Home Maintenance

DIY Tips For Big and Small Home Improvement Projects

A DIY project is fantastic if the job is done well, but too many times quick fixes and other improper work create a lot of problems down the road.

The appeal of doing something yourself is undoubtedly huge. In an ideal world, you’ll get a great DIYsense of accomplishment, bragging rights to all your friends and family, and you’ll save a ton. Unfortunately, that does not always happen. Failed DIY projects are both demoralizing and can create problems that are much more expensive than the original fix. Here are some tips so you know what projects to take on and which you should probably hire out.

Know Your Skills: You have to be honest with yourself here. Do you really know how to do the job? If you are inexperienced or lack the required skills to take on the project, it can only cause problems. Firstly, many jobs, especially anything electrical, can be quite dangerous and if you are unsure of how to do it, you’ll possibly hurt yourself. Even if you are able to finish the job unscathed and feel like it was successful, you never really are sure of the quality of your work. If you seal something improperly or don’t reinforce something enough, you could have leaks or structural issues in the long term that are much more costly than hiring a professional for your small job. As a rule of thumb, if you have to follow along and mimic a YouTube video in order to do the project, you probably shouldn’t be doing it.

Avoid Most Big Jobs: Unless you have done extensive research and have training in the area, DIYconquering a large project is not in your best interest. Even if these jobs seem easy, they most likely are not. There is a reason renovating a bathroom, for example, is much more expensive than you, as a DIYer, think it should be. While on the surface, pulling out a toilet and bathtub may seem simple. You will quickly find it requires more tools and time than you ever imagined. Big jobs like this can look easy, but you can be quickly overwhelmed and easily make mistake that a professional would not.

Permits: Jobs that require any kind of permit are probably not worth your while. Professionals have spent years working with the necessary powers and can likely get these permits with a lot less stress and time that you can. If you are thinking about doing the work on your own without a permit, think again. Without a permit, improvements make it very hard to sell your home and could lead to a lawsuit if something were to go wrong with the repair post-sale.

Enjoy It: If you look at the project and are dreading it from day one, hire it out. When you are unhappy in your work, you are much more likely to rush through it and do a poor job that could hurt you down the line. Further, projects often take a lot of time and if you hire it out, that is time that could be spent doing something you truthfully enjoy as opposed to slaving over a home fix.

DIY work is fantastic if done well, but too many times quick fixes and other improper work cause a lot of trouble in the future. Do a lot of research and planning before you start any DIY project to be sure it is something you are fully ready to handle.

Home Maintenance

How To Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Whether your selling your home, moving into your First Home or just staying pat, everyone wants a home that looks great. Achieving a high level of curb appeal can be easier than you think. Making a few inexpensive changes can take the exterior of you home from bland to exciting.

The best place to start is with a good cleaning. Pressure washing the exterior of your home is an inexpensive way to make your home look great. Professionals will likely charge over $1000 for this service, but you can rent a pressure washer for about $80 a day. Further, cleaning the windows and any exterior light fixtures will really help spruce the place up.

Now that your home is clean, some landscaping changes can make a huge difference as well. One great thing to do is add a fresh layer of mulch to your flowerbeds. At about $1.50 per cubic foot, this is a really inexpensive fix as well. Additionally, adding small gardens or window boxes will make the landscaping even better. Remember that when choosing flowers, the more color the better. If you want your house to draw people in, bright colors are a nice way to do that.

One area of landscaping to particularly focus on is your mailbox. Adding some small plants or ivy around and on the box will create a beautiful connection between the street and your home. It is also very effective if you have a longer driveway and want to give a nice display even though your home is not easily viewed from the street. You should be careful to not hinder your mail delivery, as postal workers can withhold mail if the box is not easily accessible.

In addition, your front door is an awesome place to add curb appeal to your house. Repainting your door a brighter color will undoubtedly make your home look more inviting and add character. Lastly, adding a flag or some other décor to your main entrance will certainly make your home look more attractive.

Overall, adding a little character and curb appeal to the exterior of your home does not have to be a big project, or even expensive. Some subtle changes can go a long way to make sure your home is the envy of the neighborhood.

