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- 02/10/18--14:57: 4 Home Improvements That Will Add Value to Your Home
- 02/21/18--14:33: Top 4 Ways the Right Contractor Helps Customers Choose New Windows
- 03/03/18--13:29: How to create a bat-friendly garden
- 03/06/18--16:31: Which is the Best Water Heating System in the UK?
- 03/17/18--16:57: How to Plaster Your Interior Walls
- 03/18/18--15:45: 5 Reasons Why You Need to Clean Your Gutters
- 03/29/18--14:45: Top 10 Electrical Mistakes in your Home
- 04/21/18--22:55: Home Loans 101: Build a House of Your Dreams
- 04/28/18--15:20: An Introduction to National Lawn Care Month
- 05/29/18--16:04: Desert Living at Sky Crossing
- 06/01/18--17:19: 5 Home Improvements that Will Increase the Value of Your Home
- 06/15/18--14:34: Vinyl VS Aluminum: Which is Better for Your Home?
- 07/04/18--15:05: Tips for Finding Houses You Can Flip for a Big Profit
When the time comes to consider changing the floor of a bathroom or kitchen, the typical question is whether it will be resistant to water and / or other liquids. The answer for the case of vinyl flooring is a clear “yes, no problem whatsoever”. It also has another advantage, this type of flooring is very easy to clean, so if the water is going to be constant on your new floor, you will appreciate that it is vinyl. Maintenance of vinyl tiles There is virtually no maintenance required. A mop for when it has been wet and vacuuming or a sweeping will be enough to keep it in perfect condition. No polishing is necessary. Although waterproof flooring is highly resistant, it is not indestructible, so it is advisable not to use abrasive cleaning products. If you find a stain that seems complex to eliminate acquire a specific product for this type of flooring and use a soft brush. Disadvantages Nothing is perfect and therefore vinyl flooring is not perfect and has some drawbacks: Continuous direct sunlight can affect the pattern of the surface over time. This is, however, common in many other types of flooring. In areas where you think it may be affected use curtains or blinds, for example, to avoid long and repetitive exposure. It is not ideal in some cases for houses with underfloor heating. If it comes into contact with hot objects, it can deteriorate. For manufacturing, materials that can be harmful are used, especially during the manufacturing process, for example of the PCV. The price of vinyl flooring As with everything, there are different qualities, materials or designs, which will undoubtedly affect the price of vinyl flooring, although generally it can be said that this type of flooring is cheaper than many of the alternatives. It does not make much sense to compare it with floors such as marble, solid wood or ceramic tiles, since they have very little in common. It seems more logical to compare it with similar alternatives such as laminate flooring, cork flooring or even linoleum, that is to say, floating floors or that are fixed with an adhesive to the subfloor. The cost of a vinyl flooring, as with any other material, consists of two parts, on the one hand the material and on the other the installation. From the point of view of the installation, vinyl flooring is perhaps the most economical, since it is very fast and practically does not require many specialist tools or equipment. In terms of material cost, vinyl flooring offers a range of prices accessible to most budgets and is certainly less expensive than some more luxurious or top-end flooring choices, such as hardwood flooring.
