Archive for October, 2013

Get Your Home in Gear Before Winter

Winter is fast approaching, and what better time is there to start working on interior home improvement? Although the weather may not be perfect, you can keep things feeling good by achieving your goals at a low price. If you still want to get work done on a tight budget, there are still plenty of options for the “Do It Yourself”-er in all of us. So, before you shell out big bucks for a second-rate job or appliance, check out these brilliant alternative. 

Replace That Old Dishwasher

A beautiful home can be ruined if the first thing people notice is a lousy kitchen. Think of the message you are sending when the room that people are expected to eat in is unpleasant.When compared to everything else that goes into constructing a house, installing new appliances is actually relatively easy with devices like a panel ready dishwasher  or new age refrigerator. Not paying for labor will free up more funds for other projects, after all!

Find a Better Source of Heat

Standard home heating can be expensive and bad for the environment, but new heating sources are easy to find. An electrician might charge an arm and a leg for his opinion alone. Instead, pick up a clean burning furnace for either inside or outside. Those fall nights can get pretty cold, and a cozy patio is the best place to stargaze.

Update those Walls

Were you unfortunate enough to buy a house from previous owners with horrible taste? It happens to the best of us, but there’s no reason to stare at that terrible wallpaper any longer! With a small collection of tools and materials, all worth less than $100 together, you could replace it by yourself. Considering that an interior decorator or carpenter would want nearly five times that amount, it may be worth rolling up your own sleeves.


A Simple Buying Guide for Dishwashers

Are you looking to buy a new dishwasher, but not sure where to start? Are you pressed for time, and need to replace that broken or outdated unit right now? Feeling in over your head is understandable, since dishwashers have advanced in complexity of design and use almost as much as a computer! Instead of relying on a gut decision, however, use some of these tips to guide you in the right direction for your next purchase.

What Is Your Budget?

The most important thing to keep in mind while shopping is how much you are willing to spend on a new dishwasher. If you are trying to keep a smaller budget, don’t get overly attached to a model priced at more than double what you can spend. However, if you do find something you adore, keep in mind that many retailers have sales or payment plans that you can work with.

Know Exactly What You Need

How many people will be using the dishwasher? How frequently will you be running the machine? Will all of your dishes need to be cleaned by it, or will you hand scrub pots and pans? It is advisable to sit down and think about what it is you’re looking for in your next dishwasher. With a wide variety of new features spread across many brands, you should have a good idea of your needs before setting foot in a store. These questions will also help you decide if you should go with a standard, compact, or drawer model. In general, dishwasher capacity is measured based on how many place settings you can fit in a single load. Here are the basic capacity ranges:

  • Compact: Up to eight five-piece place settings
  • Standard: Up to 12 five-piece place settings
  • Tall tub: Up to 14 five-piece place settings

Know More, Get More

Don’t get suckered into buying a device that has options or settings you might not need. It seems like everyone is advertising a new sensor or screen for their appliances. Do some reading about different brands and what technologies they’re promoting in their dishwashers and decide whether they would be helpful. Bosch dishwashers, for example, tend to be a nice balance between modern and utilitarian. 

Updating Your Kitchen Starts Here!

If your house is anything like the millions of others in America, there’s a strong chance it is full of various appliances. Your kitchen, bedrooms, and bathroom are occupied by various devices built with the purpose of making your life easier. For that reason it can seem like an absolute nightmare when otherwise these helpful machines suddenly stop working. Nobody wants the added headache of another debt, especially if it’s for an appliance you’ve already bought once before. Thankfully, with a little time and research you could easily save yourself hundreds of dollars!

Stoves and ovens are generally big ticket items and essential for those who don’t want to cook all of their food in a microwave! If eating cold food or TV dinners isn’t your idea of a good time, you could always look into upgrading your old machine today. Complex devices such as these might be confusing, but this is still your opportunity to update what was probably an outdated unit. Manufacturers are aware of how frustrating it can be when the devices we rely on break down and ensure that upgrades can be located with ease. The biggest decision you’ll need to make is picking which oven best fits the appeal of your kitchen.

