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Simple Weatherproofing Steps

The ‘Light’ test – Shine a light around your doors and look for gaps in the door, Replacing old weatherstripping and adjusting the door from the hinges can tighten up those gaps.

Condensate drain – Add 2 cups of bleach and warm water into your condensate line and let it cycle through the line to help prevent algae buildup and blockage

Caulk those windows and doors – Here is a little secret. Using some clear silicone and caulk the top of the trim around your windows on the inside of the house.

Change those filters – HVAC systems run more efficiently with clean filters.

Chris Lalomia, Owner - The Trusted Toolbox, www.thetrustedtoolbox.com. The Trusted Toolbox is the leading professional handyman company in the Atlanta area. They can handle everything from bathroom remodels to drywall and wood rot repair around the house and everything in between. Contact them for your home repair needs.

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Budgeting For Home Repairs

Budgeting for Home Repairs and Enhancements Investing in home repairs preserves the value of your home. You don’t just buy a house, make a mortgage payment and expect that to be the extent of your financial commitment. For many people, their homes are the #1 asset in their investment portfolio, and keeping that investment up to date and preserving its value is important. When you purchase a home, that is just the beginning of the expenses. We all budget for expenses that are anticipated, such as utility payments, taxes and furnishings, but what about home maintenance and upgrades. When setting up your home maintenance and upgrade budget, I am often asked “How much should I budget to spend on maintenance and upgrades on my house each year. “ My answer is that you should INVEST 1% of your current home value EACH YEAR into upkeep and enhancements in your home. This investment in preventative maintenance and upgrades will help preserve the value of your home. The calculations are simple, if you own a home worth $300,000, then you should set aside $3000 for maintenance and upgrades each year. These investment dollars are above and beyond utility payments and taxes, and are critical to preserve your home’s value longer term.

Why should I invest this money in upkeep? Major home repairs usually occur due to something breaking in the house, i.e. the roof leaks, the hot water heater fails, etc. Periodic inspection and small maintenance can prevent larger repairs from happening. Preventative maintenance such as caulking, minor plumbing repairs, deck safety maintenance, door adjustments, and weathersealing of windows, would save you money over the time in your home. Preventative maintenance on our house is similar to changing the oil in your car. Many of us automatically get our oil changed when the “change oil light” comes on, or the mileage hits a certain distance, but when it comes to our house, we forget to take the same approach. If you didn’t get your oil changed for $20 periodically, you would need to replace your engine when it stops running at a cost of up to $3000. Similarly if you would caulk and paint your window trim where it has separated each year for $100 in materials, you could end up replacing windows, drywall and possibly remediating a mold situation due to the water penetration and that could cost up to $8000. Spending a small amount now, prevents potential major failures later. This investment in preventative maintenance SAVES MONEY through cost avoidance due to major issues and doesn’t let deferred maintenance degrade the value of your home.

How about upgrading and enhancing the house? This is always more fun and rewarding than preventative maintenance items we have discussed. Upgrading our house appeals to our creative side and allows us to make the house more like “our home.” I recommend that people look to categorize these investments into 2 buckets, “lifestyle” and “neighborhood norms.” Lifestyle enhancements are for your enjoyment and may not bring you a return on your investment, but you should do them. Lifestyle enhancements could be anything from adding a dog door for your pet to converting your dining room into a working office complete with wiring and new shelves. They may not help with resale, but it adds to your personal enjoyment. Neighborhood norms can include adding new landscaping, upgrading your kitchen, master bedroom or bathroom with updated materials or layouts. When investing in this area, you will most likely spend a little more in that year than your budget, but you will want to focus on doing one upgrade really well as opposed to doing two upgrades with inferior materials or quality. Think of your enhancements as INVESTMENTS, and you will make smart decisions when it comes down to materials and contractors.

Budgeting for these expenses will allow you the flexibility to upgrade when you would like while preserving the value of your house over a number of years using less money than if you had waited for something to leak, rot or break. You may spend more than 1% over the course of your home ownership, but rarely will spend less. Plan for the expense and then work on your plan throughout the year, and you will be in a better position to maintain and increase the value of your house over time.

 

Chris Lalomia, Owner - The Trusted Toolbox, www.thetrustedtoolbox.com. The Trusted Toolbox is the leading professional handyman company in the Atlanta area. They can handle everything from bathroom remodels to drywall and wood rot repair around the house and everything in between. Contact them for your home repair needs.

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Window and Door Replacement From a Handyman in Alpharetta

Are your homes windows and doors really starting to show their age? Then, a handyman in Alpharetta, GA is perfect for you. A professional handyman offers repair, maintenance and replacement of all types of windows and doors. With an expert, you can rely on their fast and professional services.
 
To have a professional handyman in your home, simply find one who offers door and window services in your area. It also won't hurt to check out some reviews to make sure that they have many happy past customers. Also, call the company and see if they can come out and provide you with a FREE inspection and estimate for the job.
 
Replacement Windows
 
When it comes to replacing windows with the new ones, handymen provide a variety of options, including: double and single hung windows, casement windows, picture windows, bay and bow windows, awning windows, tilt-in windows, garden windows, and more. Also, you can choose from wood, vinyl, aluminum, or other framing materials.
 
Replacement Doors
 
Your handyman in Alpharetta, GA offers a wide range of quality services for repairs, replacement and installation of doors of your home, as well. Whether you need interior or exterior doors replaced or taken care of, they can help. There are many different types of doors available for: entry ways, basements, side doors, garage doors, attic doors, and more.

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Bathroom Remodeling in Norcross, GA

The bathroom of your home is likely where you spend a lot of time. It's likely even one of the most popular rooms of your home, next to the kitchen or living room. For this reason, it needs to stay modern, fresh, and functional. So, if your bathroom has seen better days, it may be time to think about getting it renovated. Unfortunately, you do not have the time, patience, skills, or materials to do this kind of work on your own, so you are going to need the help of a professional. A contractor can be expensive, but a handyman may be perfect for the job.
 
Your expert handyman in Norcross can help you make the right choices, and to help you get everything you want out of your new bathroom. If you have old lighting, it can be replaced. A new tub or shower can be installed. Much more modern and energy efficient toilets can be added.
 
Ultimately, a bathroom remodeling can be a great source of inspiration for your own choices. So if you are planning to redo your bathroom and you are looking for a handyman service in Norcross, then try to find one who has done a lot of work with remodeling in the past.
 
A professional will be able to help you with every aspect of the project, and they will help you to choose colors, tiles, lighting, appliances, vanities, mirrors, counter tops, and more.
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