One of the first things a homeowner does when settling into that home is to start thinking about ways to improve it. And there are a million flights of fancy that you can go on in terms of what to do and why, but if you approach from a strictly practical standpoint, there are a number of logical things to start with.
A short list of those include fixing your air conditioning, sealing your windows and doors, solidifying your insulation situation, drying up your wet areas, and making sure all of your trim details are comfortably handled.
Fix Your Air Conditioning
There’s nothing more uncomfortable than a house that’s too hot. You can have all the luxuries in the world, and the best design, and the ultimate entertainment center at your disposal, but if you don’t fix your air conditioning system to get to a place where it’s perfectly functional, then you’re just going to be grumpy and irritable. Climate control is central to comfort, so your first home improvement projects should definitely be with respect to heating and cooling.
Seal Your Windows and Doors
One of the cheapest ways to improve your home quickly is to seal doors and windows. This keeps hot or cool air in or out as you desire, as well as preventing water leaks that can cause serious damage over time if left alone. With just a few bucks, some tools, and a little bit of hunting to find problem areas, you can take care of this home improvement project in half a day and be at ease about all of those matters before you hit the hay for the evening.
Solidify Your Insulation Situation
How well is your insulation installed? If you don’t know the answer to that, then you’d better check up on the roof, and find out if you can inspect inside your walls and ceilings. The wrong degree of insulation can be a huge problem when it comes to wasting energy. But, putting in new or better stuff can require the tools and work of a professional depending on your situation. Some insulation can just be blown into a roof area, but other times you need someone with experience to handle it.
Dry Up Your Wet Areas
Along with leaks that come in from windows and doors, other places water damage can occur will be in wet areas like bathrooms and around kitchen sinks. Your best bet is to learn how to caulk and really get all those seals down tight! It’s a cheap and effective way to make sure water isn’t getting in where it’s not supposed to and molding.
Fix Trim Detail
And a final home improvement project to take on would be detail work with respect to your trim. It’s actually a pretty fine skill to get everything cut right and nailed correctly, but once you learn how to do it, you can make your whole house look much better!