Joy's Flair http://www.joysflair.com Lifestyle, Fashion, Shopping, Beauty, Home Improvement, Business and more Tue, 30 Jun 2015 01:10:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 How to Make Your DIY Projects Run Smootherhttp://www.joysflair.com/2015/06/how-to-make-your-diy-projects-run-smoother/ http://www.joysflair.com/2015/06/how-to-make-your-diy-projects-run-smoother/#respond Tue, 30 Jun 2015 01:10:59 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=4145 If you’re hoping to take on any home renovations and refurbishments this summer, you’ll need to have a checklist. It’s important to plan and prepare for anything you might want to do. This helps the process run smoother and means you have minimal setbacks. Here is a great list of the best ways to help […]

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If you’re hoping to take on any home renovations and refurbishments this summer, you’ll need to have a checklist. It’s important to plan and prepare for anything you might want to do. This helps the process run smoother and means you have minimal setbacks. Here is a great list of the best ways to help make your DIY projects thrive without problems.

Start off Small

The first thing to think about is starting off small. This is vital for building experience and confidence. You might be fairly new to the process of home renovations, so you need to get some practice in. The best way to accomplish this is to make sure you start off small with the work you do. For instance, something like painting the house would be an ideal job. It’s something that will produce great results, but you don’t need to be an expert to be able to do it. It’s an excellent starting point, and once you build some confidence you can progress to more complex tasks.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

Something else that will help make your projects run more smoothly is getting help when you need it. You’ve got to understand that it won’t be possible for you to do everything yourself. Eventually, you’re going to need assistance of some kind. So you need to make sure you bring in support when necessary. Sometimes this might just be enlisting the help of a friend or family member. However, often you’ll need to bring in experts to help with certain tasks. You should never try to do these yourself because you may end up causing damages and extra cost.

Make Sure You Have Everything You Need

The key to a smooth operation is making sure you have everything you need. This means making a list of all the projects you want to take on, and all the tools and equipment you’ll need. Dig out your tools and check their condition. Get hold of a Makita BL1840 li-ion battery to charge up your drills. Make sure everything is in working order. Once you’ve done this, you’ll have a better idea of the sorts of tools you’re going to need to get.

Have Money Saved

Of course, any remodeling is going to hit you in the bank account hard. So you need to make sure you have plenty of money saved up beforehand. You’ve got to remember to budget for any of the changes and renovations you want to do. Everything is going to cost; it’s a case of knowing what the costs will be. Once you know, you can take steps to set yourself a budget. Have a look at the money you have coming in and going out each month. Then think about what you can afford to save.

You’ve got to remember that undertaking work on the home is never a simple task. There are always going to be setbacks and problems. The best thing you can do is to be meticulous and plan everything to the last detail. By using the ideas on this post, you’ll have plenty of great ways to make your projects run smoother.

 

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Top 5 Exquisite Honeymoon Destinations in the Philippineshttp://www.joysflair.com/2015/06/top-5-exquisite-honeymoon-destinations-in-the-philippines/ http://www.joysflair.com/2015/06/top-5-exquisite-honeymoon-destinations-in-the-philippines/#respond Wed, 24 Jun 2015 04:00:51 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=4143 The Philippines has slowly made its mark in the international tourism industry. Here you can find paradise-like islands, luxury resorts, warm and hospitable people and a truly diverse culture and cuisine. It is no wonder, the Philippines has become one of the most popular destinations in Asia. Foreigners and locals alike, have booked weddings and […]

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The Philippines has slowly made its mark in the international tourism industry. Here you can find paradise-like islands, luxury resorts, warm and hospitable people and a truly diverse culture and cuisine. It is no wonder, the Philippines has become one of the most popular destinations in Asia. Foreigners and locals alike, have booked weddings and honeymoons in some exquisite destinations in the country. Here is a shortlist of the most romantic places to spend your honeymoon in the Philippines.

