How to Make Your Home More Attractive

An attractive home can be a source of pride for its owner. Well-appointed interior design and beautiful landscaping can also lead to a higher resale price when it is time to sell the property.

How to beautify the interior and exterior of your home?

Everyone seems to want to offer their opinion on this subject, but their tips can often contradict each other. For example, some people will tell you that taking a do-it-yourself approach is best because you will be investing time instead of actually having to put money into your home. Others will say that a better return on investment will only come from hiring a professional to make the necessary improvements.

There are good arguments for each of these home improvement strategies. It is also possible to combine them, or, at least, look into the possibility of combining them. You can get professional advice before starting any home beautification projects and then decide which improvements you can do yourself and which you should hire a professional to help you complete.

Professionals should be able to tell you what improvements will add the most value to your home. This is why it is a good idea, for all landscaping changes to get professional advice. The same is also true for interior design projects.

Here are some things that professionals are most likely to tell you when you ask them what you can do to make your home more attractive inside and out.

Create an interesting look by painting trim or staining wood features

Instead of painting the entire home a new color, you can simply change the color of the trim or stain wood doors and window frames. This can add visual appeal to the home. Also, it is relatively easy and cheap (even if you hire a professional).

Install paving stones

Paving stones can make landscaping much more attractive. A new walkway through the garden, an enhanced patio, a cobblestone path through the front yard: these elements can make a huge difference in the look and feel of your outdoor spaces. Of course, the quality of the installation of paving stone features is important when it comes to the actual overall value of the improvement. Keep in mind that the materials can cost quite a lot, and professional landscapers may be able to get them for a lower price. This means that the cost of hiring a professional may actually not be much more than it would cost to take the do-it-yourself approach.

Lower your outdoor maintenance time with the right plants and flowers

You can enjoy some short term benefits by creating a more attractive outdoor area using carefully selected plants. How does this work? Certain plants, trees, grasses and flowers are easy to care for. A landscaper will be able to help you choose species that are attractive AND low maintenance. You can not only enjoy a more attractive home with a higher resale value, but you can also lower the amount of time that you have to spend caring for the plants on your property.

Upgrade the lighting

Lighting can make a home more attractive both indoors and outdoors. Solar-powered lights can bring some attractiveness to the landscaping at nighttime, when plants and paving are invisible. Indoors, recessed lighting, LED strings and other modern installations can create a modern, welcoming ambiance. Because of the wiring involved, these projects usually require professional expertise. However, the benefits, both in terms of value and attractiveness, can make lighting improvements a worthwhile investment.

With professional help, you can increase attractiveness and value with improvement projects both indoors and outdoors.

How to Give Your Home a Hollywood Shine

Pick up any celebrity gossip magazine or flick through the Daily Mail and you’ll typically find countless glossy images of multi-millionaire movie stars or musicians showing off their fine-looking homes and ostensibly wonderful lifestyles.

Typically nestled among the striking Hollywood Hills or along Malibu’s glorious sandy beaches, the celeb homes are examples of some of the world’s most arresting architectural behemoths, jam-packed with priceless artwork and expensive furniture …

… and you can’t help but feel just a teeny-weeny bit jealous.

Whilst it’s easy resent their obvious wealth and seemingly never-ending throng of pricey fixtures, it’s much simpler to bottle this envy and use the energy to add a few items to your own home that’d put the Kardashian’s to shame.

Probably.

Add an Iconic Recliner

It’s impossible to feel like a superstar in your own home if you don’t have the furniture to match – which is why splashing out on Celebrity recliner chairs is guaranteed to add a much needed sprinkle of glitz and glamour to any room in the home.

Available in a wide range of sizes and styles, these iconic recliners are perfect for taking the weight off your feet after a long day spent dodging the paparazzi – or for having a cup of tea before heading off to the supermarket.

Give the Front a Facelift

In the same way that no self-respecting Hollywood icon would be seen dead with flaking makeup or tired-looking skin, the front of your home should be an immaculate gateway, on hand to welcome friends, family and tourists on open top buses.

