Finding a personally and financially rewarding project can be a challenge. However, certain characteristics make some projects more likely to succeed than others. Below are a few things to look for in a project that will help you make the most of your time and money:
Projects That Will Ultimately Be Worth Your Time
Testing Paints On Wall Before Committing to a Color
Painting a wall may be intimidating, especially if you are unsure which tone would work best in your space.
Your local hardware store will have pint-size color samples for you to choose from. Each pint of paint will cover approximately 50 square feet, giving you a fair idea of how the color will work in your space. Only satin finishes are available for pints. When you’ve chosen the color you like, you may request a semi-gloss, eggshell, or glossy finish.
Mulching Flower Beds Every Spring
As the temperatures start to warm up in spring, the ground thaws out from the winter, making it the perfect time to mulch your flower beds.
If you have a green thumb, you know that weeds are the number one enemy of a beautiful garden. By laying down a thick layer of mulch, you can prevent weeds from popping up and ruining your hard work. The primary purpose of mulch is to “choke” out those undesirable weeds.
Contrary to popular belief, the sun can actually do more harm than good to your flowers. If the flowers are exposed to the sun for too long, it can dry them out. Mulch helps prevent the soil from getting dry, keeping your plants moist, especially at the roots where the moisture is needed. In winter, mulch also prevents frost from damaging your plants and protects against cold weather.
Measuring Before You Buy
New Curtains: Before you hit the store to buy new curtains, you must take accurate measurements. You will need a measuring tape and a pen or pencil. Start by measuring the width of your window at the top, middle, and bottom. The maximum width measurement is the number you will use to find the curtain size to fit your window.
Next, measure the length of your window from the top of the frame to the windowsill. If you want your curtains to gather on the ground, add an extra 12 inches to this measurement.
Dining Room Table: Picking the right size table is critical. Whether you’re in the market for a round table, rectangular, oval, or square, the first step is to know how expansive your room is and how many people you want to be able to sit around the table. A quick rule of thumb calculation will help you decide.
- Determine the length and width of your dining area.
- Remove 6 feet from the length and width of the room.
- The maximum amount of space you have to work with is the number remaining.
If your getting an expandable table, take into consideration those measurements too.
Sofa or Sectional: The size of your sofa depends on the space you have in your room.
You’ll need to measure the space to ensure the furniture will fit properly.
To begin, stand where you would like the sofa to be. Use a measuring tape for accuracy and map out an area that feels comfortable to put a couch or section. If you’re planning to put the sofa against a wall, consider height measurements.
Select the dimensions you’re comfortable with, calculating the width, length, and depth.
Now that you have the numbers, you’re all set to purchase a new sofa or sectional.
Restaining Your Deck
Over time, your deck will show signs of wear and tear. The best way to protect your investment is to restain the wood every few years. Because staining lasts only 1-2 years, taking care of and maintaining it is essential. The best season to stain a deck is in the fall when the surface is dry. A key element of keeping a stained deck pristine is keeping up with maintenance, including regularly sweeping and washing it and clearing snowfall and debris.
Scanning Important Documents to Your Computer
Whether you are a business or a busy individual, you have important documents you need to keep track of. If your paper documents take up too much space or get lost in the shuffle, consider scanning them on your computer. You’ll have a backup, and they’ll be much easier to organize and find. You can always use a cloud base backup such as BackBlaze.com
There are several benefits to scanning your documents.
Save on space – You will no longer need to use up space with cabinets or worry about misplaced folders.
Privacy Protection – You can password-protect your documents so that only you can access them.
Ease of Access – You can access your documents from anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection.
Environmental friendly – No longer using paper!! Protecting our environment has been a hot topic lately, and scanning your documents is one way you can help.
Changing The Water In a Vase Daily
Flowers bring so much life into a room, but they don’t last forever. You can prolong the life of your flowers by changing the water in the vase daily. Start with clean water and add a new flower food packet. You can use sugar or bleach if you don’t have flower food. Cut one inch off the stems of your flowers and put them in the vase. Be sure to check the water level daily and add more if necessary. Make sure the water looks clear; if it gets cloudy, empty the vase and start over with clean water.
Projects That Are Worth Your Money
Hiring a Window Cleaner:
It may seem simple, but cleaning windows is time-consuming and often dangerous, particularly if you have large windows or live in a multi-story home. Hiring a professional window cleaner is an investment that will pay off in the long run.
Window cleaners have unique cleaning methods to give your windows a streak-free shine, and they also have the proper safety equipment to clean high windows without putting themselves or your property at risk. Cleaning products used aren’t always something you have around the house.
When you hire a professional to clean your windows, you can be certain that they will be thoroughly and safely cleaned.
Getting Your Roof Inspected
The roof is arguably one of the most important parts of your home, so you must take care of it. Hiring a roof inspector can help prevent minor problems from becoming big ones.
An inspector will look for signs of damage and wear and tear and check to see that your roof is adequately ventilated. They will also clean out your gutters and downspouts to ensure they are debris-free. Shingles can get damaged from the weather and, over time, become worn down and need to be replaced. On average, a roof needs to be inspected ever
Roofing inspections are necessary because they help lower costs, fix current issues, and provide you with a safe and secure home.
Sealing Marble and Granite Surfaces
Two of the most frequently utilized countertops used in homes are marble and granite. They are beautiful and durable but require special care to keep them looking their best.
One important thing you can do to protect your marble and granite surfaces is to seal them. Sealing these surfaces will help to prevent staining and make them easier to clean. You should seal your marble and granite surfaces every six months to a year, depending on how often they are used.
Sealing these surfaces is a relatively simple process, and it is well worth the time and effort to keep your surfaces looking new. Sealing granite eliminates the areas where bacteria can form, keeping your surface clean and free of harmful microbes.
Installing Soft-Close Cabinet Hinges
Cabinets are frequently used in kitchens and bathrooms and can take a lot of abuse over time. The hinges on your cabinets are essential; they can become worn down and loose with use. Installing soft-close cabinet hinges is a great way to extend the life of your cabinets and make them easier to use. Soft-close hinges are designed to close slowly and smoothly, preventing the jarring that can damage your cabinets over time. Installing these hinges is a relatively simple process, and it is well worth the time and effort to extend the life of your cabinets.