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Your home is your largest asset. That’s why, when the time comes to list it, you should make sure that you have maximized its resale value. Our DIY tips will help you do just that and ensure that you show your home properly so that you can sell it for top dollar quickly.
1. Install High-End Ceiling Fans
According to HouseLogic, one of the best DIY projects to undertake to increase the resale value of your home is installing new ceiling fans to replace old, outdated ones. Potential buyers like to see refreshed rooms with crisp, new paint and quality ceiling fans that help save on energy costs. Fortunately, most homeowners who know how to use a screwdriver, needle-nose pliers, and a cordless drill can replace outdated ceiling fans in a short amount of time. Keep in mind that it’s easier to replace a ceiling fan than to install one in a location that did not previously have one.
Remember to hang the fan seven to eight feet above the floor, choose the largest Energy Star-rated fan for the size of the room, and opt for a high-end fan that accentuates the room and provides better cooling with less noise. If you install a fan on a low ceiling, choose a ceiling-hugging model that is flush-mounted.
2. Improve Your Window Treatments
Potential home buyers will not be impressed by windows with dingy, inexpensive blinds, shades, or curtains. While you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg on custom window treatments, you should consider installing plantation shutters, wooden blinds, or quality drapes that add a pop of color to your rooms. Updated window treatments freshen rooms and give your home the finishing touches that appeal to buyers and entice them to spend more.
3. Give Your Bathroom a Makeover
Buyers expect to see updated bathrooms, and you need to deliver to maximize your resale value. Unless you are a plumber who can turn an old tub/shower combo into an amazing tiled double shower, you probably need bathroom makeover ideas that just about anyone can tackle DIY style. That’s where the budget bathroom tips from In My Own Style come in.
Consider adding a beadboard frame painted the same color as your walls to help a modular shower enclosure blend into the background. Make your mirrors look built in by adding wooden frames and molding. If you have woodworking skills, or if you enjoy using power tools and have time to practice your skills, consider adding crown molding, wainscoting, or board and batten treatments to your walls to update the bathroom and give it a sophisticated look. Don’t forget to update your faucets and hardware on your doors and vanities, too.
4. Make Sure Your Home Is Ready for Walk-Throughs
When you are ready to put your home on the market after completing these valuable upgrades, make sure that you are prepared for showings. There are a few home-showing etiquette rules to follow that will help maximize your resale value and entice buyers to make offers.
First, you need to leave the property during a showing. Buyers get uncomfortable when sellers are present for showings. They also have a more difficult time picturing themselves in your home when you are there. The best policy is to coordinate showings with your realtor to ensure you won’t be home.
Be sure your home is staged in a way that it will help potential buyers picture it as their own. Remove at least one large piece of furniture from each room to create a more open, welcoming space, and remove any items that have personal touches, such as framed family photos. Lastly, stow away anything that might be a turn-off to those who view your home, like politically-themed items or artwork that contains anything that might be considered vulgar. If the act of home staging requires you to clear out a lot of your belongings, opt for keeping them in a self-storage unit rather than a closet or your garage. They can be rented inexpensively, and you don’t want to transfer clutter from one space in your home to another when you’re trying to sell it.
Also, remove all signs of your pets in your home. Some buyers will be turned off if they see pet hair, toys, or remnants of food or treats on the floor. Remember to clean dog waste out of your yard, take your pets’ food dishes and toys with you, and hide their beds and crates. If a showing is scheduled while you’re working, board your dog for the day. This way, you won’t worry about him crying, whining, or barking while strangers visit, and you won’t dissuade potential buyers from making an offer.
Before you list your home for sale, tackle DIY projects that you can handle. If you have old ceiling fans, replace them with quality ones. Then, improve your window treatments and update bathrooms. Prepare for showings by leaving beforehand, staging your home and removing all signs of your pets.
Moving into a new home is one of life’s most stressful experiences. You’ve packed up everything you own and tried to get as organized as possible for the big day. But that’s just part of the picture. Your new space needs to be in good shape ahead of time and ready for you to make it your own. Your goal should be to make the process go as smoothly as possible. Remember that moving is all about preparation and paying careful attention to detail so that nothing gets overlooked—troubleshooting is the last thing you want to do in the middle of a move. Hiring professional movers will make things easier, but there’s a laundry list of details to check off beginning well in advance of moving day.
