Kim Daneault
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Posted by Kim Daneault on 4/7/2019

Home renovations are becoming expensive, which is why many homeowners try to give it a shot themselves. While some repairs can be quite easy to do like swapping wood knobs with stainless ones, some require the service of a professional. Trying to do them yourself can put your home and life in danger. Even if you are a DIY enthusiast, some renovations are best left in the hands of professionals. Here are some home renovations that you should probably not attempt yourself:

Electrical repairs

Apart from replacing bulbs or changing a socket cover, anything more complicated is too dangerous and requires the services of a professional electrician. Electrical repairs like the wiring of a room is a no-go area because if you do not do it correctly, you can cause an electrical fire or even suffer an electrical shock. Hiring a professional electrician can be quite expensive, but when you consider what is at stake, it is the better option. 

Most plumbing repairs

Although many YouTube videos show you how to carry out necessary plumbing repairs at home, it is important to note that when done wrong, it is hazardous and will incur higher expenses to fix. As a homeowner, if you don't have the essential tools, you are likely to put the wrong pipe in the wrong place. Plumbing requires the services of professional but if you want to try DIY videos, be sure it is something elementary and do not hesitate to call a professional plumber at the first sign of issues. 

Roof repair 

"How hard can roof repair be?" is the first question many homeowners may ask when contemplating repairing a roof shingle themselves or calling for the services of a professional. As easy as it may seem, roof repair is unsafe and can result in injury or death when you fall off the roof in the process of any restoration. Apart from the dangers involved, you can end up with a leaky roof that is expensive to fix. Your roof is off-limits, except if you are clearing off debris with a broom. 

Gas appliance repairs

A regular home may have different kinds of appliances that run on gas. Your oven, clothes dryer, and water heater are just a few. When these appliances become faulty, it is advisable you call for the services of an expert rather than opening it up and trying to fix it yourself. It is simply too dangerous and could lead to gas poisoning or serious gas explosions.

DIYs frequently lead to more damages and more expensive repairs by a professional. Do the right thing and call an expert whenever you notice anything wrong in your home.




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Posted by Kim Daneault on 11/6/2016

Your home's wood floors have experienced heavy foot traffic over the years. As a result, they are scratched and battered and must be improved before you can add your home to the real estate market. Unfortunately, it may prove to be costly to have a professional floor refinisher remove wood floor scratches. And as a home seller who has already invested in a number of home repairs, the last thing you need is another hefty home repair bill. So what does it take for home sellers to remove wood floor scratches on a budget? There are many fast, cost-effective ways to eliminate scratches on your wood floors, including: 1. Disguise the Scratches. You may be able to use a crayon or marker to camouflage your wood floors' scratches. Wax sticks also are available at just about any home improvement store and contain stain and urethane that can help you cover up scratches and safeguard your floors' finish. In addition, you may want to try mixing colors to find the right combination to match the color of your hardwood floors. But remember, hardwood floors boast a combination of hues and tones. Therefore, even if you're unable to find the right blend of colors, you should be able to cover up white scratches instantly if you apply similar colors from crayons, markers or wax sticks. 2. Leverage a Combination of Vinegar and Olive Oil. Using a mixture of vinegar and olive oil may help you minimize scratches on your wood floors as well as transform your ordinary floors into dazzling ones. Typically, you'll want to pour a mixture that is equal parts vinegar and olive oil onto the affected area of your wood floors. After 24 hours, wipe off the mixture, and you should notice a significant improvement. It is important to note that this mixture won't deliver instant results every time. However, applying a new coat of vinegar and olive oil onto an affected area of your wood floors over the course of several days may help you eliminate scratches altogether. 3. Use Sandpaper to Your Advantage. Lightweight sandpaper may prove to be an ideal option to fix wood floor scratches. For instance, you can sand the affected area of your wood floors, use wood filler on this area and seal the area accordingly. This may allow you to enhance the appearance of your wood floors and ensure they look brand new. Keep in mind that you may need to sand, fill and seal an affected area of your wood floors a few times to eliminate scratches. But home sellers who remain persistent can use sandpaper to their advantage and minimize scratches on their wood floors without delay. Getting your home ready to list on the real estate market sometimes can be tricky, but your real estate agent can help you find ways to help your residence stand out in a competitive real estate market. In fact, this real estate professional can offer expert insights and ensure you can find ways to maximize the value of your house. Work toward improving the wood floors in your home, and you may be able to speed up the process of selling your residence.





