Home Improvement Tips and Tricks Blog

Things to Consider When Getting New Siding

It may not be as flashy as a kitchen remodel or a sunroom addition, but make no mistake about it: Replacing the siding on your home is one of the best investments you can make, one of the surest ways to enhance its overall value. New siding can improve curb appeal—sometimes dramatically—and it can enhance the overall maintenance condition of your home. New siding makes clear to potential buyers that the home is exceptionally well cared-for; it also makes it easier for you to feel proud and excited of the house in which you live. All of this suggests that
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Conducting a Home Energy Audit

How energy efficient is your home? Many homeowners invest in Energy Star technology, and do what they can to ensure that their home is properly insulated against the elements—yet even so, it can be hard to ascertain exactly how “green” your home truly is. You can always look at your utility bill, of course—and if it seems high, or if it gets higher and higher over time, then you may have an energy efficiency lapse. An even better, more scientific approach to the energy efficiency question is to conduct a home energy audit, to determine how well your household systems
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Why Window Replacement Isn’t a DIY Job

Handy (and frugal) homeowners often like to do their home repairs themselves—at least as best as they can. Of course, some jobs aren’t really smart or even possible to do on your own; many homeowners feel uncomfortable with electrical work and plumbing projects, and for good reason. Roofing is also something that should be left to the pros. Smaller, safer projects can sometimes be done without the help of a professional. Into which of these two categories does window replacement fall? The answer might vary a bit from one homeowner to the next, but generally speaking, this is something that’s
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Common Gutter Problems Faced by Annapolis Homeowners

No homeowner really enjoys cleaning the gutters; in fact, most homeowners would prefer to think about their gutters, and about gutter maintenance, as little as possible. With that said, taking the time to clean gutters—or investing in a gutter protection system—is surely better than the alternative: Gutters that are not well maintained are likely to suffer from various problems, some of them potentially costly. Annapolis homeowners are urged to think carefully about the sheer level of damage—to say nothing of inconvenience—that poorly maintained gutters can cause. When weighed against this, the thought of investing in a gutter protection system might
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Bowie, MD Home Additions That Add Value

There are many reasons why a  homeowner might consider Bowie, MD home additions that come in the form of a home remodel, upgrade, or addition. Sometimes you may simply be ready to move on to the next stage of comfort and luxury—to make your house even more appealing or accommodating than it is currently. Sometimes, energy savings may be your goal. And sometimes, a home addition or renovation may be prompted by a rather pressing need—something broken, malfunctioned, or simply in need of replacement. Of course, the underlying premise of any Bowie, MD home addition is that it creates new
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Master Tips for Keeping Your Bathroom Clean

Do you know the feeling you get when you’re out in public—at a restaurant, or a gas station—and you realize that you need to take a trip to the restroom? Your heart sinks a bit as you walk toward that back door, anticipating the potentially vile condition in which you’ll find the public facilities; sometimes it turns out that the bathroom is actually clean and well-maintained, inviting and hygienic. Other times, though, your worst fears are confirmed—and you instantly feel dirty as you step into the grimy, dingy restroom. It goes without saying that you don’t want your own home
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4 Common Myths about Kitchen Remodeling

As you start planning your kitchen remodel, it is important not to fall victim to some common myths. These beliefs can throw off the entire process and impact the final outcome of your newly remodeled kitchen. You want to make sure that the design is something that you are happy with, it fits with your style and budget, and it adds to – not detracts from – your home’s value. Keeping the following in mind can play an important role as you start designing and renovating your kitchen: Myth 1: Stick with current trends. While some of the latest trends
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Tips for Maintaining Your Home’s Windows

Windows not only let in the sunlight, but can also provide air circulation. Over time, dust and dirt may settle into crevices or build up on window panes. Changes in temperature along with inclement weather can cause damage to windows and impact functionality. Proper care and maintenance can extend the life and appearance of your home’s windows. Keep tracks free of debris. When windows are open, dust and debris can gather along the tracks. This can make opening and closing windows more difficult and give resistance to smooth sliding up and down. You can use a stiff-bristled brush to dislodge
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Preparing for a Kitchen Remodel

It can be exciting to plan for a kitchen remodel and know that your kitchen will better suit your family’s needs. You get to help with the design and picking out materials so it looks just like you want it to. But before you get to enjoy the amazing end result, the actual remodeling must occur. This can be a stressful time as you are displaced from your kitchen and waiting for everything to be finished. Knowing what to expect ahead of time can make the process go a little more smoothly. Know the timeline – and be flexible Talk
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Storage and Garage Planning Tips and Guidelines

There are many tools we use in our everyday lives, especially when it comes to home improvement. When we have a car, we often need to do our best to keep her clean and protected from the elements, whether it’s a sports car, a vintage vehicle or something simple. Before you jump into looking for a new building or solution, you will need to work on the planning phase of your home improvement. This will save you a lot of headaches further down the line: The first thing you need to do is understand what the building will be used
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