Helpful Tips to Start Right in Doing Home Improvements

When starting a new home improvement project this is a time to rope the whole family into it! So what if it is just a new coat of paint on the walls, this is the time for friends and families to get together and have a good time. Yes. You can have a good time redecorating! Home improvements can be carried out by anyone, male or female, young or old! Obviously don’t let children do too much work; otherwise you will get done for slave labor, and yes I am only joking.

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You will get complaint after complaint after complaint from everyone when asking for help, and no doubt you will hear the most ridiculous excuses of all time but just play the guilt trip on them and they are sure to come around. A home improvement project is a big task and you will need lots of help, and you should not have to pay the extortionate rates that some professionals will charge. Your friends and especially your family should be right in there helping you along!

A home improvement project can be anything, from a simple slap of paint or a full blown heating system exchange! All home improvements are a big job no matter how small and should all be carried out with care and consideration for everyone living in the home. All projects should be fully talked over with all members of the house, unless of course you couldn’t care less about what they think! Home improvement is a very serious topic especially if it is a large project that needs a lot of money invested and a lot of work done.

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When choosing help for your home improvement projects slackers are not an option, neither are people who do not agree with what you are doing in the house, all they are likely to do is slow down or mess up what you are trying to do. A project should only be carried out when you have a free few days or however long it is going to take, there is no point embarking on a home improvement project if you are not able to finish the job. Also contractors should not be brought in unless you are going to be able to pay them! A home improvement project shouldn’t be something that bogs you down, it should be something that lifts your spirits!

Home Improvements Projects Under $100

Improving your homes does not necessarily mean that you will have to apply for a loan or to cash out big from your projects. Although some individuals would spend thousands of dollars to improve the look of their home, others are smart-savvy enough to discover ways in improving the look and function of their homes without spending too much.

Three of the key areas that will truly change the look of your home include the entrance, the kitchen and the bathroom. Just doing a few changes in these areas will make a huge difference in your home. However, is it possible to bring a whole new look to these areas for less than $100? Here are some ideas you can try.

Entrance

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First impressions can really make a lot of difference in our homes.  This is why the entrance is considered as one of the best places to start when you aim to create a new look for your homes. To spice up the look of your entrance, you can actually do several things without going over $100.

If you have a spacious porch, having potted plants in a metal planter can create an impressive look in your entrance. You can also consider having colorful potted flowering plants on your front porch. Save more by buying seedlings rather than full grown plants. It wouldn’t cost you as much as $50 to achieve such.

Another creative thing you can do for your front entrance is painting your front door with a bright color. A gallon of exterior/interior glossy paint will cost you no more than $20.

Kitchen

When you look in your kitchen, what catches your eye first? Probably all those nifty cabinets that discreetly tuck away your dishes, right? After a number of years, you might crave a different look. For starters, you might want to give them a good cleaning. This one step alone can make a difference. You would be surprised the amount of dust and grease that can accumulate on cabinets. Depending on the material that your cabinets are made of, simply removing the cabinets from their hinges and wiping them down with the damp cloth is sufficient. There are chemicals on the market, but you need to make sure that the chemicals are made for your cabinet material.

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Once your cabinets are shining again, you can then add or replace knobs. Knobs range from simple unfinished versions that cost as little as $.50 to decorative insert pulls that costs around $3. With the average kitchen containing about 12 cabinets, your cost won’t go over $36.

A few roller blinds Perth installed in your kitchen window can also make a difference.

Bathroom

Guest bathrooms are usually confined to a small space. Why not give this room a lift? Adding up a few accessories in your bathrooms can do the trick. You can have scented candles as starters which will cost you less than $30 or you might have several ones already available at home. You can change the wall paper of your bathroom was, add some art work or color. Stickers are considered as cheap and easy to do decorative items you can include in your bathroom redesign.

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Consider adding a few colorful fabrics inside to add color to your bathrooms. Another great trick would be placing accessories that can function as storage as well like novelty boxes, cute canisters or colorful plastic containers.

Add Scented Jar Candles To Any Room In Your Home

Any room in your home can benefit from the addition of some fantastic scented jar candles. The style of scented jar candles will never fade and they are durable and long lasting. The majority of scented jar candles will last anywhere from 50 to 120 hours. They always look great and they are some of the most affordable candles on the market today.