Suddenly realizing you need to do some painting after you’ve moved in isn’t ideal. Take a good look around your new digs, identify walls that need a fresh coat of paint, and get it all done before you move in if at all possible. That’ll give you time to decide on a color scheme before you get down to the business of rearranging your life. You’re making a fresh start in a new space, so you might as well start making it yours before all your belongings are in place.
Get familiar with your new home
Spend a little time in your new home, taking pictures and measurements so you know where all your furniture will fit. Have a good idea of where your biggest items will go so you don’t have to do a lot of last-minute guessing and rearranging. If possible, draw up a diagram indicating exactly where your couch will go, how coffee tables will be arranged, and where the TV and stereo equipment will be set up. And don’t forget to measure all doorways. You don’t want any nasty surprises, like finding out that your beautiful antique chest of drawers won’t fit through the door of your master bedroom. Assign bedrooms in advance so you or your movers know exactly where to put boxes as soon as you arrive. Don’t underestimate the importance of a home inspection. Buying a new home is a huge investment, and you want a professional taking a very good look at your roof, plumbing, and wiring before you get too far along with moving plans.
Once you’ve moved everything in, you’ll be busy bringing order out of chaos for a while. There’s box after box to unload and items to put away in closets and drawers. If possible, focus on putting your new house together for a day or two before you worry about hauling in the really big stuff. Put off moving in big appliances and furniture for a couple days, like that huge dining room table or your oak armoire. Know where each object will go and keep that space clear. It’s a good way to avoid having to push heavy objects aside as you move the smaller stuff around. Your muscles and blood pressure will benefit.
Label your boxes
Clearly label all of the boxes as you pack them up. Write down whose bedroom each one is going to and if they’re intended for the living, dining, or family room. Write clearly on the top and on each side so you don’t have to move each box around trying to find out where it should go. You’ll save a lot of time not having to play a guessing game or slicing into boxes trying to figure it out as you go. Everyone wants to get through the moving-in process as quickly as possible. You can take a big step in that direction by having everything organized before you even load the moving truck.
Coordinate with the movers
If you’ve hired professional movers, meet with them beforehand to plan your moving day carefully, and make sure you understand all moving-associated costs. Make sure everyone is clear about what time you’ll get started and by what time you want to be finished. Go over any fragile or high-value items so the movers know what to look for and if they need to take any special precautions in advance. If you’re moving into a rental or condo community, there may be restrictions on how and when you can move, information your movers need to have in advance.
You’ll be busy packing and getting your home cleaned up before you move out. Don’t forget to prepare your new house before you start moving in. Get organized ahead of time so moving day doesn’t become one long debate over what should go where.
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One of the most attractive advantages of being a home owner is that, as we live, love and play each day, our home’s value appreciates. “Appreciation” is the best reason for buying a home and staying put – it’s money in the bank each year.
Home improvements add even more to our home’s value, as well as increasing our comfort level and our over-all feeling of satisfaction and pride in our home.
Among all home improvements, replacing or updating windows brings major rewards: utility bills drop, Dad’s recliner by the big picture window is actually a cozy and warm spot, and when you do sell your home, nothing impresses a buyer more than the lure of good windows.
What are double-glazed windows?
Double-glazed windows consist of two panes of glass separated by a layer of air, or inert gas, and then sealed. The glass and the air act as insulators. In addition to two layers of glass, and the sealed air pocket, the exterior layer of glass, the one that faces the interior of the room, has a specially coated surface. This coated surface reradiates or reflects heat in cold months, as well as reducing some heat gain during hot weather.
Why are some double-glazed windows better than others?
Double-glazed windows with an inert gas between them (usually Argon) are considered a better insulator than just the sealed pocket of air. Gases have a higher density level than air, allowing less heat to escape, or less cold to enter.
The choice of glazing film makes a compelling difference. No matter your climate, new technologies of low emissivity (low-e) films can further reduce energy losses by about 25 to 50 percent. The interior of your home can benefit from a reduction of fabric-fading UV rays, as well as reduced condensation resulting from warmer interior window surfaces.
