Home Repair No-Nos: Repair Tips for Every Homeowner

Are you a first-time homeowner? Have you purchased a new-to-you home? Either way, you have a lot to do. When you’re starting out as a new homeowner, it can be hard to know the right things to do and NOT to do when it comes to home maintenance, cleaning, and general upkeep. Here is some guidance to help you know what not to do.

New Homeowner No-Nos – Inside

Sealants

Needlessly applying sealant to surfaces can permanently discolor stone, concrete, and glass, to name a few. Never use sealant on natural materials like quartz, plastic materials like laminates, or commercial acrylic products such as Formica and Corian. Generally, most materials will not need reapplication of sealants very often. Instead, test surfaces using water to check if it’s time to reseal. For example, if water on a kitchen countertop no longer beads, it may be time to reapply.

Drain Cleaners

Chemical drain cleaners contain active ingredients that can damage plumbing. Drain cleaners may seem like easy, short-term fixes for clogs, but they can lead to long-term, costly problems. And the chemicals in drain cleaners are just plain bad for the earth. Instead, invest your money in a good plunger, a drain snake for tougher clogs, and if those plumbing tools don’t work, call a plumber.

Glass Cleaners

Here’s a little-known consequence to spraying commercial glass cleaner on mirrors:  The liquid can seep into the backing on many types of mirrors, leading to discoloring around the edges of the mirror over time and irreparably damaging the backing. Instead, simply dampen a microfiber cloth with warm water and immediately apply a dry cloth to remove excess water.

Bleach

Bleach is actually damaging to most elements and materials found in use in homes. Do not use bleach to clean sealants on granite and other stone surfaces, vinyl, linoleum, and laminate materials, colored grout, enamel, or acrylic surfaces in a bathtub. Never mix bleach with cleaners that contain ammonia! Doing so produces highly dangerous and toxic vapors. Instead, use a vinegar solution. Nothing is better or healthier for cleaning most surfaces in your home.

New Homeowner No-Nos – In and Out

Caulk

Using the wrong caulk can be damaging. That’s because there is a right caulk for the kitchen, bath, gutters, brick or concrete, mortar, and so on. The wrong caulk won’t adhere, or will breakdown, allowing moisture to seep in, or compromise the surface you’re caulking. Instead, ask your local hardware specialist for advice on buying the right caulk for your project.

Tools

Invest in well-made tools for your new home – a hammer, screwdriver set, ladder, and maybe a mower. Avoid buying inexpensive, knock-off brands even if you’re on a budget – they are not made to last. Instead, for budget-conscious homeowners, visit yard sales and look for used tools from quality brands, or start slow with a basic toolbox and build up your set over time.

New Homeowner No-Nos – Outside

Mulch

For your first landscaping project, do not over-mulch. Too much mulch can suffocate plants and prevent water from reaching roots. Instead, add mulch to no deeper than three inches.

Ivy

It may look charming, but ivy will keep growing. Eventually ivy will spread under a home’s siding or shingles, damage their integrity, and ultimately cost you, either in replacing siding, providing entry points for invading pests, or both! Instead, research how and where to thoughtfully plant ivy. A quick web search can also provide better alternatives for plants to safely grow along the base of your home. Note: Plants need to be placed two feet minimum away from the foundation.

Trees

Planting trees close to a home may look nice when the trees are young, but they grow, too! You need to consider the room that baby tree will need at maturity. Trees planted without thought to full height can grow roots that push up through your driveway, sidewalk, and foundation. Instead, plant each tree according to its height and root spread at full maturity. The Arbor Day Foundation has a handy tree spacing guide to help you ensure adequate clearance from your home, fencing, and so on.

Firewood

Do not store firewood right outside your home against exterior walls, otherwise you will invite termites and other pests into your home. Instead, keep firewood at least twenty feet from your home, or further if your property provides room to do so. Better to take a small hike out to the wood pile than let pests make an easy hike into your new home.

