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5 MISTAKES THAT CAN AFFECT YOUR HOME VALUE

 

As of recent, the housing market continues to be on the up and up making it very favorable for sellers. According to Realtor.com, houses are selling 8% faster in 2018 than they were in 2017. If you are thinking about selling your home in the near future, try to avoid these mistakes in order to get the most out of the value of your home:

Not Making All Repairs Needed

  • Most buyers want a move-in ready home!
  • Get rid of old or damaged carpeting/flooring
  • Hire a professional painter so that the house looks appealing
  • Get a handyman to fix beaten up areas such as cabinets, sinks or plumbing issues

Having Pest Control & Odor Problems

  • No one wants to purchase a home after they walk in and see critters!
  • Get rid of odors such as smoke or dogs and cats
  • Hiring house cleaners, carpet cleaners, and pest control specialists are essential before allowing potential buyers to preview your home

Avoiding your Curb Appeal

  • Curb Appeal is a major key in selling your home because it is the first thing people notice when arriving at your house!
  • According to Zillow, your landscape is one of the top 5 factors in resale
  • Hire a Pro Landscaper to ensure your lawn is looking pristine, and a Pro Paving company to fix up your driveways/walkways.

Having Bathroom Problems

  • Old bathrooms that are not functional are a thing of the past and need to be addressed
  • Most future homeowners want a home with 2 or more bathrooms!
  • Consult with a bathroom remodeling Pro to figure out the best plan of attack

Thinking your Old-Fashioned Home Has Character

  • Old features of a home may not be for everyone, especially the newer generations
  • Remove old wall paper, wood paneling and old popcorn ceilings
  • Hire a Pro Home renovation company to help get your house into this era!

Home Pros Guide will help you find a reputable home improvement Professional that matches your needs. Visit our website to browse our directory to get an estimate today!


Created 12/03/2019

TIPS ON HOW TO DECIDE BETWEEN HARDWOOD OR LAMINATE FLOORS

Homeowners understand that the flooring of their home is one of its distinctive features. Depending on what type of floors you choose can significantly improve the market value of the home.  Before making the crucial decision on whether to go with real hardwood floors or laminate, there are a few thoughts to consider before making the final say.

All about Hardwood floors:

  • Hardwood floors are the most highly requested flooring type for homeowners across the U.S. with many options to choose from (such as oak, walnut, hickory, maple, and cherry).
  • Solid wood flooring can cost up to $5 - $10 per square foot including the installation, but the exact price varies.
  • Hardwood can be repaired by sanding imperfections and by refinishing making it last for years!
  • Best places to install hardwood floors is in the lower traffic rooms such as bedrooms and dining rooms to preserve the beautiful look and durability of the wood.
  • Keep in mind that sunlight could fade it because it is a natural product after all. Real hardwood floors will help your resale value in the long run!

All about Laminate floors:

  • Many new homes are installing laminate floors due to the fact that it offers a natural look similar to wood but at a much lower price point!
  • Laminate can cost close to $3-$7 per square foot including installation which is a whopping 50% less than hardwood (prices will vary of course).
  • It's made from composite wood pressed together at high temperatures. The image of hardwood is placed over the composite wood, covering it to form the laminate.
  • Excellent durability and the ability to resist scratches is a major selling point of this option.
  • Laminate is less susceptible to wear and tear from pets and foot traffic.
  • UV protection integrated into the surface provided on laminate flooring can help reduce discoloration from sunlight. Repairs are made simply by snapping together individual pieces!

 

Home Pros Guide can connect you to local, reputable Flooring Dealers & Installation professionals that can help install quality flooring to match your needs. Browse our extensive directory of flooring pros and get an estimate for installations today!  


Created 11/21/2019

Living in Florida has its benefits, especially when "Winter is coming" as they say in the series, Game of Thrones. Unfortunately, the cooler weather may lead homeowners to think that they should be confined to indoor activities only. Thankfully, with these great tips, you can rest assure knowing you have options to create the perfect outdoor living space to use all year long:

1. Adding the warmth to your outdoor living space is crucial in keeping that cozy feeling all year long. Try adding an outdoor fireplace, portable heaters, fire pit or bowls to the mix! Not only does it give you the winter-friendly conditions, an additional benefit can be to roast marsh mellows for the kids (or even adults).

2. No need to cover the pools until the Summer time rolls around again. Simply consider getting your pool heated to enjoy an evening dip, or finally luxuriating in the Jacuzzi/spa more often. Science has proven that a short soak in the steaming and massaging waters of a spa at the end of a long day can help you greatly reduce a lot of that stress.

