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Renovating a Bathroom Can Be Overwhelming: Here’s a Checklist to Get Started

Deciding to renovate your bathroom is both exciting and overwhelming. It being the smallest room in your house, you would imagine it would be the easiest to renovate, but there is actually a lot you need to make sure you do. Here is a checklist to help you get started on the process.

Take a Moment to Look Around Your Bathroom

Figure out what it is you want to change. Make two lists: one for “needs” and the other for “wants”. This will help you make sure you get everything done that you need to first. To make sure you stay on schedule and budget, worry about the wants last. This can also be a good time to figure out what style bathroom you would like to have.

Budget

Depending on how much money you are willing and able to spend, you need to make sure you stay within a budget that works for you. Set a limit and stick to it. Make sure all the needs are met first, and then if you have money left over, go ahead and include some of your wants.

DIY or Hire Someone?

 Figure out if you can do this yourself. Make sure you have the time, energy, and the skills. Mistakes in the bathroom can be costly, so it might be advisable to call on a Bathroom Renovator to help you. This will ensure you get the job done accurately and on time.

Cabinet Space

 Make the most of the space in your bathroom. If you can expand your storage space, and make it so that your guests do not see where you keep all your tools and products, this will help to make your bathroom more relaxing. Clutter can be stressful.

Floors

 If you are going to redo your floors, figure out what type of floor will be able to endure water, heat, and humidity. Your bathroom can be a very wet place. You want to make sure the type of floor you decide to install can withstand all the moisture.

Lighting

If you can get a lot of natural light into your bathroom, this will help it to be a very relaxing place for you to spend time when getting ready for your day. You should also make sure the light fixtures you decide on are practical and provide adequate light. The bathroom can be dangerous without it. Putting a light in the shower might also be a good idea if it is within your budget.

Ventilation

Ventilation is a very important feature of a bathroom. It not only helps to prevent the bathroom from being damp and smelly but having good ventilation can also be good for your health. If you do not already have a good ventilation system, this may be a time to call upon a professional as it can be a big job.

Plumbing

Plumbing is probably the most important part of a bathroom. It is best to make sure this part of the project is done properly, or it can really do some damage to your house. You can also look into making your water usage environmentally friendly.

Your bathroom is one of the most used rooms in your house. It is only natural to want it to be a comfortable and relaxing place. It is also important to make sure it is a practical and attractive room as guests will usually use it at least once while they are over. Make sure your take your time in planning your bathroom renovation, and do it right the first time to avoid costly mistakes.

 

How Driveway Resurfacing Helped Me Sell My Home

Driveway Resurfacing by Looks Great Concrete

Resurfacing your concrete with a decorative coating is one of those things that you usually only hear about through friends and family. This case was no different. Bless their hearts for bringing concrete resurfacing to my attention.

Back in late 2016 I had one of my properties on the market. I was asking just above market value but I felt it was well worth every last dollar. I didn’t need to sell my home, but with my new blogging career I was no longer tied to the streets and felt an urge to move abroad for bigger and better things.

My house was nice, big and well maintained. My driveway however, left room for the imagination!

My Drab Driveway

There were cracks, it was discoloured and the previous owner to the house must have been a mechanic. There were oil stains and gouge marks almost the length of the driveway. Needless to say, it was not adding value to my home.

I had played with the idea of relaying my driveway. After speaking with a few contractors about it I was left with an expensive set of quotes to remove, level and relay the concrete. This would remove the ugly entrance to my home, but would still only leave me with a standard concrete driveway. Not to mention, the price was steep, we’re talking $20,000+!

I had a decision to make. Would spending the money increase the value of my home, and would it do so enough to cover the costs?

After thinking long and hard I decided to go to the best person I know for advice on home renovations. My father.

As soon as 2 minutes into the conversation, dad mentioned how a friend of his in Melbourne had decorative concrete resurfacing services to renovate and rejuvenate his driveway.

This was something I had never thought of and wasn’t even sure was possible. I had seen decorative driveways, but thought it was an added expense to laying it in the first place. With $20,000 being the lowest quote for re-laying my driveway I was never going to afford adding colours, patterns and textures. Luckily I was wrong.

Looks Great Concrete To The Rescue

I got in touch with the company that worked with my father’s associate. The company specialises in decorative concrete resurfacing including driveway resurfacing Melbourne. Right from the start, I loved the name. Looks Great Concrete, exactly what I needed!

I spoke to a contractor with Looks Great Concrete named Andrew who told me all about the driveway resurfacing, the price involved and what to expect on an older concrete surface.

The whole driveway resurfacing project was quoted at only $4,000, I couldn’t believe my luck!

