of Lowe's employee Jaime Solis, buys lumber to renovate his house by adding a gazebo on top of a deck and fixing his garage at Lowe's home improvement store on April 11, 2011 in Burbank, California. Home improvement market sees uptick in business as new housing market continues to be slow. Lowe's reported their spring seasonal hiring at is up 15 percent as homeowners tackle maintenance projects delayed during the recession. (Photo : Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

When a homeowner wishes to make renovations in their home, usually, most will acquire the help of professional designers. However, some may be equipped with talents sufficient enough to tackle DIY home upgrades.

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As reported by Charles Gate Realty, homeowners wish to resort to DIY home upgrades since it would afford them lesser cost than acquiring professional help. Others would prefer to seek the help of professionals, however, because they feel that the upgrades could cost a lot more when they do it themselves, given that they know little of cost-saving methods to complete such task.

For example, when one wants to replace their flooring, the homeowner would initially need latex primer, painter's tape, TriSodium Phosphate, paint rollers and brushes, orbital sander and 180 or 220-grit sandpaper, and caulk said the report.

Although the homeowner initially has his or her hands on the basics, the work itself could be challenging without a guide.

As reported by A View Along The Way, this task may be manageable by a DIY homeowner. The first thing to do is to clean the floor with soap and water followed by scrubbing them with trisodium phosphate. Next is to sand it by utilizing the sandpaper to remove the shiny finish left by the initial flooring. Then, repair any holes by adding patches by using a utility knife to cut through the hole and add the caulk. After which, prime the floors by using standard latex wall primer. Lastly, paint the tiles according to your preferred color paint.

If the homeowner would wish to re-do the windows, the needed materials would be: "tape measure, drill, hammer, level, stapler, caulk and caulk gun, screwdriver, flat pry bar, circular saw, bay window, exterior casing, 2x4s, shims, roofing felt, drip cap, flashing, plywood roofing, finishing nails, staples, roofing nails, interior trim, casing nails and insulation," as reported by Charles Gate Realty.

Step by step instructions is available online.

With these DIY tips, every homeowner would feel that he or she has what it takes to DIY home upgrades. With the necessary materials provided by the source and added research on how to do them properly, every homeowner's interior would look as though a professional worked on it.

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