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5 Safety Tips for Summer Home Maintenance Tasks

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5 Safety Tips for Summer Home Maintenance Tasks

Home maintenance is a high priority in the hottest season of the year. With rising temperatures and sudden storms, you want to secure your property against the perils of summer weather. Beyond a broken HVAC system, a small leak in the roof could cause untold amounts of water damage to your ceiling and walls.

This is the perfect time to schedule inspections and make the necessary repairs. Fortunately, you can handle most maintenance tasks on your own with the right tools and a positive mindset. It's easy enough to clean your gutters, wash your deck and attend to similar duties — as long as you remain cautious.

Though most maintenance tasks seem pretty benign, no one plans for an accident. They happen without warning, when you least expect it, and you can potentially harm yourself if you don't take precautions. What should you do to mitigate the risk of injury when working around your home?

Here are five indispensable safety tips for summer home maintenance.

1. Only Work With Chemicals in Well-Ventilated Areas

Even a common task like cleaning a bathroom with chemical solutions is potentially harmful without proper ventilation. Other jobs, like repainting your interior or refinishing your floors, can also cause respiratory issues.

When you're working with chemicals in an enclosed space, open the windows to release any trapped fumes. Wear a respirator, safety goggles, gloves and sturdy footwear to avoid any chemical burns or eye injuries. Protective equipment will vary from project to project, so use your discretion.

2. Follow the Standard Protocol When Using Ladders

Your gutters play an important role in protecting the siding, doors, windows and foundation of your home from water. Naturally, you have to keep them clear of debris, but it isn't as simple as climbing the general-use ladder you store in your garage.

It's best to avoid orchard or wooden ladders, as they tend to wobble. Opt for an aluminum ladder instead. Examine it beforehand, checking for dents, defects, and loose bolts or screws, and ask someone to spot you if possible.

Remember these tips for ladder safety as well:

·     A stepladder will suffice for a one-story house, but if it has two or more stories, you'll need an extension ladder.

·     If you lean an extension ladder against your gutters, protect it by placing a short 2x4 inside.

·     Fiberglass ladders are also adequate for this type of job, but they're heavier and only good for shorter periods of work.

·     The ladder should have a shelf sturdy enough to hold a 5-gallon bucket secured with a lanyard.

·     Make sure to extend the ladder fully until the arms lock in place.

·     Keep your hips squarely between the two rails and try not to lean over the sides.

·     Stay off the top two rungs.

3. Choose the Correct Protective Equipment for the Job

You should also give thought to your gloves. You might own a cotton or leather pair, but these can cause problems. Cotton has a tendency to soak up dirty water and bacteria, and leather ones are often inflexible and shrink when they dry.

Thick, suede gloves are your best option. They'll ensure your safety and improve efficiency while cleaning, perfect for gutters.

4. Clean the Work Area After You're Finished

After you've finished a task, you'll need to clean up your work area. This may seem like an obvious suggestion, but it's all too easy to rush as you're storing tools, equipment and various items.

·     Seal containers of sensitive liquids and materials.

·     Remove power tool leads from any wall sockets.

·     Place power tools in an area inaccessible to kids.

·     Roll up extension cords, ropes and lines.

·     Fold and stow ladders in a safe location.

·     Collect and discard remaining debris.

Whether you're completing a maintenance task or working on a DIY project, these steps are essential.

5. Acknowledge Your Limitations and Ask for Help

As mentioned earlier, you can handle most tasks on your own without the help of a professional. However, it's critical to acknowledge when you need to contact someone with more experience. Many projects fall outside the category of a DIY project, and recognizing that will reduce the risk of accidents or injuries.

For example, you should leave major jobs involving gas lines, electricity and roof work to professionals. They have an informed understanding of these areas, and though you may want to save money, your safety comes first.

Choose Safety This Summer

Home maintenance is a high priority in the hottest season of the year, and now you can manage it safely. As long as you follow the five suggestions above, you can feel confident as you complete tasks around your property, secure in the knowledge you've taken the necessary precautions.

Guest Contributor, Holly Welles 

Holly Welles is a home improvement writer who believes anyone can make the most of their space. You can find more of her work on her blog, The Estate Update.

How To Renovate A House

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How To Renovate A House

If you are one of those who have decided to buy an old house, inherit a property or need to renovate your home for many years, do not worry: no matter how bad some spaces look, everything can be improved.

The best thing we can do when planning a reform is to evaluate in advance what we want to do, ask for estimates and ask what type of work is required and how many weeks or months of work each replacement involves. There are three key issues that, when analyzed, prevent mistakes and unnecessary expenses. You can get more ideas about home renovation on 10ion.com.

If we are thinking about economic and simple reforms, the budgets are more limited and, the times of work, more reduced. But more than once, especially in the case of the kitchen reforms , we underestimated the deadlines and the costs and then we found ourselves with a difficult problem to travel.

You must assume from the outset that a "radical change" in your home will not be economic, because a major remodeling is often expensive. You should Product Reviews, Buyer's Guide, Why Reviews are important, What Things Needs to consider before online shopping before renovation. There are ways to spend less if you plan things well and learn which arrangements are more expensive and which require less investment . From there, according to your desires and possibilities, order your priorities and move forward.

