Home is where our heart is. Don’t you agree? We all long to stay with our family and loved ones under the same roof and that is one blissful experience. As much as the members of the family makes a home a lovely place to live in, the interior and exterior of the house also plays an important role to make your home a sweet home. But no matter in which condition you purchased your house, as time passes by, a variety of issues will crop up and your house will eventually need some repairs. So it is always better to renovate your house every once in a while to prevent any serious damage. But if you happen to be a single mom, home renovation can be pretty overwhelming, especially if you do not have much experience in home repairs. To help you navigate the waters of home improvement, we present you with some of the basic guidelines that you should always keep in mind.
Purchase a Basic Tool Kit
A tool kit is extremely beneficial, especially if something happens in the middle of the night, you can fix it yourself. The toolbox should contain all the basics: screwdrivers, hammers, nails, nuts and bolts, few wrenches and so forth. Investing in some tools and a resource book can help you go through the routine maintenance of your house with ease.
Ask for Advice
If you have limited knowledge about home improvement issues, there is no harm asking for advices from your neighbors, family members and friends. Their collective knowledge can steer you in the right direction. You can also hire remodelers, with more than three years of experience, to get your job done.
Ask for Referrals and Then Check Them Yourself
If you choose to hire a contractor, then make sure he is genuine and reliable. Check with the state contractor licensing board to validate their licenses. It is best if you can manage to get all the estimates in writing and ask for proof of insurance to protect yourself.
Deal With the Repairs Immediately
Always try to deal with the repairs and improvements as quickly as possible. Because the longer you wait, the worse the problem gets and the more it is going to cost you. This step will prevent you from taking on a huge debt, dealing with an emergency repair.
Make a List
Tour your house with a notebook and jot down all the changes you would like to make. Your house may need to be painted, or maybe your floors need to be upgraded, or maybe your furniture is losing their glow or perhaps the seat of your favorite chair is damaged and you need some replacement seats to fix it. These small and big improvements can get overwhelming if you do not keep track of them. So keeping a home improvement list can help you stay motivated and save you heaps of money.
As a single mom, it is easy to get caught up in the hectic pace of daily life and let routine home maintenance fall by the wayside. With a little help from friends and family and by staying alert, you can easily gussy up your house and make it the real show-stopper in the neighborhood. After all, there is no place like home.