Tag Archive | Home improvement

8 Tips to Add Value and Curb Appeal to Your Home

8 Tips to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home

Image: CustomHouseNumbers.com

8 Great Tips for Adding Curb Appeal and Value to Your Home:

1.  Wash your house’s face
2.  Freshen the paint job
3.  Regard the roof
4.  Neaten the yard
5.  Add a color splash
6.  Glam your mailbox
7.  Fence yourself in
8.  Maintenance is a must

To read all of the details of these suggestions, check out this article from HouseLogic:

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Copyright 2013 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

A Home Improvement Theme Park?

Growing up in Florida, I’ve visited many theme parks.  Many, many times.  Practically grew up in them.

But a Home Improvement Theme Park?

Haven’t been to one of those yet… and I don’t think I’m alone in that.

MainStreet America in Houston is trying to change that.

The 14-acre park features 12 Showcase Homes, including everything from a modern townhouse to a Mediterranean mansion, as well as a variety of Professional Services, a hand-held TED (Technological Education Device) that gives guests instant electronic access to information about the showcase homes, a gourmet restaurant, and rent-able facilities where you can host anything from a board meeting to your wedding.

MainStreet America Home Improvement Theme Park

The next time I make my way to Texas, I’ll definitely be checking this place out.

Their website, MainStreet America, includes location and ticket information, as well as floorplans to all of the Showcase Homes (my fave!).

And you can read more about the park opening in the HouseLogic article:

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Copyright 2013 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

5 Easy DIY Weekend Projects Under $300

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Got a free weekend?  Even just a day?

Try one of these do-it-yourself projects that cost about $300 – or even less!

1.  Add a garden arbor entry.
2.  Install a window awning.
3.  Screen off your air conditioner from view.
4.  Add garage storage.
5.  Edge your garden.

Read details and instructions here:

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Copyright 2013 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Home Maintenance 101: 7 Things Every Home Owner Should Know

 7 Things Every Homeowner Should Know
When you move into your first (or second or forever) home, there are a few things you should know how to do:

1. Fix a leaky toilet.
2. Repair drywall holes.
3. Adjust cabinet doors.
4. Open a stuck window.
5. Stop a leaking faucet.
6. Silence door squeaks.
7. Turn off the main water line.

Find out how to solve all these common homeowner maintenance issues here:

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Copyright 2013 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Affordable Kitchen Remodeling: 5 Money-Saving Steps

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Want a complete kitchen remodel, but don’t have the full budget you’ll need available yet?

Try these 5 money-saving steps:

Stage 1: Start with a complete design plan
Stage 2: Order the cabinets, appliances, and lighting fixtures
Stage 3: Gut the kitchen and do the electrical and plumbing work
Stage 4: Install cabinets, countertop, appliances, flooring, and fixtures
Final phases: Upgrade if necessary

Read all the details here:

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Copyright 2013 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Sealing Air Leaks in Your Home

We all know that the air leaks in our home’s envelope cost us money.  But where do we find these leaks?

This is one illustration that shows where you could have possible air leaks in your home:

 

air leaks from homes

photo: Journal of Light Construction

 

Builder Magazine tells us the 5 Penetrations that Provide the Most Bang for Your Air-Sealing Buck are:

1.  recessed lights
2.  duct boot
3.  top plate to drywall at attic
4.  garage wall
5.  band joists

Of course, it’s usually the builder’s job to ensure these areas are taken care of when the home is build, not something the average homeowner would look in to after the fact.  But these facts could come in handy if you’re building a home, because you can ask your builder what they’re doing to seal your home.

If you want to read more on technical side of the subject, you can check out the article on Builder, or read the Journal of Light Construction’s Air-Sealing for Hot Climates.

But for most of us, another great place to find tips is from the Department of Energy.

 

energy.gov

 

The above illustration from energy.gov shows where you can find air leak problems, and they list instructions on how to seal these leaks here:  Tips on Sealing Air Leaks, like installing foam gaskets behind electrical outlets plates and covering your kitchen exhaust fan when not in use.