Fixer-Upper Vs. Move-In Ready: Pros & Cons

Move-In Ready Vs. Fixer-UpperWhether you’re renting or looking for your first home, there are always diamonds in the rough. Nonetheless, some eager homeowners can’t wait to get out of their old grungy apartment and demand a comfortable place they can call home.

As such, many are left with the huge dilemma of buying a move-in ready home or a fixer-upper. There are certainly pros and cons of each and the final decision will largely depend on your unique situation.

After seeing both angles, you can feel confident in making the right choice for your dream home!

Should You Move?

Before you decide why type of home to move into, you have to decide ig moving is the right call. In order to make that important (and expensive) decision, you must do your research. Below is a list of the information you need and where to get it.

  • The price you could sell your home for and the cost of a home that you could buy that would meet your needs. You can also ask a local real estate

Patio Steps

patio_00009Patio steps are often the functional quick access point between the house’s tall patio structure and the backyard. Rather than stepping down and risking tripping on the grass from your patio, having accessible steps eliminates the risks and completes the transition from home to nature. They are also useful for access from the backyard to the front.

As a rule, patio steps are wider and broader than standard residential steps. Patio steps should be at least 4′ wide to allow two people to stroll comfortably beside each other and even pause to sit on the steps while they enjoy the surroundings. The accepted minimum riser height for a patio step is 4 inches and not higher than 7 inches.

Some common relationships between the riser and tread for patio stairs are:

  • 4-inch riser = 18-inch tread
  • 5-inch riser = 17-inch tread
  • 6-inch riser = 14-inch tread
  • 7-inch riser = 12-inch tread

Whatever combination you select, keep all stairs risers the same. A difference of just 1/4 inch is readily detectable when walking up stairs and may cause someone to stumble. Additionally,

How To Make Your Home More Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly HomePets require time, attention, and as safe and comfortable of a home as we do. Unfortunately, animals are commonly an afterthought for people who are building, buying and remodeling homes. We must start thinking of pets as important beings and attending to their particular needs, rather than viewing them as possessions, or even disposable.

Taking care of an animal is no easy task. They need shelter, water, shade, daylight, good air circulation, non-irritating surfaces, fully fenced areas and spaces to play. There are many simple DIY tips that’ll turn your home into a pet-friendly environment. All it takes is the knowledge and a desire to want to make your living space better for you and your pet.

Flooring Options

I’m guessing one of the first questions that pops into your head relates to flooring. You have to weigh many aspects including style, comfort and durability, that it becomes difficult to choose a best fit for you and your pet. See below for the best and worst home flooring options for animals.

Best Flooring

How Can I Fix My Splintering Deck

Splintering decks are usually the result of one thing: homeowner neglect. Splintering decks don’t happen unless a long period of time has passed during which the deck has not been treated with a water sealer and stain. The lack of protection allows water to soak into the boards, eventually causing them to splinter and crack. Fortunately, all is not lost. It might be hard to get that brand new look back completely, but you can repair decking that has been neglected by following a few simple steps.

Bleaching Splintering Decks
Your first order of business is the easiest. Mix up a solution of half bleach, half water, and spray down your entire decking. If you see areas of deck mold (not unlikely if it’s been a while since your deck’s been treated), hit those especially hard and work at them with a scrub brush until the mold has been removed. Finally, wait for the deck to dry before moving on to the next step.

The bleach does two things: it kills deck mold and mildew, and it bleaches the wood to a uniform color, preparing it for taking the deck treatment. If you treat a deck

Can I Build a Deck Myself

Of course you can. The real question is should you build the deck yourself? Obviously, this depends on your carpentry skills and the type of deck you want to build. If you want to build a simple deck from a pre-designed deck plan and you have basic carpentry skills, it’s a plausible DIY project. Don’t take the building lightly, though, or get overconfident. Your local hardware store will be a great place to gather supplies and gather any information you need about your specific deck building project. Don’t go to a Home Store, however, and announce to the nearest associate you want to build a deck.

Free-Standing Decks
Free-standing decks are probably the easiest kind of deck to build. Deck building of this sort has one huge advantage. It doesn’t require the removal of siding and properly attaching the deck to your home. This can be an unwarranted challenge for someone who has only basic carpentry skills. Even with a small, free-standing deck you’ll need to check zoning laws to make sure your deck building is legit and not breaking any ordinances. This can affect everything from deck dimensions to the kind of wood you use. Free-standing decks also have the

How Do I Replace a Bad Deck Board

To replace a bad deck board you will need rustproof deck screws, a power screwdriver, a power drill and a pilot drill bit. If your deck boards are screwed down, simply unscrew the damaged board, cut a replacement to the same length, and screw it down with rustproof deck screws. It is best to replace entire boards. For stability and safety, a deck board should span at least three joists.

