6 tips for planning a summer home renovation

A summer renovation is just the thing that a home needs after a long winter. People can fix things outside and inside their home as people enjoy the fresh, clean, summer air. If you are planning a renovation, they are probably looking for some tips on the best way to get things done. 

Here are 5 best tips for planning your summer home renovation. 

Start in the Early summer 

Upgrades and renovations that take place outside are ideal for summer renovations. People can soak in the sun and fresh air while crossing some things off of their to-do list. The earlier in the summer people start, the more motivated people will be to complete their list. 

It is also important to have a comprehensive list of things to do. The best thing to do is to check your home thoroughly to spot any unsatisfactory parts. Before making any additions or improvements, you can even fix the lasting problems you have been procrastinating on. For example, the leaking faucet, noisy fridge or shaking dryer. Simply give a local appliance repair company a call to fix any issue right away.  

Consider the Style 

Making changes to your home is exciting, but you also need to make sure that any new changes are consistent with your current style. Or if you want to completely change your home style, you need to make sure that everything matches it. For example, the color is the one of the most obvious factors you can think of. If you plan to get a custom drape for your living room, you want to make sure it matches your new flooring or ceiling tiles. So does other furniture in your living room.  

Order Materials and Labor in Advance 

Renovations take place across multiple stages and the earlier people start planning, the more prepared they will be. It takes time to pick out a contractor and get materials delivered. To make sure people have everything set up and ready to go by the time they want to start their project, people will want to book these things months in advance. The good part is that there are promotions or deals from all kinds of stores like flooring stores or window companies. You can take advantage of them before they go away.  

This is also important when it comes to permits. For example, if people want to build a fence, they might need a permit from the city. These take time to get approved, so file in advance. 

Research Contractors 

We’ve all heard stories of people hiring contractors that take their money and do an awful job, or completely flake. To avoid this, homeowners will want to spend plenty of time researching the person people are going to hire. Read reviews of other people who have hired them to get a feel of how they work.  

Consider Return on Investment 

When people are thinking about any kind of renovation, it is important to consider the return on investment. Even if selling their home is not on their list at the moment, people should consider how the renovation will increase the value of their home. 

Consider Budget 

Budget is extremely important to consider before people start their renovation. people will need to think about every task that will be completed so people can create an accurate budget for the project. Keep in mind that people might want to paint, replace doorknobs, or resurfacing their cabinets.  

Another point that people may ignore is that the budgeting is only related to the projects itself, and it is more related to the overall expenses of the family. You need to take into account any possible big expenses like family vacations or clear teeth aligners for kids, etc.  

Taking on projects by themselves will save people money, leaving people more room in their budget for the actual renovations. 

** This was a contributed post.

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eleventh anniversary

Yesterday we celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary.

As we are preparing to add another new life into our family, I can’t help but reflect on the early days of our relationship. Little did we know when we first started dating where our lives would lead us. In fact, we were planning on living very different lives. I was headed to Edinburgh, Scotland to undertake my Masters degree in Art History, and Geoffrey was finishing his last year of his BA at university.

We had planned on having a very new and very long distance relationship for the first year. However, I ended up not going, and that’s when we really began our lives together. We were quick to become engaged, buy our first place together (with the help of our parents), and then get married. Over the next 5 years, we travelled, worked hard, moved a few times, adopted a few animals, really got to know one another, and truly enjoyed just having one another.

These last 6 years have been all about our family. They’ve obviously been very different, but just as loving and enjoyable.

One never really knows how their life will turn out when they get married, and to me, that is just so fascinating. Hopefully it is for the better, and much comes from your marriage! But whether or not you choose to is completely up to you. I’m just thankful that I did, and we did together.

Happy anniversary, Geo. Pictures were taken by Oarsman Photography.

<3<3

Em

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baby number three!

I am so thrilled to finally be able to share … WE ARE HAVING A BABY!!!

WoooooooOOOOOOoooooo!!! This is my fourth pregnancy and (hopefully) third child. We are just beyond excited and blessed to be adding one more to our family.

Like my other pregnancies, I have been pretty ill for this one as well. However, the sickness is slowly subsiding, and I feel as if I can start doing all the little things again. 

Our baby is due in early December. Only 6 more months to go. 💛💛💛

Pictures were taken by Emma Victoria Photography.

Emory

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protect your home, in every way!