I immediately had Andrew come out and inspect the driveway while also bringing some pamphlets and examples of previous work. Needless to say his service was excellent. I got an immediate answer for every question, a 5 year guarantee on the resurface and expert advice on what patterns and textures most people are looking for.

The whole project took 5 days. In the end, I went with what he called looks great fleck. The finish was an anti-slip texture with an exposed aggregate finish. There were little flecks within the surface that made it look fresh and modern. I love it!

Resurfaced Driveway

 

Driveway Resurfacing Cost

The total price for all work completed ended up at $4,400 including GST, almost a quarter of relaying a new driveway. The finish is immaculate and much nicer than fresh concrete would have been.

After finishing of the driveway, and more great advice from Andrew and dad, I had the house re-evaluated……. Wait for it……..$23,000…. That is how much my house’s value increased from a $4,400 investment!

In Conclusion

The best part, my house sold within 2 months at $14,500 more than the initial price I was asking.

If you’re ever looking to sell your home and have a sad looking driveway holding you back. Decorative Concrete Resurfacing should be something well worth looking into. I’m not saying everyone could benefit from it, but I know I sure have.

If you live in Melbourne and would like to get in touch with Looks Great Concrete you can find them by following the link further up the article. Otherwise, there website is www.looksgreatconcrete.com.au.

As always, it’s been a pleasure. Thanks for reading and make sure to let me know what you think of my article so I can provide a better reading experience moving forward!

 

How to Tell When It’s Time to Replace Your Roof – Seven Signs

Many homeowners fret that they need a whole new roof the minute they spot a leak in their ceiling, but a leak could be due to several different issues. So, what factors determine whether a roof repair will solve your particular problem, or if your house needs a brand new roof?

How to Tell If You Need to Replace Your Roof

Roof replacement

  1. The Age of the Roof

Do you know how old the existing asphalt shingle roof is? Many experts agree that, on average, a roof lasts around 20 – 25 years. However, it does depend on whether or not the original roof was removed and if you have just a single layer of shingles, and also whether or not there is proper airing. If the roof was installed over another layer of roofing, or even a few layers, and is older than 25 years, you probably need to replace it.

  1. The Roof Valleys

Are your roof shingles missing or falling apart in the valley of the roof? This is a sure-fire sign that it’s time to replace your roof. Valleys are the most important part of your roof, and it is through them that rain flow towards your gutters. If your valley is compromised, you may be susceptible to leaks. If your not sure where to look, Prompt Roofing provide onsite checkups with honest reliable roofing contractors.

  1. Shingles Buckling and Curling

Curling Shingles due to ageHave you seen shingles on your roof that are buckling or curled, chances are it is time for a new roof. Take a good look at the slopes of your house that get direct sunlight to see if shingles are curling and possibly losing granules. If so, this could mean that the shingles are worn out. There is also the possibility that your roof is defective. It is a good idea to get in touch with a licensed roofing contractor for an estimate on a new roof.

  1. Chimney Flashing

The chimney flashing is another area you should be concerned about. If the flashing is loaded with tar or roof cement, it possibly needs to be replaced with a water-tight and longer-term fitting. Experts typically recommend a metal flashing system.

  1. Are Shingles Missing?

This is another sign that your roof is failing. All the shingle tabs should be intact. If not, it’s time to replace your roof.

  1. Spot a Ray of Daylight?

Hole in roof needing repairsWhen walking of the roof, does it feel kind of spongy or like you’re bouncing on a trampoline? If so, this could mean that the underlying decking has weakened from moisture. Head to your attic to see if there is daylight seeping through the roof boards and check for moisture in your insulation.

  1. Are the Gutters Full of Shingle Granules?

Take a good look in your gutters to see if they are full of shingle granules. Typically, roofs lose more granules the closer they get to the end of their life-cycle. Darker or inconsistent colours on parts of your roof is yet another sign that the granules have worn away and you will need to replace your roof.

Conclusion

If any of the seven symptoms above are happening in your homes roof its best you get someone to take a look. Although a roofing contractor may cost a bit upfront, neglecting to fix or replace your roof can cause leaky roof syndrome and allow water to reak havoc inside your home’s wall’s ceiling and inner cavities. This can be a health risk increasing the pollutants in the air from mold and mildew. If in doubt, check it out!

Thanks again for reading my short post! I hope this one has been informative and helps with your decision on your roofing moving forward.

Have a great day and take care!

3 Storage Mistakes You Should Never Repeat while Renovating Your Home

storage Options while Renovating

Home remodeling and renovation storage is a convenient solution for homeowners who are looking forward to beautifying their properties on time and on a budget. Designed to protect any category of valuables while keeping an entire home clean and clutter-free, these storage solutions simplify the efforts of every family involved in an ample renovation project, especially when they come with significant discounts, flexible leases and other perks, such as access to inexpensive packaging materials, and free pick-up.

