If you’ve ever read a home and garden magazine or skimmed over a few minutes of HGTV you know that home improvement can be a challenge that is expensive, complicated and time consuming, but oh-so necessary. To keep you encouraged about your home improvement endeavors we’ve compiled 10 amazing blogs that specialize in every aspect of home improvement, most with strategies to make it fast, affordable, and easy.
A staple to home decorating, or any form of general home improvement is going to call for a new paint job. Whether you need a fresh coat of your existing color or you want to completely change up the room, paint is at the heart of it all. Luckily there is a blog that recognizes just how important a good paint job is to improving your living space. “Favorite Paint Colors” allows you to explore different color options from new and inventive perspectives. For example taking an all wood paneled wall and painting it mint green is probably not something the average person would consider, but here they show you how it lights up a room and gives it a fresh new spin. In addition to décor advice, you can find tips on paint brushes, strokes, brands, color wheels and so much more.
2. Home improvement for your everyday life
This site is a mother’s one-stop-shop for making home maintenance easy and even fun. There are pages that can help you brighten up a room or accent your walls, tabs that show you how to save space with simple solutions and tabs that show you easier and more affordable ways to clean, maintain, and protect your home. This has something for everyone. Perhaps you’d like to know how to entertain your kids and clean your microwave at the same time, or ways to save money on cleaning supplies or even info about yard fertilizers that won’t hurt your pets or your kids. This site has it all, complete with witty and intelligent writing, it’s an incredibly easy-to-navigate site with beautiful bright and bold photos to make it an simple go-to guide.
3. Renovations, Remodeling, repairs and replacements
Maybe you’re putting your house on the market and want to spruce it up to increase the value. Or perhaps you’ve decided it’s just time for a change, and you want to do a large scale remodel. This site is perfect for you either way. They offer suggestions on how to properly insulate your home to keep it pest free, how to fix old or blocked drains, and how to maintain your home and appliances. Admittedly, the site could be a little bit more of an eye pleaser and could use a better navigation system, but the information is all there and spending a little time on the site you can learn about improvements to your home you didn’t even know you wanted to make.
This kitchen blog taps into every aspect of improving, or completely revamping your kitchen. Your kitchen, the heart of your home as they call it—is in for a treat. If you are looking to remodel, with this site you can start by selecting a style you may be interested in and browse tons of photos to get an idea about where to start. From there you can break down the process by browsing their tabs on sinks, surfaces, and best of all appliances. No kitchen is complete without fun and functional appliances and unlike many other home improvement blogs on the matter, this site details nifty appliances in addition to remodeling and décor ideas. Any question you could ever have about the ins and out of the your kitchen are answered here. This site is dedicated to making your kitchen pretty and practical!
5. DIY Décor
If you are a fan of arts and crafts or do it yourself projects then you’ve probably spent hours on Pinterest collecting ideas and decorating your boards. This site is certainly up your alley. You get inexpensive ideas on how to turn art projects into home décor, how to cheaply, quickly and stylishly do a simple repair, and how to turn the stuff and space you already have into something new and amazing without breaking the bank. “Thrifty Décor Chick” invites you into her home and has something new to show you everyday whether it’s a doorknob she exchanged for a few bucks or a door that she re-boarded with a few planks of wood. There is always something new, economical and incredibly doable.
If a lovely home is what you want (and who doesn’t want that) then a great place to start is your floor. This blog works as an advice column and an information bank all rolled into one. For example, you can browse tabs on flooring products, colors, room choices and prices, all from one site. There is even a great section on flooring ideas that lets you see what your home may look like with tiled, wooded, or carpeted floors or perhaps a mixture of all three. You can find the latest information on trends and discover the most cost effective way to tackle a renovation.
7. Going Green
So you’ve replaced your windows with energy savers, bought all new light bulbs, and had solar panels installed on your roof! Or maybe you love the idea of the “go green” effort, but you don’t think you can afford all the upgrade and installs. Well whichever environment conscience homeowner you are, this site will be an eye-opener for you. Owner Jennae Petersen, has dedicated more than her fair share of time to finding eco-friendly products for decorating. She is devoted to help “style-conscious homeowners and decorators” do so without “sacrificing the planet for a good look.” With that being said, you can find tutorials like her “green room in a box” that completely guts a room and rebuilds it using recycled and environment-friendly materials. Oh! Did I mention that almost all of her ideas range from highly cost effective to downright cheap, so you’ll be saving green in more ways than one.
8. Outdoor improvements
Home Depot is obviously no stranger to home improvement seeing as how they sell everything anyone could ever need for a house. The great thing about their outdoor home improvement blog is that they aren’t trying to sell you anything (overtly anyways). The blog is not disguised as a way to sale you everything in their gardening section (although the items are just a click away). Rather it is a huge mixture of community bloggers who love all things outdoors. It is complete with posts on gardening, creating a backyard space for summer entertaining, and even outdoor kitchens! It has troves of information to help you make the best of your yard so that is truly an extension of your home and not just the outside space you close the door on.
This blog breaks down every aspect of your bathroom from the plumbing to the toilet paper holders, and then gives you more information, ideas and suggestions than you could possibly process in one visit. Each section comes with in-depth tutorials. Not only does it give you step-by-step tutorials on how to take on tasks like tiling your bathroom countertop, but it also gives you ideas about themes, color schemes and affordable options for whatever you choose.
10. Major Money Savers
Home improvements can be expensive, especially if you have a lot to do or want to change an entire room. Thankfully blogger, Erin Spain, recognized that there are more than enough ways to make your living space lovely without breaking the bank and she has compiled them all on this do it yourself blog. She gives you advice and tutorials on how to make everything from new wooden headboards for beds, to wrapping paper and couch décor. She makes it easy to spruce up your place for any occasion, holidays or new family additions, all for an affordable price. The page is beautiful with lots of huge photos and an ongoing list of before and after pictures so you can see the magic for yourself.
Jon Bibb, owner of Steamer’s Carpet Care, has been in the San Antonio carpet cleaning business for years. his company believes that respect, hard work and attention to detail makes their company great. They offer a variety of services from a unique 9-step carpet cleaning process, to water extraction and pet odor removal.