Category: Home Improvement

Small Space Do’s and Don’ts

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You should be proud of your home no matter how small it is. It’s yours to live in, and you can make the setting better if you want to. In adding more life and improving the view, you need affordable ideas. This guide is focused on giving tips that don’t require much spending. With proaction in mind, read on.

Do’s

Do 1: Take Note of the Features of Your Space

Doing this will enable you to discover areas that need your attention as regards room arrangement. Awkward spaces should be noted, so that something can be done about them quickly. Make a checklist for easy planning. Prepare a reasonable budget and start implementing it.

Do 2: Arrange the Furniture Properly

A bad furniture arrangement can take more space than necessary in a room. You can decide to do away with large pieces of furniture if they’re proving to be a hassle when it comes to managing space. Sell any piece that’s too large and get a smaller one—preferably multifunctional or multipurpose types.

Do 3: Declutter Regularly

Ensure that the room is always neat by keeping items at/in their appropriate spots/places. Get rid of unnecessary objects in any way you can—by throwing them into the trash can or putting them up for sale.

Don’ts

Don’t 1: Keep Most of the Furniture Away from the Walls

Make rooms cozier by placing some furniture at the centers or away from the walls. This gives a room more depth, and enhances the view. More wall spaces will be created as more items are moved to other spots. Some items can be taken away from the room permanently, and kept in storage or tossed.

Don’t 2: Overdressing Your Window

Simplicity is key for small spaces. Take this room arrangement principle seriously. Drapery should be used moderately when decorating the windows. After all, it’s a small space. It would be wise not to go overboard creatively.

Don’t 3: Avoiding a Close-to-Window Bed Position

It’s not a bad idea to position beds very close to windows. If you didn’t know this before, now you do. Don’t shy away from such an experience because it can prove to be beneficial in terms of lighting, ventilation, improving the view, and so on.

The dos and don’ts discussed above would go a long way in getting you a better living space experience. The most important among the dos on the list is to declutter regularly. If you can do so, then it would be easier to arrange your home and keep everything in order.

Waste no time in effecting the necessary changes that you can afford to make. Do your research on more small space dos and don’ts, and start practicing what you learnt ASAP.…

How to Improve Air Quality in Your Home

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“Health is wealth,” as they say. That’s why we should always strive to maintain it in every way we can. One of the areas of our lives related to health matters is our home living conditions. We shouldn’t take that aspect for granted. That’s why, for this guide, we’ll be focused on improving air quality in homes.

Indoor Air Pollution

Air pollution is a serious risk to our health. Even if we’re tempted to take it for granted, we have to consider the safety of our loved ones (those we live with). External and internal pollutants need to be tackled in view of keeping indoor air clean. This is why the HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) system would be discussed in this guide.

HVAC systems have to be cleaned, repaired, and maintained regularly. How else are we going to ensure that indoor air pollution is reduced to the barest minimum? Of course, we have to play our parts by proactively eliminating allergens or other harmful materials that can negatively affect the quality of air.

Air Pollutants that We Should Keep in Mind

It’s important to know the pollutants and learn to recognize them. They can be brought in by your children, visitors, pets, and so on. Even pests aren’t left out. Some of them are brought in by natural gas. Others get formed in the areas of the house that are usually wet like the bathroom, kitchen, etc. Of course, building materials produce allergens and toxic materials too. See some of these air pollutants below.

  • Carbon monoxide
  • Lead particles
  • Asbestos particles
  • Mold
  • Mildew

Now for those easy tips we talked about earlier…

Check the Air Ducts

Hot and cold air are distributed within your home with the aid of air ducts. Pollution can happen when there is a problem with the installation of the air ducts. Even poor maintenance can turn them into channels for pollutants like dust, mold, etc. What do you do to stop such undesirable materials from getting into your home this way? Get an HVAC expert to perform regular maintenance checks.

Change the AC Filter

Of course, you should know that filters need to be changed regularly. They’re called filters for a reason: They prevent particles from entering your home. Once they are clogged up, it’s going to be risky for your health from then on unless they’re changed. This situation also adversely affects the AC system. Filters in other household appliances shouldn’t be left out. For example: kitchen vents, vacuum cleaners, clothes dryers, etc.

Apart from performing regular maintenance checks on your HVAC system, you can take proactive preventive measures such as the following:

  • Keeping indoor plants for natural filtration.
  • Cleaning your furniture.
  • Using cooking vents in the kitchen to let the gases and other pollutants out.
  • Getting dehumidifiers to keep the indoor humidity level low.

Final words…

The importance of clean air cannot be overstressed. Open the windows occasionally in the winter to allow fresh air to enter your home. Ensure that you call an expert for regular HVAC maintenance checks. Most importantly, ensure that the system is cleaned during each session.…

How To Renovate a Bathroom in a Rental Property

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A bathroom is one of the essential personal spaces of a house where the tenants may spend a considerable amount of time.  Providing a well-equipped, clean and spacious bathroom will enhance the living experience for your tenants. A fresh and modern bathroom will not only increase the overall value of your rental property. But it will also make sure that it doesn’t remain void in the market.

The most important factors that increase the value of your rental property is upgrading the old items, installing new fittings, and adding more space with sufficient storage. Though you may think that renovating a part of a rental property will cost you a fortune, with proper planning and simple steps, it is easily possible. So, here are some easy steps on how to renovate a bathroom in a rental property.

Plan In Advance And Set The Estimated Budget

Whether you’re just getting the faucets changes or remodeling the entire bathroom, you will need a budget. Deciding on your budget will help you in the decision-making process and ensure that you don’t overspend.

