I am reasonably certain you have seen those little products advertised on TV. You know the ones. They give you a special offer to get double the order of product if you just pay separate shipping. They are usually convenience products, but some of them get used once and put away. I suppose that some of them just are not that convenient to use. However, once in a while there is a gem that comes out. I was thinking of those Sani Sticks as seen on TV. They are the thin blue sticks made to put down your bathroom sink drain. Well, you could put them down any drain except the garbage disposal side of your kitchen sink. They would just get ground up in there.
The sticks look like a thin piece of blue licorice. They easily fit through fixed drain screens or between the pop-up valve and the drain of a bathroom sink. They are long so they stop right at that curvy part of the drain under your sink that is called a p-trap by plumbers. Continue reading
We like the location of our home. We are just about the length of a football field set back from a main road, but the pine trees make our place secluded. They are evergreen, so our house is still invisible from the road and neighbors even in winter. However, our driveway takes a curvy course through that mini forest to our house making it about 750 feet in length. With the snow in winters and a gravel driveway, we could not plow it, so we called a company that does asphalt paving in Nassau County NY to come out and tell us what it would take to upgrade our driveway.
We had been relying on four-wheel drive vehicles to get to and from our home after heavy snowfalls. We had a routine if a big snowfall was coming. Continue reading
Are you worried that you won’t be able to get your home improvements completed within the budget that you have available? This is a common concern and many of us are constantly in a position where we feel that we can’t achieve what we want without breaking the bank.
“The cost Home Improvement”
So what’s the answer? You really need to think about your home improvements as projects. Think about them in the same way that you might think about tasks in the workplace.
To begin with, you need to think about the budget that you have available. Think about how much you’re prepared to spend. Your aim isn’t to spend all of the money that you’re allowing. What you’ll be looking to do will be to spend less.
Now start listing all of the tasks and the costs associated with them. This will help you to identify the really expensive parts of your plan. Now’s the time to take a closer look at everything that you want to get done. Consider what’s
We all know home improvement projects typically aren’t cheap. In fact, many large-scale home improvement projects can run well into six figures. We won’t be talking about any of those today, however. Instead, we’re going to show you our “top five under five” (hundred, that is) list.
1) Throw on a fresh coat of paint. Face it, that boring beige color you’ve been tolerating in your living room is ready for a fresh color. So what are you waiting for? Grab a brush, put the kids to work, and refresh the area. Finish by hanging a new piece of art or photograph.
2) Clean your duct system. For somewhere between $150 to $500 (on average), you can get this knocked out for you. And this little effort has big impact! Your heating appliance will run more efficiently (saving you money), and you will realize a noticeable boost in your home’s air quality. If you have allergies or respiratory problems, this is an inexpensive project to make top priority!
3) Clean your carpets. Most folks wait way too long
Home Improvement can be the most rewarding experience you can embark on, if you like the do-it-yourself thing. I think maybe it is the accomplishment of doing something that you think you can’t do, so it is very rewarding when you prove to yourself that you can do it. I am getting too old to do many of the things I used to do. I am a Female, now 72 yrs old, and this is why I say that. I have sons that just leave me alone (even now) and let me do my thing. I love remodeling and decorating. I love to change something into something different. I have had people tell me I can’t change this to that, so I have to prove them that it can be done. One such thing was my Oak Kitchen Cabinets. They were stained and old, out of date, and the more I looked at them the more I was determined to do this. I have worked in a cabinet shop (which my Husband and I owned) so many years I can hardly remember when I didn’t, so I have
As the holidays reach an end, you might find yourself letting out a giant sight of relief. The holidays are busy, the holidays are hectic, and the holidays are often a time when we neglect our homes in an attempt to concentrate on things like shopping, cooking, and keeping the liquor key cabinet away from Grandpa Sal. To put it simply, the holidays and home maintenance don’t mesh.
But, now that the holidays are over, January is a time many home owners find themselves picking up the pieces, and getting back on the home improvement track. To get started right, consider the following tips:
Take down those Christmas Lights: We know, we know: it’s only January. Usually you don’t take your Christmas lights down until the summer solstice nears, but this year, do it early. As nice as you may think your Christmas Lights look hanging from the eves of your roof in spring, take it from us – and your neighbors – an undecorated house is better. There is a time for holiday decorations, and months after the holidays have passed isn’t it.
Home Improvement can be an expensive undertaking and it will be so much more rewarding if you get the maximum improvement to your home for the minimum outlay.
In order to do this here are some important initial ground rules.
– Before doing anything, make a list of all the possible improvements that you can think of, even though you may already have a specific project in mind.
– Review this list carefully to see which ones you really want and which ones really need to be done. At the same time put your best estimate of the cost for each idea.
– Now make absolutely sure that you really want to tackle your selected home improvement project now instead of any of the other ideas.
This will ensure that you choose the most important (to you) project and not just act on impulse. The next step is then to very carefully plan the details of the project.
If you are going to do it yourself then you must accurately cost out the materials that will be required.
Transforming your home can be a time consuming and expensive process. This helps to explain why many of us delay making such improvements and end up settling for a look that’s not as we would like it to be. Do things really have to be this way?
