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Five Renovations Mistakes You Don't Want to Make!

by Masha Halpern

Because homeowners know that updated homes are more eye-catching to potential buyers down the road, many times they are overzealous and get themselves into trouble. Dreams of remodeled and beautiful kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms turn into nightmares! Below is more information on how it happens, why people do it and, best of all, how to avoid making these mistakes in your home.

1. Gutting Everything
Make sure you have a well-set plan before you start your renovations, because you don't want to go in there and just clear everything out, when you might be able to work around some areas. Often people just start, and they think they're going to pull a piece of wallpaper off, and by the time the process is over, they've completely gotten themselves into a deep, dark hole that's very difficult ( and expensive) to get out of.

2. Using Cheap Materials
One of the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes to home renovation is that they try to be cheap when they buy materials. The bottom line is, you're going to get what you pay for. If you're going to do it, do it. If you can't afford to do it, wait.

3. Excessive Use of Duct Tape
People use duct tape because it's cheap and it's quick and it's easy, but it's definitely a temporary solution. Don't leave it up for more than a couple hours ... ever.

4. Inaccurate Measurements
Not paying close attention to the prep work for a home renovation project can spell disaster. Simple things such as cleaning the subfloor of all dust and debris before adding new flooring can make for a much smoother application.

5. Using the Wrong Tools
There is really three problems with using the wrong tool: You can wreck the tool, you can wreck the project you're working on, and you can wreck yourself.

If you have tips you would like to share, or if you need advice on the best type of remodeling project for your home, contact us!





Preparing Your Home For Winter

by Masha Halpern

Is your your home getting the winter blues? As the colder weather approaches, home owners in North Carolina can do the following maintenance checks to ensure their properties are ready for the winter months.

  • Check the weather stripping along your door and door frame to ensure there are no gaps that can let cold air seep into your home. Also, you may want to add weather stripping or caulk to your windows to prevent any drafts and wasting energy.
  • If you have a fireplace, be sure to sweep out those chimneys. The National Fire Protection Association advises home owners to sweep out the chimney at least once a year to help prevent house fires.
  • Schedule a service for your furnaces at least once a year too. It’ll cost roughly about $100 and can help avoid costly repairs later or a malfunction of carbon monoxide pumping into the home, which can be deadly.
  • Prevent frozen pipes, by using heating tape to wrap any exposed pipes on the home’s exterior and turning off the water as well as draining any water remaining inside the valves.
  • Don't forget the roof! An properly maintained roof is the best weatherproofing you can get and it will greatly reduce your heat costs. Here’s what you should be checking for:
  • All gutters should be fastened securely to the roof
  • Look to make sure the roof is not missing any shingles, tiles, slates or nails
  • Look for any warped or darker areas on the roof
  • If you’ve noticed any problems with the roof, it’s time to call a roofing professional to take a look and assess what needs to be done.

These are practical and affordable tips that will not only keep your your home more safe and comfy in the holidays, but over the long run could improve the resale value of your home.





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Masha Halpern of Keller Williams Realty provides real estate services in the Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham, North Carolina area including real estate services for buyer, sellers and those relocating to the surrounding areas of Apex, Bahama,Cary, Efland, Hillsborough, Holly Springs, Mebane, Raleigh, and Wake Forest. Search for homes in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham or the surrounding communities.  Request a market analysis for your North Carolina property.  I list and sell residential real estate, investment property, vacant land, lots for sale in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham, North Carolina area.

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