25 SMART Home Improvement Tips You Need to Know

25 SMART Home Improvement Tips You Need to Know


So, you’re ready to do some home improvement
but don’t know where to start? Well, rest easy because we’ve got some great
tips and tricks for you. Whether you’re selling your house or want
to spruce it up and make a warm environment for you and your family, home improvement
doesn’t always have to cost you an arm and a leg. Best of all, you can do most of it yourself. From weekend home improvement projects to
best home improvements to increase value, there are plenty of things to improve your
home. But, before you hop in, you’ll want to keep
some things in mind. So, get out your toolbox, cause I’m Al with
Tool-Time…I mean Mike with List25 and here are 25 Smart Home Improvement Tips You Need to Know. 25. Being zealous to take on any project, it can
be easy to forget basic safety. Sometimes you might try to cut corners to
save some money to the detriment of your safety. But, no matter what, always wear the appropriate
equipment whether it be eyewear, gloves, foot protection, or something else. 24. 300 people die from falling off ladders each
year and 164,000 people end up in the emergency room. On top of that, the United States is the world
leader in ladder deaths. So, buy a strong, sturdy ladder, and follow
appropriate safety guidelines. 23. Hanging pictures is the most frustrating task
when decorating your new home. While there are numerous gimmicky tools to
help you solve this problem, all you need is some blue painters tape. Stretch the tape from one hole to the other
and then place the tape on the wall where you want the picture to be. Hammer in the nails at each end of the tape. 22. Whenever doing any project, always remember
to measure thrice (that’s 3 times) and cut once. Be meticulous, take your time, and be sure
what you’re doing is exact. Otherwise, you might make more work for yourself
down the road. 21. If you’re a homeowner, no one has to tell
you energy is expensive. It can suck the money right out of your wallet. A top priority should be finding the energy
holes in your house and fixing them. It could be as easy as replacing your light
bulbs to LEDs, upgrading your appliances, getting a smart thermostat, or installing
better insulation. 20. Speaking of saving on energy, you should shut
your closet doors regularly. Yes, it might sound ridiculous, but it’s true. Making sure your closet doors are shut insulates
your house and saves on energy. 19. Ditch the cheap tools you got for Christmas
or those old tools you’ve been using since college and go invest in some quality tools
that you can use for years. It shouldn’t have to be said, but having good
tools will make your job much easier. 18. If you want to keep your house fresh and clean,
save some money, and stay healthier, then make your own cleaning solutions. There are plenty of easy recipes online without
the harsh chemicals of store-bought cleaners. 17. Let’s face it, most people forget to replace
the furnace filter. A clogged up filter will put extra strain
on the blower, making it work harder and potentially wrecking your furnace in the process. Set a reminder on your calendar to replace
the filter regularly. Depending on the filter, you might have to
replace it once a month or once every three months. Regardless, make sure to replace it. 16. Usually, a hot water heater is set at 140
degrees Fahrenheit, but it doesn’t need to be that scalding hot. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends putting
it down to 120 degrees, instead. 15. If you’re looking to sell your house, it goes
without saying you’ll want to spruce up the property. However, it doesn’t make sense to put money
into projects that won’t give you much of a return. Once you’ve figured out what those are for
you, prioritize them by value and start checking them off the list once completed. 14. Maybe you want to upgrade your kitchen but
don’t have the money. An easy and quick way to give your kitchen
a tiny spruce is to update the cabinet pulls in your kitchen. You can do it yourself, and it won’t break
the bank. 13. Depending on the age of your faucets, you
might need to replace them. Whether hard water has damaged them, or they’re
not cosmetically appealing anymore, replacing a faucet is easy and fairly inexpensive. 12. If you have kids, or if you’re honest with
yourself and know you stay in the shower too long, installing a shower timer might be just
what you need. It’s easy and will help you reduce the amount
of water you use. 11. It might sound strange, but replacing your
garage door can give you one of the highest returns on investment, approximately 82.5
percent. If you get a little better-looking door than
you already have, it’ll greatly improve your house, make it sell faster, and for more. 10. While you’re replacing doors, you’ll want
to turn to your front door next. Upgrade to a steel entry door, and you’ll
likely see a 101.8 percent return on investment. 9. Outside lighting fixtures near your entryways
and garage can look pretty worn and rusty over time. If yours look like they need to be replaced,
there’s no easier way to give your house good curb appeal than replacing them. 8. Everyone loves popcorn, but today, unfortunately,
no one loves popcorn ceilings. They scream outdated. The bad news is this isn’t an easy process
and requires many steps and patience to see it through, including asbestos testing if
your house was built before the 80’s. 7. Painting the interior trim is no small feat,
but if your house has an outdated trim, giving it a modern and updated look will certainly
improve the quality of the home. Unfortunately, this will require patience
and plenty of research. Use the wrong brushes or rush the project
and you might do more harm than good. 6. Some home improvement projects can easily
be done by a novice repairman. Do a little research, maybe ask a friend to
give you a hand, and get the task done. Others, however, are much more difficult and
should not be done by an unskilled professional. Know when to call a contractor or professional
when a job seems like too much. It’ll give you peace of mind knowing it was
done right. 5. If you want to sell your house, putting up
a neutral coat of paint will help make your house look new, clean, and fresh. Or, if you’re sticking around, putting up
some color will certainly make you feel more at home. You’ll be simply amazed at what a change it
will make! 4. Who said you needed a large home office? If you’re looking for a home office, but you’re
tight on space, you can convert your closet into one. 3. Solar energy has become the new thing to do. Installing solar panels will save you money
in the long run on energy costs, and if you do it before 12/31/2019, the U.S. government
will give you a 30% tax credit. 2. Not all landscaping has to be done by a professional. Whether you want to add a stone path, do a
little gardening, or just improve the look of your lawn, a little bit of work on the
outside of your house can go a long way. 1. If you haven’t’ replaced your shower head
in a while, it might be time to replace it, especially if you have hard water. Hard residue and scum can build up over time,
reducing the water pressure. Fortunately, replacing a shower head is cheap,
easy, and will greatly improve your showers. So, do you have any home improvement tips
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94 thoughts on “25 SMART Home Improvement Tips You Need to Know

