How To Articles For Homeowners

5 Tips for Budgeting Your Mesa Plumbing Repair Project

5 Tips for Budgeting Your Mesa Plumbing Repair ProjectPlumbing repairs can be some of the most costly repairs that you can make to your home. But if you don’t make them, you can be putting your home at risk for more serious and costly repairs as a result of water damage. You can try making the plumbing repair yourself, but doing so can also put your home at risk …

Budgeting Your Box Beam Project

Budgeting Your Box Beam Project

When you remodel your home, you shouldn’t overlook the ceiling. You can do a lot more with it than decide to add texture or leave it smooth. One of the most popular options that can give your ceiling some high-end style is adding box beams. These look like structural ceiling beams, but they are hollow on the inside. Instead, the beam is constructed of …

Renovating Your Phoenix Landscaping?
Top Budgeting Tips When Planning Your Phoenix Landscape Design Project

How To Budget Your Phoenix AZ Landscaping Design ProjectA desert landscape usually invokes images of barren brown sand and spots of dying or dead grass, with sharp cacti thrown in for effect. As all native Arizonans know, landscaping here in the Southwestern desert is tricky and challenging and not for the weak of heart.

That does not mean it is impossible however. If you …

How Energy Star Appliances Save Money

It is a proven fact that energy star rated appliances help Americans save money on their utilities. This has been working for over twenty years, and in recent years has gotten better and better with more products being energy star rated. In order to qualify as energy star rated, that particular appliance has to be in the lowest power consumption for their category.

This …

The “Green” movement makes an impact on home materials

Going green is not just a cute catchphrase or a saying. It is the wave of the future, and it is important for new home construction to be built in a green manner, as well as existing homes being renovated, office and commercial use buildings and any major construction project.

What does going green mean in terms of materials being used …

How To Save Money On Restoring Your Phoenix Tile Floor vs. Replacing

Replacing a tile floor in full can get expensive. Whether we are talking about here in the Phoenix, Arizona area or anywhere else in the US, it does not matter. Replacing a tile floor (depending on the size of the floor) is a bigger job than repairing or cleaning or patching a few tiles.

Many times a ceramic …

Termite Treatment – The Ultimate Insider’s Guide To Termite Proofing Your Slab

How To Protect Your House Against Termites Termites are in every state in America. They are tiny insects, only the size of a small ant, but do tremendous damage. Your home is ten times more likely to be damaged by termites than it is by fire. Termites can get into your home in 1/32nd of an inch and infest an average of one in thirty …

Refrigerator Options and Features

Almost every American household has a refrigerator. Many have two, with the second used to store extra food, drinks and so on.

When refrigerators first came about, they were much smaller than the jumbo appliances we see today. Most American women stayed home to take care of the house and children and did small food shopping at local stores almost every day. There were no Sam’s …

How to Stain Concrete Floors

How To Stain Concrete FloorsConcrete floors that are treated with acid stain look polished and rich in color. As opposed to coating the floor with paint, acid stain soaks into the pores of the concrete and reacts chemically with the minerals that are already present in the concrete. When concrete is first laid, the minerals disperse in random directions.

This is why the reaction that happens during a staining …

How To Install Track Lighting

 How To Install Track LightingTrack lighting has gone in and out of fashion and is currently in use again in a very different way than those 1980s era track lights you may remember. Tracks are not clunky anymore and come in a variety of sizes and styles.

Putting in tracks is easy and is a common DIY home renovation. Whether it is a new space, or a remodel or …

Cutting And Installing Countertops

 Cutting and Installing Your Own CountertopsCutting and installing your own countertops can save you thousands of dollars on your home renovation project. Doing it correctly the first time will save you even more! It is important if you are going to be taking this bold move, that you understand the need for very careful measuring beforehand. Obviously, this is something that cannot “sort of” fit but needs to fit exactly. It …

Creating Ambiance Outdoors Through Lighting

Creating Ambiance Outdoors Through LightingWhat takes a home from nice to wow? How do you get curb appeal for visitors whose first impression is the most important one? Whether you are looking to sell your house and want to create an awesome impression to potential buyers, or you simply want to jazz up your outdoor spaces, lighting can be an immediate, relatively inexpensive way to get the look you …

