Home Improvement Tips

Tips for renovating a home for the best price in the most reasonable amount of time.

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5 Things to Know About Indoor Air QualityAir quality is something that many Inspirada homeowners worry about as they choose a location to buy a property. Inside the home, however, air quality can often be worse than it is outside. Allergens, dirt, and contaminants can easily build up inside rooms, contributing to allergies and other problems. Fortunately, there are a few ways that homeowners can get a sense for their home's air quality and make it better. With this information, people will know the common sources of lower air quality and what they can do about it.

1. Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality

Contaminants can invade the home from almost anywhere. Some come from the outside but most are already in the house. In many cases, the toxins leave signs that people can pick up with their

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How to Keep Your Fireplace as Efficient as PossibleA fireplace can be a major benefit for any home, especially for those homes that might be for sale. However, a fireplace can also be a potential hazard that can end up causing headaches or even a rapid-spreading disaster. To keep the fireplace functioning the way it was intended, homeowners will need to commit to regular maintenance and safety guidelines.

Limit the Smoke

A fireplace may have been the home's primary source of heat at one time, but homeowners should not be treating it as their furnace anymore. Experts recommend no more than five hours of continuous burning. Homeowners can also limit the amount of smoke by cracking the window. Even in cold weather, the majority of the air from the window should travel up the chimney rather than

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Deferred Maintenance: What Is it?When looking for a new home to buy, one of the things that may come up during the search is deferred maintenance. When a home has deferred maintenance, it can have a big impact on the homeowner. But just what is deferred maintenance? This guide will explain what deferred maintenance is, and what it means for buyers and sellers alike when dealing with a home that has it.

What Is Deferred Maintenance?

Deferred maintenance on a home is exactly what it sounds like: when a homeowner continually postpones necessary repairs, resulting in the home to fall into disrepair. This is often done in order to save money, stay under budget, or simply because they can’t afford to have their home repaired. Examples of deferred maintenance include things like: 

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    Does Your Home Need Professional Gutter Cleaning? How To TellGutter care is an important part of home maintenance - they are not something that you should defer cleaning. If you're a new homeowner, here's what you'll need to know about taking care of your home's gutters.

    Why It's Important to Clean Gutters

    Gutters are designed to carry water away from the home. Without a proper drainage system, water can saturate the ground around the home, or may seep into the home's roof and walls. If water saturates the ground surrounding a home's foundation, the earth around the home may heave during freeze/thaw cycles, causing costly foundation damage.

    If water leaks into the walls or attic of a home, this could lead to mold, wood rot, pest infestation and other problems. Cleaning the gutters can ensure that water

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    How to Pick a Kitchen Countertop Material That's Right for YouThe kitchen counters are a major feature in the room, making it important for homeowners to consider a few types of materials before settling on one. Before deciding, they need to consider how much time they spend in the kitchen, what types of meals they prepare, and how long they plan to own the home before selling. For those getting ready to start a DIY project or hire a professional to add or redo countertops, keep the following in mind about the many colors, patterns, and textures available on the market.

    Granite

    Granite is a smart choice for homeowners who want to increase their home's resale value. The elegance and luxury of granite are instantly apparent to potential homebuyers, even if they don't consider themselves to be serious

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    Getting Your Garage Organized: Tips for HomeownersKeeping an organized garage is important, especially if you're using your garage primarily for storage. A clean garage is also important should you want to sell your home. The more organized your garage is, the easier it will be to find the things you need. If you're trying to organize your garage, these tips can help.

    Utilize All Available Space

    Most garages have a lot of un-utilized space, especially on the walls and near the ceiling. Installing storage shelves and loft space makes it possible to use these spaces more efficiently.

    Hanging wire bins from a peg board on the wall can also give the homeowner more storage space. When installing loft space or shelves, homeowners should work with a professional contractor, especially if they're

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    All About Getting Your Windows ReplacedWindow replacement is a home improvement that most homeowners only perform every few decades. If you're a current homeowner, or are thinking of selling your existing home, ando believe that you may need window replacement to increase the value of your home, here's what you need to know.

    When Should You Replace Your Windows?

    Typically, homeowners wait until their windows are inefficient and in disrepair before they decide to replace. Below are a few signs that window replacement is appropriate:

    • The space around the windows is drafty and uncomfortable.
    • Weatherstripping isn't helping.
    • The room becomes hot in summer or cold in winter.
    • The home is unevenly heated depending on where the sun is shining.
    • The cost to repair the
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    Smart Ideas to Improve Your BackyardHomeowners don't need to install in-ground pools or coordinate flashy fountain shows to improve their outdoor space. Sometimes it's as simple as adding an outdoor table for everyone to enjoy their favorite meals, or putting in a few extra plants for a little burst of color. Homeowners who want to spend more time in the fresh air should keep the following tips in mind.

    Camouflage

    Color can do more than invite people outside, it can camouflage the outdoor space and make for a more attractive landscape. For example, owners can add potted plants to the patio so it blends in with the surrounding backyard. When positioning plants, think in terms of both air quality and shade. The plants should be placed near the seating areas to provide a clean air

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    Installing a Home Office InformationWorking from home can be very rewarding, especially if you have a specialized space to get the work done. Converting a room of your home into an office can be done in a weekend or over a few weekends, either through a contractor or even a do-it-yourself (DYI) project. Here's what you need to know about turning a part of your home into a work space.

    Have a Plan

    Decide in advance what kind of furniture you need. Do you need a standing desk, sitting desk, or one that is convertible? Will you need filing cabinets? How many? Assess your daily work flow, the tools that you use to do your job and the amount of space you need to get work done. Create a floor plan of your future office space, to give you some direction throughout the project.

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    Building a home fitness center doesn't have to be a dream. It may be easier than you think!Buying a new home with all the rooms one might want can be difficult. One of the rooms many people may want in a new home is a fitness or exercise room. If youir new home doesn't have an exercise room, consider building or making one.

    Building a home gym takes some thought, planning, money and perhaps most of all commitment. It's one thing to have a treadmill that now only serves as a clothing rack, it's quite another to plan and invest in an entire area that goes largely unused. Once a homeowner is assured they want and will use a home fitness studio it's time to make plans and construct it. Here are some steps to take.

    Select an Appropriate Space

    Planning a home gym starts with selecting the right space. Ideally, it should be a space

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