It’s certainly possible to make changes without spending a massive amount of money, but you do need to think carefully about how you’ll go about changing your property. Some analysts suggest that the best rooms of the home to spend money on are the bathroom and kitchen. That’s because a good quality kitchen or bathroom can really add value to your home.
But that doesn’t mean that you must make these areas your priority. It’s important that you aim to transform the parts of the house that will have the biggest impact for you and your family. A home is somewhere that you should enjoy living. The fact that it may also have been a good investment is often of secondary importance.
Getting home improvements done for less is all about being more flexible and being prepared to look at
Are great home improvements all about spending an enormous amount of money to create a really wonderful impression? This certainly describes the way that many people like to approach such projects, but improvements don’t need to break the bank.
When you think about changes to your own home, you might prefer to consider those tasks that will have the greatest impact. These needn’t be expensive and you’ll often find that some of the cheaper jobs can have the most impressive impact.
A good example of this is painting. Painting is relatively cheap when compared to many other home improvements and yet a new coat of paint can give a room a completely different look and feel. As this reveals, you don’t have to spend big to find the transformations that will impress.
But what other changes can you make that will really make a difference, without you having to spend a lot of money? The exterior of your home could be a good area for investment, since it’s a part of your home that is often the first thing that many people see.
Our home is our castle and we like to try and make it as comfortable as possible by making improvements which are not always easy.
In the past, before the era of mass production, improving the house was more difficult and time consuming. Through technological advances and mass production of electronic tools, everything to do with improving the home has become so much simpler.
Nowadays we can wander into a hardware store and be amazed at the array of tools on display with which we would be able to build anything.
The electronic tools are accurate, reliable, powerful and can save enormous amounts of time and energy. To name just a few there are drills, saws, glue guns, soldering irons, sanders, screwdrivers, trimmers and mowers.
The work we need these pieces of equipment to do fall into two categories which are repairs or building something new. Both of these can go under the term of home improvement.
Apart from all the tools we could use we need materials with which to do our work. Anything that is needed for any job
If you are contemplating some home improvements in the near future, you are well advised to check with the town office before you spend any time or money on the planned project. Failing to get the proper permits and/or inspections as required, could end up costing you much more in the long run.
The finishing or renovating of a basement is a common improvement undertaken by many homeowners in our area. After all, most new homes do not include a finished basement, unless you have negotiated and specified such with the builder at the time of purchase and construction. These projects often involve the addition of electrical, plumbing, drywall and other features such as, a gas fireplace or wood stove, which may call for inspections at different stages of completion. In many cases, you will also require a final inspection and occupation permit when the job is done.
Safety aside, when you buy your next home, wouldn’t you feel more comfortable knowing the improvements were done to code and have been inspected by the appropriate experts, and not done in a hap-hazard manner by someone flying by the seat of
Do-it-Yourself: Home Improvement Projects
Home improvement projects can be heavy on the pockets. As much as we want to give the projects to expert contractors who can deliver excellent results, sometimes, it’s just more practical to have a little exercise and do these projects without the help of contractors. People dig into their savings or resort to different loans just to finance these projects and this in turn makes them lose their financial momentum.
This article tries to give some do-it-yourself home improvement projects so as to give the readers some ideas on how to cut back on expenses and generates savings from the project.
Giving a house a new color will definitely give it a new and fresher ambience. If a family is tired and bored with the current colors of their house, they can do the painting themselves. Painting the house together is a great way to bond and have fun while improving the home at the same time.
Many people who attempt to paint their houses have problems which are related to the improper selection of
There are lots of problems with home improvements: they’re a lot of trouble to arrange, they can be expensive, they often decrease the value of your home or at least don’t make back what they cost, and you have to put up with weeks or even months of noisy, dirty building work being done on your home.
Also, houses were usually planned the way they were because of space restrictions, especially in larger towns: if you just go around building extensions in unusual places, the look and layout of your home can both be compromised. Is it really worth converting a garage into a bedroom? No, it isn’t – the garage is much more valuable, often adding as much as 10% to the value of a property.
Another thing you might not have considered is that if you improve your house too much, no-one who wants to live in your area will be able to consider it. In general, expensive houses are in expensive areas for a reason – there are plenty of people who want to buy a cheap house in an expensive area, but very few who want
The total price of a home improvement project is going to increase very soon. The market is coming out from the recession time-period. The price was very low when the market was facing this recession period. Builders and contractors have also suffered heavy losses during that time. Now they would surely like to cover their losses. The spending capacity of an individual is going to increase due to the end of recession. It will increase the price of labour as well as the required materials for home improvement.
The materials required for a home improvement project includes almost everything which we use in our house. It includes steel related materials, hardware, sanitary items and various other things. RICS’ Building Cost Information Service (BICS) says that the cost of transport is increasing day by day. It is also affecting the price of raw materials. Market is also facing the deficiency of tradesmen. The overall consequences are the increase in the home improvement cost.