 

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8 Home Renovations That Increase Home Value

When you own a home, it seems like there is almost always something you would like to do to make it more comfortable, attractive, or eco-friendly. But, home remodeling experts tell us, if you plan to sell your home at some point, put your time and effort into one of more of these renovations proven to pay you back because they increase the value of the property:

  • New garage doors – Nothing says curb appeal like attractive garage doors – and you can’t beat the bang for the buck. A mid-range replacement will likely return more than 80 percent on your investment.
  • A wood deck – Here’s a renovation you are likely to enjoy – and a $10,000 investment will also return about 80 percent of what you spent.
  • Exterior siding – New siding will not only give your home a major facelift. It will return a strong 87 percent on project costs of about $14,000.
  • Attic conversions – Adding another bedroom or playroom upstairs give a home more usable living space without increasing its footprint. The remodel investment will likely return 84 percent of a $50,000 project cost.
  • Kitchen updates – No need to overhaul the entire kitchen, experts say. Upgrading the counters, and replacing cabinets and appliances will likely cost about $18,000 – and will return some 97 percent of cost. Oddly, a big-ticket total kitchen remodel costing over $100,000 may only return 63 percent of the investment.
  • New windows – New, energy–efficient windows throughout your home will save you money on heating and cooling bills – and you will probably get a return of 79 percent on a $10,000 investment.
  • Basement remodel – Another great way to add living space to a home is with a basement remodel. Adding insulation and flooring, and upgrading the walls and ceiling may cost as much as $60,000. But return on investment is estimated at 77 percent.
  • Back-up power generator – The unpredictable weather of the past few years has led to a surge in the popularity of this relatively inexpensive home addition. An average cost of $11,000 could net you a 67 percent return on your investment.

While not included above, as millennials continue to enter the home buying market, adding new wall-to-wall carpet ahead of a home sale does not always lead to a recoup of cost at close. Instead, consider restoring hardwood floors if your home has them. Wood floors are always a good investment and, when well-maintained, they will add value to any home.

 

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How to Save Money Around the House

With the holidays around the corner – I’m sure we’re all looking for ways to save money.

How to Save Money Around the House

From DIY projects to changing certain habits, here are 10 ways you can save money at home. These tips can help you reduce your energy usage, save on utility bills, and protect your household budget.

1. Smart Thermostats

You blast your AC in the summer and crank your heat in the winter all in the name of achieving a comfortable temperature inside your home. A great way to save hundreds throughout the year is to invest in a smart thermostat – no more adjusting your thermostat throughout the day and wasting energy and money.

2. Go Low-Flow

low flow shower head

Wasting water during baths and showers means your money is literally going down the drain. Replacing old and outdated showerheads with new low-flow models could shave upwards of $100 off your annual water bill. Don’t be fooled by the name – most low-flow shower heads still provide excellent water pressure!

3. More Can Be Less

Planning on owning your home for a while? You can save thousands of dollars in the long run by paying a little extra on your mortgage payment each month. Any additional money you pay above and beyond your normal monthly payment will go directly towards principle and save you tons of interest in the long run.

4. Unplug

Even when you’re not using your homes appliances and electronics they’re still using electricity. This phenomenon is known as phantom or vampire power and can cost you hundreds of dollars annually. By unplugging your appliances, you can save an estimated five to ten percent on your monthly electric bill. If you don’t want the hassle of unplugging, invest in a smart power strip to help reduce your usage.

5. Photosynthesis is Your Friend

House plants

Some people spend hundreds of dollars on air purifiers to reduce allergens in their home when all they may need to do is buy a few plants. Not only can plants remove toxins from the air naturally, they also add a little extra color to a room and make it feel more warm and comfortable.

6. $15 Can Save You 15% or More

For about $15, you can purchase the supplies you need to weatherproof doors and windows and save up to 15 percent on heating and cooling costs. Products can include caulking, felt, and foam tape, so make sure you figure out what your specific home will need.

7. Home Warranty Protection

If you’re a homeowner, a home warranty is a great way to save money and protect your budget. When one of your home’s major systems or appliances breaks down, a home warranty will take care of repairing or replacing covered items. Learn how a home warranty can save you money.

8. Invest in Fans

Ceiling Fan

Save money in the summer by decreasing your air conditioner usage and use your ceiling fan instead. On average, an air conditioner uses 3,500 watts of energy, while a ceiling fan only uses 60 watts of energy, costing only seven dollars per month to run. Ceiling fans can even be useful during the winter months! Set the fan to run in a clockwise direction which will push warm air down from the ceiling and keep your home warm.

