Thursday, January 03, 2019 / by Brian Ness
Which Home Repairs You Should Avoid Doing DIY — and Why
With all the DIY shows on tv these days, people are taking on more home repair projects than ever. While that can sometimes save you a bundle, there are other times it can lead to bigger problems and added expense. Here is important information on common jobs better left to the pros.
While bathrooms typically are not big rooms, the skill and knowledge involved with a proper bathroom remodel is huge. Sure, most people can replace a toilet themselves with some decent step-by-step instructions, but as This Old House points out, the plumbing alone for a full remodel requires specialized expertise. There is building code and residential design concepts involved, and on top of that, the workers need to be able to accomplish their tasks in a finished house without causing damage. To hire professionals for a bathroom remodel in Rochester, MN, expect to pay between $4,875 and $8,466.
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Monday, December 03, 2018 / by Brian Ness
Winter Homebuying 101: Cool Reasons Why It’s the Perfect Season to Buy
Don’t pass up that ‘for sale’ sign stuck in the snow-it might just be your ticket to finding your new home at a steal! Real estate sales naturally slow as the seasons change and most home seekers put their search on hold until spring, but not you. You see an advantage in an overcrowded marketplace. You’ve been searching for a home since spring or summer and watched as houses were snatched off the market at record speed! More people means more possibility of a bidding war-ugh! You’ve had enough! Don’t give up now, RE/MAX shares the perks of pursuing that potential palace as the temperatures drop.
Motivated to MoveWhen home sellers list their place in the winter, it usually means their life has experienced a change in plans and now is the time for them to move on. Maybe they just accepted a new job offer in a different city or they already moved out to a ...
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 / by Brian Ness
Factors to Consider When Cleaning Your New Home
You’ve done the homework, picked the right home in the right neighborhood, and have gone through everything else in the home-buying process. However, your work is not done. Before you move into your perfect new home, you need to make sure it’s as clean as possible. There is no better time to deep clean and make your home a relaxing place than before you move in. It is a lot to think about, and it takes a lot of work, but taking it step by step and looking forward to the reward of a clean home will help keep you from becoming overwhelmed. Here are some factors to consider during the process.
Indoor air quality is often neglected by homeowners, but it is an essential part of a healthy home. There are several possible culprits of poor air quality, such as tobacco smoke, outdoor pollution, volatile compounds in manufactured furniture, and fumes from cleaning and pest control products—just to name ...
Thursday, October 11, 2018 / by Brian Ness
Outdoor Faucets – Disconnect any hoses, drain them, and remove splitters or any other items off them. Last step is to store them wherever possible until the the springtime.
Shut-off Valves – Every faucet should have a shut-off valve inside your home. Locate all valves and shut the water off in a clockwise direction.
Drain Exterior Faucets – Turn on all faucets to drain any water left in them. If you notice water continuously flowing, check the valve to make sure it’s completely off. *Leave the faucet handle turned on throughout the winter.
Add Protection – To protect your home and your plumbing system even further during the winter, insulate your pipes! You can even add a faucet cover to your outdoor faucets to give extra protection.
Another option for homeowners is to install freeze-proof faucets. They’re specifically designed to have water automatically go to the shut-off valve once the faucet is turned off.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 / by Brian Ness
How to Make Your New Home Pristine Before You Even Move In
As soon as you have access to your new home, your task of making it move-in ready begins. While there may be plenty of decorative and structural projects you are considering, it’s vital that you don’t forget about cleanliness - true cleanliness. A quick vacuuming and some bathroom scrubbing isn’t enough. Here is what you need to focus on to ensure your new home is perfect before moving day.
Think about what you’re bringing in
You wouldn’t want to get into a recently-detailed car with muddy boots. In the same vein, you don’t want to bring dirty things into a new home. That transition period between moving out and moving in should be the time to consider what old, dirty items are beyond cleaning and need to be replaced. Take your mattress, for instance. If you’ve had it for more than five years, it probably harbors dust mites, bacteria, and other microorganisms. It may ...