Home Maintenance

Types of Moving Services To Help Move Into Your New Home

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You’ve found the right home, the loan has closed, and you have the keys. Now it’s time to move in. Here are some tips to help make the big step less stressful.

Moving is a very stressful time for anyone. However, hiring the right moving service should help to ease your mind, and make moving easier on you. There are various types of moving services available to tailor to your individual needs. To help you determine what moving service is right for you, we have provided a short list of options.

Full-Service Movers: Full service movers will do the majority of the heavy lifting. Their services include preparing your furniture for the move, moving it from your old home to your new home, and then unloading and organizing your furniture in your new home. Full-service movers also provide moving tools such as mattress bags, padding, moving blankets, shrink-wrap, and any other protective materials. Once you arrive in your new home, the movers will place the furniture exactly where you want it, they will remove all the plastic, bags, and padding, and will get rid of any garbage for you. They will also reassemble any furniture they had to take apart for the move.

Self-Service Movers: Unlike full-service movers who help to move your items and drive the truck, self-service movers just drive the truck. Some self-service movers will drive a truck to your location, while others might just drop off a large mobile moving container on your front lawn a few days before the move. With self-service movers, you are the one responsible for packing and loading the truck or large moving container. The movers will then move the container to your new home when you are ready, but you will need to unload and unpack the truck or container. This is an ideal option if you are looking to save money, and if you do not want to drive a moving truck.

Moving Labor: Hiring simple moving labor can help you to pack up your household items, load/unload a rented truck, and they can even drive your rented vehicle. However, before hiring moving labor you will need to gather more information about the movers and the company since not all moving labor is reliable.

Renting A Truck: If you are looking to save some money and aren’t afraid to drive a moving truck, your best bet might be just to rent a truck and have friends and family help you to move. Most moving trucks are easy to load, have a lot of space, and offer great protection for your household items.

To ensure safe transportation of all your items, you must compare the services of each moving moving vancompany. Take into account your budget and your needs while choosing one of these options.
Get an understanding of other customer experiences by looking at customer reviews online. Finding a moving company that satisfies all of your needs should guarantee that your move is easy and stress free.

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3 Factors To Consider When Choosing A Home Security System

home securityInstalling monitored safety and security devices in your home can reduce your homeowner’s insurance up to 20 percent. Not only that, but statistics show that a home with an alarm system is less likely to be targeted by a thief. The alarm company will have stickers that display on your doors and windows that tell thieves the house is secured. Installing a home security system is a no brainer, but with so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to determine which system is right for you.

There are a wide variety of security systems available and each has different features that set it apart from competitors. Here are 3 factors to consider when choosing a security system for your home

1.  Monitoring: How the system communicates with its monitoring center.
2.  Installation: The method of installation, either professional or DIY.
3.  Home Automation: The ability to control various actions in your home beyond security. This includes turning lights on and off, thermostat settings, and much more.

DIY Security Systems: Professional home security systems can be daunting, especially when you are on a budget. Fortunately, there are DIY security options you can find in any price range, from simple setups with just door/window sensors to high-tech wireless solutions that can protect any size home. You can purchase any home security system that fits your budget as well as your lifestyle. However, with DIY security systems you will be responsible for monitoring your home, so it’s up to you to call the police if you need help. Also, you will be the one responsible for working with your insurance company if a break-in occurs. Anything not covered by your insurance company, will have to be paid for out of your pocket.

Professional Security Systems: Professional security systems have become more sophisticated over time and include high tech sensors that detect broken locks, opened doors/windows, unexpected movements, broken glass, and other intrusion events. While the equipment is going to be of higher quality and provide better security, it will also be more expensive. However, most security companies offer a drastic discount or free equipment when you sign a monitoring contract. Professional monitoring can range from $20 to $100 a month depending on the company, and can include 24/7 burglary, fire, medical, and environmental monitoring. If your home does get broken into and your security system was armed at the time of the robbery, the burglars will be less likely to continue inside your home because of the alarm, and the police will be dispatched quickly, allowing a greater chance for the burglars to be caught.

By comparing the various features of each security system and the companies that produce them, will allow you to choose the system that works best for your situation, budget, and lifestyle.