3. Design your yard with cold-resistant and winter-blooming shrubs, plants, and perennials. The beautiful foliage will be an instant fix for the winter blues! Vibrant greenery such as dwarf fountain grass, lavender, boxwood and juniper will create a warmer feeling to an outdoor living space. 

4. A great way to start your holiday decorating is by using festive accents to enhance the effect of an external lighting system. LED lights are all the rage nowadays to illuminate any outdoor living area. Create a twist on home security lighting by changing the colors to reflect the Fall season.

5. Incorporating an enclosure such as a patio cover is the best way to offer protection from the elements. As an added bonus, patio covers also block out the sun during those hot-summer days providing a seasonal win/win! Enjoy the benefits of natural light during those dark winter months!


Created 11/19/2019

With the pass of the years you will probably start to see cracks, potholes and other wear and tear you may be wondering where it came from and how to fix it. If this happen repairing your driveway is a good choice if the repairs will allow you to maintain the integrity of the driveway as a whole.

These damages can come from many sources, including motor oil or gas, and the weight of your vehicle.

Small cracks: Small cracks should be repaired before they spread. If not fixed they will become deeper and wider and is more likely to become an issue.

A pothole: One pothole can be easily fixed and, if addressed quickly enough, repairs can prevent future damage.

Sunken areas: If the driveway is sinking lower than your garage floor, you can patch it and make it level again.

Faded color: Don’t worry if your driveway is a different color than it used to be. While this is a sign of age, it is still fine to use. If your driveway is concrete, you can fix the color by adding a sealant.

Crumbling edges: Crumbling at the side of your asphalt driveway probably means the edges were too thin to begin with. Consider adding additional edging to prevent further damage.

If you are concerned about the look of patched concrete or filled in cracks, resurfacing it’s also an option you can consider. Resurfacing includes replacing the top layer of concrete or asphalt instead of tearing it up completely or patching small portions. This will give your driveway a completely new look.

 


Created 10/29/2019

Awnings can be both an attractive and practical addition to your home. They can provide shade from the hot sun, allowing you to lounge on your patio outside your home to get fresh air, while looking like a seamless accessory to your home's exterior.

Keep these 6 tips in mind when considering installing an awning on your home!


1. Type: Stationary, Retractable, or Freestanding?

The beauty of modern awnings is that there's different types to choose from! You can have stationary ones, retractable ones to adjust throughout the year, or freestanding ones that you can add without attaching it to your home! There's even automatic retractable awnings that are operated with electricity, making awning adjustments a breeze when you want to change your settings on a whim.

2. Material

From outdoor fabrics to aluminum, awnings made of different materials need different degrees of upkeep. Outdoor fabrics provide a wide variety of color choices, but need more maintenance than aluminum awnings. While aluminum may be more sturdy and don't require as much upkeep, they don't provide as much customization or looks as their fabric equivalent. Think about which material would work best for you!

3. Angle

To get the most efficient use out of your awning, homeowners should consider which side of their home the awning will be installed on, and which direction it faces. Windows or areas facing east or west benefit the most from an awning with a 65-75% drop, while those facing the south can utilize a 45-60% drop. Do your research to see which angle installation works best for your home!

4. Style

Consider all the styles that awnings come in! There's the quarter barrel, the dome, waterfall, traditional, open wing, and so many other styles that awning companies can provide. Think about which style you like best along with other aesthetic choices to add to your home's awning.

5. Color

Pick an awning color that best compliments the exterior of your home. Typically, awning colors are best when they're light, but keep in mind how your home will look as a whole over time. Also think about how the awning's color can look from the inside of your home! You can create a nice flowing transition from the inside of your home to the outside.

6. Size

How big will your awning be? Smaller awnings can be more of a decorative piece, whereas larger ones provide larger areas of shade and cover. Whether you're looking for one or the other, or even a happy medium, give the size of your future awning some thought. 


Need a professional for awning installations? Home Pros Guide is the best source for local, reputable home professionals for home improvement projects. 

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Created 10/02/2019

Landscaping can be daunting, and missing one day of it can make your grass grow out of control into a ruly mess. Having a well-kept lawn can accentuate your exterior as a whole, reflecting well on your home and the homeowner for doing a job well done!

 Follow these 5 essential tips to taking care of your lawn, and you’ll experience the benefits of a picturesque yard with your home!


  1. Water Your Lawn

One of the basic elements your grass needs to thrive is water! If you want a healthy, green lawn, you have to make sure to water your lawn. However, you might not need as much water as you think.

