Wednesday, July 26, 2017

4 Small Projects Which Can Drastically Improve Your Home’s Facade

Improving the exterior look of your home – four things you can do


home's facade


Maybe you are thinking of putting your home on the market, and you want to attract potential buyers as they pass by. Or maybe, you just want to give visitors something better to look at when they arrive. It could even be that you just feel the need to spruce up the exterior of your property. Whatever the reason, there are things that you can do to improve the exterior look of your property.

The good news is that you do not have to spend a fortune in order to make a big difference. Here are four actions you can think about taking, straight away.

Refresh the paint work

One of the quickest ways to improve the way your home looks, from the outside, is to give it a paint job. If you have the time, and the ability, you can do the work yourself. If not, you can hire a professional, to deliver an eye popping result. If you are considering changing the colour scheme of the paint work, do not forget to choose a colour that is in keeping with the environment around you. Shocking pink may be your favourite colour, but it may not go down very well with the neighbours.

Consider adding cladding for a new look

Cladding can add a whole new look to the exterior of your home. It's also a good form of insulation, and can protect the outer walls of your property, against the elements. There are several materials you can choose from, when it comes to cladding for houses. The most popular options are vinyl, wood and UPVC. Vinyl tends to be the cheapest option, wood often goes best with the look of a property and UPVC is the most durable material, and the easiest to maintain. You need to choose the type of cladding that is best for your needs.

Clean and fix the guttering

Broken or dirty guttering can have an adverse affect on the look of your property. Broken guttering can also lead to water leaking out and getting into your home. This can cause damp, which can be a major problem, once it takes hold. It does not take long to clean and fix guttering, if you conduct checks on a regular basis. If you do not feel safe climbing a ladder, you should pay for someone to do the work for you. It's worth making the investment.

Keep the windows clean and sparkling

Most people clean the windows of their home on a regular basis, but when the weather is bad you should think about upping the cleaning schedule as the dirt and grime that can accumulate does not make for a good look. If you do not want to do the work yourself, you should hire a reputable professional to do the work for you. Ask around the neighborhood for recommendations, as you want to hire someone who will do a good job.

All four of these actions can help you improve the exterior look of your home. You do not have to spend a lot of money, you just have to put some thought into the improvements you can make, and invest your time and effort.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

How to save money on outdoor furniture this summer

Outdoor furniture doesn't have to be costly if you know how to shop for a bargain. So where do you go, when do you shop, and how do you find what you want, for less? These are a few simple ways to go about saving, for those who want to know how to save money on outdoor furniture this summer. 

outdoor furniture


1. Catalogue it - Yes, you can finance your purchases via catalogue shopping. There are many specialty sites you can visit. Not only can you pay off the purchase over time, you can avoid interest rates if you pay within a certain introductory period. Further, the more you buy, the longer you have to repay, and the more you can spread the cost out.

2. Consider second hand - If you swap with friends, buy second hand, or find local shops which sell previously, lightly used pieces, you can really save as well. Doing this is a simple way to pay less for the same exact item you would pay full price for. And, in many cases, stores sell items which were returned (but not used) for a fraction of the price they would cost new. Second hand garden furniture is a great way to save some money this summer. 

3. DIY it - If you love doing it yourself, this is your chance. Buy an older item, and refurbish it. Paint it, add your own linen seats, consider doing something unique. Not only is it one of a kind, it is also going to be a much cheaper option than buying all furniture brand new. 

4. Double up - If there is a shed you have, or a seated tool box, you can use one item for furniture and storage. Outdoor tables with built in cabinets. Seating with below storage area. These items can be utilised in more than one way, and you can save on storage solutions as well as the cost of furniture you are going to buy. 

5. Make it - If you are handy, you can build your own furniture. Yes, buy the actual wood, linen, seating, and other necessary parts, and build it. Like DIY jobs, you are putting your own touch on things, and it will cost far less than buying items brand new from stores. 

