Do you ever hear people talk about home improvement projects that pay for themselves? Realistically, there aren't too many things you can do to your home that will literally recoup the money you spend on them, but there are certainly some home improvement projects that can have a positive impact on your wallet, generating cost savings that are not at all insignificant. Most of these home improvements fall under the category of energy efficiency-projects, additions, or upgrades that will put a dent into your monthly utility bills. There are other reasons to invest in these efficiency-boosting projects, of course-not the least being the positive impact on the environment! Whether you're looking to go green or simply save a few bucks, here are some energy-saving home
Monday, June 1st, 2015
When it comes to summer energy efficiency, many of us tend to think in terms of electricity: How can we keep our homes cool and comfortable without ending up with enormous utility bills? But of course, there's another utility challenge that summer poses, and it has to do with water. In a season of quick evaporation and occasional drought, how do we make the most of the water that we have? This is a particularly troubling question for those of us who have big lawns and gardens. We need to water our plants to keep them healthy and green-but how much is too much? How can we nourish our plant life without breaking the bank on our water bills? Energy efficiency and water conservation are both admirable goals for homeowners-whether your intention is to be "green" or simply to save some money. Not only are they admirable, but they are achievable, too-as these tips and pointers demonstrate!
Friday, May 29th, 2015
There are some things that a potential buyer may not want to have to deal with, and if you add those elements to your home, it's going to make the place less appealing-plain and simple. But for homeowners, this begs the question: What are some of the things you shouldn't add on to your home-the things that can actually cause your property values to diminish? There are a few culprits worth mentioning.
Friday, May 29th, 2015
Have you thought about hiring a team of siding installers for your home? Siding replacement is a significant home improvement project-not a small job, necessarily, but one that can ultimately yield huge value for your property. As with any home investment, though, you want to approach this one carefully. You want to make sure you know what you're getting into-and that what you're getting into is ultimately going to be beneficial for your home.
Thursday, May 28th, 2015
The siding you pick for your home will do more than any other component to determine the aesthetic of your property-so it's important to proceed wisely and to understand the siding options available to you. When it comes to house siding options, there are several factors to consider-among them:
Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
At Integrity Home Pro we do a lot of work replacing home siding, and you can imagine what one of our most popular questions is: How much does siding cost? Would that there were a straight answer to this seemingly simple question! The truth is, it can vary pretty dramatically, just depending on what type of siding you use. There are three basic types of siding that we work with-vinyl siding, insulated siding, and fiber cement siding. All have different price points and all come with unique lists of benefits. Of course, there are other factors that determine the cost of siding, as well-like the size and scope of your home. If you want to get a ballpark idea of what your siding replacement job will run you, though, the best place to begin is to look at the different siding types/house siding options.
Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
Friday, May 15th, 2015
Now that the long, dark winter is finally behind us, it is time to prepare our homes for the warmth and sun of summer. While summer comes with lots of sunshine and fun, the warmer months also bring unwanted visitors. The time to prepare your home for summer pests is now. If you wait until the dog days of summer are upon you, it could already be too late.
Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
Kids need a place to play, and chances are, you'd rather them not do it in your dining room, your home office, or your master suite. You can always send the little tykes outside, of course, but what about rainy days or biting, winter cold? Sooner or later, most parents realize their need for a play area, and if you're fortunate enough to have sufficient square footage, you may even wish to make one room in your home the designated play area. As you think about adding a playroom, it is important to approach it the way you would any other home addition-strategically, and with an eye toward long-term value. You want to try to cut costs and get the room done affordably, but you ultimately don't want to scrimp and risk having a room that nobody likes to be in. So how can homeowners think rightly about playroom design? We'll offer a few general tips in the bullet points below.
Thursday, May 7th, 2015
The long winter is over, the sun is shining, the temperature is rising every day-yes, summer is here at last! This might be something of a mixed blessing for homeowners-it's nice to have snow and ice behind us, not so nice to have yard work to do-but there's one unimpeachably great quality of summer: You get to spend more time enjoying the outdoors with your loved ones. This extends to your sunroom, too, which will allow you to gather with your family and friends to take advantage of the warm sun while avoiding the bugs and the pollen. A sunroom is a great thing for increasing your home's total square footage as well as your usable leisure space-but some homeowners enjoy their sunrooms more than others. Whether your sunroom is new or you've had it for years, it's good to refresh yourself on the best ways to get the most out of this space. So what do you need in your sunroom to enjoy it to its fullest? Here's our quick checklist:
Monday, April 27th, 2015
Expecting a new addition to your family? Before the stork comes, you may need to invest some time in getting your home ready for the new arrival! We've all heard the jokes about needing to paint the nursery before the little one comes-but for many parents-to-be, painting the nursery is the least of their concerns. In fact, you may need to start doing some remodeling work right now to create a nursery in the first place! Of course, setting up an extra bedroom or home office space as a designated nursery area may be something you've never done before, especially if your pending arrival happens to be your first child. So what should homeowners consider as they think about converting a room into nursery space?
