Here are some simple and effective fall maintenance tips to help you get prepared for the upcoming winter. Read more
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Do you remember when you mom used to tell you to turn off the lights as you were leaving a room? This infographic gives you some more understanding of the types of lightbulbs being used and how each impacts the energy being used.
In our homes we have doors, drawers and other handy compartments that allow us to tuck away and hide our clutter or disorganization. Don’t worry, I’m guilty of this too at times. Closets are the big one. It is so convenient to shove anything that is not of use at the time into an already crazily full closet filled with the rest of your unneeded stuff. Read more
Have you ever wondered what your favorite room would look like with a different color wall? It is so easy to use paint to refresh and redesign a room. However, choosing the color that you just have to have is hard. You bring home paint chips and paint samples. You paint your wall with 5 different paint colors to see what it looks like before painting your whole room.
Here are some great online tools that help you look at your room and play with different colors to determine what works best for you and your room. Read more
Take a look at this infographic on HVAC from WellHome, http://www.wellhome.com/blog/2011/04/understanding-hvac/
Understanding the ins and outs of your home’s heating and cooling equipment can be an essential part of helping to insure your home is operating at maximum energy efficiency. Your HVAC system can often times be the biggest component of this efficiency. By understanding how HVAC systems heat and cool your home, it is easier to make an informed and intelligent decision.
Creating budgets is a must for your home improvement projects. It will help everyone involved in your project in understanding where the finances are for your project. It provides a compass on when and how to proceed with various aspects of your project.
A high level budget is important relative to your overall current financial situation. Developing a list of all your desired home improvement projects and providing a quick estimate for each one helps you assess these against other spending like vacations, entertainment, education, etc. Read more
Every homeowner seems to have ideas in their head about what projects they would like to improve their home. The ideas are endless and vision of “what could be” makes us happy in our dreamlike state. Then reality hits.
The woman wants a new kitchen. She also hates the carpet in the bathroom. The man wants a “man cave” big screen TV room. The hot water is not hot anymore and the hot water heater may need to be replaced. The kids want a pool. The budget is tight and you can’t afford everything. Choices need to be made. The negotiations, or selling pitches, begin on why this project is more important than the other. Read more
The word “project” has lots of different meanings to different homeowners. And not all projects are created equal. There are small projects and big projects. There are simple projects and complex projects. There are urgent projects that need to get done right away, and there are discretionary projects that are more “wish lists.” There are indoor projects, projects on the outside of the home, and landscape projects.
Because of this diversity of projects in the home, planning and executing on these is also different. Below are a series of questions to help you categorize your different projects. Ask yourself these questions about each project you are considering. In doing this mental exercise, it will help you start the planning process.
- Is a budget important because of the size of the project?
- How many products need to be selected in order to execute the project?
- If you have multiple products, how well do they need to work together?
- Who is going to select the products for the project?
- What skill level is required to install the products?
- Are you willing to learn the skill and do it yourself?
- If the skill is beyond your ability, how are you going to find a qualified person or company to do the work?
- Are you going to get multiple estimates or quotes from qualified sources?
- Is the time of year an important factor in the ability to execute the project?
- How long will it take to execute the project?
- Will the project severely impact your current ability to live in the home?
- Is the project urgent and needs to be executed immediately or is the timing of the project flexible?
Your projects may fit in a small, medium and large category. With these questions, you are better prepared in determing the next steps to take for your projects.
Rain is such a great thing for your yard however large sums of water can reak havoc on your home. The average roof (1000 sq. ft.) will collect over 650 gallons of water with just 1 inch of rainfall. Too much water could cause foundation problems and landscape rot. Additionally, rain can cause challenges with your gutters if they are not properly maintained. Gutters can accumulate rocks, leaves, acorns and other debris that clog or block the flow of water leaving your gutters useless and possibly causing more home structural damage. So take the opportunity and clean your gutters to make sure that they are free of debris and are functioning properly. Read more