When you think of home improvements, there are probably many things you never thought you could do. Nothing could be further from the truth. In this article, we will review some do it yourself home improvements that can have long term positive effects on your home.

Make your house energy efficient by placing weather striping in your doors and windows. This fix is very inexpensive, and it goes a long way in helping seal both cold and hot air out of your home. You can also reduce the drafts you feel inside your home on windy, cold nights.

When improving your home, give the most visible areas the most attention. Buyers will notice these improvements, and small things such as a fresh coat of paint or a well-maintained garden can make a huge difference in their opinion of the house. Sometimes, the most important things are invisible, but that doesn’t count when you are selling the home.

Drive nail holes in the rim of your paint can! The channel near the top can fill, when replacing the lid that paint is pushed up and over the paint can’s sides. Using a nail you can add holes around the can’s perimeter of the channel and this will fix the issue.

Home improvement doesn’t have to be aesthetic only. You should work on home safety measures as well, like plotting escape routes in case of a fire or other disaster. If there is an accident, many people have the tendency to panic. Ensure the safety of your entire family by having a plan in place. It’s important to discuss alternate routes out of the home with everyone, not just the most obvious routes.

Add motion-detecting lights to your home’s front entrance. You can save significantly on your electricity bills by only turning on lights when they are needed. A lighting system that uses motion detectors to illuminate the exterior of your home can be a useful theft-deterrent.

You should look for home improvements that will last when you are planning them. Age-in-place is a design philosophy which takes into consideration that homeowners will age during the time they own their home. If you plan to live in the home for the rest of your life or plan to sell, age-in-place considerations will give you the most pleasure for your project.

There are lots of various dangers to be wary of when taking on a home improvement project. Avoid the purchase of Chinese manufactured drywall. Almost all of the dry wall sold here in the US since 2005 has been made in China. The quality control used in manufacturing this drywall leaves much to be desired. In extreme cases, Chinese drywall gives off harmful gases that can corrode wires in the walls.

Like we said earlier, just because you are a novice does not mean that there are not a lot of projects you can do on your home. After reading this article, hopefully you have a new-found confidence in your abilities to tackle some home-improvement projects on your own. Nothing quite compares to the pride you feel upon admiring your finished handiwork.