Guide

Home > Blog

Blog (Page 26)


Should You Attempt to Sell Your Home Without a Realtor?

When you’re preparing to put your house on the market, you’ve probably had a lot of people give you advice on what you should do from the home improvements that you should make to the kind of realtor that you should use in order to help you house to sell. But who’s to say that you actually need a realtor to help you to sell your home? After all, we’ve all driven in neighborhoods before that have had “for sale” signs in... ❯❯❯

5 Fall Furnace Maintenance Tips

The fall season is often the most ideal time of year to get your winter weather preparations completed and in place. As the temperatures drop, you especially want to make sure that your furnace is working properly so that it is ready to go when you need it the most! Here are 5 essential fall furnace maintenance tips for homeowners. Schedule an annual furnace inspection with a trained, qualified professional. The inspector will come in to make sure that... ❯❯❯

Home Construction: 5 Ways to Cut Down on Waste

When you are building or remodeling your home, waste is defined as materials unused and discarded. These materials can include excess wood that gets chucked into the haul bin outside the construction site and other materials used to make the home that simply get sent to a landfill. However, in an era where sustainability isn’t just a fad, but a necessity, it is increasingly becoming more and more important to cut down on some of the surplus materials... ❯❯❯

5 Things to Consider When Purchasing Horse Property

If you’ve spent years learning to ride and compete and you’ve finally decided that it’s time to take your love of all things equine to the next level, then perhaps you’re starting to look for properties that will allow you to buy and stable horses, or bring the horses you already own in-house, so to speak. But it’s not as though the average real estate listing is equipped for this sort of use. You’re going to have to... ❯❯❯

5 Types of Lighting to Brighten up a Dark Room

In many homes the problem of lighting a room with a limited amount of natural light can cause issues during redecorating and how to fix it at a minimum cost. Different sized rooms can create a various number of problems. Below a look at the different lighting options available show and what benefit they possess. Ceiling Lights The name may confuse some into believing all light sources attached to the ceiling fit under this type of lighting, but in... ❯❯❯

4 Top Tips for Home Security

Safety in your home is very important but so many people ignore it. Simple things could keep your home safe from various things. No matter where you live, whether it is in a city or in a quite rural area in the countryside, the chance of burglars is always there. How can you protect your home from it? Well, you can’t make your home burglar proof but there is plenty that you can do. 1) Firstly, make sure that your security alarms are in working... ❯❯❯

How to Create Extra Space – De-clutter

People are always looking for extra space in their house and many complain about not having enough space. However, there is space right under your nose, you just don’t see it because you have it filled with clutter. Here are some good ways to get rid of your clutter and free up space to improve your home. Charity Shops Get rid of your clothes and other items that you may have lying around your house that you don’t wear or use and take them to... ❯❯❯

5 Ways to Draft-Proof Your Home

Draft-proofing your home is important in the wintertime – it is also important in the summer time too. In the summer, you may think that drafts are nice, but if you are blasting your air conditioner, you will realize that drafts could be causing your energy bills to raise and your home to have uneven temperatures. The same goes for the winter – if you want to remain cozy and comfortable, you want to make sure to find all the drafts in your home... ❯❯❯

Top 5 Tips for Winterizing Plumbing in Your Home

When it’s cold outside, there are two things that we definitely want to be working once we step into our homes: the heat and the plumbing. Yet sometimes when it’s especially chilly, if we’re not careful to winterize our plumbing, it could result in frozen and sometimes even leaky pipes. The way that you can prevent this from happening inside of your own house is to prepare your plumbing for the winter season. If you’d like a few... ❯❯❯

Hiring a Property Management Company: 5 Things to Consider First

If you’ve recently purchased a piece of property that actually plan to rent out to a tenant, one thing that you have to consider is if you want to manage the property yourself or if you want to actually hire a property management company to handle those responsibilities for you. Although you will have to pay a fee if you decide to go with a property management company, there are actually many benefits that come with making that kind of decision. Not... ❯❯❯

