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  1. 1. Gfs10Solid Home Improvement Advice When Trying To Sell Your HomeNearly everyone has at least one thing that they would like to see changed about their home.Fortunately, many home improvements are projects that even a novice homeowner can tackle. Youcan, with a little planning, easily accomplish projects like cabinet refacing, adding decorative moldingto walls, windows, doors, or outdoor projects like improving your gutter system. Some things,however, are best left to the pros, especially if they involve electricity or plumbing. This article willhelp you decide if your home improvement project can be done by yourself, or if you need to call inexpert help.If you are looking for home improvement, dont forget the outside areas of your home too. If you lovefish, you may want to consider putting in a Koi pond. They look beautiful, and they can be customizedto match the look of your backyard or be made the focal point.If you are improving a home that you plan to live in for the rest of your life, then always get the bestmaterials you can afford. While 10 years may sound like a long time, ask yourself if you really want tobe doing this project again down the road, and opt for materials with a lifetime warranty instead.RoofingSuppose 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.Metal roofing can be made of many different types of metals. Some of the choices you have whendeciding are steel, zinc, copper, stainless steel, and alumninum. All of these have their pros and consand you should look into each one of them to make an informed decision.One type of roof vent you can use with metal roofing would be one made of ABS plastic. Theynormally come in the same color of the metal you will be using. They are easy to install with metalscrews and stand up well when you are considering the elements.GuttersIf 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.Use an old, dirty paint roller to clean the gutters on your house. The old paint roller that you have
  2. 2. deemed unusable will quickly and easily clean your dirty gutters. Attach the roller to an extendedhandle. Then simply remove debris and leaves by sliding it along the gutter.Less glamorous projects can be some of the most overlooked. For example, many people ignore theimportance of maintaining their gutters, chimneys and downspouts. It is important that these areas ofyour home are maintained so they function properly. If your chimney is not cleaned, it can catch fireand debris can clog your gutters and downspouts, which could cause water damage if they are notmaintained.One simple home improvement that is often neglected is gutter and chimney maintenance. It isimportant that these areas of your home are maintained so they function properly. If not cleanedregularly, chimneys can ignite, and plugged downspouts and gutters can result in water damage.When you are doing home improvements, people do not often think of the gutters or chimney. Makesure to inspect these parts of your home so you can make necessary repairs. A dirty chimney is morelikely to catch fire and clogged gutters can cause water damage.Whether you are improving your own personal residence or an investment property that you will usefor resale or renting, the tips we have discussed in this article will set you well on your way to higherproperty values as well as hassle free and financially responsible remodeling projects.roofing chestnut hill ma