Home improvement projects can be very costly. Here are some home improvement tips to make it easier.

Home improvement tips can save you so much money and time! Why put yourself through a lot of aggravation? Even one good tip can make such a difference for you.

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Maintain all-weather cast aluminum furniture.

"To maintain all-weather cast aluminum furniture always clean with mild detergent and then wax as you would a car body. This protects the furniture from harsh elements and other offenders such as suntan oils, human perspiration, unfiltered or ground water, pods, bark and pollen from trees and shrubs, car exhaust and salt spray. "

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The best teak oil for your teak patio furniture.

"To find the best teak oil for your teak patio furniture go to the marine shop. The oil is much higher grade than that which you find in hardware or department stores. Always clean your furniture with a soft brush or pad, warm water and mild detergent before rubbing in the teak oil. "

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Why certain types of interior paints are better than others.

"Interior Paints

Enamels are less likely to be damaged by cleaning than are most flat latex paints. They come in a wide range of finishes including,high gloss,semi-gloss,satin or eggshell which is a hand rubbed look with a very slight sheen finish,not a color. In high traffic areas and where the coating will be washed often such as kitchens, baths, and woodwork, an enamel will be your best choice.

Flat wall finishes are more desirable in other parts of the house like bedrooms,living and dining areas. 100% acrylic formulations touch up very well and are very durable."

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An inexpensive way to save on energy bills.

"Seal all gaps and cracks on the exterior of your home Check the exterior perimeter of your home, especially the areas around windows and doors. If you have cracks or gaps in the door or window frames, sealing them with a quality exterior caulk will help save money on your energy bills. Also check for gaps around hose bibs, dryer vents and air conditioning condensation lines."

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Tips on hiring a contractor.

The following home improvement tips are from the Federal Trade Commission.

"When hiring a contractor:

Ask friends, neighbors, and co-workers for contractor referrals.

Contact local trade organizations, such as the local Builder Association or Remodelors Council for the names of members in your area.

Check out the contractor with your local or state consumer protection officials.

Ask the contractor for customer references who have projects similar to yours.

Ask for a copy of the contractor's current insurance certificates and licenses, if required.

Get written estimates from several firms. Make sure bids are based on identical project specifications.

Get all guarantees, warranties and promises in writing.

Agree on start and completion dates, and have them written into the contract."

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