What are storm windows?
A storm window is a separate window that is removed and stored at the end of the season. The storm window is purchased either as an outside window attaching to the exterior existing window frame, or as an interior storm window, installed from the inside of the house. Storm windows are generally made of glass, plastic, or plastic sheets. Plastic options are Plexiglas, acrylic or polyethylene, all of which are generally less expensive than glass. While glass offers more clarity, it is also more fragile. Plastics are lighter but less durable than glass and are susceptible to scratching and yellowing.
When are storm windows a good option?
Storm windows are feasible when cost is the determining factor. According to the U. S. Department of Energy, storm windows are not a good insulating factor, but they do significantly reduce air leakage.
Which is best: Interior or Exterior Storm Windows?
Interior storm windows are easily cleaned and removed from the comfort of inside your home. Exterior storm windows must be very sturdy, and able to resist the elements of your climate. Interior storm windows have no outdoor exposure so there is less maintenance and less need for durability.
The interior storm window works by preventing the air, in your already cozy room, from exiting out the window. The exterior storm window prevents the outside air from penetrating the exterior window and entering your cozy room.
Interior storm windows usually utilize weatherstripping to create a superior seal. Exterior storm windows cannot use weatherstripping as it absorbs and traps moisture from the outside elements. Exteriors use a tiny “weep hole” to allow moisture to escape, which may slightly compromise the efficiency of the exterior storm window.
Both double-glazed and storm windows will add a measure of security to your home environment. Each additional layer of glass or plastic is a disruption for an intruder. Add home security to the increased “coziness” factor” and the importance of reduced energy bills, and the need to update single-paned windows becomes clear.
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Home renovation or remodeling is rarely a small undertaking. As a homeowner, you’ll be counting the cost in dollars and in disrupted living and inconvenience. One of your biggest considerations should be the return on investment (ROI) of any upgrade. But the reality of remodeling is that despite the chaos, at the end of the day, it will add to your family’s quality of life and increase the value of your home.
Remodeling is a big undertaking, so it’s best you pick the upgrades that are going to give your home the best resale value possible. Knowing that the project will be adding to your home’s value takes some of the sting out of the costs.
Probably the two best home improvement projects to make your home most attractive to buyers are renovating your kitchen or bathroom. After structural soundness, buyers consider these two rooms to be the most important factors in buying a home.
The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your house, and a bathroom upgrade is a great choice for a home improvement project. Bathroom renovations give some of the highest resale profits.
These are some of the most popular bathroom upgrades that can greatly add to a home’s appeal:
Bathroom upgrades run the gamut from relatively easy projects you can tackle yourself, all the way to full-blown renovations where you’ll need to hire a professional.
Kitchens deserve to be front and center in your remodeling plans. After all, the family kitchen is the room most used by everyone. It truly is the heart of the home.
The most cost-effective kitchen fix is what the experts call a minor remodel. This gives an older kitchen a whole new look with cabinet refacing, up-to-date countertops, and the latest in energy-friendly appliances.
Whether to do major remodels versus minor remodels is a decision only you will be able to make. Guidelines for financial considerations depend on the size of your project, with HomeAdvisor putting the average price of a kitchen remodel at $10,640 - $28,986. The timeline for this project is two to three weeks.
Most people have personal reasons for tackling a renovation. Long before the financial considerations kick in, you will have some unique renovations you want to make, so you’ll be willing to endure the dust and turmoil of a remodeling project.
It’s important to consider if you will be remodeling for your own use. In this case, you should be planning accordingly for the upgrades you will personally enjoy.
On the other hand, if the property is going to be listed on the market shortly and you are intending that the renovation will bump up the home’s value, a different set of parameters apply. The upgrades that you undertake should be popular improvements that will add to the home’s appeal.
This is your home and castle. If you’re not planning to sell in the immediate future, timely upgrades will greatly enhance your day-to-day enjoyment. If you are planning a move soon, a home renovation project becomes a creative endeavor that can boost your bottom line.
A lot of people who have automatic dishwashers don't use them, but they might save money on water and electricity if they did.
Even though 68 percent of homeowners own dishwashers, about 20 percent use them less than once a week, suggesting people are hand washing dishes.
