HOW TO FIX A LEAKING ROOF

HOW TO FIX A LEAKING ROOF

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A leaking roof is a cause of great concern as it can turn into a bigger disaster in a very short time. There is a way out to escape from the big expenditure by repairing the roof by yourself. Sounds difficult? Absolutely Not! Read on to know how.

 Have a leaking roof? Then better fix it immediately before it gets too late. In case of a bigger damage it’s best to have professional roofing service providers to fix the problem. However, a little knowledge on how to fix a leaking roof can be beneficial in getting away with the problem right away. Knowing some of the ways of roof repair methods will also save you from making a bigger expenditure. At first this may sound very technical but it’s not that difficult to repair minor leaks. To make this easier, given here is a helpful guide on how to repair a leaking roof.

Repairing a Leaking Shingle Roof

Shingle roofs are the easiest ones to fix. At the leak point look out for damages, missing or curled shingles. Curled shingles can be joined back by using either compound in tubes or asphalt roof cement. To replace missing shingles apply good quality roof cement at the bottom; a splotch to the corners and press the shingle over the place.
In case a larger area has been damaged then it’s best to have a new roof installed by professional roofers. Or else replace the old shingles one by one with left over shingles from the previous installation. If you don’t have matching shingles then non-matching ones will do.

Repairing a Leaking Wooden Roof

Repairing a leaking wooden roof is little tough than repairing shingle roof. After inspecting the roof for damaged points, get new shingles or shakes to replace the older ones. Firstly pull out the damaged shake pieces with a hammer and sharp chisel. Be careful to not to scratch the other wooden shakes. Since it’s difficult to force out the nails from shakes, use hacksaw for cutting the heads of nails to pull them out. Measure the gap formed by the damaged shake and replace it with a new shake about 3/8 inch smaller than the original size. Install new shakes by nailing them down with two roofing nails. Push the shake hard enough into the gap and finally seal it with caulking compound.

How to Repair a Flat Roof?

It’s easy to spot leaks on a flat roof. Normally leaks occur at low points or at spots where some damage has occurred. If water is still collected over the leaking area then mop it and leave it to dry off completely. Look out for any cracks or blisters where the top has been damaged. To mend the blisters, slice it with sharp knife from middle and lift the edges. Squeeze out the water, if required, and soak all the water from the roofing layers. Allow the layers to dry out. Spread a thick layer of roof cement on the loose edges of the cut and press down the blister firmly. Finally close the blister with 6d roofing nails and spread another layer of roof cement to cover the blister.

By now, you definitely know how to inspect and repair minor leakage in roofs. However, if you still have any doubts or troubles take help from professionals.

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THE DESIGN MISTAKES YOU’RE MAKING RIGHT NOW

THE DESIGN MISTAKES YOU’RE MAKING RIGHT NOW

Written by Jaymi Naciri

You just bought your new home, and you’re ready to put your personal stamp on it. Go get that paint brush and paint those kitchen cabinets neon yellow! It’s your home, right? What’s the problem?

For starters, making bold changes to your home without considering a few things, like… how they might affect resale value, your taste level, the taste level of other people who might want to buy your home some day, how hard it might be to paint over neon yellow, whether or not you are qualified to do a decent job painting your cabinets neon yellow (or any color for that matter)… may not be your best option.

You’re making mistakes in your home everyday, whether by changing the big things, not changing the small things, or just plain changing things wrong, according to Yahoo (via HGTV). They talked to “some of today’s hottest interior designers to count down” the top decorating mistakes found in American home design.

You can check out the full list here. We’ve included a few of our faves below, and also added a few of our own.

1. Toilet Rugs

“Toilet rugs are cut to fit around the toilet and sometimes have the carpet-like matching seat cover. Opt for a regular rectangular rug placed away from the base of the toilet instead,” said Yahoo.

We have to agree. And, we would add, this is especially important if you have boys. Just think about it.

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2. Following Fads

It’s easy to fall in love with something and then never let it go. “From beanbag chairs to lava lamps, be careful of trends as it’s difficult to get rid of those items once the fad is gone, especially furniture,” said Yahoo. “Decorate in a style you’ll really like for a long time. Have fun with it, but be ready to recycle it when it goes out of style.”

