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Considerations of Remodeling Your Home

Considerations of Remodeling Your Home

 

You’re ready to remodel the family home or another property that has peaked your interest. Time to look at what features need to be updated or upgraded. Even if you’ve lived in the property a while, it may be a good idea to bring in a property examiner or home improvement specialist to help determine a list of priorities. They will also be able to help you determine cost estimates as well as budget and financing. Necessities like electrical, plumbing and heating also need to be addressed. Make a list of any needed improvements to bring the home working operations up to date. Include the improvements you desire to make to the home features. Maybe it is time to get that dream bathroom, modern kitchen, or provide a new game room or family room.

 

Determining Upgrades, Improvements, and Benefits of Remodeling

After you have had a little help determining what work to do, expected costs, budgeting for unexpected costs, and have arranged affordable financing, it is time to map out who will do the work. Some remodeling projects such as laying tiles, wood floors or painting may be done relatively easy by yourself. Unless you are highly skilled, you will want to find qualified reputable contractors to perform any electrical, furnace or plumbing work. For complicated jobs like installing new kitchen cabinets or a new tub or shower, you will probably want to consider outside help to complete the job. Many projects may even overlap. 

Utility improvement should probably be tackled first. It is important to have working plumbing, safe and efficient electrical systems, and reliable heating and cooling. They will maintain a home’s value. If the home is ever resold, they will add value to the property, giving buyers confidence in a purchasing a quality home. Updating heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical systems of a house can be the most expensive part of any renovation. Updating these from the start will provide easier access and reduce costs. Old galvanized pipes can be converted to copper and PVC. Outdated electrical systems can be changed from hazardous to modern by rewiring and adding new electric panels. You may want to check out Mr. Electric for reliable, professional service upgrading your electrical systems.

 

Use New Technology

Use modern technology to assist your efforts. New, efficient water heaters are easy to install, cost less to operate than old water tank systems, and provide heated water quickly and for as long as you need it. No more running out of hot water because one family member took an extra long shower or the washing machine is running.  I can tell you that as a mom, I have experienced that a few too many times! 

Replacing pipes reduces the risk of breakage or leaks and offers increased flow. New technology can make your entire water system more efficient. One homeowner had a second system added to provide safe used filtered water to maintain gardens, shrubs, and trees, while also saving water.  It is a win win! 

Electrical system upgrades offer more technological services today, providing tracking and making daily usage more efficient. These upgrades save costs and offer remote tracking of your home while away, monitoring a long list of items in your home. Remotely turn on or off lights, the television, or any other appliance. Add a security system as part of an electrical upgrade at a low cost to provide additional safety. Efficient electrical or even electric assisted gas heating systems are another advantage to updated electrical work for heating your home.

 

Added Value

All of these utility upgrades add value to your home. When you add in remodels to the bathrooms, kitchen, windows, walls, and flooring, the value of the property may increase far above the cost of the remodel. Home renovations to improve home efficiency as well as kitchen, bathroom, and window upgrades normally recoup the cost of the upgrades in later resale value. Taxes and interest costs may be deducted from income taxes, providing an additional benefit.

Think of the benefits you will create for your family: a beautiful new efficient home with reduced operating costs. Your family will enjoy the new home and its added value. If you follow the adage of ‘more efficiency, not bigger’, you will also enjoy the use of more storage space at little cost. As you begin your renovation project, you can look forward to making your house the beautiful, efficient home you have wanted.

4 Ways to Create a Kid-Friendly Garden

4 Ways to Create a Kid-Friendly Garden

 

When children come along, the garden becomes less of a relaxing area and more of a play place for the young ones. However, you don’t have to worry about your child getting hurt or work on labels saying “No, don’t touch that,” “Keep distance,” et cetera. Here are some clever ways to turn your garden into a children’s haven that grown-ups can enjoy too.

 

  1. Grow Sensory Plants 

Encourage the kids to spend their time in the garden by installing plants that stimulate their senses. For example, rattling seed head and rustling grass are great to listen to in quiet moments, while bright flowers like sunflowers, nasturtiums, and marigolds make for a lovely sight because of their multicolored blooms. Also, consider adding a variety of textures while decorating your garden, like downy sage leaves, to persuade the children to utilize the sense of feel/touch. In addition, parents can plant chocolate cosmos and other plants with fun smells, as well as stimulate taste buds by growing a pot of flavorful berries. 

 

  1. Make Your Garden a Pest-Free Zone

Slugs, ants and other insects can damage your garden and may make your children vulnerable to diseases. To ensure that your kids don’t come in contact with harmful pests, experts at Joshua’s Pest Control San Diego recommend professional pest control services. Specialists acknowledge that each business or home has varying pest challenges so they take extra care in inspecting the establishment to discover the best solution by developing customized solutions that suit every need. If you’re worried about pesticides, you can inquire if the vendor offers organic pest control. Organic treatments are based on the vendor visiting your garden on a regular basis to minimize your pest issues. These provide a natural alternative that features the use of natural ingredients, including rosemary oil and high-quality clove.