Posted by Kim Daneault on 7/24/2016

If you are contemplating remodeling your home, you are likely wondering if doing these projects yourself will really save you a substantial amount of money. If you are an experienced do-it-yourself homeowner, yes, many home remodeling projects can be done yourself if you have the time available to invest in the project. However, other projects, especially those that affect the structural integrity of the property are best left in the lands of the professionals. Flooring If you are considering replacing the flooring in an older home, consult a professional flooring contractor to investigate the condition of the current flooring. You may discover that you have beautiful hardwood flooring, covered by linoleum or carpeting. An old natural hardwood floor may be able to be refinished to “like new” condition at a fraction of the cost of replacement hardwood flooring. A professional flooring installation professional can also determine if the sub-floor is sound before you proceed with the job. Dependent on the care and maintenance the property has received over the years, the sub-floor may be damaged by water, mold or decay, or may be infested with termites. Even if you ultimately decide to tackle the flooring project yourself, an estimate from a licensed and bonded reputable flooring contractor will allow you to have an accurate estimate of the amount and cost of materials as well as the work involved. Roofing Replacing the roof is one of the jobs that homeowners should not tackle on their own. Check with the company that writes your homeowner’s insurance. You will likely find out that if a licensed professional roofing contractor does not install your roof, future damage from a storm, wind, or snow accumulation will not be covered under your policy. Lighting In older homes, updating lighting fixtures can make a big impact on the comfort, convenience and appearance of the home. Changing out a dated lighting fixture is a fairly easy do-it-yourself project. If new wiring or breaker boxes need to be installed, it is best to enlist the services of a professional electrician. To add safety and security to the exterior areas of your home, consider adding motion detection lights to brightly light up sidewalks, driveway and the entry to your home. Painting Small painting projects such as refreshing a bedroom or painting a bathroom are simple do-it-yourself projects that can be easily accomplished in a weekend. If you have high vaulted ceilings or live in a two-story house and wish to repaint the exterior, you may find it is prudent to call in professional housepainters. A professional housepainter will have all the safety gear, ladders and scaffolding required to do the job correctly and quickly. If you factor in the time the job will require, the cost of renting painting equipment and the hassle involved in moving equipment on and off site, you will likely find that it is actually less expensive to hire a professional.




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Posted by Kim Daneault on 5/1/2016

Garages aren't just for parking cars and storing all of your stuff. The garage could just be the key to selling your home. Homeowners don't typically think of putting much effort in the garage when preparing a home for sale. Investing a little time and effort into staging your garage could just be the difference from for sale to sold. Follow these quick and easy steps to a garage home buyers dream of. 1. Get organized. Everyone loves storage. Show off your garage and make it a selling point. One of the best ways to showcase your garage is an organized place where buyers can picture their things. Shelves, bins and storage closets are available at any local hardware store. When your garage looks spacious and organized it is more appealing and may even result in the buyer feeling like they are gaining square footage. 2. Light it Up Lighting can make all the difference. Replace dangling, plain bulbs with fixtures or strip lighting. Adding an eight-foot fluorescent light strip can turn your garage from dark and dreary to open and inviting. 3. Finishing Touches Garages that have appealing floors and walls go a long way in the buyer's eyes. Concrete garage floors can be coated with an epoxy resin-based paint or rubber mats and tiles. This hides spills and makes cleaning a lot easier. Don't forget the walls. Adding sheet rock makes a very clean surface and makes the garage feel more like a finished space. The sheet rock can also be painted to create a warmer atmosphere. 4. Properly working doors There is nothing worse than a garage door in disrepair. Garage door openers should be quiet and have safety mechanisms in place. Have the garage doors evaluated by the garage door company that installed it or sometimes all it needs is a good oil job to lubricate it.







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