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  • 1. Gfs1Clear, Unvarnished Tips For Home Improvement ProjectsBecause of the state of the housing market, some homeowners are looking to make manyimprovements before listing their property in order to increase the value. You wont necessarily needa professional to assist you in making these improvements, but you should still read these tips tolearn more about the topic.Make sure that you do not have too many pieces of furniture in a room. A lot of furniture makes theroom look smaller. Although these pieces may fit your lifestyle, a potential buyer would most likelyprefer to see more open living space. Less furniture would give the illusion that the room is bigger.Whenever you are taking on a home improvement project in the bathroom or the kitchen, be sure toturn off the water first. Any time you work near water pipes, an accident can happen resulting in aleak. You want to take steps to minimize the damage so that you do not end up with a flooded room.Be sure to know where your water shutoff valves are, and turn the water off before beginning yourwork.Suppose you are planning to replace your roof and are considering using either shingles or metalroofing. Which is best? You need to take into account the pitch of the roof. Either material will work ona steep pitch, but for a low pitch roof you should use metal roofing. Shingles will always leak.You can install your metal roofing right over top of old asphalt tiles. This will save you time and moneybecause you will not have costs involved in the removal. But if there are more than two layers theywill have to be removed first.Make sure to have your home inspected before starting any major renovations. Checking for roofingissues, termites, electrical issues and plumbing beforehand can save you a lot of trouble down theroad. Finding issues like these when you are halfway through a renovation process can be anightmare on your budget.Suppose you are planning to replace your roof and are considering using either shingles or metalroofing. Which is best? You need to take into account the pitch of the roof. Either material will work ona steep pitch, but for a low pitch roof you should use metal roofing. Shingles will always leak.If you have a leaky roof, some of the first places you should look for the culprit would be skylights,around the chimney, wall step flashings, and low spots. The next place to look would be the gutters!Damaged gutters are often the cause of a leaky roof because the water will run directly down theexterior of the house.Make sure that you clean your downspouts and gutters at least a couple of times per year to preventcostly damage to your home. Overflowing gutters can actually cause water to leak onto interior walls,
  • 2. and gutters clogged with pounds of wet leaves may buckle under the weight. This is especiallyimportant in autumn, when leaves are shedding rapidly from the trees.If you have decided to do your own repainting of your homes exterior, remember to paint surfacesfrom the top down. Begin first with the gutters. The fascia boards, and the eaves of your house. Whenthis part is finished, work your way downward to the main surfaces. You can save yourself aconsiderable amount of time by using a high-quality 4-inch brush. Check often for drips and streakssince they are more difficult to clean up after the paint is dried.ChimneysChimneysIt is common for gutters, eaves and chimneys to be neglected when home improvement tasks areplanned. Inspect your gutters and chimneys at least once a year, and make repairs if you need to. Adirty chimney presents a very real fire hazard, and letting your downspouts and gutters get cloggedcan cause water intrusion and serious structural problems.The above tips are meant to be a helpful tool on your journey to home improvement success. Homeimprovement skills are a wonderful tool in any home owners toolbox. Taking care of small jobs now,can avoid costly, larger breakdowns later. Take back your property with your new knowledge of homeimprovement!rubber roofing contractor chestnut hill ma

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