Some of the easiest ways to freshen up your facade include painting the front door a bold colour, giving your windows some TLC and making sure your front garden – and the pathway – looks like Alan Titchmarsh has had his hands on it.

Clear Out Your Clutter

Flick through OK! Magazine and it’s unlikely you’ll spot a rogue ironing board or child’s toy sneaking into the picture, as the stars’ homes are usually cleaner than a bar of soap taking a shower under an antibacterial waterfall.

Obviously, real life often gets in the way and your home is always going to be subject to the mess of everyday life – but this needn’t mean unnecessary clutter. Consequently, make sure you get rid of items that serve no purpose by donating them to your local charity shop or having a car boot sale.

Now it’s your turn …

Can you think of any other ways our readers can keep up with the Kardashian’s and make their homes more Hollywood than Halifax? Please let us know by leaving a comment below – we’d love to hear from you.

Making the Modern Mattress: How Bedding Has Changed Through Time

While we continue to suffer from sleep disorders that make drifting to dreamland an incredibly difficult affair for some, it can be easy to forget how far bedding technology has come in even the last couple decades. The plush-top mattresses and neck-support pillows we rely so heavily on for a good night’s sleep are recent developments in a long line of uncomfortable and (in many cases) exceedingly harmful places that people have slept.

Learn to appreciate the wealth of healthful and soporific options available for modern sleepers as you journey through the incredible and preposterous history of bedding.

Before the Common Era

As long as people have fallen asleep, there have been beds; however, early beds looked vastly different from the pillow-tops and bed springs we see today. The very first beds anthropologists have found date from the Neolithic Age, which extended between about 10,000 B.C. and 4,500 B.C. For the first time in history, people raised their sleeping places off the ground on beds to avoid dirt and pests. Still, their mattresses were primarily leaves, grass, and straw covered with animal skins.

As civilization blossomed, richer and more innovative people toyed around with different bedding materials. The world’s first waterbed appeared in Persia in 3,600 BCE, as people slept on goat skins filled with water. There is evidence of common Egyptians in 3,400 BCE sleeping on palm boughs, which were typically springier than other plant materials; meanwhile, pharaohs slumbered on beds of ebony and gold. 

The Roman Empire

The Romans experimented heavily with different methods of achieving a good night’s sleep. Merchants sold the first “luxury beds” which were decorated with expensive metals like gold, silver, or bronze, and featured mattresses stuffed with feathers for ultimate comfort. Romans also had their own version of a water bed, where a sleeper would lounge in a bath of warm water until drowsy, at which time he or she would be removed to a cradle and rocked to sleep much like a modern baby. Less wealthy Romans continued to sleep on rudimentary mattresses stuffed with hay or wool, likely dreaming of the luxury bed owned by their betters.

The Renaissance

While people began leaping forward in science and the arts, they certainly lagged behind in bedding development. Not much changed between the 15th and 18th centuries, as people continued to sleep on rough mattresses stuffed with rough materials. Feathers and down began to be more commonplace outside rich royal homes, but it was by no means ubiquitous. Likewise, some families covered their beds in fine fabrics such as velvet, brocade, or even silk, but this was far from the norm. 

18th and 19th Centuries

It wasn’t until late in the 1700s that humanity developed the cast iron bed and cotton mattress. Together, these materials deterred typical pests like vermin and bugs, which had before been accepted as regular sleeping companions, even by royalty. With the advent of a more habitable environment for human slumber, bed makers began incorporating higher quality materials into all of their beds to make sleep ideal for everyone. 

Less than a century later, a brilliant inventor proposed using a coil spring as a cushion in chairs and beds. Though he died before profiting from his creation, the inner-spring mattress took the world by storm and remains the most popular mattress.