El Nido, Palawan

El Nido, Palawan never gets old on the list of destinations or bucket list for local and foreign travelers. Its paradise-like beauty is tucked away remotely from the city, yet easily accessible so you can have all the rest and relaxation with your loved one. What makes El Nido the ideal destination for honeymooners is the sheer beauty of nature that surrounds you, delicious food options, accommodation for all types of budget and activities that couple will thoroughly enjoy. You can find great deals for hotels and honeymoon packages in El Nido from credit cards such as metrobank credit card.

Legazpi City, Albay

A booming city for tourism, Legazpi City has more than just romantic places to offer for eager honeymooners. The scenic Mt Mayon, the majestic beauty that rivals Mt. Fuji can be seen from any vantage point around the city. Allow yourself to be mesmerized by the tragic and powerful love story of Daragang Magayon. Visit Cagsawa Ruins, Mayon Sky Park and Planetarium, Daraga Church, Embarcadero or take on a gastronomic feast of sweet, creamy and chilly cuisine that includes Sili Ice Cream, Laing Bicol Express and Pili Candies.

Baguio City, Benguet

A favorite among newlyweds, Baguio City boost of cool and crisp climate perfect for cuddling. Suggested hotel accommodations include The Manor, Camp John Hay Country Club, Ridgewood Residences and others. This city is popular for its unique and versatile cuisine, vintage and thrift shops and it is also the jump off point for adventure seeking couples. From Baguio City you can easily proceed to climb Mt. Pulag in Kabayan, Benguet, head out to Banaue or to Sagada to explore more of culture and heritage of the Cordilleras.

Boracay Island, Aklan

Boracay island is considered to have one of the best beaches in the world making it a popular destination not only for newlyweds but for all types of travelers as well. Couples can soak up the sun in the islands’ powdery white sand and enjoy the crystal clear waters. There are plenty of luxury hotels and quaint restaurants that cater to honeymooners so you have a lot of options. You can spend intimate moments and at the same time try out thrilling water sports during your honeymoon in Boracay Island.

Cebu City, Cebu

Cebu City is a thriving metropolis with less traffic and pollution compared to Metro Manila. This bustling city has so much to offer for newlyweds wishing to spend their honeymoon in the island province. The city itself is located near wonderful beach resorts so you can follow up your credit card application philippines while you spend a couple of days in the city’s choicest resorts. Luxury resorts such as Movenpick, Radisson Blu, Sumilon Bluewater are attractive destinations for honeymooners.

 

 

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Top Tips For Looking Fabulous At The Next Event You Attendhttp://www.joysflair.com/2015/06/top-tips-for-looking-fabulous-at-the-next-event-you-attend/ http://www.joysflair.com/2015/06/top-tips-for-looking-fabulous-at-the-next-event-you-attend/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:40:27 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=4138 Maybe you are a bridesmaid or are going to a big party, perhaps you have been invited to a ball or other event. Whatever event or celebration you have been invited to, if you are attending, you are going to want to look your best. A beautiful dress, stunning makeup and a stylish pair of […]

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Maybe you are a bridesmaid or are going to a big party, perhaps you have been invited to a ball or other event. Whatever event or celebration you have been invited to, if you are attending, you are going to want to look your best.

A beautiful dress, stunning makeup and a stylish pair of shoes are all you need to look fabulous. However, that doesn’t mean you should forget the little details. With so many things to think about, getting ready for a big event or special occasion can be a little overwhelming.

 

To ensure that you look and feel your best at your next  special occasion, we have put together some useful tips below:

Start preparing beforehand

Don’t leave it until a couple of hours before you have to head off to your party or event, prepare ahead of time. The more time you have to prepare, the better.

As soon as you receive the invite, think about how you can prepare for it. The first thing to think about is how soon the event is, and what you will have time to do between now and then. For instance, if you have a few months and have a few extra pounds to shed, you have the time to do so. But if the event is in a couple of weeks, then time for weight loss is a little limited.

Regardless of how much time you have, there is no need to worry, you can still look gorgeous. Whether you have a few hours, a few days or a few months, there is time to glam yourself up.

Plan your outfit

The first thing you should do is plan your outfit. Once you have done this, you can then start thinking about all the other details, like what jewelry you will wear to compliment it. Planning on wearing an off the shoulder dress? You’ll want an eye-catching necklace to wear, and perhaps a flowing hairstyle.

