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Home Remodeling

How Remodeling My Bathroom Helped Me Sell My House

In the sad and depressing time of the real estate market downturn, trying to sell my house was like wading through a river of lava wearing a pair of moccasins- I was getting burned! There were three other houses in my neighborhood that were all up for sale for the same price, but they had been recently remodeled. What was I going to do to make my house stand out among the crowd? I knew that there was one room in my house that could use some updating, so I decided to get in on some Salt Lake City bathroom remodeling.
Renovation or Repair
First thing was first; I needed to decide whether to repair the bathroom I had or completely renovate it. I invited a friend of mine over to take a look at it for me to give me his opinion. He said, “Renovation”, and I said, “Okay”. Apparently there were too many outdated fixtures and the decor was retro- the bad kind- so repair wouldn’t have done anything to increase the worth of the property.
Doing It Myself
Since I was trying to keep things within a tight budget, I decided to do the work of bathroom renovation myself. Sure, I would ask my contractor friend to help out when he could, but I was going to do most of the work myself. I knew a little bit about cabinet re-facing, fixture installation and lighting so I knew I could at least do those things. Due to the confidence in my abilities and ideas, I knew that this Salt Lake City bathroom remodeling project would be a breeze.
It wasn’t- I decided to call a contractor.
It took less than a month to do the work, and I found a great contractor at Homeshow Daily. He was pre-screened and he also had some great design ideas that helped things go smoother; otherwise the renovation would have taken a year rather than just a month. I was very grateful for his services. He was like my renovation guide- my bathroom guru.
The End Result
Once the Salt Lake City bathroom remodeling project was complete, I added, “remodeled bathroom” to my house listing and the calls started coming in. People wanted a bathroom that was brand new, and it showed in the offers I received. People from all over Wasatch and Salt Lake City, Utah were calling and offering above what I had listed originally.
In the end, the Salt Lake City bathroom remodeling was exactly what my home needed to it did- quickly.…

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Home Repair

Winterize Your Home – Stay Warm, Save Money

The seasons are changing and it is time to start those jobs on your autumn “to do” list. Beyond raking leaves and putting the lawn furniture away, ensuring your home is ready for the cold weather to come will save you time and money in the months to come.
1. This is a common sense tip, but if there is an escape route for the warm air in your home, plug it. Go to the nearest hardware store for caulking and weather stripping for windows and doorframes.
2. If you have a fireplace, make sure it is in good working order, whether it is natural (wood) or gas. Double-check your chimney to see if it is clean and unobstructed.
3. Clean your gutters. This prevention task will stop water (and leaves) from freezing in the winter, possibly causing seepage of water into the house. Double-check the downspouts while you are in the area to ensure water is carried away safely.
4. Duct it up! Homes with central heating can lose an enormous amount of warmth before the heated air reaches the vents if ducts are not well insulated and connected properly.
5. Is your attic as well insulated as it could be? No matter where you live in the U.S., a minimum of 12 inches of insulation is recommended to maintain a warm home. If you are adding insulation on top of an existing layer, try to avoid the kind that has a paper-style backing. This may cause moisture problems in the future.
6. For wood stove owners, chimney cleaning should be done at least once over the winter. Check for creosote and ash to prevent damage to chimney mortar and the metal damper.
7. Put a jacket on pipes to keep them warm. If you have exposed pipes, wrap them with pre-molded foam rubber sleeves or fiberglass insulation. Don’t forget about the pipes visible in basements, crawlspaces and garages.
8. Turn your furnace on early. If repairs are required, it is better to do them before the cold sets in. Here are a couple of checkpoints to address:
* are the thermostat and pilot light working properly?
* does the filter need changing? (a dirty filter impedes airflow)
* are there cracks in the heat exchanger? (possible cause for carbon monoxide leaks)
9. Invest in a programmable thermostat. This will save heat when you are away from home. An ENERGY STAR certified model will also save you money by using less energy.
10. Close doors to rooms that you don’t use regularly. Why heat a room when there is nobody there?
11. Bundle yourself in something warm. Instead of turning up the heat, put on an extra sweater and slippers when you are at home. On the other hand, cuddling with a loved one under a cozy blanket would even be better.…

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Home Repair

When Should You Remodel Your Bathroom?