 The Digital Age

Orange BedWhile many of our modern mattresses continue to have their roots in the coil springs that appeared in the 19th century, we now have dozens of options when it comes to bedding. Box springs don’t necessarily provide the most comfort or healthiest sleep possible (in fact, it is crucial to find the perfect mattress or you risk real health problems), which is why many people opt for foam, water, or adjustable beds, which provide enhanced technology for the best night’s sleep. Mattress companies are more numerous than ever, which gives buyers the opportunity to shop around for the best deal; for example, the Personal Comfort Bed is a value alternative to the adjustable Sleep Number beds.

As technology continues to progress, it is likely that more research and better engineering will produce more and more comfortable mattresses. Sleep continues to be the final frontier in the human body, and legions of sleepers eagerly look forward to the next big bedding breakthrough.

Home Improvement Checklist: Track Home Improvements & Home Repairs

Why Creating a Home Improvement Checklist is Important 

Over the years, you may make many home improvements and repairs to keep your house in working order. Sometimes it can be hard to remember exactly when you installed that new furnace or replaced your roof. Keeping a home improvement checklist updated with dates and details as you make repairs can help provide accurate information for tax assessments and potential buyers. With a little bit of planning, and being a bit of a cheapskate, can pay off quite a bit in the long run.

What should I include on my home improvement checklist?

Accurate records can help you get the most value out of your home repairs. Plus, whether you’re looking for tax benefits that come from green home improvements, or looking to improve your property assessment, a thorough home improvement checklist may help validate your claims. To create an inclusive list of home repairs over the years, it’s a good idea to start documenting the following items:

What was the home improvement? 

Was it a remodel or repair?

Did you install a new appliance? Was it energy efficient?

What utilities did you alter or add? 

What type of flooring and paint did you use?

Did you build an addition? 

Did you need to get zoning approval? Provide final approval and documentation around this process. 

Why did you make the home repair?

Was an appliance broken or outdated?

Were you fixing a structural issue?

Did you need more space?

Was it an aesthetic design change?

Did you want an energy efficient appliance –and did it qualify for a tax break?

When did you make the home improvement? 

Include a start and end date.

Who did the work?

Did you complete the project yourself? 

Did you hire a contractor like Houston Restoration Services?

Have you used the same furnace repairman consistently and would you recommend him to future owners? 

How much did materials, labor and appliances cost? 

Include detailed receipts for any expenditure.

Should I offer to include home repairs to make a sale?

During the negotiating phase of the home buying process, potential buyers may request home repairs to be made, or ask that appliances be left behind. Whether or not you implement the request is up to you, but if you do, document the list of home repairs they ask for. This list also benefits the buyer as it can help them justify the mortgage financing they are applying for. Before making any home improvements, you may want to ask for written confirmation that they will complete the transaction if the repairs are made according to the request. Consider the following questions as well:

Is it a seller’s market? 

Are you likely to get a similar offer without repairs? 

Do you have financing from an existing home equity loan or home equity line of credit to cover the cost of the repair?

How extensive is the requested repair? 

How can I use my home improvement checklist?

Your list of home repairs will help you keep accurate records whether you’re tracking home improvements for potential buyers or tax purposes. As you make home improvements, consider how they might impact your home’s value as some renovations may not appeal to everyone. Consider keeping a binder to present to future buyers that includes your home improvement checklist, as well as receipts and before and after photographs.

A Handy Guide to Decorating For Less

Your home is your castle, so it only makes sense that you would want it to be beautiful, practical and perfect for your unique personality and lifestyle. It is easy to find a wide variety of great ideas online, but all too often they cost more money than the average person can afford. Decorating a home shouldn’t break the bank. If you need to decorate for less, get off the expensive websites and try these five great suggestions instead.

1. Paint

It is amazing how something as simple as a coat of paint can completely transform the look of a room. If your home is in serious need of an update, try painting the walls a new color. Sky blue is perfect for creating a relaxing sanctuary, yellow is perfect for creating an upbeat and cheerful space and gray is perfect for a sophisticated, elegant gathering place. Be sure to try a few paint samples on the wall to test how the colors will look at various times of day, but do not be afraid to put color on the wall. Your room’s paint color is easy to change when you decide you want something new.