Refinishing Wood Floors

 How To Refinish Your AZ Wood FloorRefinishing hardwood floors can be a daunting task, but with a little know how and determination, it can be easier than one would think. Spending hours waxing and buffing a hardwood floor will give it a polished sheen, but it may lack the sparkle it once initially had. Refinishing the wood is the only way to revive the initial value and magnificence of the wood. The work …

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Electric Stoves VS Gas Stoves

Electric stoves and gas stoves are very different but cost around the same price. There are many things to factor when it comes down to make the choice of which one to buy. Some things to consider when trying to choose one are how much one cooks and how much money is an individual going to save over a period of time. Gas stoves tend …

Real Estate: Buying a Condo vs. a House

Once you have decided you are ready to buy a home and have saved up your down payment, you have to decide what type of home is right for you. While some people know right off the bat whether they want to look for a condo or a house, others may need to weigh the pros and cons of each. If you …

How To Install Security Lights

How To Install Security Lights For Your HomeSo, you want to install security lights to your home? You can do it yourself. There is a familiar anecdote, “Home is where the heart is”. The heart of the home is the family, and you definitely want to keep them safe. Unfortunately, times are different than when we could keep doors unlocked or even open for an extended amount of time. So you need …

How to Build a Raised Garden Bed

A seasoned gardener or a novice will really appreciate the benefits and hassle free experience a raised garden bed offers. Get a few words of advice on planning, irrigating, and building a raised garden bed and the process becomes very attainable. Seasoned gardeners often prefer raised beds because they allow the forfeiture of many challenges that accompany gardening in general. The process is …

Installing A Dishwasher

Installing a dishwasher isn’t as difficult as many people may imagine it to be. A standard dishwasher is designed to be suitable for a 24” wide area. A standard dishwasher would also fit below a counter top that is around 34”, which is measured to be at the average counter top height. In the event that an your home doesn’t have an area with these dimensions, it …

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How To Remove a Popcorn Ceiling

So, you’ve finally decided to get rid of that old popcorn ceiling. Good news…it’s actually not that difficult to remove. It is, however, a pretty messy endeavor.

First, find out if the popcorn ceiling was added before 1979. If so, you’re going to want to get it tested for asbestos. You can either have a professional come out to test it, or you can …

How To Hire A Roofing Contractor

A properly installed and maintained roof can protect a building for decades. Although a roof lasts a long time, the roof will eventually need to be repaired or replaced. However, roofing is hard work and it can be dangerous for amateurs. When it’s time for some roof work, most people hire a professional contractor to do the job. A roofing contractor has the …

Drywall 101 – Hanging And Repairing

Drywall is used in many, or most construction projects, but what is it? Drywall is paper enclosed gypsum plaster. It typically comes in 48″ widths and can range in thickness from ¼” to 5/8″. Drywall typically comes in 8′, 9′and 12′ lengths, but can be special ordered to any length or multiple panels may be used to cover a large area.

Drywall is also …

15 Secrets of Successful Homeowners: A Quick “How To” on Basic Maintenance

15 Secrets of Successful HomeownersThe maintenance and financial demands of owning a home can come as a surprise to first time home owners. If you previously rented your dwelling, whenever you had a problem, the landlord or superintendent would take care of it. When you purchase a home, you may find yourself dealing with some unfamiliar situations. Here are a few tips …

Guide To Installing Lighting Under Your Cabinets

Guide to installing lights under cabinetsThe kitchen is the heart of the home. While this area is popular for congregating, sometimes more light is needed. A popular place to put a little extra light is under the cabinets. Not only does light underneath the cabinets look amazing, but it helps the cook ensure they are getting the right ingredients. Regardless of whether it is for fashion or functionality, …

A Simple Way to Install Tile

Tips for installing kitchen tileTile floors are a popular choice because they are easy to maintain, fairly inexpensive to install, and offer variety in terms of style.

Many people are hesitant to install tile on their own, but it is a great way to save money and, in reality, it is a fairly simple task that can be done well without professional assistance.

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