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5 Renovation Projects That Will Boost Your Home’s Value

If you own your home long enough, you are likely to do at least one renovation project. While the goal for most homeowners when renovating is to improve the look and utility of their home, a secondary goal is to increase their home’s value. Not all projects have a significant return on investment, and you need to make sure you know what you are doing before you start so you don’t accidentally damage your home. Here are a few projects that will help your home value.

New Doors

It might not seem like much of a project, but replacing doors around your home is a small, inexpensive project that has a lot of bang for the buck. The best door replacement projects are to replace your front entry door or to replace your garage doors. Both projects will boost your home’s value by about as much as you spend on them. This is especially important if your doors don’t hang properly anymore, or if they aren’t very sturdy. Replacing doors adds to the home value because it also adds to your home security.

Landscaping Improvements

Another renovation project that many homeowners never think of is landscaping improvements. Doing things as simple as trimming trees and shrubs and filling in bare spots in your lawn can give you a big boost in home value. You can also add new garden areas or features in your backyard, such as a firepit or decorative seating. As with replacing doors, landscape improvements tend to get you a value increase that’s commensurate with the amount of money you spend.

Minor Kitchen Remodel

Among the most sought-after improvements, people are looking for when buying a home is updated kitchens and bathrooms, and you can add a lot of value to your home by making some minor improvements to your kitchen. You don’t need to go all out and gut it; simple changes can make a big impact. This can include replacing flooring and countertops, refinishing or refacing cabinets and replacing hardware and fixtures. A minor kitchen remodel that’s done right can add back to value 90 percent or more of what you spend.

New Paint Job

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for making your home look newer. Whether you decide to paint the inside or outside of your home, the paint will spruce up any dingy looking areas. For indoor projects, choose colors that match the scheme and layout of the room. Brighter or lighter colors bring more energy in and make the space seem bigger. For larger projects, it may be a good idea to get professional help.

Repair Siding

If your home has siding that is in poor shape, replacing it is absolutely critical. Not only can broken or old siding make your home look run-down, but it can also open up a host of other problems. Siding protects the walls of your home from the elements, so you could end up with some nasty damage you need to fix. Cracked siding can also open up a way for pests to get into your home. Make sure you make this a top priority as soon as you notice any problems.

While home improvements can be a lot of fun when done right, it is important that you figure out what you are doing in advance, even with small projects. There are plenty of programs out there that will help you figure out what you are doing, making your research much easier. Just remember to have fun!

Resources:

How to Replace an Exterior Door

Re-Painting Any Room in Your Home

Rules of Renovation

Kitchen Renovations for About $25,000

Do Floridians Need to Worry About Frozen Pipes?

When you think about issues with frozen pipes, you might think about this being a problem in colder climates. As a Floridian, you might not think that it’s something that you have to worry about during the winter. However, even though the winters in Florida are pretty mild when compared to many places in the United States, this year’s weather extremes may have you thinking twice.

 

What Happens with Frozen Pipes?

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When the temperatures drop below freezing, the water inside your pipes can freeze. According to Fletchers, “when water expands inside a pipe, it can have a major impact on your home and yard. The expansion puts great pressure on both metal and plastic pipes, and no matter the strength of the pipe it can break or crack. The last thing any homeowner wants is a flood, so be extra aware of pipes exposed to severe cold or in unheated interior areas including outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool and hot tub supply lines, water sprinkler lines, pipes in basements and pipes in attics and garages.”

 

Should Floridians Worry About Frozen Pipes?

Even though you probably want to prevent the issues that can go along with frozen pipes, you might not think that you need to do anything to protect your pipes if you live in the Sunshine State. However, temperatures can still occasionally drop to near or below freezing in Florida, particularly at night during cold periods like the first weeks of January 2018. Even though this might only happen a couple of nights out of the winter season, this can still provide an opportunity for your pipes to freeze and flood your lower floors. Therefore, it’s not a bad idea to go ahead and protect your pipes now so that you can prevent problems later.

 

How to Protect Pipes from Freezing

If you would like to go ahead and take extra precautions against frozen pipes this winter, you should know that doing so is pretty easy. You can insulate your pipes by wrapping them with pipe wrap insulation or tubular sleeve insulation. You should be able to pick up the materials that you need from a local hardware store or home improvement store and do it yourself over a weekend.

 

What if it’s Too Late

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If you’re already experiencing flooding due to frozen pipes or other weather problems, shut off your main line (and breaker, if the water is high enough), remove as much water as you can as fast as you can, and try to protect your walls. If your walls are damaged, you can replace the sheetrock and get a professional to match your paint.

 

As you can see, even if you live in Florida, it’s worth it to think about the possibility of your pipes freezing. Luckily, doing so is easier than you might think, so you should be able to get the job done and protect your pipes quickly and easily.

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Attention to Detail: Signs Your Home Might Need Some Maintenance

Home is where the heart is, but sometimes peace is disrupted by unpredictable issues that require your immediate attention. Making sure that you take care of your home inside and out to maintain the look and its structural integrity is incredibly important. Here are four signs that you should look for when your home requires maintenance to keep your home in tip-top shape.

