Simple Tips For Low Cost Home Improvements

Have you been thinking about remodeling your home? Keep in mind that you can often achieve your goal without a giant expense. Small improvements introduced in almost every room, including the exterior of the house can make all the difference.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

Keep it clean and keep it simple!

A clean and neat house is appealing and eye-catching. You can start improving the appearance of your house simply by cleaning out the debris. Try making your garden look like an ideal place with some weeding and cleaning out the flower beds. Paint the front door to give your home a more welcoming feeling.

De-cluttering is also a part of cleaning, so get rid of things you don’t need to make room for new ones. The first glance is usually enough for a selective buyer to quickly estimate a house.

Does the exterior of your home need repainting? Is there a walkway that you can highlight by introducing some flowers? Remember to keep it simple. Focus on making things neat and tidy.

Two hot spots of every home:

The two most closely inspected rooms of a house are the kitchen and the master bathroom. If you are looking to focus on two hot spots, these are the interior rooms where the most value can be added during a sale, so make them look their best to increase your return on investment.

Is your kitchen may be in need of an upgrade? A well updated kitchen will dramatically increase the value of your home, so focus on spicing up this room to grab buyer attention. Renovating your kitchen using modern d├ęcor is going to instantly improve the value of your home. Many times a buyer will compromise on other rooms and will buy a home just because its kitchen is well-maintained and inviting.

The same holds true for bathrooms, especially the master bathroom. You will charm open house-goers with modern upgrades like dual vanities and soaking tubs in your master bath. Replace the faucets and clean up the bathroom counter. We would again emphasize on simplicity because for easy maintenance.

What to Invest in?

So, you’re done de-cluttering, cleaning and upgrading. What’s next? Well, if you are willing to make a good upgrade investment, it is recommended to divide your renovation plan into four parts to bring impressive improvements to your home. Here are the four areas you may want to seriously consider upgrading:

Lighting: If you are not satisfied with the lighting system in your house, replace it.

This would entail buying lighting fixtures and other equipment for each room to make it look consistent and attractive.

Plumbing: Many old homes have rusty pipes and some leakage in the plumbing that needs attention. Your home will not sell fast and at a price you have in mind if you haven’t already upgraded the plumbing system.

Flooring: Most people nowadays look for hardwood floors or alternatives that are easy to manage and provide health benefits instead of carpeting. Tiled floors are also fairly acceptable. If you think this improvement would bring you higher profits, make the investment without delay.

HVAC Replacement: Today new energy-efficient HVAC systems are being introduced to the market that incur a one-time cost and help you save huge amounts of money on utility bills. You can add a unique selling feature to your house by making this replacement part of your home improvement strategy.

What’s really worth repairing?

Remember that not all things are worth repairing; some need to be thrown out and others need to be replaced. This is a good principle to follow when staging a home.

Inspect every aspect of your home and then come up with a plan within your budget to bring a fresh crisp look to your home. You may want to replace outdated appliances in the kitchen with new modern models. Repairing old appliances is not an option. If your budget doesn’t allow an appliance upgrade, simply give the ones you use a color-boost to improve their appearance.

If you already have wooden floors installed at home, look for scratches and be prepared for some refinishing. Wooden floors are highly desirable, even if they are old and worn. Give them a little lift-up to make them more attractive and appealing.

Nowadays energy-efficiency has found its way into many of our systems including the windows. Home buyers look for the latest windows and other systems that are designed as energy-efficient since they provide a number of economical, health and environmental benefits. Replace your old windows for new energy-efficient windows to improve the value of your home.

If your bathroom floors are tiled, look for any flaws or cracks especially if the tiles are white or light-colored. These types of flaws are hard to conceal even if you arrange everything else very neatly. So, before investing in other bathroom accessories replace a cracked floor tile.

Adventures In Home Improvement

Tim the tool man here again bringing you another adventure in home improvement. This time offering a step by step guide for any do it yourself project when your home has an unexpected leak coming from the ceiling inside your house. One of the first thoughts when you first notice moisture, a water spot, of hear that dripping sound when ever it rains is that somewhere on your roof there just maybe a crack, a small hole where a roofing nail used to be or some missing caulk around the flashing around the roof vents. In any case trying to find just where that leak is coming from on your roof is like finding a needle in a haystack. In other words an impossible task to locate just where that crack or hole is on one’s roof.