Today more than ever, more people want to know how they can add value to their houses. They know we’re going through a real estate market slump, and they, therefore, have two options. One is on to hang onto their houses until the market improves. The other is to improve their homes and sell the house despite the slump. If you prefer the second option, here are house improvements that will add value to your home. 1. The Kitchen Families spend more time in the kitchen than anywhere else in the house making the kitchen the most important room. As a result, buyers first look at the kitchen. So, if you’re going to make any home improvements, start here. And for your effort, the returns on your investment will be anywhere from 60% to twice that much. With that said, a deluxe kitchen never adds value to a house – it only eats into your profits. So, what should you do? Using cheap, eco-friendly paints, and installing modern appliances is often more than enough. 2. The Bathroom Once you’re done remodeling the kitchen, focus on the bathroom – the most important room after the kitchen. And like with the kitchen, the returns on your investment will also be high – more than 80%, in fact. So where should you start? If your house has only one bathroom, start by adding another one in a room you don’t often use. However, your choice of room depends on the size of the bathroom you want to install. For instance, a half-bath needs about 20 square feet, and a full bath and shower, about 30 square feet. But remember; install modest accessories, not deluxe ones. 3. Other Rooms After remodeling the kitchen and bathroom, now focus on the other rooms. But whatever you do, do not try adding more rooms as the costs might quickly spiral out of control. Instead, reinvent the rooms by, say, transforming an attic into a sewing room or child’s bedroom. Likewise, you can remodel the basement into a family room, a game room, or an apartment. The garage too can get a makeover to become a small apartment or even a workshop. But in each room you reinvent, bring in more light by installing larger but more energy-efficient windows. 4. The Outdoors Finally, when improving your house, don’t forget to improve the outdoors as well. If possible, add a deck to create an outdoor room, throwing in flower pots, seats, and a trellis. To cut costs, do the work yourself. Next, improve the front and back yards. This could mean improving your fencing if you feel it’s outdated or needs to be replaced Companies like Northland Fence Minnesota offer many fencing types for all budgets. You could also take the time to prune the trees and prune any unkempt bushes. Doing so opens up views, brings in more light, and reduces mold. Better still, it makes your house more visible and attractive to buyers. These modifications are all […]
You want to replace the windows in your home, but you are not sure how to make the right choices. One of the ways that a reputable contractor will help is by guiding you through the process. Here are a few examples of how that contractor will make it easier to come up with a plan and end up with windows you will enjoy for years. Discussing Window Designs If you’ve never replaced residential windows before, there’s a lot you may not know. For example, are you aware that it’s possible to go with a completely different window design or style? You are not stuck with buying new windows that are the same design as the old ones. One of the ways that the contractor will help you is identifying various designs that are currently available in the Ottawa windows market. Perhaps there are a couple of different styles that will fit right in with your home design. The contractor can help you explore the merits of each one and settle on a window style that makes your home look better than ever. Comparing Different Materials The contractor will also point out that you have more than one choice for window materials. Instead of investing in another set of wooden windows, you could go with vinyl or metal. Many window designs are made using any of the three. Some designs may even incorporate the use of two or even all three types of materials. The contractor will help by pointing out the advantages each material provides. That includes discussing how long you can expect the windows to last, the amount of maintenance involved, and the potential for repairs as the years go by. After that discussion, it will be easier to choose the right material for your purposes. Standard Versus Custom Windows If your home is newer, there’s a good chance all the windows are standard. Older homes may have windows that vary slightly in size. The contractor can examine the windows and let you know if standard sizes will do or if the replacement windows will need some customization. This is important, since the cost of customizing will vary based on the window design and specifications. Keeping the Project Affordable Not everyone has unlimited funds to use for a windows replacement project. It’s not unusual for replacement windows contractors to help clients explore options that fit into the budget but also offer the greatest range of features and benefits. If price is something you need to watch closely, tell the contractor up front. It will make finding a good match all the easier. Remember that a reputable contractor wants you to be happy with the finished project. Your satisfaction is one of the best forms of advertising that a contractor can employ. Work closely with a professional and feel free to ask lots of questions. Together, it will be easier to make the right decisions and enjoy those new windows for many years to come. […]
