Did you know that approximately 64% of American home owners don’t have $1,000 in savings available for household repairs? To make household repair matters worse, around 39% of American home owners say that it’s hard to find a reliable repair service as well. This is probably in large part to the fact that most American, [...]
When considering home repair Do It Yourself should be the first option. All over the country people are opting for Do It Yourself home improvement, and are gaining many benefits by making that decision. Obviously a lot of people will be unable to do the house repairs that require things like tearing out a wall, [...]
One of the best things about being a homeowner is the fact that you are in complete control over making changes and modifications to your home that can result in an improvement of your living experience. Improving the quality of life can easily be achieved through home improvement projects of different kinds. While it is easy to get taken up and distracted by things like home decoration and home appliances, it is often the most basic home improvement projects that add the most in terms of quality to your home living experience. One of the areas where you can make major changes that have a heavy impact on your quality of life is your home windows.
When it comes to home living, doors and windows can often take a backseat in terms of importance or priority. In reality, these are extremely important parts of your home that you do not want to neglect. Residential windows perform a lot of work of different kinds. These are areas of the house where you can that the light in from the outs (more…)
Keeping a beautiful, healthy yard is one of the joys of owning your own home. And it’s one of the most popular pastimes for Americans today — when surveyed, 83% of Americans say they think having a yard is important, and a whopping 90% of those who have a yard say it’s important to keep it well-maintained.
Believe it or not, this maintenance doesn’t end when summer is over. Whether you maintain your yard with the help of a landscaping services company or on your own, it’s important to keep up your yard’s appearance all year round. In fact, taking the time to maintain your yard in fall and winter will bring a thicker, greener lawn in the spring.
To make sure you take care of your home’s landscaping this fall, be sure to follow these tips:
Keep leaves at bay
Raking the leaves isn’t just a fun family activity. It’s also hugely beneficial to your yard’s health. Because leaves block light from reaching your turf and trap moisture, they can result in your lawn b (more…)
In any In any home, HVAC is an important thing. From the air conditioning system to the sytem of heating like the furnace system, there is absolutely no denying it. In fact, it can even be dangerous to go without HVAC heating and cooling systems. In parts of the country where summers are long and hot, doing so can result in heat stroke or even just heat exhaustion. And in those parts of the country where the winters are all too often brutally cold, heating systems are no doubt incredibly important for sustaining life in a comfortable and safe manner.
The air conditioning system, for instance, has become more popular than ever before all throughout the United States. In fact, it is such a popular thing that more than half of all households – an estimated two thirds of them, to be more exact – now have at least one air conditioning unit, if not a system that provides central air conditioning to t (more…)
Part of keeping your house a home means paying monthly bills. Considering that, many of these bills go to keeping your home heated and cooled. In fact, statistics show that heating and cooling make up for about 48% of all energy used within a typical home. Therefore, it’s understandable to want tips that help keep your heating and cooling bills low. With that in mind, here are six smart ways to save money on home cooling costs.
- Have a Professional Check for Duct Leaks
Many homes utilize a system of air ducts. These ducts allow air to travel freely throughout a home. However, improperly installed ducts and equipment are often expensive to operate. One study found that improperly installed heating and cooling equipment reduces the efficiency of these systems by nearly 30%. If a system isn’t efficiently installed, it will likely need to remain in operation more often. Therefore, this leads to increased heating and cooling bills.
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There are many times when home owners are required to spend a great deal of time, money, and energy maintaining their properties. From the wood windows in older homes to vinyl windows in newer homes to roofing, siding, and other interior and exterior parts, there are a number of items that need to be maintained to protect the value of of a home.
How Long Do Windows Last in Locations Where Winters Are Very Severe?