AC Unit

To ensure a cool summer, your AC unit should be one of your top priorities to keep up with. To prevent problems, never ignore are poor airflow or lack of cool air coming from vents, especially if your AC should be running. Whenever this happens, you should contact either the manufacturer or a reputable AC company to take a look as soon as possible. The strain on your unit could cause failures in the compression, and if it is left untreated, your unit may need to be replaced. Also, listen for strange noises coming from the AC. Clanking or banging noises are indicators that there is a major problem that should be addressed before a larger issue appears.

Termites

Pests, in general, can be annoying to deal with, but termites come with a lot more problems than other pests do. According to Proforce Pest Control, a single colony infestation can contain up to a million termites, constantly eating away at the wood in your home. That isn’t something to mess around with. One of the most obvious signs of termites is mud tunnels leading from the ground and connecting to your foundation. This is where the termites are entering. If you see any of these, don’t break them. Instead, call a pest control company immediately. The faster you act, then less damage your home will sustain.  

Cracked Paint

While cracked paint doesn’t necessarily indicate severe damage, you do need to repair it. Not only is cracked and peeling paint unattractive, but the paint also protects the wood underneath. Without the paint, the wood may be more susceptible to damage or discoloration. If you have cracked or peeling paint, make sure that it isn’t the result of a problem like excessive humidity. You should repaint or refinish the area as soon as possible to protect the surface and keep your home looking nice.

Home Siding

Your home siding is an important home feature that you shouldn’t ever neglect. Not only does your siding make your home look nice, but it also protects the outside of your home from damage and pests. If you notice that your home’s siding has started to warp, rot, loosen or crack, you should replace it immediately. If you have experience replacing siding, you can fix it yourself, or you can get a professional.

Our homes are where we create our fondest memories with loved ones and friends. Making sure that your home is safe and sound is very important, so don’t neglect the upkeep of your home. You don’t need to be paranoid, but make sure you keep an eye on areas that may be susceptible to problems.

These Double-Duty Paints Do More Than Just Look Pretty

These Double-Duty Paints Do More Than Just Look Pretty

Painting walls has been part of human behavior for 100,000 years. Paint tells the story of our travel through time, and allows us to express our personal style in amazing ways. More than just a pretty face, most modern paints have been rendered free of volatile organic compounds (VOC), and can be engineered to pull double-duty in a variety of ways.

Mood Enhancement

The colors you choose have a marked effect on moods and attitudes. Red and orange are invigorating colors that raise heart rates, blood pressure, and appetites. Yellow evokes sunshine, optimism, hope, and happiness. Blues and greens are cool, calming, and soothing. The intensity and quantity of color (whole wall coverage versus accents) will set the tone for each space and its intended activities.

Childproofing

Giving kids a place to vent (and sometimes spill) their creative juices saves a lot of time and frustration. Chalkboard paint provides a designated canvas for kids to release their inner Picasso. A high quality gloss or semi-gloss paint, in other-than-white, offers a tough, washable surface. Some paint is even infused with Teflon, so artwork practically slides off the wall, onto a sponge. Luminous, phosphorescent, or glow-in-the-dark paint, “collects” light and emits a greenish glow when the light source is removed. It can provide a soothing night light or soft lighting for a midnight trip down the hall.

Fire Safety

Fire retardant or intumescent paint, swells when heated, creating an insulating layer that does not conduct heat well. It may be tinted to match any décor, and dries with an “orange-peel” texture. Used on walls, doors, or ceilings, it offers flame protection for 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes, depending on product rating. Keep in mind that fire retardant paint isn’t enough for full fire safety — protecting your home with heat-sensing smoke alarms offers advanced fire detection.

Quality Assurance

Halochrome compounds are added to paint, giving it a pink tint that dries white, ensuring there are no gaps in multi-layered coverage.

Accent and Illusion

Paint can be used to direct attention or movement in a room, as well as to make it look bigger. Strategic use of color can draw the eye to an object or feature, or create illusions of light. The trompe l’oeil technique — literally translated as “trick the eye” — visually creates three dimensional space on a flat surface.

 

Today’s paints create a brighter outlook on multiple levels. More than just a facelift, a good paint job is sound investment as a protectant, a preservative, and an energy saver.

The Best Paint Colors for Wood Floors

The Best Paint Colors for Wood Floors

There is certainly something to be said for the warmth and richness of a hardwood floor. It’s a mainstay in the flooring world for a reason. And with an increasingly wide array of wood choices, from bamboo, to walnut, to exotic hardwoods, homeowners are able to bring a whole new look and feel to any space. But what paint colors go best with that new or existing wood floor?

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The Hottest Color Trends for 2018

With the new year comes a brand new outlook on, well, just about everything. One of the most popular improvements for the new year, repainting. There’s nothing like starting off with a fresh new look for your home.