As the seasons change, be mindful of the weather. Rainy days mean you can save water and a few dollars off of your water bill, while hot, sunny days might require you to provide more water to compensate for the heat evaporating the water your lawn is losing. Always be aware of the weather and how much water your lawn receives!

 

  1. Keep Up with Weeding

If you don’t want pesky, ugly weeds to take over your yard, take care of them before they start growing! Make a plan to prevent weed growth: survey your lawn and concrete for cracks and crannies where weeds can grow, spray them with weed killer, and repeat every other week to prevent any weeds from sneaking in.

 

  1. Don’t Cut Too Short

While you mow your lawn, try not to cut the grass too short! 

If the grass becomes too short, it might expose the soil to the elements, which might open up opportunities for weeds and pests to take root in your yard and making it a challenge for your lawn to grow back to normal.

  1. Mow When It’s Dry

There’s several reasons that mowing your lawn while the grass is dry is better than mowing it when it’s wet, whether it’s after passing rain or if the sprinkler just went off to water your yard. Here’s a list of risks you run if you mow a wet lawn:

  • Wet grass clippings can clump together on your lawn mower.

  • Grass clumps can lead to uneven cuts, or even patches of dead grass caused by grass clumps covering your lawn.

  • There might even be a chance of slipping on the wet grass, which can be dangerous during your mowing routine.

It’s wise to wait until your grass is dry to mow it, to save yourself the risks that come with cutting wet grass.

 

  1. Mix Up Your Mowing Patterns

If you have a particular mowing trail pattern across your lawn that you use too often, you might be doing a little harm to your yard’s soil bed. If you use a push mower, the wheel’s trails can press down and compact the soil over time, which may make it difficult for grass to grow. Mowing in a certain way too often might cause your grass to develop a grain, growing slanted and leaning in a certain way instead of straight up.

When you go to mow your lawn, try traveling a different path across your yard every time! If you cut the grass in one direction, cut it in the opposite direction in a few weeks. Switch between vertical row patterns and horizontal patterns as you mow your lawn so you don’t leave a permanent mowing trail on your lawn.



These 5 tips might sound like a handful, but they’re really not! Be on top of your lawn so it can be a lively accessory to your home and yard!

Need a landscaping professional for your home? Home Pros Guide is the best source for local, reputable home professionals for home improvement projects. 

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Created 10/01/2019

The costs of going green by installing solar panels are going down for homeowners throughout 2019. Thanks to federal government programs incentivizing homeowners to buy solar panels, families can install their solar energy system on their homes with no upfront cost and save hundreds on their monthly electric power bills!

Homeowners can look up online or contact a solar energy specialist to find out if their home’s zip code is eligible for rebates, tax exemptions, or other incentives for solar panel installations. These federally supported savings programs make transitioning to clean energy much easier, coming at little-to-no cost for Floridians and other eligible American homeowners. Electrical appliances will not only run on cleaner energy sources, but will cost you less every month on your electric bill!

Partnerships and grants help make these solar programs possible, letting families nation-wide convert to solar energy now cheaper than ever. The only thing homeowners need to do to cash in on cleaner energy is to contact a solar panel professional service to check if their home qualifies for solar panel installations at a drastically reduced cost! Additionally, homes with solar panels also have increased curb appeal and property value, as they are an investment that pays off in the long-run for long-term homeowners.

Home Pros Guide can connect you to local, reputable solar panel professionals that can help install quality solar panel systems. Enjoy an environmentally friendly electricity system that takes advantage of our Sunshine State’s sunlight, all while saving up to thousands of dollars compared to traditional power bills! Browse our extensive directory of solar energy pros today and get an estimate for panel installations!


Created 09/27/2019

Having a pool can be a homeowner's dream, but with great home features come great responsibility. Swimming pools of all sizes need to be maintained, or else your dream of a pool can become a nightmare! Who wants to worry about dirty water, algae or broken filters?

 

Here's 7 essential tips to making your life easier when maintaining your pool!

 


 

1. Skim and Scrub Your Pool!

Skim the surface of your pool daily to clean out any leaves or debris. But also don’t forget to scrub the sides of your pool to prevent algae growing in the grout of your tiles or other small crevices! Scrubbing your pool walls can be a bi-weekly affair -- doing so every other week should do the trick!

 

2. Clean Out Your Filter Basket Once a Week

Stray leaves, bugs or other debris can accumulate in your pool’s filter basket, so make sure you clean this out once a week minimum! If you want to keep your pool running in top shape, also clean out your filtration system’s pipes by backwashing it once a month! Once you start backwashing your filter, make sure it ejects all the waste particles from the waste pipe until the water runs clear.

