Three Reasons to Address Foundations Issues Before Other Home Improvement Projects

Three Reasons to Address Foundations Issues Before Other Home Improvement Projects

Buying an older home can be a great investment, so long as you properly prioritize repairs and improvements. A safe and updated house foundation is the base upon which all other home improvements rest. For both new and old homes, you should always check the foundation before starting other home improvement projects. Here are the top three reasons to focus on fixing any foundation issues first.

Reduce the Number of Improvements

Forbes compiled a list of the top hidden problems found in old homes, and foundation issues topped the list. If you start your home improvement with fixing the foundation, you may find that other items on your list for repair get better or fix themselves entirely. One such example is sticking doors and windows, which might fit their frames properly once the foundation is properly leveled and strengthened. To prove this to yourself, make a before and after list of issues and you can see which ones were corrected by repairs to your foundation.

Prevent Damage to Other Improvements

Properly sequencing your home improvements can prevent redoing projects and losing money. For example, fixing a cracked ceiling while there are problems with the foundation can mean you have more cracks to fix in the future. Other improvements can also be affected by an uneven foundation, such as leveling the floor and replacing cracked molding. In extreme cases, leaving the foundation last can even negatively impact the roof.

Instantly Improve Drainage

A house foundation is part of a lot’s drainage system. When that foundation is in disrepair, rainwater might drain in unexpected and detrimental ways. For example, if water pools beneath your home, it can further erode the foundation and create a feedback loop of escalating damage. Sending moisture away from a home is important in preventing such issues. …

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How to Buy the Right House

How to Buy the Right House

Buying a house is one of the biggest investment decisions you will make, so you must make an informed decision. Failure to do so could be disastrous on many counts, financially, emotionally, and (because all these things are connected) for your health and well-being!

That may sound like an exaggeration, but it’s not. Imagine what would happen if you fell in love with a cute little cottage on the bank of a beautiful river, bought it, and then discovered it was downstream from a poorly run manufacturing plant that was spewing toxins into the river, or a neglected hydroelectric facility (dam!) that was on the verge of collapsing! Either of these scenarios could certainly affect your health, couldn’t they?

These are extreme situations that most people could manage to avoid, but they serve to illustrate the fact that a poor real estate purchase could have dire consequences, so it pays to do whatever you can to make sure you are buying the right house for you and your family.

Right now you are enticed by very low mortgage rates, home buying incentive programs, and (depending on where you are) a plethora of housing choices, making homeownership possible for many. It might be the right time for you to buy if you have some money for a down payment, a reasonably secure income, and the desire for your place.

The Help of a Buyer’s Agent

First-time buyers should consider enlisting the help of a buyer’s agent, someone who can guide you through the process of choosing and purchasing a house that meets your needs and fits your budget.

Make a list of features that you require, and those that you would like but aren’t necessary. Think about things like:

  1. Proximity to work (or to transit that you can take to work);
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Space-Saving Ideas For Small Bedrooms

Space-Saving Ideas For Small Bedrooms

A lot of modern three-bed houses tend to follow the pattern of a master bedroom, another room that’s a similar size to the master bedroom, and then a dinky room for the third bedroom. If you do plan on using the smaller room as a bedroom there are ways you can save space and turn a small room into a stylish, efficient, and modern-looking bedroom.

The key to maximizing space in a small bedroom is to make clever use of storage space so you avoid clutter – a disorderly room can create an unrelaxing atmosphere, and you want your room to be as peaceful and serene as possible. How you distribute your space is what matters most in a small bedroom so make sure you take the time to plan all of your space-saving ideas properly. A good way to find out the best ways to maximize space is to use interior design software such as bedroom design software to plan out all aspects of your room and decipher which pieces of furniture look best where and how they save the most space. Computer-aided design (CAD) software will create your room to its exact dimensions and will allow you to play around with and rearrange furniture until you are happy with the amount of space you have. The best thing about this software is that it’s easy and quick to use and instead of hauling furniture about a room until it looks right, you can do all of it with a simple click of the house, and view your plan in all sorts of different angles until you get it just right.

So how can you maximize space in your bedroom?

Innovative Storage

Put your thinking cap on and think of ways you can create clever storage spaces to help …

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