9.24.2018

3 ways to make home improvements last longer

Home improvements can be costly and time consuming but sometimes, they’re unavoidable. You’re never going to be able to get away with not doing them at all, but that doesn’t mean you need to be making changes to the house all of the time. If you find that you are having to do repairs or decorate the house every year or two, you’re probably making some mistakes somewhere along the way. If you get it right, you shouldn’t need to make home improvements anywhere near that often. Here are some tips to help you make those improvements last a lot longer.


Practical Improvements

When you’re doing work on the house, your aim is to make it a better place to live and improve your quality of life, but if you lose sight of that, you might end up having to do work more often. For example, if you decide that you don’t like your kitchen and you want to do something about it, but you just paint the walls and nothing else, that probably won’t work. You won’t get to the root cause of your dislike of that room. You’ll end up constantly making small changes and doing projects in the hope that something will change. But if you make meaningful changes to the room that improve its function and help you to enjoy it more, you won’t have to do anything else in there for a long while. As a general rule, you should always ask yourself whether you’re making practical improvements and whether it’s going to make you happier in the house when you’re done. If the answer is no, you’re wasting your time and you’ll end up doing more work further down the line.

Good Quality Materials

The cost of home improvements can easily spiral out of control, so you might think that it’s a good idea to save money by getting cheaper materials. But even though you’re going to save money now, you’ll spend a lot more when you have to keep doing the same job over and over because you’ve got bad quality materials. But if you spend a bit more on good quality materials now, you won’t have to do the work again for years to come. For example, if you buy fiberglass windows instead of wooden ones, they’ll last you so much longer. But if you go with the cheaper option, you’ll be repairing damage to the frames and may even have to replace the windows entirely in a couple of years.

Don’t Skip Preparation

Preparation is key when you’re doing any home improvement but people often think they can save themselves a bit of time and skip that step and it’ll just be fine. You might get lucky, but in most cases, you won’t. For example, when you’re painting a wall, it’s important that you sand off any lumps and bumps and clean the wall properly before you start painting. If you skip that step, the paint will start peeling after a couple of years and you’ll have to do the whole thing again. Spending a little bit more time cleaning the walls will make it last for so much longer and save you time in the long run.

If you follow these simple rules, your home improvement projects will last a lot longer and you won’t have to keep spending time and money doing the same job over and over.

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