Not only will you yourself enjoy the increased flexibility offered by good dimmers, the expenditure will pay off in terms of a little added market value if you ever sell your home. Copper is by far the most attractive building material for thieves, so exercise care when installing copper pipe and wiring. Whenever possible these installations should not be done until the house, ideally the entire property, can be protected by lock and key.When you are planning a project around the home, be sure that you have a friend that can help you if you should need it. You know what they say about all your eggs and one basket. That applies to this situation. To really take the hassle out of home improvement, if you have young ones at home, have your kids help with some of the projects. If they do a project from start to finish with minimal supervision or assistance, they may take ownership of their work.Be sure you have proper tools for the jobs you wish to do. It is fairly common to have a variety of household tools, but if you run out of painter's tape, your living room may not come out as pristine as you hoped. Keep a stock on items you may need, and always pick up more when needed. Paint a room. If you are looking for a home improvement project that takes a bit of time and effort, then painting may be for you.Protect surfaces with a covering during any home improvement projects. Floors should be covered with a tarp or painters plastic if you are painting. For other projects that involve hammering or tearing down walls or cabinets, cover all surfaces to protect them from scratches and damage, including the walls. One of the most overlooked areas of home improvement is the ceilings. Update your old popcorn ceilings.