Everyone loves nice scented jar candles. That is why they are so popular and hard to keep on the shelves of stores. If you look in any home décor magazine you are going to see plenty of these scented jar candles in all different rooms. Decorators suggest putting scented jar candles in your bathroom to get rid of any lingering unwanted smells, in your front hall so that guests are greeted with a warm and inviting scent and eve the dining room.

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When you choose some scented jar candles for the dining room or the kitchen you should take the time to choose the scented jar candles that will promote an appetite. You do not want to choose a smell that will make people not want to eat. A more subtle scent is usually the kind that you want to go for in any room where eating will be done.

You can even use scented jar candles to create a romantic mood between you and your lover. Everyone like to forget their troubles for a while and what better way to do this than to light up some scented jar candles and sit back with the one you love. Perhaps have some wine and listen to some soft music or even just talk to each other. I am telling you that scented jar candles could make all of the difference to your night any day of the week. Light some up tonight and relax with your partner, you both deserve it.

Scented jar candles are easy to find and are very affordable. You can purchase scented jar candles online or by mail or even at your local grocery store. The best place to get scented jar candles for cheap is the internet. There is a huge market for these fantastic candles online. You will find many different brands for much less than you would find them for anywhere else. If you don’t believe me check it out for yourself, you will be amazed at the savings that you can find on scented jar candles online.

If you do not yet have any scented jar candles in your home, there is no time like the present to get some. Start shopping for your scented jar candles today and get in on the after holiday savings, you will not be disappointed. Scented jar candles can really change the whole feel of your home for the better.

Creative and Affordable Ideas to Bring your Living Room to Life

Your living room is the room in your house where most of the living takes place.  It’s where your family gathers to watch television, read, and generally unwind and relax after a busy day.  It’s also the room where company gathers during parties and holidays.  Thus making it look good or at least comfortable for everyone is a necessity. However you’re struggling to come up with decorating ideas and strategies for it, and you worry that your budget isn’t big enough to do the job justice.  But with a little planning, creativity, and ingenuity, your living room can be a relaxing environment where you can unwind or entertain with comfort and ease.

Consider pulling pieces you have in other rooms into your living room to use.  A short, double-sided dresser can easily become a buffet when a table runner and an arrangement of candles or a colorful flower centerpiece is placed on top. Blockout blinds can look as posh as those motorized window treatments you see in big mansions. Adding a few things and mixing it together with other accessories at home can bring a different kind of light to your living room.

Use your furniture arrangement to define functional areas. Strategically placed floor rugs, lamps and furniture can create zones in your home. You can arrange your seating to take advantage of a focal point, such as a television, picture window or a fireplace.  You can also find affordable component pieces that combine functional storage with fashionable decorating lines. Tables with drawers and shelves add valuable, and a simple desk doubles for homework, household management, bill paying and filing. Every area in the living room should play a function whether for work or for pleasure.

When accessorizing your room, remember that less is more. Choose neutral colors and accent with colorful textured throws, rugs, and other decorative and artistic elements.  Keep the balance of your room in perspective.  You don’t want to overwhelm a small room with large, bold pieces, nor do you want to place smaller, neutral pieces in a large room where they’ll get lost. Having enough sitting areas, free space where you can move and proper lighting makes a living room functional and relaxing at the same time.

If you’re working with used furniture, try distracting from worn upholstery or a faded finish by using colorful toss pillows or table runners.  Bright curtains can distract from a faded carpet and breathe new life into an old room.

Consider your personal style and the needs of the household when decorating a living room. It should not be magazine worthy but suitable to what your family needs.

5 Ways to Survive Building or Remodeling Your Home

Building or remodeling a new home can be stressful. However, you can make the adventure fun and memorable by following these tips.

  1. Think of the project as a new diet.

Who doesn’t want to lose at least five pounds?  This is one way to do it.  Between running to stores all day and evening long, meeting with contractors, inspecting the work, searching the Western world for the perfect light fixture, who has time to eat?  Provided you don’t sabotage this new, unorthodox diet plan, with McDonalds drive through, you’re good for losing five pounds. If you are a masochistic type who does some of the work yourself – whether it be painting, laying tile, landscaping the yard – you can count on another five to ten pounds of weight loss.

  1. Write checks as aerobic exercise.

These workouts are great for toning the wrist and fingers.  Usually done in hectic spurts as you race out the door in the morning while the contractors are breathing down your neck and your kids are beating each other with the lunch boxes you just prepared, the stress and frantic activity are sure to raise your heartbeat for a good hour.  Grumbling under your breath that the plumber, electrician, or you name it, isn’t really worth this much money adds greater intensity and calorie burn to this little publicized exercise regime.