Complications in Replacing Deck Boards
If your deck boards are nailed down, the boards are quite tricky to remove without damaging the surrounding area and you may wish to enlist a service professional. You should never take on a home improvement project, unless you feel confident that you know how to fully complete the job. One of the more common unnecessary expenses in home improvement is the extra cost for fixing problems created by overly ambitious DIYers. Of course, replacing decking can be done without extensive decking knowledge, if the board is simply attached, but once you notice any complications, call a deck contractor before you get in over your head.

Design Flaws in Your Decking
Another thing to watch out for is a systematic problem

Homeowner’s PreWinter Checklist

As the weather grows colder, homeowners should plan ahead for the stormy winter months. There are many things you can and should do to protect your home and family from the ravages of winter. Good planning can also help reduce maintenance and utility costs.

Central heating

  • Open vents near the floor and close those near the ceiling for better air circulation.
  • Test furnace before the weather gets very cold.
  • Consider having a professional give your heating system a checkup.
  • If heating system is older than 15 years, consider replacing it with a modern, efficient unit.
  • Replace or clean your furnace air filters.

Window or through-wall air conditioners: Install a winter cover over the unit or remove it for the winter and seal the opening.


  • Make sure attic insulation is at least R30. One inch of typical fiberglass insulation has an R value of 2.5. So to achieve R30 you need at least 12 inches of insulation. If at all possible, make sure walls are insulated to R11.
  • Make sure crawl space is insulated.
  • Consider insulating your basement walls. Besides saving you heating dollars, it can reduce common moisture problems caused by condensation.
  • If your house was built before 1950, it may be an excellent candidate for cost-saving blown-in wall insulation.

Attic ventilation

  • Make

10 Pro Deep Cleaning Tips For Winter

Many people get the deep-cleaning bug each spring, but is spring really the most important time to give your home a complete scrub-down? While you may track plenty of dust into the home in the spring and summer, you spend the most time indoors in the winter months. Trying to keep heat from escaping also means the same stagnate, dirty air recycles through your home all winter long.

Follow these 10 pro deep-cleaning tips to remove dirt from hard-to-reach places, make sure your home is well-maintained and improve indoor air quality this winter.

1. Replace Air Filters & Clean the Furnace

According to the EPA, you should change your HVAC filters at least every three months to ensure your air stays clean. After replacing the filters, soak dusty ventilation covers in a hot water and soap solution. Filters work to pull dust particles out of the air and create cleaner, healthier air for you to breathe. They also keep your floors and furniture from gathering dust, helping keep your home looking its best.

If your gas and electric bills have started to rise, your home is not a consistent temperature in all rooms, or the burner flame on your furnace is yellow instead of

Record Not Found issue in CBSE Improvement Exam online application

Many students are facing Record Not Found issue when applying for CBSE Improvement Exam, this issue is occurring since CBSE has introduced online application for CBSE Improvement Exam as well as Compartment Exam and other Private Candidates. Many students who cleared their compartment exams are having record not found issue when applying for CBSE Improvement Exam.

This issue has not been resolved yet since CBSE hasn’t issued any notice regarding this. As we predicted, CBSE updated the CBSE Improvement Exam online application form today but didn’t covered the Record Not Found issue the compartment students are having.

The solution is to visit your regional CBSE office and get your issue resolved there. Find your regional CBSE office from this list of CBSE Regional offices across India here. Furthermore if CBSE releases any official responses regarding this matter then we will update this article with detailed instructions on resolving the issue. Until then, you will have to visit your regional CBSE Office and get it resolved offline.

If you manage to get your issue resolved, share it in the comments section below so that other students can follow. If you have any further query then you can ask in the comments section below or you can

Best Furnace Repairs in Columbus

When we get our heating and air system broken or damaged, it must be the time to call any nearby heating and air repair service to help us dealing with the problem. If you live in Columbus, Ohio or its surrounding area, there is Company of Heating and Air which is considered to be the best one in the area. Company of Heating and Air provides heating and air solutions for any homeowner. They confidently guarantee that every customer will be satisfied with their HVAC services. We can say that as a heating and air repair service, this company is recommended.