The international price of oil is increasing with fast rate. It has been already been cleared by the analysts that price of oil is going to cross more
If you have been sitting on the fence wondering if you should even bother doing some home improvements on your home during this recession, then all you need to do is ask yourself why you want to do the home improvements to start with and you should be able to come up with your own answer.
There are a few considerations to take into account before beginning your project. If you only want to improve your home to increase its value, then at this time you should factor in the cost and try to determine if the expense of the project will actually raise the value by more than your expense. Chances are pretty good at this time that anything that requires any large expense on your part would not be a valuable addition… at least not at this time.
However, if you intend to live in your home for the next ten to twenty years or so, then it may very well be a good investment. For one thing, labor costs in the construction trade are at an all time low. You could probably hire someone local from one
There always seems to be work to be done around a house and it can be difficult keeping your home looking as you would like it to. An additional problem is that home improvements are often expensive, which puts many of us off getting more work carried out. It is possible to make some dramatic improvements without spending as much money as you might think.
The key is to really focus on the changes that would have the biggest positive impact for you and your family. There’s no point spending lots of money on areas of the house that you don’t use very much. Some experts would suggest that the best approach is to spend money on the kitchen and bathroom.
The reasoning behind this is that these two rooms are the two areas of a property that many potential buyers are keen to examine. So the thought is that spending money on these two rooms could add the most value to your home. You might prefer to concentrate your spending on areas of the house where you spend a lot of time, with the living room being one such
Why is it that so many of the best home improvements end up costing a lot of money? If that’s a question that you often find that you’re asking yourself, then you may need to take a new approach to improving your home. While some changes certainly aren’t cheap, you’ll soon find that there’s plenty that you can do on a limited budget.
The first big step that you can take if you want to get more done, without spending too much money, is to make sure that you have some decent DIY skills. This is really important because the costs involved in hiring someone to do work around your home can often be quite high.
By picking up the core skills yourself, you’ll find that you’ll be able to make some big savings. You should be able to pick up some basic skills by reading a decent DIY manual, or maybe by attending a few classes. Some of us worry that we’ll never be able to be any good at carrying out simple tasks around the home, but you might be amazed by what you can learn.
Tips On Financing Your Home Improvement Project
Any renovation of your home can run into a substantial cost. Most homeowners either don’t have that amount of money laying around or prefer to finance the project from the equity in their home. Loans are often used as a means of financing the upgrades.
In general the best home improvement projects are those that increase the value of your property through repairs or upgrades. Pretty much any action taken to increase the expected sales value of a home would fall into that classification.
These are the typical ways that a homeowner will raise money.
- Depending upon the size of the renovation and the equity in the home, a lot of people raise the funds by refinancing their first mortgage. Some new homeowners will wrap the money for renovation of their new home to the actual first mortgage. This type of loan will often be designed to allow the homeowner to draw against a pre-specified amount to pay for the repairs or upgrades as the work progresses.
- Many times a home owner will not want to refinance their first because of beneficial terms or conditions. In that case many people can use a second mortgage to
Home improvement sounds exciting and brings up images of a swanky looking home with great interior designs, furniture and furnishings. However, the image will become a reality only if you prepare a budget, plan your expenses and search for home remodeling discounts.
Where can you find discounts and special offers?
o Local hardware stores
o Home decorating stores
o Online stores
o Competitions and other events
Note, before you begin the actual work, it is imperative that you know what you want. It could be easy to spent a fortune on improvements, yet ended up with feeling dissatisfied. So the first thing to do is not prepare a list of your desires and expectations.
The next thing to do is to prepare a budget to determine the expenditure involved in the whole process. If you cannot afford the expenditure, it is advisable to tone down your plans.
No Progress Without A Budget
When preparing the budget, consider the various discounts and promotional offers available in different stores. This will bring down your expenditure and
If you are planning something regarding home improvement, stop and think. Improving your home need not be as cumbersome or as expensive as most people take it to be. There are some ways in which you can make your task easier. Here is a list of things that you can consider.
Do Your Research
Whatever it is you are trying to make, whether it is a patio or a window you are adding to your house or breaking down a wall to make more space or adding a pergola or a roof garden, the first thing you must do is to learn everything you can about it. The Internet is the best place to begin. Read authoritative articles, especially those that are put up on reputed home improvement websites. Also, make a trip to your local bookstore. You are sure to find several books on every home enhancement subject there. The right books can give you much better information than websites can.
Is There a DIY Option?
Most home improvement activities can be done by non-professionals nowadays. There are DIY kits available for everything,
Do you ever look around your home and wish that you could make some changes? If so, it may be that you’re being held back by the thought that any such changes are likely to cost a lot of money. That’s a very real issue that many of us face when it comes to home improvements.
So why do such improvements seem to cost so much money? One problem is that many of us lack basic DIY skills. That means that we often end up making use of hired help to get jobs done around the home. This immediately makes things more expensive. Older generations tended to do more of their own work, reducing these costs.
We also live in a society that is very consumer-driven. It means that we expect to be able to get hold of thousands of products, with the latest designs coming from all over the world. Once again, there’s a cost associated with all of these beautiful things that we insist on buying.
So what can we learn from these thoughts? How can we reduce our home improvements bills?