Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers https://flooringmasters.com Since 1990 Sun, 14 Apr 2019 06:50:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 https://flooringmasters.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-FM_Amp-32x32.png Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers https://flooringmasters.com 32 32 A Liberating Experience: Downsizing Tips for Seniors https://flooringmasters.com/a-liberating-experience-downsizing-tips-for-seniors https://flooringmasters.com/a-liberating-experience-downsizing-tips-for-seniors#comments Sat, 13 Apr 2019 13:13:46 +0000 https://flooringmasters.com/?p=6420 Downsizing can be a source of dread for older people who don’t want to face making difficult decisions about their belongings. However, when approached with care and organization, downsizing can be a liberating experience for older adults who need a smaller, more manageable living space and desire a life with fewer burdens and more free time.

Don’t Put Off Decluttering

Decluttering is generally the first step in downsizing, and it’s an important one since the idea is to move to a smaller space. Getting rid of stuff you don’t need anymore is essential since it makes no sense to pack, load, and unpack belongings you’ll need to get rid of anyway.

As soon as you know a move is pending, get started on weeding through your stuff — but don’t rush it. Be systematic and go through each room, taking care to handle every item before making a decision. Be aware that decluttering may take anywhere from a week to a month. However long it takes, make separate piles dividing your stuff into what will be thrown away, what will be donated, and what’s going with you — and stick with each decision.

Ease Into It

Start with a couple of easy rooms that have fewer items rather than jumping into a busy space right away. You’re less likely to be overwhelmed by the scope of the task, and it’s a good way to get a feel for decluttering. Begin with the linen closet or the laundry room before heading to bigger projects like the bedroom, garage, and attic.

No Duplicates

There’s no need to take along two of anything when you move, so make a special point of weeding out the duplicates. Most of us have accumulated quite a few duplicate items over the years; two cookie jars, two egg timers, two sets of luggage, etc. You’ll probably find that getting rid of duplicate items makes your move, as well as the unpacking process, a lot easier. 

Sell What You Can

Avoid throwing away anything that can be recycled or donated to a charitable organization. And look for opportunities to make a few dollars selling stuff you no longer need at a yard sale or through a consignment store. And there’s always eBay, Craigslist, or various smartphone apps that make it easy to sell anything you’re not taking with you.

The Right Home

Ideally, your new home should be smaller and easier to clean and maintain — that’s the benefit of downsizing. Look for a home that offers easy accessibility and safety, especially if you have reduced mobility or use an assistive device like a walker or wheelchair. A ranch-style home with level transitions between rooms and hardwood flooring is often the best layout for older adults. 

Safety is of particular concern for a senior who has Alzheimer’s disease. A home without stairs or one with a first-floor bedroom is optimal. Also, look for properties with bathrooms that have safety features like grab rails, non-slip flooring in the shower, and an elevated toilet. Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers can help you make the necessary modifications or completely remodel your bathroom. It may also be necessary to modify the front entrance if stairs present an obstacle.

Hire Movers

Professional movers make what can be a difficult experience easier to cope with for an emotionally compromised senior. Look for movers that have experience helping seniors and keeping their treasured belongings safe. Bear in mind that June, July, and August are peak moving seasons, so consider scheduling your move for the fall or early spring.

Packing Tips

If you’re packing your own belongings, use moving boxes that are designed to hold up under the weight and wear and tear of moving. They should have built-in handles on both sides that give you leverage and help protect your back. Use packing labels and indicate clearly what each box contains. Make liberal use of packing paper to avoid sustaining damage en route. Consider using a support belt if you’ll be lifting heavy objects, don’t hunch over, and lift with your knees.

Downsizing doesn’t have to be a traumatic experience. Instead, think of it as transitioning to a cleaner, freer lifestyle. Be methodical about decluttering belongings to make sure you don’t lose anything you want to keep. Before long, you’ll be ready to begin the next chapter of your life!

