Home Improvement

Top Ten Spring Cleaning Projects

Spring is right around the corner, which means so is the dreadful chore of spring cleaning. We have made a super easy checklist for you to follow with tips and tricks on how to effectively clean your home this Spring! We put together the top 10 spring cleaning projects from FamilyEducation.com that will make the task of Spring cleaning not so daunting.

1.       WINDOWS

Dirty windows are something none of us can avoid. Before you go at it with a bottle of Windex and a roll of paper towels, equip yourself with the right tools to make this small chore easier. Grab a lint free rag while you’re at the store and mix 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid for every 2 gallons of water. Use a nice large window squeegee with a sharp new rubber blade to get the best results!

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10 Things to Think About Before Remodeling Your Bathroom

Are you thinking about remodeling your master bathroom? Does your tub need an upgrade? Before you start ripping cabinets out of the wall, take a look at these tips we have for you in order to make the process a little easier! Here are 10 things to think about before remodeling your master bathroom.

1.       Plumbing

You’d be surprised the stuff that piles up in the drain. The average drain pipe is about 1 ½ inches thick, consider upgrading to 2-inch pipes. The thicker the pipes, the less likely it is to get clogged. Consider routing your pipes through interior walls to avoid freezing your pipes in the winter time.

2.       Lighting

If you’re going to be surrounding yourself with mirrors in a place where you are most vulnerable, you might want to consider upping your lighting game. Use recessed light fixtures on the ceiling to brighten the room. Last thing...

Remodeling Projects with Top Dollar ROI

We understand that sometimes buying your "perfect" home means transforming a not-so-perfect home into the home of your dreams. After the transaction closes, where do you begin? What project makes the most sense to complete first, and will it ultimately be worth it? HouseLogic gives us seven top projects that will secure your receive the highest return on investment, take a look and get to it!

1. Upgrade Your Landscape

This one can be extremely simple and can be super cost- effective. A basic landscaping upgrade includes flowering shrubs, a 15-foot tree, flagstone walkway, stone planters and fresh mulch. It is as easy as 1-2-3!

2. Replacing Your Roof

Considering this is what separates...

Outsmart Your Thermostat For Each Season

With the ever-changing Texas seasons, it is important to fluctuate our thermostats accordingly to stay on top of our electric bill. According to a study done by the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, nearly 90% of Americans say that they have never programmed their thermostat, simply because they don't know how.

Programming your thermostat is actually very simple and can save Americans at least 10% a year on heating and cooling costs. You can achieve that 10% by turning your thermostat back by 7-10 degrees F from its normal setting for 8 hours a day, according to the U.S Department of Energy.

The first step is to pick the right thermostat tailored to your needs. There are four types of programmable thermostats that each include a distinctive scheduling style. 

  • 7-day programming. Best for individuals or families with erratic schedules, since this is the most flexible option. It lets you program a different heating/cooling schedule for each day...

Turn Your Doors Into True Show-Stoppers

Want a unique way to spruce up your interior decoration? Having some trouble thinking out of the box when it comes to decorating your space? Try thinking inside the box... or a doorframe perhaps! When is the last time you actually noticed your interior doors?

Notice no guests come over and say "WOW, look at that great bathroom door!" It's because typically, interior doors are bland and boring. Start thinking inside the door frame and create something unique. Doors are overlooked so often that customizing and personalizing them will make a world of a difference. Here are seven ideas courtesy of House Logic.

1. Fancy Trim: A little well placed trim, along with a coat of paint really goes a long way. It is so simple, easy to do and will boost your home value. 

2. Faux Stained Glass: Glass doors are a great addition, and stained glass doors are...

Expensive Mistakes Homeowners Often Make

Maintaining your home is extremely costly and there are a ton of ways to save on the smaller projects that don't need as much attention. Are you spending extra money on unnecessary upkeep?  Here are the ten most expensive mistakes you could be making in your home. 

1. Using Traditional Light Bulbs

If you still have incandescent light bulbs in your home you could be throwing away a lot of money on an inflated electric bill. In its lifetime, an incandescent light bulb can use about $180, whereas as a CFL light bulb will only use $41 in the same time frame. If you really want to get cost savvy, go down to a LED bulb that will go down to $30 a month. 

2. Ignoring a leaky faucet

A leaky faucet is not a minor detail that you want to put on the back burner....

