Five inexpensive home improvement tips to revitalize your space

One of the joys of being a homeowner is decorating to meet your specific aesthetic tastes. When it comes to home improvement, however, sometimes the accumulating costs can put a damper on your vision. But that doesn’t mean that you should settle with outdated or boring details. Here are five home improvement projects that will make a big impact with little to no cost.

TIP #1: Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Make sure your landscaping is up to par. Overgrown hedges and bare patches of grass can detract from your home’s overall appeal, so trim those bushes and add greenery and flowers where there are none. In addition, try hanging flowers around your porch, adding decorative shutters to your windows and even painting your front door a bright color to make your house stand out and look great.

TIP #2: Fresh Paint

Painting is one of the most cost effective and easy ways to bring new life to a room. To create a bold effect, try painting an “accent wall” in a different color than the three other walls, and tie in the color with your room’s decorative accents. Just remember, if you are the type who likes to change your room’s color scheme often, stick with a nice neutral shade on the walls. Continue reading Five inexpensive home improvement tips to revitalize your space

Home improvement tips: Make your home cat-friendly

Let’s face it—cats may make wonderful pets, but they can also wreak havoc on your furniture, rugs and drapes. But before you break out the plastic furniture covering, take heart. You can help minimize damage caused by your feline companion with these simple home improvement tips for cat owners.

Tip #1: Create Vertical Spaces

As anyone who has watched Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell series knows, some cats are more comfortable when they can view the “lay of the land.” If your cat is acting out, it may be that your home doesn’t have enough high up, vertical spaces for your cat to relax in. This can cause your cat to feel anxiety, and as a result, they may take this anxiety out on furniture, and even you. Solve this dilemma by incorporating cat trees, vertical shelving and cat stairs throughout your home. You will notice a marked difference in your cat’s behavior if they have a space they can call their own.

Tip #2 Put a scratching post and lounge near your couch or chairs

Do your cats scratch at your couch? You aren’t alone. Cats need to sharpen their claws—it is normal cat behavior. Instead of hiding your furniture under plastic and blankets, try putting a scratch lounge and scratching post in your living room, near your couch and rug. The post will discourage your cats from scratching the furniture by providing an alternative for vertical scratching. A scratch lounge will keep cats from scratching rugs by providing an alternative for horizontal scratching. These simple additions to your home will ensure that your cats have an outlet for their natural needs, while keeping them distracted from the furniture. Continue reading Home improvement tips: Make your home cat-friendly