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.

Mirror Makeovers


While completing remodel projects, we were faced with the same dilemma. Locate and install the perfect framed mirror to comlpete the remodel.

Due to cost and inability to find the perfect size, our clients were forced to install an unsightly frameless mirror. We also quickly realized, existing home owners with frameless mirrors were out of options.


Most homeowners did not want to tackle tearing out an existing mirror, repairing the drywall, painting touchups and then locating the perfect sized framed mirror. All of these reasons were not cost effective.


This led us to start offering Mirror Mate. With over 65 styles to choose from, this product is The Solution to your Frameless Mirror.


Mirror Mate frames your existing mirrors with decorative frames. Your mirror does not have to be removed, no mess or tear out needed. This is a cost effective way to update, enhance and transform those large mirrors in your bathrooms.



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.


Welcome to Holp on Homes

I look forward to sharing with you all that I have learned over the years working and running our remodeling business.

A girl needs a pink tool belt, don’t you think?
I have been a contractors wife for over 20 years and see how hard he works to provide for his family and his customers.
I have worked on many projects over the years when we were short handed installing tile, siding, painting and running the saws. My children have grown up around the business and have helped during summers picking up shingles, and cleaning up job sites. Today our son works fun time as a finish carpenter alone side my husband and my daughter helps us with our marketing.
“Holp on Homes” was a name given to us by a dear customer and now friend. She hired us to do an extensive home remodel and she love watching all the home Improvement TV shows. She would ask Terry about different products and install options, and he would always let her know the products he would choose or how he would install it if it was his home. She would say “I have my very own Holp on Homes right here working on my house.”
I hope you enjoy the blog, and please be kind as I’m not a professional writer and often make spelling and grammar errors!
I’ll be sharing home tips, product info, and knowledge to help improve your remodeling experience and teach you how to communicate better with your contractor.
Since design is a big part of what we do, we’ll also will be sharing design, decorating and organizational tips.
It’s my hope that you will gain an appreciation for the professional remodeler and understand the real value they have to offer.

Thank You and I look forward to your feedback….

April Holp

Remodeling Specialist

Holp Construction & Design LLC