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Tips for Installing the Perfect Kitchen Backsplash https://flooringmasters.com/tips-installing-perfect-kitchen-backsplash https://flooringmasters.com/tips-installing-perfect-kitchen-backsplash#comments Sun, 09 Sep 2018 22:00:41 +0000 https://flooringmasters.com/?p=5120 Say Hello to a New Kitchen Backsplash

Frame the Heart of Your Home with Style
The kitchen backsplash evolved from necessity, as a way to protect walls from damage. Over the course of time the backsplash has become so much more: a way to personalize a space that is the heart of the home and provide a seamless transition from countertop to wall. A kitchen without a backsplash is like a picture without a frame – backsplashes complete the space and add the perfect finishing touch to tie your room together.

If you have decided to re-do your outdated tile kitchen backsplash or install one of the many unique kitchen backsplashes available, here are a few important tips to help you navigate the process:

Consider Your Countertops

A common but huge mistake that many homeowners unknowingly make is selecting a tile kitchen backsplash that clashes with their countertops or cabinets. A good way to prevent this is by taking home many different samples of tile. Even if the first impression of the sample is that it doesn’t match, you may be pleasantly surprised by how well different types of materials, sizes, shapes, colors and styles can compliment each other.

Consider Your Materials

Classic kitchen backsplashes were typically ceramic tile. Today, if your individual style calls for something different, there are many unique materials available that can be used to create a backsplash unique to your home. From an eye-catching glass tile mosaic to the timeless elegance of a travertine backsplash, it’s critical to select the material that works best for you and for your project. Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers offer installation services that will bring your ideal backsplash to life.

Consider the Value

A new or updated backsplash can easily add value to your home and help it stand out from others. The kitchen is one of the most important selling features, and a stylish backsplash will leave a positive impression on even the most particular buyers. It’s very important that the backsplash is designed and installed well, otherwise it achieves the opposite effect and detracts from your home’s beauty and value. Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers will make sure that you get the most value from your backsplash with skillfully executed professional installation that truly makes all the difference. Whether your new backsplash is part of making your dream kitchen a reality or to market your home for selling, a crooked or uneven tile installation is an eye sore. Using Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers will give you confidence that your kitchen will be a true show-stopper that stands the test of time.

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Open Concept Bathroom Ideas https://flooringmasters.com/5117-2 https://flooringmasters.com/5117-2#comments Sun, 26 Aug 2018 22:00:42 +0000 https://flooringmasters.com/?p=5117 At one time, upgrading your bathroom to allow for ultimate accessibility might have meant the installation of a new door. Today, many homeowners are simply doing away with the walls and doors altogether to create an open, airy bathroom space during their bathroom remodeling.

These open concept bathroom spaces are steadily gaining popularity with contemporary homeowners who would like to maximize the perceptual spaces of their bathrooms by minimizing the presence of doors, walls, and curtains.

Open concept bathrooms have inadvertently incited passionate reactions with homeowners on both sides of the fence. As with all new design options, time will prove just how practical or impractical open concept bathrooms really are. Listed below are some of the advantages and disadvantages of open concept bathrooms to aid you in deciding whether or not this design choice is right for your home.

Advantages

Ready accessibility is the main advantage offered by open concept bathrooms. When one is in a particular hurry in the morning, stepping directly into your bathroom after getting out of your bed is quite practical, and multi-purpose rooms also offer a significant saving of space. Whenever your floor area is limited, you might accomplish a lot more by simply placing your sink and shower in your bedroom. This combination is not unusual, especially since both the bathroom and the bedroom are considered intimate spaces. A bathroom remodel to the open concept bathroom design additionally results in smaller rooms appearing larger than they actually are, and knocking the walls down allows for better air ventilation and natural light. As a result of the open concept, instead of your bathroom remaining a purely utilitarian zone, it acquires a new spa-like feel and ambience. In addition to the unique appearance offered by this modern design, a whole new dimension is added to your enjoyment of long baths, creating the feeling of being in a luxurious hotel every single night.