3 Preventable Storage-Related Home Renovation Mistakes That You Shouldn’t Make

Even so, it’s safe to say that no two storage spaces are alike; this is why clients should research their options very carefully before spending their money on a specific one. Here are 3 frequent mistakes that you should never make again while renting and using storage space to protect your environment and your personal effects during a renovation.

Cramming Everything Up Onsite.

The idea of depositing household contents within reach, inside an attic, basement or garage can be quite appealing at a first thought, especially for those who are striving to remodel their homes on a budget.

Here’s the problem with ad-hoc onsite storage: aside from compromising the functionality and aesthetics of your space, in-room storage can expose your delicate goods to real threats, such as a potential mold contamination or extreme temperature variation triggering significant damages.

Wasting Time and Energy.

Storage centerDuring a big renovation project, the last thing that you want to worry about is loading your things, renting a moving truck, unloading all your items inside a unit and repeating all these steps when your remodelling job is done.

To avoid wasting any time and energy while keeping costs in check, it is highly recommended to choose a smart temporary storage solution tailored to the nature and extent of your home improvement project and financial situation.

It is important you find the right company for you and your needs. For instance, if you only need to accommodate some of your goods for a few months, you could choose to rent door-to-door storage containers; each container is designed to fit the contents of one or one and a half rooms, and can protect even the most valuable or delicate personal effect while you work on your surroundings.

Portable containers are easy to load, affordable and easy to access, which makes them a fantastic option for homeowners who are planning the details of their upcoming remodelling project.

 

Ignoring Security Risks.

Many families end up damaging, losing or misplacing high-value objects during renovation projects, as a result of their poor organisation. To keep these risks at bay, you could start by grouping, prioritising, boxing and labelling each item that will be stored offsite. Also, it would be best to opt for a storage company that has implemented the most advanced security solutions for their clients, such as access to modern units with individual door alarms and nonstop video surveillance.

Those who would rather rent door-to-door storage containers should keep in mind that they could always send their container to a safe and secure nearby storage center, instead of just depositing it onsite, in a spare room, in their garage or in their backyard. By following all these tips and avoiding the common mistakes explained above, homeowners have the chance to choose the most suitable storage solutions, and turn their renovation into a success story.

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5 Hacks a Better Garden By This Spring

Spring has just about sprung, so it’s time to get into your garden and get it ready for the hot months ahead. Here are 5 hacks to getting your garden Spring-ready.

Spring Tree Flowering

  1. Spring Cleaning

Throughout the winter, your garden was exposed to the elements and the odd storm. So, start by clearing out the garden beds and lawn of fallen leaves, broken branches, and any other debris that may have collected. It’s important that you start these tasks soon as your Spring plants and bulbs will be popping out of the ground any moment. The sooner you start cleaning out your beds, the less chance you have of walking on the new plants and damaging them. The same Spring clean applies to your bushes and trees. Trim off dead and broken branches and prune and shape your trees.

  1. Getting the Garden Tools Ready

Garden tools ready to be oiledPull out all those tools that have been lying around through the winter, it’s time to clean them and ensure they are ready for the job. Clean off your tools using soap and water. You can use mineral spirits for wood handles as this will prevent wood from splintering.

  1. Give the Soil the TLC It Needs

Time to get your soil ready for planting. Start by turning the soil over with a pitchfork and then rake it out to clear any weeds that have grown. You can then add fresh compost either from your homemade compost bin or use store-bought manure or compost to add much-needed nutrients to your soil. Aim to add the manure or compost a few weeks before you plan on planting something. This gives it time to mix well with the soil and will avoid burning the roots of new plants.

  1. Make a Plan

Determine which vegetables and flowers are going to be best for the different sections of your garden. You may want to head to the local garden centre for planting recommendations from the experts. Planning the garden is probably the most important part of the preparation process. You may want to plant in a way that you get colours blooming through the season, so you’ll want a mix of annuals and perennials to keep colour in your garden for longer. It’s also a good idea to plant according to height with taller plants not blocking sun from the shorter plants.

  1. Keep Looking After Your Garden

Women on knees gardeningIt’s important to maintain your garden throughout the season. Once your flowers begin to bloom you will need to deadhead to promote further flowers, depending on the species. It’s also a good time to plant annuals that will supplement your perennials. Deadheading involves cutting off the fading or drooping flowers from the healthy stems. Late spring is perfect for putting down a layer of mulch, too, which will hold down weeds and retain water for the hot summer days coming up. The mulch will break down over the autumn and winter and add extra nutrients to the soil.