Speaking of which…

3. Faux finishing

It’s over. Really. You should do something about that.

4. Outdated Accessories

One of the easiest and most economical updates for a house is updating cabinet hardware. If yours look like this…

outdated cabinet hardware

it’s time.

“Don’t let your rooms feel dated by hanging on to older cabinets and especially hardware,” said Yahoo. “Make small changes like switching the hardware on your kitchen or bath cabinets for a big impact.”

5. Thinking You Can Do It All Yourself

They make contractors and plumbers and electricians for a reason. It’s because they are skilled at doing stuff the average person is not. We can’t all be Mr. Fix It.

That doesn’t mean you can’t fix a toilet or build a closet. But it may mean you should stay away from the kitchen sinkand the electrical panel. And probably the HVAC system and the roof. Don’t be afraid to hire out and write a check.

It may actually save you money in the end. It will most certainly save you frustration.

That being said…

Do It Yourself Nightmares

6. Not Thinking You Can Do Anything Yourself.

Just because the bookcase you bought at IKEA gave you fits and took two weeks to assemble doesn’t mean you aren’t capable of doing anything. There is pride in DIY… if you start small and take on a job you can finish, and do well.

If you’re a DIY virgin, ease in by painting a wall. You can always have it repainted. Or torn down, depending on how bad your paint job is.

7. Cable Cobwebs

The cords coming from your TV look like a spider web and you’re so used to it you don’t even notice anymore, right? Visitors to your home will, and this sloppy look is taking away from your chic style.

“Keep wires hidden at all times with these easy solutions” from Yahoo:

  1. 1. Use a staple gun to attach them to the back of furniture or along baseboards.
  2. 2. Find a cord cover that matches your wall color.
  3. 3. If the furniture isn’t a valuable antique, drill a hole in the back for the cords to go through.

If none of that is feasible, purchase a cord keeper for a couple bucks from IKEA, or repurpose the twisty-tie from your package of bread.

 

 

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COZY, COLORFUL & COLLECTED: WHAT’S HOT AT HOME FOR 2014

COZY, COLORFUL & COLLECTED: WHAT’S HOT AT HOME FOR 2014

Written by Christina Kauffman

From the society to the runway, there are many factors that influence what’s “in” when it comes to Interior Design. In 2014 you can expect an overall collected look- mixing vintage with modern, masculine with feminine and natural elements with bold color and patterns. Here are a few of my favorite trends for the New Year!

In today’s society we are living longer which has allowed for a stronger relationship between grandparents and grandchildren, bringing forth a clean but collected look at home. Vintage, hand-me-down furnishings are modernized using bold color finishes and heirloom items are repurposed for functional use. Handmade crafts are making a comeback! Beautiful calligraphy art and cozy knitted throws will make you wish you had nifty craft skills like Grandma!

Due to today’s level of gender equality, men are spending more time at home and are now participating in design decisions. Therefore, we will see a more masculine influence in the upcoming years. The use of more strong and sturdy materials such as solid concrete in the kitchen and will become more popular.

This also means comfort will become the highest priority. Don’t panic ladies, that definitely does not mean big, bubbly recliners are back in style! Think of masculine design as a fine tailored suit, emulating both comfort and luxury.

Recently, on the runway a new Pantone color palate made it’s debut. Bold colors such as Yellow and Cobalt are trending for women next spring, and they will also become popular at home.

      
Whimsical accessories, vibrant art and patterned upholstery will sit against a neutral white background. Organic earth tones will also be used along with natural rounded elements like raw metal, wood and stone to keep interiors feeling classic. Color to watch – Pantone Freesia.

Trend For Thought…

Just because something is “in” doesn’t mean you have to like it. If you are intrigued by a new trend, adopt it. If it isn’t love at first sight, forget it.

Don’t be afraid to express yourself at home- if you fall in love with an emerald armchair that a nearby shopper claims is “so 2013”, get it anyway. Not everything in your home needs to match the Jones’. What’s most important is that you are inspired! The best and most comfortable homes reflect the personalities of those who live in them. So naturally, if your guests love you, they are sure to love what you’ve done with the place!