There are many options to consider when one is faced in preventing further water damage inside one’s home due to a leaky roof. The most obvious one is the thought that the roof is old and it might be in need of a total replacement. That’s the most expensive option. One that will cost well over $5,000 or more depending on the square footage of your roof. For many of us especially us senior citizens living on Social Security that is not the option. The best chance to eliminate any leaks, protect home and at the same time if you happen to live in a warm climate such as Florida keep your interior cool on those extremely hot and humid days is to apply a silicone water proof barrier over the entire roof.

With the advent of today’s silicone roofing technologies they have come up with various sealants that would more affordable and more practical to apply directly on your roof instead of a total roof repair. Through due diligence and research on the many types of silicone sealers I recommend Eterna-Lote S-100. From all the recommendations there are this one is by far the best choice for any type of roof. You can order it online but, for sheer convince and cost Home Depot carries this brand. They say timing is everything for I was just fortunate enough to be at Home Depot when they had Eterna-Lote S-100 on sale. Originally a 5 gallon bucket would cost a little over $200 but it was marked down to $70. The square footage of my roof required two 5 gallon drums of this sealant. A far better price than had I opted to replace my roof. Besides there is a 50 year warranty. What a deal.

There really isn’t much to do once you have the necessary equipment needed to complete the task at hand in applying this sealant on your roof. 5 gallons covers just about 500 square feet no primer needed. What I recommend for a single story dwelling is an 8ft. ladder, and extendable roller handle with a paint roller designed for rough surfaces considering our roof is a rolled out shingled roof. Next you will need an empty 5 gallon bucket. Once you have these necessary tools application is easy to do.

One other word of caution is to check the weather forecast before applying. For best results your roof should be dry and free of any debris. If any rain is in the forecast wait until there is at least two days of warm dry weather before and after applying this sealant. What I did was wait until the weather was a balmy sunny 65 degrees. And in Florida during the winter months 65 degree days are quite common. I started with emptying 2 gallons of Eterna into the empty 5 gallon bucket giving me easy access to lift it up on to the roof. This is because I am not Hercules any longer and 5 gallons of this sealant weighs just about 100 lbs. So carrying that weight up my ladder would have been a considerable chore, to say the least.

Having a slow pitched A frame roof it is quite easy to move around without any safety lines. Just be careful when you come close to any edge. That is why having this extended roller handle came in handy. Starting in the back of he house I proceeded to roll this sealant covering the roof, easing my way toward the front. Two and a half gallons of sealant covered 1/4 of my roof surface. Four hours later exhausted from all the non stop application I finally finished. It was around 3:45 PM just about the time the instructions stated that” for best results do not apply after 4 PM.” All I had to do now was clean up.

Clean up is relatively easy Paint thinner is the best choice to clean your roller and any drops of sealant that just happened to splatter on yourself. I wasn’t so fortunate though I look down and my legs were splattered with sealant. I probably had more sealant on me than on some parts of my roof. Just kidding though. Anyway with a clean cloth and paint thinner I managed clean up what ever mess I made.

The moment of truth arrived to see how effective this roofing sealant really is two days latter. It was around two in the morning and rain started pouring down. Wind gusts exceeded 50 mph and for four hours driving rain pounded the roof. Somewhere during that time two large tree branches broke off landing just short of our outdoor kitchen just missing the roof. Through it all not a drop came through our ceiling. Our house was safe and dry.

So if you have a leak somewhere coming from your ceiling and you know it is not coming from an upstairs bathroom it could only come from a crack or leak somewhere on your roof. Instead of replacing your roof Tim the tool man recommends Eterna-kote S-100 ultra silicone sealant for your roofing repairs even if you happen to locate where that leak is coming from. It works. Tim the tool man signing off until the next time.

What Landlords Should Know About Home Improvement Grants

All American rental property owners, particularly those who are in need of essential repairs but lack sufficient funding to do so, should be made aware of the existence of home improvement grants that are sponsored by United States government. Whether your repair issues are that of a cosmetic nature or a project related to tenant safety, whether you need supplemental funding in order to do it, or you just would rather spend Uncle Sam’s money than your own, there may be generous amounts of free government money for you to apply towards your expenses.

