Upgrading Your Home

Top 10 Most Expensive Mistakes You're Making on Your Home

*Posted on October 25, 2016 by Housecall - http://blog.rismedia.com/2016/top-10-expensive-mistakes/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

TOP 10 Most Expensive Mistakes You're Making on Your Home
By Cary Teller

Homes cost a lot of money to maintain. But are you spending extra money unnecessarily on upkeep? Here are the 10 most expensive mistakes you could be making in your home.

1. Using Traditional Light bulbs

If you still have incandescent light bulbs in your home, you could be throwing a lot of money away every month on inflated electric bills. Over its life span, an incandescent bulb can use $180 worth of electricity. A CFL will only use $41 worth of electricity over the same time period. Even better is the LED bulb, which only uses $30 per bulb. Think what replacing every light bulb in your home could do to your home's bottom line.

2. Ignoring a Leaky Faucet

A leaky faucet that drips one drop per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year, which is enough water to take more than 180 showers. Some of us live in areas where water is plentiful, but for those of us in areas plagued with drought, this could be costing you a...

5 Home Renovations You Can Tackle During the Winter

5 Home Renovations You Can Tackle During the Winter
Posted on Dec 2 2019 - 9:00am by Housecall

By Anita Ginsburg

Winter is the perfect time to tackle those home renovations that you've been putting off all year. Costs will likely be lower during the colder seasons, and if you plan it well, you might even be able to have your renovations completed by the holidays. Consider taking on these five home renovations during the winter season:

Add Insulation

If the cold weather has reminded you that your home needs better insulation, there's no better time than now to have it added. Improper insulation can cause high utility bills and a cold home. You can tackle this renovation on your own or hire a professional to do it for you.

Finish Your Basement

If you have an unfinished basement that you've been wanting to turn into a functional space for your family, you might want to renovate during the winter. You can add an additional living space or an extra bedroom. A finished basement can be a worthwhile investment because it may substantially increase the value of your home.

Remodel a Bathroom

A bathroom remodel is the perfect task for winter, especially if it's a bathroom that's not frequently used. Whether it's the guest bath that you're readying for holiday travelers or the front powder room that could use a touch-up, this is the time to do it.

When you're tearing out old cabinets, tiles and showers, it's a good idea to consider a dumpster rental. Having a dumpster just outside your door can make the task of clearing out trash and debris much easier....