Disadvantages

The strongest argument against the idea of an open bathroom is the absolute lack of privacy, with some individuals arguing that separate bathroom spaces are actually guardians of happiness inside marriage. Because open concept bathrooms are a bold and unique choice, they are not always right for everyone. For a bathroom remodel, the idea of an open bathroom does not necessarily call for the inclusion of toilets – and probably shouldn’t due to transmission of odors.

Privacy can still remain intact during a bathroom remodel if the orientation is in a sensible manner, especially with the utilization of blinds, etched glass walls, sliding screens, or smart electric glass walls.

Another issue might be the differences in daily routines, with early risers waking their partners early every morning and vice versa due to the lack of noise control. Of course, this is a nonissue for those who live alone and do not share their bedroom space with anyone.

Wider bathroom spaces also mean cooler bathing spaces as a result of the increased airflow, which might pose a problem for the individuals who are temperature-sensitive. However, this problem can be solved by putting up transparent dividers to reduce the flow of air while at the same time preserving the openness of your bathroom space.

The migration of moisture from your bathroom and into the bedroom can also pose a challenge, and to make an open bathroom space work, you might need a proper dual function ventilation system: one with a negative flow in your water closet and a positive flow in your sleeping area.

For those planning to sell their houses in the near future, unconventional designs and trends are always quite tricky, especially since such ideas might either increase or decrease the overall value of your home. Ultramodern bathroom spaces can either unnaturally stick out in a more traditional home where each of the rooms has a separate function, or add a nice contemporary touch.

Additional Requirements for the Success of Open Bathrooms

Depending on how open your design is and where you plan to place the bath, you might have to dedicate an area at least 6.5 feet in every direction.

You need adequate drainage for curbless open showers, and floors should slant to facilitate drainage. Depending on size, you may consider the installation of an extra drain or long trough drain to ensure water does not sit on your bathroom floor.

Open showers can result in the rest of the bathroom being exposed to more moisture, especially in the form of splashed water and steam, which should be kept in mind when choosing bathroom cabinetry and flooring materials.

The specialized requirements of an open bathroom together with its overall impact are some of the reasons you should seek and engage the expertise of qualified professionals for your renovation project. Should you opt for a remodel to an open concept bathroom, choosing Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers is an excellent way to ensure all elements are considered to make your project a success.

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General Contracting vs Project Management https://flooringmasters.com/general-contracting-vs-project-management https://flooringmasters.com/general-contracting-vs-project-management#respond Sun, 12 Aug 2018 22:00:12 +0000 https://flooringmasters.com/?p=5104 Remodeling or restoring your own home has become a popular choice with the rising costs of housing. It offers increased equity and ultimate control over a project. There are a couple of ways an individual can remodel or renovate their home: using a General Contractor or a Project Manager. What are the differences between these two options? To answer this question, we must look at what each offers.

General Contractors

General Contractors assume responsibility for the entire project. They handle the permitting process, completing work, and ordering materials. The owner simply secures the financing or pays the contractor at regular intervals. Stress levels are minimal since the owner is not involved in day-to-day operations. However, these services come at a price. It is common to see General Contractors charging up to 20% of the total cost of the project. If you have the financial means to pay or finance this fee, a General Contractor may be the right choice for you.
A General Contractor is responsible for providing all of the material, labor, equipment (such as engineering vehicles and tools) and services necessary for the construction of the project. The General Contractor hires specialized subcontractors to perform all or portions of the construction work. Responsibilities may include applying for building permits, securing the property, providing temporary utilities on site, managing personnel on site, disposing or recycling of construction waste, monitoring schedules and cash flows, and maintaining accurate records.

Project Managers

The second option involves hiring a Project Manager. This individual will have residential construction experience, and will be on site throughout the project. He or she will find subcontractors and schedule them, order materials, and oversee the entire process. They may or may not actually participate in the construction process, but rather manage a group of individuals. They charge less than a General Contractor, but may not have ultimate control the way a General Contractor would.

The Project Manager’s role is to plan, execute, and finalize projects according to the deadline while keeping within budget. This includes coordinating all team members as well as any third-party contractors in order to complete projects according to plan. The Project Manager is also responsible for defining the project’s objectives and overseeing quality control of the project.