  1. Hello, Mike and everyone else! Just wanted to say that I love your videos. I look forward to each and every one, even if they revolve around a subject I would not normally be interested in. Thanks for everything and keep up the good work!

    Btw, is Tristan still around? I miss his and Mike's exchanges!

  2. And how do we "know that it was done right" by the contracted professional? Because they are not trustworthy..!! I know, you just had to put that in there so all of them wouldn't get mad at you and cry that your trying to take away thier business. People can't even get information or educated properly anymore because of the levels of greedy in this society

  3. Another great video list 25 keep up the good work. You're great mike my favourite video commentary on YouTube

  4. I love home improvement projects. But I do 0 safety stuff. I just grab my DeWalt tools, cup of coffee and call upon my mexican powers and get the task done. It can be an addictive activity and find yourself working for free/fun.

  5. Ha! My house growing up had giant popcorn walls. Bumping into that wall caused bruises if you were lucky and drawl blood if you weren't.

  6. One of the easiest home improvements is often the most overlooked. Pressure washing all the concrete around your house, including brick on the outside of the house. A lot of people forget this because is gets dingy over time and no one realizes how much until they've cleaned a sample area.

  7. Replace old Windows with new ones by a professional , it's not the cheapest thing to do but old Windows and their worn out insolation are the first places where cold seeps in in the winter and that make problems in summer.

  8. We replaced the old ceiling fans in our home with more modern ones and it make the room look so much better just with that small change!

  9. don't put solar panels on your roof.
    if there is a fire, the firefighters have to climb ontop of the roof and cut holes in so they can put it out, since solar panels can never be turned off, they'll always produce an electric current, meaning that the firefighters can't safely cut holes in your roof from which to put out the fire, all they can do is stand outside and watch it burn.

    puting some on your shack or just in your garden is fine, but don't put them on structures you care about.

  10. My husband is doing a bit of home renovations right now. He's fixing all the damage the sun did to the house wall that is facing the back, also we have to put a covering for the small roof above the entrance so when it's raining you don't get wet as soon as you open the front door.

  11. #8 who loves a popcorn ceiling?….looks good till after 10 years of gas/wood fireplace then it looks like the surface of the moon……….

  12. #16 Hot Water Heater? (3:38) – You do not need to heat hot water, hot water is already hot; that is why it is called "hot water". The device is a water heater, not a "hot water heater".

  13. Been gone for years. Mike has gained even more weight (start exercising!!!) and the channel has fallen out of relevance.

  14. I disagree with the water heater one. I turned mine down & it caused my dishwasher to act up. The repairman told me to turn my water heater back up to 140F. Problem solved!

    I'd rather have it turned down lower, though. My elderly dad has diabetes & can't feel his feet. He's burned himself in the shower.

