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Make Sure Your Garage Isn’t Tacking Money On Utility Bills…
As ever-increasing home energy bills continue to plague Americans, homeowners are looking for cost-effective ways to reduce their heating and cooling costs. If your house has not been properly insulated, you may be paying more than you should to heat or cool it.
Nearly all modern homes have insulation throughout the living spaces, but garages commonly get overlooked. Because the garage is the last barrier between your home and the outdoors, it’s important to ensure the insulation is adequate. You can do a few simple things to make sure your garage is insulated properly.
First, it’s important to ensure that the door leading from your home to the garage is sealed properly.
Other areas to consider when checking your garage’s energy efficiency are the ceiling and the garage door threshold. If there is a room above your garage, it may be beneficial to bolster the insulation in the garage’s ceiling to help keep the living space above it comfortable. For the threshold, installing a rubber seal-strip on the floor where the garage door closes helps prevent air leaks, and keeps out insects and rodents.
That said, one of the most important areas to examine is the garage door itself. While installing a pre-insulated garage door can cost up to a thousand dollars or more, and requires a skilled contractor, there is a simple and inexpensive DIY solution to insulate your garage — garage door insulation kits.
Homeowners can easily insulate their existing garage doors with these kits, which are readily available in leading home improvement stores or online. These affordable and easy-to-use kits are made to fit standard garage door sizes and can be cut to fit non-standard sizes. With pre-packaged insulation, do-it-yourselfers can insulate their garage door in less than an hour, at a cost of less than $100. Kits use energy-efficient expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation panels — a rigid white foam that trims easily, is durable, offers excellent long-term insulation, and gives your garage a professionally finished look.
During fall and winter, the insulation helps keep heat inside the garage so that the furnace does not work as hard and use as much energy. In the summer, the insulation helps keep the sun’s heat at bay so the garage can stay cool. Insulating your garage also helps reduce interior noise and can earn federal tax credits as an energy-efficient upgrade (check your local energy guides for more information).
Looking for something to do today with the family? How about the Fall Festival in Highland Village?!
The Fall Festival provides an opportunity for the community to celebrate fall with festivities for all ages. Attendees will spend the day at Highland Village’s Unity Park, where they will enjoy music, food, arts and craft vendors, and various activities for children.
When: Saturday, November 1, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: Unity Park (Kids Kastle)
2250 Briarhill Blvd., Highland Village, TX 75077
– See more at: http://familyeguide.com/fall-festival-in-highland-village/#sthash.e7YDdtkE.dpuf
Source: Family eGuide
With spring in the area it’s time to start planting, so thought I’d share these helpful tips when picking out plants. Just a note, I found out that if you see spider webs on your plants, get rid of them quickly as they can cause plants to suffocate and take their nutrients!
How to Choose a Healthy Plant
You can’t judge a plant by its good looks. To pick the healthiest plant, take time to do a two-part visual inspection of the leaves and roots. It’s easy to slip a plant out of a pot. Press gently on the sides of the pot, or squeeze it in your hands. Invert the pot while holding one hand over the top of the soil and cradling the stems. Don’t pull the plant out by the stems.
Healthy Roots Healthy roots are white, ivory,or tan and should reach to the edge of the pot. (Pictured) The soil should smell moist.
Root-Bound Roots that are circling the bottom of the pot are a clue that the plant has been in the pot a long time. Before planting, tease out those circling roots and cut them off.
Sick Leaves or Roots Damaged leaves might indicate disease—don’t buy that plant. Roots that are slimy or mushy might be rotting. A foul sewer-gas smell is a sign of root rot.
Weeds Weeds growing on the soil surface around the perennial are a clue that the plant might have been carried over from the previous year. The plant might be healthy — check the roots to be sure.
First quarter home starts in North Texas jumped almost 70 percent from a year ago. (DMN files)
North Texas home starts jumped almost 60 percent in the first quarter.
The big percentage risie in home starts was much greater than anticipated, and probably won’t continue through the rest of the year, analysts say.
“There is a lot of construction that wasn’t started in December because of the weather and that got pushed in to January,” said Ted Wilson, with Dallas-based housing analyst Residential Strategies. “On top of that we had a normal first quarter increase in activity.”