So, which one is right for you? It usually comes down to which one you can afford. Hiring a qualified General Contractor is the easiest option, but also the most expensive. Or, you may want ultimate control over the project – so working with a General Contractor may cause tension. A Project Manager is a viable alternative, but they also charge fees for their services. If you have little time to manage a project, a General Contractor may fit your needs best.

An Easy and Stress-Free Remodeling Experience

At Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers, our 25+ years of experience enables us to find solutions that most newly formed construction companies cannot. We’re a secure, safe and reliable contractor with a reputation for excellent service! Here is what our customers have to say. And we offer free estimates on all home improvement and remodeling projects.

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Want to compare prices? No problem. Contact us for a no-cost estimate for your project.

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You want it? We design and build it. You enjoy it! Let us give you that workout room, home office, entertainment area or whatever you can dream up. Want a deck? We’ll design and build that for you too. It’s time to experience the home you always wanted and Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers can help.

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Bathroom Remodeling for Accessible Living https://flooringmasters.com/bathroom-remodeling-accessible-living https://flooringmasters.com/bathroom-remodeling-accessible-living#comments Sun, 29 Jul 2018 22:00:14 +0000 https://flooringmasters.com/?p=5101 As more and more people choose to age at home, there is an increased demand for bathrooms for the disabled and those with limited mobility. At Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers, we have a few suggestions on bathroom remodeling for accessible living.

The Handicapped Bathroom – Before the Remodel

There are many things to consider when starting accessible bathroom remodels. One of the most important is the floor itself: is it strong enough to support the combined weight of a person and a wheelchair? Before starting your remodel, it’s best to have the floor checked for any strength issues. Another possible issue may be the plumbing; can a wheelchair turn around in the space provided with all fixtures in their current locations, or will you need to move the fixtures to accommodate wheelchairs, walkers, and canes? Bathroom remodeling for accessible living is more than simply installing a few grab bars outside the shower. Bathrooms for the disabled must be compliant according to the ADA’s most recent standards published in 2010. Our service personnel at Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers would be happy to help you ensure that your handicapped bathroom is compliant with all ADA guidelines.

The Floor

Now that you have had the subfloor tested for strength, it is time to look at the materials used on the floor itself. Here are some questions to ask: is the threshold into the bathroom low enough to prevent trips and to allow wheelchairs easy access into the room? What type of material is the floor made of? Is the shower floor a non-slip surface? As you look at the flooring, make careful note of any issues in relation to slips, trips, and non-access. All accessible bathroom remodels should include a survey of the floor.

The Doors

Most interior residential doors are only about 24” to 30″ wide. To accommodate a wheelchair, the door will have to be widened to 34-36”. One great option for the door itself is the pocket door option. No need to make adjustments in the room or hallway for a door that swings.

The Tub/Shower

When considering the tub/shower combo, generally the handicapped bathroom will have either separate tub/shower areas, or eliminate the tub completely in order to build a shower that will accommodate a wheelchair. This is also one of the places to be sure that the flooring is the same height with no threshold. Installing grab bars according to ADA guidelines, as well as single-hand faucets, will help to keep your special needs person safe. If they will be unable to shower by themselves, be sure the shower area is big enough for two people.

The Bathroom Sink and Mirror

You may really like the cabinet sink, but chances are it will not accommodate a wheelchair. You will need to replace that cabinet sink with either a pedestal sink or a wall-mounted sink. The sink fixtures can be single-faucet, automatic control, or foot pedal. Using the single-faucet allows the person to keep their other hand available for stability. The mirror will need to be re-installed at a lower height or replaced with an angle mirror.

The Toilet

ADA recommends that a toilet be 17-19” high. This makes it much easier for the disabled person to sit and rise from the toilet. Be sure to allow enough room around the toilet for grab bars so the person can easily move from wheelchair to toilet and back again. Another consideration to keep in mind is the placement of the toilet paper roll. A recessed toilet paper roll holder would work much better than a stand-alone holder sitting on the floor where it could easily tangle up a cane and cause someone to trip and fall.