Choose your accessories

Don’t leave choosing your accessories until the last minute. Once you’ve chosen your outfit, plan the accessories that you want to go with it. From your choice of jewelry to the shoes you choose, there is a lot to think about when it comes to accessories.

A top tip for choosing your jewelry is to pick a style of jewelry that not only works with your outfit, but also the event you are attending. For example, if you are attending a formal event, opt for fine jewelry from somewhere like DeSumma & Wexler.

Get your hairdo sorted

Unless you are a hair styling pro, it’s probably best to hire a professional stylist to sort out your hairdo for you. Don’t make the mistake of booking a hair stylist for the day and not having a practice beforehand, practicing is a must.

Take along any accessories that you want in your hair for the big event and explain to your stylist the look you are after. It’s important to have a practice as it might take the stylist a while to get the look just right.

To look drop dead gorgeous at the next celebration or event you attend, follow these simple tips and you’ll fabulous.

 

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Four Romantic Things To Do Before Your Wedding Dayhttp://www.joysflair.com/2015/06/four-romantic-things-to-do-before-your-wedding-day/ http://www.joysflair.com/2015/06/four-romantic-things-to-do-before-your-wedding-day/#respond Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:02:45 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=4135 We all look forward to our wedding days. It is a beautiful, romantic declaration of love. But, it can seem so far away. Even if you are engaged or you have already booked the date. Then your whole life suddenly starts to revolve around planning it. You lose the fun. The sense of wonder and […]

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We all look forward to our wedding days. It is a beautiful, romantic declaration of love. But, it can seem so far away. Even if you are engaged or you have already booked the date. Then your whole life suddenly starts to revolve around planning it. You lose the fun. The sense of wonder and new love that was there at the start of your relationship. To stop this from happening we have come up with some ideas to keep the romance alive. You may enjoy some of these just as much as the final walk down the aisle.

Have A Date Night With Your Fiancé

Work keeping you busy? When you get home, you immediately open up the planner or just crash on the sofa. You should put a little more effort in. Spend some time with the man or woman you are marrying. Watching tv or doing the usual is not enough. Every so often, plan a proper romantic night out together. Go to your favourite restaurant and spoil yourselves. We know you will be starting to save up to pay for the big day but you can have little treats. You may also be starting to diet, but we are not talking about going every night. Just occasionally, go and have some fun with one another.

Visit A Place Significant To Your Relationship

Where did it all begin. One or both of you may write it in your vows. It would be wonderful to retrace the day. Did you first meet on a bridge or kiss by a river? Go back there before you get married and do it all over again. Reminisce about the little details. Were you nervous? Was he shy? This is a wonderful idea for one of those date nights we mentioned.

Write Each other Letters For Your Wedding Day

Even if you are keeping the traditional vows, you can still say something unique to one another on your wedding day. Sit down separately and write your true love. It can say anything you like. Talk about your hopes and dreams for the future or the day you met. Write what you love about them and when you knew you wanted to marry. You do not have to read them out. This can just be something between you and your partner. We promise, whatever they say, you will cherish those pages forever.

Make A Playlist Of Romantic Songs

Getting all the details sorted out can be hard work. Companies like Paper Themes can help you with the invitations and table plans. But what about music? It does not even have to be for the wedding. Cuddle up on the couch and make a playlist of romantic songs that mean something to you. You can add them to your phone and play them on the days leading up to your wedding. Or, you can use it to choose the melody for your first dance.

Your wedding is going to be truly amazing. But the days before it do not have be stressful. They can be fun and romantic. We hope we have shown you how to enjoy the build up as well as the actual event.

