The Best Ways To Make Effective Home Improvements and Repairs

It is every home owner’s dream to have an entirely remodeled home which meet his/her requirements and which is valued at a high price in today’s market. Equity has always been rather crucial because it offers the financial means for a property owner to do a lot more with their house, and home enhancements and repairs have a direct effect on residential or commercial property equity.

In many cases you should decide whether the house improvement is even worth the effort, if the residential or commercial property is in bad shape and the repair work will cost you half of  what you would pay to purchase a brand-new one it is a clever move to sell the residential or commercial property and purchase a brand-new one. Improvements must only be done if the improvements make financial sense.

A few of the most typical house repair work and enhancements are:

Kitchen area Remodeling: This one is rather pricey and can range from 5-30K+. If you wish to change the flooring and some furniture it will be a lot more affordable than changing the fixtures and devices. As pricey as it might end up being, kitchen area renovations can be rather a lucrative practice since it can improve the value of your property once it is finally valued.

Adding an Extra Room or Garage: As the family grows so must your house, if you didn’t prepare for your family to grow as much as it did there is always the option of adding additional rooms for the children and the cars you will need as you no longer fit in compact runarounds.

The process of relocating to a larger home is rather tedious and it can be rather expensive compared to the price of an additional room added to the residential or commercial property which can be by comparison reasonably cheap.

Besides including new spaces and components to your home you can also fix little problems it might have such as roof leakages, these might not always be obvious however they represent a genuine threat for your family’s health. Some individuals have allergic reactions which are set off by dust, weather conditions as well as humidity. Taking your time to examine the roofing of your house is a great practice which can help you save a great deal of money in medical bills due to your family becoming sick due to a defective roofing and the mould spores that can follow.

Keep in mind that you should do your own independent assessment of the repair work your house has to have done and then get multiple quotes from numerous companies, bear in mind that house improvement projects should be done if they are good for your household and make financial sense.

Happy DIY!

Why to Use Concrete Posts for a New Fence

fence postsOne of my first priorities when moving in to a new house is to install or repair the back garden fence. We have animals, dogs and cats, and it is important to keep them in the garden and not running wild around the neighbourhood.

My garden was fenced, but over half was broken down. The damage part was made using wooden posts, and the part still standing was made using concrete posts.

I called my local builder / handyman, and he explained the benefits of both, and he helped me to add new concrete posts to my existing fence to complete the repair, and I am very happy with the job. I then researched the whole thing and wrote this blog for anyone having the same issues. Hopefully you will find it useful.

Your fence system is subject to a great deal of physical force during the day and emergency situations. Even a small amount of wind can make some sections of your fence posts get loose. Things like strong storms and accidental impacts might dislodge your fence posts from the ground. In addition, your fence posts are subject to motor vehicle accidents and damages from vandals.

Although most builders rely on traditional metal or wood fence posts, concrete fence posts provide much higher level of durability and strength. If you’re a handy home owner, you can construct these fence posts yourself to save money over pre-manufactured wooden or steel fence posts.

Concrete fence posts provide more strength per unit than wood fence posts. When subject to the same level of force, a concrete fence post has the ability to support larger load than a wood fence post of the same size. In addition, concrete fence posts are affordable and durable, especially when compared to wooden or steel fence posts.

While wooden and steel fence posts require nails, fasteners, and screws, concrete fence posts usually use a slot-based fastening system, which is easier to install.

_00These concrete fence posts usually comprise of grooves cut into each side, which can accommodate a standard fence rail. Most manufacturers utilize a special propriety installation system, which is designed to operate well with over-sized rails.

This is because those installation systems require no metal fasteners, and they aren’t subject to rust and corrosion. They also require very little maintenance, and they are easy and quick for even the novice installer. Once you’ve installed concrete fence posts, your maintenance cost will be minimal. Sounds good, right?

The 2 major disadvantages that I found was that the initial cost was higher, but that would be repaid in time, and that the posts were very heavy, and probably needs 2 people to handle properly. In my case, I asked my local building repairs guy to give me a hand, and I paid him by the hour for his muscle and experience. Well worth the investment.

One of the major advantages of utilizing concrete fence posts is their high degree of durability and quality. They naturally resist mold and rot, which can damage wood posts. In addition, they don’t rust like steel fence posts and can’t be damaged by termites or pests.

Watch the video below for an idea of how to erect a fence with concrete posts.

Even when subject to frequent strong wind or storms, this type of fence post will up hold for many years.

Although most people associate concrete with gray tones, concrete fence posts actually provide many finishing options to meet any design criteria required. Modern concrete fence posts can be etched or stamped to make intricate textures or patterns.

These fence posts can even be manufactured to resemble woods, bricks, or even natural stones. Several concrete fence posts come pre-finished, with different manufacturers providing a wide range of styles and colors.

So you can see that it’s obvious that concrete wood fence posts are better than wood or steel fence posts. They are of high quality, durable, affordable, and require minimal maintenance. Once they’re installed, be confident that your fence is robustly supported, and you won’t have to replace them anytime soon.