  1. Save money through shopping burnout

Yes, even the most die-hard shopper will come to dread setting foot in any store.  This affliction starts innocently enough as you go to look for light fixtures. How hard can it be?  Hard! Either the light you want is being shipped from Yugoslavia and won’t arrive until your youngest child buys his own home, or you just can’t find the one you want.  You’ll shop every lighting and electrical store you know. You’ll search Home Depot. You’ll haunt hardware stores. And then there’s plumbing fixtures. Sink centers, faucet handles, finishes, special orders. What’s all that about?

  1. Throw out (finally) your significant other’s treasured [fill in the blank] from his bachelor days.

You know what I mean. It could be the semi-nude poster he won’t get rid of. Or his collection of exotic beer cans. Or all of his Sports Illustrated magazines since the Chicago Bears last won the Superbowl.  Now is the perfect time to get rid of it.  If you need to move out of your house while the remodeling is done, or you are moving to a new home, such an opportune time may never occur again. Say it won’t fit in the rental house. It’s either this or his golf clubs. Gently remind him that the sentimental item really serves as a reminder of his advancing years.  Anything. Get rid of it.  It will be one positive you can remind yourself of when the stress of remodeling makes you feel that this project was the biggest mistake of your life.

  1. Grow closer to your family through forced bathroom sharing.

The saying goes that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Perhaps that wise pundit had to share a closet sized bathroom with three kids and a spouse.  In reality, there’s no greater way to create intimacy in a family than by all trying to get ready for the morning in the same 7’x 5’ space.  You’ll learn new exciting things about your children – like toilet paper is purely optional for little boys.  You’ll discover that there is no bond quite like the one created when the entire family brushes their teeth together over the same sink.  You’ll realize why the older generation of your relatives only washed their hair once a week instead of facing communal bathroom time.  But most importantly, you’ll no longer need to yell at your kids to hurry up for school – they’re standing right next to you.

Home Landscaping Made Easy

Home landscaping does not just involve sticking plants into your vacant front or backyard and making it look “green”. When designing and landscaping your own home, you need to invest some time and put in a lot of creativity to beautify your front lawn or backyard. Unless you have the budget to hire a professional landscape artist to transform your lawn into a dream sanctuary, doing things your way, with the help of the rest of the household is a less expensive idea. Take note of working one area or one improvement at a time to keep the pressure low and your budget afloat.

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Here are some do-it-yourself tips to landscape your lawn: First, clear the general area that you will be designing and start from scratch. This will give you a better ‘canvass’ to work with just like the 3 day blinds at home. Then, sketch the general look that you would like to have for your garden. Make a list of the plants, trees and shrubs that you can plant. When deciding on the type of plants, make sure that there will be a plant which will flower or bloom for each season of the year – winter, spring, summer and fall. For example, perennial flowers will bloom in May, but after that it will just look like an ordinary plant. Having a plant which blooms in a different time of the year would make your garden have a focal point even when other plant variants are not in season.

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As much as possible, make a layered planting bed. At the back row which is the farthest from your house, plant the variants which grow the tallest. This will serve as the base of your landscaping. In the middle and front rows, put the shorter plants. Make sure that you apply this rule in every area of the garden where you plant to put in plants for a more ‘trimmed’ look.

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You can also vary the design of your walls and fences.  When choosing ‘furniture’ for your garden, like a table and chair garden set, place them in an area where they can best be viewed and enjoyed. Installing a water fall is a great idea to add to the main attractions of your landscaped garden. With some hard work and a lot of creativity, you will feel great once you look out your window and you see the landscaped lawn which you designed and built yourself.

 

Cleaning your Indoor Air Naturally

Have you ever wondered why sometimes you can still get sick even though you are only staying inside your house? Here is a trivia for you to think about: did you know that indoor air can be five times more toxic and unclean compared to outdoor air? All of the things inside your house like beds, cooking pans, kids’ clothes and so forth can have hazardous chemicals that make your house’s indoor air more toxic. We usually think that indoor air is fresher and cleaner than the outside’s. Remember that sometimes disregarding the condition of the air you are inhaling can lead you to some illnesses such as asthma, skin allergies, recurrent headaches, and problems with your digestive system. But don’t worry, you can now clean your indoor air without having to spend too much money on it.

