6 Tips for a Successful Basement Remodeling Experience

Posted on June 1, 2016 By

Basement Remodeling ExperienceTransforming your basement into a finished space not only gives your family more room in your home, but it also adds tremendous value to your house. However, the basement remodeling process can be overwhelming if you are not adequately prepared. Here are 6 tips to ensure you have a successful experience.

Understand Legal Requirements

Before you begin your basement remodeling project, you must first be aware of any legal requirements that you need to follow. Some areas require residents to obtain permits before completing certain types of work, and there may also be codes that your project must adhere to. Being aware of these requirements upfront can prevent you from making costly mistakes.

Handle Any Moisture Problems

Before you can begin any renovations, you must address any moisture issues. Basements are commonly subject to leaks, condensation, and flooding. Be sure to tackle any moisture problems at the beginning of your project to avoid mold and musty odors later on. One way to test for moisture is to tape 2-foot plastic sheeting squares to the floor and the walls. Wait about two weeks and then

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5 Ideas For Unusual Rooms In Your House

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Pet RoomProbably some of you plan to be kings and queens one day, right? Okay, in order to be prepared to live like one, you need a castle. Like every castle, yours should have a room to entertain your family and guests. It’s always nice to have something to spoil them with, ha-ha. Now seriously, there are so many ways to upgrade an empty room. This could include anything from a pool table area to a jacuzzi. I will present a couple of ideas that might come handy when you take over the throne. I mean, when you plan your next home renovation. Just a quick tip: make sure you create an interior that can be easily cleaned and maintained – no one likes having extra domestic chores. So let’s keep it real and see how you can make the most out of your castle… or house.

Pool & Snooker Room

I like both playing and watching a good game of pool or snooker. It could be a wonderful opportunity to spend your free time with friends. Bear in mind that if you want to have a snooker

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Designer Kitchen and Bath Projects and More

Posted on June 1, 2016 By

Designer KitchenRemodeling and construction in any form is complicated. It is a highly fragmented industry, often with people interpreting the message differently and expecting different results. I started my career as a second generation new home builder at a young age then became a front line Cat insurance adjuster following natural disaster in the US. Over decades I can assure you no matter how much money you have or pay in a build project there is over a 50% chance of dispute or unsettling issue.

The following is a best practices story for how to avoid pitfalls in building your kitchen, bath or remodel as well as a restoration guide when facing crisis and an insurance claim. Further I will explain how to get premium products and better services you may or may not know exist. Here’s the short list down and dirty.

Planning a budget for a remodeling project should be doubled as a rule of thumb. Suck it up butter cup it’s going to cost you. Kitchens and baths are like cars in that they are loaded with options extras and overpriced cool stuff! Enjoy the

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Home Improvements to Increase Your Resale Value

Posted on June 1, 2016 By

Home Improvements to Increase Your Resale ValueBoosting the resell value of your home is essential when you are hoping to get the most you can out of your home. The right upgrades to your home will improve the visibility of the home, and can boost the overall value of your home. Use these tips to make some changes to your home.

Tip #1 – Add a Patio

Another way to boost your home’s value is by adding a deck or patio. The investment can bring upwards of $10,000 or more when you sell the home. A deck needs to be sturdy and approved by city restrictions to allow you to have the right value. A patio with window coverings is a great way to create a new look to the home. It is a good idea to plan on comparing different window treatments as some can be used to block out the sun and reduce energy costs.

Tip #2 – New Windows

Do you want the home to stand out? Adding new windows is a great selling point, and a great way to boost the value

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Common Ideas To Save Money On Home Renovation

Posted on May 1, 2016 By

Common Ideas To Save Money On Home RenovationDeciding on home renovation can be complicated. There are so many aspects to be considered, and at the same time, you might want to achieve something more that you already have within a pre-decided budget. Let’s start by saying that home renovation projects can be different and varied, especially with regards to scale and expectations, and therefore, it makes sense to take a few tips. Read on to find some of the important aspects that matter the most.

Start with an evaluation

First things first, you have to decide on what you need and expect. For this, you will have to evaluate the current state of your property and find the major flaws and issues that need attention. Once you have the list, you can then start with the new list of things that should be included in the renovation project. Don’t be too fast with this step though, because most of the other things will depend on the scale of the project.

