Lynn D'Avolio
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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 7/7/2015

If you are thinking of adding an addition to your home there are some things you will wants to be aware of. If you decide to add a new space, ask yourself the following questions: * Can I finance the home improvement with my own cash or will I need a loan? * How much equity is in the property? A fair amount will make it that much easier to get a loan for home improvements. * Is it feasible to expand the current space for an addition? * What is permissible under local zoning and building laws? Despite your deep yearning for a new sunroom or garage, you will need to know if your town or city will allow such improvements. * Should I make the improvement myself or hire a contractor? Many homeowners consider going to job alone to save money. Consider how much time you have, your level of expertise or willingness to handle the job, amount of help from friends or relatives, and how much you want, or need, to save by doing the job yourself. You could save up to 20 percent of the project cost through your own hard work. Be aware, however, that you may need to call in the pros. Going it alone can sometimes lead to spending more time and money. if problems arise. Most home improvement experts suggest that homeowners who do not have a lot of experience should stick to painting, minor landscaping, building interior shelving, and other minor improvements.





Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 6/16/2015

If you live in or are buying an older home you may be concerned about asbestos. Asbestos was banned in 1978 because of the health risks associated with it. Asbestos fibers are dangerous when inhaled.  The microscopic fibers can become lodged in the respiratory system and lead to asbestosis or scarring of the respiratory tissues. Asbestos was commonly used as a binder and fire retardant in many building products. It can typically be found in acoustical ceiling tiles; thermal insulation of boilers and pipes; steel fireproofing, cement asbestos siding and roofing; tile and sheet floor coverings. Inspectors are most concerned with what is known as friable asbestos (easily crumbled or pulverized to powder) and often recommend it be removed. It should always be removed and disposed of by a qualified contractor. Contact the Environmental Protection Agency for an updated list of qualified testing and or mitigation contractors.

 
   





Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 5/26/2015

You can do just about anything with an app. Like the saying goes; "there's an app for that". If you are a homeowner there are several apps you will want to download to your mobile device. Here are just a few to get you started: Houzz -Design your perfect room with Houzz. Homeowners can create an idea book for their next remodeling project by searching rooms and photos.  The items in the photos have tags with pricing and availability, members can also tag items they have seen in stores and provide additional info. Houzz integrates with Facebook, Flicker, and Twitter to share ideas with friends. ColorSmart by BEHR – See what your room will look like with new paint without even picking up a paintbrush. ColorSmart allows you to take a picture of the room, choose your paint, and then preview what the room would look like in different colors. Photo Measures – No need to figure out if the furniture will fit, with this app, you simply upload a photo of a room, and then write in all its measurements so you never have to remember the exact layout. Now you will always be able to make sure that everything will fit perfectly. Mint.com-Budget your money and control all of your finances on your iPhone. Mint.com will gathers all bank, credit card, and loan statements in one place, letting users see where every penny goes. The app also makes money saving recommendations based on spending habits HomeSavvy – Never forget to do a home maintenance project again. This app gives you a customized home maintenance schedule and alerts you when it’s time to get the project done. It also includes a directory of local businesses with customer ratings for each task that needs completed. What are some of your favorite apps to help you around the house?  





Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 4/28/2015

Making daily choices to help conserve water is a win win. Reducing the amount of water used in your home will help protect our world's natural resource and save you money at the same time. Best of all, most of the ways to save are either free or very inexpensive, and will save you hundreds of dollars every year. Here are some water saving tips that are friendly to both your wallet and the environment: Turn off the faucets. Don't run the water while you are shaving, shampooing your hair, washing dishes, or brushing your teeth. Did you know turning off the water while brushing your teeth can save you over 25 gallons of water every month? Fill up the sink when doing the dishes. Put soap on one side and rinse water on the other side of the sink or use a plastic rinse bin. This will save you gallons of water every time you clean. If you use a dishwasher, always run full loads. Don’t do laundry unless you have to. Always run a full load in the washing machine. You can also reuse towels to save on filing up the laundry basket. Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket. Every time you flush a bug, tissue or trash down the toilet you waste five to seven gallons of water. Bring your car to the car wash. Commercial car washes often use recycled water. Cover pools, spas, and hot tubs when not in use. This will help prevent evaporation of water. If you must water your lawn make sure to do it early in the day so you don't lose water to evaporation. Mulch your plants. Placing mulch around your plants will help keep them retain moisture. Water conservation will have you saving money on your utility bill and also prevents water pollution in nearby lakes, rivers and local watersheds.    





Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 4/21/2015

It can be tempting to tackle home projects yourself but in the long run it may be better to leave some home renovations to the professionals. Here are a few projects you might want to leave off the DIY list: 1. Roofing-Roofing can be a time sink. As a do-it-yourselfer you probably will not be able to complete the project in a short enough period of time to avoid exposing your home to damage from the elements. 2. Electrical-Poor electrical work is a safety hazard.  There are safety codes that need to be followed and just because you were able to wire something and it worked, doesn't mean you haven't created a safety hazard. 3. Insulation-Homeowners often assume that installing insulation like fiberglass is an easy project. It can be easy to leave gaps that draw heat and moisture into your walls creating a much bigger problem. Insulation contractors usually get a much better deal on the material costs than you would, offsetting the cost of the labor. 4. Structural work-The structural work on a home should always be left to a professional. Structural work or changes should be drawn or approved by an engineer, whose specifications should be followed to the letter. Don't take chances here. Have you ever tackled a DIY project you thought should have been done by a professional? Share your story.