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Why and How You Should Declutter Your Home Before Serious Renovations

A serious home renovation is a big undertaking that has the power to transform your space and your lifestyle. Your new home will become more functional as well as more aesthetically pleasing. But because of how substantial the planned work may be, it is essential to prepare properly ahead of time. One of the best steps that you can take to prepare your home and belongings for the experience of renovating is to declutter.

The Importance of Decluttering

Your contractors generally need to have a clean slate to work with. This means that all furniture, home décor, and other items need to be removed from the work area.

In many cases, you will be able to store items in your garage or in a spare room; however, there may be cases where it is necessary to rent out a storage unit for your furniture and other possessions. If you decide that you do need a storage unit, make sure to get the appropriate type for the items you are storing. Salt Lake Stor-N-Lock explains, “If you plan to store items that are susceptible to fluctuating temperatures, such as family heirlooms, electronics, wood or leather furniture or important paper documents, you will want to search for storage units with climate control.

When you spend time decluttering, you can eliminate the number of items that need to be moved, packed, and stored. You also eliminate the number of items that need to be unpacked after the renovation project is completed. While this saves you time and energy, it also can save money by reducing the size of the storage unit that you need to rent as well as the number of boxes and storage bins that you need to buy.

How to Declutter

To declutter your home, you need to essentially sort through all of your items one by one. Only keep items that you will have a need for after the renovation is completed. For example, you may not need all of your home décor if you plan to redecorate after the work is done.

When you begin the process of decluttering, decide whether each item should be kept, thrown away, donated, or sold. It can be hard to decide what to keep and what to get rid of. Rachel Jones recommends that you “Look carefully at the items in front of you. Pull out just the ones that you know you absolutely want to see them in your new home. These are things that you use regularly or love.” When that’s done, look at what’s left. If the items in front of you don’t seem worth the effort of packing and moving, then it’s time to let them go.

If you plan to keep items, ensure that you pack them smartly and safely. This means packing items together that belong in the same room, and wrapping delicate items in protective bubble wrap or wrapping paper. Place the heaviest items in the bottom of each box or bin, and place the heaviest boxes and bins at the bottom when stacking them. Be sure to clearly label all boxes and bins using detailed descriptions about what the contents are and where they belong. This will come in handy, because there is always a chance that you may need to access some of your stored items before the renovation project has been completed, and because it will make moving your items back inside that much easier.

A serious home renovation essentially requires you to empty the work area of all personal items. You will need to move everything out of this space just as you would if you were moving into a new home. With this in mind, it makes sense to thoroughly declutter before packing up your belongings.

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5 Ways You Should Show Some Love To Your Garage

Does your garage need a little tender love and care? The garage is often a part of the house that we neglect when it comes to updates and cleaning because the stresses of cleaning the actual house can be too much. We will share some tips today to help you be sure that you show your garage the love that it really needs.

 

Update the Paint

If the inside of your garage is unpainted or the current paint is old and chipping, think about renewing it with a new coat of bright, fresh paint. Whether you choose a color that’s bold or something a little more subtle, this is a great way to show your garage a little love. Depending on the size of your garage, this can be a very cost effective update, too, and one that will add a bit of value to your house.

 

Add Shelves

Adding a shelving unit to your garage is a great way to show it some love and increase the functionality. Depending on the amount of space you have and the quantity of items that need storage, you can decide what size unit is best. If you have a small garage, try to get a shelving unit that maximizes the amount of space you have! Shelving units are available at most stores, so feel free to browse around until you found one that fits your needs. When you combine a shelving unit with stacking plastic bins and hooks, you’ll find that you can greatly increase the amount of storage you can get out of your garage.

 

Update the Floor

The floor of the garage is something that often gets neglected. Installing new flooring in your garage is a great way to update the look of the garage because it will make the whole garage look more put together! This can also be a quick project depending on the type of floor you decide to go with. There are professionals who can install flooring or epoxy on your floor, and when you go with a professional you can expect better quality and results that will be long-lasting. But If you don’t want the expense of letting a professional do it, you could always paint the concrete floor or coat it in epoxy yourself.

