Steps to Paint the Exterior of Your Home

Painting the exterior of your home is a big job that can cost thousands of dollars when in the hands of a professional. If you are able to take the time to do it yourself, you can save a lot of your money! When a professional paints your house, you’re looking at spending anywhere between $4,000-$6,000 if you have a 2-story house. If you decide your able to take the time to paint your home, then all you have to worry about is the cost of the paint and supplies.

All  you need to know for an exterior paint job are 10 steps:
1. Get the lead out of the paint
2. Wash the exterior in which you will be painting
3. Scrape off any loose pieces of existing paint
4. Sand through the rough spots
5. Fill and repair
6. Apply the primer coat
7. Caulk all joints
8. Choose the right paint color
9. Apply the top coat(s)
10. Practice good maintenance

To find out more in detail about each of these steps, click here. 

 

September 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm Leave a comment

Rookie Mistakes while designing a Flower Garden

Excited about designing your first flower garden? Calm down before you make these 5 rookie mistakes. The mistakes are disregarding the sun, failing to consider color, over-planting, favoring lines over bunches, and forgetting that size does matter.

To find out more in detail so you don’t make these rookie mistakes, click here.

 
 

September 11, 2012 at 12:40 pm Leave a comment

If your neighbors are so close you feel the need to duck down every time you walk past one of your windows, a little home privacy may be in order. Low-cost privacy treatments for window glass offer good-looking, permanent solutions that you can apply yourself. With these 4 easy to apply options you may keep your privacy while keeping plenty of daylight in your home.

Click here to find out more about window privacy!

 
 

September 7, 2012 at 11:25 am Leave a comment

9 Ways To Save Space In Your Home

Room expanding ideas can help create storage space out of thin air. Those with small houses or apartments are probably used to having to sacrifice certain items because you know that there is no room for it at home. Well, we have a solution to help free up some space!

There are a bunch of hiding spots to use as storage, such as using the top of your closet to put away lightweight items. Adding shelves to the top of doorways can take away the space of bookshelves on the floor. Using clips or magnets can hold the smaller stuff that tend to get cluttered on the counter tops or kitchen tables. You can easily make one room into two by using a free-standing wardrobe closet.

To find out other ways how you can expand your rooms click here.

 

September 6, 2012 at 4:06 pm Leave a comment

Biggest Pet Peeves for Buyers Touring Homes

- Pets: When selling your home the goal is to make it appear as if you do not own any pets. Potential buyers do not want to walk into a house that has your pet’s toys scattered throughout the living room or a dirty litter box out in the open. There is a chance that the potential buyers are allergic to animals and in that case, they might run right for the door if there is a presence that a pet lives there.
- Kids: We all know that it is difficult to keep a clean house with kids or newborns around, but while trying to sell your house, it is a must that you make an effort to keep the house presentable for your potential buyers. Ask if you can know in advance when someone is on the way, this will give you time to put all the toys in a closet or toy chest, out of view. For those with the newborns, make sure that you keep the breast milk, pumps, or bottles out of sight; some potential buyers might be turned-off at the unsanitary sight.
Kitchen: Remember, you are trying to sell your home, not to show people how much stuff you can fit on the counter tops. Make sure that there is not any clutter on the tops of the counters, showing the buyers that they will have space while in the kitchen. Also, having dirty dishes in the sink is a huge pet peeve of many buyers out there. You want to make sure that the dishes are done and the counter tops are clean and clutter free before people come tour your home.
- Bathrooms: When touring homes, buyers want to feel clean and sanitary when looking at your bathrooms. Make sure that the toilets are clean, that there is no toothpaste stuck to the sinks, or hair on the shower walls. Buyers don’t want to be reminded that they are going to be moving into a “used” bathroom, so just make sure that you keep it clean and keep the counter tops clutter free as well.

Source: “5 Biggest Turnoffs When Touring A Home,” Zillow (Aug. 31, 2012)

September 5, 2012 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

Add A Living Privacy Screen to Your Small Home

Home Privacy Screens Privacy Screens For Smaller Houses
A living privacy screen of trees, shrubs, and hedges works as well as a solid fence, and looks better.  Privacy screen’s can block neighbors’ view from their second-story windows, block street views, can provide a sense of security if the trees have sharp branches, and will have a different appearance than a fence.
 
Click here to learn more about privacy screens.

August 15, 2012 at 10:19 am Leave a comment

Lose the Heat and Save Some Money: Power-Assisted Roof Vents

A power-assisted roof vent uses a motorized fan to suck hot air out of your attic, keeping your house cooler and drier while reducing potential problems such as rot, mold, and ice dams

Click here to learn more about how to cool your attic during this hot summer!

August 13, 2012 at 12:51 pm Leave a comment

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