9. Shop from Home

Before you buy new accessories to spruce up your home, look at what you already have and see if there are small tweaks you can make to give your home new life. Rearranging furniture and lighting is a quick and free way to recreate an entire room. Switching decorations between rooms is another free way to make two spaces feel new and different.

10. Washing Without Wasting

Washer/Dryer

You can save money on your laundry by adopting some simple habits like washing clothes in cold water and not overfilling the dryer. When it is time to upgrade your washer and dryer, consider investing in energy-efficient units. Not only will they save you money on your bills, but they may qualify for rebates.

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Tips for Creating an Energy-Efficient Living Room

Do you know how much energy you can save by switching to energy-efficient light bulbs in the living room? Is your fireplace an energy-efficient heat source? Find out the answers to these questions and more. And try these tips for creating a more energy-efficient living room. The simple changes you make now can help lower your energy bills.

Save energy in the living room

 

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What to Consider Before Downsizing

Sometimes the choice to downsize isn’t actually a choice. Some life events, such as a divorce or unemployment, are unexpected and force you to find a smaller home for financial reasons. But choosing to live in less space often has to do with wanting to live simpler, whether you’re retiring, empty-nesting, or wanting a low-maintenance lifestyle.

Most homeowners typically don’t daydream about buying a smaller home, but minimal maintenance is definitely an upside to living smaller. After all, the time and money you used to spend on maintaining can now go towards fun things. Downsizing can definitely be a positive lifestyle change. Many older adults are leaving the suburbs behind and moving into condos or lofts in downtown areas. Not only are these homes easier to maintain, but they are often within walking distance of restaurants and nightlife.

The Costs of Downsizing

It sounds simple: you’re going to spend less than you would for a larger house, so the only financial consideration is: do you like saving money? Of course the answer is yes, but…not so fast. It’s easy to forget that fewer rooms will mean less space for all of your stuff, and it’s even easier to forget that storage can cost you money. Also consider that condos or retirement communities may have considerable HOA (home owners association) dues.

When moving to a smaller home, sometimes even your furniture needs to be downsized. Large pieces may look out of scale and may simply not fit. So if you have furniture that’s too large for some of your rooms, like the king-sized bed, you may need to replace it.

Though buying smaller furniture can cost less than larger pieces, you still may be spending a lot of money on replacing furniture. You could find yourself wondering why downsizing is costing so much! Make a plan for selling or giving away things you no longer need and keep track of potential costs for a better sense of downsizing costs.

Also, carefully consider things like family heirlooms. Fewer rooms mean less storage space and where will you keep all of your antiques and treasures that you just can’t take with you? You may have to make some tough decisions. Holding on to things for sentimental reasons can become a burden. Check with other family members to see if they are interested in the overflow, things like an old roll-top desk can be a welcome gift for a college student in the family.

Finding the Right Home

newhomeIf you’ve decided your current home no longer fits your lifestyle or your income, it’s time to start looking for something more suitable or more economical. Sometimes downsizing means less property, not less home. You’ll need to determine the right amount of property as well as living space.

When it comes to low maintenance and convenience, an “attached” home – such as a townhouse, condo, loft, or co-op, in which you share walls and/or common areas with your neighbors – is a popular choice. You won’t have to worry about fixing the roof or mowing the lawn. But keep in mind that these homes are managed by homeowners’ associations (HOAs), which collect monthly fees for maintenance services and impose rules for the community. So research the HOA before buying.

Lastly, when shopping for a smaller home, know how small you’re willing to go, and be prepared to make some adjustments.

The Neighborhoods and Areas for You

If you’d like to stay in the same city, you might want to look for neighborhoods or communities that are closer to the center of town or downtown. This is especially helpful if you work downtown and want to keep your commuting costs low. Also, shopping and hospitals are usually closer to the center of town. Oftentimes, neighborhoods with a high-concentration of detached homes and condos are also pedestrian-friendly, meaning everything you need can be found within walking distance.

Also consider buying in up-and-coming neighborhoods: you might find an affordable home that could potentially increase in value once the area is fully developed. And, of course, your real estate agent will know where the smaller homes in quality neighborhoods houses are. Once you’ve decided downsizing is right for you and you’ve found the perfect new home, check out How to Downsize Your Home.