House reforms: what you should know

Reforming a house is not something you can face from one day to the next. There are several issues to evaluate in detail:

The fundamental thing when planning a remodeling is to have clear your priorities: think about what you want to achieve. It is not the same to reform only one bathroom that to make an integral reform. Nor is it the same to make a traditional reform (raising walls, etc) that opting for dry work and cut execution times and budget. If we are going to modify the distribution of the house we must consult with an architect and also define what materials and coatings we want to put in each place

If the renovation is a simple change of face, without throwing walls, lifting floors or making structural changes, the thing is simpler. But, even so, bear in mind that, inevitably, a reform -especially if it is in bathrooms, kitchens or laundries usually demands changes in water inlets and drains, in pipes, in plugs and points of light and in coatings. You may be interested:  Water heater or hot water tank: the ideal option for each house.

One of the main excuses or factors that discourage us when starting work at home is time. As fast as it may be, a remodeling always alters the routine and order of the home , which makes it difficult to find the ideal moment. But doing a "refresh" at home renews the energy and totally changes a space.

If your house is small and you want to enlarge it, there are small tricks that help us create much wider spaces: take advantage of the outside space (like a small patio or terrace to enjoy with the family) or I grew up, adding a second level . You may be interested:  different types of stairs for indoor and outdoor .

Keep in mind that the extensions are not all external. If the house has many environments and partitions, it is advisable to eliminate some to have large spaces , which will make the sense of spaciousness inside the house multiply considerably, creating a much more welcoming and social.

If the height allows it, it is important to raise the ceilings to expand the space, but having analyzed well where the facilities will be passed.

The small environments can be reset with good decorating tricks, which give the feeling of a much wider space. We share some keys to decorate a small kitchen or a small bathroom.

Painting and renovating the curtains you can renovate quite an environment: you can see ideas of paint colors for interiors and  models of curtains for windows.

How to reform an old house

Remodeling environments has its complexity, but when we want to find out how to renovate an old house the thing gets even more difficult, because more than once we have to touch structures and rethink measures. In general, it involves changes in the facade, interior and domestic equipment. A refresh is not enough. The ideal in these cases is for an architect or builder to see the plans and advise us.

A good idea is to renovate the exterior with modern color combinations , which completely reinterpret the appearance of the house.

Kitchen renovations

Making changes in the kitchen is resetting the heart of the home . Some keys to keep in mind:

The first thing you must evaluate is the structure: if you want to make deeper changes it is essential that an architect see the plans to avoid problems. Pipes and wiring design is fundamental.

Do not rush the coatings. Today there are many options and different types of floors for each environment and it is worth seeing pros and cons of each one. Something important you should know if you want to remodel the kitchen is that, if the floor is in good condition and you just do not like it, you can stick on it another covering: you do not need to break.

Changing the kitchen furniture is a way to give a completely new air to this environment and generate a sense of absolute renewal. Keep in mind that cabinets are what you see most when you enter the kitchen, because they occupy much of the available space and are at eye level. Also, it is something that you use daily and the investment is worth it.

Bathroom renovations

The bathroom is one of the environments that most need a periodic renovation, both for pipes and for the wear of coatings, paint and artifacts. In addition, fashions change and new possibilities arise that add comfort and we can take advantage of it. Changes you can make:

Initial step is to check the pipes: the first thing to renovate in a bathroom is usually the pipe.

Change coatings and colors of the paint. Venecitas and colored walls are widely used. In general, they look very good on a single wall, combining with wood or smoothed cement. You can see:  Colors for double bedrooms: all options.

Replace the bathtub with a shower. It is one of the most classic reforms in bathrooms, saves space, gain practicality and accessibility when you get older or suffer some type of reduced mobility. You can read:  how to decorate a small bathroom.

You can also think about adding a whirlpool and make some changes to build a spa at home.  Also, if you have space and budget, do not forget the benefits of the sauna.

 Guest Contributor, Jacklin J

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Preparing Your Buy-To-Let Property for a New Tenant

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Preparing Your Buy-To-Let Property for a New Tenant

When a tenant moves out of a rental property, that’s your chance as the landlord to make improvements and changes to the property without having to work around those living there. If you do it right, you can even ask a higher price out of the next tenant. However, there are right and wrong ways to do it. You want to clean the property up and bring it up to date with current trends, all without breaking the bank.

Cleaning Up

It’s common sense (and common courtesy) to clean up your property when a tenant moves out. Good tenants will likely try to clean up as much of their mess as they can, but there are many things that residents overlook, such as unclogging drains and scrubbing down appliances. If the previous tenants damaged anything on the property, you’ll have to go about fixing those things, as well.

Besides what we mentioned above, there are a few more things you’ll want to look out for when cleaning up the property:

●      Change the locks

●      Ensure all the plumbing is functioning correctly with no leaks, clogs, or strange noises

●      Verify that all appliances, utilities, and lights work

●      Remove any stains, if possible

●      Clean underneath counters, appliances, and other objects

●      Get rid of any lingering unpleasant odors

●      Look for any forgotten belongings or things left behind

●      Make sure windows and doors are in good working order

Optimizing Your Property

Once your tenants have moved out, you’ll have as much time as you want to make improvements to the property. This can be anything from repainting the walls and replacing any old, stained carpet to installing modern fixtures and finishes. If you have the time and the money, it can sometimes be a good investment to renovate any old styles in the property at this point, too.

Newer buildings can almost always demand higher rent, so if you’re smart about your spending, you might be able to make a return on the investment right away. As a landlord, you’re allowed to pass on the costs of your renovations to your tenants, too, so if you play your cards right (i.e., don’t make your rent costs egregious, or no one will move in), there’s really no reason not to renovate.

As a landlord, getting as much return on your property investments as you can is probably one of your priorities. Besides the necessity of cleaning up between tenants, adding a few modern technological features here or there like smart appliances and electronics, in addition to updating finishes, colors, and décor can go a long way towards boosting the value of your property.

Guest Contributor, Cindy Trillo