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Home Improvements Really Can Add Value To Your Home

March 21st, 2018 Comments off

It’s plain to see that many homeowners do not understand exactly how to add value to your home with home improvement. Somehow, many go overboard to the point where it stops adding value and results in a loss to them. Don’t be quick to make decisions when it comes to renovations.

In order to understand this further, an example would be in order. For instance, an upscale home in an upscale area requires high end materials and perfect results. The norm would be to have expensive high grade custom wood cabinets and cupboards in the kitchen. Nothing else would suffice. But, such renovations would exceed the norm in an average middle class home and neighborhood. Although this would bring the latter some value, there is a limit to how much and that would result in a loss on your investment.

And, vice-versa! An upscale home would depreciate in value if the materials used were low end. The important thing to remember in home renovations is that the improvement must be in tune with the property and any future potential buyers. Not only should it please you, the homeowner, it should keep the type and actual value of the home.

This is being a responsible and knowledgeable consumer. When it comes to renovations, know your limits in order to reap the rewards at a later date. Some inexpensive yet beautiful home improvement tips will get you more value. Getting the look of something very expensive, but with an inexpensive method is the best solution. It is senseless to expect to make money on a renovation that does not suit the home.

With that said, the most return on investment comes from the two most popular rooms in the house, the kitchen and bathroom. In the kitchen, replacing an old backsplash can make all the difference as would new cabinet door handles. Of course, with either of these, there are numerous choices to suit any style and decor.

Another kitchen renovation that adds value and beauty to the room is installing a new countertop. Again, there is a multitude of materials to choose from, including glass, laminate, wood, stainless steel and stone. You can get the look of stone with some laminate, but also with granite without breaking the bank. For example, instead of going the expensive route with granite countertops, buy granite tiles and lay them on the counter. This way, you get the look of stone at a fraction of the cost. This is a great alternative, especially for medium priced houses.

Keep in mind that maintenance should always be considered when choosing the material. If you plan to sell your home, consider material that are easy to maintain and clean in order to entice buyers.

April Kerr writes for Basement Finishing Ideas which has details of inexpensive basement decoration ideas and basement ceiling ideas.

Ten Ways to Remove The Bugs

November 10th, 2017 Comments off

1. Before bringing cardboard, house plants, grocery market bags, paper bags, or soda pop items into your home ,inspect for bugs that may be hiding. Make sure to remove pests is they are present or throw away the items

2. Store firewood away from the foundation of the home. Also keep it off the ground. Shake off the logs before bringing them into the house.

3. Keep floors clean by eliminating food sources for those pesky night time feeders. It s best to use a disinfecting cleaner on kitchen floors.

4. Caulk or screen areas to seal holes or cracks around your doors, windows, pipes and HVAC lines. Examine the building for possible entry points. This will also help you reduce your heating and cooling costs.

5. Trim tree limbs so they don’t touch the house. Trim the shrubs so they don’t become a harborage for insects or rodents.

6. You can protect your porch and patio from ant invasions by placing powdered chalk or used coffee grounds around the foundation.

7. Make sure the lids are on your garbage cans. Dont let food sit in the trash you keep in the kitchen. It is best to use trash bags. Clean the cans on a regular basis with disinfectant or bleach.

8. Inspect the outside of your house monthly from July to Nov. Yellow jackets will appear overnight. Get them before they eat through the sheet rock.

9. Orange peels can help repel insects. Mosquitoes and gnats can’t stand the smell of oranges, lemons, and limes, so try taking a bag of citrus peels along with you on your summer picnic. Rub the peels over exposed skin to keep the bugs away.

10. Make your own insect repellent with vanilla extract. Take a clean, empty spray bottle and fill it with one cup of water and one TBSP of vanilla extra. Spray and wipe onto your skin and you won’t be bothered by some types of insect.

Mike Grace, owner of TNT Exterminating Company and president of the Ohio Pest Control Association, has been in the Canton Pest Control industry for 23 years. With all that experience, Grace preaches, A good offense is a good defense, to all his customers.

The Most Common Types Of Mortgages

January 14th, 2017 Comments off

The first thing that anyone searching for a mortgage loan will notice is that there is more than one type of mortgage available. If you have never had a mortgage before, it is easy to become confused when trying to determine which type is right for you. Your mortgage lender is the bet resource for this, but it is always helpful to research in advance before consulting with them. This article will provide you with some of the most common information about mortgage types.

Years ago, borrowers were presented with one mortgage loan option: the 30-year fixed rate mortgage, which is still the most popular mortgage option today. There are two basic mortgage types today, the fixed rate, and the adjustable rate mortgage, but within these two types, there are several different sub-types, each one with its own risks and benefits.

Another common type of fixed rate mortgage is the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage, which allows borrowers to pay less total interest and gives them the ability to own their homes in a shorter amount of time, but requires higher monthly payments. While fixed rate mortgages have higher monthly payments, they sometimes end up costing borrowers less money in the long run because of their stable payment structure and typically lower interest rates.

Adjustable rate mortgages have their own drawbacks and advantages as well. As their name implies, adjustable or variable rate mortgages have interest rates that fluctuate depending on increases and decreases in national interest rates. Most variable rate mortgages have the same amount of monthly payments but the amount of the final payment may be different due to the fluctuating interest accrued over the term of the loan term.

Determining which type of mortgage works best for you is directly correlated to your credit score, since this will be an important factor in the rate that you are able to qualify for. If your credit score is in need of repair, be sure to take the time to do so before you speak to your mortgage lender and begin the qualification process.

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