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Landscaping is extremely important to the value and curb appeal of your home. How the landscaping is done and what types of landscaping design you choose to implement really depends on the type of land and exterior your home already has and what your visions are for future endeavors. There are many different options with the different landscaping companies near you. One of the newer accommodations that landscaping companies offer is the outdoor kitchen. It is becoming increasingly popular because of its convenience. Having an outdoor kitchen is really something you want to have if you entertain a lot or even just enjoy being outside. Or maybe you would like your family to get a little more fresh air (more…)
Renting a house or apartment holds many advantages over buying. Typically renting can save money you would have to use for repairs or for a down payment. The average down payment for a house is around 5 to 20 percent of the sale price. The average deposit for apartments for rent and rental houses is equal to the monthly rent. Renting saves considerable money compared to buying, but that does not mean that when renting you don?t need the same protection homeowners need. Homeowner’s insurance protects the home and the belongings of the homeowners, and it saves money in the event that unexpected circumstances arise. Renter’s insurance does the same thing for those who rent their properties, and is just as vital as homeowner’s insurance. Below are some reasons why you shouldn’t overlook (more…)
Home is the safest place to be in for most of us, and everyone wants a home which is solid, durable and built to last. Home is also one place where you can hunker down and feel safe during times of inclement weather. For those who live in areas that regularly experience bad weather, it is important that homes be built sturdy and maintained well if you are looking for maximum weather protection while indoors. In times of excessive rain, snow or hail, the roof of your house is the one part which takes the most damage. However, by making a few right decisions regarding roofing material, hiring the right roofing contractors and reacting quickly to accidents, wear and tear, you can successfully encounter roof hail damage and all other kinds of damage brought on by bad weather.
If your home has a low-qualit (more…)
If you’re a homeowner, you’ve probably faced the dilemma of how to get rid of bugs and other pests without littering your home with harmful chemicals. The poisons and chemicals used by exterminators to eliminate cockroaches, bedbugs, termites, mice or rats are often just as dangerous for humans and pets as well. Like many other people in the same situation, you’ll probably be glad to hear about eco friendly pest control. Natural pest control uses safe, natural products to keep your home free of all pests. It can even be used to pre-treat wood to make it termite resistant.
Home invasion: the bed bugs are coming
Homes and apartments have among the highest risks for pests like bedbugs, termites (more…)
When your old HVAC system quits on you and it’s time to get a new one, chances are you probably don’t have a regular contractor to replace your equipment. This is probably the most important part of getting a new system. You have to make sure you get someone you can trust. Choosing the wrong contractor can end up with you getting a system that doesn’t work and doesn’t save you money on your monthly bills. Even worse, the system will fail all together, way before its time. You have to get a contractor that will help you get the right size system for your house, install it correctly and solve any problems your duct system might have right now. The worst part about having a bad contractor, is if for some reason your system breaks and you need (more…)
When you are thinking about selling your house, one of the things you want to take into consideration to get the most money out of your home is the garage. Roughly 53% of home buyers want a two-car garage and will narrow their home search based on the size of the garage. Approximately 20% of home buyers are looking for a house with a garage built for three or more cars.
Interesting, although the majority of home buyers are looking for homes with garages, most people don?t even use them to park vehicles. According to a recent survey, in the United States, 82% of homes have a two-car garage, yet only 15% of people use them to park their cars. Most people use their garage for storage or a workspace.
The desirability of garages is so high for new home buyers that the number of homes being (more…)
With so many fence styles to choose from, it can be difficult to decide on just one fence type for your home. Privacy and security are the most common reasons that people want to buy homes. The right type of fence can enhance not on the privacy and security but the overall look of your home. Let’s take a look at some of the commercial and residential fence styles that are available.
Do It Yourself Repair
Humanity has always needed energy for work, and for much of history, this energy was derived from human and animal labor. Blacksmiths made tools and weapons, and oxen and horses plowed fields and towed wagons and carts. By the 1800s, the Industrial Revolution changed that, and steam power became the standard, powering factories and ships [...]
When people often think of rats, their thoughts are not always positive. Some speculated that rising rat population in New York City, Washington, DC, and Houston were indications of an upcoming “ratpocalypse.” This was written about in Newsweek in 2017. Fearing damage from animals, the mere sight of the unwanted rodents leaves many calling for [...]
Home inspections shouldn’t be a chore. They’re actually a great way to feel more secure in your new place! Think about the last time you settled into a new apartment and found a few things that weren’t on the up and up. You might have had to take some photos and send them to the [...]