Avoid These Carpet Buying Mistakes

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Homeowners don’t buy carpet very often. Sometimes a homeowner will only need to buy new carpet one time in their entire life.

The less someone does something, the greater chance a mistake is made and often times homeowners will do something wrong when buying carpet.

This post will help you avoid carpet buying mistakes and help ensure you purchase the right carpet for your home and that it lasts for 10 years or more.

#1. CARPET FIBERS

Be sure you know the differences between different carpet fibers. There are two types of carpet fibers, synthetic and natural. Synthetic fibers are polyester and nylon and a natural fiber is wool. There are benefits to both types of carpet fibers and you need to choose one that makes the most sense for your home and lifestyle.

A home with pets and children should probably choose a synthetic fiber that is stain-resistant and durable for heavy traffic whereas natural fibers are better for homes with less traffic.

Some carpets are easier to clean too. There are some types of carpet that will require scheduling carpet cleaning from a local professional service every six months or at least every year.

#2. CARPET PAD

Homeowners forget about the carpet pad because it is beneath the surface. “Out of sight, out of mind”, you might say. This is not a good idea. The carpet pad is a critical component to how long the carpet itself will maintain its quality and padding.

You can purchase carpet pads that are odor-resistant and repel liquid in order to prevent carpet browning and reoccurring stains too. But the pad is most important for withstanding traffic and preventing wear and flattening of the fibers above it.

You should invest in the best carpet pad available at the carpet store you visit. You will not regret it because you can save yourself a lot of money in the long run if the carpet lasts 10-15 years.

#3. DIY INSTALLATION

You are going to spend a decent amount of money on carpet and the carpet pad so do not skimp on installation either. You might think it is a DIY project you can complete on your own but we do not recommend it.

DIY carpet installation can lead to a lot of problems down the line. Poor installation can lead to bumps in the wall-to-wall carpet and if the carpet pad isn’t firmly in place it will but more wear on the fibers above.

We recommend hiring a carpet installer near you and trusting them to do the correct job to ensure you get the most out of your investment in the carpet you buy.

ADDITIONAL MISTAKES TO AVOID:

  • Be sure to measure the correct square footage you need for the room you are going to install carpet in. You do not want to purchase too much and you don’t want to purchase too little because retailers sell the carpet in large rolls, not small pieces.
  • Monitor the lighting in your home as the lighting will change how the color of carpet looks compared to how it looked in the store.

We hope these tips help you avoid carpet buying mistakes so you maximize the value of your purchase and enjoy your new flooring in your home!

Which Screw Should You Use?

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There aren’t many home repair projects that don’t require some type of screw for fastening or securing two items together. Screws are common in almost every single DIY home repair or professional project.

You probably don’t give too much thought to the types of screws when they’re included by the manufacturer if you are building something but what if you need to purchase the screws yourself for a DIY project? How do you know which screws you should use for a project?

Let’s explain each type of screw and what they’re best used for:

SCREW HEADS

A screw head is named after its shape. There are six screw head shapes commonly used for DIY home repair projects:

  • Flat
  • Pan
  • Round
  • Oval
  • Hex
  • Truss

Each type of screw head will require a different type of screwdriver to properly screw them into the project components.

WOOD SCREW

A wood screw is the most typicaly screw used in home repair and DIY projects. A wood screw features a coarse thread to grip wood fibers. You will use a wood screw in most outdoor garden or patio projects or when assembling something made of wood boards and planks.

DRYWALL SCREW

A drywall screw is often used to attach something to the drywall in your home. You will notice that drywall screws have a flared head to attach to drywall studs.

SHEET METAL SCREW

The thread on a sheet metal screw is very sharp. The sharp thread allows the screw to cut into metal.

BOLTS

Bolts are very common in home repair projects. Bolts require nuts for fasteners. You will screw or drill the bolt through the material and then fasten the nut on the alternate side to secure the bolt in place.

We recommend you purchase extra of the screws you need for a project as they’re small and can be lost in the middle of a home repair project. You should purchase one or two extra. If you don’t need them, store them for a future project that requires that type of screw.

Read here for information on what type of screwdrivers to use for projects.

What Color Wood Floor Should You Choose?

