Browsing Category: Home Improvement

Solar Contractor

  • Experience
    Nothing trumps experience when it comes to hiring a solar contractor. That doesn’t mean general experience, either. This is a distinction you need to make when looking for someone to work on your home. Just because a company boasts of years of experience doesn’t mean that experience is in installing sun panels. It could be in the area of screening porches or painting houses. Make sure the experience is specific and extensive. You need panel placement that will not only make use of the midday summer sun, but all of the sun’s energy from dawn to dusk. It takes an experienced hand to ensure you get it.
  • Wiring
    Keep in mind that not every home is ready to make

Fall Maintenance

  • Clean the Gutters – The fall leaves are beautiful when they are on the trees but become a nuisance for your home. Water flow from your roof into the gutters, through the spout and away from the foundation is an important process. A clogged gutter system can cause moisture problems that rot roofs, siding, and can even cause moisture to accumulate in your crawl space. This Saturday project should be done at least once if not twice this fall.
  • Fireplace Fundamentals – Make sure your fireplace is in working before it gets cold outside. Make sure your natural gas or propane fireplace is turned on and has a lit pilot light. When the weather changes the gas company will be

Long Distance Moving Success

Find an Agent

The first step in your long distance moving process is to find a real estate agent. No matter if you are renting or buying, this professional will help you to find the right home for your needs, no matter where you want to live or what your family make up is like. It is essential that you spend some time locating an agent who can help you to find the right home and offers every opportunity for you to “see” it through virtual means, such as through video and photos.

Find the Right Mover

Next, you’ll need a professional mover. These professionals will work with you to get the process right. They can help with all stages …

Select The Basic Components Of Any Window Treatment

The fabric or material to be used as coverings is selected on the basis of various parameters. The first and the most important issue is the style of the drapes. There are various ways of styling the drapes. A few popular methods are the standard tri-fold, goblet tri-fold, eyelet top, rod pocket, tab top, clip top and tie top. The color of the material used is a prime factor and so is the texture of the material used for coverings. Patterns and designs also play a major part in the end-result of the endeavor. To elaborate this fact let’s consider the example of a traditional style of decor where the pleated approach is followed to touch-up a particular room. Here, …

Find a Quality Fence Builder

Do they have licenses and insurance?

Although hiring a regular handyman to build your fence might be cheaper in the beginning, you should know that doing so comes with several risks – especially if your handyman of choice doesn’t have any proper insurance or license. So, if someone gets hurt during your fence’s construction, you might be held responsible and might have to pay for it with your homeowner’s insurance, as well.

As such, you need to keep in mind that reputable builders always have the right local business licenses and enough insurance, in general. They don’t have to get building permits, either, so you shouldn’t have any trouble in that department if you choose a good contractor to begin …

Window Covering for Bedroom

Make a Statement

No matter the room, window treatments can make a bold first impression. You obviously want to choose window coverings for your bedroom that match your decorative style. So, for example, if you prefer a contemporary style that features clean, straight lines, consider custom blinds or solid-panel curtains. Another accent feature for your window that matches well to a variety of styles is a cornice. Cornices are essentially upholstered valances that make a great window accent while also covering rods and rings from which curtains hang.

Think Comfort

Typically, bedrooms are not the most formal rooms in your home, and there are good reasons for that. Your bedroom should be a calm and relaxing place, so your window …

Closet Design Hacks For Small Spaces

  • Pare down your wardrobe. This isn’t ideal, but chances are, you really do have some clothes in your wardrobe that you are not using. If you haven’t worn an item in a year, chances are you never will. Be honest with yourself about what does and doesn’t fit, and alternate storage areas for items you keep solely for sentimental reasons.
  • Add in additional hanging areas. If you are able to work another rod into your closet design, that’s great, but consider adding a rolling clothes rack into your space. If you carefully select the items you keep on the rack, you can give your bedroom a “showroom” vibe while also using it as a great place to dry your clothes.

Project Ideas for Woodworkers

  • Ottomans: A storage ottoman can be as simple as a cube shaped box with a lid. They can be upholstered in fabric or leather, and fit seamlessly into the style of any room. Consider using storage ottomans in the living room to store video game or television remotes, board games or other living room essentials.
  • Benches: A bench with built in storage can be a useful project for any room in the home. Storage benches make great toy boxes or bedroom storage for extra linens, blankets or out of season clothes. Outdoor benches also make great additions to porches or patios, and can be used to store hoses, pool toys, gardening equipment and more.
  • Bedside Tables: Cabinets or shelves built

When Heat Pumps Do Not Run

Thermostat First

If you want to roll up your sleeves and try to fix heat pumps, a good place to start is with the thermostat. It is the most common area of problems. If it is not set at the right setting, then it will not come on. In some cases, the system may be faulty and that can lead to concerns related to the function. In other cases, you may have just replaced it and it stops working properly. If that is the case, you may have wired it wrong or you may have purchased the wrong model. You will need one for this specific type of heating system.

Is It Getting Power?

Sometimes, the unit just is not …

Hardie Siding

When it comes to selecting building materials, sometimes it helps to look and see if any types of warranties or guarantees come with the product. These often show how confident manufacturers are about their product’s ability to perform its functions. In this case, you may be surprised to learn that Hardie siding comes backed with a fifty-year warranty. That is a clear sign that this type of finishing is built to last. A fifty-year warranty on anything is virtually unheard of these days. Most manufacturers will only offer a few years.

Hardie siding comes in a variety of textures and designs. That means you are not restricted to having your home look a certain type of way. You have full …