Storage

Because of the need for a lot of floor space, as well as the possible need to accommodate someone confined to a wheelchair, storage space should be designed with these considerations in mind. Storage is best when built into the wall, such as recessed shelving in the shower for shampoo, soap, etc., and additional recessed storage near the sink for other hygiene items. You may also want to consider even more storage in another area of the room for items like towels, spare toilet paper, and medications.

There are many things to take into consideration when planning an ADA-compliant bathroom remodel. No matter if you choose to do it yourself or hire a professional like Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers, keep in mind that safety must be first and foremost in every aspect of the final product. We would be glad to help you with each and every phase of your remodeling project and help to ensure that your disabled or aging person’s transition to your home is a successful one, so give us a call today.

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Ideas for Finishing Your Basement https://flooringmasters.com/5098-2 https://flooringmasters.com/5098-2#respond Sun, 15 Jul 2018 22:00:30 +0000 https://flooringmasters.com/?p=5098 Thinking About Finishing Your Basement?

Creating the Room You Want Out of the Basement You Have

If you are looking to expand your living space without moving, finishing your basement is an excellent idea. To get your basement renovation started, you need to first evaluate your basement for its moisture levels, ceiling height and overall stability. Once you know what you are working with, you need to decide how you want to use the extra space: maybe a functional workshop, a cozy family rec-room, or a luxury entertainment room. Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers can you help you with the planning, installation and the finishing touches for all of your basement remodeling needs.

Evaluating Your Basement Moisture Levels, Height & Stability

Ceiling Height

Before putting time, money and effort into remodeling your basement, you need to first figure out your basement’s potential. First, measure the floor to ceiling height. Eight to nine feet of clearance is optimal for the best results.

Moisture Levels

Next you need to measure your basement’s moisture levels. Is the humidity below 60%? Even after a rainstorm in the hot summer months? If the walls or the floors have dark moisture spots, or if they feel damp to the touch, you might want to look into adding a moisture barrier. If your basement is just a little musty in general, a correctly sized dehumidifier can fix the problem easily.

Unexpected Flooding

Since your basement is the lowest point of your house, you should also consider a plan B to protect your basement flooring against any unexpected flooding. If you have a large source of water, such as a water heater, washing machine or boiler, check to see if they’re sitting in pans. Is there a wet room, such as a kitchen or bathroom, over your finished space that could potentially overflow? Installing a drain with a sump pump in a far corner of your basement and choosing appropriate flooring as a preventative measure can prevent potential problems.

Flat & Level Floor

Finally, check the overall level and stability of your basement floors. Does your floor have any cracks that would indicate shifting? What about high or low spots? The more effort you put in to making your basement floor flat, dry, and insulated, the nicer the finished flooring will turn out and the longer it will last.

Leveling the floor with cement-based floor leveling materials or laying a subfloor of 2X4s and plywood can correct most imperfections and create the stability necessary for tile or wood flooring. An even better solution are subfloor panels that have both insulation and a moisture barrier integrated in the system.

Choosing Your Flooring by Budget & Type of Space

Functional Basement Workspace

If you have low ceilings, high humidity levels and a cracked, uneven concrete floor, your best bet is to create a functional workspace in your basement. There are many waterproof flooring options that are cheap, easy to clean and easily replaceable in case of unforeseen problems.

Epoxy paint is a great choice. Costing around only 35$ per gallon, the paint will seal the concrete and make cleaning easy with a wet-vac. Another options is waterproof vinyl tile flooring that snaps together. This type of flooring is nice looking, soft underfoot, and can be removed and put back down if water gets underneath. Indoor/outdoor carpet is also affordable and replaceable if it gets damaged. Tile is ideal, however: just shop-vac and set up air movers in the event of flooding — nothing to replace.

