Home Improvement

Tips and ideas to bring safety, value and pizaz to your home, at least we think so.

Found 32 blog entries about Home Improvement.

How to Renovate Your Kitchen For Maximum AppealThe kitchen for most people, especially moms, is the single most place they spend the majority of their time in their homes. It is a place where friends and family members gather, and the place where you do endless dishes and prepare loving meals. Because of these reasons, having a functioning kitchen that inspires good feelings is important to most homeowners. A dull or dingy kitchen, that you cringe being in for more than 15 minutes at a time, is not likely to inspire culinary creativity. If you have an out-of-date kitchen and you would like nothing more than to rip it all out, but don't have the budget to do so, I have few easy and cost effective tips that might help. Here is how to give your kitchen a facelift on a budget.

Refresh the Kitchen

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Cleaning Solutions For Your HomeIs clutter carrying you away? Leaving you dazed and confused in the midst of it all? Here are some easy solutions from organization to decluttering.

Organizing Clutter

Contain It And Label it

Baking supplies are a big space eater. Label two storage tubs, one Frosting Supplies and the other Baking Supplies. If it doesn't fit in the box it goes. The boxes stack for easy access and keep everything dust free and all together.

Queen Basket

In the movie "The Queen" her assistant places items for her Majesty in the "Queen Basket." Adapt the royal inspiration into a 4 inch deep letter size basket by your front door. Sunglasses, cell phones, unopened mail, random stuff, goes there until the weekend when you can deal with the items. It's

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Signs of Foundation Damage in a Home and Related RepairsCan foundation problems make for an expensive repair? While foundation damage can be serious, a large number of issues can be affordably fixed. As the foundation is important to the structure of a home, understanding more about foundation damage can help homeowners maintain the integrity of their property and make it less vulnerable to other types of damage.

Should Cracks Be a Worrisome Problem?

While some cracks may be indicative of serious damage, others are simply due to the natural settling of a house. In the case of thin cracks resulting from settling, it is best to seal them properly to prevent water intrusion. Homeowners can expect this to be one of the least expensive fixes when it comes to foundation damage.

However, not all cracks

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What to Know About Smart Home RenovationsSmart homes and their innovations include some of the coolest trends to come out of the home construction, interior design and technology industries today. Smart homes today are offering everything from driveway and mailbox sensors to waterless washing machines. The homes of the future are here. What once was only seen on episodes of The Jetsons has now become a reality. The whole idea surrounding a smart home is to make life easier and more efficient for the owner and with modern technology the sky is the limit. Popular companies like Xfinity are hopping on the band wagon and are ready to offer you smart home features. We have gathered some of our favorite options available in smart homes today.

Harnessing the Power of Smart Technology

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How to Successfully Renovate Your HomeIf you are considering selling your home, you may want to think about putting in a bit of work to improve its value before hand. There are some home improvement projects that will net more value than others. These would be the first projects you want to look into. Getting your home to a move-in ready condition will increase its attractiveness to potential buyers. As the market begins to pick up, this will help to make your home stand out above the rest of the properties in your particular price range. It is important to remember that when you are doing these renovations, repairs, and upgrades that they should appeal to a broad spectrum of buyers and not necessarily your own personal preferences.

Budget Home Improvements For Homeowners

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The Essential Toolbox For New HomeownersAll homeowners are going to have to perform some modifications are simple fixes around their home at some point, whether they expect it or not. When it comes time to do a job, whether it’s hanging up a picture frame to show off man’s best friend or just doing a quick fix to prevent a pipe from leaking until a professional plumber can take a look at it, every homeowner needs to have a toolbox handy to do their own repairs around the home. But what should a homeowner put in that toolbox? Here are some of the essential tools everyone should have ready to use in their home.

The Basics: Hammers and Screwdrivers

When people think about a toolbox, their minds automatically go to hammers and screwdrivers. These are useful for just about any maintenance

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Popular Flooring Materials You Should UseWhen renovating a home, it may be a good idea to consider a new floor. There are many different varieties that can fit a wide array of different lifestyles and needs, but some homeowners may be left wondering how to pick the one that is best for their home. For those homeowners, her are five of the most popular different flooring options for homes and how they can be bet be used.

Installing Carpet Flooring

For homeowners who like a floor that is easier on their feet, carpet has always been a popular option. It comes in just about any color or pattern, so it can easily fit into nearly any living room or bedroom, and it can also fit nearly any budget. The biggest downside of carpet is that it has a tendency to hold in allergens, so people who are

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What to Know About Indoor Air QualityThere has been a lot of talk in recent news about the worsening condition of the air we breathe, particularly in large cities. Discussions of pollution and overpopulation lead to talk about the ozone layer. At times, it can be difficult to see how this directly applies to and affects you in your own personal life. The air quality outdoors should not be your only concern, however.

Why is Controlling Indoor Air Quality Important?

Indoor air quality is also something important to consider. We spend a lot of time within our own homes, particularly during the winter months of the year. Poor air quality can affect our lives in very real ways. It can lead to the development of asthmatic symptoms in both children and adults. Certain funguses and molds

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What to Know About Installing a Hybrid HVAC System

Achieving Energy Efficiency Through Mechanical Heating And Cooling HVAC systems, that cover heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning all in one, offer significant environmental considerations due because they directly consume a lot of energy in many modern structures. The ventilation these systems provide is to a certain extent, a significant indicator of the condition of indoor air.

How You Can Improve the Energy Efficiency of the HVAC System

Hybrid heating provides an alternative for homeowners who seek to combat the inflated prices of natural gas and heating charges in the same fashion as hybrid cars act as a buffer versus the astronomical cost of gas. Even as the prices on fuel go up, electronic technology has made these hybrid

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When to DIY and When to Hire a ProfessionalThe choice to DIY can be a tough one for homeowners. Many homeowners like to save money by making home improvements themselves, others like the satisfaction that they get from working on their own home. Still, not all projects are right for homeowners. Knowing which home improvement projects are good for homeowners and which are best done by contractors is important.

When to DIY

For the standard homeowner, the best DIY projects are those that do not alter the structure of the home, and cannot make the house a danger to the occupants if done incorrectly. Interior painting is a good example of an appropriate DIY project, because a bad paint job can be redone. To finish the job, the homeowner needs the right tools, enough time and a can-do

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