 

  1. Set Up a Mini Jungle

This can be done by planting weeping trees and grasses in one corner of the garden. Consider laying stepping stones to create a pathway through the mini jungle where children can let their imagination run free. Parents even have the option to seed giant sunflower and put a huge boulder for children’s climbing. The fun and inviting area will definitely get the little ones to utilize the garden, and be excited about spending time outdoors, away from their TVs and iPads. However, this can also create some good hideouts for unsafe critters, so it’s recommended that you keep the plant and grass to a minimum quantity and height. 

 

  1. Invest in a Trampoline 

This can be done by planting weeping trees and grasses in one corner of the garden. Consider laying stepping stones to create a pathway through the mini jungle where children can let their imagination run free. Parents even have the option to seed giant sunflowers and put a huge boulder for the kids to climb. The fun and inviting area will definitely get the little ones to utilize the garden, and be excited about spending time outdoors, away from their iPads. However, this can also create some good hideouts for unsafe critters, so it’s recommended that you keep the plant and grass to a minimum quantity and height.

 

By taking just a few measures before the summer comes to an end, you’ll be able to create a safe outdoor haven for your loved ones.

 

 

Wireless Phone Chargers – Yes or No?

Eliminate cords with wireless chargers!  I love my Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charger!

 

My answer is YES!  I have never liked cords. The sight behind our television used to give me major anxiety until my husband found a way to make it nice and organized…well, as much as cords can be anyways.  Now though, certain devices are becoming compatible with wireless charging, and my Samsung Galaxy S7 is one of them!  

Like most cell phone users, I’ve gone through a lot of cords.  They wear out or they get lost.  Then there are users whose charging ports stop functioning.  This is where a wireless charger comes in especially helpful.  But be sure to grab a “fast” wireless charger if your phone supports it because it will make a difference in charging speed!  

As I mentioned before, I have a Samsung Galaxy S7.  This phone supports “fast charge” through Qualcomm 2.0 technology.  What does this mean?  There is a technology that has been developed, tested, and approved for fast charging, and my phone works with it.  While searching around for wireless chargers, I found many that were cheap, but they didn’t support fast charging.  I ended up deciding to stick with the Samsung Wireless Charging Pad. This product is $30-60 depending where it is purchased.   

 

Fast Wireless Charging - I love it!

 

So how does it work?  Well a cord is still involved in order to get electricity to the charger, but you can hide it out of sight and never have to see it again.  After making sure the charger is plugged in, it will flash a couple colors of light, then it will be ready to charge your phone.  Simply rest your phone on it and it will begin charging within a second or two.  You should be able to use it with or without a case.  I use a LifeProof case on my phone, which is thick, but it does not interfere with the charging.  

The obvious pros to using a wireless charger are that you can just set the phone down to charge, then pick it up at your leisure without wearing out the charging port.  It is convenient on a desk, on an end table, or even on your nightstand. 

The cons are that it is a bit slower than charging by cable.  By fast charge cable, that is.  My phone still charges faster via the fast wireless charger than a 1.0 cable, but it is still noticeably slower than the 2.0 cable.     My husband explained that some of the charge is lost through the process, making it a little slower.  With that being said, I am definitely glad I opted for the fast wireless charger than the regular one.  With high use, I was able to still lower my battery faster than it charged on the wireless charger.  I have not succeeded in doing that with the fast cable.  

Any questions?  I am pretty excited to be able to just set my phone down and not worry about plugging a cable in the right way every time I want to boost its charge.  I still keep my Nomad key chain cable with me so I can always recharge on the go when necessary, but at home, I love being “cable-free!” 

Please ensure that your wireless charger is certified to support the phone you are charging!  

Holster Brands – safe and efficient home organization!

Love this simple organization by Holster Brands!

 

Originally known for their Hot Iron Holster, Holster Brands has created some amazing products to help you around the home.  What is so special about these products?  They are silicone holders that cling to surfaces and have infinite uses!  

Let’s start with the Hot Iron Holster.  I can’t count how many times I have knocked my flat iron off the counter or burned myself reaching for something else nearby.  And what about lack of sink space to even set it down sometimes…especially with little kids around!  The Hot Iron Holster clings to even pedestal sinks, providing a safe space for me to set my straightener as it cools down or as I grab another section of hair.  And since we all have different hair needs, the Hot Iron Holster comes in a variety of sizes to a variety of hair tools! 

 

Hot Iron Holster - perfect for pedestal sinks!

 

Another product, the Hobby Holster is equally useful for those who use hot glue while crafting.  The holster has a perfect space for your glue gun as well as spare glue sticks.  But if even you aren’t an avid glue gun user, this product’s uses are only limited by your imagination.  I plan to keep one clung to our white board with an eraser and dry-erase markers.  Or on the side of the tub to hold the bath Crayons for the kids!  

And last but not least, the Lil Holster is so versatile!  Attach it to the side of the tub to hold razors, the side of the sink for toothbrushes, in the kitchen to hold your sponge, or even outdoors to hold grilling tools….the list just goes on!  

Holster Brands’ products seem very durable and we will be using ours for years to come! Check out Holster Brands’ Pinterest page for more ideas on how to use these holsters around the house.  The products can be found on Amazon as well as in several stores including Target and Ulta.  

 

Hobby Holster - crafters, this is perfect to hold your glue gun and accessories as you work!

 

All opinions presented as honest and those of our own.  Products or monetary value were given in order to facilitate this post.  

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