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BEST SOLUTIONS FOR AN ENERGY EFFICIENT OLDER HOME

BEST SOLUTIONS FOR AN ENERGY EFFICIENT OLDER HOME

Home built in 1981. It has electric heat (e.g., insulation is good). Goal: to protect home equity. Budget: good. Increasing performance and lowering maintenance are key factors.

To make this home as efficient as possible there are certain things that can be done, however, if the home were being fixed up to sell, there are other things that can be done. Why?

  • One main reason: many improvements cost a lot of money to purchase and install and you will see the benefit in lower operational costs (heating and cooling) over the years.
  • You will see an ROI — return on investment and it will be worth it to you personally.
  • You may not see the same payback in the sale of the house.

The reasons for this are that – unfortunately – many home buyers do not appreciate the value of energy efficiency yet.I wish they did because this is the core of my business and it is definitely logical to consider such factors when buying a home, but at this time I would say it is not a primary factor in home buying.

Also, the market is limited. A certain size house in a certain neighborhood will only get so much in a sale price. The top money you might get may not be enough to cover the cost of the upgrades you have just made.

So keeping that in mind, this is what I would do if it was my house:

INSULATION. Be sure the house is as well insulated and sealed, from what you say it seems like it is, but check attic, cracks around windows, doors and electrical outlets. It is true – the envelope of the house is the number one key factor in energy efficiency.

WINDOWS – along the same lines. Are the windows relatively efficient. Are they double pane? Many people feel that upgrading windows is not worth the money in terms of ROI. I feel it is because it greatly improves the look and functionality of a house, not just the efficiency and when they are being installed you have a god chance to repair any rot and also caulk and seal for air infiltration.

HVAC SYSTEM. This is a big money ticket and if you were planning to stay in the house I would say definitely do it, but if you are selling I would try to figure out if the sale price would be worth the cost expenditure.

If you decide to go for it I would seriously consider a gas or electric Forced-air system, or an air to air heat pump system (also called a ‘minisplit’ system.) This is similar to a geothermal system only it does not involve drilling into the ground. It is an extremely energy efficient (perhaps the most energy efficient) heating and cooling system and it uses electricity as its fuel source. In your case this means you do not have to switch over to natural gas (which may not be available in your area.)

CONSIDER AN ERV OR HRV. Energy Recovery Ventilators or Heat Recovery Ventilators provide air that keeps occupants healthy, removes odors, reduces moisture, removes indoor pollutants and lowers the relative indoor humidity.

Basically they take ‘used’ heat and moisture from the air that is leaving the house, while mixing it with fresh air entering the house. Dedicated duct work is ideal for your new HRV or ERV, because fresh air is delivered to the living room and bedrooms, while stale air is removed from bathrooms, laundry room and kitchens. However if you do not have a ducted system in your house already the ERV/HRV can still be installed to great effect.

ENERGY STAR APPLIANCES. Replacing old energy hog appliances is a great way to save a lot of money every month.

ELECTRICAL LIGHTS AND ACCESSORIES. Have you changed all of your light bulbs over to LEDs? Yes you can change them to CFLs – (you may have already done so) but as these burn out I would consider LED bulbs. I find them to have a much nicer light quality, they come on instantly, can be dimmed to 20%, and each bulb will last for years longer than the CFLs. Minor things like good lighting that comes on right away can greatly improve your own mood and a home buyers mood.

Also – for yourself – things like power strips, battery back up surge protectors and master cut off switches can reduce the amount of electricity you use for tv’s and computers and other appliances and make your home and equipment more safe at the same time.

LOW FLOW PLUMBING fixtures and appliances. Many of these represent ‘low hanging fruit’ as they can easily be installed for not too much money upfront. Things like shower heads, faucets, dishwashers, and washing machines are all readily available in low flow or low use options and reduce water usage significantly.

FINISHES AND FURNISHINGS inside the house. These items have less to do with efficiency and more to do with health and durability but they often have a bigger impact on home sales.

FINISHES AND FURNISHINGS inside the house. These items have less to do with efficiency and more to do with health and durability but they often have a bigger impact on home sales.

  • What kind of floors do you have? Hardwood floors are more long lasting, durable, easier to clean and many home buyers find them more appealing than carpet or vinyl. Consider having your floors redone.
  • Same goes for kitchen cabinets and counter tops. real wood or stone, or even some of the higher end manufactured counter top products can really transform your home in a home buyers eye because they truly do represent clean, healthy, durable living.