There are some services provided by Company Heating and Air. They provide furnace repairs Columbus, air conditioning repair and also heat pumps repair and maintenance. They guarantee highest quality for each service and they will make your comfort as their first priority. This great service will be available 24/7 on-call. Company Heating and Air aim to squeeze the life out of our heating and cooling systems with maintain it properly. Another good point from their service is that they have wide variety of HVAC systems which allow as suiting it with our budget. The services are just perfect

You’ll (Probably) Remodel in 2016, So Here Are Some Projects to Focus On

Own a home? Most likely you’ll be sprucing it up next year.

According to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University’s Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity, annual spending growth for home improvements will accelerate from 2.4% last quarter to 6.8% in the second quarter of 2016.

Why are so many homeowners breaking out the hammers and nails? Because this healthy housing market makes them want to invest even more in their homes—not just in needed repairs but in what the center calls “discretionary home improvements” such as kitchen and bath remodels.

affordable market, they’re likely going to stay where they are. After all, home sales have inched down in the past couple of months.

So what should you fix? Well, we’ve got a few ideas as well as our best tips and tricks for remaking the home you live in now.

Start with the front door

When you’re doing work to your home, you should focus on the things that make the biggest impression. That’s why you might want to consider getting a midrange 20-gauge steel door, which, according to our research, is worth 117% more than the money you put into it.


Read our eight-step remodeling guide

Set your budget, choose your team, map out your schedule, and five other things you should

DIY Tips For How To Power Wash Siding

It’s not just the inside of a house that gets dirty. Exterior siding can accumulate a lot of dust and grime, even mildew. And because siding is the face we offer the street, even a little dirt shows. Some houses naturally accumulate more dirt than others. If you live along a dusty road or in a new development where lawns are not yet established, you can expect a daily barrage of grit and grime. Textured siding or peeling paint only compounds the problem. When dirt really settles in, the only remedy is a good cleaning with a pressure washer or a scrub brush. We prefer a pressure washer because it’s a lot less work.

While cleaning is the focus here, pressure washers also have long been used in paint prep. Handled correctly, a pressure washer can actually strip away peeling paint. It can also scour the surface chalk from aging paint, making a better bonding surface. Wood siding will need a week to dry, and you’ll still have to do some scraping. Of course, it’s not for every situation, especially when lead-based paints are involved, but it’s often worth considering.

A Word on Pressure Washers

Noisy Pipes

Noisy pipes can be caused by several factors. Let’s start with what is commonly known as water hammer. Water rushing through the pipe and out the faucet moves with speed and force. When you shut off the faucet, the water flow is brought to an abrupt halt. But that energy has to go somewhere. So normally in the wall behind each hot and cold faucet is an air chamber in the pipe. It used to be about 10 inches of pipe soldered vertically. Then when the rushing water was stopped it would push up that vertical pipe where it would hit a cushion of air in the pipe. And that would prevent the water force from causing the pipes to rattle, or hammer. Now there are commercial air cushions that are attached to the pipe in the same place and do the same job.

Hammering can develop because over years the air in that little vertical riser is lost, and thus the cushioning effect is lost. You can often correct this by shutting off the main water, opening all faucets and then draining the whole house from the lowest faucet. When you restore water, air will be again pushed into the

Before & After Photos: A Must-Read Transformation Story

Janis Schwartz was sick of how her outdated kitchen and living room looked and decided to do something about it. It was time for a DIY remodel. She purchased her 1981 brick ranch in 2009. It had little to no updating done to it, but it had a good foundation. Janis started out by deciding what her timeline for the remodel was going to be and chose a five-year plan with completion of a total update (and selling the property) by 2020. Most importantly, she set a firm budget, making it the biggest expense in the house at an estimated $20,000.As you can see in the header image, Janis took what was once a red brick floor-to-ceiling fireplace flanked by dark wood shelving and transformed the room into an absolutely gorgeous and cozy living space. When Janis and her significant other decided on a design for the new kitchen, including gray kitchen cabinets, they boarded and tiled the fireplace so that the living room scheme would flow nicely with the chosen kitchen design. In case you’re wondering, the fireplace above is gas with glass rock. She’s still working on deciding what type of screen or cover to use over the

DIY Tips For How To Build A Sunroom

Open Porches

Open porches are unquestionably a blessing, especially in warm weather. They provide some extra living space in the open air that just can’t be duplicated by decks or patios. They protect you from the sun and rain and if there’s a better place to hang a hammock, it’s hard to imagine. But when the weather turns cold an open porch loses nearly all its appeal. It becomes dormant real estate that doesn’t get much use until things warm up again. In some areas of the country this can take nearly six months, which is a long time for something that cost so much to be out of commission

For die-hard porch enthusiasts, enclosing the space or a screened in porch may not be attractive. But for the rest of us, the tradeoff can be compelling, especially if you have a large porch that would add substantially to the year-round square footage of your house. And, if you enclose the space with large windows, like we did, you can end up with a dramatic sun room that has a special appeal of its own.