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Picking the Perfect Gray: So Many Choices

Gray is a neutral color that still possesses the subtleties of shading, tone and depth. Not to mention, gray goes with just about anything. Homeowners are certainly falling in love with the color—but then comes the tough part, which shade of gray is right for your home?

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Choosing a Color When Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets: Not as Easy as it Might Seem!

One of the biggest hurdles when it comes to cabinet refinishing: picking that perfect color. There are actually a couple of different ways you can go here, paint or stain.

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5 Tips for Re-Painting Any Room in Your Home

There’s nothing like a freshly-painted room. A new color can transform a space, creating just the mood you’re looking for. Sometimes, though, achieving that perfect look can come with a lot of work. Here are some tips to make your job a little more comfortable.

1. Plan to Succeed

Before the paint goes on the walls, there is a lot of prep work involved. It can be tempting to skip this prep work to get done more quickly, but doing so will only give you a result that you won’t be satisfied with. It’s important to calculate how much paint you’ll need for your room, so you won’t have to rush out and buy more in the middle of your project. Also, make sure you have all the materials you need to protect the surfaces you don’t intend to paint, including drop cloths, painter’s tape, and plenty of rags to quickly clean up any inevitable spills.

2. Give Yourself a Little Space

It can be hard enough to reach every single nook and cranny in your home. It’s even harder when you don’t have enough space to fit your body in to provide plenty of leverage. If at all possible, move furniture out of the room to be painted, rather than just moving it to the center of the room. This way, you’re sure to have plenty of space, and can more easily reach those high and low areas on your walls. Not to mention, paint has this uncanny ability to get on surfaces you don’t want it to be on, even when those surfaces are protected. By moving furniture out, you give yourself greater assurance that it won’t end up with paint on it.

3. Get it Done Quickly

Painting a room is hard work, and it can be tempting to take frequent breaks and spread the project out over a week or more. If at all possible, try to avoid spreading out your project to prevent chipping the paint when you’re moving around with furniture in an unfamiliar configuration. Not to mention, if you leave it for too long, dust could become a problem as it attracts to the new paint surface and is then spread when you’re working in the room.

4. Keep it Feeling Good

Paint drying can be affected depending on the temperature of the air in the room in which it was applied. If it’s too cold, the paint won’t dry as quickly, but if it’s too hot and humid, the extra moisture in the air will slow down the drying as well. Therefore, your HVAC system needs to be in great shape before you begin your painting project to ensure the paint dries quickly and evenly. The faster your paint dries, the sooner you can enjoy the final results of your hard work.

5. Finish it Right

If you’ve finished your painting project and gotten everything moved back in, and then you notice a spot you missed or that has gotten chipped since you painted it, don’t be afraid to correct the issue while you’ve still got all your tools handy. The problem might be in a place that no one else is likely to notice, but for you who put in so much work on the project, you’ll see it every time you’re in the room. Give yourself the satisfaction of a job well done by touching up the paint before you put away your tools.

Enjoy!

When everything is finally done, all that’s left to do is sit back and enjoy the spectacular results. The satisfaction of completing a painting project by yourself is tough to beat, at least until your friends and family see your great work and want you to help them out too.

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5 Home Improvements You’ll Appreciate for Years to Come

Once you have lived in your home for a while, you may find it necessary to make some improvements. However, it is critical to ensure that the upgrades will offer you and your family value for years to come. Depending on your lifestyle and needs, here are some home improvements you will love.

 

Kitchens and Baths

There is no doubt that you spend a considerable amount of time in your kitchen and bathroom. Upgrading the rooms will offer you the comfort, convenience, and luxury you desire. New cabinets, natural wood floors, and stone countertops will help you create a more functional kitchen. When it comes to making your bathroom more practical, you should consider installing a steam shower or hot tub.

 

Security System Installation

Today, you can use technology to make your home a smart house. A modern home security system will help to ensure that your loved ones and valuables are safe at all times. Make sure that you choose and install a system that will meet your unique needs by providing the required security layers. Some of the features you can look at include smart locks, water leak detector, and security cameras.

 

Improvements in Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency improvements will not only pay for themselves immediately but will also save you money for years to come. Such additions may make your home more comfortable as well and help you to avoid potential health hazards. Some of the steps you can consider taking include using green energy sources, additional insulation to your home, using energy-efficient appliances and installing thermopane windows.

 

More Space

More space in your home will make it easier for you to keep your rooms organized. This is why you should consider adding some extra rooms to your home. You can also turn your attic into a spare bedroom by insulating and renovating it. A remodeled basement can also act as a knitting room, exercise room or home office. This will let you create extra space and boost the value of your home.

 

Usable Outdoor Areas

Improvements to the outdoor areas will also allow you to enjoy your time whenever you are in your home. Improving your deck and pool, planting trees and making major repairs to the exterior will make the outdoor areas more usable and create a beautiful home. This is something you will appreciate for a long time.

 

Home maintenance will go far in helping you to keep the existing structure sound. This will allow you to save money associated with frequent repairs.