Family Rec Room

If your basement has a little bit of headroom and is relatively dry, you might want to put a little more time and energy into creating a cozy, welcoming space. There are many inexpensive flooring options that will help create a comfortable and inviting ambiance. Carpet squares that can be laid over a subfloor will definitely be soft and warm underfoot. These squares can easily be changed out if they are damaged. Another good choice is engineered wood flooring. Unfortunately, it won’t survive a flood, but it can handle some humidity without bowing or discoloring like traditional hardwood flooring, making it a good choice for most basements. Finally, you might consider luxury vinyl flooring that can mimic wood, stone and marble to perfection for merely 4$ a square foot.

For a Fabulous Finished Basement…

It is time to call Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers. They have the experience and design flair you need to create the basement of your dreams. Whether you prefer modern or traditional styling, they can recommend the best materials for walls, trim and flooring that will withstand moisture and complement your furnishings, ensuring that your finished basement is beautiful and designed to last.

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9 Requirements of a Quality Tile Installer https://flooringmasters.com/5095-2 https://flooringmasters.com/5095-2#comments Sun, 01 Jul 2018 16:00:59 +0000 https://flooringmasters.com/?p=5095 A skilled tile installer – particularly a Certified Tile Installer (CTI) – will:

  1. Use the correct methods and materials for installing
    tile products.
  2. Use premium bonding materials.
  3. Carefully control site conditions.
  4. Ensure that the installation will be on a flat surface.
  5. Ensure that the installation surface is rigid.
  6. Know to use a crack isolation membrane when
    necessary.
  7. Pay attention to industry standards for minimum mortar
    coverage.
  8. Know to use movement accommodation joints for
    temperature and humidity variations.
  9. Plan for adequate curing time before exposing the
    installation to moisture, traffic, temperature changes or
    overlaying products.

Pay close attention to the above to ensure that your tile installation is a Quality Tile Installation.
You could waste time searching for a tile installer that meets these qualifications, or you could call Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers and rest assured that your project is in good hands!

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DIY vs. Professional: 3 Questions to Ask Before Any Project https://flooringmasters.com/diy-vs-professional-3-questions-ask-project https://flooringmasters.com/diy-vs-professional-3-questions-ask-project#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:22:48 +0000 https://flooringmasters.com/?p=4918 Changing out the leaky faucets in your master bathroom doesn’t look so hard. After a couple of hours watching tutorials on YouTube and a trip to the hardware store, you are feeling pretty confident about this do-it-yourself project. However, once you get started, you quickly realize that the faucets aren’t the only improvement needed in the bathroom—your plumbing looks pretty outdated, too. That’s a bit more than you planned for.

There is a big difference between sprucing up a room with a coat of paint and tearing down an entire wall, and that difference usually lies in skill, experience, knowledge, and training. How do you know if you can handle a project yourself or if you should hire a professional?

Some simple DIY projects that many people decide to take on themselves include:

  • Painting
  • Basic landscaping
  • Adding storage to a closet, laundry room, or mudroom
  • Installing new light fixtures
  • Resurfacing or painting cabinets

Other more complex projects that may require a professional include:

  • Tearing out carpet and installing floors
  • Tearing down walls
  • Exterior painting
  • Roof repair or replacement
  • Replacing heating, cooling, electrical, or plumbing systems
  • Installing new windows or doors

Even with this list as a basic guide, it can still be challenging to know if the next project on your list is perfect for your capable hands or better left to an experienced professional. Here are a few questions to ask to find the answer.

Do I have the confidence and knowledge to do this safely?

There is a first time for everything. Homeowners shouldn’t be afraid to try something new, but it’s important to understand what the project entails and how that lines up with your ability to carry out the project safely. Do your research. Read books, watch videos, and talk to professionals to see if you feel you can replace your kitchen counters on your own without causing any harm to yourself, those helping, and your kitchen. If you still have questions, bring in a contractor for a quote. Comparing the costs of a DIY or a professional job can help you make the right decision.

Do I have the time to commit to this project?