Don't Overlook These Spring Cleaning Tasks

We get it, Spring cleaning isn't everyone's favorite Saturday afternoon activity, but it needs to be done! No matter how hard you try, it is easy to overlook some key spots and tasks. Before you've crossed cleaning off your Spring to-do list, check out these often overlooked tasks.

Clean and Inspect your Vacuum

A clogged and dirty vacuum can just about undo any progress you've made the minute you turn it on. Be sure to thoroughly inspect and clean your trustee vacuum before use.

How To Clean Your Vacuum

  • Change the bag and wipe down the bag's holder or empty and thoroughly wash the bagless container with a soapy rag. 
  • Wipe down the entire vacuum.
  • Pull debris from the...

Landscaping Ideas for Homeowners Who Hate Yard Work

Spring creeping upon us means that it is time to get your landscaping on and really show-off your gorgeous home with an equally gorgeous front lawn. We understand not everyone has a green thumb, and let's face it, some of us don't want to have a green thumb. Here are four landscaping ideas for the homeowner who hates yard work! 

1. Plant just ONE Tree

Planting a tree doesn't take as much effort as you think, and you'll be contributing to the planet too! Once the tree is established, it's about as low maintenance as landscaping can get. The key is to choose a tree that adds interest to your landscape in the form of color, shape, and texture. 

2. Add colorful mulch

Need an easy way to spruce up your yard? Add a colorful mulch that will also add great texture to the entire...

Best Trees to Grow Great Curb Appeal

With Spring quickly approaching it is just about time to start reviving our plants and landscape from the treacherous winter we endured this year. Having a flawless landscape is almost every homeowner's dream, but many lack the desire to put in the extra work to maintain it. HouseLogic has come up with an easy fix for those homeowners who want the spectacular landscape view but have little to no time to commit. Here is a list of the best trees to easily grow curb appeal. 

Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia)

They love hot, sunny climes and bloom in summer when most trees have ended their show. BUT, crape myrtles hate to be topped off; if you give them plenty of room to grow (15-25 ft. high, and 6-15 ft. wide), you can use a lighter pruning touch. This flowering tree will please the eye year-round. 

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2018 Color of the Year!

Pantone has just announced its 2018 Color of the Year, and as far as house paint goes, it's quite breathtaking: Ultra Violet. A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.


“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” – Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.


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Hottest Interior Design and Decor Elements you'll see in 2018!

Are you decorating a new home or just looking to spruce up your home in the New Year? Here is a list of the hottest design and decor trends that are sweeping homes moving into 2018, courtesy of realtor.com.

1. Bold Colors

"Dipping a room in a dramatic shade like midnight navy, eggplant, or charcoal is a fun way to embrace a deep, rich color, and the result is deliciously inviting,” says Elissa Morgante, co-principal of Morgante Wilson Architects in Illinois.

2. Mixed Metallics

A few years back, mixing metals was a total no-no. But experts now agree that today’s homeowners want more than simple one or two copper or brass fixtures. To warm up the industrial feel of some metals, pair them with a natural stone like marble or limestone,...

Winter Weather Preparations to Get a Head Start On

It always seems that the first night of colder weather, something goes wrong with the fireplace that worked seamlessly the winter before! Follow these quick-and-easy winter preparation to do right NOW! You never know, a cheap prevention could save you big bucks later in the season.

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Buy a protector for your outdoor faucet: A little-frozen water damage can cost you up to $15,000, yet is so easy to prevent. The simplest thing to do is to remove your garden hose from your outdoor faucet and drain it. Then add a faucet protector to keep cold air from getting into your pipes.

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Add insulation to prevent ice dams: Icicles are a clear sign that you’ve got an ice dam, which is exactly what it sounds like: a buildup of ice on your gutter or roof that prevents melting snow and...

Costly Remodeling Missteps that New Homeowners Make

After the negotiations are over, the keys are in your hand, and the excitement sets in...and then the nervousness starts to take over. You have all the freedom, YOU hold the reigns, now what do you do with them? When starting the remodeling and process of getting your dream home in the works, make sure not to be too eager and make one of these common new homeowner mistakes.

1. Going with the Lowest Bid

Double-check that all bids include the same project scope — sometimes one is cheaper because it doesn’t include all the actual costs and details of the project. The contractor may lack the experience to know of additional steps and costs. 

2.  Submitting Small Business Claims

Submitting a claim or two, especially in a relatively short period, can trigger an increase in your premium. Save your insurance for something...