2. Repurpose

Once you have the perfect color on the walls, you are ready to add in the little decorative elements that make your home truly your own. Do not rush right out to the store, however; shop your home first. You may be surprised at what you find. Use an empty wine bottle as a unique vase for fresh flowers. Frame your children’s drawings on the wall for fun and colorful artwork. Use old sheets to make new curtains or old clothing to make new throw pillows. Stack old hardcover books next to an armchair to make a unique side table. The possibilities are endless.

3. Visit the Right Stores

If you decide you still need to buy a few more interesting pieces after you have finished raiding your own home, be sure to choose the right stores. Start by visiting pound shops and thrift stores. Keep an open mind and you will be amazed at the unique and interesting things you can find. Many items that look worn and dingy on the shelves would make perfect accent pieces with just a good cleaning and a coat of paint. Clearance sections, auctions and antique shops are a great place to find interesting and unique finds for less as well.

4. Have Something Custom Made

One of the best ways to create a beautiful and unique space for less is to have a key piece or two custom made. Hire a quality handyman in London to build a custom fireplace mantle, custom bookshelves or a custom coffee table for you. Your entire room does not have to be custom made or expensive. If you have one key piece that truly pops, it will make your entire room look amazing.

5. Less is More

As you start decorating and finding great deals and must-have pieces, keep in mind that “less is more” when it comes to home decorating. A room that is full of knick knacks is sure to look crowded, cluttered and messy. Instead of buying and using every interesting thing you find, choose a couple eye-catching pieces and spread them throughout the space, leaving plenty of white space for the eyes to rest. This will make sure people’s eyes are drawn to your best pieces, not left to roam around the room without a focal point.

Creating a beautiful and unique space does not have to be expensive. Try these five tips and achieve a look you love today!

Been Hacked? Changing Your Password Might Not Be Enough

Almost everyone has received a message from a website or retailer with a notification of a security breach. Most include a recommendation to change your password, and in some cases, carefully monitor your financial accounts for signs of fraud.

In the wake of such high-profile data breaches as the recent one involving Target, or last year’s attack on LinkedIn that exposed millions of users’ passwords to criminals, Internet users are more concerned than ever before about the security of their personal information. We put thought into developing complex passwords that are difficult to hack, but if the database is going to be breached anyway, does it really matter if your password is the perfect combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols?

Some security experts argue it does not really matter and note if your account has been hacked, you probably need to do more to protect your data.

A Difficult Password Isn’t Necessarily a Secure Password

By now, most people realize a password like “password” or abc123” isn’t very hard to crack. What few people realize is sophisticated cybercriminals are not sitting in front of their computers running endless combinations of user names and “easy” passwords, one at a time.

Password ProtectionToday’s criminals are more focused on creating data breaches, in which they can steal millions of username and password combinations at once. Depending on where the data comes from, there is big money in stolen passwords. A password for a LinkedIn account, for example, might sell for $1 on the black market, while a bank password can sell for upwards of $850 or more. Even if you came up with what should be an uncrackable code, if it’s part of a large-scale data breach, you’re in trouble.

Some companies have tried to protect user passwords via encryption and a technique known as “salting.” Many databases do not store your actual password, but instead turn your password into a string of numbers or letters unique to your account. For added security, they “salt” the password with extra characters, rendering it unusable to someone who does not hold the encryption key. However, not all companies do this, meaning it’s up to you to protect yourself.

Enter Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication is the latest advancement in security, and it’s being implemented in everything from bank accounts to mobile phones. Essentially, this type of security requires you to provide two or three ways of identifying yourself in order to gain access: something you know, something you have or something you are. A two-factor authentication token solution, for example, requires you to insert a token in addition to providing a password.

Two-factor authentication is effective because it creates an extra layer of security. Even if a criminal acquires your password, without the other factor, he or she won’t gain access to your information. You can protect your physical devices like your laptop with a physical token, while many major websites, such as Facebook and PayPal, offer a form of two-factor authentication as an optional security feature. You can adjust your account settings so you need to provide additional information, such as a code sent via text message to your phone, in order to log in.

