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Profitable Renovations For Your Home

clock June 9, 2014 06:21 by author Chris Vigna

Remodeling Your Home Can Be Profitable

If you have not remodeled your home in a few years, you are probably spending more money every month than you actually need to. Below are four tips you could change, which will save you money on your monthly bills.

1. Add a steel door to your entry.  Many homes are still using wooden doors and these may not be as energy efficient as high quality steel doors.  Steel doors are more secure than most of the wooden doors out there; plus, they also look better and tend to increase the selling price of any home.

2. A new garage door is also a great way for increasing your home’s value and security. Not only will this make your home look more complete, but it will also protect your cars and your entire family. 

3. Remodeling your kitchen is a popular way to increase your home’s value, but you need to be very careful, because it is easy to make mistakes and ruin your kitchen.  It is always a good idea to contact experts and ask for advice from professional kitchen remodelers before beginning any kitchen updates.

4. Try going energy efficient with your home appliances. There are many new home electronics and remodeling accessories, which are energy efficient and can reduce the amount of energy that other appliances use. 

 So if you are thinking about remodeling your home, remember these tips and start saving money every single month. At All About the Pipes, our staff of professional plumbers or other experienced remodeling staff will recommend the best practices for renovating your home that will save you from a lot of stress.  

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Increasing Home Prices, Encourage People To Do Some Remodeling

clock May 8, 2014 04:32 by author Chris Vigna

Home Remodeling Increase This Year

Recent nation and worldwide economic crisis have caused many homeowners to stop their remodeling and to stop thinking about any other changes to their homes.  Renovation is not a cheap task to get involved in most of the time and this is the main reason most homeowners have stopped doing any remodeling in their homes for the past few months. 

According to some recent surveys, homeowners have also stopped remodeling their homes, because the price of their properties have dropped and they do not see the benefit of investing in remodeling, if their home is still not going to be valued at a very fair price.  The same surveys have also found that homeowners are more willing to invest in some remodeling for their homes, if the value of their houses would increase again, which is what is happening this year. 

At least 53% of the people who answered the survey stated that they are more likely to renovate their homes if the value of their property increases over the next 12 months or so.  Of that 53%, at least 48% said that they would be more comfortable getting involved in a home remodeling project that costs more than $500, if their property’s value increases over the next year. 

Experts from stores like The Home Depot have stated that they have a very positive feeling about these next 12 months, as they think that people are going to feel more confident about investing in their home remodeling and thus have more sales.

Other housing experts, have stated that there could be a 5% annual grow rate for the next four years or so in house prices and this means that we could reach peek prices in that period of time.  This would certainly return confidence in most homeowners and would allow many to get involved in more home remodeling projects over the next few years. 

So, if you have been thinking about remodeling your home, but have not done so because of the house prices that the market has right now, you can start thinking about this again, as property values might start going up during the next 12 months. 

The economy, has certainly shown signs of getting back to normal and hopefully, home pricing and values, will continue to increase, so that more of us can gain enough confidence to get involved in a new home remodeling project. 

If you really want to start remodeling your home, but are still a little scared about the economy out there, you can always start with some of your remodeling plans and just take it a step at a time.  This will prevent you from overspending and will also help you achieve your dreams.      

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What To Do With Your Pets While You Renovate Your Home

clock May 4, 2014 01:26 by author Chris Vigna

Pets & Home Renovation

Renovating your home is no simple task and while some jobs may take longer than others, planning what to do with your pets is a very smart thing to do.  If you are a pet owner and are going to be renovating your home, you must think ahead and find a place for your pets to stay while the job gets done.

So whether you own a dog, a cat, a fish, a hamster or an iguana, renovating your home will surely make them uncomfortable and if you do not plan ahead your Charlotte plumbers could have problems with your little friends too.  It is well known that some dogs and cats can bite or scratch strangers and this could become a problem when your professional plumber is working in your home.

If you cannot afford to send your pets to a specialized hotel for a few days, there are always other options to consider and some of these may work for you:

·         Ask a family member or friend for help.  If you know someone close to you who loves animals and can take care of your pets for a few days, this will solve your problem right away.  Not only will you have more space and tranquility in your home, so the plumbers can work, but your pets will also be at a safe and comfy place. 

·         Use a medium to large closet, small patio or other extra space. If your home renovation is only going to take place inside your home, then find a small yard, patio or place for your pet to be outside.  If you don’t have a yard or your home renovation is going to take place outdoors, find a large enough closet or room for your pet to stay indoors and just bare with them during the renovation process.

·         If you happen to have a dog house or a crate, try using it to contain your pets for a few days.  Remember to visit it often and to take your pet out when the plumbers have gone home for the day.  This will prevent your pets from going into the work area and it will also prevent them from grabbing some of the tools or parts that will be used throughout your home’s renovation.     

Always remember to put some clean water and fresh food for your pets, as this will help to calm them down, while they wait for the plumbers to finish their job.   It is really not that hard to find a safe and comfy place for your pets while your home is being renovated, but you do have to plan ahead.  

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No More Tubs in the Bathroom

clock April 13, 2014 03:25 by author Chris Vigna

In the past, new homeowners would think mostly about installing a tub in at least one of their bathrooms, but today, it seems as this tendency has dropped and now more people are looking to install showers, instead of the old comfy tub.  There are many beliefs on why this is happening, but basically it involves saving water, saving space and saving money. 