While they’re not necessarily everyone’s cup of tea, bats are a great addition to any garden environment. As the weather starts to get warmer again in spring and the evenings stay lighter for longer, there’s nothing more relaxing than looking up at the sky and seeing these animals flitting about the sky doing their best acrobatic routines. You may not have even realised that bats are residing so close to your home and garden – and you’re not alone. If you’re looking to up your chances of catching a glimpse of these amazing creatures from the comfort of your rattan garden furniture here are just some of the ways in which you can encourage them to visit your outdoor space. Attract Food Sources Many people may find the idea of leaving food in their gardens off-putting, as it can encourage animals to come in and scavenge for food. However, bats don’t need physical food to be left out for them. Instead, they prefer to catch their own, as they prefer to eat insects, which is why you will see them flitting across the sky – they’re catching their breakfast! Attracting the insects that these animals feed on is a sure-fire way to attract them to your garden. Light coloured plants or which attract insects who spend their time awake during the dim light at night is a good place to start. As many of the insects that bats like to eat are considered pests, it is worth noting that you may have to put up with a few more nibbled leaves than usual. However, it’s important that you don’t resort to using pesticides to keep the populations of pests down – after all, more food for the bats will increase your chances of seeing these fascinating creatures up close! Compost heaps are also an easy way to attract those bat-baiting bugs, and a great way to help your garden grow, too! Water Features If you are lucky enough to have a little more space on your hands, adding a pond or area of water to your garden will attract mayflies and other water-loving insects which that bats love to eat, This way, you’ll be able to get an even closer look at mr bat while he swoops and glides over your pond, hoovering up all his favourite treats! Give them a place to shelter While it’s hard to imagine a bat tiring and taking a break when seeing them being so enthusiastic in the sky, everyone needs a rest now and then. Bat boxes are an obvious choice. These are specifically designed to shelter the bats and keep them safe while they grab 40 winks. These should be placed high off the ground, either in a tree or attached to a sturdy wall. Bats also love warmth, so try to place the boxes in a south-westerly position so that they can stay toasty and warm. Bats don’t need these boxes to be attracted to your garden though and can often […]
One factor to consider when buying or renting a home is the installed water heating system. If the system is not your favourite, you can replace it with a convenient and affordable system. Although there are several types of heating systems, not all may suit your needs. Here are some of the things that may determine your choice of heating system. Hot water demand Some homes have a higher demand for hot water than others. This may be as a result of the size of the house or family. In case of a large family, you may opt for installing an oil boiler. This boiler is convenient and economical when heating large amounts of water. It can also continually supply hot water to multiple outlets. Safety This is the first thing that should come to your mind before installing a boiler. Which is the most family-friendly type of boiler? Although all types of boilers have their safety measures, combi boilers are safer. This boiler consists of a single, sealed compact unit. The boiler components are concealed in a casing. This means that you cannot access the components unless you are a professional engineer. Cost of installation Do you have a budget for your boiler installation? The installation fee varies depending on the type of boiler you want to install. It is advisable that you consult a Gas Safe registered installer at www.northerngasheating.com for quotes. If you are on a tight budget, think of installing a boiler you can afford. Space Heating systems come in different sizes. Some heaters require large tanks to store hot water. If you are looking for a commercial boiler, this would be your best choice. If you are living in a rental house, a compact boiler would be your best choice. Consider installing a combi or LPG boiler as these need less space. Fuel cost There are oil, gas and electric water heating systems. Besides availability, you may also consider the cost of heating water using each fuel option. A few years ago, gas was the cheapest fuel. Today, oil is the cheapest fuel in the UK. If you want to install the cheapest heating system, consider an oil boiler installation. Environmental friendliness Which is the most environmentally-friendly heating option? Most homeowners prefer LPG boilers. When well serviced, these boilers do not release harmful emissions. Burning oil is known to emit carbon monoxide, which is harmful to your health. Finally, consider the cost of servicing. It is required by law that boilers should be serviced annually. However, the cost of servicing may vary depending on your type of boiler. Some boilers are also expensive to maintain. As you search for the best boiler to install in your home, make sure that you take the above factors into consideration. Image: pixabay
17Plastering your own walls may seem daunting because you must spend to buy the materials and set aside the time to do the work yourself. However, apart from the appeal of learning something new and ending the day looking at your own handiwork, for those who are willing to try, plastering your interior walls is not that difficult. You can buy your plastering trowels and plaster mix as soon as possible. Gather your materials When you decide to plaster your interior walls, select your plaster. You can talk to the sales representative to properly weigh up your options. Have a decent-sized bucket for your plaster mix; you may use one you have at home. Selecting your plastering trowel and hawk might be trickier because as much as people recommend one over another only you can decide on your trowel. Considering how long you are going to work, test how the trowel feels in your hand. The heavier it is does not always mean the better! When you find one