While you may have plenty of knowledge and experience, it’s equally important to know if you have the time. Will the bathroom sit there half painted for a month, or can you complete this project in a weekend? For the sanity of the rest of your household, it’s critical you know how long essential areas will be unavailable. If going the DIY route means water will need to be shut off or kitchen appliances unusable for an extended period of time, consider if hiring a professional will cut down on the time for those inconveniences.

Do I have the necessary equipment?

In the beginning, tackling a project yourself might seem like the less expensive option, but a lot of that depends on the tools and equipment you need to complete the job. If you have to purchase or rent tools, will that outweigh the costs you save by sidestepping a professional? If you do have to buy power tools, such as new drills, saws, sanders, routers, or impact drivers, do you know how to safely use them? Also, remember that equipment isn’t just about what you use—it’s also about what you wear. If you will be working with power tools or hazardous chemicals, you may need specific protective covering for your hands, eyes, and even lungs. These costs can quickly add up and often don’t make financial sense if you only plan on using these tools once.

Every DIY project is subjective to the person taking on the majority of the work. If you have the skills but lack the passion, there is a higher risk of the project going unfinished. If you are excited to take on a new project, you might burn out quickly if your skills aren’t up to the task. Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers can help you achieve your vision. For a free consultation contact us today. However, if you have even the basic skills, enthusiasm, and a commitment to safety, planning and completing a simple DIY home improvement project can be very rewarding.

 

Article by Danny Knight, Fix it Dads
Photo by Pixabay

 

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How to Conceal Evidence of a Pet When Selling Your Home https://flooringmasters.com/conceal-evidence-pet-selling-home https://flooringmasters.com/conceal-evidence-pet-selling-home#respond Mon, 26 Feb 2018 12:18:56 +0000 https://flooringmasters.com/?p=4837 Proud dog owners believe that their pets are a part of their homes and, as such, are okay to show to prospective buyers along with the bathroom, kitchen, and the hardwood flooring. In truth, realtors routinely recommend that homeowners should do everything they can to conceal from buyers the fact that a dog or cat lives there. It’s an ironic fact that even other dog owners are apt to make negative assumptions about the condition of your home if they know you have a pet. It’s an attitude rooted in the desire to purchase a home that’s as free as possible of deep-seated problems that a buyer may have to resolve later on. It can be a real challenge to hide your pet’s presence, especially if he has left his mark on your home over the years. Often, it’s just a matter of knowing where to look and what to look for, and following a few simple guidelines for as long as your home is on the market.

Get rid of the evidence

As a pet owner, you no doubt have fought a long and difficult battle against the buildup of hair and stained carpeting over the years. This is the kind of unmistakable evidence that a potential buyer can’t help but notice, and which will almost certainly leave them with a negative impression of your property. Vacuum your floors and upholstered furniture carefully. Check along your baseboards for accumulations of hair and pet dander. If you have hardwood floors, make sure you haven’t missed any scratches that need to be sanded out. And consider having the carpeting and upholstery professionally cleaned to get rid of any stains left behind by dog or cat urine. Get rid of any furniture your cat has used as a scratching post.

Improve your air quality

If you’ve had dogs or cats for any length of time, anyone who comes into your home for the first time will notice the unmistakable smell they leave behind. A litter box gives off a distinctive smell that can be very hard to mask, as is cigarette smoke. Realtors identify strong smells as a leading reason why buyers walk away from a house, so spend some time deodorizing before you begin showing your home. Open the windows and doors to freshen things up with some natural air flow, and consider having your carpeting (a major source of bad odors) professionally cleaned. If there are still lingering odors, there are home remedies you can try. For example, vinegar and water make an effective spray cleaner. Try laying out a bowl of vinegar overnight or some coffee beans, which are excellent at absorbing odors.

Photographic evidence

Be careful to remove the pictures of your dog. Pictures will undermine any work you’ve done to conceal your pet’s presence, as will any pictures you’ve left up on your Facebook page, so don’t forget the “virtual” evidence as well.

