Bathroom

Need Some Simple Ways To Spruce Up Your Bathroom?

Easy Bathroom “Remodeling” Tips

If you’d like to do a complete home remodel, but you just don’t have the cash on hand to do so, there are some cheaper options. The main area that is the cheapest to tweak, and will have the greatest impact, is the bathroom.

You can complete some simple changes that will give your bathroom a new look for less.

Whether you’re trying to sell a home or you already own one you can follow these simple steps to get a fresh, new look in your bathroom.

1.) New Paint Colors: Tired of the dull white look? When trying to get rid of white walls, many people fall into the trap of TOO MUCH COLOR. Don’t fall into the land of crazy, bright colors.

For your bathroom, just think neutral colors. The neutral color may not have to be painted over should you ever wish to sell your home as it gives new home buyers style without being completely blank.

If you really want something bright, keep in mind that pops of color you like best can be brought in through accents and decorations.

2.) New Faucet: You’d be surprised just how fancy your bathroom can look just by swapping out the faucet for something more modern. Additionally, this is a fairly inexpensive update.

Consider matching the shower head style and color to the faucet to really pull the look together.

3.) New Shower Curtain: Is your shower curtain old and dingy? Are you just tired of looking at it? Changing out your shower curtain may just be the cheapest update you can make that will make a difference in your bathroom.

Since you’ll, ideally, be going for neutral paint colors choosing a neutral themed shower curtain may be best. Remember, you don’t want to go to the land of crazy, bright colors.

4.) New Wall Accents: New light fixtures, a nice picture or two, and perhaps an updated mirror would really make your bathroom feel like brand new.

You don’t have to go too expensive here and if you’re crafty you could even make your own artwork to hang up, saving even more money.

If you find that the simple changes aren’t enough and you need more extensive work done like new tile, vanity repairs or other handy work that you’re incapable of doing yourself then consider one hiring this trusted handyman services:

Business Name: Diaz Home Remodeling
Contact Name: RodolfoDiaz
Phone: 405-694-0529

Fence

3 Tips For Picking The Right Fence

Starting The “Fence” Process

Whether you want to replace an old fence or you want to have a fence built for the first time, there are many options to consider.

If you’ve had any experience shopping around for fence companies in the past, then you already know that prices can vary, drastically, from one company to the next. In addition, prices can vary by hundreds to thousands of dollars based on the type of fence work you want done.

With that being said, it’s understandable that people would be cautious about picking the right fence. Some people even hesitate so long that they chose to do nothing, leaving their yard exposed and their privacy invaded.

If you don’t want to be one of those people, follow these 3 tips for picking the right fence.

1.) Ask some important questions. 

First, find out if you’re part of a homeowner’s association. This may have merit in your decision making process or lack thereof as some HOA’s have specific standards.

Second, if you’re in the clear to build freely, then ask yourself the purpose of your fence. Is it for privacy? Is it for looks? Are you keeping kids or animals in or out?

Knowing the answer to these questions will help determine the best materials to build your fence. For example, privacy is best kept with a wooden fence, pretty fences may be white picket fences or a chic aluminum fence, and the right height is important for containment of animals and/or children.

2.) Consider the maintenance required. 

How much time and money do you want to put towards the maintenance of your fence? You should know that wooden fences need the most maintenance, maybe not upfront, but in the long-run. This is due to climate changes causing paint peeling and bending. On the plus side, replacing a few boards at a time is cheaper than replacing entire panels.

Aluminum and vinyl fences may require less ongoing upkeep, but may require entire panel replacements if storm damage should occur.

3.) Pay attention to the company. 

A lot of big name companies have more employees to pay, therefore; charge more for labor and parts to cover their own costs.

We’re not saying this is always the case, but be willing to shop around and check out some smaller companies as they may offer you better deals for repairs or new fences due to them having lower overhead.

More importantly, make certain that the company you choose is up-to-date with licensing and will secure the building permits you may need through your city.

What all of these tips have in common is the recommendation to shop around. Don’t just settle on one company or one fence type until you’re certain.

Roof

Why You Shouldn’t Skip Roof Repairs

High Price For Skipping Roof Repairs

The last few seasons brought a lot of ice, hail, rain and other unfavorable conditions to your roof.

A lot of homeowners make the mistake of believing that if nothing bad happened to their roof during those times then they are in the clear when summer arrives.

