Spruce Up The Kitchen

Tiling a backsplash in your kitchen is one of a few easy ways of refreshing and upgrading an old, dreary kitchen on a shoestring budget. When you tile a backsplash, consider using a nice mosaic tile and give your kitchen that much-needed pizzazz. Thanks to the tiles being on 12×12-inch sheets, you can do your own installation. It becomes a one-day installation and the second day you grout it.  Professional installers will charge you as much as they can.


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Lessons Learned Buying My First Home

the-houseLets be real, buying a new home costs a lot of money.  Parting with that large sum of money is a huge commitment, and you should protect that investment by getting your home inspected prior to making an offer on the home.  If you happen to be building your home I would suggest getting a multi-phased inspection during the building process. Most houses that are up for sale are dressed up to portray a pristine condition highlighting their best features and concealing potential flaws.  A professional home inspector can uncover problems you may have overlooked or simply not seen. I as lucky when buying my home and the inspection went great, but I had a buddy that was selling his home and found huge issues with his foundation and was kind of stuck getting that fixed before he could even sell his home.

Everything Might Not be Okay

Most people who are buying newer properties which were recently constructed might not see the point of getting it inspected (however most states require it …I think…not sure). Remember the age of the home should not be a reason to waiver prior inspection. You might uncover serious troubles which might cost you a lot in the long run trying to remedy. The problems might be

  • poor wiring
  • plumbing
  • heating and cooling systems
  • foundations
  • roof damage
  • termites or other bug/rodent issues
  • insulation issues
  • walls
  • ceilings
  • there are just so many things that could be wrong..

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Start With The Filters

I know when you think of home improvements you typically think of breaking out the saw, hammers, and a few screw drivers to actually build or repair something.   I wanted to have your mind think of home improvements slightly different today.   Sometimes just cleaning up your property, and doing normal proper maintenance is the best home improvement you can do.

I was looking at my air filter the other day and realize it was dirty as sin, and I wasn’t sure when I had actually last changed it.   To be honest, I was pretty embarrassed to think how dirty this filter actually was, and how bad the air quality in my home was because the filter was so jacked up.

dirty filter grate Dirty Filter


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Home Improvements and My Budget

home improvementWhen I first stepped into the home improvement game, I found out that I haven’t paid much attention to most of the advice given to me over the years. Friends and colleagues alike have talked about their houses, simple fixes they applied and also about hiring professional aid; I guess my mind was focused only on the essentials in and around my home.
During the last three years I’ve learned how to manage what I now call “The Home Improvements Budget”. I’ve sat down with my wife one day, and we calculated the costs in and around our family home. When I presented these numbers to Brian, one of my coworkers, he couldn’t believe our bottom line. That was the moment I’ve learned that taking good care about your home actually goes in hand with increasing the overall value of your entire neighborhood. Truth be told, I was really missing a lot of those tips that I seemed to have forgotten about over the years.

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