Additional Protection Tips

To help prevent your password from being hacked, security experts recommend adjusting your method for devising your codes. For starters, 12-character passwords are more difficult to crack than 8-character passwords; the addition of four characters increases the number of potential combinations to an unmanageable number for even the most advanced hacking programs.

Rather than using a random string of characters, your password should be four unrelated words or a complete sentence. It’s unlikely a computer program will be able to guess four complete words.

Beyond using two-factor authentication and creating strong passwords, follow these best practices for using and storing passwords. Avoid using the same password more than once if you use it for a bank or credit account, and change your passwords regularly to thwart anyone who may have gained access to your credentials. Consider using a password manager to create and store your passwords securely as well.

Receiving word that your account has been exposed in a major data breach is enough to make anyone panic. However, if you’ve taken the steps to keep your password secure and added extra layers of security, a major breach should not affect your finances or your identity.

Choosing the Right Walk in Shower For You

While most homes still contain at least one traditional bathtub, more and more families are opting to replace their tub with a walk in shower for the home. People love how walk in showers take up less space, how they look and how accessible they are. However, not every walk in shower is right for everyone. Here are a few ways to determine which walk in shower is right for you.

Assess Your Needs

The reason you want or need a walk in shower will have a large effect on the type of shower you choose. You might want to save space in a small bathroom. You may have trouble stepping in and out of the tub. You may have trouble lowering and raising yourself in and out of the bath. You may want a walk in shower purely for aesthetic reasons. Whatever the reason, there are plenty of great walk in shower options for you to choose from.

Review Your Options

There are three primary types of walk in showers: stand-alone showers, shower bathtub combinations and handicapped accessible showers. Shower bathtub combinations are the most popular, though stand-alone showers are quickly growing in popularity. Handicapped accessible showers generally have features such as grab bars, low thresholds or seats that make showering easier and safer. Showers can be enclosed with a door, privacy wall, curtain or nothing at all, and they come in all sorts of sizes and shapes.

You also have many bathtub options as well, if you choose to include one. You may want a traditional tub, or a large and contoured tub that will be more spacious and comfortable. You may even choose to put in a Jacuzzi or whirlpool. Alternately, you may skip the bathtub altogether.

Choose a Design Style

These days, showers are as highly customizable as the bathrooms that contain them. You can choose a particular theme or feel such as “spa” or “Zen.” You can choose between a variety of different shower materials such as metal, glass, tile and even wood. You can also choose the colors and finishes that you prefer.

Consider Adding Extra Features

Once you have decided on the basic layout and design of your shower, consider which extra features may be important to you. You may choose to have a removable showerhead for easier cleaning, or you may choose to have multiple showerheads. You may want to install grab bars and handrails to help you safely navigate in and out of the shower or a bench that will allow you to rest while showering. Non slip tiles or pads are another important feature to keep you safe in the shower.

Whether you want a stand-alone shower, a shower bathtub combination or a handicapped accessible shower, you have several options available to you. Take your time and choose just the right layout, design and features for you, and you are sure to have a bathtub that you can safely use and love for years to come.

Sources:

http://info.neals.com/bid/331911/4-Design-Options-for-Walk-in-Showers

Walk In Shower Designs


http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-the-different-types-of-walk-in-showers.htm

The Best DIY Projects to Save Money and Sell Your Home

The winter months are generally accompanied by a lull in the real estate market.  There are fewer buyers looking for homes and fewer sellers ready to list theirs.  Now that the New Year has begun, buyers are starting to browse the market again.  The rejuvenating, renewing feeling that spring exudes, creates a surge in home buying.  This is a great time to list your home if you are considering selling in the near future.  However, coming off of the holidays, you may not be able (or willing) to allot large amounts of your savings to home improvement.  The following are do-it-yourself projects aimed at freshening up your home, without spending a lot of money. 

