home improvement: When Is The Best Time Of Year To Buy Things For A Home - 01/08/21 06:30 AM
For those who are trying to buy things for their home, it is important to think carefully. Nobody wants to overpay; however, reaching for something cheap may simply end up getting replaced quickly. There are a few highlights that everyone should consider purchasing for their home in January!
Purchase Some Furniture In January
First, everyone has to make sure they think about buying furniture either in January or July. A lot of furniture manufacturers provide retail stores with new pieces in February and August. Therefore, a lot of furniture will go on sale starting either in January or July.
Storage Items Go On Sale … (5 comments)

home improvement: The Top House Appraisal Tips For Home Buyers And Sellers - 01/06/21 09:48 AM
There are a lot of steps that come with buying or selling a home. One of the routine steps that have to be accomplished is called a home appraisal. When it comes to a home appraisal, this is something that can cause both buyers and sellers to pause for a second. For those who might not know, a house appraisal is where a trained professional will take a look at the fair market value of the home. It is important to understand what happens when a home appraisal is conducted. 
Compare The Home To Similar Properties
When a home appraisal is conducted, its … (2 comments)

home improvement: Three Do-It-Yourself Seasonal Home Improvement Projects - 09/30/20 02:20 PM
Owning a home comes with a lot of joy and responsibility. Many homeowners are looking for improvement projects that they can do themselves. There are a few options that rise to the surface. Take a look at some of the fun projects that most homeowners can do at home!
Perform Routine Maintenance on the HVAC System
One of the top projects that homeowners can perform involves routine HVAC maintenance. In order to make sure the HVAC system is running appropriately, it is important to service it regularly. Even though there are a few tasks that have to be left to those with the … (1 comments)

home improvement: How to Get Stains & Grease Off Of Walls - 09/08/20 12:28 PM
Stains are common issues faced by homeowners; however, when the stains involve the walls, this can be a difficult challenge. Stains and grease are a much tougher challenge than dust and cobwebs. That is why there are specialized methods that help remove grease and stains from walls.
Remove Grease From Kitchen Walls
Grease is one of the most common occupational hazards of cooking. While grease can prevent foods from sticking to pots and pans, this can be a real challenge if it ends up on the kitchen walls.
Fortunately, there is dish soap that can strip the grease right off of the walls. In … (3 comments)

home improvement: Top 10 Indoor Houseplants For Your Air Quality - 08/12/20 11:43 AM
Houseplants are great for decorating. They can brighten up any room. Plus, houseplants can increase the air quality in a room. That makes you happier, healthier and reduces stress.
Speaking of stress, these plants won’t create any at all. All of the plants on this list are great at producing oxygen and require very little care.
10. Heartleaf Philodendron
A tough plant that’s a good filter for toxins like formaldehyde, Heartleaf Philodendron makes a great houseplant. The only downside is that it’s toxic to eat, so it may not be the best choice for those with kids or pets. But if you can control … (1 comments)

home improvement: The Renovations That Provide The Best Return On Your Investment - 07/10/20 07:00 AM
Renovating a home is not only a way to increase the family’s standard of living but it can also be seen as an investment. There are multiple ways for someone to increase the value of their home and renovations are one of the most straightforward. At the same time, some investments offer a better return than others.
Those who are thinking about selling their home in the future should strive to get every dollar possible. Renovations can make this happen.
Garage Door Replacement
When people think about renovations, they don’t often think about the garage. Some people don’t even include their garage in their … (1 comments)

home improvement: 4 Surprising Things That Might Increase Your Home’s Value - 05/29/20 02:12 PM
You’ve probably heard that living near excellent schools or having curb appeal can boost the value of your home. However, a home’s value is dependent upon a lot of different factors. Some of these things are more obvious than others. Things that might seem insignificant can have an impact on your home’s worth. Here are some surprising things that can affect the existing value of your home or how much a buyer is willing to pay for it.
#1 A Blue Kitchen or Bathroom
Painting your home is an easy and cost-effective way to update your home. Just make sure that you select … (3 comments)

home improvement: 3 Ways To Make Your Home Safer - 05/19/20 11:37 AM
In the wake of the recent news reports, you might be looking for ways to make your home safer. Some of the most common accidents and events that take place in homes include poisoning events, falls, and even burglaries. The good news is that there are ways to improve the safety of your home. You might even be rewarded with a lower home insurance premium!
Invest In An Alarm System
It is not easy to figure out exactly how many burglaries are prevented every year by having an alarm system; however, even having a sign in the front yard could be enough to … (0 comments)

home improvement: Home Maintenance Projects That Could Save You Thousands On Repairs - 05/15/20 08:30 AM
Owning a house comes with major responsibilities and one of the most important is routine maintenance. While many people like to skip routine maintenance in an effort to save money, the reality is that these routine maintenance is going to save people down the road. The reality is that maintenance is a homeowner’s first line of defense when it comes to protecting their most valuable investment, which is their home.
There are a few projects that may save homeowners thousands of dollars down the road.
Inspect The Plumbing Connections
It is easy to forget about the plumbing system because many people don’t even see … (2 comments)

home improvement: The 5 Best Power Tools For Home Improvement On The Market Today - 05/08/20 09:34 AM
For most people, their home is the most valuable investment they are ever going to make. Therefore, it should make sense that people will want to improve its value over time. In this case, people are going to need to invest in power tools. Those who are interested in home improvement projects need to know about the five most important power tools available in today’s market.
A Power Drill
While this might seem obvious, many people do not own a power drill. This is almost always at the top of the list of the best power tools on the market. It is a … (1 comments)