that fits you comfortably with its size and weight, you are good to go. Prep your walls After you have gathered your materials, prep your interior wall. Clean it well. Remove any wallpaper, old nails, and the like. Go over it with a damp rag or a dry brush to remove any dust. Professional plasterers know that for the plaster to stick properly and to ensure a smooth finish a clean wall is a must. The excess dust may change the consistency of your plaster mix. This may cause parts of the wall to dry faster than others. It can also create small bumps, preventing a smooth finish. Apply the plaster When your wall prep is done, mix your plaster with water. Make sure that there are no dry lumps and that the consistency is nice and smooth. Add a generous amount to your hawk and apply your plaster to your wall. Focus on how much you are applying and don’t dwell on one section too long. Taking too long on one part and doing one wall in many sessions can ruin the overall look. It creates inconsistencies. Clean up When you finish, don’t forget to clean your trowel and hawk. If you want to continue plastering jobs throughout your house, a clean-as-you-go mentality prevents the build-up of old plaster chunks that may get in the way of your next project. Leave your wall to dry for three days and try to keep the moisture out as much as possible. As long as you know what to do and aren’t afraid to ask questions, doing the plasterwork by yourself is not impossible. It requires a lot of patience, time management, and upper body strength to get the job done, but its worth it in the end. Image: Pixabay.com
House chores are never really something that we look forward to, but they need to be taken care of nonetheless. In case you have been putting off your gutter cleaning sessions, here are five reasons as to why uncleaned gutters can be more trouble than one might think. Your Roof May Begin to Rot If you neglect the cleaning duties long enough, your gutters will inevitably clog up with leaves, dirt and other debris. After a certain time, this will stop the water from draining off your roof, which would lead to flooding. Since stagnant water can rot the roof pretty quickly, it shouldn’t be hard to imagine why it’s a bad idea for your roof to have a dirty clogged gutter. Bird Nests The gutters could become home to birds and while we don’t usually mind that in the garden, it can be a problem on the roof because whenever you decide to clean it, you will have to remove the nest. If she has already laid eggs and the nest has baby birds in it, that’s going to pose a whole new set of problems as it’s immoral and illegal at the same time! To avoid having to uproot entire avian families, clean your gutters regularly. Pest Haven The last thing you would want is for your gutters to be infested with ants, mosquitoes, bees, wasps and even termites. Mushy, leafy and damp places are ideal for bugs to live in, and if you leave the gutters uncleaned for too long, they will multiply and calling pest control would be your only hope of getting rid of them. Your Garden Might Suffer If for some reason, you have let your gutters go uncleaned for so long that in addition to having stagnant water, the roof has actually started overflowing onto the garden bed, it’s bad news for the garden too. The section of the garden which is being overwatered continuously will begin to rot, and if you have plants there, they may die out. Cracking the House Open This is probably the last thing that would want to happen to your house, but it’s true that the stagnant water from a clogged gutter can eventually crack the foundation of your home during the winter. As it’s common for the water to pool along the house’s foundation when your roof starts overflowing, that same pooled water will freeze and crack the foundation if the temperature drops below freezing point. If the job is too tough for you, search on Google for “gutter cleaning near me”. There are gutter cleaning services all over the US, so it shouldn’t be difficult to find a professional willing to clean out your gutters before your property sustains serious damage. Now that you know how important it is to clean your gutters, we have some good news for you too. Instead of spending your limited spare time and the weekends on cleaning dirty gutters, book a service with a professional gutter cleaning company and […]
Mistakes in wiring are some of the most common issues we face at home. These could lead to possible damages and accidents including electrical shocks and short circuits that could cause fires. Hence, hiring reliable electricians such as the best electrical perth team is a must to protect your home. In addition, learning what you can about these wiring issues could also help in detecting electrical errors before it worsens. Thus, here are the top 10 electrical mistakes common in homes: Leaving Wires Outside Electrical Boxes Some may think that a hanging wire outside the electrical box is forgivable. However, this is totally dangerous as it might emit heat or sparks. Hence, always keep or reconnect them inside. If you’re not sure, call an expert. Cutting Short Wires It’s ideal that you leave an extra inch or two when you cut your wires. It’s possible that you’re going to re-wire in the future so to avoid hassles, leave extensions. Neglecting the Plastic Cable If the cables are made of plastic, you should protect them from wear and tear since they’re more prone to breakage, especially the cables inside the walls and ceilings. Supporting Outlets and Switches Poorly Doing this is hazardous in every way. Not supporting these can cause movement which can lead to terminal breakage, overheating or fires. Wiring Outlets without Ground Wires Never install a three-prong plug on a two-slot outlet if you don’t have ground wires available. Ground wires make sure that everything is in a correct placement. If you don’t have a tester, buy one at your nearest hardware before you tinker on your outlets. Adding Protective Padding on Electrical Boxes If