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A Guide to Vacation Rental Home Options

You might just be planning a short holiday – in which case you’ll likely be weighing up the pros and cons of staying in a hotel room versus renting private accommodation. The decision you make here is dependent on a number of factors, namely how long you’re going to be away for.

If your stay spans only two or three nights, a hotel room may be worth consideration – especially if you’re going to be out and about during the day. Hotels can provide a great solution for individuals or couples, as long as you’re prepared to eat out at restaurants or order room service.

If you’re travelling in a larger group or as a family, however, hotel rooms can be very limiting in terms of space. The same applies if you’re planning on being away for more than a couple of days, as a hotel stay can feel very … Read More

Green Homes – Green Home Building For Eco Friendly Living

Green homes are houses that are kinder to the planet. They use lesser energy, produce less waste, and are a healthier environment for the people inside. Green homes come out of a philosophy of being more eco-friendly to the environment. They save on electricity, find ways to cut down on carbon-waste and general energy consumption. Green homes can put money in your pocket, and give you the peace of mind you are doing your bit to help sustain our planet.

Energy

Most of us would to make the world a little “greener” by reducing our home energy consumption. There has been improvement in building techniques and materials over the last couple of decades, which means that homes are becoming more energy efficient. Do you dream of a house with no carbon emissions and zero-net-energy use? This can be achieved with a strategy that includes alternative energy sources, and conscientious fabrication … Read More

Home Building Contractors – Why Do My Clients Hate Me?

Most Building Contractors I know get it wrong. They place their priorities on the project, rather than on their clients.

 

Why is that? As simple as it seems to say that the customer comes first, in home building, it’s not an easy task. I can definitely empathize with the builder. The more complicated and personal a provided service is the greater the risk that clients will become confused, emotional, and eventually accusatory.

 

A Home Builder or Baby Sitter?

 

A complaint I often hear is that builders want to be builders, not baby sitters. Builders want to do what they do best … build! Isn’t that the job after all? And by doing their best to build a beautiful home, won’t that satisfy the customer? Whether or not that makes sense, the fact is, it usually doesn’t work.

 

The reason many builders think like this is they … Read More

Custom Home Builders Vs Tract & Spec Homes – What’s the Difference?

The terms Custom Home Builder, Spec Home Builder and Tract Home Builder sometimes can be used interchangeably.   However, this is not always the case as each one has different functions therefore constructing different types of residential structures.. 

Custom Home Builder

These build unique homes.   The architectural style, size and amenities will conform to the buyers needs and wishes.  Generally, the homeowner or home builder decide on variables that will make it different from others.  Usually, lot’s of planning and time are involved and many revisions until the “perfect” design is achieved.

It might be small, medium or large in size.  Perhaps has standard features or high end luxury features.  They are not always elaborate gorgeous large palatial estates.  While that is often the case it is not always.

For example, a retired couple may want a custom home built that is only 1500 square feet and has 2 bedrooms with … Read More

Is it Worth Doing Your Own Pressure Washing Around the Home?

Its getting close to spring and your house and driveway looks dirty.Your siding and concrete have a bright green tinge to them that didn’t come with the house….

Like many, you’ve wondered whether to go to your local hardware store and buy your own powerwasher. The question is, do home pressure washers actually do the job and can they get the parts of your home, driveway, and other concrete and asphalt clean enough to justify the purchase?

Here’s my unequivocal answer… Maybe yes and maybe no.

I’m not a politician, so why the non-answer? Well, it not only depends on the machine, but it depends on your skills, and whether your investment justifies the cost.

So lets start with the first part of the question:

Will pressure washing machines you can get locally do the job? The kind of machine and its ratings help determine what they can and cannot … Read More

Try a New Home Look with 3D Interior Design

Wouldn’t it be great if you could totally redecorate your new home without having to buy any paint or materials while doing it? Using 3d interior design, you can try out unlimited designs, experimenting with colors, textures and more without and yet you won’t be required to make a single purchase. Accomplished by using your computer, you won’t be required to leave the comfort of your home and you won’t need to visit any of the numerous home improvement stores in order to discover the perfect design plan.

How is That Possible

There are a number of ways in which 3d interior design works and your required level of re-decorating your home will determine the application features you will utilize. For simple basic features, there are a variety of free websites which offer 3d interior design based on a number of pre-made templates, materials, textures, designs, and colors. You simply … Read More

Impress Passersby With A Beautifully Painted Home Or Business

Adding paint to the interior of your home is a no-brainer, but painting the exterior can easily be overlooked. This can lead to your home or business looking run down from the outside. A fresh coat of paint, can not only change the appearance of your building, it can also increase the value. Overall, fresh paint on the exterior of your home or business can beautify it and make it more inviting.

Obviously, if you want to change the appearance of your building, paintwork can be an excellent option. However, there is also a basic guideline on how often you should be repainting any building. There are a variety of factors that will affect when you should repaint your building, including its exterior finish, your place, and the overall quality of your previous paintwork. On average, wood siding should be painted every 3 to 7 years and stained every 4 … Read More

How to Hire the Best Home Contractors

Making improvements to your residence is exciting, but consumers need to make sure that they hire the right home contractors in order to get the most out of their renovations. People are swindled out of thousands of dollars every year by shady improvement services. Finding a person you can trust with your place is vital for your peace of mind. Let’s go over some things you should consider and steps you can take to ensure that you hire the best person for the job.

Ask Friends, Mentors, Colleagues, and Other Professionals for Recommendations

Getting started is one of the hardest parts of finding good work. Where do you find these services? You could leaf through the yellow pages and call the numbers you find, but how much can you initially learn this way? Ask people that you know have had work done to give you recommendations of the companies that … Read More

Going Green With Home Renovation

Environmentalism is one of the most important concepts of our time. To recycling plastics and other waste to reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, most North Americans today actively attempt to reduce their impact on the environment. It should come as no surprise then, that green home renovations are gaining popularity in the construction industry.

Homes, office spaces, and even urban developments are more commonly constructed using green methods. Living spaces need to be eco-friendly and sustainable. So, what can you do to renovate your home so it’s more environmentally responsible? Fortunately, there are many options available to you, and these tips should help you achieve your greenest goals.

During your renovations, there are a lot of small adjustments you can make that have less impact on the environment. More importantly, many green renovations are also better for your budget as they can significantly reduce your overall renovation costs.

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Considerations When Residing Your Home

Keeping your home in good repair is the key to protecting your investment and maintaining resale value should you need to relocate. The outside of your home is an area that demands constant vigilance to ensure that your home is maximally protected. Small issues with your siding can rapidly escalate into major repair bills if not caught quickly – particularly if you live in area with frequent or heavy rain storms.

It might be time to replace your siding if you find large areas of decay or degradation. Also, moisture or water damage on the inside of the home may indicate that your siding is failing even if you can’t locate the specific trouble spot on the outside of the home. Of course, you may want to replace the siding just for a change from that old, lime green ugly stuff you have now!

There are many siding choices available, … Read More