More Than Makeovers – Getting the Most Out of Your Renovation Project

I think the biggest renovation project we have coming up (and when I say coming up, I mean over the next few years!) is our floors.

When we purchased this house, the seller agreed to have new carpet installed upon his departure. Carpet, you say? With all the fabulous hard flooring options these days? Well, yes, carpet, because, at the time, we had two babies who were becoming VERY mobile, and we didn’t want them learning to walk and having nowhere to fall but on very hard wood and tile floors. We thought carpet was really the best option at the time. That was probably the right decision THEN…but nevertheless, within the next few years we’ll be installing wood floors throughout!

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Embarking on a renovation project can be exciting, challenging, and rewarding all at the same time. However, there are several things that are a must on any good reno revitalization. The last thing you want is to get halfway through, or worse still, to the end, and realize you left something out. If you aren’t sure how to get the most out of your renovation project, then consider these simple tips.

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Find ways to make the most of what you’ve got

One of the main reasons people take on renovation projects is a want to do more with what you’ve got. Unfortunately, sometimes what you’ve got isn’t much, so it is crucial to make the most of what you are working with. Sectional garage doors are a fantastic example of this.

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Making Plans for Home Improvements

As homeowners, many of us reach a point where we want to make some changes to the house. It could be renovation to upgrade some outdated or inefficient home features. You may need to add some extra space or just do some things to improve energy efficiency. We have a running list of things we want to do around our home, and today, as a matter of fact, our driveway is being finished with asphalt, so…CHECK!

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Whatever you get into, it will cost you some money. For that reason, a lot of people put off home improvements until they reach a point where they are forced to take action. It is best not to let it get to that point; it’s much easier to make a repair when you need to than when you have to.

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It’s essential that you start planning for improvements as soon as you get the home. It may sound overwhelming on the heels of closing costs and down payments, but it’s well worth it by saving you on interest and avoiding price increases. 

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4 Emergency Housework Projects That Just Can’t Wait

I feel like there’s always some kind of housework or project to be done around our home. Do you feel the same way? My goodness, when do we REST?! 

Of course, if I didn’t have any projects to do, I would probably be bored, so I guess, bring on the projects!

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No matter what they are, home projects must be put into an order of importance. Into a priority list. Because if something silly gets taken care of before something that gravely effects the entire household, well, there’s no sense in that! So when Joshua Nelson contacted me regarding a post on some emergency projects around your home that simply cannot wait, I figured it would be good for all of us to take a look at his list!

Certain home repairs and improvements are a matter of luxury or enjoyment. They can be “put on the back burner” while you focus on other things. And other housework projects can’t be delayed without risking serious damage to your home’s value and/or living in extreme discomfort.

Here are four emergency housework projects that you should always be ready to tackle as soon as the need for them arises. Always be prepared for them with a complete plan of action and the right numbers to call.

1. Leaking or Burst Pipes

When you awake in the middle of the night to the sound of rushing water, or come home from work only to find your kitchen or bathroom flooded an inch deep, the first thing to do is shut off your water supply to prevent further flooding.

But you can’t do much with a cut off water supply: dishes, laundry, bathing, brushing your teeth, washing your hands, watering the garden, etc. Therefore, your second step must be to contact a 24/7 emergency plumber, like Plumbing Fix, to get you back to “normal” again as soon as possible.

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2. Mold Growth on Your Walls

In the aftermath of a plumbing explosion or a flood, your home may be suffering from significant water damage. Even weeks later, mold may pop up on your walls, ceilings, and trim boards here and there.

Mold and mildew are more than mere nuisances. Black mold, for example, is toxic; and mold spores circulated by your HVAC system can end up being breathed in causing allergic reactions, incessant coughing, or even lung disease. Young children are especially susceptible, as are those with allergies or weak lungs.

Solution: keep the number for a mold removal and remediation company, like Restoration Elite, handy so you can get help 24/7.

3. Aggressive Pest Infestations 

No home is ever 100% rid of all pests, but when a major infestation breaks out, it is important to act fast to avert permanent damage or the spread of harmful pathogens.

