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