you directly connect these electrical boxes on combustible materials, you’re likely to start a fire. Thus, add a protective layer to their surfaces. Forgetting the Clamps It’s dangerous to leave your cables without clamps. Clamps are made to secure the cables in order to avoid cuts and heat in the long run. That’s why cables should be under the clamps when you’re installing them inside an electrical box. Overcrowding the Electrical Box Some of us might think that as long as the cables have clamps and extra protection, we can already overcrowd the electrical box without concerns. However, doing so can overheat the box. Plus, short-circuiting could also happen. This will not only break your wirings but also cause fires. Failing to Check the Neutral and Hot Wires This issue might only appear after someone gets a shock from the wire. That’s why you need to be wary of the neutral and hot wires. Make sure that you’re not interchanging them because this can create a lethal shock which can greatly distress anyone. Installing the GFCI Incorrectly Don’t mix up the lines from the ground fault circuit interrupters since these are the ones that protect you from shock. If you’re not sure how to install them, don’t hesitate to watch tutorials or call an electrician to do the work. Although electrical problems are oftentimes […]
The financial landscape hasn’t changed that much over the past few years, leaving home loans as the most frequently chosen option for people who want to move into the house of their dreams. In fact, getting the keys to your perfect abode is a long process. The first of many steps on this journey of yours is getting as much information as possible on all kinds of loans, ranging from land to VA construction loans. This is why we have decided to offer some help by putting together a list of home loans that you should definitely know about. VA Construction Loan Since there are more than 21 million veterans of the U.S. armed forces, we have decided to include the VA construction loan on our list. Veterans share a dream with many other people, the dream of building a custom home, but since they are as not informed as they should be, some of them are not aware of the available VA construction options. The VA construction loan program is a no down payment program, but at the same time you will need to have at least a 620 credit score to get the loan from the VA lenders. Currently the main issue for VA borrowers is to find a lender willing to give them a construction loan. The best possible route for VA borrowers is to get informed by talking with as many banks, construction firms and financial institutions as possible. This will help the veterans chose to work with a partner that offers the best terms. Land Purchase Loans In some instances, people prefer to go step-by-step, as they don’t have enough financial assets or a high enough credit score to get into the house loan process. For these people getting a piece of land where they will build their estate is the primary concern. You should know that there are special types of loans that can help you buy the plot of land you’re interested in. Where can you seek information about these land purchase loans? Your first stop should be all the local banks. Ask their representatives about the land purchase loans, the process and credit score requirements. You should know that banks look at land purchase loans as riskier loans, because the collateral doesn’t have the value that it would have if there was a household built on it. This is why you will see higher figures on down payments and interest rates on these loans than on others. Home Purchase Loans If we are going to rate loans by popularity, then home purchase loans are the absolute winners. If you take a look at any bank or financial institution, the chances are that you are going to find at least one available home purchase loan option for yourself. When it comes to the age of the house you want to buy, there are no restrictions. Home purchase loans are designed to cover your expenses whether your are buying and old farm house or […]
Just about everyone living in suburban areas has their own lawn. It happens to be something that has become one of the most characteristic features of living away from the big city. Regardless of where you may be living, you will have come across plenty of houses having their own lawns and grassy patches. Then again, it isn’t entirely a ‘suburban thing’ either. Although cities are often criticized as being nothing more than ‘concrete jungles’, not all areas of the city happen to be patched up to the last square feet with cement. On the contrary, one can find plenty of places in urbanized areas where there are at least a few patches of grass here and there. The same is also true of people who live in apartments or high-rises that are increasingly becoming ‘green’ by creating little grassy patches wherever space may allow. To many people, it may seem rather strange when they observe our desire for grassy lawns and green patches. While it may seem to be the case at face value to a lot of people, it isn’t the case at all if you take a deeper look at it. The reason for this is because of our ancient origins. Humans didn’t randomly emerge in a concrete city that was up and running for them to begin with. The reality is that we came from nature and this earthly origin of our species shows itself in the smallest of things that we look forward to and appreciate in our everyday lives; be it looking at a bird sitting on a tree or getting our thumbs green. In very simple terms, you could say that this is our instinctual way of staying close to nature, from which we came. Coming to lawns in general, you could say that lawns are our way of reclaiming a connection to nature and expressing our desire to distance ourselves from the artificiality of our environment as much as possible. This yearning has, in turn, led to a multi-billion dollar lawn-care industry, which is growing at a steady pace with each passing year. Lawn care, which encompasses everything from the grasses themselves to the implements, chemicals, and what is not required to keeping it in good condition, happen to be an excellent business opportunity because of the demand that exists in the current marketplace. As with anything in life, lawns too require routine maintenance in order to ensure that they are in their optimal condition. In fact, the fact that you are dealing with something that is alive makes it all the more important that people pay attention to regularly maintaining them. It is here that the concept of ‘National Lawn Care Month’ comes into the picture. It is not really that hard to understand what the whole thing is about. It is exactly what it sounds like; which is to say that it is a way of raising awareness among the people about the importance of how to care about their […]
