Make sure your appliances aren’t being recalled.

Did you know that house hold appliances cause a large number of house fires? Consumers Reports Magazine wrote an eye opening article about how often appliances catch fire. Many of these appliances have been recalled but homeowners are unaware.

 

What can you do? You need to gather some information like model and serial numbers of each of your house hold appliances. Once you have gathered that information go to www.recalls.gov for recalls and what action to take if something you own is involved.

 

Its a good idea to keep a list and regularly recheck; because it can take years for problems to become evident.

 

3 QUICK & SIMPLE CLOSET TIPS

1) Use the same size hangers it saves space

2) Hand clothes by color so you can easily find them

3) Put out of season items in the hard to reach areas, then rotate when the new season arrives

 

Adding Value to Your Home Tip #6: Do a Major Bath Remodel

Transform an ugly duckling into a swan of a master bath by finding more space — but not with an addition. Stealing space can be a better solution if you can find the extra square footage. Open up a closet to make more room, create separate his-and-her areas with separate sinks, or add a skylight to bring in valuable natural light. Updating tub and tile are also good ideas.

Adding Value to Your Home Tip #5: Make Minor Bathroom Changes

Minor Bathroom changes can be advantageous because they cost less and often net a greater return than the investment.

If you have old tile or a dated tub, vanity, sink and toilet, consider replacing those items.

If you keep the layout the same, you can keep your expense down. Updating light fixtures, paint, linens and accessories are easy ways to breathe new life into the space.

If you have a Master Bathroom taking out the tub and adding a walking shower can add value as well.

Tiles about 12”x12” will give your bathroom an updated look and is the preferred choice for flooring and shower surrounds.

Adding Value to Your Home Tip #4: Build a Second Floor

Build a Second Floor

Adding a second story can do more than just create square footage. It can bring balance to an uneven house. A flat roof over a garage can be an eyesore as well as a huge waste of space. You could solve both problems at the same time by adding on to the top of the garage. Use all that dead space to build a master suite or a reading room. You will not only add space, but you will also add tremendous curb appeal.

Adding Value to Your Home Tip #3: Keep Rooms Flexible

Keep Rooms Flexible

Does your home have a unique specialty room like this relaxing plant sanctuary/lounge room? No one’s saying you need to give up your ‘special place,’ but it’s important to hold back a little. Too much customization can be a problem if you ever plan to sell your home, so try not to overdo it. Things like hardwood floors, wiring for cable, phone and DSL, and plenty of windows are good ways to customize while keeping the room versatile. Another idea is to make the space one that can easily be converted into a guest suite, studio, family room or a den.

Adding Value to Your Home #2: Revive the Kitchen

Revive the Kitchen

Take down that rooster wallpaper and paint it a neutral color…. More and more buyers are expecting some standard items in a kitchen — things like stainless-steel appliances and hardware, granite counter tops with an under-mounted sink. Buyers want a kitchen with plenty of storage and organizational accessories. Update your flooring with tile or laminate flooring to give a more modern feel.

Also some people are looking for gourmet kitchens whether they can cook or not, a kitchen is a huge prospect for a buyer. Bottom line: kitchens sell houses, so investing in an improvement in this room is the way to go.

Adding Value to Your Home : Tip # 1

Adding Value to your Homes Exterior

#1: Spruce Up the Siding

It may not be glamorous, but replacing siding is our No.1 pick for home improvements that add value to your home. If your thinking about selling your home in the future, here is your chance to make a great first impression in the real estate world.

If your siding is in bad shape, your home is going to earn the title of fixer-upper. You’ve heard the saying “you can usually judge a book by its cover”. Old siding sets the tone for expectations of what potential buyers may find inside the house. Try adding curb appeal and lower maintenance siding.

 

Stucco Exteriors:

Stucco can be applied by a variety of methods, but hand-troweled is considered to be the best. It can be smooth, rough or somewhere in between. Stucco needs to be water tight. If water seeps under the stucco, it will separate the material from the home. In a virgin application, stucco is spread over wire mesh, wood slats, paper and sheathing.

 

Vinyl Siding:

Vinyl siding is made of PVC or polyvinyl chloride and comes in a variety of colors. The panels are installed from the bottom row up by nailing galvanized roofing nails through the slots in the panel, exposing the nail head so the panels can move. The vinyl expands and contracts in hot and cold weather and must slide freely from side to side. Two main advantages to vinyl are it’s inexpensive and never needs painting.

 

Composite Siding:

Manufactured siding can be created from almost any material and made to resemble natural wood. Some composite siding is made from shredded wood, binders, glue and Portland cement. James Hardie is a well known manufacturer of fiber-cement products — built to withstand rain, wind, hail and insects — and this siding is available in a variety of colors, boasting a limited 50-year warranty.

National Home Improvement Month

 

May is not only a time of year when homebuyers flood the market to buy the home of their dreams, but also a good time to get started on those needed remodeling projects. What better way to ready yourself for National Home Improvement Month than to take some advice from professionals.

If you plan on selling your home soon, or even down the line, we suggests enhancing your home’s curb appeal.

Exterior improvements, such as new roofing or siding, and interior upgrades, including new kitchen tile or paint, can make your home look more modern and sophisticated, the source says.

Energy-efficient home improvements are also a good project to work on. Installing Energy Star approved appliances can not only make your home more eco-friendly, but also give you some home savings in the long-run.

Additionally, conducting some renovations in high-use areas of your home, such as your bathrooms and kitchen, can add new life to a stale or dated design. Consider changing faucets for newer models, adding in new countertops or installing new cabinets.

How to Care for a Recessed Light Fixture

Lights are prone to get dim after prolonged exposure to dust and grime. For fixtures to be effective at lighting up a home, homeowners need to care for them with regular maintenance. Here’s a step by step guide on how to care for your recessed light fixtures.You will need:• a step ladder• damp cloth• dry, clean cloth

• a light bulb changing tool or duct tape for narrow trims

 

1. Turn off the lights you need to clean, and allow the bulbs to cool down before taking them out. Incandescent bulbs generate a lot of heat and can be harmful to touch. Compact fluorescent lights, on the other hand, are significantly cooler than incandescent bulbs, shortening the time you have to wait before you can hold them.

 

2. When the bulbs have cooled down, use a step ladder and unscrew them with your hands. For fixtures with a narrow trim, this could be difficult. In this case, you can use a light bulb changing tool, which is a pole that features an adjustable grasping mechanism on its end and allows you to get into the trim with ease.

 

3. In lieu of a changing tool, you can use a strip of duct tape and fold it back onto itself so that it creates a handle, with the adhesive side exposed. Insert your fingers through the opening and press your knuckles firmly onto the light bulb. The duct tape will stick to the bulb, after which you can unscrew it from the trim.

 

4. Wipe the bulbs with a damp cloth and alternately rub them with a dry one. Leave them out to dry completely before screwing them back into the fixture.

 

5. With the bulbs still out of the socket, wipe off dust and grime in the interior of the fixture. Unless the main power line has been turned off, never use a wet cloth in doing this, as it could lead to electrocution. When both the fixture and bulbs are fully dry, screw the lights bulb in.

Recessed lights, especially in the kitchen, should always be bright to ensure that tasks such as preparing meals and cooking are done more efficiently. Give the fixtures a thorough clean-up every once in a while to keep them in brilliant condition.