  15. hanging pictures is easy, put a small dab of lipstick on the hanger part, place on the wall where you want the picture to hang, press and the lipstick will mark where to put the nail

  16. Natural all-purpose cleaner and disinfectant – I've used this for decades – You're welcome
    In large bottle mix together:
    2 cups water
    1/2 cup vinegar
    3/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
    1 tsp liquid dish soap
    Pour into smaller spray bottle and use as needed.
    This cleaner works on virtually anything. Removes grease, water stains, and shines and disinfects as you clean. … and costs mere pennies.

  17. First thing I did when my wife and I bought a house… Install a cast iron bear head bottle opener in the kitchen. It has made every other home improvement project more enjoyable since.

  18. My husband was a contractor for years. Our best tip? If you're going to start a project, make sure you can finish it! It costs more to come in behind you and fix/finish what you started. =)

  19. I'm afraid of heights. Or rather, I'm afraid of falling… off of the ladder… being one of those casualties/ fatalities you mentioned. 😨😱😵🤕🤤 I need to find a different job. 😯😦😓😒😧

  20. It is NOT a "Hot Water Heater". If the water is already hot, it does not need heating… right? It is simply a "Water Heater". But, a lot of people still call them hot water heaters.

  21. My parents have learned by experience to hire someone who can do their job right rather doing it yourself and failing and having to shell out more money to fix it again.

  22. Don't turn your water heater thermostat down if you have a dishwasher. The dishwasher manual should say what temp water is needed.
    Also, cleaning a showerhead with CLR solution is cheaper than replacement. That stuff really does work well.

  23. These aren't really home improvement tips, mostly. Home spruce ups maybe. And two things, why replace a shower head? Just put a baggie filled with vinegar over it and leave over night, it will work like new!. If you replace your front door with a steel door for safety, replace the frame and reinforce the wall around it or it won't work! It can just be kicked in, thank you Burn Notice for that tip, lol.

  24. A nice tip my dad taught me about whether or not to call a professional.
    If it is likely to kill you, call a professional.

    Gas? Professional(always)
    Electricity? Professional(depends)
    Plumbing? Simple stuff do yourself, otherwise professional.
    Etc.

    Especially with YouTube around, some odd jobs that might have needed a handyman in the past, is just a video and store visit away from being easy today 🙂

  25. No Mike. The tools I got are a hodge podge of Snap on, craftsman and specialty tools my grandfather made for working on century old coal furnaces.

  26. Paint or replace the heating grates. If you are going to sell your house take all the pictures down fill in the nail holes then paint. You would be surprised how much better that looks. They have products out that you can use to make the counter tops look better also. It's a lot cheaper than replacing them.

  27. Best advice I ever got was to plan once, review twice and revise thrice. Those spur of the moment ideas may sound great, but after you have look at them several times, the new ideas are even better. And if the project is big, do it in several steps. Painting a room can be done in three or four phases, not have to be done all in one day.

  28. Use the right tools for the job AND how to CORRECTLY use them! If you are unsure, ASK for a demonstration! The life you save may be your own…

  29. get scaffold for work at heights rather than ladders. most of industry here has finished using ladders due to safety concerns. the price of scaffold is about the same as two ladders.

  30. When you do your furnace filters or change your clocks maybe take a look at your clothes dryer hose depending how much you use it lint can and will collect there. This causes many house fires every year.

  31. duke sent us free energy efficient light bulbs, our bills are only 80 bucks for electric. Also never turn on ac with opened windows, learned that one the hard way. As for filters we have tons of big openings for our grates, its really annoying. This house is pretty old and just needs updating period.

  32. Adding dimmer switches along with soft LED lighting makes the house more comfortable and saves a lot in electricity.

  33. In my house I have replaced the light fixtures in the dinette, kitchen and bathroom.
    I have also installed new tile floor in the kitchen, hallway and bathroom.
    The shower also got a new faucet and showerhead and I have new ceiling fans in the living room.

  34. It amazed me that my father-in-law called a plumber for a faucet repair. My dad and brother know how to do all these home repairs. Then I find out they are pretty much the exception to the general population of guys. Lol

  35. Can anyone assist me with funding to finish my kitchen remodel, cash app money to [email protected] Only need $1500. I lost my job shortly after demolition of the kitchen. I've been street performing with a trombone to get me through this, and utilities. But there is just some work I am not license or trained to do. Please help with any amount of donation. Even a dollar or two will help. Email me for my telephone number if there be any questions or concerns.

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