 

Establish a Cleaning Schedule

Sometimes the garage can become a "catch-all" for overflow stuff that does not have a place in your home. The shelving units mentioned previously will help to organize your stuff, but having a cleaning schedule will help ensure that the garage is always spick and span! Don’t be afraid to sell or throw out items that you don’t need anymore. By getting rid of things you don’t want and don’t need, you’ll make it easier to store and utilize the things that you do love and need.

 

Update the Garage Doors

A lot of people have old garage doors. If this is your case, consider updating your garage doors to give the exterior of your garage an entirely new look. If your garage door is functioning just fine, but looks a little dingy, there are solutions for that. You can pressure wash it to blast away the grime that’s accumulated over the years, and you can also refresh the external paint to freshen up the appearance of you home from the curb. With small efforts, you can make the garage door look like new!

 

The tips we have shared are easy to implement and cost-effective. Your garage is sure to feel the love when you are finished implementing these tips!

 

Featured image courtesy of Immaculate Garage.
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Easy Fixes to Make an Old House a Dream Home

When you buy an older house, it can cost less money, making it easier to create your own dream home with time. Older houses often have interesting floor plans and features that will help you to create a unique decor. Use these decorating ideas to achieve a beautiful older home with a personality all your own.

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Paint Each Room an Interesting Color

Painting walls is an inexpensive way to update a room, and you can use neutral colors or create interesting designs and accent walls. Modern paint stores often have software that allows you to load pictures of your home’s interior, so you can see how a living room or bedroom will look with a particular color of paint. Other painting services can help with the cleaning, inspection, and set up process of painting a room.

 

Replace Old Windows

If your home has old-fashioned windows with single panes, you will want to replace these items with double-pane windows that have vinyl frames. The installation of new windows can change the total appearance of a room, and you can add smaller or larger windows. It can also save you on cooling and heating when you don’t get drafts in older windows. Installing windows is a difficult job, so make sure to hire a technician to complete this home improvement.

 

Use Custom-made Decorations

Rather than buying ready-made decorations for your home, find an artist who will create customized items such as wall hangings or lighting fixtures. Custom-made decor will make your older home the showcase of your neighborhood. Many artisans will help with installation of bigger pieces like doors, carvings, and more. If you commission a truly unique piece, be sure it speaks to you and the history of the house.

 

Recycle!

Find an artist or local craftsman who recycles old furniture. You can use decorative couches, chairs, or benches to bring out the uniqueness of your home. Upcycle older pieces with new upholstery, carvings, or updated hardware. You can make this piece speak to the restored nature of your own house.

 

Replace Old Flooring

It is essential to replace the worn flooring in an older house, so each room has a more attractive appearance. You can use hardwood planks or carpeting, but you can also use brightly colored throw rugs to give a family room or bedroom an interesting ambience.

 

You don’t need to complete all the redecorating projects before you move into an older home. Concentrate on creating beautiful spaces in the rooms you use the most, and when you have more money, you can add new decor to other areas of the home.

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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Could your home use a little more texture?

Could your home use a little more texture?

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Feeling like your home décor is falling flat?



If you’ve carefully picked out furniture, poured over paint swatches, but still feel like something is missing, you could be forgetting one key piece of the decorating puzzle: texture. Oftentimes, it’s is an afterthought when we’re making our decorating plans, but designers know that it’s key to bringing a room to life.

If your home is in some serious need of texture, don’t panic! There are plenty of easy ways to add life to any room. Rugs are a great way to do this with a single piece. Whether it’s patterned or Persian, made of wool or faux fur, large or small, any rug will instantly make a room more dynamic. Plants also give a room texture, and they’ve got a bunch of other benefits as well, including purifying the air, sharpening focus, and improving health. Make sure to get plants that are suited to a room’s lighting, otherwise, you might run into problems keeping them alive! A mirror can also add some variety and character to a room, while also adding dimension at the same time.

Those are just three out of the many ways to add texture to any room. If these techniques don’t fit with your home’s style, check out Better Homes & Gardens’ guide on how to weave texture into any décor style. Though it may seem like an intimidating design challenge, adding texture is actually one of the simplest ways to improve the look and feel of any room in your house.


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