Many reasons could account for this, but one of them should not be cost. Dishwashing by hand uses 3.5 times more water than a modern dishwasher and three times as much electricity, according to a 2011 study by the University of Bonn.
Appliance maker Bosch says more than 40 percent of families argue about the proper way to load a dishwasher.
About 60 percent agree about whether to pre-rinse. Nearly 39 percent of the arguers say they disagree on whether knives should point up or down, while 30 percent argue about where plastic containers should go.
General Electric Co. has defined three main types of dishwasher loaders:
Dishwasher manufacturers and home style maven Martha Stewart agree on some basics for the right way to load a dishwasher:
According to home expert Martha Stewart, the following items should never be put in the dishwasher: Acrylics and plastics, aluminum, antiques, blown glass, bronze, cast iron, china with metallic decoration, crystal, any item with bone or wood inlays, gold-plated flatware, iron, knives (they get dull), nonstick pans, milk glass, pewter, rubber tools, tins, wooden spoons.
Is pre-rinsing really necessary?
Doesn't everyone pre-rinse dishes?
Maybe they do, but they don't have to, according to soap and dishwasher manufacturers.
Except for removing large particles of food, pre-rinsing can actually hinder dishwasher cleaning, says the makers of Cascade. Enzymes in Cascade are designed to attach to food particles. Without particles, they have nothing to attach to, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Dishwashers made by Whirlpool have 'TargetClean' options in which sensors detect soil on dishes. Jet sprays focus on those casserole dishes and power off baked on food.
The Samsung Zone Booster setting puts more water pressure on one side where especially dirty dishes are stacked.
Recently we at Infinity Home Inspections inspected 9 houses in a 3 day period and found 7 Houses of the 9 had Mold!
That's Incredible, 7 out of 9 houses had Mold, think about that number for a moment. It's a high ratio.
What is Mold?
If you suspect there is Mold in your home, stay clear of it and call someone to do an Inspection to determine if you have Mold and how to rectify the situation. Mold can be toxic and cause allergic reactions, everyone has a different reaction to Mold.
Sealing gaps around doors and windows can make your home feel warmer—and save you 10 to 15 percent on your energy bills. But with so many different types of weatherstripping lining shelves at the hardware store, choosing the right one for a particular job can feel like a guessing game. To help, we've broken down the most common options by material and profile so that you'll know just what to install to chase away the chill.
V strip, also known as tension seal, is a durable plastic or metal strip folded into a 'V' shape that springs open to bridge gaps.
Where It Goes-
Along the sides of a double-hung or sliding window; on the top and sides of a door.
How to Install It-
Cut to desired length with scissors, then peel and stick, or install with finishing nails.
Felt is sold in rolls, either plain or reinforced with a pliable metal strip. Though inexpensive, it usually lasts only a year or two.
Where It Goes
Around a door or window sash; in the door's jamb so that it compresses against the door.
How to Install It
Cut to desired length with a utility knife, then staple or nail in place.
Door sweeps are flat pieces of plastic, aluminum, or stainless steel fitted with a strip of nylon, plastic, or vinyl or a sponge brush to fill the space between door and threshold.
Where It Goes
Along the bottom of the interior side of a door.
How to Install It
Cut to your door's width if needed, and install with screws.
TUBULAR RUBBER, VINYL, OR SILICONE
Tubular rubber, vinyl, or silicone is an effective air barrier; versions made of a narrow sponge rubber or vinyl tubing come attached to a wood or metal mounting strip. Silicone types are usually inserted into milled grooves.
Where It Goes
At the base of doors and windows; top or bottom of a window sash; bottom of a door; between a door and its jamb.
How to Install It
Peel and stick, or fasten with screws through slot holes; silicone seals are pressed into a channel you create with a router.
How do you know if your weatherstripping is insufficient?
Typically you wont know, but Hire a Home Inspector with Infinity Home Inspections and have them perform an Annual Home Inspection, low cost Inspection that identifies where your Home needs Improvement. Call them at (786) 400-0570
Your homes attic stores a lot of important features that benefit your home and your wallet. Hurricane straps help reduce potential hurricane roof damage and give you a nice discount on your homeowners insurance, Plumbing stacks run through your attic as well. Your homes insulation is typically located in your attic as well.
