Self Maintenance Landscaping

»Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Landscaping | 0 comments

Landscaping is one of the hardest home tasks you can attempt to do by yourself. This doesn’t mean it’s impossible thought. If you’re planning on landscaping your own property then you’re going to have to consider a few of these thoughts.

Time, Work, & Money

One of the biggest drawbacks to designing your own property is that if you’re not professional trained you’re going to be working much harder than you originally would be if you were to hire a landscaping company. Inthe long run doing it yourself can save a lot of money, however you’re going to have to be willing to put in more hours to get the results you want.

What can go wrong?

A lot can go wrong when trying to landscape your own property. If you’re planning on attempting to landscape yourself then make sure to read these warnings of what can go wrong;

  • Installation – Because you’re doing it yourself you may not be properly educated on how to install certain objects. In the long run this can cause a lot of problems and even lead to damage on your property at later times. Make sure to consider if you’re landscaping plan is not too complex for you to figure out.
  • Plants – A majority of your landscape will likely involve plantlife. The issue here is making sure you do your research and choose plant life that will work within your area. Just because you think certain flowers or plants look nice doesn’t mean they can grow or survive year round. Make sure to take this into consideration.
  • Objects – Also on a similar note you may be thinking of putting in objects such as benches, arches, or various other decorative pieces. Just as you consider which plants can survive in your region, make sure you are doing the same for objects. Some decorative pieces may be build of certain material that can’t withstand rain, snow, etc. You want to consider all of these factors before putting them in.
  • Property Value – Another factor that can be hugely affected by how you design and execute your landscape is property value. If you’re not making this property your main residence or you don’t plan on keeping it, you need to consider how well it appeals to other people in the market. You don’t want to invest a bunch of money just to end up realizing when you need to sell the property that you’ve basically caused the value to go down.
  • Maintenance Costs – Another factor people don’t really consider is how much it’s going to take to maintain your property. Certain plants and objects require year round or seasonal maintenance. Make sure you consider this aspect before beginning your project. For example let’s say you want a pool installed in your backyard. Have you considered how much cleaning pool fees and maintenance would cost year round? Make sure to consider this in your budget.

Conclusion

Landscaping is never going to be easy, and you’re going to have to make sure to stay within a certain budget and properly understand the aspects of maintaining your property. To avoid any mistakes it’s best to consider at least contacting a landscaping company who would be able to help assist meeting your budget and maintenance ranges such as Landscaping Round Rock. Sometimes it will be challenging and you’re bound to run into some mishaps, but the outcome of your property will be very rewarding.

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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU HIRE A HANDYMAN

»Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Hire Handyman Guide | 0 comments

Maintaining a home can be really quite easy, but only for some. If you own a home, sooner or later, you’re going to need the help of a handyman Austin. They offer to help in any home problems that you have. The services that they offer could range from fixing the broken screw of an appliance or painting your exterior of your backyard. The list goes on and on. Although you can do this on your own (I know you can!), handymen will do it for you at an affordable price for better results, too. Give them the oddest job in your home and they will be able to do it. They’re skilled and already experts in many home tasks that you just don’t have the time for.

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Before you hire a handyman, ask them the following questions:

1. Payment of Fees

A quality handyman will charge higher than some others that just do patching up jobs. Make sure that you communicate effectively to the Handyman, tell them what you want them to do and ask for their fee. In that way, you won’t have to pay for additional costs after all is said and done.

2. Range of Work

Make sure that you ask them what they’re really capable of. Show them the troubled areas and ask if they can do it or not. And they can, ask what way work and what will not. Estimate what their job is going to be by drawing up the problems, the tools needed and the amount of hours they need to put in. Emphasize to them the importance of time and that the project should be done as much as possible to not cause convenience to your family members.

3. Level of Expertise

Ask and understand their capabilities in finishing the task at hand. Even the simplest job will take a good handyman to be done correctly and on time. Sometimes, Handymen would accept tasks and jobs that are out of their expertise. The result will be an unfinished task, out of budget and out of time.  One thing you can do to stop this from happening is to questions regarding the task. If they seem to know what they’re doing and could explain to you clearly without fail then you are face-to-face with a quality handyman.

4. Filing of Permits

It is your responsibility, as a home owner, to file all permits that is going to be required to finish the task.  Ask your local government about what you’re going to need before you start the project. Clarify the needed cost and the time frame set for the project. Be sure that you have all copies of the permit kept safely.

5. Ask for References

Testimonials from other satisfied and unsatisfied customers can help you in determining who the best handyman out there is. Ask for references from an expert of about 3-5 people. Do your research and ask for the old customer’s opinion.