Know what you can afford

Not everyone invests

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Great Ideas for Your Bathroom Remodel

Posted on May 1, 2016 By

Great Ideas for Your Bathroom RemodelSo you’ve decided it’s time to remodel your bathroom – great! But where should you start, and what should be your top priorities? Here’s a few tips to keep in mind to ensure a top quality remodeling job.

Opt for Space

Many bathrooms can feel small and cramped. Sometimes you have to work with the space available. If you have a small space, focus on space-saving designs that will make the room feel light and airy. Consider allowing for enough counter space for two people, even if you have to sacrifice “his and hers” sinks. More people are finding counter space is preferable to a double sink in shared bathrooms. In larger bathrooms, consider putting a privacy wall up to hide the toilet area.

Storage Space

Allowing for proper storage space in your newly remodeled bathroom is essential. Don’t forget to include a place for towels and toiletries in your designs, as well as a medicine cabinet for first aid needs!

Lighting and Ventilation

Shadowy spots in a bathroom are the last thing you want. If not already installed,

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6 Common Garage Door Repair Problems

Posted on May 1, 2016 By

Garage Door Repair ProblemsGarage door repair is something all homeowners have to deal with at some point in time. Understanding the common problems you may face can make it easier to explain the issue to the technician when he or she arrives. It can also help you understand what the service technician is doing to fix the problem.

1. You Push the Button, but It Does not Close

Modern garage door openers have built-in sensors that feel the resistance on the hatch. If there is a broken spring or hinge, then mechanics will not try to pull the chain. In some instances, the opener is the problem. Only a qualified technician can diagnose the issue.

2. You Can Hear the Opener Running, but Nothing Happens

Openers wear out over time, and the gears are usually the first thing to go. If these gears are stripped, they cannot move the chain, which raises and lowers the hatch. In some cases, you can replace the gears. In others, you have no choice but to replace the entire system.

3. You Have a Kick Out Door and Want

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Updating Your Staircases

Posted on May 1, 2016 By

Updating Your StaircasesMany times when there is an indoor staircase it will be the focal point of the area. Because it normally leads to the second floor of your home it gets a lot of heavy traffic. Over time it can become damaged and dull. There are many ways in which you can revamp your staircase. When doing this it is considered an interior remodeling job. If the construction of your staircase is only a few months old then you do not need to do a complete remodeling job. All you will need to do is clean it. Wipe the wooden staircase with a dry cloth and follow it up by cleaning it again with a microfiber cloth that is damp. If there is carpet on the stairs then you will need to vacuum each step. If you have a metal staircase, such as wrought iron, you will just need a commercial cleaner to clean it and then wipe it off. To help keep your staircase clean and not need a full interior remodeling make-over you should clean your stairs at least once a month.

Once you clean your

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Six Ways You Can Benefit From Custom Closets

Posted on April 1, 2016 By

Benefit From Custom ClosetsEveryone has seen pictures of amazing custom closets in magazines or on the internet. While these spaces are undoubtedly beautiful, you may find yourself wondering if redoing your storage area is really worth the time and money. However, an organized space is far more than just pleasing to the eye. Here are six ways that an organized wardrobe can benefit you.

Saves Valuable Time

For most people, whenever they are getting ready for the day or for a special event, they wish they had a little more time to do so. Having an organized storage space can provide this benefit by being a valuable time saver. Instead of spending precious moments searching for that favorite pair of pants or your tall winter boots, you can easily find what you need when your clothing storage space is well organized.

Allows You to Keep Stock of Your Personal Inventory

Perhaps you have experienced cleaning out your closet only to find a few pieces that you never wear, and may even have forgotten that you own. When your

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How to Arrange Garage Space

Posted on April 1, 2016 By

How to Arrange Garage SpaceThe garage is a second home practically for every man, being both his working cabinet and personal space where women are not allowed to pass. Some treat space planning not seriously, and it leads to bigger problems. But men who approach arrangement of garage space smartly have an additional mini-house where a lot of things can be done and a bunch of stuff may be stored. Here are some recommendations about how to organize space in your garage, making it ergonomic.

Main requirements

First and foremost, your garage must be properly protected against humidity and bad weather conditions (snow, rain, strong wind, storms, etc).

Secondly, you should think about storage places distribution beforehand. Mind that shelves must be at the distance at least one meter from the car. Think over about where and what you will keep, trying to make everything convenient for yourself.

Thirdly, organization of a working bench and an inspection pit may become a good idea, if you need them, of course.

