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Here at hipages.com.au, we cover all aspects of home improvements. It's a big subject. Included on our site are hundreds of categories , thousands of articles , dozens of photo categories and even more. You can find out anything you want to know about on our pages, but what are the most important tips you need for your home improvement project? Here's a list of the 10 most essential tips we stress repeatedly on our pages. Some of them will apply to all of you, whether you are doing inexpensive cosmetic renovations or building a new home.

Top 10 Home Improvement Tips

1) Explore Your Options

New products and services are continually coming on to the market. If it's been a few years since you last bought fly screens , for instance, you might be surprised by all the improvements that have been made in recent years. Explore all your options rather than just replace what you already have.

2) Check with Council

If your home improvements are more than minor and cosmetic, always check with your local council before proceeding. If a project has an impact on a neighboring property, is structurally important or costs over a certain amount, you may need council approval before you can begin.

3) Do Important Renovations First

The most important renovations are those that contribute to the safety of your property. Electrical wiring, plumbing and other essentials should come before cosmetic improvements.

4) Hire Licensed and Insured Tradies

We repeatedly stress the importance of hiring only licensed and insured tradespersons. In many cases, such as electricians and plumbers , this is required by law, but it's equally important to hire licensed and insured tradies even when it is not required by your state and local authorities.

5) Get Quotes

We started our Get Quotes service to make it easy for you to get a variety of quotes from trade professionals. When you do, always make sure you get "apples for apples" quotes. Does every quote include all the services you require? Are the products they are selling and/or installing of equal quality?

6) Quality versus Price

We often stress the importance of giving quality priority over price when choosing home improvement products. This is because there are significant cost benefits to choosing quality products. Whether you are buying inexpensive products like cabinet hardware or expensive solar or air conditioning systems, quality usually costs less in the long run.

7) DIY versus Professional Installation

DIY installation can save you money, but before you choose the do-it-yourself option, study what needs to be done; what tools you need; how long the job will take; and how dangerous DIY installation might be. Also be sure that professional installation isn't required by law. You may be able to buy parts to repair your water heater , for example, but a licensed plumber/gasfitter may be required by law.

8) Return on Investment

Your return on investment (ROI) is important for any major renovation. Should you extend your home or sell and move? If you choose to sell, what home improvements will help sell your house for more money and sell it quicker? Think about your market instead of your personal tastes and you will be on the right track.

9) Value for Money

Double glazed windows are more expensive than standard windows, but represent great value for money because they substantially reduce heating and cooling costs. Your choice of windows is just one example of how a more expensive product may be better value for money.

10) Know Your Budget

Using the example in Point 9 above, if double glazed windows are outside your budget, consider window tinting . Window tinting costs far less than replacing windows, but can be a very effective way to keep your house cooler in the summer months.

There are so many great home improvement products and services out there today, it is possible to stay within your budget and still make the home improvements you need or want. It all goes back to Point 1: Explore Your Options. In the past, that meant getting in your car and visiting every showroom and supplier in town. Today, you can do it right here online.

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