Spruce Up Your Paint Job

A fresh coat of paint can make a huge difference in appearance and appeal of your home; both inside and out.  Add a fresh coat of paint to your walls, moldings and cabinets, and completely revamp your interior space.  This project is one that can be done yourself, without having to spend large amounts of money. Spending a little extra on proper tools will make your life much easier when it comes to painting (think edging tools, roller extensions and paint tape).  If your budget allows room to spend a little bit more, a new coat of exterior paint can have a drastic impact on your curb appeal as well.

Restore your Hardwoods

Years of wear and tear can damage hardwood floors, making them appear drab and worn.  With a little bit of money and some patience, you can completely restore and refurbish the hardwood floors in your home.  This do-it-yourself project won’t cut into your finances and can greatly increase the value of your property, making your floors look brand new.  This three-step process simply requires that you thoroughly clean the surface, sand down the top layer of wood and what remains of the seal, and apply a new layer of polyurethane.  While it takes some time and you will have to rent an automatic sander made for floors, this project offers the chance for a huge return on investment.  Floors are often the first thing people see when they enter a home. For more detailed information about renovating hardwoods yourself by visiting Comfree’s post about it here.

Organize and Get Rid of Clutter

When prospective buyers come to view your home, they want to be able to envision it as their own.  That can be hard to do if it is cluttered and organized with your belongings.  It can be difficult to see past the objects, and glimpse the real potential of the house.  Invest in some great storage options and use them to neatly organize your things.  This home staging trick can actually be applied to both indoors and outdoors, says this post by Canadian Living. The de-cluttering trick will let potential buyers see themselves in your space.  It also exemplifies the functional storage and organization options that your home offers, thus increasing its value.

Enhance your Outdoor Space

During the spring, buyers are more apt to pay attention to the outdoor spaces of your home.  These months are often enjoyed with cookouts and time spent outdoors.  You can spend a small amount of money and still greatly add to the appeal of your yard.  Consider building a stone patio, ramping up your landscaping, or adding a water feature.  All of these additions can be done yourself, won’t drain your funds, and will help your home sell.  The biggest investment of these options is likely the stone patio.

Increasing the appeal and quality of your home, doesn’t have to mean draining your savings.  These affordable, do-it-yourself projects will increase return on investment come spring-sell time.  The result will be a home that looks completely renovated and restored, but you won’t be paying for it.  If you are considering putting your home on the market, use these tips to get the most out of the sale and good luck!

Essential Home Owner Tips: Know Your Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are literally a worst nightmare—they are tiny creatures that feed on peoples’ blood in the middle of the night. A single bed bug can quickly escalate into a huge infestation. Worst of all, people normally have a very hard time actually seeing bed bugs. They are very tiny and their measurements depend on their age.

Experts usually compare the size of baby bed bugs to a speck of dirt and adult bed bugs to an apple-seed. Baby bed bugs who have not fed on blood tend to be light in color while adults who have recently sucked blood appear brown or rusty. They also love to hide, making it even harder to see them. They are paper-thin and enjoy to hide in cracks, box springs, and the insides of the edges on your mattress. Finally, bed bugs like to feed at night or during the early dawn, when most people are asleep.

By the time their victims wake up, the bed bugs have gone back into hiding. Most of the time, people need a professional bed bug exterminator to kill off their infestation. However, before they call an exterminator, many people like to confirm that bed bugs are infesting their home.

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Although bed bugs are experts at hiding and going unnoticed, there are still ways for people to determine if bed bugs are infesting their personal space. Anyone can conduct their own bed bug investigation but a professional bed bug exterminator will know exactly what to look for and where to look for it. They might even use the aid of a bed bug-sniffing dog.

One of the easiest ways for anyone to look for bed bugs is to conduct a visual inspection of mattresses and other sleeping areas. The most common area to find bed bugs is to look along the edges of mattresses. Those areas make great hiding places for bed bugs. They also tend to hide in baseboards, around door and window casings, in electrical outlets, behind lose wallpaper, under carpets, or anywhere that is dark.

