<![CDATA[Keep Your House Working - Blog]]>Wed, 02 Mar 2016 19:57:45 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[3 Projects That you Shouldn't Do Yourself]]>Wed, 24 Feb 2016 18:16:14 GMThttp://oldies1073.weebly.com/blog/3-projects-that-you-shouldnt-do-yourselfYou know that we are all about doing projects on your home. We love empowering homeowners to take control of their situation, to learn something new, and to get the awesome, accomplished feeling when you get to sit back and look at the job well done. We have rejoiced with countless homeowners as they have completed a project for the first time, so this a bit of a weird post for me to write. But it is an important one I think, because while we preach the diy culture, we all need to know our limits and we need to know when to call in the professionals. These are three projects that you should definitely have someone else handle for you (unless you have advanced diy skills, and then why would you be here?!?!)

1. A New Roof

A new roof is a huge undertaking. You have to pull permits, remove the old roof, have it hauled away in an environmentally friendly way, know what to buy, get a good price on the materials, plan out a time to do the project (hopefully when it won't be raining) and then you have to actually do the work. For most novice diyers, this is simply too big of an undertaking. We have seen too many people hurt themselves falling off a latter or a roof. And we have seen too many homeowners have to admit defeat part way through the project and call in a professional to fix what they have started. In our community, we all believe in the guys at Orange County Roofing Contractors (http://orangecountyroofingcontractors.org) as they do great work and they stand behind it. You want to find a roofing company that has a good reputation, is licensed, bonded and insured, and will stand behind the quality of their work.

2. Plumbing

Again, if you have advanced skills and you can solder and work a level and know how to make sure that a pipe is draining properly, have at it. For the rest of us, plumbing is a high risk venture. The problem with plumbing is that after you finish the work you close up walls and floors and you can't see the work any more. If you develop even a small leak, it can be catastrophic and you may not see it for months - when so much of your house has been destroyed. Changing a faucet, sure go ahead and do it yourself. Running copper pipe throughout your house - get it done by a professional. We swear by  the good folks at Bill Metzger Plumbing in Irvine (http://billmetzgerplumbing.com/). They have always done great work and they can usually fit us in pretty quickly.

3. Cinder Block Wall
This was a tough one for me. I have seen some great diy walls over the years. But the reason I caution against it isn't the fact that I have also seen some straight up disasters (although I have). The reason that I caution against it is because it is soul sapping, mind numbing work that ALWAYS takes twice as long as you think it will. I have seen too many homeowners quit part way through a cinder block wall much to the annoyance of their wives and so I caution against it. If you are a insanely detail oriented person that loves taking the time to do a job right no matter how long it takes - then go ahead. But for the rest of us normal people, hire a contractor. It isn't as expensive as you think it will be and in my opinion the time that it will take you to do it yourself (string line, anyone) isn't worth what it costs.

DIY Disaster Video
As a treat, I'll leave you with this DIY Disaster video. Hopefully it will inspire you to think before you DIY!
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<![CDATA[The Best How To Advice In Home Improvement]]>Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:30:02 GMThttp://oldies1073.weebly.com/blog/the-best-how-to-advice-in-home-improvementHome improvement projects are the perfect way to help you update your home and customize your living environment to showcase your unique style. No matter what you plan to work on, this article can help you get started by providing you with quick and easy tips to change your home.

When it comes to home improvement, have a plan from the start through the finish of your intended improvement. This will ensure that you stay within your budget and that you complete your intended project without the emotional factors being involved. It can be obvious both to a potential buyer and to your pocketbook if a home improvement project is made up as you go.

If your air conditioning or furnace are not functioning properly, hire a professional to deal with it. DIY is great, but not when it comes to such an expensive unit. Make sure to hire a licensed, bonded HVAC contractor to make sure that the job is done right and that you are protected if it is not.

Before painting a room, cover each electrical outlet with foil. Using aluminum foil is much easier and will protect your outlet covers just as well. Cleanup is a breeze! Prior to removing and recycling the foil, make sure that the paint is totally dry.

Improve the outside of your home by landscaping with plants native to your geographical region. Native plants are proven to do well in your climate, so the long-term results are predictable. You can plan your landscape with confidence that the look you want to achieve will be the look you get. If you choose non-native plants instead, there is a risk that the plants may not thrive in your climate.

If you are unable to pick a paint color because you are not sure how the colors will look in your desired room, purchase a small amount of paint in different colors to test out on the wall. Having a larger color swatch to look at and evaluate in your room's lighting can help you to make a decision.

Deal with maintenance issues as soon as they arrive. If you have tenants that complain of a leaky faucet, or a heater that is on the fritz, not only can they withhold rent until you have it repaired, but waiting can be more costly if further damage ensues.

Increase your homes efficiency to improve your personal finance. A lot of the heat you pay for is escaping out of cracks in doorframes, windows, and through poor insulation. By investing in ways to make your home more efficient, you can cut your bills down tremendously. LED Light bulbs are another easy way to save extra money.