Don’t be fooled!

There’s a high price for skipping roof repairs. The truth is that roof damage can, sometimes, be unnoticeable to the average homeowner and ignoring small problems, now, could actually hinder the roof even more in the long run.

A lot of times you might notice smudge-like marks in the shingles and think nothing is wrong when, in fact, the loosened ceramic granule particles were there to protect your roof from the sun’s harsh UV rays. If the protection is gone then that leaves the tar underneath exposed to the hot air and the sunlight.

Eventually, the tar will be melted and leave the wood wide open for water entry. Fast forward a year or so and this means big trouble.

If you think it’s a hassle to call your insurance provider with a claim for damage after a storm, imagine what it would be like to tell them that a portion of your roof caved in.

According to data gathered from ImproveNet, the average cost of storm, wind and hail damage is $5,757. If flooding were to take place the cost to refurbish the home would depend on the extent of the damage.

Some people can testify paying for damages up to $70,000. We don’t think it’s in anyone’s best interest to pay that much due to neglecting their roof repairs. It’s probably best to bite the bullet and call a roofer at the first sign of damage rather than wait until it’s much too late.

For safety reasons, we don’t recommend anyone climbing onto their own roof. The good news is that some roofers will offer you a free inspection before you decide to spend any money.

Need a professional roofer? Try this trusted source:

Name: Brent Wilson
Phone #: 405-923-2686

weed-control

Want To Learn About The Cost Of Weed Control?

Weed Elimination For Your Lawn

Have you ever struggled with keeping weeds out of your yard? Weeds crowd out the grass and plants by hogging all the nutrients. The problem here is that great curb appeal begins with a healthy lawn.

The part of your home everyone sees first is your lawn, so it’s understandable that you’d want it to look decent. A lot of people have already started their lawn care routine for the year, but it’s not too late to start treating your yard for weeds.

Here, you can learn about the cost of weed control and how to battle the invasion of weeds in two different ways.

The first way to keep weeds out of your lawn is going to require a lot of your time, effort and, possibly, a lot of money. Weed control sprays and other herbicides that you can purchase at a local store will cost you about $10 up to $70. Some of these products claim to last up to six months, but experienced users know that some of those “6 month” solutions only kill what is there right then, meaning they don’t prevent new weeds from returning.

In fact, some weeds start growing back in a week, causing consumers to drop another $10-$70.

Even less costly methods such as sprinkling salt or vinegar on plants only kills what was previously there and it may kill the grass you actually wanted to keep. Factor in the time it takes you to drive to the store and prepare your lawn and ask yourself if this is worth it to you or if you’d rather move on to the second way to prevent weeds.

The second way to prevent weeds is to hire someone else to take care of it for you. We’ve done the research to find that the price of professional weed control depends on the size of the lawn, the extent of the weed problem and your geographic location.

Generally, prices per treatment range from $50-$100, with anywhere from six to nine visits recommended per year. Would rather have weed control done right or continuously spend your own time, effort and money attempting to keep up with relentless weeds?

HVAC

4 Simple Ways To Keep Your HVAC Healthy

Seasonal HVAC Maintenance

It’s that time again and I felt it important to revisit this subject as I have in the past. Things are about to start getting a little warmer as the weather will inevitably change at the beginning of spring and summer.

If you haven’t started thinking about your central air conditioning unit yet, now is the time to do so.

Just because your A/C functioned flawlessly last spring and summer doesn’t mean that you should ignore maintenance routines, now.

Here are some simple ways to get your A/C ready for the spring and keep it working through the long, warm summer.

To Optimize Air Flow:
• Keep all the areas around the vents clear. This means no furniture, rugs, etc.
• Keep bedroom doors opened.

Minimize Unit Damage:
• Use an eco-friendly pesticide around the exterior of the unit to ward off insects.
• Keep dogs and other pets from urinating on the outside unit.

Keep Unit Clean:
• Keep grass out by turning off A/C fan when mowing the lawn.
• Regularly check for debris and clean it off.

Clean Air And Change Filters:
• Check and change your furnace filter regularly.
• Set the fan mode on the thermostat to “On” to help clean the interior air.

These are just a few quick tips, but there are other things to think about such as keeping the ductwork clear and kink-free, having regular maintenance check-ups by a professional HVAC company and receiving ongoing protection for your unit.

