A house is a huge asset, both financially and for your peace of mind. Since most of our time spent is in our own home, it's best to make sure it meets your expectations.
When building your own home through use of a contractor, add a clause to the contract that gives the builder a bonus for finishing on time and on budget. This clause will encourage your builder to do a good job in the time allotted, and can save you a lot of headaches due to missed deadlines and extended budgets.
Do not choose the cheapest contractor bid you get for home improvements under the assumption that you can hire someone later to fix his mistakes. As Mike Holmes will tell you, the repairs will end up costing you twice as much or more than the original work! Hire a reputable contractor with great references despite how much higher the quote he gives you is than someone else's.
Make sure to clear your gutters from leaves and debris in the fall. The combination of being clogged with leaves and freezing water can cause damage to your home and actually cause basement leaking. Since it is not something you see everyday as a reminder, make a note on your "to do" list as soon as leaves start to fall.
If you do not know how to do anything involved with your home improvement project, take some time and go to the local home improvement store and ask. You may feel like driving down to the home improvement store is a waste of time, but the time you save from not having to re-do a bad job is well worth it.
Although it can be tempting to continually put off home repairs, or hire a professional to do simple repair work and, in doing so, rack up a costly bill, most people are amazed to discover how easily and readily they are able to do basic home repair work and maintenance themselves.