Renovating your house to make an impression on your guests may seem like a great idea. But if you’re on a budget, going ahead with your plans may be difficult.
Luckily for you, renovating your house is not the only way you can get some compliments from your guests! Just fix the little problems in your house, and you won’t have to do much else. What’s more, if you go about this the right way, you’ll get the job done without spending a fortune.
Here are three tips on giving your house a makeover without burning a hole in your pocket.
Silence the Squeaks
Squeaky doors and windows can drive some people crazy and you certainly wouldn’t want to make your guests feel uncomfortable. And if you hate the squeaks too, you won’t need an invitation to get started on this job!
First, grab a clean cloth or a paper towel and clean the hinge of dirt and grime. Next, squirt some WD-40 on the hinge and open and close the door or window several times. Better still, get hold of a syringe and use it to squirt oil onto the hinge.
If the squeaking doesn’t stop, use a pair of pliers to remove the hinge pin. Clean the pin using wire wool to get rid of any grime. Rub a bar soap on the hinge pin and then insert it back in. This should stop your door or window from squeaking.
Squeaky floors and stairs can also be bothersome but just like doors and windows, they are easy to silence. If you have access to the area underneath the squeaky floor, get there and find out the origin of the squeak.
Often, the culprit is a gap between a joist and the subfloor. You can get rid of the irritating sound by inserting a shim into the gap. Use wood glue if need be to keep the shim in place. For long gaps, simply use construction adhesive instead of shims. If the joist has warped or deteriorated in places, nail blocks of wood alongside the joist.
If you don’t have access to the area beneath the creaky floor, use a lubricant like talcum powder on the squeaky floor.
Say Goodbye to Wallpaper Woes
Peeling wallpaper never looks good anywhere, so if you don’t have the funds to get new wallpaper, you’ll have to make the best of what you have. Be sure to work slowly and carefully; rushing will only yield sloppy results.
Before you begin, you’ll need to be prepared with brushes, adhesive and a couple of rag cloths. Start by peeling the wallpaper until you reach the point where the wallpaper is securely attached to the wall.
Apply a very thin layer of adhesive to the back of the loose wallpaper. Slowly and firmly, press the loose piece back into place and smooth it with a wallpaper roller. Clean excess adhesive using a damp cloth.
To get rid of bubbles, make a small incision into the bump with a utility knife. Remove dirt particles, if any and then apply adhesive to the underside of the wallpaper using an artist’s paintbrush. Press into place and wipe off excess adhesive. If you’re certain there’s no dust particle beneath the bubble, use a syringe to inject it with adhesive.
Get Rid of Stains
Stains on carpets, drapes, and upholstered furniture can be very off-putting. Even if you dust and vacuum your house every day, the presence of stains can make your guests think otherwise. You don’t have to call in professional cleaners to get rid of the stains; you can do the job yourself!
If you haven’t vacuumed your carpets and upholstery for quite some time, vacuum them before you begin treating the spots. Set about treating spots depending on the type of stain and the material of the carpet or upholstery.
Remember to test cleaners in an inconspicuous spot on the carpet or upholstered furniture first. Furthermore, never rub stains aggressively or you could end up damaging the fabric. Always dab at the stain gently with a soft cloth and the appropriate cleaning solution.
Stains are also a part and parcel of kitchens and bathrooms, so don’t forget these areas of your house. Invest in cleaning wipes and use them to wipe down countertops, cabinet doors, and tiles regularly. You can also order free samples online! Wiping regularly will prevent tough stains from forming on these surfaces.
Rust stains on pipes and porcelain sinks can be removed with WD-40. Surfaces stained with hard water deposits can be cleaned using a mixture of half a lemon and half a cup of borax. Adding vinegar to this paste will work wonders. A paste of baking soda and water can be used to rid non-porous surfaces of stains.
Having a beautiful home is on a lot of people’s lists. Sure, renovating a house can make a huge difference, but taking care of the small things is important too.
If renovating your home is not on the cards right now, you needn’t sulk. With the information provided here, you now know that you can give your house a makeover easily even if you don’t have a lot of spare cash.
So get started as soon as you can, and you’re sure to wow your guests with all the hard work you put in!