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
Homeowners, are you looking for a home improvement project that will add value to your home? There are plenty of great options, including some that we talk about here at the Integrity blog quite a bit-sunroom additions, roofing, and on down the list. However, it might surprise you to learn that window replacement is one of the best things you can possibly do to enhance your home's value. Just how good is it? Consider this: When real estate professionals list the home improvements that provide the best return on investment, window replacement-along with entry door replacement-frequently tops the list. If you want to put some money back into your home and see a real payoff, window replacement is a slam-dunk. That's the biggest, most foundational reason to invest in window replacement-but there are some other benefits to window replacement, too, some specific reasons why window replacement is so desirable and so value-adding. This list isn't exhaustive, but hopefully it will provide you with all the reason you need to consider replacing the windows in your home!
Monday, April 20th, 2015
Does your roof need some repairs made-or, perhaps, to be altogether replaced? No roof lasts forever and no roof is impervious to the ravages of time, weather, or simple wear and tear. What that means is that, sooner or later, most homeowners end up needing to call in a professional roofer. Maybe this is your first time to look into roofing contractors. Maybe you're even a little bit intimidated by the process. To ensure you pick the right roofer, and that you know what you're getting into, think about some of the following considerations.
Friday, April 17th, 2015
Here at Integrity Home Pro, we have always been upfront about the problems in the home improvement industry. A lot of contracting companies have, unfortunately, developed bad reputations-reputations that are often fully warranted. Many homeowners have had bad experiences with shoddy or dishonest contractors; they distrust contractors in general, and we don't blame them. We try to be different-a company that's truly built on trustworthiness and integrity. Part of that means helping homeowners protect themselves from scams and rip-offs. And when it comes to working with a contractor or a remodeler, one of the best ways to avoid getting ripped off is to get everything down in writing before the project truly begins. We recommend never entering into an agreement with a contractor or remodeler until you have received a full, detailed, written proposal for the work in question, and reviewed it thoroughly. As you review the contract, though, what exactly should you be looking for? There are several points that should always be encompassed by your remodeling proposal.
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
Many homeowners are choosing custom roman blinds for their window dressings, and with good reason - they are versatile, easy to use and relatively slim line (even when fully retracted). If you have seen all the standard design options and are looking for something a little different, however, you might be pleased to note that there are plenty of fun and funky options available. In this article, we have outlined some of our favorites for your inspiration.
Friday, April 10th, 2015
Curb appeal.For most of us, it's one of the central concerns of home maintenance. If your home has optimal curb appeal-if it makes a great first impression with potential buyers-then you're much more likely to sell the place quickly, and for a better price. For those who do not plan to sell any time soon, curb appeal is still essential; a well-maintained and attractive home fills you with pride. Maintaining curb appeal is a seasonal challenge. That is, it's a bit different in winter than in spring. Summer, likewise, brings with it some unique challenges. And since summer is really not too far away, perhaps now is a good time to think through some of the big, summer-specific curb appeal challenges.
Monday, April 6th, 2015
Can you believe that summer is just around the corner? After the brutal winter we had, it was beginning to seem like the sun might never shine again-but here we are, with the sun out, the air warmer, the birds singing, and glorious summer just a couple of months away! There are many ways to celebrate and enjoy this season, but also much to do in the way of home maintenance. Summer, like winter, comes with its own home maintenance checklist-some simple and not-so-simple steps homeowners should take to get their homes ready for the new season. So what items should be on your summer checklist? We'll offer the following!
Friday, April 3rd, 2015
Timeless is a word that gets thrown around a lot. When we use the term-to denote a book, a dress, a painting, you name it-what we mean is that the thing exudes a certain sense of style, one that will never go out of fashion or become obsolete. So of course, being timeless is a good thing. If you have something timeless, there won't ever arise a need to replace or refresh it! When it comes to home remodeling and design, timelessness is especially important and invaluable. When your home has a timeless look to it that means it's not going to need updating-at least not for aesthetic reasons-any time soon. By contrast, if you choose a trendy or a novelty style for your home-pink carpets, avocado walls-your home will look good for a while, but come to look outdated and tacky in a matter of years. When it comes to remodeling your bathroom, timelessness should always be the goal-but that's easier said than done. How specifically can you achieve a timeless, never-out-of-fashion bathroom look? We've got some tips in the bullet points that follow.
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
Spring is here and we all crave for a new beginning. Why not start with your own home? Besides the typical extensive cleaning, your living space might benefit from some renovating. You can make quick and easy home repairs with a huge impact in only fifteen minutes. Lack of time is not a legit excuse anymore so let's get to work!
Monday, March 30th, 2015
At long last, springtime is here! Warm weather is poking through the cold and the clouds, homeowners are firing up the lawnmowers and the weed eaters, and the spring home maintenance season is in full bloom. There are many components to this, and one of the most essential is spring cleaning. For your home's curb appeal and for its overall health, it's vital that you take some time to scrape away winter's dust and grime and simply get your home feeling fresh and new again. For many homeowners, spring cleaning can feel like a daunting task-but it doesn't have to be. There are plenty of things you can do to make spring cleaning as effective and efficient as possible-starting with some of the following tips:
Friday, March 27th, 2015