According to some experts in the plumbing and bathroom industries, people are not choosing bathtubs for their homes anymore and there are other trending options, which are rapidly becoming a standard in many places.  Overhead showers are now more popular these days and people are preferring to use the space where a bathtub would go, to have a larger bathroom, a small closet space or even a very large shower. 

Bathtubs needs a lot of water to be filled and this means that you will spend more on water every month, if you take regular baths in your tub.  Showers do not require that much water and they are also easier to clean and allow you to clean yourself, in a shorter period of time. 

People are also choosing shower designs, which make their bathrooms more spacious and require less space.  These shower designs are now easily available in the market and their prices have dropped a lot, which is why they are now being used in more homes around the country. 

Floating vanities, are also being chosen over traditional bathroom vanities these days and they are also helping people to have a little more free space in their homes.  Toilets that have in wall carriers and tanks are a very popular option these days and they certainly look great in any bathroom. 

Just as everything in this world, bathroom traditions are changing and it will only be a matter of time, until these popular items, become obsolete and people are choosing others instead.  Whether you still prefer bathtubs or not, showers are certainly a smart decision to have in your home, as environmental awareness increases and we now know how important it is to save our water. 

At All About the Pipes, we can recommend what is best for your home and we can also help with the installation of your new bathroom.  Feel free to read through our website, so you can find out more about our services, our experience and what we can do for you.  

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Fixing Your Home’s Plumbing Problems Before Putting it on the Market

clock April 6, 2014 07:22 by author Chris Vigna

How To Get More Money For Your Home, By Fixing Your Plumbing Problems

If you are currently thinking about or trying to sell your home, it would be a very smart idea to get all of its plumbing problems fixed, as this can benefit you in many ways.  While some people may think let’s just leave those problems to the future owners or why should we spend any money on repairing this home if we are selling? The truth is that fixing your home’s plumbing before selling it will add value to your home and make you feel even better about the sale. 

If an inspector notices these problems before you sell your home, it could cost you even more in penalties and having to work with professionals that they recommend.  You may also end up making less money on your house if you do not fix your plumbing problems before selling it, because some buyers will notice them and reduce their offering price, as they will have to pay for those repairs and they may overestimate the price. 

Not fixing your home’s plumbing issues before selling it, could also lead you to have to wait more for a buyer to be convinced, as some will notice these problems and start wondering what other problems your home might come with. 

Some types of financing institutions will also require the home to be inspected prior to authorizing the loan to your home’s buyer, which means that if they find any type of plumbing problems, they may not authorize the loan and you will not be able to make that sale.    

 Home sellers or real estate agents, will sometimes have plumber contacts and  other professionals to help you out with these problems, but if you are selling your home on your own, it would be smart to start contacting professional plumbers, so they can inspect your home  and see if it requires any plumbing repairs before it is sold.

At All About the Pipes, we encourage our clients to inspect their plumbing systems several times a year, as this can help to identify plumbing problems at an early stage and save some money and time. Most of the time, plumbing repairs take only a matter of hours.

Feel free to browse through our website, to find our services and how we can help you to get your home ready for sale.    

  

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How To Create A Safe And Convenient Home

clock December 24, 2013 03:46 by author Chris Vigna

Tips For Having A Better Home

We all want to have a comfortable home, which is why we always try to buy new appliances or remodel parts of our homes, which we don’t enjoy anymore.  In this article, we will tell you how to make your home more safe and efficient, which will make you enjoy it even more. 

Try This And Improve Your Home

·         Worry About Safety First – A home that is not safe is not a home at all.  Some experts say that bathtubs can be a safety hazard, even for people who are perfectly healthy. Every shower and bathtub should have railing or bars installed, as they can prevent a lot of accidents and will make your bathrooms look better too.  Consolidating hot and cold water knobs, into one single knob, can also help you to have a comfier bath, which is why these knobs are now recommended by most experts out there.

·         Accessibility and Comfort – Wood or cork floors can really improve the comfort of your home, as these are easier on your hips and knees.  Workspaces, with a place to sit, such as a kitchen countertop with a stool, can benefit cooks by not making their joints hurt.

·         Simplified Access – Having walkways and driveways as direct as possible can really make a home more accessible as well as having some paved ramps, instead of some stairs.  Not having to walk much from your car to your doorstep minimizes the risk of falling and being involved in other accidents.  Installing, motion activated lights, can also be very helpful and it will make your home look inviting too.

·         Light Things Up – We are all getting older and this means that our sight is also deteriorating.  Adding more and better quality lights can really improve our homes, as we grow older, these will prevent us from not seeing things and bumping into objects, every now and then.

·         Think Ahead – Many home designers state that homeowners should think ahead when they are remodeling their homes, as this can save them tons of money and time in the long run. One example of this is to install other things or wires once you have your walls open, this will save effort and will keep you from hiring remodeling staff more than once.               

By following some of these tips, you will certainly have a more comfortable and efficient home, which will allow you to live a better lifestyle.  If you are not certain about the remodeling that you can do to your home, you can always contact All About the Pipes for more tips and guidance.  Our expert plumbers are always ready to help and we will provide you with some simple solutions to your problems.  

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