Top 10 Most Expensive Mistakes You’re Making on Your Home

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Homes cost a lot of money to maintain. But are you spending extra money unnecessarily on upkeep? Here are the 10 most expensive mistakes you could be making in your home.

1. Using Traditional Light bulbs

If you still have incandescent light bulbs in your home, you could be throwing a lot of money away every month on inflated electric bills. Over its life span, an incandescent bulb can use $180 worth of electricity. A CFL will only use $41 worth of electricity over the same time period. Even better is the LED bulb, which only uses $30 per bulb. Think what replacing every light bulb in your home could do to your home’s bottom line.

2. Ignoring a Leaky Faucet

A leaky faucet that drips one drop per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year, which is enough water to take more than 180 showers. Some of us live in areas where water is plentiful, but for those of us in areas plagued with drought, this could be costing you a fortune. Fix or replace your leaky faucet and save a ton on your water bill.

3. Using the Wrong Air Filter Size

We all sometimes forget to change out the air filters for our HVAC systems or accidentally buy the wrong size. But using the wrong filter or a dirty filter can increase your power bill and cause expensive problems for your furnace down the road. Use the correct filters for your system, and set a reminder to change them after the recommended amount of time. You won’t regret it.

4. Not Customizing Temperature

Invest in a customizable thermostat. If you’re away at the office all day, you can program your heater to shift down a few degrees while you’re gone and then shift back up shortly before you return home. Heating or cooling an empty home wastes a lot of money in energy costs.

5. Not Adjusting Air Vents Properly

Is one room in your home hot, while the others are cold? Oftentimes homeowners will crank up the air conditioning in the whole house to combat hot temperatures in one area. Instead, adjust air vents to direct the flow of air more evenly throughout your entire home. Professionals will come regulate this to ensure that your entire home is receiving the same amount of air conditioning or heating.

6. Over Watering Lawn

Many homeowners have their sprinkler systems programmed to come on in the early morning hours for optimum lawn health. This can become a problem, however, if you’re never around to see what you’re actually watering. A broken sprinkler head could be causing a fountain, or the trajectory of your sprinkler may be directed at a fence instead of your lawn. Periodically run your sprinklers during the day so you can see how they are performing when you’re not around.

7. Water Heater Temperature Set Too High

Unless you have a tankless water heater, your water heater is keeping the water in its tank hot 24/7. If you don’t keep an eye on the temperature as each season changes, you may be paying too much to heat your water. Decrease the temperature in the summer, and bump it back up when winter comes.

8. Leaky Windows and Doors

Leaky windows and doors are great places for cold, winter winds to enter your home. Many homeowners simply ignore them and crank up their heaters. Caulk leaky windows and put rubber seal around doors to keep winter winds out and warmth in.

9. Paying a Handyman

Don’t pay a handyman for a job that is simple enough to do yourself. If you’re unsure of how to do something, look up video tutorials online. Doing simple tasks yourself can save you a lot of money.

10. Ignoring Curled Shingles

It may be easy to ignore problems on your roof, but it will only lead to bigger problems later. If you see any possible issues with your roof, repair them as soon as possible, as this will save you significant costs later.

Use these 10 tips to cut maintenance costs on your home today.

 

Written By Cary Teller

Source: http://blog.rismedia.com/2016/top-10-expensive-mistakes/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email#close

February 15, 2019   No Comments

Decorating Master Class: 10 Common Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Didn’t get your decor right the first time around? No problem – you can turn your styling errors into successes.

If you’re scratching your head over why the decor in some of the spaces in your home leaves you feeling slightly underwhelmed, a remedy — or at least an improvement — may be just a few moves away. Whether it’s a bland room, a paint color you’re not quite sure about or throw pillows that refuse to sit right no matter how many times you arrange them, here are the tweaks that can help turn your questionable decorating decisions into resounding wins.

10. You Haven’t Changed Anything in Years

Has decor ennui crept in? You could just be tired of the same old, same old. We all have favorite styles, but it’s easy to get stuck in a groove.