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Here Are Five Tips to Make Your Home the Best in the Neighborhoodhttp://www.joysflair.com/2015/06/here-are-five-tips-to-make-your-home-the-best-in-the-neighborhood/ http://www.joysflair.com/2015/06/here-are-five-tips-to-make-your-home-the-best-in-the-neighborhood/#respond Tue, 16 Jun 2015 03:53:47 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=4132 It’s important that you make your home stand out and look good to everybody. A bit of friendly rivalry in the neighborhood never hurt anyone. Try to make your property the standout property on your street. Make it the place that everybody wants to be. But, how do you do this you may ask? Well, […]

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It’s important that you make your home stand out and look good to everybody. A bit of friendly rivalry in the neighborhood never hurt anyone. Try to make your property the standout property on your street. Make it the place that everybody wants to be. But, how do you do this you may ask? Well, there are plenty of ways, but here are five to get you started.

  1. Get a Pool

If you want to turn heads and get the neighbors talking you need to get a pool put in. This is fantastic because it makes your property come across as classy and elegant. And it turns your backyard into the social hub of the street. You can host pool parties, barbecues, and have somewhere to enjoy chilling out. This should be one of your first steps, assuming you have the room and the money to do so.

  1. Upkeep is Key

When trying to have or maintain a great home, the key is constant upkeep and maintenance. This means setting aside a day each month or week and making sure the home is tended to. There are a lot of different things you’ll be able to do to help with the upkeep. Things like window cleaning, mowing the lawn and painting the house are the fundamentals. But then there’s other stuff to look out for, like the condition of the roof, etc.

  1. Remodel the Kitchen

Everybody knows that the most important room of any home is the kitchen. And because it’s so important it can be the crown jewel of the home or a great eyesore. Every impression of your home can and will be influenced by how your kitchen looks and operates. So, perhaps this is a good time for a kitchen remodel. Think about stripping out what’s there and going for a light and spacious open plan design.

  1. Put in Hardwood Flooring

A lot of people get the flooring all wrong in their homes. Many of them go for carpet or linoleum. And the problem with these is that they’re high-maintenance and prone to damage and staining. They can be a nightmare to try to deal with. So to make the floors much better you should think about changing them for wooden floors. These look great, sound fantastic, and they’re super low-maintenance.

  1. Go Green

There are so many amazing reasons to go green nowadays. For starters, you’re looking after the environment, and this is important for future generations. But also, being more eco-friendly saves you money, and it can add value to your home. Think about how much you’re going to benefit your home by installing solar panels. They’re also going to look great too, so your home is going to stand out from the crowd.

 

These are just five of the many tips you could utilise to make your home stand out. You want to be the envy of the neighborhood, and now you can be by using these ideas. It’s important that your home be attractive and presentable. And it’s just as vital for you to be proud of it as it is for other people to be envious of it.

 

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Give Your Garden A New Lease Of Life With These 4 Simple Upgradeshttp://www.joysflair.com/2015/06/give-your-garden-a-new-lease-of-life-with-these-4-simple-upgrades/ http://www.joysflair.com/2015/06/give-your-garden-a-new-lease-of-life-with-these-4-simple-upgrades/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:21:20 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=4129 Want to make your garden a more interesting and fun place? Now is the perfect time to do it, so we thought we would give you a few pointers on the upgrades that can make a difference to any home. It doesn’t matter how big or small your garden is. With a little planning, these […]

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Want to make your garden a more interesting and fun place? Now is the perfect time to do it, so we thought we would give you a few pointers on the upgrades that can make a difference to any home. It doesn’t matter how big or small your garden is. With a little planning, these features can all be pulled off with aplomb, and encourage you and your family to spend more time outside.

Butterfly Garden

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Patio area

Patios are perfect for garden parties. They give you an outside space to use when the grass is wet and acts as a great visual bridge between your home and the garden. If you have the time and expertise, it can be an excellent DIY project to complete. But if you are after something more intricate, it might be worth getting in touch with some paver installers who can add a more professional – and luxurious – touch. It’s worth spending a little extra to get a higher quality of stone. The better slabs you use, the longer they will last, and they will need a lot less maintenance to keep them looking great.

Lighting

Thanks to solar power technology, it costs very little to install a little lighting in your garden. You can pick up solar lights for a few dollars a piece in many home and garden stores, and they cost nothing to run. They will soak up energy all day long and then turn on when it gets dark. That little bit of light can help you extend your late nights in the garden, and provide guests with a safe route to and from different areas during summer parties.