Many heating and cooling companies offer low-priced, preventive maintenance service contracts between $70 and $100. For that price they will clean and service your HVAC unit and replace your air filter.

The cost of replacing an entire air conditioning unit as a result of neglect can have you spending thousands of dollars. Therefore, keeping up with regular maintenance could save you some heartache and money in long run.

Edmond home inspection

Edmond Home Inspection & Seeing Potential Winter Roof Damage

Edmond Home Inspection: Harsh Weather & Your Roof 

According to a temperature outlook, released by The Weather Channel Professional Division, a colder than average winter may be in store for some! January tends to be the month when the winter storms really hit. The predicted temperature drops are said to occur in the Southwest, Southern Plains, Southeast and East Coast. What does this mean for your Edmond home inspection team? It means we’ll be looking closely at potential winter roof damage. With colder temperatures comes the opportunity for more rain, freezing and heavy snows. These harsh weather conditions translate to potential damage for your home’s roof. Let’s take a look at some of the common things that could happen to your roof during the winter.

1.) Leaks: As temperatures cool down and warm up, the repeated freezing and thawing process increases risk of damage to your roof. Water has the capability of seeping into a crack and freezing. This expands the crack, leading to leaks. Areas of major concern include drains, downspouts, seams and areas where snow drifts can accumulate.

2.) Weight: Snow can add up to 20 pounds of weight per cubic foot! It can add up to be closer to 60 pounds per cubic foot when snow thaws and turns into ice. The roof is considered unsafe if you notice bending shingles, cracking or other abnormalities.

Over time your roof won’t be able to withstand the torture any longer. You’ll get the most out of your roofing system and add years to its life by having scheduled maintenance, keeping ice and snow away from important parts of the roof, and having regular inspections. If you need assistance with any Edmond home inspection needs, don’t hesitate to give me a call.  You can reach me @ 405-301-3321 for Edmond home inspection needs.

Stay safe and warm this winter!

Home inspection

Oklahoma City Home Inspection & Ice Dams

Oklahoma City Home Inspection: About ice dams

When little icicles begin forming, you may not realize that it can mean something significant rather than just frozen water dangling from your roof. When completing an Oklahoma City home inspection, if I see icicles it triggers a red flag. The icicles could be the first warning sign that you have ice dams on your roof. What are ice dams and what does that mean to the Oklahoma City home inspection? I’m here to inform you!

The ice dam is caused when snow or ice storms hit Oklahoma and your home doesn’t have proper attic ventilation. Without the proper air flow, warmer areas in your attic causes the snow to melt despite the cold outside temperatures. The melted snow accumulates creating an ice dam that is now a wall of ice on the edge of your roof near the gutters or soffit.

The problem that this wall creates is water build up. When snow, more ice or rain comes in behind the ice dam it creates a pool of water. The water can, then, proceed to leak inside the home. If water is allowed to leak into a home for too long it can create damage on the walls, ceilings, insulation, floors and more. I’ll bet you can understand where this could be a potential problem on the Oklahoma City home inspection report.

Of course, safety is number one in my book. As your Oklahoma City home inspection expert I have to tell you that performing ice dam removal alone is very risky if not done properly. To avoid personal injury, never walk on a snow covered roof. It is highly suggested that you contact professionals with the proper equipment and roofing experience to do this for you. If ice dams are an issue for your roof, you may consider looking into getting some proper attic ventilation for the future, as well.

If you would like to know more about Oklahoma City home inspection services please don’t hesitate to give me a call!

Mold- Edmond Home Inspection

Edmond Home Inspection Topic: Finding Mold

Edmond Home Inspection: How we find mold

If an Edmond home inspection were to be happening around this time, a major checkpoint on the list would be for moisture in the walls, near windows, etc. Perhaps you already know where this going and why I’d be checking them, but I feel it necessary to drive this point home. When completing an Edmond home inspection I’ll look for mold or possible signs that your home has areas conducive to mold growth.

If you don’t have mold already, I’ll check to make sure there are no cracks near windows. If you do have cracks or open areas near windows this is a main concern, because water can enter. If water is allowed to enter the cavities of walls that can turn into very bad news for potential homeowners or sellers. What’s so tricky about mold is that it can spread quite quickly. It has been estimated that mold can begin growing within 48 hours of moisture build up. Mold is very dangerous as it can cause potential structural damage, environmental concern and serious health risks.