THE EXTERIOR OF YOUR HOUSE: This is mostly a durability and maintenance issue.

  • What is the condition of your siding and roofing? If they are good, check flashing and caulks.
  • Check your gutters. Make sure that water is running away from the house top to bottom.
  • Consider installing rain barrels at each gutter downspout and use the water to water your garden or wash your car.
  • Keep in mind that you could add insulation to the outside of your house if you are considering re-siding, it costs a bit more but it does add a lot to your envelope efficiency.

 


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HOW TO PUT TOGETHER A HOMEOWNERS TOOLKIT

HOW TO PUT TOGETHER A HOMEOWNERS TOOLKIT

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If you’re a homeowner, you may have realized that you need a toolkit to help you with the maintenance and repairs on your home.  Having a homeowners toolkit will make all those routine maintenance tasks much easier.  Below are three toolkits you could put together.  The one you choose will depend on your particular skill level.  

Basic Skill Level Homeowners Toolkit
•    Hammer
•    Screwdrivers – a Philips, a flathead and a multi-bit
•    Flashlight
•    Measuring tape
•    Crescent wrench
•    Needle-nose pliers
•    Level
•    Utility knife
•    Wire cutters
•    Extension cords
•    Safety goggles
•    GlovesIntermediate Skill Level Homeowners Toolkit
•    All of the above plus the following:
•    Caulk gun
•    Square-head screwdriver
•    Vice grips
•    Electrical wire stripping pliers
•    Hack saw
•    Allen  wrench
•    Crowbar
•    Putty knife

Advanced Skill Level Homeowners Toolkit
•    Everything from the basic and intermediate toolkits plus the following:
•    Trowel for drywalling
•    Trowel for grouting
•    Trowel for cement applications
•    Tile cutter
•    Sledge hammer
•    Metal snips
•    Air compressor
•    Circular saw
•    Drill – either corded, cordless or both
•    Table saw
•    Chop saw
•    Jigsaw

As you’re putting together your homeowners toolkit, you’ll probably find  it necessary to add various tools from time to time.  Adding new tools will help you  accomplish the tasks for your particular home or hobbies or as your skill level advances.  Additionally, it’s always important to practice basic safety habits when working around your home. One of my favorite stores to find all these tools is McGuckin’s on Arapahoe.
 

 

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QUESTIONS TO ASK A POTENTIAL CONTRACTOR FOR HOME RENOVATIONS

QUESTIONS TO ASK A POTENTIAL CONTRACTOR FOR HOME RENOVATIONS

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Doing home renovations can definitely be a tiresome venture, which requires a lot of time, effort and, certainly, money. This is the reason why many homeowners decide that it is much easier to just hire someone to do this for them, while they are safely away from all the commotion. That is when they hire a contractor. However, what many of them do not realize is that you have to approach the contractor selection carefully. The future of your home is at stake – it would be unreasonable to offer the renovation job to a contractor that you have heard of in the newspaper for the first time.

In order to make a choice, you have to ask all the candidates some questions and make your decision in accordance with the answers. To help you, I have selected a few questions that have allowed me to make a decision when I was renovating my house.

HOW HAVE YOU BEEN CONDUCTING BUSINESS IN THE PAST?

This question is aimed on finding out more about the history of the contractor. You will have to dig deep to find all the information that you need, but it will be worth it, because it will show you whether you are putting your house into trusting hands. You should be interested not only in the jobs that the contractor has taken in the past (and their completion, successful or unsuccessful), but also whether they are licensed to work in your state, are the payments to the employers regular, do they pay workers’ compensations, etc. Another thing that you would be wise to check is whether someone has filed a lawsuit or pressed legal charges against the contractor, because that will give you an idea how reputable they are.

IS THERE A TIME FRAME?

If you ask any of the contractors to provide you with the time frame (when they will start and when they think everything will be finished), they should be able to provide it for you, without much effort. Even though no one can provide you with definite, 100% accurate time of completion, they should be able to give you a rough estimate. Also, be sure to ask how long the cleaning up will take, as that is also one of the contractor’s obligations and should be done quickly and efficiently. Once you have selected one of them, you should make sure that everything is going according to plan by visiting the house twice a week and asking about the progress. You can, also, be constantly present there and watch it unfold everyday (if you have nothing more important to do).

