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12 Myths About Home Improvement You Need To Get Rid Of

12 Myths About Home Improvement You Need To Get Rid Of

Myths and misconceptions are common in different aspects of daily life. Obviously, home improvement is no exception. Different people have different perspectives regarding home improvement. Don’t believe all of them. Not all of them may be true.

Remember, your house is probably one of the biggest investments you will ever make in your whole lifetime and it should be treated as such.  So, here are the most common myths about home improvement that you need to get rid of.

1. Expensive materials will add value to your home

Many materials that are very expensive will be attractive to your visitors, but may not add value to your home. Adding expensive materials that few people will appreciate can make it harder to sell later.

For instance, you may use most expensive bathroom accessories and get ‘wow’ from your relatives, but value conscious buyer may opt for a more affordable home. So, always consider the net value improvement of the home before you add any expensive materials.

2. ‘Trendy’ is always best

It’s obvious that design trends change frequently. What you call ‘trendy’ today may not be viewed as ‘trendy’ tomorrow. So, always select design that best suits your personality and lifestyle. You can do a bit research on internet, magazines etc. to figure out what suits you best.

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Also, don’t hesitate to get expert suggestions for the best choice that suits your home environment and that will also be long-lasting.

3. Cracks in the walls are always a big issue

Don’t panic if you see minor cracks in your home structure. Most cracks are just the result of minor expansion and contraction, not a structural failure.

In major cases, you can call structural engineer to confirm. Experienced professionals can give you an accurate analysis of your home and design a foundation repair solution.

4. I can do it by myself

Your knowledge may not be sufficient to design a whole remodeling project yourself. Your appetite to save money by doing everything yourself can sometimes have the opposite result if you don’t have enough skills, experience or time.

Don’t be afraid to seek help from an expert! You may have heard stories of people being ripped off by dodgy tradesmen however you can easily get an idea of how much you should be spending to make sure you don’t get ripped off and potentially negotiate a better deal. A good contractor can always do home improvement faster, and often cheaper as well. They generally know more about the correct remodeling of goods and stuffs, priorities and correct timing.  Also, you can get good discounts on supplies purchased via contractor.

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Moreover, if you sign a well-thought-out contract before the job begins, you are protected in case of mistakes, which is definitely not the case when you try to do it yourself.

5. Adding a pool always adds value

A lot of people think adding a swimming pool and/or a hot tub is a sure selling point, but this may not be true. The value of a pool is largely determined by the location and the climate of the region.

Adding a pool can be reasonable in a place with hot climate but it is generally useless in a place with the cold one. Adding a pool can also be a big liability and be difficult to maintain in the off-season. Certainly, it increases expenses, which most buyers dislike.

6. It’s expensive to go green

Some “green” products may be more expensive, but not all of them. Moreover, the government and manufacturer may consider heavy discount to promote green building practices. Also, energy saving systems may appear more expensive at the beginning, but can save a lot of money in the long run.

Going green always isn’t about buying stuff. There are many cost-free techniques to go green as well. It may cost nothing to start living green by making smart choices in everyday activities, such as by turning out the lights when you leave a room, unplugging your electronics when not in use, using less water by turning off the faucet when brushing those pearly whites or scrubbing dishes, and reusing rather than throwing away to reduce waste.

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7. I can always buy more later

As soon as you start a home improvement project, buy all the materials needed for it. Who knows – the items may go out of stock or have different batch or version than required for your home improvement.  Moreover, the price may increase later.

8. I can hang any wallpaper anywhere

Wallpaper can look disgusting and ugly if not hung in the properly. You should always be about where and how you choose to hang proper wallpaper. Also, think before putting permanent wallpaper up, as it may go out of style later.

9. Adding a bedroom is better than adding a bathroom

Again, it all depends on the conditions and requirements. If you only have one or two bedrooms to start with, adding a bedroom before adding a second bath is probably a wise choice since most buyers are more attracted to a three-bedroom home.

On the other hand, if you already have three bedrooms and only one bath, your next investment should probably be in a new bathroom.

10. Any remodeling will add value to your home

Remodeling may not always add value to your home. For instance, combining two smaller bedrooms to create one larger bedroom may better fit your lifestyle today, but it may cause the home to lose value in the eyes of a future buyer who needs the two separate rooms.

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11. Inside improvements are better than outside ones

Try to give priority to both inside and outside home improvements. For a home buyer, the first impression of your home is outside design. If you can’t please them with the exterior design, it will be difficult to impress them based on interior design alone.

12. Paint hides all the defects

Don’t try to hide structural cracks and other defects with paint. This may violate the disclosure laws in most of places, and it may set you up for huge liabilities after you sell your home. Instead, get proper advice from a structural engineer as to the correct solution.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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