Builders started about 7,300 single-family homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in the first three months of 2014, Residential Strategies reported Thursday.
Source: The Dallas Morning News
Your home has weathered a vicious winter this year with winter lasting so long and being so harsh. As the cold retreats and the snow melts, your home deserves some well-earned TLC.
Even though you still might want to hibernate, there’s no better time to prepare your home to Bring On Spring! If you plan and prepare now, you can avoid costly repairs later.
Roof: Inspect the roof for thehe harsh winter weather has been beating on your roof all season. Make sure you inspect your roof for weather-damaged shingles.
Clean the Gutters: Clogged gutters can lead to water damage.
Clean/Replace HVAC Filters: Clean filters keep your system running efficiently and energy costs in check.
Clean Refrigerator Coils: Dirty fridge coils can also increase the electric bill.
Clean and Repair Driveways, Fences, Decks, and Patios: Remove salt, sand, and deicers. Repair cracks, holes, and gaps.
Check Window and Door Seals: Extreme cold can cause weather sealants to crack leaving these areas vulnerable to water damage.
Plan to Paint: Inspect indoor and outdoor areas for paint repair. Choose eco-friendly paints. Try a new color in a room or two for a fresh new look.
Check AC System: Hire a qualified heating and cooling professional to clean and service your AC system.
Replace Batteries in Smoke Detectors: Don’t neglect this lifesaving tip!
Clean and Repair Windows: Now is the time to hire a professional to get the inside and outside of your windows clean and check for any damaged seals.
Chimney Care: Check the exterior of the chimney for damage. Hire a certified chimney sweep to clean and inspect the flue.
Check Lawn Equipment: Make sure lawn mowers are ready for the first spring cut.
My favorite part of spring is the birds chirping and flowers blooming. How about you…What’s your favorite part of spring?
Selling your home can be a stressful process and preparing your house for sale can be just as stressful. Critical buyers, less than optimal photographs and competing homes can sink a sale before the offer is even brought to the table. If you want to make your home stand out from the crowd, try these six tips to help your home look its best when you’re preparing it for sale.
1. Put away the clutter
Your Aunt Agnes’s collection of Hummel figurines may be precious family heirlooms, but they also can turn off potential buyers. Prospective buyers need to be able to picture their furniture and mementos in the home. Consider putting your personal belongings, things like family photos, heirlooms and potentially controversial books, into storage. While having furnishings help your home feel comfortable, an overly personalized home can be difficult to sell since prospective buyers will not be able to envision themselves there, according to Extra Space Storage.
2. Put extra furniture in storage
Your comfortable reclining sectional may be great for watching football, but it won’t help you sell your home. Large pieces of furniture make rooms seem much smaller than they are. Remove large dressers, sofas and other oversized items. Replacing a sofa with a loveseat can make your living room look larger.
3. Remove evidence of pets
You may love Fido and Fluffy, but your buyers may not. Before open houses and showings, pack away the pet beds and bowls. Use a baking-soda-based carpet freshener to remove pet smells, but avoid going overboard. Bombarding the buyer with a myriad of scents can signal that you have something to hide.
4. Repaint bright walls and remove wallpaper
If you love lime green, then it may be time to break out the paint brush. Colors that fit your taste may not suit your buyer. Patterned wallpaper and brightly painted walls can drive away buyers who are looking for a move-in ready house.
5. Add incentives
You may not have the time or money to correct your home’s design flaws, so be prepared to offer incentives. If your living room has bright red carpet, then you may want to offer a carpet allowance, so that a potential buyer can replace it with something neutral. This is something you might want to talk to your real estate agent about as they can provide you with some of their insights and suggestions on what might be helpful.
6. Fix landscaping flaws
If you are a little lax with landscaping, now is the time to fix up your yard. Trim bushes, lay down fresh mulch, and plant new flowers. Hanging baskets add a pop of color to your front porch and add curb appeal. Remove weeds and cut back nuisance plants. If you are listing your home in the winter, add plants that thrive in winter, such as holly, burning bush or juniper.
Selling your home isn’t easy. But, if you are willing to roll up your sleeves, these six tips for preparing your house for sale can really help make your home more appealing to prospective buyers.
Article and insights provided by Kandace Heller.