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Did you know that roof replacement projects have a whopping return of 67% on investment? Not only will replacing your roof increase its overall value, but it’ll also increase its curb appeal, too, making it easier to resell!
However, before you jump at the opportunity to redo your roof, you need to plan a bit since there not only so many different roof types and shapes, but also many different types of roofing materials in general, too. So, here’s a short guide on the different types of roofing available to you to help you come up with a plan for your new roof remodeling project.
Asphalt shingles, or composite shingles, are one of the single mo (more…)
Americans love to remodel their homes. According to HouseLogic.com, the average American homeowner will spend over $4,000 a year on their home, whether it’s to put in a new pool, replace their stove, or fix up the plumbing. Of all home improvement projects, however, bathroom remodeling has become one of the most popular.
Making the decision to go forward with a small bathroom remodel just makes sense. After all, between getting clean and doing all the other things nature requires you do in your loo, you spend a lot of your life in that one room. Shouldn’t it be functional and great to look at? If you’re thinking of remodeling your washroom, here are four simple small bathroom remodel (more…)
With summer just around the corner, you will want to make sure that your air conditioner is in tip top shape. If you have an older unit, you may need to check the filter, or see if you need to invest in AC fan motor replacement. These parts can become clogged and their efficiency can wane if they are not maintained well, making your house hot and unbearable.
It is not always easy to determine if you need air conditioning repair, or complete home AC replacement. The problem could be simply with the thermostat, or the size of your house. A large house requires a three ton unit, particularly for a home over 2,500 square feet. If your house exceeds this square footage, and you (more…)
Electrical problems in your home must be solved quickly. A spark of static electricity can measure up to 3,000 vaults. If you want to ensure that your home is safe, contact a residential electrical contractor to fix any nagging issues.
Thanks to the rise of a variety of electronic devices, electricity consumption in the United States is estimated to increase an estimated 51% from 2002 to 2025. The U.S. electrical repair industry generates an estimated $132 billion in revenue. In the United States electricians are divided into two primary categories; linemen, who work on electric utility company distribution systems at higher voltages, and wiremen, who work with the lower voltages utilized inside buildings. Wiremen are generally trained on five levels including commercial, residential and industr (more…)
Knowing when to buy a condo will help you tremendously when it comes time to negotiate the price, but you will have to gauge if it is the right move for your situation. There are definitely advantages of buying a condo versus renting, in fact any buying a condo 101 advice probably could break down a lot of the financial benefits in the long term. Depending on your needs and preferences, you may be able to find the perfect new condo designs to consider that would not be available in apartment townhomes for rent.
First before buying a condo, the search for buying condominiums can take you on many different paths in multiple neighborhoods, but it allows you to find the exact, perfect condo (more…)
“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece,” Claude Monet once wrote. When it comes to maintaining a beautiful garden, early spring landscaping is important for preparing for the rest of the year. This is the time you can clean up the area, mulch your beds, and start planting the shrubs and flowers that will need time to grow.
Are you interested in getting the jump on your gardening, but feel like you don’t know where to begin? We’ve looked up advice from several experts. Here are three things you should keep in mind in order to have a healthy, beautiful garden with lasting power.
1. Pay Attention to What Your Plants Need
Before investing in new plants, read up on the specific needs of each plant you’ll be investing in. Plants need a variety of space, watering, and sunlight. Spac (more…)
You probably have a friend — you know, that one friend — who think that everything is music. He boasts about perfect pitch and claims he can correctly name the note the microwave makes when it’s done heating up your soup. He might even tell you about the songbirds in your own backyard.
The next time he’s over, ask him to identify the pitch of your toilet’s flushing sound. It’s not just a prank, either; most toilets in America will flush in the key of E flat. See if that one stumps him.
Of course, we don’t tend to think of our bathrooms as musical chambers. They’re typically in-out-and rooms where we don’t too much thought to what goes on inside them. But we should, according to statistics. The plumbing industry in America is worth just under $100 billion in revenue, which seems to suggest (more…)
It started innocently enough, as you noticed a weird smell in your basement. After a visit from a mold remediation service, you have water damage in your home. Act fast, and quickly start the mold removal process. This will keep the value of your home high and ensure you do not suffer the long-term health effects of mold.
Category 3 Water is also known as “Black Water” and is grossly unsanitary. This water contains unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria and fungi, and exposure to it can cause severe discomfort or sickness. There are several molds that look similar to toxic black mold; the only way to determine whether a mold is Stachybotrys is to have it evaluated professionally. (more…)
One of the unfortunate realities of buying a home is that, until you’ve actually moved in, you don’t necessarily know what you have. While home inspections can reveal hidden imperfections and you probably won’t feel at home until you’ve added your own interior design, lots of home buyers express regret with the housing choices that they have made. According to a Trulia survey from Spring 2013, this is particularly true for millenials. Three-quarters of respondents between the ages of 18 and 34 said that they had housing regrets. That number was just 36% for those 55 and older. The collapse in the housing market certainly played a role in that trend, but there are many factors that ca (more…)
Everyone loves to do a do it yourself project. They like the sense of accomplishment that they might get from finishing a project that they started a few weeks ago. Some things lend themselves well to this kind of project. Painting is not one of those things that lends itself well to a do it yourself project. A house painting service can help you to paint your house and save you from getting in over your head with a do it yourself project. If you don’t know how to paint a house exterior, you might want to hire a house painting service for these 3 reasons. This is a $27 billion industry that employs over 380,000 people, so you know you aren’t the only hiring a house painting company.
1. The exterior paint job on your house can be a big selling point if you are going to sell your house. If you do (more…)
Do It Yourself Repair
Water usage has significantly increased within the United States. From 1950 to 2000, for example, this amounted to a 200% increase. In 1992, toilet tanks were upgraded to contain 3.5 gallons of water. If this hadn’t been done, it is estimated that the average annual water usage for this essential piece of plumbing would be [...]
Remodeling your kitchen can be costly and time-consuming, but in the long run, it often proves to be a worthwhile investment. Even a minor kitchen remodel averages a return on investment of 82.7%, and that doesn’t take into account all of the time you get to spend with a better kitchen design. So, what minor [...]
Your exterior design needs a little work. Where do you get started transforming your home into something truly impressive? Hardscaping is an art form in of itself. Not only do they require a keen eye for aesthetic, they rely on a careful balance between natural materials and a cautious hand to give you the very [...]