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When looking to upgrade their homes, most homeowners automatically go with hardwood flooring. It’s a natural choice, looks great in the home, and can last for decades if properly maintained. Hardwood floors also have great investment value and can often up the price of the house considerably: generally, homeowners who invest in hardwood for their kitchens or living rooms can expect to add value to the home at a rate of twice their original cost of installation and maintenance.
Carpet is also extremely popular among homeowners: more than half wanted carpets either in their living rooms or their bedrooms. However, carpet needs to be cleaned at least once a year and that maintenance can tax the value of the original investment. For a home in a region that has four seasons, carpet can really make a hous (more…)
For many Americans, peace of mind is priceless. That’s why it may be alarming to know that There were over 1.9 million burglaries in the US back in 2013, leading to an estimated $4.5 billion dollars in property loss, 74% of which was residential loss. According to a survey, we spend 10 minutes per day on average rummaging around for items that are lost and misplaced like phones and car keys. How can you be sure that your belongings are safe when there is a home invasion every 13 seconds in the United States? Here’s just a sample of the services that can be provided by a locksmith in Roselle IL.
One easy way is to check your deadbolts. The front door is often the target for over 1/3 of break-ins, which is why it is important to note that deadbolts may be poorly installed in up to 10% of homes, (more…)
When looking for pool fences, you want to make sure that you’re making the choice that will best benefit your home. Depending on the kind of fence you install, there’s a good chance that it will raise your home’s market value, while giving you the added privacy that you desire. Here are some things to remember when installing a fence for your pool:
Is it going to protect your pool? – Is the fence you pick going to properly protect your pool from intruders? Maybe you haven’t experienced any invasions of privacy yet, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. Picking the right height and material for your fence can ensure that you keep the pool-hoppers out, while keeping your fun pool adven (more…)
In the U.S. the vinyl flooring industry grew 1.1% annually from 2009 to 2014. The entire industry has an annual revenue of $14 billion. Homeowners are beginning to see the benefit of quality vinyl flooring. Learning how to pick floors, where to get quality discount flooring, what floor types you should be looking for, how to install it and where to go for all your flooring needs are the necessary keys to getting a new, great quality floor in your home.
Vinyl flooring is a popular trend because installing vinyl flooring is generally an easy do it yourself project. DIY projects are constantly increasing in popularity, 42% of U.S. homeowners are currently planning DIY home improvement projects, many of them (more…)
Things Your General Contractor Wants You to Know
If you are about to hire a general contractor, or at least thinking about it, there are a few things you should know. Whether you are remodeling or repairing, it is important to hire a contractor so you can have the job completed on time and ensure it lasts for many years. Here are a few tips that will help when you are contemplating about hiring a general contractor for your construction projects.
No to DIY
The decision to rent or buy a home is a big one. Buying a house is the most expensive purchase a person will ever make. Finding a home for rent can be easy to do and easy to deal with.
Consider these facts:
- In 2013, the median rent for homes in the United States was $903.
- In 2013, the Census reported that 36% of U.S. were rentals.
- Most rental leases run 12 to 18 months.
- Single-family homes account for $35 of rentals.
- If someone plans to spend less than 10 years in a home, renting is cheaper than owning in most cities (as of 2012).
- Maintenance and repairs cost homeowners between 1 and 4% of the home’s value each year.
When Is Renting a Better Idea?
Like many areas of the home, regular roof care and maintenance is an important step in maintaining roof safety and an overall safe home. Wear and tear can be detrimental to your roof and shorten its roof lifespan. For example, the cold will make shingles more brittle, while the heat will soften them. Both temperatures weaken a roof.
While we would suggest leaving more of walking on your roof to professionals, it’s important to know what roof safety precautions to take should you ever have to be up there. Falls are, after all, the leading cause of construction worker fatalities per year; and despite their broader exposure to walking on rooftops, it’s still worth noting to keep you as cautious as possible while on your roof to clean or carry out other simple maintenance tasks.
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Even if you live in a new home, your sewer pipes may still be old and outdated. If your sewer pipe is over 40 years old it might time to have it repaired or replaced. Signs of sewer pipe problems can include:
- A bubbling sound when flushing your toilet or when your sink drains caused by excess air bubbles in the pipe
- Foul odors in you home
- Blockages in sewer pipes causing sewage to backup into your basement.
Did you know houses are built around bathtubs? With that in mind, it’s probably a fair assumption that they’re worth taking extra special care of. If you don’t take care of it, your wallet will have to face the impending doom of replacing something your house was built around plus the cost of the new tub. As you many have guessed, the new bathtub isn’t the most expensive part of that equation.
Most tubs are set in an alcove or corner, lapped by the flooring and wall finishes to create a watertight seal and tied down in a least two places by plumbing. If you’re ready to take on replacing your entire bathroom and bathtub installation cost, sure, replace the tub. For most of us though, the more cost-effective and responsible o (more…)
If you have to do a roof repair or a roof replacement for your home and business, you probably already know how many things there are to consider. But it’s never a bad idea to be fully prepared for your project. Here are some of the big questions you shouldn’t forget to ask when starting your next commercial roofing or residential roofing project.
Do you have insurance? – When you’re hiring contractors to work on your roof, you should make sure that they know all about the safety concerns and consequences. The right people for your project will have the right insurance to cover these kinds of incidents so that you aren’t held personally responsible. (And if they don’t have the insurance, don’t hire them!)
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Do It Yourself Repair
Selling your home can take months, even years if you are unlucky enough. And when you are likely to move every five to seven years in America, that is a lot of time sitting around waiting for your current home to sell. The timescale is all over the place even as short as a few [...]
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