Because so much of the structure is already in place, enclosing a porch is a pretty straightforward project.

8 Large Bathroom Designs To Copy

While many of us have to live with a small bathroom due to cost or space, large bathroom designs give us hope to one day enjoy a luxurious bathroom with a full tub, walk-in shower, plenty of counter space, heated floors or even a 60” TV in our very own master bath.

Forget small. We went big and found eight large bathroom designs we can all dream of. While the average cost is certainly higher than a standard bathroom remodeling project, there are certain designs and tips you can steal and use in your smaller or average-sized bathroom.

We have all heard of open concept living rooms and kitchens, but how about an open concept traditional bathroom? That is exactly what they did with this gorgeous bathroom remodel by tearing down a few walls and adding a custom spa tub below a glass ceiling and traditional chandelier. They even went so bold to add an open concept shower with a window above, mosaic tile surround and a rainfall shower head (a must in larger bathrooms). Finally, they added more than enough custom cabinets to store as many towels or clothes as they want.

Large bathroom

Designing Dining Rooms

Dining rooms seem to be the one room in the house that goes in and out of fashion. When I was young, having a separate dining room was something special. Now the open plan dining area seems to be the fashion. I suppose it means that you can move the furniture around with much more ease. It is more difficult to change a dining room into a living room for example.

The dining room basically consists of a dining table and a quantity of chairs. Depending on the space available, a buffet, dresser or some sort of serving table is often included.

So how do you decorate a dining room? Phorm architecture and design of Australia has some beautiful home designs you can gather ideas from to design your dining room.  Some people love to have an area rug under the table to define the dining space, this works well when you have an open plan dining space, others love the in fashion at present elaborate chandelier at the center of the table or others more subtle pendant lighting.

Whatever type of dining room you have we will provide you with ideas on how to decorate

Interior Decorating Home Color Schemes

Color effects everything we do – even more so when working in interior design and decorating.

Color changes our moods, makes us happy or hungry, aggressive or lethargic, so it is vital that you have some color theory knowledge to understand what each color means to help you create and choose successful color schemes for your home, or others.

This includes the meanings of color, the theory behind color and why we see it as we do. The composition and how to coordinate colors together to create stylish schemes.

With a little knowledge, choosing color schemes can be done as easy as 1- 2- 3 and we are here to help educate you.

This website provides all you need and more, free for you to create gorgeous color schemes for any house interior. Home decorating has never been easier. The first thing we want you to do is sign up for your free interior decorating color ecourse. This will guide you through the vast maze of color for interiors. The great advantage is, it is emailed to you and you use this website as your learning resource. Please take a moment and enrol in

Bathroom Ideas – Planning and Design Ideas

This web site is dedicated to providing free interior design bathroom ideas and education.

Find out about bathroom design and decoration, the different design styles of bathrooms and some interior designer critiques on designer bathrooms, this always gets you thinking and helps improve your interior design skills.

This web site is evolving so bookmark us and look out for more exciting ideas and articles to come, don’t forget to sign up for our free interior design tips and a free interior decorating ecourse, it is well worth the time to fill out the forms. Thousands have done it and recommend it, join them to embark on your interior decorating journey.

Bathrooms are no longer the small washroom squeezed into a back corner of the house on the cold side of the home, where you can pivot on one foot and reach everything.The modern bathroom has evolved into a place of design serenity. A place to linger and enjoy the surroundings, a bathroom now accommodates our every need and pampers us with pulsating shower heads and jets, heated towel rails for snuggly warm dry towels, under floor heating, demister mirrors and probably soon espresso machines. No seriously, they are

11 Foolproof Decorating Tips

Professional home stagers know how to play up your house’s strengths, hide its flaws, and make it appealing to just about everyone. We talked to several pros across the country to get their tips for freshening up your home’s interior—without breaking the bank.

1. Set The Tone at The Front Door

If you want your house to make a great first impression, paint the front door a fun, glossy hue. “Red is a lucky color in many cultures,” says Lara Allen-Brett, a New Jersey-based stager. A red door meant “welcome” to weary travelers in early America, and on churches it represents a safe haven. Two other hues gaining favor: orange and yellow, according to San Francisco-based stager Christopher Breining. Both colors are associated with joy and warmth. One thing that should go: an outdated screen door. Get rid of it or replace it with a storm door with full-length glass that you can switch out for a screened panel.

2. Keep Wall Colors Light and Neutral

Stick to colors like beige or gray, especially on the first floor,
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