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There are a lot of good reasons to invest in the landscaping design around your home. If you are trying to sell your home, you can reap the benefits when you landscape job increases the amount of money you can ask for and it can get your home to sell quickly. If you are staying in your home, you can lower your utility bills. The U.S. Department of Energy has estimated that homeowners who put in a landscape design that is energy efficient can lower their heating bills by about 30%. Putting trees into a yard can reduce the amount of sunlight that reaches your home by nearly 95%. The good news is there are great landscaping tips that can help homeowners get the most from their outdoor space without breaking the bank.
- Make a plan. Whether you are talking about landscape design or a remodel job for your home, going in with a good plan can do a lot to keep your costs on the low side. Take some time to draw out what you want to see in your yard. If you know wh (more…)
Throughout the United States, many people are becoming what’s known as plant parents. This is a trendy term given to those who care for plants of their own. Even millennials are following this trend, with 29% of 18 to 34 year old American households taking up gardening. No matter your age, it’s never too early or late to become a plant parent. However, it’s wise to learn a few helpful tips while parenting your plants. Considering that, here are four wise tips for becoming an excellent plant parent.
- Ensure Plants Have Room to Breathe
After you’ve practiced gardening for a while, it’s understandable to want more plants in and outside of your home. With that in mind, it’s wise to make sure that each of these plants has enough space. This allows you to have an easier time keeping an eye on each of your plants. In addition, it helps to avoid the problem of crowding. If your plants are too crowded together, it’s hard for each one to receive the sunlight, wa (more…)
Being a home owner is a great thing. It provides a sense of stability, of being settled, of having at least one place on this great big earth to truly call your own. But being a home owner also comes with a wide array of various responsibilities, from caring for your roof to your plumbing to even your insulation. Your roof is one of the most important components of your home, for instance, and without it your home would really not have much stability at all.
Part of taking care of your roof and commercial roof decking and anything that goes alongside it means having it inspected on a regular basis. For most roofs and commercial roof decking, this will mean two inspections over the course of a single year. While this might seem like more than what is strictly necessary, it is an amount that very much helps to ensure that your roofing is at the quality that it should be at. But aside from regular inspections, your roof or the roof of your place of business can be protected in a num (more…)
What is Radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas that is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. Without any significant indicators that radon exists in or around your home, it is hard to determine when you need to have a radon test completed within the house. A couple of times that radon may end up released into the home and collected at dangerous levels are when there are mold or asbestos in the floor, walls, or ceiling. Luckily, sump pump installation contractors, sump pump service companies, and others who need to do land excavation will complete radon testing when digging into the soil. Because soil is the one place where radon exists most often, radon test results can be most accurate during this time.
Sump Pump Installation Contractors
Sump pump installation contractors are one of the companies required to do the most considerable amount of digging into the soil around your home. Whether they are installing, servicing or replacing a sump pump system, the need for a r (more…)
From regular HVAC servicing to HVAC repair, taking good care of your HVAC system is hugely important on a whole. From heating and cooling to plumbing, the need for HVAC repair can be great here in the United States, but it is incredibly important not to put that HVAC repair off for any amount of time. Fortunately, there are many HVAC companies that can conduct said HVAC repair and it is most certainly well worth the cost of hiring a professional for the quality of work that they can provide you. Hiring professional HVAC repair services is even likely to save you a good deal of money at the end of the day and in the long run.
Let’s first take a look at plumbing, an essential feature in just about every home found here in the United States. While plumbing – at least the plumbing of today – is relatively modern in the grand scheme of things, plumbing is often something that we all take for granted. After all, most of us have n (more…)
Your daughters have always joked that all of the remodeling projects around the house will happen after they moved on to college.
They were not wrong.
It is not that you intended to wait until they were both away at college to finish the basement, but the fact of the matter is that when they were both home there was so much chaos at the house that the idea of remodeling was difficult to imagine.
Whether you are getting ready to turn an unfinished basement into an entertainment spot or you want to update the old fixtures and tile in your master bathroom, it is important to make sure that you do your homework. There are lots of contractors that offer remodeling services, but not all of them are the same. Some have low prices, but are not known for completing even the simplest remodeling projects on time. Others are high priced and have long waiting lists to get on their schedule. Finding the right contractor for your job takes both research and patience.
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Owning a pool can be great here in the United States, and many people find that the process of custom pool design is a highly rewarding one. Custom pool design has become very popular in recent years, with swimming pool builders working more than in years past. If you’re looking to update your landscaping, checking out custom pool design and the process of it is likely to be a good direction to divert your attention to. The custom pool design is often the perfect addition to any home or outdoor space, granted that there is the necessary space to accommodate it, of course.
But why get a pool in the first place? For one, it’s a great way to spend time with your friends as well as with your family members. When you are the proud owner of a pool, you will be able to be the much beloved host on any number of occasions. In addition to this, you’ll have the chance to go swimming whenever you’d like.
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Though perhaps you don’t give them all that much conscious thought, the doors and windows of your home play a key role in the energy that is expended or retained – depending on the quality of said doors and windows. Choosing the right doors and windows is essential, as is maintaining them on a regular basis. Of course, replacing your doors and windows when it becomes necessary is also key to the energy loss that your home does or doesn’t sustain, though window and door restoration services are likely to allow you to fix your doors and windows and keep them around for quite awhile longer.
Old doors and windows are a key cause of heat loss here and all throughout the United States. After all, draftiness becomes common with age, as do problems like the high energy bills that result from it as well as windows getting stuck in their frames, a problem that is faced by many who have windows and doors that are at least fifteen ye (more…)
What are the first things you think of when you hear the word ‘winter’? If you said ‘dealing with water damage’, you’re already thinking ahead.
We all want to enjoy the holidays in peace and comfort. Sadly, the weather doesn’t always comply with our wishes. Water damage can strike at any time, whether from steady condensation accumulated right beneath your nose or the aftermath of a heavy storm. It can cost you your furniture and leave you spending more money on mold remediation than the presents you’ve been wanting to get for your friends come Christmas. Take just a few minutes to learn more about basement and foundation waterproofing.
You’ll thank yourself down the road when the snow hits.
Got Leaks? Patch Them Out As Soon As Possible
Have you had any leaks in your bathroom or kitchen? It’s time to stop ignoring them and call a plumber to patch them out. While a dripping faucet doesn’t seem like a big deal, the truth of the matter is you (more…)
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…)
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 [...]