 

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Which Architectural Style for Your Home?

Wikipedia lists more than 110 architectural styles. That’s an overwhelming number when you are deciding on the right style for you and your family. In fact, if you’re like most people, you’ll probably find several diverse styles appealing. To narrow the list of architectural styles that appeal to you the most, you can use criteria that help assure that the style you choose is both suitable and practical for your needs. Here are a few considerations:

Climate and Environment

Architectural styles are often associated with specific parts of the country. While it may seem merely a matter of taste, often there are underlying reasons why specific styles are more common in particular areas. For instance, European architectural styles such as Tudor or French Eclectic are often characterized by smaller windows and built with materials such as stone and brick that offer greater insulation. These styles are more popular in areas such as the east coast where temperatures can drop very low, as these homes need less energy to make living areas comfortable. However, these building materials, while suited for colder temperatures, are less desirable in areas with substantial seismic activity such as California, where more flexible building materials such as wood and stucco are more practical. These materials lend themselves well to such styles as Craftsman and Mediterranean architecture. So it can be important to consider where you live when choosing an architectural style for your home.

Lifestyle

When choosing the architectural style for your home you also need to take your lifestyle into account. Take, for example, the difference between the common courtyards of Spanish design, providing a safe utopian sanctuary from the outside world, and the wrap-around porches common in such styles as Farmhouse and Victorian homes. One, seemingly, was designed to thwart visitors while the other awaits and observes the outside world, welcoming it in. Other lifestyle aspects that can be influenced by architectural styles include the formal dining areas common in most European styles versus the more informal, “great room” eating areas and breakfast nooks common in contemporary architecture.

Personal Preferences

It’s not uncommon to have an instant “gut reaction” to specific design styles. While it is important to pay attention to those instincts, taking time to think about whether the specific aspects of the style align with your preferences can help you decide if you can live with the style of house you are considering. For example, the many small details and patterns found in Victorian style homes are qualities to admire, but many people prefer less detailed, more relaxed styles such as Craftsman or Contemporary architecture. Also, some styles have distinctive color palettes associated with them, such as Southwestern and Spanish architectural styles. Taking the extra time to consider these elements when choosing the architectural style for your home can help you select the style that suits you and your family the best. It can also help you understand how you might combine the best parts of your favorite styles to create a living environment tha

 

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Is Artificial Grass Right for You?

Artificial grass has come a long way since AstroTurf first hit the playing fields (and maybe your grandmother’s patio). With the ongoing drought in the West, the new, improved artificial grass is becoming more and more popular for sunny, low-rainfall areas, as well as with pet owners, and people who are just tired of lawn maintenance. Today’s synthetic grass is colored and textured to look like various grass types, so you can likely get a look very similar to what you could grow naturally. It is not without its drawbacks, however. Artificial grass is not cheap. Installed costs can run from $10 to $20 per square foot. Compared to natural grass, it can take up to seven to eight years to recoup the initial cost of artificial turf. It isn’t easy to install either, so it might not be the best DIY project.

Best Uses for Artificial Grass

Artificial turf is a good solution if you have an area where grass simply won’t grow because conditions are shady or wet. Artificial grass is a popular option with dog owners for pet runs, or if you have multiple dogs that are wearing out your natural lawn. Artificial greenery is also a great option for places like a small patio or outside space. It also works great for defined shapes within a yard where real grass edges can be tough to mow and keep weed-free.

Pros:

  • No need to water your lawn
  • No weeding or mowing
  • No need for fertilizers or pesticides
  • Looks very similar to natural grass: soft, even, and green
  • Does not get muddy or rutted (and keeps your house cleaner)

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Needs to be cleaned off with water and sanitizing agents (more frequently if you have dogs)
  • Not easily recycled
  • Heats up in direct sun
  • Banned by some homeowners associations and municipalities

artilawn

The Bottom Line

If you love the look of green grass and plan to be in your house for a while then it’s worth considering an artificial lawn. For pet owners it can be a great solution, but remember it can’t absorb and break down pet urine, so it will require washing (which does take water). Although it’s not maintenance-free, it certainly requires less maintenance than real grass. Remember to check with your city or HOA about their rules for artificial grass.

 

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