Do you want to make changes and improvements to your home? You have taken the first step in creating a more appealing, attractive home for yourself and your family. First, you must know the basics when it comes to doing a home improvement project by yourself. If you need to know more, the following tips can help. Design a renovation with an eye to creating built-in storage. For example, a broom closet can be reborn into a small pantry, or you can add floor-level shelving to a coat closest for shoes and bags. If you are renovating to sell a home, the benefit of the added storage can be the deciding factor in a buyers decision. Considering the cost of hiring a plumber, you will probably want to do some of the simpler plumbing tasks yourself. An essential tool is the pipe wrench. It is adjustable, so it can fit a pipe perfectly, and it provides an excellent grip and leverage. This one tool will more than pay for itself. You need a drill when youre going to tackle home improvement projects. You can make holes and even attach screws. You should have a cordless, 9-volt power drill that come with a variety of drill bits and bits for Phillips and flat-head screws. If you do run into complications when trying to remodel a section of your house alone ask for help. There is no shame in asking for help when you come across an obstacle. A home that is properly remodeled looks better than a home that was remodeled poorly and not done properly. To reduce the number of unwanted pests in your home, cut back shrubbery and plants that are close to the windows. These plants are great homes to insects and spiders. If they rub up against your house and windows, they can easily crawl inside to find a warm dry place. Cut back these bushes to a foot or more from the side of the house and under the windows. Consider installing peepholes in the outside doors of your home. Safety first! Never open the door unless you know who is there. Peepholes are easy to install and are one of the least expensive home improvements you can make. If you have a drill, the peep hole, and five minutes to spare, you have a home improvement. The security this improvement offers is well worth it. Install some motion detectors in the entrance of your house. By turning off the lights when no one is there to use them, these will save you money on your utilities. Motion detectors can detect thieves as their lights turn on due to their presence. In this tough economy, do major remodeling only if you have a reason. Selling your home, welcoming a new member to your family, or improving your living arrangements are good reasons to remodel. However, changing your home on a whim, when you dont have the budget, can put you at a real disadvantage. If you are working on your own home improvement project involving laying brick, make sure you use brick ties in sufficient quantity. Brick ties are metal clips used to anchor bricks to the wall structure (wood studs or what have you) behind them. Many do-it-yourself types are seduced here by the apparent sturdiness of bricks and fail to realize that they must be secured to the wall via brick ties. Planning landscaping to reduce water usage is not just for homeowners in drought-stricken areas. Between changing weather patterns, rising populations and falling water tables, water for home irrigation is only going to grow more expensive. By selecting plant species that require less water than the usual landscaping standards, a wise homeowner can save a lot of money. Strategically placed mirrors, can add visual interest to any room and make the area feel more spacious. This is especially useful in small bathrooms. Use adhesive-backed mirrors from any home improvement center, to create a distinctive design, that adds impact and an illusion of more space. This project can be easily achieved in under an hour and with, as little as, fifty dollars. Hopefully, these suggestions have enabled you to see the possible benefits of improving your home. You will find it easier to change your house and make it into more of your own when you have the proper tools. This advice will save you money and trouble, and might make home improvement your hobby for life.