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You’ve decided not to install new carpet or purchase laminate floor and want to purchase and install real hardwood floor. Hardwood floor is very stylish and a wonderful investment for a home. But what color wood floor should you choose? This is an important question to answer before you install the floor.

Here are some factors to consider when deciding what color of wood floor to choose:

#1. COMPLEMENTARY

You should choose a wood color that complements your overall design aesthetic and other décor and features in your home. We recommend that you find a focal point of a room or your home or a structural element such as a fireplace or kitchen countertops and use that to base the wood color off of.

Don’t base the wood color off of a piece of furniture or piece of artwork or something you might replace in a few years since the hope with hardwood floor is for it to last 10 years or more or even the lifetime of your home.

You also should consider the size of the room. We recommend a light-tone wood color or stain for smaller rooms in your home. The light-tone creates a more open feel to the room and an airy ambiance you will prefer in smaller spaces whereas a dark-tone is preferred for more open rooms such as a dining room or a kitchen.

Lighting also comes into play. We recommend you choose a dark-tone wood for rooms with more natural lighting and light-tone wood for rooms without natural lighting.

#2. CLEANING

How much time do you have to clean and wash your hardwood floors? If you choose a dark-tone wood color, you will need to wipe and mop the floor much more often. Footprints and dust will show up much more prominent on a dark-tone wood floor than on a light-tone wood floor. If you don’t have time to wipe down the wood floor several times each week, we recommend a light-tone wood floor.

#3. MODERN OR CLASSIC

Do you want a more contemporary or classic look in your home? Different tones and finishes of wood appeal to more modern designs whereas some stains and finishes are more appropriate for traditional décor.

You will find that modern styles complement a dark-tone wood or a white stained or variated color tone of wood whereas the more traditional wood colors are a stained light brown with a consistent finish.

You can see there are several factors to consider before you choose a color for your wood floor. For questions, please contact us online with our convenient-to-use form.

6 Roof Repair Safety Tips

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You might think the idea of repairing your roof on your own is daunting or impossible. But it is not. You can hire a professional for your roofing needs if needed but DIY is an option to.

If you do choose to repair your roof for a home inspection or minor touchup without a professional, you must practice roof repair safety tips to ensure no serious injuries occur during the repair.

Please consider these safety tips before you start to repair your roof:

#1. Footwear

You need to wear footwear that has very good traction on it before you climb to the top of your roof. This means you should not wear tennis shoes or loafers on your roof. You need to wear boots or heavy shoes with thick and textured bottoms for the best possible traction on the roof.

#2. Wear A Helmet

You cannot be too safe when on a roof. We recommend wearing a helmet during your roof repair project. You can purchase a basic construction helmet at a local hardware store or online. The helmet could save your life in the event of a fall. Please be as safe as you can during roof repair.

#3. Safety Wear

You should wear more safety gear than just a helmet. We recommend you purchase and wear thick work gloves or mitts for safety and handling of materials. We also recommend earphones to protect your ears and we always recommend wearing safety goggles for intensive home repair projects like roof repair. You are better safe than sorry and you can use all of this gear for future projects around your home.

#4. Ladder Safety

Practice basic ladder safety when climbing onto and off of your roof. Place the ladder on a sound and secure surface at a safe angle to avoid the ladder from tipping backward. Do not climb to the very top rung of the ladder either. Place the ladder so that one or two rungs go over the top of the roof for better balance. If possible, ask someone on the ground to hold and secure the ladder from the bottom.

#5. Security Harness

You should wear a security harness and attach a rope to it. This harness could save your life in the event of a slip or fall. Create enough slack in the rope to catch you during a fall and hold you safely above the ground. A harness can be purchased at a hardware store or online.

#6. Tell a Friend

Be sure someone is aware you are on the roof. You should have someone checking in on you during the project to ensure you are still safe and secure on the roof. This same person could help you with the ladder or bringing other materials up to the roof for you.

You should also bring your cellphone with you onto the roof and leave it in your tool bag or in your pocket. Your cellphone could come in handy if your ladder falls and leaves you stranded on the roof.

We hope these roof repair safety tips are helpful for you. Please contact us with any questions on how to be safe on your roof. We will do anything we can to help prevent an injury.

