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We’re all looking for ways to save money in our monthly budgets and there are some common culprits we look to cut: go out to eat less, use less gas, spend less on entertainment. However, if we look at how much utility we use, it could be a great place to start cutting fat. Did you know that several facets of your home could be wasting water? And that by keeping an eye on this issue, you could save 10% on your water bill each year? Here’s what you need to look out for.
If one faucet is leaking at about 1 drop per second, you are watching 3,000 gallons per year go down the drain. Now, imagine how much water that is if all your faucets leak. Keep an eye on your plumbing fixtures and stay on top of plumbing issues. A leaky faucet may not seam like a plumbing emergency, bu (more…)
For many homeowners, nothing beats the timeless look of hardwood flooring, but the costs of installing hardwood floors make them difficult to obtain for some homeowners. Fortunately, it is easy to achieve the look of hardwood flooring without the high price tag by simply installing laminate flooring instead. Made to look like hardwoods, laminate flooring is inexpensive and easy to install, with more versatility than traditional hardwoods.
Laminate floor installation is relatively quick to do, and fairly easy. Floating laminate floors (manufactured without adhesive, staples, or nails) are the easiest to install. Simply prepare the sub-floor, place the moistu (more…)
It’s an undeniable fact that the best custom wood cabinets cost quite a bit when compared to their semi-custom or stock counterparts. So why should you shell out some extra cash for those custom made cabinets? Here are five reasons they’re worth it:
If you’re thinking that your yard needs a little help and you’re looking for some tips on planting grass seed, you’ve come to the right place! Here are a few essential tips for pre-planting preparation and post-planting maintenance:
Before Planting Grass Seed:
- Do a soil analysis before anything else — this will tell you the pH balance of your soil and will help you determine if you should use a special fertilizer before planting grass seeds in order to reduce/increase the acidity of your soil.
- Keep in mind that there are countless species of grasses, and there isn’t one type that grows best in every lawn. Take into consideration the chemicals of your soil, the overall climate in which you live, and what you want your lawn or garden to look like.
Buying a fence for your yard doesn’t seem like a big deal (except for the permits that you might have to file with your town, or any fussy neighbors who aren’t too sure if they’ll like the shade of white you’ve picked out). But as simple as the process of purchasing and installing a fence may seem, each single fence has some pretty important returns on investment, for both individual homeowners and in the larger home repair and real estate industry. Here are a few points about the investment of residential fences that you may not have thought about before:
- Let’s face it: appearances matter. When you own a house, you should be proud of your investment, and you have every right to want others to see how much effort you’ve put into your space. Residential fences today are as diverse in aesthetic ap (more…)
Redoing your home interior for the first time can be both exciting and stressful. With so many options out there to choose from, navigating through price, color and type can be incredibly overwhelming. In the case of choosing flooring, this can happen quite often.
While many individuals may opt for cheap laminate flooring or linoleum flooring, these options are often unappealing to prospective home buyers and generally don’t look as high quality. If you’re looking for flooring that looks great and is durable, wood flooring is the way to go.
Hardwood floors have increased significantly in popularity across the country in recent years. In fact, a Market Watch study conducted in 2012 (more…)
People with disabilities often need special accommodations in order to use the bathroom. Public bathrooms are required to have these accommodations but it is also possible to have it built for a specific person. People confined to a wheelchair or who are otherwise limited in moving need certain things in the bathroom in order to use it. In order to better illustrate this, here are five features to keep in mind when building handicap bathrooms:
Although many seniors would like to age in place, the truth of the matter is that many elderly people need to put their homes up for sale as they continue to mature, and there’s no shame in that. Here are a few reasons why.
They’re No Longer Able to Take Care of the Property.
Many homes for sale are on the market because their owners are no longer able to take care of them. Sprawling yards are no longer able to mowed weekly. Maintenance and repairs cannot be taken care. The homes are beginning to fall into disrepair. When this happens, these people put their homes for sale, and sell to buyers who will not only be able to take care of the place, but make it their hom (more…)
As we move into the nicer weather, it might be time to consider new windows for your home. Now that you’re opening things up again after a long winter of being cooped up inside, you may be noticing that some of your windows are in rough shape. The casing may be old and cracked. The glass may be warped. Some of the windows may not even open, and some may be letting in drafts. There’s no better time than spring to look into replacing your windows.
New vinyl windows are a great solution, if you are looking into window replacement. Vinyl window replacement and installation is not a very complicated procedure, that will take any vinyl windows company no time at all. They can install vi (more…)
Saying that homeowners should want pipe bursting seems a little counter-intuitive, right? No homeowner in their right mind would want their pipes to be burst. This is how people describe what happens when pipes break due to frozen water, but pipe bursting is actually a pretty interesting method of trenchless sewer line replacement. Here are the top three benefits of opting for it when replacing sewer lines.
1. Less Disruption in the Landscaping
One of the biggest benefits of opting for pipe bursting rather than traditional methods of sewer line replacement or repair is that it leaves the landscaping intact. A lot of homeowners take pride in their lawns, so to have an enormous trench (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 [...]