Making Your Santa Cruz Home More Livable

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 at 4:12pm.

Okay, maybe you are stuck here for awhile. The housing market is stagnant and you just don't have the desire to fight with trying to sell your Santa Cruz home. As long as you are going to be staying, you may as well make the best of it.

Taking this time to make improvements will not only make living there nicer, it will make selling it later when the market improves easier.  If it seems like an expensive endeavor, take heart.  There are tons of do-it-yourself home improvement projects that won't break your bank but will make your home nicer to be in—and worth more.

• Tiling bathroom and kitchen floors

• Changing water fixtures

• Adding a deck

• Creating a home theater

• Refinishing cabinets

Tips and Tricks

There are many websites that offer valuable home improvement tips and tricks that will make any Santa Cruz home improvement project go smoother. Remember to always:

• Plan each project carefully

• Check your zoning regulations to be sure you are in compliance

• Find out if improvements will have an impact on your insurance costs

• Stay in control.  Don't let projects overwhelm you to the point where you no longer have time to spend with your family.

Make sure you completely understand the project before starting, and know when you are in over your head. Allowing yourself to doubt your abilities to the point where you are afraid to try anything at all won't get you anywhere.  At the same time, getting carried away and attempting repairs or remodeling that are way beyond your current skill level will end in disaster. Start small and gradually work your way up to bigger and better home improvements. You will learn as you go and have fun doing it.

Santa Cruz home improvement projects can be family fun too. Keep everyone, young and old involved, and they will learn how to be creative and take pride in their home right alongside you.

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Do-it-yourself home improvement projects

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