Water feature

Ever wanted a great-looking water feature in your garden? They give you an impressive centerpiece and can also attract different types of wildlife to your home. And, there is nothing more relaxing than sitting back on a warm summer’s night with a glass of wine and the soft gurgling sound of water trickling through rocks. There’s a great guide to creating your own water feature over at The Family Handyman, or you could go for something a lot more eye catching.

Treehouse

If you have large trees in your garden area, then a tree house is well worth investigating. It can provide your kids with a brilliant place to get up close with nature, and even give you and your partner somewhere to have a nice and romantic evening under the stars. Take a look at Tree Top Builders Inc for some inspiration. If you have the skills, we would always recommend building your own. However, for safety reasons it might be worth hiring a professional company to do the job for you.

Giving your garden a boost doesn’t have to cost a fortune. And, if you have any DIY skills in your locker, these are great little projects that you can do yourself. Do you have any tips to share? If so, we would love to hear from you, so don’t forget to leave your advice in the comments section below.

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5 Home Improvements That Give A Return On Investmenthttp://www.joysflair.com/2015/06/5-home-improvements-that-give-a-return-on-investment/ http://www.joysflair.com/2015/06/5-home-improvements-that-give-a-return-on-investment/#respond Fri, 12 Jun 2015 11:48:40 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=4123 Some home improvements are worth more than others, especially when it comes to selling your home and moving on. If you have the slightest inkling that you will sell up one day, it’s important to bear this in mind. Concentrate on the areas that will help you sell your property first, and you will cover […]

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Some home improvements are worth more than others, especially when it comes to selling your home and moving on. If you have the slightest inkling that you will sell up one day, it’s important to bear this in mind. Concentrate on the areas that will help you sell your property first, and you will cover all of your bases. And, with any luck, you could also end up covering your minor alterations, too. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the essential home improvements you should be looking at if you want to get a return on your investment.

Garage

If you don’t have a garage, build one. It adds value because a garage can have many uses. Not only does it give people extra security when it comes to their vehicles, but they can also imagine using it as an office, a home gym, or even turning it into a spare room for guests. For an added bonus, make it look pretty. How about a wooden garage door by Houston? They are a much more pleasant sight than hulking great metal sheets. And they will help you pull in more people off the streets when you sell up.

Bathroom

When people are viewing a potential property, they will pay more if there is less work to do. And one of their target areas will be the bathroom. Nobody wants to imagine themselves in a dirty, grungy bathroom, so it is imperative to keep it clean, fresh and up-to-date. If you don’t, it will set off alarm bells with the viewer, and they are more likely to have a closer look at the rest of the house.

Kitchen

The kitchen is the central hub of the home for many families, and will often be the room that they spend the most time in. Because of its importance, potential buyers will look closely for any work that needs doing to it. Styles frequently change in the world of kitchens, and they also get very dirty, very easily. So, you should give yourself an upgrade every five years or so. If you find yourself selling during this period, then you should speak to your realtor to find out if you should upgrade again.

Conservatory

Conservatories are worth investing in, but you need to make sure your garden is big enough before you go ahead. They also may require special building regulations, so be sure to go through the legalities first. That said, a conservatory investment can double your money when it comes to selling, so if you have the space, we recommend doing it.

Attic Conversion

The good old attic conversion can bring an extraordinary return on investment – if it is big enough. Although a lot of people could do with the space that they offer for storage, if you could get an extra two bedrooms and a bathroom up there, you will get an enormous profit.

Conclusion

There might be other areas in your home that you would love to upgrade. But, you have to think about the future. These tips alone might cost around $10K to build, but they could bring you back anything up to $30K on the value of your home. And that could be the difference between moving to your dream home or not.