A little time away

Once you’ve removed evidence of your pet inside and outside of your home, you’ll need to remove him altogether while showing your house to buyers. If you don’t have a friend or family member who can watch him for a while, consider a dog boarder or hire a dog walker or sitter, who can keep your pet safe and entertained.

Staging a home for prospective buyers is all about paying careful attention to detail. And when you’re encouraging someone to purchase your house, pets are a major detail. Make sure you’ve removed all the evidence—especially your pet—when showing your home.

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Home Improvement Projects https://flooringmasters.com/home-improvement-projects https://flooringmasters.com/home-improvement-projects#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:43:24 +0000 https://flooringmasters.com/?p=4831 Projects that Provide the Most Bang for Your Buck

Sometimes it’s hard to decide what home improvement projects are your best investments.  Ideally, you not only want to add to the enjoyment of your home but also to your home’s value.  Here are some tips to help you make the best choices.

Kitchens and bathrooms

If you’re looking for a “sure thing” to get a good return on your investment, HGTV says that kitchen and bathroom remodels are your best bet.  In top housing markets, sellers are often able to recoup more than 100 percent of their investments.  When deciding on kitchen style, opt for natural floorings such as stone or wood, stone countertops, traditional wood cabinets, and appliances with a commercial appearance.  In the bath, installing a walk-in shower is the current trend over a jetted tub, offering a quicker cleanse to meet our culture’s on-the-go lifestyle.

Facelift

No matter how much you invest in the interior of your home, if potential buyers aren’t attracted to the exterior, you won’t get them through the door to see your great upgrades.  Choose to lift your curb appeal with a look that is inviting; adding a front porch or replacing your old siding can boost your home’s allure.

Improved efficiency

Some professionals advise energy-efficiency as a primary attraction for many buyers, especially younger ones.  Improved windows and better insulation can be a worthwhile investment in your home’s market value. Not to mention that these types of improvements can also show up as saved money on your utility bills.

Useful space

Adding a room is another great investment.  You’ll find it’s especially important if your home is short on bathrooms; for example, homes with four bedrooms and only one bath can reap big benefits with an added bathroom.  Adding general square footage to the home with anything from a sunroom, craft room or exercise room can boost a home’s value nicely, or you might consider renovating an attic into a home office or guest bedroom.  This Old House suggests opening up existing floor space to make a home more attractive; removing a kitchen island or non-load bearing wall to brighten space and enhance the flow of your home can be a great investment.

When making big changes, US News and World Report notes it’s important that your new space works well with the rest of the home.  Adding a room with a sleek, modern feel, trimmed in metal and with broad expanses of glass to take in a view can actually lower the value of a home built in a colonial style.  Remember to keep the overall look of the home in mind when making your decisions.

Maintenance concerns

It’s important to understand that most potential homebuyers will be more enticed by homes that are “move-in ready,” even if some of those nicely functioning rooms have a dated appearance.  For example, a roof that’s in dire need of replacement should take priority over upgrading a working but unattractive bathroom.

If you’re needing to get that roof into shape, it’s important to note that scammers abound in the roof repair business.  As explained by Angie’s List, “Fraudulent roofing contractors prey on vulnerable homeowners and have become increasingly bold in their tactics.”  Beware of contractors who claim to need a down payment up front, as they may take your money and run, or contractors that don’t provide firm pricing.  Some scammers even drop by after storms, claiming damage to roofs in your area from wind or hail.  Another tactic used by scammers is visiting homes door-to-door and offering a “free roof inspection,” then providing fraudulent photos of roofs or other misleading information to unsuspecting homeowners.  Beware of pushy, high-pressure salesmen, and talk with your local building department before hiring any roofers.  Good contractors should be able to provide licensing information, references, and will usually have an office you can visit.

Good choices mean improved value

See your home through the eyes of potential buyers and make upgrades that will boost your home’s appeal.  Put maintenance ahead of cosmetic improvements, and consider boosting energy efficiency.  By making good choices, investing in your home will mean getting the best value from your dollars.

Seth Murphy started PapaDIY to help others make their home DIY projects a success.
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