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Upgrading your home? 10 do’s and don’ts. 

Upgrading your home? 10 do’s and don’ts. 

You’re ready to upgrade your home. You’ve picked out paint colors, designed a whole new bathroom, and are prepared to give your home a new look. Don’t gut your whole home before considering these 10 things.  

1. Leave the cabinet doors attached while repainting 

A little known fact is that freshly painted cabinet doors are a big plus if you plan to sell. It may seem incredibly tempting to get the job done faster by leaving the doors on. But, don’t. To make this look professional and clean, remove the cabinet doors, paint, and then replace them.  

2. Use the right paint to cover wallpaper 

Make sure you don’t use a water-based paint to do it, however. Choosing a water-based paint can reactivate wallpaper glue. So, the old wallpaper will peel. You can use an oil-based paint primer over the wallpaper. Follow with any color of latex paint you choose.  

3. Take out the tub, yes or no? 

Maybe you have a vision of a large walk-in shower that involves getting rid of your bathtub. Before you do, think about how amazing a soaking tub might be for future buyers. You may even miss taking a relaxing soak in your bathtub, too.  

4. Paint over brick 

You have probably seen exposed brick walls painted with different colors or finishes. If you’re eager to do the same, keep in mind that painting over brick can eventually cause structural damage. Brick needs to breathe; thick paint over it prevents it. An alternative is to apply a brick stain to change the color and appearance. 

5. Remove unique architectural features 

It may seem like a good idea to tear out some original architectural features in your big remodel, but think again. You bought your this home with its architectural style for a reason, so why not just keep your new design ideas centered around that style. Keep any style that gives your home character intact — the unique look and feel you loved when you first decided to buy it. 

6. Change your old-fashioned thermostat 

Nearly everything is programmable and has an app now days, including thermostats. Replace the vintage looking thermostat that you change manually with one that’s more technologically advanced. This will save time and money. It’s that easy.  

7. Plan for electrical system updates 

Your electrical system can sometimes be an afterthought during any home improvements. So, don’t skip electrical system updates. You actually need to pay attention to where outlets currently are and plan where new ones should be. Walk-through your house with an electrician to ensure that the new upgrades are up to code. 

8. Continue routine maintenance 

When you first moved in, you made absolutely sure your home passed its inspection. Don’t slack on keeping up with maintenance. Address minor issues promptly so they don’t turn into costly bigger issues is important. Schedule yearly checkups of your major appliances and pay attention to the things you know need a little maintenance. 

9. Reject cheap materials 

Having a budget for completing do-it-yourself projects is a good idea. Using cheap materials to finish these projects is not. If you’ve already planned your own home improvements, don’t skimp on the materials you need. Begin with cheap materials and over time you’ll end with costly repairs. 

10. Stop home improvements 

Know when to stop so that your home isn’t always a renovation site. The appeal of home upgrades is great, but just know when to stop and your home will be beautiful with your latest upgrade. Don’t get caught in a cycle of repairs; take time to enjoy the improvements you’ve already made. 

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