home improvement: How To Save Big Money On Your Next Home Renovation Project - 05/05/20 09:53 AM
Every year, homeowners spend billions of dollars renovating their homes. It almost seems expected that homeowners are going to end up going over budget on any project. On the other hand, this doesn’t have to be the case. In reality, there are a few tips and tricks that homeowners can follow to help them save big money on that next home renovation project.
Serve As The General Contractor
Many homeowners hire a general contractor to control the staffing of each individual project. While this might reduce stress levels, it also costs more money. Hiring a general contractor adds an additional middle man to … (2 comments)

home improvement: Home Improvements For A New Home Or When Getting Ready To Sell - 04/14/20 07:46 AM
With time on our hands, many of us are busying ourselves with home improvement projects. Some simple changes can increase the attractiveness of a home and may help with a sale. If you are getting ready to sell your home or if you just want to beautify it a little, here are some low-cost tips for home improvements to consider.
Go Green
Adding indoor plants is nice and improves interior air quality. If you have the room for it, consider a vertical garden. A vertical garden may use the entire ceiling-to-floor area of one wall. With the proper type of grow lights, it … (0 comments)

home improvement: When It Makes Sense To DIY - 03/27/20 07:21 AM
Many homeowners enjoy DIY, or Do-it-Yourself, home improvement projects. There’s nothing quite like the pride of knowing you used your own hands to put together or improve something.
With the explosion of social media sites such as YouTube, Pinterest,and TikTok, spending a weekend on DIY projects seems easier than ever before. After just a couple of minutes spent searching, you can find a step-by-step tutorial, before and after photos, or a time-lapse video of any project imaginable. Anyone can do this! Right?
Not so fast. In some cases, it may not make sense to DIY. How do you decide whether it will be … (1 comments)

home improvement: Home Improvement Projects For The Quarantined - 03/26/20 09:48 AM
If you have paid attention to the news recently, you have probably heard about the coronavirus pandemic which also goes by the name COVID-19. Those who are exposed to the virus might be asked to place themselves in quarantine. Some states have even told their residents to shelter in place. While this infection has forced everyone to change the way they live their lives, there are still some home improvement projects you can tackle during quarantine to put your free time to use.
Jump On Spring Cleaning
One of the first home improvement projects people need to tackle is spring cleaning. Spring is … (1 comments)

home improvement: Turn Your Yard Into An All-Seasons Living Space - 03/25/20 02:49 PM
Think of backyard space as “in-between” or transitional space that is a bit like being inside while being outside. Sunrooms, screened-in covered patios, outdoor kitchens, spas, fire pits and more, are all becoming very popular ways to make more use of the backyard. Making use of the outside area is not limited to only the times of the year that have nice, warm weather.
Sitting around a fire pit, with a blazing fire in it, is a perfect way to spend a chilly winter evening under the stars. This is a bit like camping out, without having to leave the comfort of … (1 comments)

home improvement: Big Home Repairs That Can Sink A Budget Quickly - 02/19/20 12:20 PM
For most individuals and families, their home is the most expensive investment they will ever purchase. Therefore, it is important for everyone to take care of their home. Routine maintenance can prevent costly repairs from arising down the road.
It is important for homeowners to make sure they budget for home maintenance and repair costs. Even with a meticulous repair schedule, it is still possible that a major repair might be required. There are a few home repairs that are more expensive than others.
Damage To The Foundation Of The Home
One of the most expensive home repairs that might come up involves damage … (0 comments)

home improvement: Home Improvements That May Improve Resale Value - 02/14/20 10:41 AM
Did you know that some home improvements lower the resale value of a home and decrease the number of potential buyers? If you are going to repaint the exterior of your home bright, traffic-cone orange and try to sell it for a high price, think again! Maybe, if the artist Pablo Picasso once lived there that might work, but probably not under any other circumstances.
Some things are counter-intuitive. A swimming pool is an example. Swimming pools are great and highly desirable for many people. However, others do not necessarily think so and only see them as adding unnecessary expenses for maintenance … (1 comments)

home improvement: Common Problems Faced By New Homeowners - 02/13/20 10:18 AM
Buying a new home is a big step for individuals and families. This is a time for celebration as the new furniture gets moved in, everyone gets adjusted, and the honeymoon phase starts with the new home. On the other hand, buying a home also means that all of the responsibilities rest with the owners.
Here are a few common problems that new homeowners face.
Taking Care Of The Outside
Many homeowners are quick to realize that there is a tremendous amount of maintenance on the outside of the home. Now, the exterior is their responsibility and doesn’t fall on a landlord. Sure, it can … (1 comments)

home improvement: The Most Commonly Searched Household How-To Remedies - 12/20/19 10:35 AM
Owning a home comes with a lot of responsibility. Many of the responsibilities that people think about involve home maintenance. There are few things that frustrate a homeowner more than having repair and maintenance bills come up. At the same time, it is important to address these properly.
For this reason, it is important for everyone to understand the most common how-tos people search for. This will give someone a glimpse into some of the responsibilities he or she might face when owning a home. Those who can handle these how-tos can save money on maintenance costs and repair bills.
How To Unclog … (1 comments)

home improvement: How To Navigate The Changing Remodeling Market - 11/15/19 10:15 AM
Remodeling is a common project that homeowners take on. If you are looking to remodel your home, it is important to keep in mind that this involves more than just improving your living area. If you remodel your home, you might also be expecting to generate a return on your investment. 
In prior years, a home remodel meant an increase in the value of your home. Furthermore, some people actually make money by buying homes, fixing them up, and selling them. This is commonly called “flipping.” Unfortunately, like other sectors of the economy, this market ebbs and flows. Recently, it looks like … (0 comments)

 
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