Copper is by far the most attractive building material for thieves, so exercise care when installing copper pipe and wiring. Whenever possible these installations should not be done until the house, ideally the entire property, can be protected by lock and key. Thieves are talented at stripping copper from a building site very quickly. Protect your copper supplies, so you don't wind up buying it twice.

Home improvement work does not have to be difficult. By following the advice we provided above, we hope that you will find it easy to begin working on any number of projects around your house. You'll be amazed at the results you can achieve, once you get started!
<![CDATA[Tips For Improving Your Home's Value]]>Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:00:01 GMThttp://oldies1073.weebly.com/blog/tips-for-improving-your-homes-valueEvery homeowner has an interest in home improvement projects. The possibilities are endless when it comes to what you can do to make your home your own, but you are not alone if you do not know where to start. This article can give you what you need to start basic improvement projects.

If you have an older home, you may find that there are hardwood floors underneath any carpeting currently installed. Many homes prior to 1950s were required to have hard wood as their sub-floor. This means that there may be gold in those floorboards. They may need some refinishing, but not having to pay to have them installed would be a huge money saver.

You can make really neat one of a kind plant stands from old stools. You can buy some old stools from yard sales, garage sales or your local thrift shop. The older the better and the more unique your plant stand will be. Weathered stools that you use as a plant stand can add a touch of unique country to your home decor.

New flooring is a good way to make your rooms feel new. You can choose to get it professionally installed or do it yourself. Be sure to seek advice before deciding which method is preferable.

Use bleach to sanitize your commode. Bleach has a strong smell, but it is terribly effective at killing germs. You may want to use scented bleach if the odor is offensive.

If you have tiles in your bathroom, make sure to use bath rugs in front of your toilet and bathtub. Adding bath rugs not only adds a touch of personality to your bathroom, but also keeps you from slipping and falling; try rugs with different patterns and designs for a look that is uniquely your own.

If you are in need of space in your bathroom, you know that the two things taking it up are usually the bathtub and the sink. Opt to install a pedestal sink in a small bathroom instead of one with cabinets on the bottom. It not only gives your bathroom an expensive appearance, but also frees up much needed space.

Don't throw out your tub just because it has a few hard to remove stains. There is an easy solution that is sure to help your problem. Mix a few teaspoons of baking soda and a few teaspoons of cream of tartar. Squeeze enough juice out of a lemon to create a paste. Spread the paste with a cloth onto the stain. Leave it for about half an hour and go back and thoroughly rinse your tub out.

If your room feels plain, add interest to it by choosing a heavily patterned rug. Stripes (horizontal or vertical), polka dots and swirls always make for a bold statement in your room. Don't be afraid to try new things, even if at first glance they don't match. Try small swatches of a design before you purchase the full product to make sure you like it.

Hopefully you have realized that home improvement projects do not have to be scary. When you start a project, you start learning things that will be useful going forward. You'll be prepared to start down the road to a long and successful home improvement career if you make use of the advice you've just received.
<![CDATA[Home Improvement Ideas And Inspiration For All Types]]>Tue, 24 Feb 2015 07:00:02 GMThttp://oldies1073.weebly.com/blog/home-improvement-ideas-and-inspiration-for-all-typesBefore you decide to tackle your next home improvement project, read through these tips and tricks to help you throughout the process. Whether you are going to remodel a bedroom or bathroom, or even if you have decided to give your entire house a much-needed makeover, you are sure to gain insight from this article.

Stay as creative as possible when renovating your home. Putting in a wine cellar with built-in shelving can work wonders. It will seem impressive to your guests and also to future homeowners, who may be interested in buying your property.

Use fans to keep your home cool in the summer. This will help keep you more comfortable while reducing energy. Room fans and ceiling fans will reduce your home's energy consumption when compared with air conditioner use. This means lower utility bills for you.

You could make a unique choice in coffee tables rather than settling for something ready-made. Old chests can add a nice rustic appeal to your home's design. Throw your books, accessories and magazines on top in order to give definition to your coffee table. You could also place teacups and add a tablecloth in order to have a country look.

Looking for a way to improve your home? Instead of hiring an interior designer to decorate your home for you, buy home decor magazines and books to use as inspiration. Give yourself some time to learn. Take some design elements from pictures you see, and use other people's ideas to help spark your creativity. Spend the money you would on an interior designer on your furniture and accessories instead.

You may not be blessed with a large sized living room, but you can sure feel like you have one. Instead of displaying a wooden coffee table, display a glass one instead. The clarity of the table makes you feel as though you have more space in your room. Make sure to only display glass in areas where there are no earthquakes.

If you are renovating a small room, consider making use of built-in mirrors. The reflection from a carefully-positioned mirror will make a small room seem considerably more spacious. A mirror near the window can add more natural light to a dim room. Avoid overusing mirrors or placing them opposite of each other, however, as this can create strange lighting effects.

To raise your home's value without spending a lot of money, take the time to replace your light fixtures. Light fixtures are one of the first things that catches a buyer's eye, and a dingy and dated one can change their opinion of the whole room. An inexpensive new light fixture will make the room feel fresh and new.

