Lauren Davis
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Posted by Lauren Davis on 2/7/2018

When you're a homeowner, it's tempting to save money any way you can. Oftentimes people take repairs into their own hands when they don't have the knowledge or experience to complete the job safely. What begins as a way to save money can quickly turn into a disaster--as you spend lengthy periods of time on a project and find yourself going over your initial budget. It isn't always easy to know which projects you can attempt yourself and which ones are better left to the pros. And, of course, it will depend on your comfort and skill level when it comes to various household repairs. So, if you're a plumber, disregard our plumbing advice and dive in to your DIY plumbing projects since you have the know-how. But if you're an average homeowner looking to make some renovations and repairs, read on to find out which ones you should attempt and which ones are better left to the pros.

1. Electrical work

So you've got a few faulty outlets in the new home you bought. It doesn't seem worth calling in an electrician just for those few minor issues. However, due to the dangers and complications that can arise from electric work, it's a good idea to hold off and call in the experts. Aside from shocking yourself (which can be deadly), you could also create fire hazards or damage circuitry, resulting in much higher repair costs than you initially had. Another benefit of calling in an electrician, other than having the project done correctly, is that they will be able to diagnose your home circuitry to let you know what other problems might arise in the foreseeable future. So, when it comes to power issues, always call in the pros.

2. Hazardous materials

Many people will tell you not to worry about asbestos or lead paint unless you have children. However, these are both dangerous materials than can create several chronic health problems in adults as well. If you're concerned for the safety of yourself and your family, call in contractors who will remove the lead or asbestos. What can go wrong if you try to do it yourself? Lead chips and dust will fly through the air when attempting to remove lead paint. Breathing in these fumes is dangerous initially and down the road when the dust settles into the corners of your home. Asbestos, especially in blown-in insulation can be particularly dangerous. Aside from ensuring your safety, a contractor will also be able to assess the situation and determine whether your hazardous materials need to be removed or can just be "repaired" or covered up. Simple repair jobs on asbestos or lead-containing objects can save you some serious time and money.

3. Roofing and siding

There's a reason even building contractors bring in third party companies to install roofs and siding. These are both labor-intensive and time-intensive jobs that require specialized skills and tools that only dedicated companies can accomplish correctly. Roofing and siding are both dangerous jobs that carry the risk of falling off of roofs and ladders, as well as injuring your back lifting heavy shingles. The pros have the tools and experience to avoid these injuries. When you hire the professionals to do your roofing or siding, you can rest assured that the job is done correctly and will last much longer than if you made it a DIY project as well.





Posted by Lauren Davis on 12/28/2016

Buying a home is a major investment. In some respects, buying a home is like investing in the stock market, the value of your investment rising and lowering overtime. Similar to the stock market, it takes commitment to increase your home's value. Take the below actions and you could keep your house in good condition.Your home's value might also stay at peak levels.

Just because you've lived at your house for years, doesn't mean your house has to fall apart

Apply fresh paint - Climb up on a ladder and apply a fresh coat of paint to your house. If you have pets, consider painting the bottom edge of your house twice a year.

Care for house siding - Modern homes aren't the only houses built with siding. Several older homes are covered with siding instead of paint, as siding is generally easier to care for. To keep house siding in good condition, wash the siding with warm water and a cleansing solution. Use a long brush to scrub the siding,moving from the bottom to the top of your house. Then, rinse the siding with clear, warm water. Do this at least once a year.

Keep lawns litter free - Pick trash off your lawn. Teach your family members to clean up after themselves. A good way to remember to clean your lawn is to walk around your home and inspect the front and back yard for litter a few minutes before you mow the lawn. During cooler months, simply rake litter into a garbage bag with tree leaves.

Perform regular inspections - Check for frayed wires, cracks, dents and holes in walls.Replace, patch up or repair these areas before they get worse. You could also hire a professional home inspector to examine your house every two to three years.

Stay clean -Regularly sweep interior and exterior floors. Also, wipe down walls and windows. If your floors are carpeted, wash the carpet once a quarter. You may need to wash heavy traffic areas once a month. Other cleaning activities include dusting and washing ceiling fans and washing floorboard edges.

Live clutter free - Clutter hides holes, cracks and stains. Store boxes in the garage or attic. Leave lots of walking space in your home to allow for good air flow.

Maintain a healthy house roof - Of all parts of your house, the roof may be the most troublesome,especially if you let your roof deteriorate. To maintain a healthy house roof,clean out your gutters. Replace damaged shingles. Trim away low hanging tree branches and clean away ice patches.

Repair and replace home appliances - Clean air ducts and replace home appliances like water heaters and refrigerators. Also, keep air conditioner filters clean.These steps not only help to keep home appliances functioning properly, they can also lower your utility bills.

Replace floor tiles - Replace bubbling, sagging or cracked floor tiles. Do this with vinyl,ceramic and hard wood floor tiles.

The style of your rooms also plays a major role in the overall value of your home. By installing new kitchen and bathroom cabinets, your house can maintain a modern look. The same applies for ceiling moldings and floor. Step back once a year,look at your home, and ask yourself if your house is as stylish or as elegant as newly developed houses.




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Posted by Lauren Davis on 8/12/2015

You have made the decision to put your home up for sale. Before you stick the sign in the yard there are a few things you will want to do. Buyers can be picky and the competition can be stiff. So now is the time to do all the little repairs you've always meant to do but never had the time for. Here are just a few of the basic repairs you will want to conquer before the first prospective buyer walks through the door: 1.Tackle the Entrance This is the first thing people see when they come to your home. Paint the front door and trim surrounding the door. Repair sagging screen doors and replace any missing or corroded hinge screws and tighten the rest. 2. Spruce up the Perimeter Walk the perimeter of your home, clear away dead plants, clip blossoms, and clear away leaves and other yard waste. 3. Recheck the roof Any problem that has the word roof in it scares a buyer away immediately. Replace missing shingles and fix hanging gutters.  Remove any moss growing on the roof as this shows signs of neglect. 4. Clear and caulk gutters. Clear all the debris out of the gutters and recaulk the gutter end caps. 5. Patch nail holes and repaint. Patch up nail holes in the walls of your home. Use a lightweight putty to fill the holes and paint the repaired spots. 6. Clean the Grout Deep clean tile grout with bleach.  Regrout tiles where needed and recaulk cracks between sinks, tubs, toilets, counters and floors. This will give your tile a whole new look. 7. Stop Dripping Faucets Fix leaky faucets before the buyer notices them.  You may need to call in a plumber to do this task. Before you do that you can shut off the water supply and check for moisture on the wall around the valves and on the floor of the sink cabinet. Many hardware stores carry faucet rebuild kits that contain the 6 to 12 parts most likely to fail, including the metal ball, O rings, springs and gaskets.