Termites can devour your home, bed bugs will give you bloody welts and sores, ants and moths will get into your food supplies, mice and rats will leave trails of bacteria-ridden feces along your walls, and roaches will scare and disgust you. The list goes on.

You will likely want to eradicate your unwelcome guests yourself, but if that fails, waste no time in contacting a local, reputable pest control service.

4. Serious Roof Damage

If you live in a cold climate and your roof gets covered with an ice dam, leaks are likely to develop. Heat drying and cracking up caulk and sealant lines along chimneys, flashing, and vents can also lead to leakage. A bad storm may hurl broken-off tree branches into your roof of pound it with hail till the shingles are dimpled and badly weakened.

Finally, the mere passing of time will lead to asphalt shingles eventually getting brittle and breaking; and high winds may rip random shingles off, leaving portions of your roof dangerously exposed.

Remember that your roof is all that stands between the weather and your home. Water that gets in through your roofing can cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in repairs. It’s just not worth putting off a roof job thinking that delay will somehow save you money.

Save yourself the stress by being prepared for the inevitable damages to your home. By having a planned out repair strategy you might even be able to save money in the long run.

Author bio:

Joshua Nelson is a super-connector with ManageBacklinks.io who helps businesses with building their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. Joshua frequently writes about the latest advancements in the SaaS world and digital marketing.

You gave us a ton to think about, Joshua! Thank you!

What is the most pressing repair that your home needs right now? What project just can’t wait?!

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

Select the Right Finish for Your Wooden Furniture Restoration Project

Remember a few months ago when I refinished a piece of furniture for our Master Bedroom?

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If you’re wondering what the hold-up is on revealing the finished Master,  it’s that I’ve found 2 more pieces that I want to refinish and add to the room! HA! A glutton for punishment I must be! And I’m learning more and more about how it works as I go along.

Transforming old pieces of furniture into shabby-chic masterpieces is a popular hobby for many people. It’s really easy to pick up an old table or chest of drawers for next to nothing. Often the piece will already be painted, but whatever the current finish is, with a little bit of effort on your part, you can give it a new lease of life and make it beautiful again. So what are the best finishes for wood?

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Which Remodeling Projects Are Worth Their Cost?

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We’re coming down to the end of the year, and in the midst of all the holiday planning and celebrating, something else that happens around this time of the year at our house is BUDGETING. Big time! Because in January, we suddenly feel a lot richer around here…due to our tax return and bonuses that both my hubby and I receive at our jobs! (And I say “richer” in jest…because some of you, I’m sure, would laugh at what we term that as!) Either way, it’s more money than we normally have, and, lest we be irresponsible, we start this time of year making a plan and a budget for those funds. 

Normally somewhere on the budget is a large home improvement project. Last year it was having the house painted. The year before that, it was having the back yard fenced in. We haven’t decided on what this year’s project will be as of yet. I would LOVE for it to be some new wood flooring! But I have a feeling it’s going to end up being a new air conditioning unit…which, living in Florida, I am also okay with! HA!

However, during all of our home improvement discussions, we are always trying to figure out: which projects add to the value of our home? And which projects are even worth doing?!

So when Thomas contacted me to see if I was interested in an infographic on remodeling projects that increase the value of a home, boy, was that some perfect timing! Great info in this one! Here’s what Thomas had to say…

Did you know that replacing vinyl siding on your home will on average cost you $12,013 while increasing the resale value of your home by $9,694? As a home owner, you may be interested in knowing approximately how much a specific remodeling project will cost and what you can expect to recoup once you sell your house again. If you know you’re more likely to get the money back you spent on a remodel, you’ll probably also be more likely to want to undertake the project.

To give you a better understanding of which kinds of remodeling will be worth the money, Contractor Quotes has made the infographic 14 Remodel Projects That Increase Home Value. By studying it, you’ll see that replacing a garage door will increase the value of your home by almost as much as the cost of the project, while you’ll see that you may not recoup as high a percentage of your costs by making additions to your home. On top of that, the infographic also goes through the most important things to be aware of with the different projects. This infographic will hopefully help you make up your mind next time you’re considering upgrading your home.

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