If a room shows no physical evidence of bed bugs, there are several other ways to look for signs of them. While inspecting all mattresses, look for dark spots that closely resemble ink stains. These stains are usually the bugs’ dried fecal matter. Fecal stains are also commonly found on mattress tags, on the frame of box springs, and near electrical outlets. Baby bed bugs that are growing will also shed their skin after a blood meal.

Every bed bug goes through five shedding processes before it becomes an adult. The shed skin looks almost identical to the actual bug except that it’s immobile. Bed bugs commonly leave shed skin along mattress seams and around head boards. Large infestations will leave behind more shed skins than smaller infestations, making them easier to spot. Finally, sometimes a bed bug infestation can give off a musty, sweet odor.

If a house has an official bed bug infestation, there are some steps that people can take to get rid of them. If only a mattress or sleeping area has a bed bug infestation, people can buy mattress covers to put over their beds. These mattress covers will trap the bed bugs and will kill them after a year, provided that they have no access to blood. Exposure to heat will kill bed bugs on sheets, blankets, and clothing. Exposing bed bugs to a high temperature (between 104 and 122 degrees Fahrenheit) for 30 minutes will get the job done. Freezing bed bugs for two hours or more will also kill them. Do-it-yourself methods generally just provide a temporary solution and is not guaranteed to get rid of the entire infestation. A professional bed bug exterminator, Heat n Go Pest Control.com, can properly get rid of the infestation by performing a special treatment method.

How to Fix a Hole In the Drywall?

How much do you normally spend in a year for various repairs and construction issues around your home? Hundreds or thousands of dollars? You’d be surprised at how much people have been paying contractors just to do minor repairs in their homes, when they can actually save a lot of money by doing it themselves – Like patching a hole in the wall, for example.

DIY Wall Hole Fixing

Here are the things you’ll need to get together before you can go about fixing drywall holes.

  • Drywall patching compound for setting
  • A piece of drywall to patch the hole with
  • Drywall tape (mesh tape or duct tape may also be used)
  • Drywall screws or studs
  • Piece of scrap plywood if you don’t have backer boards
  • Putty knife
  • Saw, keyhole saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint and Primer
  • Tape measure

Step by Step – Hole Fixing

  1. Assess the damage– If the hole is irregularly shaped or shaped like a circle, use the keyhole saw to cut it into a square or a rectangle. It’s easier to patch a square or a rectangular hole than a circular one. Remove any leftover hanging drywall and clean it of any dust. The edges of the hole should be sanded using the sandpaper.
  2. Put the small piece of plywood or backer board inside the hole and screw them in place. The screws should be sunk just below the surface of the drywall. This is optional, especially if the hole is small and you can simply use drywall tape or duct tape for support.
  3. Measure the square/rectangle and make a similar-sized cut from the piece of drywall. It should fit snugly into the hole. Use drywall screws to secure it against the backer board or plywood.
  4. Cover all the edges using drywall tape/mesh tape/duct tape.
  5. Mix and apply first coat of the drywall patching compound a drywall or putty knife. Smooth it out evenly, making sure all the tape is covered, and there are no air pockets left. Allow several minutes for the compound to dry.
  6. Apply a second coat. Make sure to feather out the edges while keeping everything flat and even. Let dry.
  7. Apply third and final coat to smoothen the edges as much as you can. Make sure that the edges are flush with the wall. Again, let dry. You can even leave it overnight to dry.
  8. Any ridges, ‘wrinkles’ and rough edges should be smoothed over by using sandpaper. Clean the area of any dirt before applying primer.
  9. Apply primer. This is to make sure the patching compound you applied will not react differently to paint, resulting in a glaringly different hue once fresh paint is applied over the area where the hole originally was.
  10. Apply paint that matches the color of the entire wall. Voila! You’re done!

Anyone can fix drywall holes, as long as they have the right tools and materials and follow the simple instructions laid out above. Good luck fixing your walls and just in case if you are still confused, this video link should help.

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