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Five Great Tips To Renovate Your Garden For The Summerhttp://www.joysflair.com/2015/06/five-great-tips-to-renovate-your-garden-for-the-summer/ http://www.joysflair.com/2015/06/five-great-tips-to-renovate-your-garden-for-the-summer/#respond Fri, 12 Jun 2015 03:28:28 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=4120 Far too, many gardens are left to their own devices and suffer as a result. They become overgrown and represent a jungle more than a garden. Does this sound like yours? Well, all is not lost. With the summer approaching, you might be feeling a bit guilty about the state of your garden. Not only […]

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Far too, many gardens are left to their own devices and suffer as a result. They become overgrown and represent a jungle more than a garden. Does this sound like yours? Well, all is not lost. With the summer approaching, you might be feeling a bit guilty about the state of your garden. Not only do you want to spend your time in the sun, you might have to have people around for barbeques and socialising events. What will they think? If you don’t want your garden to be the talk of the town, here’s how to renovate it for the summer.

Get Pruning

Before your garden can look like professionals off the television, have used a team of crack experts to fix it, you have to start with the basics. If your garden is a little bit overgrown and bushy, start pruning the excess. Tear out any weeds, plants or shrubs that don’t need to be there, and don’t be picky because it makes your life harder. If it isn’t in your plans, rip it out and start afresh.

Move The Plants

Gardens are no different than the inside of a house; a little rearranging, and it changes the whole style. If you are looking to add some perspective to your garden, move the plants around and try out different styles and variations until you get the one that you want. It might be something out of a magazine, or it might be a style that you have created on your own. Whatever it is, it will totally renovate the look of your garden.

Be Practical

When you start to add specific elements to your garden you need to think practically. You want your garden to look as good as possible, but it is arbitrary to put in all that work for it to come undone after a few weeks. Try and mix and match practicality with aesthetics. For example, if you have a lovely rose garden, try a grass paving or stone paving option for the path. Well, what’s the point of a rose garden if you can’t walk up and smell the roses? For more information on grass-paving check out http://www.truegridpaver.com/grass-paving.php

Build A Shed

Gardens tend to be the place where you store unwanted items. If you are doing up your garden, however, you cannot afford to store bits and bobs in the garden anymore. But, if you build a shed this is a great place for extra storage. In fact, it is the main purpose of a shed. So, the tool boxes and children’s toys that set up camp in your garden can now be thrown into the shed. Seriously, you wouldn’t believe how much space a garden shed provides and how much better your garden looks as a result.

Hire A Pro

No one wants to hear it, but hiring a professional is always a good option if you can afford it. The reason so many gardens spiral out of control in the first place is the fact that people don’t have the time to maintain them.

 

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Home Updates: Six Signs It’s Time For A Kitchen Remodelhttp://www.joysflair.com/2015/06/home-updates-six-signs-its-time-for-a-kitchen-remodel/ http://www.joysflair.com/2015/06/home-updates-six-signs-its-time-for-a-kitchen-remodel/#respond Tue, 09 Jun 2015 04:32:41 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=4117 Your kitchen is worth big bucks when you put your house on the market. It’s also just a place where you should feel comfortable. If you aren’t feeling the magic, however, or if you suspect that your kitchen is too old or outdated to be worth much, here are six ways to know for sure […]

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Your kitchen is worth big bucks when you put your house on the market. It’s also just a place where you should feel comfortable. If you aren’t feeling the magic, however, or if you suspect that your kitchen is too old or outdated to be worth much, here are six ways to know for sure that it’s time to remodel.

Persistent Leaks

If you notice water coming from your sink, dishwasher or refrigerator, it’s probably time to renovate. While some leaks can be fixed with simple replacement parts, the fact that things are starting to wear down means that it’s only a matter of time before they break permanently. Be sure to get the help of professional plumbers for major problems or new installations, say the experts at Midwestern Plumbing Service.

Outdated Features and Floors

That vinyl has to go. Not only is it an eyesore from a decade long gone, but it also decreases the property value of your home by virtue of being old and out of style. Call in the experts to help you install something fresh and modern like granite or chrome.

Noisy Appliances

It isn’t just an annoying sound. Humming, whirring or beeping appliances are signs that they’re at the end of their lifespan, which probably means you’ve had them for too long anyway. Look into modern appliances with energy-saving properties. You’ll decrease your monthly utility bill and do your part for the environment.

