Monthly Archives: June 2018

How Impacts Your Home

For those who enjoy to DIY, it’s always exciting to start a new project. From large projects like new flooring to smaller room decorating projects like painting, you have the power to make your home exactly how you’d like.

Experienced DIYers know that there are just some projects you should leave to the pros. After all, we want to keep home improvement fun and safe. If you live in an older home, there are certain materials that DIYers should let the pros handle, one of those being asbestos. See what you need to know about this toxic material and how you can handle it.


What Is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral with six variations, each one a hazard to health. It’s known for its strength and heat resistance within materials. You can commonly find it in homes built between 1930 and 1950, as that was when it was most popular.

Until 1970, the use of asbestos was unregulated. There have been multiple attempts at banning the material all together, but those have been overturned. In the workforce, exposure is highly regulated by OSHA and the EPA. The use of asbestos is banned in some products such as paper and flooring felt. However, it’s still allowed in homebuilding materials such as vinyl tile. Generally, asbestos is no longer used in new construction.


Where Can Asbestos Exposure Happen?

Asbestos is linked as a cause of lung disease, lung cancer and other respiratory illnesses. Frequently, it’s found in older insulation, flooring and walls. Alone and undisturbed, it’s not hazardous. However, you are exposed to asbestos when you inhale the fibers. For homeowners, exposure can happen when these fibers are released into the air, such as a remodeling project.

Since asbestos is odorless and tasteless, it’s highly important to know if any of the changes to your home may involve removing asbestos. Here’s a few common household places you may find asbestos:

  • Floor Tile
  • Plaster
  • Window Caulk
  • Roofing
  • Insulation
  • Plaster
  • Siding

Given the number of places that can contain asbestos, testing before starting a new home improvement project is crucial. Projects like removing a popcorn ceiling, new flooring installation or remodeling in older homes should always be tested for asbestos before beginning. While it is a cost you must factor into your project, the hazards of the material are too great.

The average cost to test for asbestos is $907, with most homeowners spending between $497 and $1,027. There are home-test kits that cut costs. Homeowners can pick up a kit from their local hardware store and mail in the sample to a lab. Though, due to hazardous qualities of the mineral and the challenge it may be to identify, we recommend contacting a pro who can help.

Creating An Organized Kitchen

While we know that the kitchen is the heart of the home, we also know that it can easily become one of the most disorganized areas in the house. With many moving in and out, it can quickly become quite a mess.

If you’re finding more things misplaced in your kitchen when you need them, it might be time to rethink your kitchen’s organizational system. See a few organizational tips that will help you transform your kitchen into a functional cooking and entertainment area.


Professional Home Organizer Costs

From container lids to random silverware, your kitchen is home to many small supplies. Sometimes, kitchens can be so out of control you may not know where to start. If this sounds like you, it might be time to call in a pro. They can help you sort through the kitchen clutter and find a system that will work best for you. The average cost to hire a professional organizer is $478, with most homeowners spending between $314 and $512.


Create Systems

When you have many people using various aspects of the kitchen, items will get misplaced and cluttered. The first step in creating an organized kitchen is finding a system that all can follow. Clearly communicate with everyone using the kitchen where in the cabinets, refrigerator, pantry and drawers and other items will go. When everyone is on the same page, it makes organization a smooth process.


Projects To Complete This Weekend

When it comes to DIY, there are an endless number of projects you can do in your home. From larger upgrades to smaller details, a little bit of time and DIY expertise can go a long way.

If you have a free weekend, why not spend it on a few home improvements? There are many ways you can use your free time this weekend to spruce up your home. The hardest part is choosing what fun project to work on next! See a few DIY ideas to inspire your next home project.


1. Paint Your Flooring

Paint is an instant transformation for any room. But would you ever consider painting your flooring to change your look? Vinyl flooring can be painted and is cheaper than a complete flooring replacement. You can even paint in different patterns to give it a unique look. See this tutorial from Designer Trapped for more instructions on how you can complete this project.


2. Change A Window Treatment

If you’re looking to change the look of your room without making a permanent change, swapping your window treatments is a smart choice. For a custom look, a sewing machine may come in handy to hem the fabric into your own window covering yourself. The average cost to install window treatments is $161, but this largely depends on how many new treatments you’ll be adding in a room.


3. Paint Your Trim

If you change the look of the trim, it can change the entire look of the room. It’s a small detail in your room that you may not think about often. This is a great project for DIY beginners to tackle, as it can easily be done in a weekend and has simple instructions. See our tutorial for How To Paint Trim.


4. Recaulk The Bathtub

Not only does freshening up the caulk give your bathtub a clean look, but it also helps prevent mold and mildew buildup. Recaulking a bathtub is an easy project that those beginning with DIY can take on. Even better, this project can be done on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon!

Paint Projects That Boost Curb Appeal

As the weather gets warmer, you may start to think about how you can improve the look of your home’s exterior. Weathering and age can make your home look bland and uninteresting. If you’re considering selling your home this year, your curb appeal should be top of mind.

Thankfully, a fresh coat of paint could be just what your home needs. If you’re ready to improve your curb appeal, consider trying one of these outdoor paint projects.


Popular Exterior House Paint Colors

One of the most difficult parts of a paint job isn’t usually the painting itself, but rather choosing the color. Unlike interior rooms, exterior home paint can’t always be changed as easily. Depending on the size, it could take up to four days to complete an entire home painting project. Smaller projects, such as garage or deck painting, could take less time.

While neutrals will never go out of style, a colorful look will make your curb appeal stand out from the rest. Here are a few popular exterior paint color ideas:

  • Dark Gray
  • Beige
  • Brown
  • Red
  • Navy Blue
  • Light Green

Don’t forget about any exterior trim as well. Here are some colors that will be the perfect accent:

  • Ivory White
  • Cream
  • Light Gray
  • Aqua
  • Black