If you are a homeowner, and particularly if you spend a lot of time in the home, you will probably find yourself wanting to change it up a little at one time or another. You may want the latest trends or you may just want to do something different that you have been looking at for years. You don’t have to wait to do a bathroom remodel until your appliances are broken, pipes leaking or d?�cor is looking unloved. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a really good look you will be thrilled with, from your remodel.
If you have noticed some of these things below, then now would be a good time to consider a remodel project to breathe new life into your home and increase the happiness you feel when walking into the bathroom.
Do I Want To?
In fact, probably the single best reason to do a bathroom remodel is because you want to do it. The remodel can be whatever you want it to be and can fit into any budget you have.
You can find bathroom remodeling experts who will be happy just to give your room a lick of fresh paint or fit a new vanity for you. On the other hand, if you want to totally revamp what is traditionally the smallest room in the house but probably the most complex with all that plumbing pipe work and electrical, then a total makeover of your bathroom is not something to be attempted by amateurs.
Do I Need To?
If you are still wondering if you should go ahead with your bathroom remodel, think about what condition the bathroom is in.
• Is the electrical wiring safe?
• Do you have potentially dangerous mold and mildew growing?
• Does your bathroom have an unpleasant musty smell?
• Are the pipes leaking?
• Is the flooring secure?
• Is the lighting adequate?
• Do the facilities meet all your family’s needs?
• Are you considering selling your home?
The last is a good reason to go for a bathroom remodel, the others make it essential if you are to safeguard the safety and health of your family.
So, the main reason most of us go for a bathroom remodel is because we spend a lot of time in the bathroom and are tired of seeing it look the same old way day after day, year after year. That may necessitate a fairly simple makeover, where you just take the opportunity to add in some of the latest fixtures. But often, you may have overlooked signs that your bathroom is becoming a dangerous place that is unhygienic, unhealthy and a potential hazard. That is really when it is imperative that you set up an appointment with a bathroom remodeling company that can help you not only put right everything that is wrong with your bathroom but also enables you to make your bathroom everything that you truly want it t be.…