With summer season here, you want to enjoy your outdoor space. If you are looking for new outdoor furniture and sets, but do not want to spend the high cost on buying it new, these are a few ways to spread costs, and save on the pieces you buy or make.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Storing your bike – solutions you may not have thought of

 sliding bike rack

Bikes can be a big investment, so you want to make sure that your pride and joy is kept safe and secure. Bike storage is a major concern for any bike owner. You do not really want the inconvenience of having to wind your way around your bike every time you walk through the entrance to your home, but how else can you keep it safe and out of the elements?

The good news is that you do have options, when it comes to storing your bike. Some of them can actually be cool ways of adding a fun decorative feature to your home.

Bike racks for the wall

If you are looking for a fun and funky interior décor idea, and a place to store your bike, then why not combine the two. Bike racks are permanent wall fixtures where you can hang one or two bikes. This means that you bike is out from under your feet, it's safe and it creates a talking point when your friends come over for dinner.

Bike hooks to make your machine stand out

This is probably not an ideal solution if you have a very small space, but it can look cool, and it's simple. All you have to do is attach a bike hook to the wall and it keeps hold of the front wheel of the bike, while the back wheel simply rests against the wall. You need to remember that the bike itself sticks out from the wall, so you should allow for sufficient space.

Making use of the ceiling with a bike hoist

As you might expect, a bike hoist enables you to hoist your bike up, and suspend it from the ceiling. It's an excellent way of using space that is not currently utilised. You can use a bike hoist in your home, and make a feature out of it. You can also use a bike hoist, or multiple hoists, in your garage.

Making the most of a small garage

You do not need to have a huge garage to be able to store your bike in it, as well as housing your car. There are some creative ways in which you can make the most of your garage space. An excellent bike storage solution is to use over bonnet storage units. After all, you are probably not going to do anything else with the space above the bonnet of your vehicle.

Being able to store your bike safely and securely is a major concern, especially if you have invested several hundred dollars in the machine of your dreams. As you can see, there are more options than you might think. You can even use your bike as an interior décor feature in your home, when you are not out riding it. You do not even need to have a lot of space to do so; you just need to get creative.


Image credits: Brendon Connelly - https://flic.kr/p/9ZCmWb



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Is Do It Yourself Termite Control an Option?

Termites are one of the most destructive pests in the world, costing homeowners in the Unites States over $5 billion annually. These devastating insects run havoc on your home and literally eat the floorboards under your feet. You must act quickly and stop the destruction before the structure of your home becomes weak and uninhabitable. There are several forms of termiticide sold in stores that will create a protective barrier around the vulnerable areas of your house. Many of these insecticides will also control tick, spider, and cockroach infestations. Any insect that touches the poison will die, or better yet, ingest the poison and excrete it at the colony where other insects are poisoned. The best do-it-yourself approach is to used termite bait and place it in strategic locations near the infestation. To understand how to properly bait your home, you need to know what termite bait is, where to place the bait, and how successful these products are at eradicating an infestation.


termite


Termite baiting is just like any other form of bait, it appears to be a tasty treat for the pest, but it has slow-acting poison that will kill the insect and harm the colony. The bait is most effective when paired with a highly preferred food source such as paper products, old cardboard, and untreated firewood. The first step is to place the food source near the colony so the termites will feed on it and continuously return for more. Once it is clear the termites have enjoyed the food supply, you will add your poison. Be cautious not to use too much poison and kill the termites at the food source. If termites come across several dead termites, they will know the food has been compromised and they will search for food elsewhere.

Termites have wings which allow them to enter your home from the ground, or by the air. They love to land on your roof and will eat their way through your attic. For termite infestation such as this, you must find the holes in the wall where they push out their excrement, and place the bait near these entry points. Underground termites are difficult to find because they may not have an obvious protruding mound like an ant hill. Instead, they will burrow vast chambers underground until they reach a food supply. You will place bait in several plastic tubes in various locations around the yard until you find the culprit.



termite control
By Johnmuncaster - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

There is much debate surrounding the effectiveness of store-bought bait. The largest factor being termites finding the bait in the first place. If a colony of termites is already feasting on your walls, why would they want to switch to a new food supply outside of the home? The second common variable was using an appropriate amount of poison, so insects aren’t dying immediately near the food supply. With the inconsistent reviews of the most common termite poison, you should call a professional to inspect your home. It’s always a better idea to spend a few hundred on an exterminator, than thousands on a contractor.