Make more shelves

To economize space, hang as many shelves as possible, or make them

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7 Frequently Asked Questions About Self-Storage

Posted on April 1, 2016 By

Self-StorageWhether you are moving to another home or are hoping to free up some space in your home or office, making utilization of a self-storeroom can be your best storage arrangement. Self-storage is generally utilized today, however, there are sure essential things that you have to know not your self-storage knowledge a truly charming one. Here are probably the most much of the time put forth storage related inquiries alongside their answers.

1. Who Uses Self-Storage?

  • Homeowners who are moving out for excursions.
  • People who have moved to another city for a work task.
  • Business proprietors who are searching for additional storage room for stock.

2. What Items Can Be Stored In A Self-Storage?

Any sort of possessions can be put away in self-storage. This can incorporate furniture things, sports supplies, wellness types of gear, RVs, reports, paper mess, wines, attire, home outfitting, papers, office stuff, vehicles, and so forth, for the most part, anything as little as a document or as large as an auto can be put away in a self-storeroom.

3. Are There Good Levels of Security?

You should recall that lone latches

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Tips to An Effective Garage Roof Replacement

Posted on April 1, 2016 By

Garage Roof ReplacementOver time your garage roof is going to take a beating, as is the rest of your roofing on your home. In most instances, the garage roof is made from a different material to the rest of the house, this is usually seen where the garage is separate from the home. If you have a roof which has a low slope roof, then it may be worthwhile to consider a rubber roofing solution for the roof, saving you money and reducing the risk of having to replace it too often.

Take a look at your current garage roof to identify what material has been used. If it is rubber, then replacement and repair is relatively easy. If it is another material, you are going to have to strip the entire roof in order to replace the roof with a more durable, strong and longer lasting product, such as EPDM or ethylene propylene diene terpolymer.

Rubber is one of the easiest roofing options to repair. You can carry out this repair as a DIY project over a weekend or you can call in a professional company. The

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Exterior House Painting 5 Tips Before You DIY

Posted on March 1, 2016 By

Exterior House PaintingBelow are five important things to consider before painting the exterior of your home yourself.

(1) Proper preparation of all surfaces to be painted is paramount. Improper preparation is the main cause of paint failure and/or reduced life of the finish. Surface preparation can take as little as a few hours, while some require days to complete properly. All this time and work and you have yet to open your first can of paint! For some, the time required and the knowledge needed for this step was all they had to hear before calling us in, but not for everyone. Others who completed projects on their own were happy with the outcome for the first few years or so after painting. It wasn’t until the eventual premature failure coupled with the thought of how much time & money they had spent to repaint on their own that they eventually decided to leave it to the professionals the second time around.

(2) It’s not that high… or is it. The height of your home can be a bit deceiving from the ground, and let’s not forget about

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Important Things That You Need to Know About Painting Your House

Posted on March 1, 2016 By

Painting Your HouseNo one can deny the fact that the painting material and the way it is done can make a whole lot of difference to the overall outlook and appeal of a place. Plenty of creative designs and ideas keep coming up every now and then and it is absolutely important for one to get the right kind of color tone that syncs with the whole place.
Here are few important things to keep in mind when it comes to painting your residence,


A building has several areas of surface that needs to be taken into account before starting on with the painting work. Right from internal and external surface, wooden, metal and other areas needs to be inspected well before starting the paining task. Each of the surfaces would need a completely different painting requirement and it is important to understand this to get the right result. This is a crucial step to follow to bring about proper link and compatibility between the different areas of the house by choosing over the right paint.

Selection of colors

This is one important step

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How To Paint Your House The Right Way

Posted on March 1, 2016 By

How To Paint Your House The Right WayAre you looking to give your house a fresh lease of life? Painting is one of the cheap and quick ways to give your house a makeover. However, many people find painting the house to be an absolutely tedious process that consumes a great deal of time and energy. By making a proper plan and understanding the various aspects with regard to painting, it is possible for you to get the best outcome.

Go for a comprehensive painting plan

When it comes to painting your house, each and every area needs to taken into account. A proper plan should be designed well before jumping onto the painting task. It is important that you determine what colors do you wish to see in your house, what type of color to use, which are the areas you are looking to cover and many other such crucial aspects should be sorted out in the beginning itself. These steps would definitely help a great deal in saving time and money. Note down any interesting ideas or themes that you may have in your mind so

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5 Things to Consider When You Book Onsite Spray Painting Services

Posted on March 1, 2016 By

Spray PaintingMany businesses will regrettably come across a part of their building that requires a repair of some kind. Unfortunately, unless you are skilled in building refurbishments, it can be difficult to identify a well qualified and reputable contractor.