Knowing this, let us now concentrate on a rather important subject for landlords…the consequences of neglecting to maintain your rental properties. Though this may seem an unpleasant topic to discuss, we know that this is pertinent information for a landlord to possess, and requires recognition. When adhering to a rental agreement made between a landlord and tenant, it is a given that the unit made available to the renter, as well as all common areas of the building such as laundry rooms, hallways, courtyards, and basements, will be properly maintained and inspected in order to insure tenant safety. Many respectable landlords utilize government home improvement grants make this possible

When the required maintenance is left untended to, or poorly performed, this puts the tenants at risk of potential danger. The repercussions of the neglect of the building, and compromise of its occupants, can result in a number of unfavorable circumstances for the property owner. Aside from the obvious downfall being that any unattended to repair issue usually will in time become worse and more costly to repair, there are many worse scenarios that frequently occur for landlords who’s maintenance attention skills leave something to be desired.

Regardless of whether or not they have a signed a lease, any legal occupants of your building have a right to safe conditions and repairs to be made in a timely manner. If you as the property owner do not attend to these matters, it is completely legal for your tenants to withhold their rent payments until you do. You do not have to have any type of written agreement with the tenant for them to take this action. It is their right, and it is the law.

In addition to this financial setback, you may then be fined by state or city inspectors and court ordered to make the repairs, or in some extreme cases, evacuate the premises. On a regular basis, many particularly undesirable landlords have been sued by tenants, had their buildings condemned, and some repeat offenders have actually been jailed for such neglectful actions that put the building occupants in physical jeopardy. All the while acquiring free government money in home improvement grants to finance the repairs could have prevented this.

If you are a landlords, good or bad, with wonderfully kept property, or homes that require extensive rehabilitation, do yourself and your tenants a favor and familiarize yourself with the free government grant programs that offer home improvement grants. After all, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.

The Benefits of Attending a Home Improvement Trade Show

One of the most direct methods companies use to get in front of their customers is by exhibiting at trade shows. Trade shows are extremely valuable for both exhibitors and attendees. Home improvement shows are conventions where several companies come together to display their best products and services related to home design, decor, improvement, and remodeling.

If you are a homeowner remodeling your home, attending a home remodeling show can give you essential insight on available and trending products as well as which company can serve your needs best.If a company has a new product or service, they’re likely to disclose it for the first time at a trade show. This is a great way for you to have access to the most up-to-date and innovative home remodeling products and services.

Show attendees say that one of the greatest benefits of participating in a trade show is abbreviating the purchasing process from weeks to a single day. According to a survey conducted by Skyline Exhibits and EXPO Magazine, “trade shows and conferences are an important part of product sourcing and buying process” said 88% of the people polled, while 91% said that “trade shows are essential for comparing products and meeting suppliers in person.” Surveys also show over and over that prospects and customers attend trade shows with the intention to learn and gather information.

Trade shows can also provide you with greater confidence in your purchase. You will have an opportunity to see and compare the products first hand. This is a great way to test them out before making the final decision. Even just seeing something in person can change your mind. For instance, you may have your heart set on a lovely marble floor, but when you see under bright lighting, learn about the qualities of natural stone; such as absorbing liquids and leaving permanent stains, it just doesn’t feel as appealing as you thought it would. It’s better to make such discoveries at the show than after having it installed in your home!

HOW TO PREPARE FOR A HOME REMODELING SHOW

Know what you need or are looking for: do your homework before the show and look into the exhibitor list and floor plan. Based on what you are looking for, you should be able to prioritize a list of vendors or products that you want to make sure you get to see. This approach should help and guide you, as there will be a lot to take in, but also remain flexible. You may come across a new feature or product that you weren’t aware of before which may be just the solution you need.

Have a list of questions: if you are looking for a particular product or solution. Make sure you know what to ask in order to compare the best options.

Take business cards: make sure you take a good amount, as anybody you encounter is most likely going to ask for your information. You are also going to receive a lot of business cards, hence try to plan for a way to keep them organized.

Attend presentations: it is always a good idea to attend at least two presentations, especially from a company who sells a product you are interested in. You will have the opportunity to gather more detailed information and formulate questions about the product once you reach their booth.

Take notes: you will be getting a lot of information from many different sources so it is advisable to take notes or request literature such as brochures and/or catalogs to better remember once you return to your home or office.

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