You love your kids. But those few hours when they head off to school each day are a godsend. It’s the only time you have for getting projects done around the house. Take full advantage of their absence and try out some of the following home improvement tasks. Not only will you improve the value of your home, but you’ll also make your living spaces more comfortable and attractive.
Power Wash the Porch
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It doesn’t matter where you live – over time, the outside of your house, patio, and porch are going to start looking grimy. Dirt, mildew, and other debris collect to give everything a dull, muddled appearance. One of the best ways to restore these surfaces to their original brightness is by power washing. This high-powered stream of cleaner will rinse off surface stains and help your home look new again.
Change Old Air Filters
Your HVAC system works hard to provide you clean, cool air in the summer and warm, revitalizing air in the winter. In addition to scheduling regular maintenance for this system, you should also change your air filters about every three months. This should only take a few minutes and will result in much cleaner and safer air. Always do a quick check about once a month to make sure you won’t need to change it sooner, especially if you have pets or lots of dust.
Fix Squeaky Doors
Squeaky doors are rather irksome, especially if you’re trying to move around the house when people are sleeping. Luckily, there’s an easy fix to this that you can easily get done while the kids are away. Simply take some WD-40 and spray it onto the hinges of all the doors in your home, opening and closing them to lubricate the entire surface. You can also remove the hinge pins and wipe some three-in-one oil on them for extremely squeaky doors.
Add Crown Molding
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Add some character and charm to your living room, dining room, or bedroom by adding crown molding. While doing this the old way can be very involved, there’s a new product called trimroc molding that goes on with ease. You can easily cut it with a handsaw because it’s made from polystyrene covered in plaster. Once cut, all you have to do is paste it onto the wall and reap the benefits of your more elegance space.
Switch the Faucet
Not only do leaky faucets becoming annoying, but they also waste water and bump up your utilities bill. Installing a new faucet is a simple day project that you can easily finish before the school bus arrives. All you need to do is turn off the water supply, unscrew the old connectors, and screw in the new faucet. Consider adding an aerator to lower your water bill even more.
Tackling some of these projects while the kids are out of the house will prevent them from getting in the way. To stay organized, create a project calendar so you can get to everything you have in mind for your home.
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