Do you know if your home even has Insulation? Is it enough Insulation? Can there be too much Insulation?
An Annual Home Inspection from Infinity Home Inspections can help you answer all these questions.
What does it mean if you do not have enough Insulation?
Adding insulation increases energy efficiencyAdding insulation to your home can reduce heating and cooling costs. Homes built after 1982 are required to have R-19 insulation. However, if your home was built before 1982, you may benefit from adding insulation. Installing additional insulation:
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Water leaking from your toilet tank will not only cost you money when it comes to your utility bill, but it can also cause water damage to your bathroom floor and premature wear of your toilet's internal workings. To find out whether your toilet tank is leaking, add some red food coloring to the water in the tank. Come back in about an hour and see if the water in the bowl is pink. If it is, you have a leak.
If you find that your toilet is leaking from the tank to the bowl, the flapper needs to be replaced. To change your toilet's flapper, first shut off the water supply to your toilet. To do this, simply turn the water valve located directly behind the toilet. Remove the tank lid and flush the toilet in order to empty the tank. Use a towel or sponge to mop out any excess water left in the tank. Remove the flush chain from the lever, and then slide the old flapper up off the overflow tube. Slide the new flapper in place over the overflow tube, reconnect the chain, and turn the water supply back on.
An Annual Home Inspection can help identify this and many other issues that are costing you money. Infinity Home Inspections offers Annual Home Inspections.
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Here's a question: when can a $2.00 battery make the difference between life and death for you and your family? Here's the answer: when that battery powers your home's smoke detector. This is especially true during the winter, which is when most house fires occur according to the Red Cross. So right now is the best possible time to make sure your detectors are in good working order - or to install them, if your home lacks this essential protection. Anything less could lead to tragedy. Let's shed a little light on this topic and see what we can learn.
Some Alarming Statistics
House fires receive only a fraction of the media attention paid to disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes. That's unfortunate when you consider these troubling facts:
● More than 90% of the 70,000+ calamities to which the Red Cross responds each year are fire-related.
● The financial loss caused by house fires averages more than $17,000.00.
● The most likely victims of a residential blaze are seniors and children, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Fire is an insidious foe that preys on society's most vulnerable members.
● 74% of fatal fires occur in homes with no working smoke detectors. This leads to our next subject.
Smoke Alarms are Cheap, Effective Insurance
Basic detectors cost around $15.00, putting them within the financial means of almost any US household. Advanced models offer premium features like unit-to-unit communication and ease of testing. But even the most affordable units are better than nothing at all. So invest in these affordable, effective products today, before your home goes up in smoke.
How Often to Check Your Smoke Detectors
You should test your detectors once a month. You'll find instructions for doing so in the owner's manual, which you should keep with your other important papers. In most cases, the test involves pressing a button on the unit for a few seconds. It will sound an alarm indicating the unit is in good working order, after which you can end the test. You should change out the batteries whenever it's time to move your clocks forward or back in spring and fall, unless the directions say otherwise.
Some smoke detectors make a special chirping or buzzing sound when the battery weakens. Replace the cell as soon as possible with a fresh alkaline unit if you hear this noise.
Know What to Do, Just In Case the Worst Occurs
Your family should have a plan for exiting your home if a fire breaks out. Make sure each member of your household knows the procedure. Practice evacuating your residence from time to time.
Checking your smoke detectors is but one step you should take to protect your possessions and your family during fall of the year. Here are some added steps to perform while you're focused on prepping for winter:
● Check your carbon monoxide detectors. Replace batteries with fresh cells.
● Make sure your pipes are insulated to prevent freezing and bursting.
● Inspect your chimney for signs of wear or damage.You should have a pro clean your chimney at least once each two years, more often if it sees frequent use.
● Check your driveway and walkways for cracks that could become trip hazards in freezing weather. Fill these gaps with polyurethane compounds meant for this purpose.
Summer is behind us and winter is almost here. Get ready for it now by checking your smoke detectors and taking the other measures outlined in this post. You'll thank yourself for your diligence down the road, when you look back on the season with fond memories and not lasting regrets.