You can stain the wood a darker color or leave it natural depending upon the exterior color of your house. Use high-quality insulation around your plumbing system to prevent your water from freezing during this coming winter. Heat tape also works very well and is relatively easy to install, even if you're a home improvement novice. The tape plugs into your home's electrical supply and keep the pipes above the freezing point.Slowly start pressing the wallpaper back against the wall, while slowly sliding out the piece of paper. Smooth any wrinkles or bubbles with the help of a clean cloth. Important advice that you should not ignore is that you must never hire an unlicensed contractor to do the work on your home improvement project. Certification is required in every state for contractors and sub-contractors. They are a legal requirement, but this doesn't ensure that a competent job will be done.Consider the payback when adding improvements to your home. The more personally-tailored an improvement is, the less likely it will increase your home's value to others. Others will not see the same value in your hand-painted kitchen tiles from Italy. Estimate a return of approximately 50 cents for each dollar you put into improvements. Don't ignore local characteristics when adding improvements.Bathrooms that don't have a window or some sort of vent usually get steamy, but are unable to be rid of the humidity. Eventually this humidity contributes to extensive mold growth. Kitchens are terrific places to begin a home improvement journey. Start by cleaning the walls with a mix of water and TSP. You can get off any dirt or grease. Re-paint your kitchen in a color you love; you'll be shocked how great the heart of your home looks when you've finished.