HOW MUCH MONEY WILL THIS COST ME?

This one is fairly obvious, I must say. Normally, you will be interested in how much it all costs, because that is the primary concern of every home owner. The reason why I have put this here is to tell you that you need to ask each and every one of them this same question. You might get the same offers from a few of them, but you will also see that there are some who are much pricier, as well as those who are much cheaper than the others. Do not dismiss these. Instead, see why they have set such prices and go through their suggestions. It might happen that those who ask for more money have seen some structural weaknesses that others have not and they require more money for fixing those.

DO YOU FOLLOW AND OBSERVE ALL THE RELEVANT SAFETY CODES AND REGULATIONS?

This one might seem like it is none of your concern. Why would you care whether the workers will be properly protected? Well, because it is possible that, should some of the workers get injured while working on your house, you might be deemed guilty for it and you might be held financially responsible. I do not want to mention that having someone injured on your property can be seriously disturbing. Broker or severed limbs, deep cuts and similar injuries can be quite gruesome and the image could stick with you for the rest of your life. So, make sure that the contractor that you hire has a quality management plan that will ensure the safety of the workers. Also, make sure that this plan is being conducted on site and that it is not there just for show.

 

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7 THINGS EVERY NEW HOMEOWNER NEEDS TO DO FOR A STRESS-FREE MOVE

7 THINGS EVERY NEW HOMEOWNER NEEDS TO DO FOR A STRESS-FREE MOVE

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Congratulations on your new home! You are excited and eager to create a beautiful and welcoming home. While you may be eager to move in right away, every new homeowner needs to take some time to plan and prepare for a stress-free move.

Here are 7 things you need to do before moving into your new home:

  1. Start With Security: Change the locks. Too many people already have the keys to your home. Change the locks for your security and peace of mind.
  2. Clean Everything: Stock up on plenty of natural, nontoxiccleaning supplies and get to work. Clean your fridge, freezer, cabinets, closets, toilets, windows, carpets, and flooring. Enlist friends, family, or hire a pro to help get the job done.
  3. Paint: Decide which rooms need a fresh coat of paint. Choose eco-friendly paints and allow sufficient dry time before moving furniture into the room.
  4. Organize: Start organized and stay organized. Install shelving and closet organizers for clutter-free storage.
  5. Check For Water Waste: Do a thorough check of pipes and test toilets for running water.
  6. Locate Breaker Box and Main Water Valve: Know where they are and how they work.
  7. Check Heating and Cooling Systems: Hire a professional to inspect and service heating and cooling systemsbefore you move in.

**Bonus Tip: Create a contact list of home professionals and emergency phone numbers. Ask your new neighbors, friends, family, and real estate professionals for recommendations of local companies to create your master list. Make extra copies and exchange lists with your family and new neighbors.**

For more moving in tips check out my favorite home websites Houzz and House Logic.

 

 

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CABIN DECOR: MODERNIZING THE CLASSICS

CABIN DECOR: MODERNIZING THE CLASSICS

 

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How should a cabin be decorated?  Should its space be defined with the typical “log cabin home” look?  A theme of strong woody designs, crafted out of pine or cedar, or should it be more subdued, inspired by nature but not presented in such an overwhelming way?  These can be challenging questions to answer when faced with decorating a cabin (or any space, really).  Of course, an alternative question you could ask yourself, while considering a look for your cabin is: clichéd or inspired?

Clichéd might sound harsh, but it’s true.  For some curious reason, when people decorate cabins, there is an insistence on a very established look.  It’s not necessarily the cabin-owner’s fault.  There are far too many resources, whether is one of the countless style magazines or a blog (though, not all blogs…), that seem to insist that cabin be decorated in a clichéd, overused look.