Here are four simple, cheap, and natural ways of cleaning and purifying your indoor air:

Set a natural air conditioning

To set a natural air conditioning system does not automatically mean having to open all your windows at home. Instead of doing this, try to naturally cool your home and properly ventilate your house with these steps:

First, you may use ceiling fans in order to ventilate the house and lessen the air pollutants coming from the outside. Then, you may try to set heat-blocking window treatments for you to avoid air dusts, heat, and other chemicals from the outdoors. And finally, try to reduce the usage of heat-producing appliances.

Use Bamboo Charcoal

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Charcoals are famously known and used to purify water. They are also one of the ingredients in some beauty products nowadays. Charcoal has the same toxin-removing effects on the air. You may try to use Moso air purifying bags that are made of linen and loaded with high-density bamboo charcoal. The absorbent form of the charcoal can help remove bacteria, hazardous pollutants, and allergens. It can also suck up moisture and stop the molds and mildews from building up by catching the toxins and impurities inside each pore. 

Try Beeswax Candles

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The regular paraffin candles that we usually use came from petroleum and can emancipate chemicals like toluene, soot, benzene, and other chemicals in the air. These paraffin candles should be avoided because they provide harm rather than advantages in the quality of your indoor air.

On the other hand, the pure beeswax candles are very helpful especially for those who have asthma or allergies. They are also useful in removing common allergens like dust and dander from the air you breathe. Compared to the paraffin candles, beeswax candles burn slower so they last longer.

Grow Houseplants

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We all know that plants help people by absorbing the carbon dioxide we produce and converting it to clean oxygen that we are breathing in. There are certain plants that are best in reducing and removing the amount of chemicals like benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene in the air. Some of the best air purification plants are the Golden Pothos, Boston Fern, Bamboo Palm, Lady Palm, Snake Plant, English Ivy, Dragon Tree, Spider Plant, and Dracaena. It is recommended to put at least one plant per 100 square feet of your house in order to achieve the efficient air cleaning.

Now, you have the ideas to clean your indoor air. Time to start trying these simple and natural ways to effectively clean your indoor air and make it safe for the whole family.

Home Design Ideas: Light And Natural Hues For Your Living Room

Your living room is the first area of your home that will be introduced to your guests. More often than not, it is one of the most important parts of home that suggests a working theme and define your personality.

Living rooms respond to light and natural hues to be set that can set your abode to top of the class.

Pastel Colors

Pastel colors can serve best your living room giving it a cozy and glowing feel. Choose colors between yellow green, green, to powder blue and blue. It creates variety and relaxing tone to any member of the family or guest. White may seem to be the basic color that will make your abode look bigger but there can be other hues that falls into the pastel color group that can suit the trick. Pastel also happens to be this year’s color when it comes to home design.

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Open the windows and make it glass

Light can be best when comes naturally. Manage to have your windows on glass and decorate it with pastel color linens as well to curate a refreshing home solution. It can soothe the mood and set it to a more tone down one. Roller blinds from Blinds Online Australia’s online shop can also be a good way to allow light to enter your glass windows. Some on the other hand would prefer sheer curtains which is also a good choice.

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Halogen lights

At night, use halogen lights to manage an effect of a natural light. This light tends to be not too loud and not to dim for your living room. Experiment with light colors, shapes and intensities to bring something different inside your homes.

Dare to be bold

Try to have bold colors of paint on your wall that can curate a certain character for your living room area. It will defy the usual aura of the receiving area and will create a working theme not just in the living room but to your whole home as well. Red, green and blue are striking colors that can be used as focal points in your living areas.

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When choosing lights and colors for the living room, it only takes certain creativity and experiment to fully mesmerize your family and even yourself with the changes. It will explore more your side that further from the usual norms of your current home setups. The 2016 look will definitely look good more on your home and that it create a post-modern aura set.

Are Sunrooms Safe?

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Planning to expand your house’s space in order for you to have a better access and view of your outdoors? Wanting for an additional living area to stay in during the mild weather? Maybe a sunroom will you. But come to think of it, are these sunrooms really safe? Below we’ll discuss quickly the pros and cons of having sunrooms at home.

