If your goal is boosting your home value, then you first need to know how much it is currently worth. You need to have a good idea just how much value you will get from a home improvement so you can know where your home value will wind up, and then you can figure out whether or not it is worth all the time and money you have to invest into it.
You have to know what your budget is. You might identify a five thousand dollar project that adds fifteen thousand to your home value. But what if you only have two thousand dollars free? At that budget, you should not even do a two thousand dollar project because you have no wiggle room for errors, accidents or overruns.
Make sure that you apply for and receive all needed permission for the project you want. At a minimum, you … Read the rest
The first thing you need to think about is where your oak dining table is going to go in your home (you probably know this already). Chances are it’ll be in your dining room itself, so you need to go and measure your dining room’s dimensions so that you know what kind of sized space you’re working with. There’s no point going out and blindly buying an oak wood dining table and then hoping it fits! The next question to ask yourself is ‘how many people does this wood dining table have to seat?’ This is just as important as the previous question, and will help you decide whether you need to buy just a cheap dining table or an entire dining room set (with chairs and all).
Next (and perhaps most importantly for some people) we have to think about our budget (i.e. how much you have to spend) … Read the rest
A good way to start is to change all the conventional light bulbs into their energy saving alternatives known as compact fluorescent lights. These lights use less than half the energy as compared to normal light bulbs for the same amount of visible light produced. Even though purchasing them can seem more expensive initially, in the long run the amount that is saved through reduced electrical expenses will prove to be worth it.
The air conditioning unit in the home is also a major source of power drain. It is recommended that the fan should be used as the main cooling appliance in the home. Though they are not as effective as air conditioning, electric fans consume considerably less electricity. If one is used to sleeping with the air conditioning turned on at night, perhaps one could set it on a timer to automatically turn off after a few hours. … Read the rest
Helps You to Feel Cleaner
Water softeners help to filter your water and remove various contaminants from it. This means that these things are not ending up on your skin while you are in the shower. This being the case, you will be able to work up a better lather with your soap, and you will feel cleaner after your shower is over. A softener will make you feel cleaner, and it will make your showers more enjoyable.
Gets Rid of Soap Scum
Another benefit that water softeners provide is that they keep your tub and shower cleaner after it has been used. In a home that is not equipped with one, it is not uncommon for a layer of soap scum to be left behind in a tub or shower after it has been used. This is because the contaminants in the water make it impossible to wash all … Read the rest
If you live in Zone 7 and up and grow varieties like impatiens and petunias, this may be a challenge because they tend to over winter and come back strong season after season. I’ve changed their soil a couple of ways.
I’ve ripped them out, change the soil, and planted new plants. But I’ve also carefully dug them up, changed the soil, and replanted. And it works.
The watch word is carefully. Don’t just plunge your trowel in, breaking the roots, and expect them to live. Gently insert your fingers and try to extract as much of the plant and root system as you can. You’ll definitely rip and few roots but try to get as much of a complete root ball as possible.
The one family of veggies that this warning is especially important for is…
Changing soil is particularly important if you’re growing veggies in … Read the rest
Lower Utility Bills and Fewer Maintenance Costs
If you’re currently in a larger house, chances are you’re paying a lot in utility bills. Heat, air conditioning and electricity all add up to be a significant expense for most homeowners. However, did you realize that in a larger house you’re probably paying to heat or air condition rooms that you don’t even use? Not to mention the costs of accidentally left-on lights, TV’s, appliances and other electronic devices. All of these seemingly small things add up to a substantial cost, which can be avoided in a smaller house. Similarly, smaller houses usually cost less to maintain. If you need your house re-roofed or re-painted, the smaller square footage means it will cost a fraction of the amount of a larger home in these improvements.
The Joys of Simple Living
Studies have shown that less stuff equals less stress. In a culture … Read the rest
Waterproofing while construction of building can really solve the problem of water seepage and it`s adverse effects. Waterproofing prevents the seepage by sealing every possible entry into the building.
Waterproofing can be installed at the time of construction as well as renovation of the building. Water proofing system acts as a barrier which protects the building from moisture and its bad effects. Proper waterproofing ensures the top condition of building and the equipments installed in it. There are instances when waterproofing of a facility is done after emergency situations like fire, flood and other major disasters.
There are various ways through which water can enter in the building. An architect should focus on every possible way of water intrusion in the facility. If you notice a ground water seepage then there is a possibility that your basement requires commercial building waterproofing.
Drainage system of the building also work in combination … Read the rest