No Space for Innovation

Older homes often lack floor and counter space because they were originally built for a single chef. Now that it’s a newer, more modern time filled with big families and couples’ cooking nights, the time is ripe for a remodel that gives you more room. Consider expanding your counters or knocking out the wall of your adjoining dining room.

Lack of Light

Sunlight is good for the soul. It’s also good for your property value. Kitchens with skylights, screen doors and other open-air features are usually worth thousands more than a windowless room without a view. If you’d like to create value as well as soak up summertime rays, bring the sun into your kitchen.

An Avalanche of Little Problems

There’s mold under the sink. Your cabinet doors won’t swing shut anymore. The built-in microwave has dinged its last ding. Small problems can really add up, especially where your finances are concerned. It’s often more prudent to embark on a complete remodel than fix a dozen tiny imperfections.

 

These are just a few warning signs that it’s time to renovate your kitchen. If you’re anything like most homeowners, you spend quite a bit of time there, so it’s worth the effort of making it a comfortable and contemporary space.

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Home Remodeling Projects – the Ultimate Checklisthttp://www.joysflair.com/2015/06/home-remodeling-projects-the-ultimate-checklist/ http://www.joysflair.com/2015/06/home-remodeling-projects-the-ultimate-checklist/#respond Sun, 07 Jun 2015 05:50:31 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=4115 A home remodeling project can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, you are doing something for your home, making it better, more beautiful, one step closer to your picture of an ideal home. On the other hand, these projects often end up being a lot of work, requiring quite an investment and leaving you […]

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A home remodeling project can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, you are doing something for your home, making it better, more beautiful, one step closer to your picture of an ideal home. On the other hand, these projects often end up being a lot of work, requiring quite an investment and leaving you exhausted after they are done.

The good news is that remodeling projects do not have to be that stressful and that time and money-consuming. What you need is a checklist that will help you prepare for your remodeling project and that will ensure you have worked out the best way to approach your project.

Set aside enough money

One of the most common problems that people have with their remodeling projects is when they realize that they hadn’t budgeted properly and they end up with another expense on their hands which they are not able to cover at that time. This means that the remodel needs to stop or that it needs to be abandoned altogether. This is the worst thing that can happen to you and this is why you need to ensure that you do everything right when doing your budget.

The best way to approach this is to put everything on paper, absolutely everything. Including the cost of the ink that you will spend making the budget. We are exaggerating a bit, but you get our drift. Furthermore, whenever you have two or more prices available, put the higher one in the budget. In essence, you need to be as pessimistic as possible when budgeting. And then, when everything is put on paper, you take the final sum and you add 10% to it, at the least. This is the money that will serve as a safety net if something wrong happens.

Set aside enough time

Your time is just as valuable as your money and it also plays a very important role in every remodeling project. When setting aside enough time for your remodel, it is of utmost importance that you factor in the possibility of unforeseen problems that always occur when doing a remodel.

Another reason why you need to be precise and smart about time-allocation is the fact that you will most likely not be able to use certain parts of your home while they are being remodeled and you need to know how long this will last, simply to stay sane.

Prepare tools and material

Every remodel will require the right collection of tools and material and depending on the scope of your project, you will need more or less of it. While a simple project like putting a new coat of paint will require little more than some brushes, paint and strips; more comprehensive projects like building an annex or expanding a room might require something as big as a jackhammer or a practical walk behind forklift.

When preparing your material and your tools, you need to know where you can save money and go for cheaper alternatives and where you cannot. For instance, purchasing cheap knock-off power tools is never a good idea while you can save on something as trivial as painting strips, for example.

Get ready for problems

Another huge part of your preparation process needs to be getting in the right mindset for it. Namely, all remodeling projects encounter problems sooner or later. Sometimes they are trivial, sometimes they are serious. Regardless of their severity, they will happen. And when this goes down, you need to stay calm and approach the problem rationally and without investing yourself emotionally. It is best to prepare in advance so that it does not hit you like a ton of bricks when it happens.

 

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