Stay Away From These Home Improvement Pitfalls by Mary881Tibbits

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									Stay Away From These Home Improvement Pitfalls
Keep your home improvement projects simple and organized with the helpful information in this
article. You can never go wrong with making improvements to you home, you just need to know the
best ways to do them in order to get the most from your money, and really, who doesn't need to
stretch a dollar these days?

When making outside cosmetic improvements to your home, don't neglect the front door. A cheap,
ugly front door can make the whole front appear less attractive. To replace a standard front door,
costs less than $200. The improvement you will see in the appearance of your home is more than
worth the cost.

You may not be blessed with a large sized living room, but you can sure feel like you have one.
Instead of displaying a wooden coffee table, display a glass one instead. The clarity of the table
makes you feel as though you have more space in your room. Make sure to only display glass in
areas where there are no earthquakes.

Roofing

Make sure to have your home inspected before starting any major renovations. Checking for roofing
issues, termites, electrical issues and plumbing beforehand can save you a lot of trouble down the
road. Finding issues like these when you are halfway through a renovation process can be a
nightmare on your budget.

Suppose you are planning to replace your roof and are considering using either shingles or metal
roofing. Which is best? You need to take into account the pitch of the roof. Either material will work on
a steep pitch, but for a low pitch roof you should use metal roofing. Shingles will always leak.

Gutters

If you notice icicles or an ice jam in your rain gutters over the winter, you have a real problem on your
hands. If the snow on your roof melts and builds up in frozen rain gutters, it can back up under your
shingles and damage your roof. Call someone in to check both the rain gutters and the roof come
spring.

Home improvement are ongoing projects that are meant to keep your house and property in the best
possible condition. One thing that is often forgotten about are the gutters on your roof. Semi-annual
cleaning of the gutters will make sure that rain water will drain properly and not cause leakage
problems.

It is wise to trim any branches that are overhanging your roof. In a storm they may break off, fall and
spear your roof. In a snowstorm they will dump their load of snow, which may accumulate as ice.
Also, falling leaves from these branches may accumulate and cause dampness on the roof, and clog
the gutters.

It is wise to trim any branches that are overhanging your roof. In a storm they may break off, fall and
spear your roof. In a snowstorm they will dump their load of snow, which may accumulate as ice.
Also, falling leaves from these branches may accumulate and cause dampness on the roof, and clog
the gutters.

Chimneys

It is common for gutters, eaves and chimneys to be neglected when home improvement tasks are
planned. Make sure to inspect these parts of your home so you can make necessary repairs. Your
chimney can catch fire if not cleaned on a regular basis and gutters and downspouts can become
clogged with debris, which can lead to water damage if not addressed.

This article was written with the hopes of providing homeowners the information to help them realize
that they can start the home improvement projects that they are considering. Hopefully you have
found the information that you need to get going on that project that you have been considering for
some time.

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