A carefully selected home improvement project can enhance the appearance of any house and add to its value as well. By remembering the tips and tricks in this article, you will be better prepared to take on an ambitious home improvement project that can create a more inviting place to live for yourself and your family.
<![CDATA[All The Home Improvement Information You Need]]>Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:02 GMThttp://oldies1073.weebly.com/blog/all-the-home-improvement-information-you-needDo you want to start renovating your house to be your dream home? Whether you wish to replace a front door or reinstate a missing railing, the sky is the limit. It can be fun to do home improvement projects. It may even prove to be simple if you choose to follow the home improvements tips and advice given in the following article.

If you have tiles in your bathroom, make sure to use bath rugs in front of your toilet and bathtub. Adding bath rugs not only adds a touch of personality to your bathroom, but also keeps you from slipping and falling; try rugs with different patterns and designs for a look that is uniquely your own.

If you're looking to add variety to your rooms with paint you can do it very quickly and cost effectively. Paint one wall a different striking color in your room that doesn't match the other wall colors. This will create a new focal point in your room and make your space feel like it just had a real update.

If you are working with someone else on a home improvement project, make sure to have clear lines of communication. It is important that everyone be assigned a role that caters to their strengths. It is also important that all members of the team understand the role they will have in the project. Clear communication will ensure that the project is completed in a timely fashion.

You should always wear safety glasses or goggles when cutting with a saw or other powered equipment. If you do not wear protective equipment for your eyes pieces of the material you are cutting or dust can become lodged in your eye or cause irritation. In severe cases permanent damage can be done to your eye.

Add some elegance to your dining table while utilizing empty votive candle holders. Place toothpicks into the empty candle holders and place them on a fancy tray. Set them on your dining room table to add a chic touch to your environment.This set up can also look great outside in your garden during summertime.

When renovating, a smart homewoner will spend his money on good quality materials and fixtures instead of expensive decor and furniture. The reason is simple, decor and furnishings are taken when you move. Fixtures stay with the home and can increase its value.

If you are looking for home improvement projects that are guaranteed to raise the value of your home, you can't go wrong with a bathroom or kitchen remodel. Builders and real estate agents estimate that perfecting these rooms is likely to earn you more than 100 percent back on your investment when you put your home up for sale.

It is possible to learn almost every technique needed to make all of your own home improvements. After all, the professionals had to learn how to do it at one point, so why can't you? By following the tips outlined in the above article, you now have a head start into becoming a skilled do-it-yourselfer with a home that is well-maintained and beautiful.
<![CDATA[Great Advice On Planning Your Home Improvement Project]]>Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:19:02 GMThttp://oldies1073.weebly.com/blog/great-advice-on-planning-your-home-improvement-projectHome improvement can be very hard for a person, leaving them very frustrated. The main reasons for this include poor planning, hiring an inferior contractor and attempting a job that is beyond your ability. This article will provide you with advice to ensure your home improvements are completed without a hitch. Keep reading to learn more.

Venetian blinds can be vacuumed but at some point, they need to be washed. One way to wash them is to put them in the bathtub and use a brush and solvent to clean off the accumulation of dust. An easier way, may be to wash them while still hanging. Put a plastic drop cloth underneath to keep water off the floor.

Fix floor squeaks with a few drywall screws. While a second person waits below in the crawl space or basement, walk over your floor and locate where the squeaking is occurring. Signal to the person below where the problem is. They can insert a drywall screw through the sub floor and into the flooring to stop the squeak.

Patch the holes in your walls with toothpaste! Yes, this is definitely a temporary cover up but it works to hide an ugly hole until you can come up with the materials for a more permanent fix. Use white toothpaste and trowel it into the hole with a butter knife.

Keep your closet free of clutter by organizing your shoes. Keep boots and shoes that you don't wear often in a large plastic box, or in the original boxes you got when you purchased them. Only leave out the shoes that you wear at least twice a week. Doing this will allow your closet space to be organized, and your shoes to be neatly displayed.

Any home will benefit from a regular painting schedule. Painting is one of those home improvement tasks that is not vital, but keeping up with it pays considerable dividends. A house which has been painted and repainted at frequent intervals will look more appealing to potential buyers. Homeowners that paint their houses regularly will also avoid the necessity of a major, expensive paint job when they decide to sell their homes.

Jimmy proof the locks on your window sashes. Most inexpensive window sash locks can be opened from outside the window by inserting a thin blade into the crack and pushing. Fix this problem by updating to newer and more secure locks. All you have to do is remove and replace a few screws!

One thing you must do when tackling home improvement projects is allocating a specific budget. Dedicating some money to maintaining your home each year will help it stay in better shape in the long run. If you do not use all your budget, carry it over to the following year.

If you do not manage your home improvement projects correctly, they can easily go astray. This article has gone over some great tips to help plan and execute your future home improvement projects. Using this advice is critical if you really want to increase the value of your home.