 

3. Use this Tennis Ball Life Hack to Keep Your Water Clean!

Anyone swim in your pool recently? People can leave traces of sunscreen and naturally-produced body oils in your pool after a dip in your pool, which can accumulate and leave a slick oily sheen on the water’s surface. This can be solved with an item you’d least expect to help you keep your pool clean: a tennis ball!

Toss your tennis ball and let it float around. The tennis ball’s fibers will soak up and absorb the oils left in your pool, keeping your pool clean!

 

4. Keep Your Water Levels in Check

Whenever visitors come diving and splashing into your pool or storms rain down and add water to your pool, make sure to keep your pool at the right water level afterwards! The best water level for your pool is halfway up the opening of your pool skimmer.

Need more water? Add some water in with a garden hose. And if you have too much water, you can rent a submersible pump from a local home improvement store to drain the extra water out.

 

5. Run Chemical Tests on Your Pool Water

Get a few pool testing kits from a local pool store to test out the chemical makeup of your pool water! The testing kits are fairly easy to understand with straightforward instructions of tubes to fill and color-changing solutions to add. 

Find the right balance of chemicals for your pool so your pool can be perfectly safe for swimming in, avoiding eye and skin irritation while keeping out bacteria!

 

6. Pressure Wash the Patio!

Your patio surrounding your pool is just as important as the pool itself! Get your patio to match your sparkling pool by pressure washing the ground. You can rent a pressure cleaning machine from a local home improvement store or hire a professional pressure cleaner to do the job for you. 

By pressure cleaning off all the rust, dirt or weather-related stains every so often, your deck will stay bright, fresh and clean, which will look great next to a pool that is well-maintained!

 

7. Get a Pool Professional For Annual Check Ups

Sometimes there can be little issues that only an expert can catch. Pool professionals know how to best diagnose your pool’s mechanical parts, from the pumps to the filters to the heating systems, all the intricacies that make your pool tick. 

Have a pool expert come by once a year to check if your pool is working as intended!



Taking care of a pool might seem like a lot of hard work, but keeping these 7 essential tips in mind can help take the confusion and guesswork out of how to maintain your pool, and give you more time to relax in the water this year!


Need a professional for pool and spa maintenance in your home? Home Pros Guide is the best source for local, reputable home professionals for home improvement projects. 

Click here to browse our pool maintenance pros and quality swimming pool builders!


Created 09/05/2019

Do you feel like your patio is just a regular, old patio for you? Is it just a mediocre space in your backyard compared to other houses with amazing outdoor spaces to hang out and hold parties in? 

 

Your backyard patio has potential to be a beautiful, modern outdoor area for socializing or relaxation. Upgrade your patio and make it stylish for you and your lifestyle with these 5 tips!

deck by blue water pools

1. Give Your Patio Floor or Deck a New Finish

The floor of your patio can be an important backdrop for your backyard as a whole.

Consider giving your patio a facelift with a new paving or finish! Even a wood deck on your patio can look amazing with a new stain, but don't forget to clean it properly before you stain it.

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2. Rearrange Your Patio Furniture

Patio furniture can be a valuable asset to your backyard! If you think of your patio as an outdoor living room, you can imagine making it a cozy living space or mingling area for guests for conversations and comfort. 

 

Get decor that keeps your patio simple and classic. Place sofas along long walls and a pair of chairs facing the sofa for a relaxation hub to chat with guests.

screen enclosure by fabritech

3. Add a Privacy Screen 

 Privacy screens can do so much for your patio, small or large. They can add coverage between your area and your neighbors, or add a pleasant decorative background to your patio. 

 

Adding a privacy screen opens possibilities to define your patio and outdoor design.

patio furniture decor by luxa patio

4. Accessorize Your Patio!

Your patio furniture can also be decorated, not just the patio itself! Customize and coordinate your patio decor with stylish throw pillows for comfort, or a decorative wall hanging or vertical garden if your patio is against your house as a backdrop.

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5. Beautify with Lighting

Every dream patio has nice, thoughtful lighting setups that add a bright but stylish ambiance to nighttime gatherings.

  • Use string lights for a classic, year-round festive style.

  • Consider energy efficient LED deck lights to your deck's stair steps and pathways for a more professional, clean style.

  • If you have landscaping and greenery around your patio, don't be afraid to add landscape lighting to brighten your plants and yard.


Need a professional for renovating or decorating your deck or patio? Home Pros Guide is the best source for local, reputable home professionals for home improvement projects. Click here to browse our deck and patio builders and patio furniture specialists!


Created 09/03/2019
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