Research And Gather Ideas

After planning your budget, start your research and look for ideas that align with your requirements and the budget. You can find inspiration in design and lifestyle magazines, online blogs, or even from the houses of your friends and relatives.

Renew The Flooring 

One of the most crucial elements of your bathroom is the floor. It directly affects the overall look of the place. Replacing old-fashioned and outdated tiles with new ones will completely transform the look of your bathroom. If getting new tiles costs too much, you can install vinyl flooring above the old tiles. It will save you both time and money.

Update The Mirror 

Using a plain mirror will make your bathroom look very pale and dull. Upgrade your mirror with a beautiful frame to add a spark. You can easily make a frame at home by taking the measurements of your mirror and cutting the wood at 45 degrees angles. You can then paint it according to your color choice or according to the aesthetic of the bathroom. 

Replace The Shelves

Old cabinets and vanity take away the appearance of your bathroom. You can easily replace the old vanity with new ones that not only optimize the space but also provide a fresh and modern look to your bathroom. Make sure that you buy new vanity while being aware of the dimensions and available space.

Paint The Walls 

You can make your bathroom look cleaner and bigger by painting the walls with white or neutral colors. Since most bathrooms have limited paintable wall space, getting a new color for the walls will not cost you much. The bright walls will reflect light and make the bathroom look more spacious.

The type of renovations and the availability of more than one bathroom may decide if you can renovate a bathroom without dislocating the tenants. If it’s not occupied, then renovating could be a good investment. By enhancing the look of the bathroom, you can increase incoming rent by a considerable margin.…

Top 5 Basic Home Maintenance Tips

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Don’t wait until there is an issue with any part of your home before conducting maintenance checks or special cleaning exercises. These should be done regularly to ensure that everything is always in order, and there are no safety/health hazards. You should take proactive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. Here are the top 5 basic home maintenance tips that you should always adhere to:

Checking the Electrical System

If your electrical system is not functioning properly, then there is a high possibility that your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems will be adversely affected. You should perform regular maintenance checks on your electrical system to prevent safety hazards and deterioration of problems.

If it is an ancient house you are moving into, then there is no question about it—the system will need to be completely overhauled. Old electrical systems are not powerful enough to support most combinations of modern devices. Hire a qualified electrician for these jobs.

Cleaning of HVAC Systems

One of the ways to ensure that your HVAC systems are always in good condition is by cleaning them regularly. You can call a HVAC engineer to do this and/or perform scheduled maintenance checks.

Filters and vents should be cleaned as at when due in order to eliminate health risks. When you engage in such practices, you will be reducing the presence of germs and allergens in the air flowing into your home.

Fixing Water Leakages

What dangers can water leakages pose to your home? Just like for electrical faults, they are many. Some of them are the electrocution, appearance of mold, possibility of flooding, negative impact on the building’s structural integrity, accidents, etc. Without going further, you should already have an idea of what is at stake. Every leakage should be taken seriously.

Taking Preventive Measures Against Pests

Reptiles, insects, and rodents can invade your home and pose a threat to your safety/health. This is why you need the services of pest control experts to keep them out. It is cheaper to take preventive measures against pests than to exterminate them. Also, exterminations may be inconvenient depending on the timing. A good way to keep pests out is by blocking cracks or holes that can pass through.

General Cleaning

Apart from scheduled system checks, repairs, and pest control; you should always engage in general sanitation exercises. This includes sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, mopping, and so on.

You can organize the schedule into weekly cleaning, monthly cleaning, and yearly cleaning. Daily cleaning exercises will be different from weekly cleaning exercises. Also, monthly sanitation exercises will be different from yearly sanitation exercises. Take good care of the following areas:

  • Roof
  • Ceilings
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Porch
  • Patio
  • Backyard
  • Garden
  • Lawn
  • Trees
  • Garage
  • Driveway
  • Drains
  • Gutters
  • Mailbox

Your house will not completely feel like home without proper maintenance. If you are moving into a new house, ensure that all the systems are functioning properly. This advice is also relevant to those shopping for new homes. Get assurance from the real estate agent that all is well with the house.

Signs It’s Time to Repair your Staircase

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Homeowners at times take staircases for granted. Although staircases are mostly designed to last, it does not guarantee that they will be fine in all circumstances. The materials and fittings used in making the staircases are strong and durable but also need maintenance. With the up and down movement of people over the staircases, you will notice some wear and tear over time. A small problem with the stairs can pose more danger if not timely sorted and in a timely manner. How would you know that your stairs need repair? Here are signs to help you know that you need to repair your stairs.

Creaking stairs.

This is one of the easiest signal to detect. You may start hearing some squeaky sounds after some time of using a wooden stair. This sound can be irritating especially at night when the household are asleep. A creaky stair is mostly due to a gap in the stair riser and the tread. You can fix it using a carpenter’s glue or contact a professional to avoid making mistakes.

Cracked treads and risers

If your notice that your risers and treads are cracked, you should take it as a matter of urgency and fix it as fast as possible. Treads mostly crack due to the lack of support or change in humidity. You therefore need to have your stair repaired on time depending on the extent of the damage.

Loose or detached handrails

A handrail is meant to hold you in case of a fall. It therefore becomes a security threat when the handrail is not well connected to the wall. Delaying to repair the rails may not only lead to staircase falls and injuries, but also insurance claims against you. However, you can simply fix this problem by replacing and tightening up the screws that attach the handrail to the wall.

Water damage

As much water may be an useful resource in many ways, it can also cause you more harm in some instances. Water can cause damage to your stairs without you noticing. You can notice it at its late stages as the wood starts warping. Such damages start from the basement where we least visit. You should replace the affected part and always ensure the staircase stays dry.

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