Want to wake up to the view of the beautiful Arizona desert every morning? Now you can with Sky Crossing, the new master plan community in North Phoenix. Sky Crossing offers not only a remarkable lifestyle, but also the access to endless resort style amenities. Plus, Sky Crossing is conveniently located near all of North Phoenix’s hottest spots. Remarkable Lifestyle Inside of a gated community sits 16 neighborhoods full of elegant homes that include the canvas of the Sonoran Desert right out the backdoor. Sky Crossing offers a number of floor plans to choose from including one-story and two-story options. All of the modern-day home designs come with culinary-style kitchens complete with beautiful backsplash and granite countertops. Local builders Pulte Homes and Taylor Morrison come together to design and build one-of a kind homes with different options for all size families. Taylor Morrison’s Adelaide Looking for a gorgeous one-story home? The Adelaide by Taylor Morrison is a 2,465-square foot home complete with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, a dining room, den and a 3-car split garage. The floor plan comes with only the best features and is the perfect size for any growing family. Pulte’s Springfield Searching for the right two-story home? The Springfield by Pulte Homes has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a 2-car garage and is 1,852-square feet. There are 2 different floor plans to choose from, but both are filled with brand new and stunning features. Resort Style Amenities In case you want to venture outside the new homes in Phoenix, you don’t have to go very far to experience resort style amenities. The onsite community center is surrounded by a beach entry pool, spa, shaded pavilions, cabanas and even a fire pit. It is the perfect place to lounge with your favorite book and enjoy the beautiful desert sunshine. Not far from the pool area sits an onsite fitness center with state of the art equipment. They also offer a variety of fitness classes for residents like dance, yoga and aerobics. If you are looking for a place to be active outdoors, the Village Green has a park full of fresh grass and a basketball court. But this is also an area where you can relax with a splash pad and barbeque pavilion. Plus, there are plenty of pocket parks throughout Sky Crossing where you can walk your dog and toss the ball around. And to top it all off, Sky Crossing is located in the Paradise Valley School District, which is ranked as one of the top school districts in the whole state of Arizona and it is located right next to only the top hospitals including the award-winning Mayo Clinic. Beauty of Phoenix The weather is nearly perfect in Phoenix, which makes it a great spot for Sky Crossing so you can enjoy all of their outdoor amenities. Plus, the view of the desert and Arizona mountains from Sky Crossing is breathtaking. If you want to completely venture off the property, there are plenty of nearby […]
Your home is one of the biggest investments you will ever make. It is where you will live and perhaps raise a family. You want to take care of it to the best of your ability and make sure it does not lose any market value. Regular upkeep and maintenance will take care of this. Whether you choose to live in your home for many years or decide to move shortly after you buy it, you would like to make money when you sell it. Property values can fluctuate, and this may afford you some profit when selling your home. This is not something you can depend on, as recent history as shown. A better way to ensure that your home will be worth more when you put it up for sale is to perform some home improvements that are designed to increase its value. To accomplish that goal, you may need to rely on a home improvement loan from a reputable home finance company like Hearth. Here are 5 home improvements that will increase the value of your home. Paint A fresh coat of paint will make your home look better and sell more quickly, while also protecting your home’s surfaces. When getting ready to sell you don’t need to paint everything, according to Consumer Reports. Instead, concentrate on high-traffic areas like kitchens and bathrooms. Exterior doors should look good and be scratch free, to entice potential buyers during your open house period. Avoid dark or overly bright colors, sticking to color schemes concentrating on whites and off-whites, as these neutral color palettes allow the prospective buyer to see the space as their own. These colors also appeal to buyers of all age groups. It is worth the money to go for a high-quality paint, as the look and feel will be noticeable. This is the type of improvement that can be done by the homeowner or by hiring a professional to do the job. Kitchen upgrade Upgrading your kitchen is a great way to impress home buyers and increase the value of your home. The new generation of homebuyers, namely the millennials, are particularly interested in having a modern and updated kitchen. A coat of paint, new appliances and countertops, and some new flooring can make a big difference in increasing the asking price for your home. Looks that are particularly popular these days are the contemporary and clean design of stainless steel, including black stainless steel for a slightly more subdued look. Quartz countertops are also a big attraction and can round out your kitchen with a distinctive look. Energy efficiency There are many areas of your home where energy efficiency can be incorporated into home improvements. These certainly add value to your home as the ability to save money on a monthly basis is a big selling point for any buyer. One place to start is with your windows. Energy star certified windows can save upwards of 10% on heating and cooling bills. New windows can […]