In this article, I will discuss 5 things that you should take into consideration before you commit to a contractor and work begins with regards to onsite spray painting.

1. Quotations

First things first, you should definitely be contacting a number of local contractors and ask for a quotation. Any reputable brand or organisation will not have an issue with this. If you find that a specific company would like to charge for a quotation, it’s best to move on. There will be hundreds of onsite spray painting organisations that will be willing to travel so don’t worry too much about the distance. As I mentioned above, it’s worth contacting the local companies first though. Look nationwide when you have started to run out of options.

2. Costs and Budget

If you have a specific budget, its best to be realistic. It’s probably worth getting a

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Things to Do Before Paint Preparation and Application

Posted on February 1, 2016 By

Things to Do Before Paint Preparation and ApplicationAn individual needs to do some kind of work which is known as the basic preparation if you have to get your home or room painted. If you ask anyone what the basic preparation should be, they would simply ask you to move out everything from the room and get it thoroughly cleaned. If there are some immovable things, simply cover and drape them with plastic or related material so that not even a single drop of paint sticks over it. Along with this, the switch boards, doors, window panels, etc should also be covered.

Once you have emptied the room, the next step would be to clean the walls. If the walls will not be clean, paint application will not be even and thus will not give results as expected. Apart from clearing the dust and dirt, it is also important to prime it and make it even. Holes and chips need to be removed and the putty application has to be done to even everything out.

A good painter would always start the work from the top and then

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Tips for Choosing House Painting Colors

Posted on February 1, 2016 By

House Painting ColorsIt is often said that the easiest way to change the appearance of a home is to paint it. And, while this is true, knowing what colors to paint your home’s exterior, or perhaps determine what color to paint a particular room, is rarely as easy as it sounds. Just take a walk down the paint aisle of your local home improvement store or visit a paint store and you will quickly discover that the days of simple red or white are no more. There are now more hue variations than one can begin to imagine. Add in the number tools, brushes, trays, etc. and just the thought of a weekend spent house painting can be overwhelming!

Thankfully, house painting doesn’t have to be terrifying or overwhelming. With an understanding of the following paint selection tips from house painting pros and average homeowners, you can have a new look for your home in no time at all.

Paint Selection Tips for Anyone

ยท Start in a smaller space. You don’t have to paint a main space first. Choose a small room, a hallway, or even

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What to Consider When Hiring Professionals for Interior Painting

Posted on February 1, 2016 By

Hiring Professionals for Interior PaintingWhether it’s a remodel of an older home or decorating a brand new house, interior painting is an important part of the construction. It can be a pain to do it alone, so most people hire others. Here are some basic pointers to keep in mind when it comes to making your home a colorful, peaceful retreat.

Have Colors in Mind

This may sound obvious, but many people start interior painting without really having a full vision for their decor. Think about what each room’s decor and style will be like. Keep in mind smaller rooms-darker colors tend to make the room feel even smaller. In this case, light and bright colors will make the area feel open. Decide what sort of ambiance the room should have; for instance, bedrooms should be calm and relaxing. Light blues, grays, and neutral colors may work here. Figure out ahead of time what kind of colors to have in each room, and it will make the job much easier.

Lead Paint

It’s important to check for lead in homes built before the late seventies. Old

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Painting Tips to Make Your Home More Vibrant

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Painting TipsMost home owners tend to think ornamental decorations are pivotal to making the home look lively or vibrant. To a certain extent, they are not wrong. It is important though to identify the thing that can make some of these ornaments become readily catchy to the eye. Definitely you would agree that the background painting sets the theme which plays a part in making the ornaments stand out. At this point you may be asking yourself, is the painting in your home okay or you have already decided it’s time for change. Well, here we are going to look at some painting tips that will help you bring some glamour to your home.

Start by choosing the colors

Choosing the ideal paint colors for you home can be a bit of a challenge because there are so many great looking colors available nowadays. A good idea will be to look at your furniture and see which colors would match perfectly with it. Since this is now a world full of technology, you can also download applications on your smart phone that will simulate images of how your

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