 

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DIY PROJECTS TO MAKE HOME A BETTER PLACE

»Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in DIY Projects | 0 comments

DIY Projects look so fun and creative. Many people daunt this kind of project because they take effort and to some extent, expertise, and cost. Not all of us are artistic and can just magically transform something to a brand new things in just a span of time. Some will have trouble drilling into things because they don’t have the right tool. Some will just plainly have no time and money to spend in such a long and creative process.  We always want to recycle and to restore something old and turn it into something new. There is that desire to refresh the insides of your home. And one way to do that is DIY.

DIY Projects

If you want to do an affordable DIY with amazing end-products and that won’t require you too much leg work and drilling, these projects below are for you.

1. T-Shirt Shopping Bags

Shopping can be hard if you don’t have the right basket and bag with you. Plastic bags are also so not an alternative here. Make your own bag to carry with you while shopping by reusing an old but sturdy shirt and transform them into bags. You will need only thread and only, which are cheap so it won’t cost you. Plus, you can customize it to your liking too.

2. Miniature Gardens

If you don’t have the talent for gardening but have always want to be, you can try growing succulents in your own home. It will look good in your home plus it’s a very low-maintenance plant too since you won’t need to water them every day. Succulents are available everywhere, especially in home shops and gardening depot.

3. Cereal Box Drawer Organizer

Have you always wanted extra storage for your home? This one project can be great way to bond with kids over. Gather all your empty cereal boxes at home, cut them out for a stylish look, cover them with wrapping paper (your kids print choice, of course) and viola, you have new storage for toys and files without the price tag.

4. Natural Room Scents

There are plenty of ways to get creative in the kitchen. You can make DIY Natural Scents to freshen up your home and get rid of those scummy smell. You can gather all natural ingredients like fruits, aromatic leaves, oil essence and combine them together to create a wonderful scent, without the toxic chemicals.

5. Wire and Stone Photo Display

Take your favorite photos and make them their little own special display in the house by taking wires, folding it in the tip to put the picture through and fastening the other end to a rock to keep it in place. It’s free and you’ll have industrial, environmental-chic aesthetic to your home.

6. No Sew Pillow Covers

Do you have favorite cloths at home that you just don’t want to ruin by sewing it into something new? If you have then you can those to cover your pillows without the need to sew it. We always want to make the cheapest look the chicest. This is the best way to do that.

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THE BEST PAINTING PROJECT IN YOUR HOME

»Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Painting | 0 comments

The exterior of your home will give the impression of how you are as a home owner. It’s not right that we only focus on the inside, we have to make sure the outside is beautiful too. Painting the exterior wall of your home is the most beneficial projects that you can do yourself. Your newly painted curb will be enjoyed by your family, friends and neighbors if they know you did it yourself. You can also make it a family project too so you can bond together in creating your home.

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Exterior painting is a weather dependent project. This means that you to take into considerations the weather for the rest of the time frame of your project. You have to plan ahead because the weather can be pretty unpredictable.

These below are some of the questions that you will need to consider in exterior painting project.

1. Costs

It’s easy to get ahead of yourself with excitement in starting a project like this. But you will need to write down all the materials that you’re going to need and ask for prices beforehand to keep them in your budget. Also, bear in mind that the prices of some material and paint will differ by season, by location, by the scope of your project, and by availability. Ask ahead on what the rough cost of everything will be so you can prepare for it.

2. Type of Paint

There is an extensive amount and color available in the planet of paints. Going through aisle by aisle in the home depot can be a pretty daunting endeavor. What you want to do is to sit it down, bring a color chart with you, make up your mind what the color of your paint is going to be and stand with it. There are instances when you go into home depot buying one thing and you come out carrying another. Make sure that you won’t get swayed with the suggestions of the workers (they have special words for paints that are more pricey) by sticking to your original choice. Make sure that you get everything you need from primer and to the other number of coats you will need.

3. Project preparation

Schedule a time for your exterior project to start. It will take a great amount of patience, effort and commitment to make it until the end. Make sure you prepare your home. Get everything ready. To make sure your project will keep your home safe for your family, make sure that you remove any obstacles from your hard, trim any plant that will obstruct the work area and warn all family members about what you’re doing and t=why they should be careful.

4. Completion of project

When your project is complete, remove all the mess that you have made. And then ask experts on how you can maintain the newly painted curb. Ask them on how you should clean the siding and how often should that be done.

 

If you’ve followed these steps then you’re well on your way to a stress-free paint job.

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