Prepare for a Home Inspection

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The process of selling a home is stressful and one of the most stressful steps is the home inspection. You want your home to pass inspection so it sells for the price you want and to avoid any major repairs or costly upgrades.

You can ease some of the stress of a home inspection if you prepare for it first. Here are some steps to prepare for a home inspection:

DON”T NEGLECT THE OUTDOORS

We recommend you complete all routine home maintenance before a home inspection. You should clean out the gutters and downspout before the inspector arrives and ensure that all of the downspouts are pointed far away from the foundation of your home.

You should pour a gallon of water into the gutter and ensure the water funnels correct and out and away from your home. If it does not, you need to correct this before the home inspection.

You should also repair shingles and defects in your roof. The roof will be one of the main focal points of the inspection.

Inspect the perimeter of the home and caulk and repair holes and damage to the walls. We also recommend you repair torn window screens and frames before the day of the inspection.

PREPARE THE INDOORS

Be sure the inspector will have easy access to the attic, circuit panel, furnace and other key areas of the interior of the home. If the inspector is unable to provide a full report the buyers could become wary of the purchase.

You should replace any burnt out lightbulbs and use LED if possible for better lighting.

Install a new furnace filter before the inspection so the furnace it operating at its peak condition during the inspection.

Run water in the sinks and bathtub to ensure water is draining properly. Unclog any drains before the inspector arrives.

Run tests on the smoke detectors and CO2 detectors in the home. You could be safe and replace the old ones with new ones to be 100% safe.

The less notes or concerns the inspector has after the home inspection, the better chance the buyers are encouraged to move forward with purchasing the home at the agreed upon price.

Some small investments and repairs in the home before the inspection could save you thousands in the sale price before all is said and done.

Learn more home repair tips from Sodurba Home Repair.

Home Repairs You Should Hire a Professional to Handle

“How complicated or complex can it be?” is a question homeowners who love doing everything by themselves will ask when faced with any home repair. What could the answer to this question? Probably you need to ask those who have attempted their own home repairs and see how they learned their lesson. You don’t have to learn the hard way. It’s possible to get it right and avoid some costly mistakes.

The fact that you found a guide highlighting the different steps to take when fixing a specific problem doesn’t mean you can do it right. Hiring professional services will not only provide you high-quality services but also protect you from costly repairs down the road. Here are five home repairs you should never attempt doing yourself.

Electrical repairs

You don’t need someone to explain to you the risks involved in electrical work, do you? Any home repair project that involves electricity can be dangerous and requires extreme caution. Many homeowners across the country tend to ignore this fact and go on to fix electrical problems themselves. There are simple tasks that you can attempt, but anything that seems more complicated should be left to a licensed electrician. Electrical work should be handled by licensed professionals who understand the respective requirements, building codes, and safety measures.

Plumbing Repairs

If you’ve experienced water damage in your home, you know the kind of damage and destruction associated with it. A small leak can end up causing serious damage to your property. Of course, minor repairs such as installing a new faucet, unclogging a drain, or replacing a shower head are things you can do. However, when it comes to extensive and complex plumbing problems, find a plumbing professional to get it done. Improper plumbing repairs or faulty plumbing appliances might not put your family’s life at risk but will result in costly repairs over time. You’ll end up spending thousands of dollars in home repairs.

Structural Work

If your home has structural problems, find a contractor to help fix the issue. Structural repairs include basement repairs, roofing repairs, and anything else that is likely to undermine and compromise your home’s structural integrity. From removing walls to basement repairs, find a professional who understands the requirements and building standards in your area. Safety is crucial when dealing with structural repairs.

HVAC system Installation and repairs

First of all, you don’t want to void the system’s warranty by performing the repairs yourself. The warranty of your HVAC system only applies when professional works on it. Remember HVAC systems are complex pieces of equipment and play a crucial role in making your home comfortable. Any mistake made when repairing your HVAC system could make your home inhabitable. Ensure the safety and comfort of your home by hiring a professional to fix all problems on your HVAC system.

Major Home renovations

Any major renovations on your home should be handled by professionals. Homeowners are always planning for extensive home improvement projects which involve electrical, plumbing, and a lot of structural work. If you’re undertaking any major project in your home, be sure to find the right contractor for the job. Doing it yourself will not only result in more damage but also put your family in danger and cost you more.