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Protecting your home is not just in the sense of security, there is a huge umbrella with many topics covered. For example, if you have a leaking roof, then it could be dangerous in the long run, or perhaps you are suffering with damp or even cracked walls. Maybe you have some type of leak in the home too, such as a slab leak – in this case you need to ensure a licensed professional look at the job. In addition to this, of course security will enhance the work inside your home too; for example it will keep your children safe and your belongings. Once you have taken care of the internal and structural issues, you can turn your attention to protection.

Security Cameras

Well-installed home security cameras allow you, the landlord, to see those coming in and out of your area at all times. Simple but effective, only the presence of security cameras will prevent a lot of criminals from trying to break into you. In fact, you should advertise the fact that you are using cameras with a “CCTV” sign. To upgrade the security you get from the cameras, the video can go directly to your smartphone so you can check your home from anywhere. If you are still worried about the time your property is vacant, consider hiring remote monitoring services. These security experts will monitor your property 24/7 and notify the landlord and police of any incidents, and will also warn the burglar verbally.

Lights and alarms

Naturally, entrances like windows and doors, are good places for lighting with a motion sensor. It will be harder and less appealing for a criminal to break in when the area is well lit and there are no dark places to hide. Alarms are also an important technique to get alerted about burglary to protect your home

Deterrence

One of the easiest ways to protect your home from burglary is to prevent criminals from trying in the first place. Dogs have been used for this for centuries and are still effective despite technological advances. Even if you do not have a dog, still put a sign up – this way the thieves will not know either way if it is true or not. Deterrence is the best form of protection, therefore practicality plays a large role.

The garden

The visibility of the garden and plants in your home can affect the way people, including burglars, navigate the exterior of your property. Consider pruning shrubs and trees near your home, as this can reduce the area where a burglar can stay without being seen. Also consider planting thorny plants near places with windows to prevent entrances from these areas. 

Doors and windows

The best way to assess your security is to look from a burglar’s point of view, and pay attention to potential vulnerabilities and entry points. Proper doors and windows are an important part of home security, just like proper locks. If there is a problem, fix it immediately; such as broken locks, rotting doors and windows and more. It’s important to stay safe!

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4 benefits of upgrading your commercial lock

Commercial locks are one of the most important things when it comes to security. Upgrading your commercial locks can give you peace of mind. A reliable local locksmith Markham can easily do the job for you.

This article lists the benefits of upgrading your commercial lock.

Ensured security 

Upgrading commercial locks provides better security. They are made to protect buildings and businesses and make it impossible to break in.

As a business owner, your job is not only to make sure your business is well-maintained, but also secure. Having a high-security lock system in place can ease the burden of worrying about security and lets you focus on the other aspects of your business.

Standard pin tumbler locks are a security risk. They are the easiest to manipulate. High-security commercial locks are much more difficult to pick because they use diagonal cuts or biaxial cuts on the pins. By upgrading your locks, you prevent lock-picking intruders from entering your business unauthorized.

Upgraded locks are durable 

Locks should be replaced after some time for the best security, so upgrading your locks gives you a more durable and long-lasting lock. Different locks are more durable than others, so you should choose one that won’t need to be replaced for a longer period of time. This can help save you money in the long run. 

Customizable locks 

Most commercial locks are customizable, meaning they are designed to be customized for various purposes. By upgrading your commercial locks, you can customize your lock based on your needs. 

Rekey options and key tracking 

A lot of commercial locks allow you to reset your locks anytime. If any key is lost or stolen, you can reset your locks by changing the system so that the stolen key will no longer be accepted while the other keys will still work. 

Electric doors with commercial locks allow you to track keys with tracking software. You can administer a key system that lets you keep track of where keys are. This will help you find lost keys and determine which keys can be used where if you have different locks at multiple entry points. The keys provided with commercial locks also can not be duplicated. The best part is that you don’t need any IT specialists to help you, and a reliable locksmith can easily set up the system for you. Then you can just use it efficiently.  

 Using a professional to upgrade your commercial locks is the smartest decision you can make when it comes to security. It is worth the money to invest in a reliable, quality lock system, especially when you think about what is at stake. Moreover, a smart lock might also increase the curb appeal of your business by matching the styles of the windows and doors.  

A quality lock system should last years, and having a professional locksmith install the system ensures you get the most out of the lock system.

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