While it is great to have choices, sometimes it can be confusing when you are thinking about improvements for your home. There are many options for any project that you want to do with your home and when it comes to siding, people often get stuck trying to figure out whether they want aluminum siding of vinyl siding. In this article, we are going to talk about whether vinyl siding or aluminum siding is better for your home. Which is Better? Vinyl or Aluminum? There are many factors that will play into which of these options are the best for your home. Aluminum can be a good choice for your home depending on the location, but as with anything else there are going to be pros and cons that you will find as you are working through the decision process. Understanding each of the pros and cons for aluminum siding and vinyl siding is important. If you are thinking about aluminum siding repair, the following information will be helpful as you are going through the decision process. It may be helpful to get a sheet of paper to write down the pros and cons that you find so that you can have a visual aid to understanding what will work best for you and for your home. Pros & Cons of Aluminum Siding The first thing you should know is that not all aluminum siding is created equally. The thickness of your siding has a lot to do with its quality. If you get cheap siding it is only about 0.4 thick and you may hear it referred to as 40-gauge aluminum. The standard quality is 44 gauge but if you want the best siding, you will purchase 53-gauge siding. It may be more expensive but it is going to last longer than other siding. However, it may require painting two to three times during its lifetime in order to keep it looking new. You can get both vertical and horizontal format which gives you freedom of creating the appearance you want for your home. It is light and easy to install which means it may be less expensive to install, at least in regard to labor costs. If you live on the coast, it is a great choice since there is a lot of moisture and salt spray. While wood and some other siding products absorb moisture, you won’t deal with that with aluminum. It is actually completely waterproof and gives your home great protection against moisture problems. Homeowners living in extremely cold areas may find aluminum to be a better choice than vinyl because it is not affected by the elements. Aluminum also great in moderate and warm climates, as is insect proof and fire resistant. You may be able to get a lower rate on your house owners insurance because of it. Some of the drawbacks of aluminum siding are the susceptibility of aluminum to dents, scratches and other damage. If you have to replace a single […]
When it comes to real estate—especially buying and flipping houses and properties—there is money to be made whether you’ve been in the real estate business for a while, have just used a tagline maker to come up with the perfect slogan for your new company, or are trying it out on your own. With strong housing markets throughout the US, house flipping is on the rise. In fact, it is at the highest it has been in more than a decade. As of last year, over 207,000 homes and condos were flipped, totaling over $16 billion for the purchases of homes that were flipped. The rise in the number of homes being flipped is due, in part, to the opportunity in the market, the creativity of the work, the money to be made, and the influence of shows like Flip or Flop and Fixer Upper. Not all houses are easily flipped or resell well, though. There’s more to flipping properties than just buying, fixing and painting, and relisting a house on the market—you have to find the right house to flip in the first place. Whether you run a business, have just launched a startup, or are interested in trying flipping on your own, the following tips will help you find the right house to flip so that you can have the highest potential for profit. Make Sure You Have all the Resources You Need Before you start flipping houses, it’s important that you have the cash or loan that you need to make a purchase, that you have a good team behind you to get the necessary renovations done, and that you have the cash you need to purchase the items for the reno. Before you even start watching the market, find a team that you can trust to do the job well, do it on time, and do it in the budget. Although you might be hoping that the profit from the sale will cover some of the costs, you should never rely on money you don’t have to get the job done. Location Matters Whether you’re looking for a house to make your home or for a property to flip, the location of the house matters. People want houses that are located near good schools, surrounded by other houses that are well taken care of, and that will give them easy access to the freeway and shopping. While one house may not have it all, it’s important to find one that has as much as possible. Nobody wants to move into a crime-riddled neighborhood, especially one that is well off the freeway. Do a Though Inspection Before Making a Final Decision It’s easy to see the surface issues that are a simple fix and fall in love with a property you’re considering flipping, but if you don’t do a thorough inspection before you put in an offer and close the deal, you could end up in serious trouble. Some houses may have what look like cosmetic […]