Water Damage Restoration Tips

The devastation that Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have left behind them have sent many homeowners into a flurry trying to get their home restored.  AccuWeather put the damage from Irma at more than $100 billion, and Harvey at $190 billion, which makes summer 2017 the costliest weather disaster season in U.S. history.

Before plunging into the process of restoring your home check out these three simple tips courtesy of Realtor.com

1. Take pictures before you clean

As hard as this might seem, it is so important to take pictures to serve as evidence of the damage just in case. This will be critical proof of the repairs you need to make, without them you...

Eight Home Improvement Projects With A High ROI

With the cool weather coming in, this is the prime time to get all your projects in or around your home done. Many contractors and other pros often find this time of year to be a little slower, so you will have an easier time finding the right person for the job!

The National Association of Realtors has come up with these eight projects that are designed to add value to your home, easily and without breaking the bank! Check out these eight easy steps to maximize your ROI for when the time comes to sell.

1. Fix Window Leaks

Air gap around your windows could be driving your air conditioning bill up higher than it needs to be. Old or leaking...

How To Cut Kitchen Remodeling Costs

Remodeling your kitchen this summer? We know that remodeling any part of your home doesn't come cheap, but you definitely want to get the kitchen just right! Check out these four easy ways to cut down on remodeling costs! 

According to Remodeling Magazine average cost to update a 200-square-foot kitchen including the installation of new flooring, semi-custom wood cabinets, and standard appliances totals around $62,000. Homeowners who would rather go with the more luxurious approach spend as much as $123,000. Here are four simple ways to get your dream kitchen without breaking the bank! 

1. Paint or resurface your cabinets instead of replacing them: "A bold and modern hardware can breathe new life into old, ordinary cabinetry" says interior designer CeCe Barfield Thompson. Thompson told Times that her renovations cost around $7,050,...

Boost Your Home’s Value with These Tips and Tricks

Buying a home is likely the biggest investment you make in your lifetime. Whether you are looking to sell it or enjoy it for the long haul, it is important to take care of your investment. The upkeep of your home is what makes it truly your space, as well as making or breaking you in the selling process.  

The first thing people notice about your home is the exterior, therefore, having a strong “curb appeal’ is exceptionally important. In order to easily update and upkeep your home, here are a few tips and tricks to boost your home’s value!

 1.       Landscaping is key

In 2007, Homegain.com conducted a survey of 2,000 brokers indicating that well-planned landscaping can potentially quadruple an investment of $400-$500. Focusing on creating a healthy lawn, filling in dead areas and cleaning up all major edgeways...

Home Security Tips For The Summer

With the increase of the temperature, also comes an increase in the number of burglaries in the summer months. This makes home security especially important. Ooma, a smart home phone, and security company offer six tips for preventing break-ins.

 

Front door surveillance: 34% of break-ins happen through the front door of a home. Equipping your home with this device is a great way to not only have peace of mind but to ensure the safety of your home. Having a camera system at the front will allow you to check in on the activity at home, straight from your phone. Another security option Ooma recommends is investing in a two-way speaker that will give unwanted visitors the impression the owner is home.  

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Home Maintenance Tasks for May

We've been fantasizing about it for months, and finally warmer weather has arrived. We know: You just want to fire up the grill and start working on your tan—we do, too! But before you can kick back in your hammock (or in your pool on your giant patriotic bald eagle float, if that's your thing), there are a few tasks you’ll need to tackle.

And you can bet they're all outside.

“The old adage ‘April showers bring May flowers’ rings true and makes May prime time for landscaping and lawn care in most of the country," says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the ...

5 Things Homeowners Should Know about Their Homes

As a homeowner, you are required to know the most intimate details about your home (even the parts that guests don't usually access or see at your house), because you and your home have a special kind of relatioship-- knowing every nook and cranny of the house is needed in order for you to live comfortably in it. 

If you are not the Home DIY-er type and have the tendency to call the pros whenever something goes wrong, that's alright. Some home projects are best entrusted to the professionals. BUT, these five things are just non-negotiable and should be known by every decent man (or woman!) of the house. Here are the five things every homeowner should know about:

1. Location of the main water shut-off valve

2. Location of the circuit box and learning its labels

3. Facts about the thermocouple (yes, you have a thing like that in your home)

4. Location and management of ALL filters

5. Sump Pump location and maintenance

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