Specific Prep, Primer and Paint Steps for Various Conditions The exterior of a house takes a lot of abuse. It is pelted with rain, frozen by snow, sleet and ice, and baked with the hot sun. Exterior wood portions of the house, such as clapboard siding, trim and window sills, require protection from the elements. When the surface is prepared properly and thorough consideration is given to the kind and quality of paint that is to be applied, the reward will be a long-lasting quality appearance. New and Old Surfaces For new wood surfaces that have not been previously painted, coat the exterior with aRead More →

heating system

Be Sure to Get the Most Out of Your Heating System A new furnace costs a lot to buy and install. The cost to run a furnace can also get steep, especially during colder weather, so you want your heating system to operate efficiently as possible at all times. You also depend on your furnace to provide warmth when required throughout the home. Again, you pay for this comfort. To increase the likelihood you’ll be satisfied with this important purchase, be sure to choose a furnace that is carefully sized to match the unique heating requirements of your home. A greatly oversized furnace cycles frequentlyRead More →

Knowing the Difference Between Good and Bad House Odor is Key The best house flipping properties are those that smell the worst, emit odors that make the eyes water and make it nearly impossible to walk through the property without getting ill. Many novice and first-time flippers will steer clear of properties that are odorous but in most cases, these are the homes that require the least amount of work and will realize the largest profit. An extremely foul odor can devalue a property by as much as 25% and obviously, a non-investor is not going to consider moving their family into a property thatRead More →

  I love squirrels. They are cute little animals and when you see them from a distance, bouncing from one branch to another and chasing after each other, you can’t imagine they can make your gutters their residence. They can damage your gutters, make them loose, and can even make them fall off. Therefore, you must get a way of chasing them away from your gutters and discourage them from coming back. One of the ways of discouraging squirrels from residing in your gutters is by providing them with somewhere to stay.   Note that squirrels can stay in your gutters just because they have noRead More →

Ways Of Delivering Electricty throughout Home Depend on Application Types of Residential Conduits All the electrical current that powers the home enters at one central location and then is distributed throughout the home from the circuit breaker box, fuse box, or electric service panel. The type of wiring and the conduit that contains it is specified by the local building code. The homeowner may choose to upgrade, which is not a bad idea. An important first step before any wiring projects is to have an understanding of home wiring. The most common is called Nonmetallic Cable (NM cable or Romex). This is sufficient for mostRead More →

Home Renovation Projects

Is Your Family Prepared? It’s time to have the new game room added to the house. The contractors are in place; the construction plans have been reviewed and approved. Everyone feels confident that the right contractor is on the job and can handle the full scope of the project. The entire family is excited because the long talked about renovation project is about to begin and in a few short months the new game room will be ready. Before the renovation/construction project begins, there are a few things every family should take into consideration: Know the project’s timeline and scope : Construction/renovation projects disrupt theRead More →

victorian home

Renovating Your Painted Lady You’re in love. The delicate, detailed woodwork on the front porch, the heavy black slate mantels, the nook-and-cranny bay windows and the winding mahogany staircase have all caused you to fall deeply in love with this old Victorian house. Forget the lack of air conditioning, termite damage and 1970s kitchen, you are head over heels and there’s no stopping you from buying the Victorian charmer of your dreams. So what now? It’s easy to be overwhelmed when purchasing a home built during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901), so here are some expert tips on restoring your Victorian home to herRead More →