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Home Contractors

The Importance of Regular Home Maintenance

One of the key responsibilities of owning a home is keeping it well maintained. From regularly cleaning the property to ensuring that the structure is sound and that everything works as it should, maintenance can be somewhat time consuming, but offers pleasant rewards for those who take it seriously. Enjoying a greater peace of mind and feeling proud about a home are prominent benefits obtained through the practice of regular maintenance, and homeowners can also avoid potentially costly repairs for issues allowed to worsen over time when proper maintenance is observed. Though these advantages are certainly enough to warrant a serious effort in caring for one’s home, there is still another more important result: greater security. Home security often involves the use of specialized security systems and devices including alarms and cameras, but some of the most effective security measures are actually delivered by a homeowner that takes the time to keep their property well maintained. By understanding how crucial this element is to a safe dwelling, homeowners can prioritize their maintenance tasks and keep themselves, their loved ones, and their belongings safe.
A large part of the positive consequences of keeping a home maintained is the depth of knowledge it lends to the homeowner. Despite their regular use of a home, many people are not precisely aware of how their dwelling is constructed or of how various home elements have been installed. When a homeowner performs their own maintenance, it’s easy to gain a thorough understanding of the most important aspects of the property and to gain insight on various parts of the home. In particular, those who perform maintenance themselves are likely to notice irregularities and potential problems that may lead to making a home more vulnerable to damage or break-ins. From doors that have been improperly fitted or installed to windows that require different kinds of locks or paneling in order to deliver a reasonable level of security, there are many possible problems lurking in and around buildings that may go unnoticed if owners do not regularly practice maintenance. Problems with a property that occur over time can also be easily spotted by homeowners who perform their own maintenance. Those who contract the work out to professionals or allow others to take care of their maintenance needs may never realize that a certain home element has begun to show weaknesses, and thieves and other criminals may take advantage of this.
While security breaches are less likely in homes that are regularly and thoroughly maintained by owners, they can still sometimes occur. During such an event, it’s important to be able to rely on any security features a home may possess, and when a home is properly maintained, achieving this reliability is a simple feat. From specially-installed doors with advanced safety mechanisms to safety features surrounding special entrances for basements or sheds, there are many objects typically used to keep properties safe from intrusion that may fail unexpectedly if they aren’t cared for and deliberately inspected from time to time. When in-depth knowledge of a home is combined with the certainty that security measures are operating as intended, homeowners can better protect their property while also feeling far more secure.
A further important benefit of regular home maintenance is the appearance that such an activity is likely to yield. Well-maintained homes typically look neater, cleaner, and better able to withstand any difficulties that may come their way. While this certainly has benefits for homeowners in terms of providing a sense of comfort, it’s also a great way to warn potential criminals that a home is being watched and that owners have likely taken measures to prevent theft and damage. More traditional security tactics such as employing specialty equipment or purchasing home alarm monitoring service may be of greater help when crimes are actually carried out, but the prevention that quality maintenance can deliver may be responsible for fending off break-ins and trespassing in the first place. Fortifying this move with complementary actions such as keeping lawns and gardens neat, parking cars in front of the house, regularly disposing of garbage, and otherwise giving a home the obvious appearance of being occupied and well-used is a step in the right direction for anyone concerned about the security of their home.
The satisfaction of a job well done is often the handyman’s greatest reward, but when working on their own home, a maintainer has the power to create high-quality security measures that may both prevent crimes and help homeowners effectively respond if such events do take place. Whether maintenance is scheduled as a weekly or monthly activity or homeowners make a point of performing maintenance tasks whenever the mood seems right, taking the initiative and following through on necessary maintenance tasks is absolutely essential for responsible home ownership.…

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Home Repair

The Resale Value of A Kitchen

One of the biggest questions clients have when considering remodeling their kitchen is “What is the return on my investment?” In other words, if selling the home within the next few years is a possibility, is it worth redoing the kitchen and if I do, will it increase the value of the house once I am prepared to sell. This question can be viewed in several different ways: from a cabinet salesperson’s point of view “absolutely- you should gut the kitchen and add a new one!”; from an everyday person’s point of view- it is a tough question. I have come to a conclusion that it depends on a few variables, including the type of remodel, the nature of the housing market at the time you are considering selling and the cost of the project. If you live in a residential area that has very dated kitchens and you are considering selling in the near future redoing the kitchen has a few advantages:
1. You will get to enjoy the kitchen for the time that you are there.
2. Your house will stand out from the other, more dated homes on the market and WILL sell! If you put a significant amount of money into the kitchen, will that be reflected in the final number you get for your house sale? Maybe and maybe not. Homeowners need to be careful that they are not pricing themselves out of the market with their renovation projects. For instance, if houses in the neighborhood are selling for $300,000 and you decide to invest $100,000 in kitchen renovations to create your perfect “dream kitchen” you will likely not recoup that investment in a short period of time because you have significantly priced yourself out of the market. You will, however, get to enjoy your “dream kitchen” while you are living, cooking and entertaining in your kitchen. Enjoying a space in your home is nearly as important as the return on the financial investment.
A kitchen remodel does not need to cost a hundred thousand dollars to lure in buyers, if that is the intention of the remodel. A few updates, such as new countertops, paint or a cabinet “face-lift” can have a significant (possibility as much as 80%) return on investment.
I have spoken to a few local realtors about this topic and they were torn about whether it was “worth it” to remodel a kitchen for the purpose of selling the home. They did agree that it would “it will definitely make the house sell as opposed to not selling if the kitchen is dated.”The disadvantages to remodeling the kitchen:
1. I am putting a lot of money into a place that I am considering selling and cannot enjoy.
2. What if the potential buyer loves the house but hates my taste in kitchens and doesn’t buy the house because of the kitchen? Yes, you will be investing money into a home that you won’t live in for very long, but you will enjoy the new kitchen for a while. Remodeling the kitchen will attract many home buyers into your home, the right buyer will eventually come through and will love your taste in kitchens.
Final thoughts: why not live in a kitchen that you love at least for a little while before you sell and maybe take ideas from this kitchen remodel and figure out what you do and don’t want in your next home purchase, remodel or custom build.…