How will we know if your home has mold? During an Edmond home inspection, we will use Infrared technology called thermography to scan interior surfaces of a home without having to tear into walls. The infrared camera can reveal excess moisture due to plumbing leaks, roof leaks, leaks around windows, etc. Wet areas of materials cool when energy is transferred during the water evaporation process; therefore, a wet (“cooler”) area will stand out from the surrounding dry (“warmer”) surface.

To discuss what the next steps are if the potential for mold is found would have to be in person, because the solution depends on the severity of the problem. I just hope that this information gives someone out there a chance to fix their air/water leakage problems before it comes down to mold remediation.

About me:

I’m Jan Banks of Inside Out Home Inspection Services. I provide Edmond home inspection services. I am dedicated to serving all customer inspection needs across this Edmond area. I have over 20 years experience in the construction industry as an estimator, job superintendent and a licensed General Contractor.

Fall Home Maintenance- Oklahoma City Home Inspection

Oklahoma City Home Inspection Tips: Fall Home Maintenance

Oklahoma City Home Inspection: Beginning a new season

It’s that time of year again! Everywhere you look you’re either already seeing or will be seeing lots of fall colors! The orange, brown and yellow leaves provide a crunchy rustling under your feet and the crisp, cool air greets you when you leave the house. By now school routines are well underway and I have a list of Oklahoma City home inspection things to take care of. The feeling of fall has settled in and October feels as though it is already threatening to end seemingly as soon as it began. Your Oklahoma City home inspection source has been thinking about fall home preparations and maintenance tips. In case you haven’t started your fall home maintenance here is a list to get you up to speed.

Oklahoma City home inspection fall home maintenance tips:

1.) Clean out your gutters so they’ll get rid of water as they should.
2.) Test your heater to make sure it works.
3.) Clean out your dryer ducts to prevent fires.
4.) Check the exterior for peeling paint, because damage can leave your home unprotected.
5.) Re-caulk around windows and door frames to keep heat inside.
6.) Check the roof for any damage to ensure safety throughout fall and winter.

There isn’t anything worse than going into the cold, rainy season with a damaged roof. This is especially true if you don’t even realize the problem until it’s a much larger one! As far as the other tips go, they all have important purposed. For example, getting your windows and doors sealed up is a smart idea to conserve energy during the cold months. The exterior paint can’t protect your home if it is chipped. Not allowing gutters to drain properly forces water build up too close to your home’s walls and roof. This can lead to long-term problems such as mold, rot or damage which will result in costly home repairs. Finally, the heater is important for obvious reasons. Due to my experience and knowledge about the average Oklahoma City home inspection I can honestly say it is worth taking time out of your busy schedule to ensure that this checklist is completed. Doing so will save time and money in the long run. As your Oklahoma City home inspection expert, I also feel that aside from these basic tips, I should encourage people to check their carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. I hope these fall home maintenance tips will help get you and your home prepared for the rest of fall.

Edmond home inspection

One Common Flaw Spotted During An Edmond Home Inspection

Edmond Home Inspection: What is the problem and how to fix it?

During this time of year, a lot of people have closed on house deals prior to the start of fall so that they can settle in before winter. One part of finalizing details on a home is obtaining an Edmond home inspection. I continue to spot one important flaw repeatedly during a routine Edmond home inspection and for that reason I felt this particular category needed to be addressed. One of the most common flaws spotted during an Edmond home inspection is related to the drainage. I know we just went through the summer and rain may not have been issue then, but I also have to think about the home’s state as it will be if something isn’t taken care of.

Flaw spotted during an Edmond home inspection: Poor drainage

The problem: If you notice that your lawn often gets soggy after an average rain or water pools up in your driveway, you have poor drainage. If water continues to build up too much then over time it can back up to your house causing eventual structural damage or immediate signs of insect infestation, rot or mold.

A solution: Gutters should have downspouts that direct water away from your house. They should be extended 6-10 feet away from your foundation. You may also consider French drain installation. With French drains water will be forced to flow downhill as the drains are slightly sloped trenches filled with round gravel and a pipe that diverts water away from your house.

It may not be raining now, but the fall and winter storms are right around the corner. If I complete an Edmond home inspection, I will recommend that you have proper drainage for the safety of the home. You can hire a professional landscaping team to take care of your drainage problems for you. It may seem like it isn’t worth the upfront expense, but in the long run what proper drainage will save your house from will be worth it!