5 Factors to Consider When Renovating Your Master Bath

Remodeling and renovating your master bath is a big decision as a homeowner. Oftentimes, your master bathroom is the room you visit first thing in the morning and the room you visit to relax after a long day of work. When it comes to your master bath, you must make a number of careful decisions when renovating. For instance, how much space do you have in your master bath and will you be sharing your bath with a partner? All of these considerations are... ❯❯❯

5 Residential Water Heater Troubleshooting Tips for Homeowners

When you own your own home, there are many rewards, as well as many responsibilities. If things break, you no longer have a landlord to call who will take care of it. The repairs will be your duty. Luckily if you water heater is the issue, there are several ways to solve the issue. Here are 5 residential water heater troubleshooting tips for homeowners. Before doing anything, make sure it is safe to proceed with any repairs. First, turn off all power to... ❯❯❯

Purchasing a New Construction Home: Major Dos and Don’ts

Becoming a homeowner is not just a major part of the American dream; it is also a practical investment for anyone seeking a tangible asset to use as a living space in the here and now, and one day trade in for a higher return. And there are a couple of ways you can go when it comes to buying a home. Some people prefer the charm, character, and individuality exemplified by older homes while others would rather skip having to do the upgrades and repairs and... ❯❯❯

How to Make a Home Offer That Sellers Can’t Refuse

Buying a new home is an exciting as well as expensive investment. You want to make sure that you get the best deal possible on a home. Often, negotiating is the best way to arrange a deal or lower the overall asking price. Here are some tips to help you understand how to make a home offer that seller won’t be able to refuse. Work with an experienced real estate agent. You should feel confident in your agent’s skill and history dealing with... ❯❯❯

5 Ways to Conserve Energy During the Holiday Season

Remember how much you used to complain when your parents told you to put on a sweater rather than monkeying around with the thermostat, or turn off the lights when you left a room? Now that you’re an adult responsible for paying the electric bill, however, you’re probably spouting the same directives to your own kids. But even with these rules in place, you may see a spike in your energy usage (and your utility bills) over the busy holiday... ❯❯❯

Top Energy Efficient Home Improvements and How to Afford Them

The concept of improving your home so that it’s more energy efficient is bound to be an appealing one, but in many cases, the financial aspect is a little too much to handle. With Christmas on the horizon, the last thing you will probably be thinking about is what money you can plug into your home to make it more resourceful, because after all, money is tight these days! If you take a step back and look at the bigger picture though, you will realise... ❯❯❯

5 Ways to Ensure Construction Site Safety

Whether you’re someone who owns a construction company or you simply work on a construction site, one of the top priorities for each and every work day is making sure that you and those around you are safe; especially since being on a construction site tends to come with more potential hazards than most other workplace establishments. Yet when it comes to figuring out what must be done in order to ensure the well-being of everyone, you might be... ❯❯❯

Top 5 Backyard Storage and Organization Solutions for Your Home

Over time, we seem to collect more and more items in and around our home. Often, we run out of indoor storage space and so we look for solutions to help us reduce clutter and reclaim our living spaces. Luckily the best place to start finding storage and organization solutions for the home is in your own backyard! There are many outdoor storage solutions available to you to help you keep your stuff neat, organized, easily accessible, and out of the way.... ❯❯❯

5 Questions Prospective Buyers Should Ask at An Open House

If you are looking for a home, there are a number of considerations you must make when it comes to finding the home of your dreams. The truth is that the home of your dreams could actually be the home of your nightmares if you don’t ask a few crucial questions. Some of these questions are basic, but some may be questions that homebuyers don’t even think about. Also, if you are a real estate agent selling a property, it is important to be... ❯❯❯

What is the Timber Flooring Janka Hardness Rating?

Timber floors have been very common in many places, especially Australia, since European building construction first began. You can find them in both houses and public buildings and make up an important part of the building’s structure. While timber floors can provide a basic walking area within a building and create an attractive feature in homes when the homeowner polishes them, it is also very easy to damage them. Factors to consider before... ❯❯❯