However, your choice of fence posts depends on your location and budget, but it’s wise to go for a long lasting solution, which won’t need a lot of your attention.

Maximize Your Home’s Value Through Renovation

Maximize Your Home’s Value Through Renovation

Your home is possibly the most important asset you’ll ever own. Many of us would love to safeguard it by having it up to date and well-maintained. Still, many homeowners renovate their houses to feel more comfortable in their dwelling and boost their value. It’s certainly a smart thing to do to your property nowadays. To help you accomplish that, here are some great renovation ideas.

• Add more light and space

A dark and cramped house is an ultimate turn off. Neither you and your family nor a potential buyer will enjoy to have it. So if inside your house you have small rooms that hinder natural light, it will be best if you bring down some of the walls and expand your floor plan. An open floor plan might be something like a combination of your living room, dining room and kitchen. This will form into a larger space perfect for a casual lifestyle. Besides, your house will have enough light and an airy feel. You might as well widen your doorways.

• Enhance curb appeal

In real estate, the first impression is everything. If your house appears less attractive from outside, not even you and your family will enjoy living there. Even the potential buyers will skip it. To begin with, if the exterior is a little bit faded, make an effort to apply another paint. Select paint colors plus decorations that complement the style of your house. Besides, you can include a striking front as well as backyard landscape. You could as well top it up with a patio or deck. All of these will add great value to your property.

• Remodel your kitchen and bathroomkerb appeal

Both of these have the potential to make a huge difference in your property’s value and comfort. A kitchen is the heart of the home and so it deserves to be strikingly wonderful. You could begin by replacing your old appliances with new ones that are energy efficient as well. Also, consider a new tiled backsplash, updated handles on your cupboards, new sinks and faucets, repainting and a couple of other few things that might elevate it to great standards.

As for your bathrooms, you might consider adding a second one. Your family might grow soon or there could be days you might get an extra visitor and it might come handy. Not forgetting the high-end finishes and quality sinks. Ensure they are fixed well to avoid any leakages or unnecessary repairs.

All of these might elevate the value of your home greatly.

• A home office

As of late, more and more people seem to work from home which has made a home office a necessity rather than a luxury. So include a room in your house where you can sit and work comfortably as well store your paperwork and other related materials. This may entail having enough cabinets. As part of the office, you can also add data ports and telephone lines as all of them combined will give your house an added value.

Besides these, there are plenty of other ideas you might want to incorporate into your home renovation project. Some of them include:

• Finished basement plus attic
• Replacing your windows
• Decluttering your househome office
• Replacing or remodelling the roofs
• Inspecting and maintaining your air conditioner, water heater, ductwork and other appliances
• And many others

Owning and maintaining your own home is a formidable task; something breaks, you fix it, something wears out, you replace it, you paint and repair until everything is done, but then you have to start over again. The weather and wear and tear from family life takes it’s toll on a property, but at the end of the day, for most people it is their single most important investment. So it needs to be looked after, and it will repay you in the end.

In conclusion, redesigning your home will certainly give it that much-needed comfort and added value you always wish for. It’s always great to think about the value of each project. Those we’ve highlighted have time and again proved very worthful to many homeowners. So give thought to renovating your home today, and if you have any ideas or feedback, please send them to us, we may even include your story in this blog.

DIY Nightmares

DIY Nightmares

Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog. I wanted to kick things off in a positive way, but the only ideas that come to mind are the problems that we have had over the last few months with our old and draughty house. Don’t get me wrong, I am not disheartened, and it is all starting to come together nicely. So if I get the negative stuff out of the way, the rest can only get better. ( I hope! )

The Flooded Bathroom

So Derek and I decided to renovate the bathroom. We stripped and dismantled, hammered and cursed. Getting the old cast iron bath out of the upstairs bathroom was an experience I never want to go through again, but that was just the start.

We did get the old bath etc out, repaired the floor, had the walls plastered, and the new modern suite plumbed in and working. There was just the hand basin that wasnt working. We wanted to put it in place to check the location, then remove it to fit the new laminate flooring. Then put it back in it’s rightful place, however, we installed the floor and put the basin back, pushing the plastic fittings together. All good, but…

We forgot to glue the water pipe connections to the sink, just pushed them together. Amazingly, everything worked fine. We used the taps and washed in the sink, no problem. That is until we went out for the day, during which time those unglued connections blew apart, allowing water to burst into the room, down the stairs, and even running down the inside of the front door.

We came home probably minutes after the event, to find my designer shoes washing down the stairs. Panic! We turned off the water and cried. So we glued the pipes, dried everything out, including my shoes, re fitted the bathroom floor, hallway ceiling, and stairs carpet.

So that was a lesson learned. We will call a professional plumber next time! There are other instances of madness, which I will recall later, but to be honest there have been more triumphs than defeats.

With my next blog I hope to be more upbeat, and we will be discussing various topics in the hope that they will advise and inspire you in your home renovation journey.

Cynthia xx