What to do: Shake things up. Reignite your passion and inject new energy and interest into your home by mixing up what you already have or adding some inexpensive new accessories. Change bedding and pillows and move houseplants, chairs, lamps and rugs around. Reposition furniture for a fresh perspective — it’s cheap as well as fun. This bedroom shows how a few well-chosen accessories can make for a pretty and inviting space.

Written by Janet Dunn
Source: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/89714159/list/decorating-master-class-10-common-mistakes-and-how-to-fix-them

January 14, 2019   No Comments

The 10 Most Popular Bathroom Makeovers of 2018

If you’re looking for great bathroom design ideas, consider the most popular bathroom makeovers featured on Houzz in 2018. There’s something for everyone, from practical considerations such as grab bars and linear drains to eye-catching details like patterned floor tile, painted shiplap walls and statement-making vanities. Here’s a countdown of the bathrooms readers loved the most this year.

1. Transformation in Turquoise Brings Guest Bathroom to Life

Several popular elements are seen in the No. 1 bathroom story of the year. Interior designer Marissa Cramer incorporated encaustic cement tile in a graphic pattern, turquoise subway tile in the shower, wood open shelves that add warmth and lots of white in her clients’ Los Angeles guest bathroom. The combination feels clean, fresh and inviting.

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Source: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/116904729/list/the-10-most-popular-bathroom-makeovers-of-2018

December 26, 2018   No Comments

How to Care for Your Christmas Tree

Artificial trees may have increased in popularity, but for the purist, only a real tree will do. No matter how realistic it looks, an artificial tree can’t compete with the scent and feel of a real evergreen. It’s a living part of nature that, for a short time, we give a place of honor in our homes.

And no matter which kind of tree it is — spruce, fir, pine or cypress — once it’s indoors, the goal is to keep the tree fresh and green. This means keeping the needles pliable and on the tree until the holidays are over. And the only thing that does that is water, lots of it. Think of it like a big, green pet: Just as a dog or cat needs fresh water every day, so does a fresh Christmas tree.

Even with daily watering, cut trees will eventually dry out. When needles drop when you touch them, and branches droop so low that ornaments are hitting the floor, it’s time to take off the lights and decorations, wrap the tree in an old sheet, and take it outside.

You can saw off some of the tree’s branches and cover garden beds with them to protect plants, or turn them into mulch with a chipper or shredder. If you have the acreage, drag the tree to an out-of-the-way spot for birds and animals to use as cover. Most communities now collect spent Christmas trees and make mulch or compost from them, which they offer back to residents. The saddest end for a tree is for it to be hauled off to a landfill, instead of being turned back into soil — allowed to decompose and feed living creatures, the way nature intended.

Source: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/20617685/list/how-to-care-for-a-freshly-cut-christmas-tree

December 20, 2018   No Comments

Cooking Up Color: 5 Ways to Bring Blue Into the Kitchen

Many ingredients go into designing the perfect kitchen. One that’s often overlooked or not considered early enough in the design process is color. It’s perfectly fine to prefer a neutral kitchen, of course, but many homeowners default to everything in white, beige or gray simply because they feel overwhelmed at the number of decisions to make or the prospect of committing to anything bolder. In this first edition of a new series on kitchen color, we’ll explore the options for injecting interesting blue hues into your space.

OK, this flooring is technically multicolored, with blue the predominant hue. The complexity of the pattern also offers a side benefit. Though I sweep my kitchen floors regularly and mop them about once a week, in between the cleanings I’d rather not see every little speck of dirt. Prior to remodeling my home, I had solid black ceramic floor tiles in the kitchen (installed by a previous owner) and they looked dirty within minutes of being mopped. A patterned or multihued flooring material such as this will be more forgiving if you aren’t willing or able to clean it every day.

If clean-looking floors are a concern for you, ask your designer or flooring vendor to provide a sample of the material you’re considering so you can test it for durability and how easy it is to keep clean.

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Source: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/114647456/list/cooking-up-color-5-ways-to-bring-blue-into-the-kitchen

December 18, 2018   No Comments