Getting a new unit may sound like a wonderful idea, but what if you aren’t sure which appliance is best for you? There’s no shame in seeking out professional help, though slide in ranges are generally favored by savvy home owners. You never know, replacing your old stove may turn into a more rewarding experience than you would have expected! Imagine the relief that would come with knowing your stove will work for the next several years!

Have you ever replaced your stove before? If you have, how did you decide which unit would be best for your kitchen?

Modernizing That Old Home

Whether you’ve purchased an older house to save some money, or simply have been living on the same property for several decades, it might be about time to update that aged home. Upgrading real estate for the highest price is any owner or investor’s goal, and several easy tricks can transform an average property into a stellar home that attracts buyers and commands the highest price. The exterior is the first thing that prospective buyers see, and curb appeal is an integral component of total sale price. Kitchens are another key draw for most buyers, and a new floor, stove and refrigerator are cost-effective ways to add value to a home.

Updating the Bathroom

The home’s interior may not be as crucial to a first impression, but an updated bathroom improves a home’s resale value and makes it more attractive to all types of buyers. Investing a few dollars in new tile floors is an affordable way to add value to a home, and many handy homeowners finish their own projects over a weekend or two. In addition, new tubs, vanities and counters all complement each other to create a quality look that is sure to sell in any market conditions.

Modernize Appliances

New appliances that are designed for energy efficiency are another way for sellers to make their house more attractive, either to themselves or the market. Today’s fridges, freezers and freestanding ranges are also designed for maximum usability, and updating a kitchen with matching products is a great way to improve the quality of your property. During the currently tight market conditions, standing out from the competition is essential, and a totally redone kitchen is a great way to meet this challenge. With a host of different textures that work well with any theme, owners and investors can also use appliances to enhance any interior renovations.

Improving Curb Appeal

Havinga crisp exterior is easy for any home, you need only do some research and find out what you think looks best. One suggestion is to invite the surrounding environment closer and have a bit of verdant growth that adds color, height and shade. With an updated landscape, homeowners also create the lasting first impression that attracts buyers and wins them over.

Be Crafty with your New Dorm Room!

Moving out of your childhood home in order to attend college can be a terribly emotional experience, but shows a strong dedication to maturity and adulthood. Whether you choose to move to the other side of the country to attend a specialized university or rent an apartment in the next town over to stay local, being out on your own is a great experience that helps teach many of life’s most important lessons. Though your hands may be full with collecting transcripts and bidding farewell to family members, keep in mind that your living space may suddenly become much smaller once you move out. Often college-bound students lament the loss of their own room, and become resentful of their roommates for no reason other than needing to share a space with them. The following tips are intended to help the scholar away from home survive in a potentially cramped environment. 

Get to Know your Roommate’s Itinerary

College is a time for educational advancement, which generally means a good deal of studying. While being away from home also offers a heightened sense of liberty, it is important to remain courteous and keep in mind the needs of those with whom you live. Ask your roommate when they like to study, or need “quiet time” for other reasons, to avoid accidentally becoming a nuisance. The room is just as much theirs as it is yours, so reaching a compromise is the only way to maintain a healthy, happy relationship while sharing a room with a new friend. Don’t be afraid to inform your roommate of the times and days where you expect the same kindness. If you share a class, it might even help to set up a time to study together!

Determine Household Responsibilities

Very few people actually enjoy doing chores, but even fewer tend to enjoy living in a mess. Unfortunately, no one is going to elect to be the dorm room maid, so it’s best to discuss these things as soon as possible. Make a schedule and check list, taking all precautions to make sure the tasks are meted out fairly. Not only will this project you as a fair and unbiased roommate, it will also help to determine who isn’t pulling their weight. If you find that the house isn’t cleaned by the end of Monday morning, find out whose day that is and sit them down for a talk.

Look Toward Group Purchases

For better or worse, you and your roomies will be living together for the next several months or years! A good way to make the best of the situation is to enjoy furnishing the common areas together. Doing so on a budget can be even more fulfilling, as you can hunt for low prices and preferred styles as a group. Discount living room furniture is a good starting place, and then you can move on to finding a decent kitchen table! These little endeavors really help make the dorm feel like home.

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