New 2014 Home Improvement Projects for Better Home Improvement

A few minor upgrades to your home will definitely improve its aesthetic and functional appeal, and you will get to enjoy living in your remodeled house and even feel safe. However, it’s true that the value of remodeling projects is up across the board. The average amount recouped on remodeling projects nationally hit 66.1 percent, up 5.5 percentage points over last year and the largest increase since 2005.

Upon further research, there are several projects that beat that 66.1 percent average by a large margin. Projects like replacing your front door, doing some kitchen rehab or building a deck can make a big impact on your on your wallet and add more beauty and aesthetic value to your house. Minor, inexpensive fixes, done the right way, can dazzle and make your whole home seem more modern, updated, and expensive.

Door of Steel

Visitors to your house will be surprised when they tap on your door and whisper, “This is a metal door.” This is a really important element that reads ‘safety first.’ A steel door is not only a safety feature, but it saves on energy costs because it better traps air inside the home.

Attention on Deck

A wooden deck is a false value-add because wood decks beat out composite decks from buyers. However, a composite deck will cost more at $15,437 and only recoups about 74.3 percent of its value, but it will save more money and trouble in the long run because it doesn’t require the annual maintenance a wood deck does. Have a composite deck as big as possible without adding much in the way of built-in furniture.

Undertake a Minor Kitchen Makeover

Start by updating your appliances. In today’s real estate market, when a buyer sees that kitchen appliances have been updated and particularly with stainless steel, they see a homeowner that has updated the house to current standards, which is very appealing, and it speaks to the house as a whole. Then, focus on your cabinetry hardware. Major hardware and home goods stores offer great opportunities for sleek hardware that can enhance the cabinets and make the whole kitchen look more current for very little money. But don’t make the mistake of buying too small, and don’t be afraid to make a bold statement.

Spruce Up the Garage Door

If you have a home with a prominent garage, putting some money into making it an appealing architectural feature is a good investment. For a more standard home spending money on a new garage door will not seem necessary. But a layer of paint goes a long way to make a customized door that adds a new dimension to the exterior of your home.

For Better Home Improvement, Don’t Make These Bathroom Cleaning Mistakes

Cleaning your bathroom is never going to be a fun task. However, you need to get the job done efficiently and effectively by avoiding these common blunders.

Not using your exhaust fan enough

Be sure to turn on your exhaust fan before you get in the shower, and leave it running for 15 minutes afterward to remove moisture and help cut down on mildew. If you don’t have a fan, opening a window works as well. You can also use a squeegee after each shower to remove lingering moisture.

Using only a single product as a catch-all

If you think using a disinfecting wipe on every surface is sufficient, think again. Each area of the bathroom deserves its own product. Use your favorite tub-and-tile spray cleaner on the shower tiles, sink basin, and tub, but save the spray glass cleaner for mirrors.

Only cleaning the obviously dirty parts of the toilet

Sure, we all know to clean the seat and the bowl, but what about the base? The exterior of your toilet can get just as germy and dusty as the interior. Be sure to clean the base, tank, and the lid. Never forget to disinfect the handle.

Putting the toilet brush right back in the holder

When you plunk a still-wet toilet brush into its holder, it creates a breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria. After cleaning the bowl, set the toilet brush across the seat, allowing it to drip into the bowl. Make sure the brush is completely dry before putting it back. To freshen up your current toilet bowl brush and holder, soak them in or spray them with an antibacterial cleaner, rinse, and wipe dry.

Not washing your shower curtain liner

When you start to notice a cloudy residue buildup on your liner, you don’t have to toss it. Simply run it through your washing machine. Launder the liner, along with some old towels and a bit of bleach, with hot water on a delicate cycle. Tumble dry on low for a few minutes, just enough so you don’t leave a trail of water from the laundry room to the bathroom. To extend the shelf life of your liner, pull the curtain closed after you shower. A bunched up liner will quickly attract mold and mildew.

Forgetting the little things

Think about all the little things like your racks and shelves, faucets, and handles that need cleaning regularly. You can run bathroom accessories such as toothbrush holders and small shower racks through the dishwasher. Replace loofas and bath toys over time rather than try to clean them.

Important Factors You Need to Consider Before Cleaning/Fixing/Repairing Gutters DIY Style

Roofs are synonymous to accidents

If you decide to repair, fix, or replace your gutters by yourself a.k.a. DIY, you are only courting danger because of the heights involved. Accidental falls due to home maintenance is one of the major causes of accidents and even death in North America. You’re courting the same danger if you decide to clean your gutters yourself.

No matter what you do your gutters will eventually wear out

Even with regular cleaning many factors will eventually wear out and damage your gutters, these being age, heavy rains, winter storms, and extremely cold weather.

Beforehand, have a professionally installed gutter system in your home

A professionally installed gutter system is critical to ensure efficient water drainage from your roof and away from your home. Clogged and overflowing gutters can have costly problems such as water damage to your roof, rotting fascia, landscape erosion, water seepage into the basement, and leaking roof and ceiling.

You can check your gutters from the ground to spot for external damage

If you are in doubt, you can check out your gutters without having to climb up on the roof. When there is a bit of heavy rain, check all outflows from the system and spot for unusual water flows along the walls. If still in doubt, have a professional check out your gutters for you.

Never put off having your gutters repaired and fixed by professionals

It only takes a small hole, a small leak, a small crack, and when the elements come, the combination of overwhelming water and strong winds will only make the problem worse. Gutters work well as an overall system. Any chink in this defense can spell disaster. The same holds true if you keep putting off having a new gutter system installed.

Don’t be afraid how much it’s going to cost

That’s understandable because minor repairs can cost around $300 while major repair jobs will average at around $700. It’s not pocket change, but it’s a lot less than the price of ignoring the problem or replacing with new gutters. It’s the same story if you ignore having new gutters installed because when your home sustains damage, you will be paying for more than just your gutter installation.

Search for an honest and professional handyman or gutters company

When searching for a professional gutters or handyman company make sure that not only do they offer quality work, the job is professionally guaranteed and with a warranty. Likewise, make sure that their employees or handymen are safety trained and certified, have completed proper training courses, and are fully insured and licensed.

 

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