The Perks of Having Sunroom

Building up sunrooms is a reasonable way to add up extra space to your house. It will also help increase your house’s total value. Sunrooms are one of the principal aspects of a house being requested and valued by many in the realty market. There are some home buyers who are requesting for sunrooms in order for them to enjoy the view of the outdoors while staying indoors.

Sunrooms have a variety of uses. Sunrooms can be a place for relaxation, allowing the house owner or the visitors to enjoy the ambiance and environment. Having sunrooms can be so beneficial to your health. There are studies showing that exposure to sunlight can be a great help in battling mental illness and depression. You may also use the sunrooms as your eating, play, or entertainment room. It can also be a good place for your plants because there is enough sunlight and air ventilation in sunrooms.

Sunrooms can help you save electricity and energy. This kind of place can get warmth and light of the sun — allowing you to use the natural light instead of using electric lighting. Sunrooms also have a fresh ambiance allowing you to relax and not to use electric fans.

As you read above, there are many perks of having sunrooms. Of course, if there are advantages of having sunrooms, there will be also disadvantages in building one up.

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Disadvantages of Having Sunroom

Having a sunroom can be the source of water leakage in your house. Water leakage is the top disadvantage of having a sunroom. It can be caused by many factors. For example, the joints and other connecting materials between the panels are weak areas that may start the water leakage.

A sunroom that has a lot of glass can experience condensation easily, either during the hot weather or indoors during the cold weather that may also cause molds. It is better to choose and ask an installer or restorer who has enough knowledge in which materials are better to use to reduce the possibility of experiencing condensation.

Sunrooms should have tempered safety glass and there are areas of it that need laminated glass which has a plastic film binding it together. This will provide an extra layer of protection when it breaks.

When you are planning to build up a sunroom in your house, it is better to look for someone who has an adequate background in building that kind of room and ask for his opinions and suggestions. Or if you are planning to buy a house with sunroom, better to ask for a home’s inspector opinion about the safety and integrity of the house and sunroom. In addition, repair the damages as soon as possible to avoid more expenses later on.

Having a sunroom has a lot more benefits than having disadvantages. So basically, the sunrooms are safe as long as the building of it went to proper and organized construction procedure.

Best Ways to Get a Home Improvement Loan

Home improvement projects are great ways to achieve our dream homes. However, they can be costly as well. Smaller projects might not hurt the budget such as painting and decorating, but all those simple and DIY home improvement projects can add up quickly and eventually affect the household budget.

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The smart home stylist will not only look for the best deals in fabric and furnishings, they will also look for home improvement loans as well. Getting a home improvement loan might actually sound better than spending a personal loan for a holiday, especially for a family. Investing in a durable and beautiful home is a wise move and a smart investment to consider.

Here are some ways to acquire home improvements loans for your next big renovation product or for that automated blinds you saw on Blinds Online’s product pages.

Personal loans

For small home improvement projects that do not require a lot of cash but might hurt the household budget, getting a personal loan is a fast solution for your home improvement expenses. However, the interest rates for this type of loan are dependent on the current market conditions.

Secured loans

Secured loans on the other hand can be taken against the equity in your property. This type of loan allows you to enjoy lower monthly repayments and better interest rates compared to an unsecured loan.

Dealer financing

Whether you want to get central heating fitted or have all the doors replaced, or whether you want to redecorate throughout, have a new kitchen or bathroom, or any other type of home improvement, the dealer from who you buy the goods will finance you with home improvement loans and you repay the principle inclusive of a high rate of interest.

Home Improvement Mortgage Refinance

Some homeowners are resorting to refinancing their home loans to lock in attractive long term fixed interest rates allowing them to enjoy extra money to pay remodeling projects. This type of payment allows you to schedule payments for 20 to 30 years into the future with tax deductible for interest. However, interests are quite significant because you are paying the amount slowly through fixed monthly payments.

Home Equity Loans

A Home Equity Loan allows you to borrow against the value of your home and is also one of the smartest ways to finance home improvements. Although one major drawback is that if you default on your payment, you run the risk of losing your home, so paying these loans back in a responsible manner is an absolute must.

Bank Loans

Consumer banks allow loans for home improvement projects. They can be paid according to your capacity and go as far as three years. This allows homeowners to loan for significant amount of loans without much paperwork to consider. They can be refinanced as soon as you have managed to pay 75-80% of the original loan.

Setting up a budget for your home improvement and renovation projects can be achieved. You just have to plan and set a workable budget for your home improvement activities.