Is there anything wrong with these styles and themes?  Absolutely not.   Some spaces can look perfect using one of these themes or even a mix and match.  The cabin lends itself to the looks especially if it’s a cabin built with a more classic timber look.  However, consider stepping out of the ordinary and a comfort zone perpetuated by style magazines and do something unexpected and imaginative…

Timber – Since timber is one of the most classic cabin looks and one of the more au naturel types of furnishings, it can prove a challenge to modernize.  It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t accept the challenge.  Try different types of woods outside of the norm.  Or different shapes.  Don’t be afraid to play with your wood.

Rustic – Rustic style is much more difficult to pin down in terms of what it actually is.  For some it might be an antique look, for others, it could be the timber look.  For me, its vintage inspired.  A look of old style cabin living, pre-World War II.  Why World War II?  Consider recycling or repurposing antique metal furnishings.  It might take a bit of work, but you’ll have a space exuding old world charm.

Nature – Nature patterns and décor tend to be the most “blah” when it comes to cabin interior design.  It’s the clichéd of the clichéd.  Some people insisted upon it as it ties together the indoors with the out, but it’s a style and theme that can become tacky in an instant.  Prints, patterns, sculptures, and molds should be used sparingly, to accentuate, not dominate.  Creating a balance and to use restraint is the way to bring this style into the modern cabin environment.

Stone – Stone as furniture tends to be under-appreciated.  One of the downsides, of course, is it can be heavy, but a stone slab coffee table can’t be beat (except by paper).  Now, would you consider a stone chair?  Probably not, but I’d certainly be willing to give it a go.  Realistically, stone works better as an accent, used to a minimal extent, primarily due to its weight.  However, if you can get away with it, give it a try.  Stone accents wood cabins beautifully and if you can get it locally, the better.  Tie your cabin to the world around it.

 

 

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WHAT TO KNOW WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME

WHAT TO KNOW WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME

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Whether you are a first-time seller or a seasoned expert, selling your home can be a daunting task. Here are five tips to follow as you prepare to sell your home.

Get Your Home Inspected

When preparing to sell your home, getting a home inspection is important. Home inspections can uncover costly problems that may devalue your property, causing you to lose out on money. If you know about these problems before you sell, you won’t encounter any surprises during closing, and you can decide which repairs to make before putting your home on the market.

Upgrade

Nowadays, buyers want move-in-ready homes. Or they want as close to move-in-ready as they can get. Making a few upgrades before listing your home puts you ahead of the competition. So go ahead. Install hardwood floors or new carpet. Upgrade to stainless steel appliances or add some curb appeal to the outside. Buyers want upgrades, and they will be happy when they find them in your home.

Know the Market

When getting ready to sell your house, make sure you know the market. A licensed Realtor is your greatest tool in this case. He or she can research current market trends and comparably priced homes in the area, which helps you list your home at the correct price.

Price Your Home Fairly and Realistically

Once you have seen comparably priced homes in your area, you can decide on a list price. Be realistic when pricing your home. Don’t over-price your home, but don’t list it too low either.

Stage

Once your home is on the market, it is important to keep it looking presentable. Staging is a great way to help yourhome sell. You can hire a professional or do it yourself.

Have any tips for home sellers you would like to share? Leave me a comment.

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4 HOME PPROJECTS FOR BEATING CABIN FEVER

 

4 HOME PPROJECTS FOR BEATING CABIN FEVER

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 1. Install a programmable thermostat:

This task can be a bit daunting but will be worth the effort in the long run.  This device will help your heating system run more efficiently by automatically adjusting your home’s temperature. Using a programmable thermostat also reduces your energy bills by keeping your heating system from overworking itself unnecessarily.

 2. Replace interior doors:

Interior doors are often hollow and boring. Replace them with some more interesting pieces to add character to your home and keep yourself busy. This is a task that is relatively easy and inexpensive making it a great project to complete over the weekend.

 3. Replace lighting fixtures:

Install new ceiling fans to dramatically change the look of any space. Install or replace wall sconces in the halls. Make the switch to energy efficient light bulbs. Take a trip to your local hardware store and pick out some new fixtures. It’ll keep you busy and it’s fun!

 4. De-clutter:

This is the least expensive and one of the most rewarding home improvements you can make. You can often make your home look like an entirely new space just by getting rid of clutter. Maximize storage in your smaller spaces with these tips. De-cluttering is also a great family activity. Rewarding them with a special dinner or game night after is a great way to make this task seem a lot less like a chore.

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