Depending on the value of the window, there are many different amounts of time that a window can last. Although there are some high end windows that come with lifetime warranties, there are also many less expensive models that are only guaranteed for 10 years. With that said, it is important to make sure that any property owner invests in the highest quality products in an effort to have windows with longer warranties. If you cannot afford the highest quality of window products, it is even more important that you follow through on any and all manufacturer instru (more…)
Being a homeowner can be an immensely joyful experience. Having a home you can call your own puts you in touch with a number of opportunities to improve your quality of life and have all the amenities and luxuries you want on hand. Being a homeowner also brings a number of responsibilities. You would definitely be responsible for the safety, security, and well-being of your family members and there is a lot you can do in these areas as well to bring about marked improvements. While a lot of homeowners waste no time to outfit their homes with advanced burglary prevention systems, cameras, and fire safety measures, it is often the small things that remain neglected. Air quality inside your home is definitely something you should think about and this is where priming and painting can become a major issue. A lot of these products have harsh chemicals and can give off emissions that can harm your family with long-term exposure. Understanding what are VOCs and opting for low VOC paint can de (more…)
Every homeowner has a room that acts as the centerpiece of their house. It may be your entertainment room with gorgeous leather couches and the best flat screen television the market has to offer, or your garage full of huge toolboxes with their contents immaculately organized. Or, if you are a fan of hosting parties, baking up a frenzy in the holidays, or just having a top of the line room to serve as the hub of activity in your house, you may choose to focus your home remodeling efforts on your kitchen.
Kitchen remodels can be quick, DIY projects that are finished in a Saturday afternoon, or deeply involved commitments that require construction and contractors. No matter how dedicated you are to your kitchen upgrade (or how deep your pockets are), here are three quick kitchen refreshers that have a high aesthetic and functional yield with relatively low efforts and costs.
What happens when you buy the perfect house, the one that you’ve seen in your dreams since you were a child. You think that it’s perfect, everything you could want in a home. Yet little by little you begin to notice marks on the celling in the basement. Just slight water stains, but they’re there looming over your head like a scarlet letter. Can you just ignore these things? Can you pretend like there isn’t a leak in your crawlspace? And if you cannot, is crawl space waterproofing something that you can look into and have done? Is waterproofing something difficult? Or is it something that is vital to both your home and your health? Let it be known, that crawl space waterproofing is in fact something that you can handle, and it is also something that will keep you and your family healthy through the duration of living in your dream home.
Having a dry basement is important. Though if you do have water damage do not think that there is something wrong with the home you just bought. (more…)
Roof replacement feels like a daunting, overwhelming experience. There are a lot of decisions to make and options to choose. You have to find the right residential roofing contractors, research your replacement options and pick a new look for your home. The roof is usually about 40% of a home’s visible exterior, and that makes it a huge part of how your property looks overall.
Roof Replacement Options
Approximately four out of five American homes, or about 75%, are covered with roof shingles. This is a very typical roof material, and odds are good that it’s what you have currently. Asphalt shingles, the most common type of shingles, have a lifespan of 20 to 50 years depending on weather conditions.
Though shingles are the most common material in residential roofing, they’re not the only option. Metal roofing can last for up to 30 years before it needs to be replaced. There are lots of sty (more…)
From installing windows to replacing your doors to adding vinyl siding onto your home, there are many areas of home maintenance that cannot be forgotten about or overlooked. After all, the integrity of your home is an important thing and spending money to keep your home in good shape will even actually save you money in the long run, as it is less likely that you will need to be conducting repairs on any sort of frequent basis. Being a home owner comes with many responsibilities, and the upkeep of your home is just one of them (though a very important one, there is no doubt about it at all).
The quality of your windows matters more than many people first realize when they are in the process of installing windows. When installing windows, however, you want to make sure that you are choosing the right kind of windows for the installing windows process, (more…)
Do It Yourself Repair
One of the best things about being a homeowner is the fact that you are in complete control over making changes and modifications to your home that can result in an improvement of your living experience. Improving the quality of life can easily be achieved through home improvement projects of different kinds. While it is [...]
Keeping a beautiful, healthy yard is one of the joys of owning your own home. And it’s one of the most popular pastimes for Americans today — when surveyed, 83% of Americans say they think having a yard is important, and a whopping 90% of those who have a yard say it’s important to keep [...]
In any In any home, HVAC is an important thing. From the air conditioning system to the sytem of heating like the furnace system, there is absolutely no denying it. In fact, it can even be dangerous to go without HVAC heating and cooling systems. In parts of the country where summers are long and [...]