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Home Improvement Contractors

How to Choose the Right Toto Toilet For Your Bathroom Remodel

Choosing a toilet may seem like a rather minor endeavor but when it comes to entire bathroom remodel, it is important to choose one that nicely complements the rest of your new bathroom. Not sure what type of Toto toilet is right for you? Here are a few considerations to keep in mind…
Bowl – Toilet bowls come in one of two shapes: round or elongated. Elongated bowls have an extended rim and round ones are a few inches shorter. Round bowls are ideal for small spaces while elongated bowls tend to be more comfortable.
Color – White may be the most popular color for toilets but rest assured, toilets come in a vast assortment of different colors. If you are looking for a less-common shade, contact your local Toto toilet authorized dealer to find out what colors they carry and whether or not they can order a toilet in the particular color you want.
Flush – Determine whether you want a gravity-fed or pressure-assisted flush. A gravity-fed toilet utilizes the force of gravity to pull waste through the trapway. On the contrary, a pressure-assisted toilet uses water from the tank to build up pressure and when flushed, the water pushes waste through the trapway. Pressure-assisted toilets tend to be noisier but can be more effective removing waste in a single flush. Both types of toilets only use 1.6 gallons of water per flush.
Pieces – Similar to flush type, toilets come in one of two styles: one- or two-pieces. A one piece toilet is a single piece, with the tank and bowl fused together while a two-piece has a separate tank and bowl. One-piece toilets don’t’ have any crevices or cracks, which offers easy cleaning and a sleek look. However, they are typically more expensive than two-piece toilets.
Quality – Look for Toto toilets that have a rich, glossy surface and a glazed trapway, which facilitates the flow of waste. Most Toto toilets come with a limited manufacturer’s warranty ensuring the quality of the toilet.
Size – Toilets come in varying sizes so make sure you measure the space in your new bathroom prior to making a purchase. Depending on the size, most toilets are bolted 10, 12, or 14 inches from the wall.
Style – Lastly, consider the type of style you want. Toto toilets offer a wide range of styles ranging from traditional two-piece toilets to more modern and contemporary models.…

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Home Renovation

Prepare Your House to Avoid Winter Damage – Roofing

It seems like we just can’t ever get away from home maintenance. If you own your home, you can always plan on preparing it for the summer and winter. It seems like we’re never going to be able to get away from this, so let’s just do it.
One of the most important parts of your home, that need to be prepared for this coming winter, will be your roofing. If your roof isn’t ready for the winner, there is a good chance that your home will suffer. How much it actually sufferers, is going to depend largely upon the condition of your roof.
The best time to check your roof is going to be before it rains or snows. Once the roof becomes damp, it’s going to be difficult to walk on and inspect. The best time to inspect any roof for damage is going to be when the roof is dry. I never recommend going up on a wet roof, without any experience. Even if you’re planning on inspecting a dry roof, you should still be extremely careful.
If you haven’t ever had any problems with your roof and it’s still in good shape, there’s a good chance that you won’t have problems in the near future. The older the roof the more time you should spend inspecting it.
Remember to keep one thing in mind, when you’re inspecting your roof. You’re going to be looking for any types of damage to the roofing, metal flashing, pipes that are protruding out of the roof, gutters and general wear and tear on the roofing shingles.
If any one of these items have any cracks, gaps or any other type of damage, these issues should be addressed to prevent any possible damage from water leaking through your roof, into your attic, through the ceiling and onto your flooring, during the winter months.
The more that you prepare your house for the winter, the better your chances will be for surviving through it. Remember that the roof protects your house and if it isn’t in good shape, you could find yourself dealing with some big problems.
A little preparation goes a long way, especially when it comes to home maintenance.…