Thursday, February 23, 2017

Easy DIY Updates Add Value to Your Home

Each person pursues his or her unique financial aspirations, but many money managers share the desire to own a home.  When nest-building includes property ownership, it makes sense to protect and preserve your quarters - which probably doubles as your most important investment.
Under ideal market conditions, your home can appreciate over time, gaining value, year after year.  But although these passive gains represent genuine returns, you can also take an active role, promoting personal financial gains and stretching the security of your real estate investment.

Value-Added Projects are Within Reach

The size and scope of home renovation projects  varies, falling across a wide range of upgrades.  In some cases, necessity steps-in, prompting repairs and replacements you cannot live without.  Under other circumstances, discretion guides your hand as a do it yourself home improvement specialists, capable of transforming your property, without making substantial monetary investments.  Whatever your budget and skill level, consider the following cost-effective home improvements - building your confidence as a DIY home owner.

Tile work - Setting tile is an intimidating prospect, but even if you've never done it before, a small-scale tile upgrade may be within your grasp.  Tile work calls for a cutting saw and skills putting tiles in place.  An aesthetic upgrade, such as a tile backsplash for your kitchen counter or a decorative accent project, on the other hand, may not rely on specialized skills and tools.  In either case, home improvement stores regularly conduct instructional demonstrations, highlighting the basics of property projects like tiling.  Before investing in costly equipment, renting a tile saw gives you hands-on training, as you add value to your home.

Painting updates - Over time, the paint on interior walls and ceilings loses its vibrancy or falls out of favor, calling for updates.  Perhaps more than any other DIY investment, painting proves cost-effective and accessible, within reach for even the most inexperienced, but well-intentioned home owners.  To feel immediate improvements in your living environment and add value to your property, roll up your sleeves and put down a few coats of paint.

Design magazine and paint store consultants can help shed light on creative color combinations, capable of bringing your house up to date.  As a rule, investing in high quality, reusable brushes, rollers and ladders proves a worthwhile one-time investment, setting-up your personal painting crew for future money-saving home improvement projects.  Exterior painting is seasonal so sometimes harder to tackle alongside other personal responsibilities.  But if heights and scheduling do not interfere with your self-inspired painting ambitions, it may be possible to add to your home's value, even as you save thousands eliminating the cost of a professional painting contractor.
Flooring upgrades - Whether or not you decide to learn tile techniques, flooring updates furnish additional opportunities to increase your home's value and functionality, without hiring an outside contractor.

An increasing appetite for DIY solutions has led to innovations in various trade-related functions.  Flooring availability and installation options have expanded in recent years, making it possible for home owners to install wood-look vinyl, manufactured planks, snap-and-click wood systems, and a host of professional quality alternatives, at a fraction of the cost of hiring-out the jobs.

Kitchen modernization - It isn't always possible to make major changes to your home's layout or functional flow, so updating fixtures and features keeps spaces feeling fresh, without major financial commitments.  If you are preparing to sell or simply struggling with an outdated kitchen, updating appliances, counter tops, lighting, and aesthetic aspects of the space may be enough to transform the feel and function of the room, without a costly remake.

Home owners quickly learn the prospect of real estate ownership is not a passive pursuit.  On the contrary, property requires regular improvements, which aren't always within your control.  For the highest returns on your home investment, contribute the labor and target accessible upgrades you can carry-off without a substantial monetary commitment.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

I keep losing my ID

Traveling with your kids can be fun but it can also be stressful. You have to bring so mic he stuff with you. When Noah was a baby, I became an expert packer. I had to fit everything in the allotted suitcases. I didn't want to bring too many suitcases because two suitcases and a stroller is hard to manage at the same time. I remember once I kicked one of the suitcases. Usually if you do curbside the handlers will help you if you have too many things. I am so happy that now Noah can carry things and pull his own suitcase. 

It's important to have good packing skills when you travel. My personal problem is looking for id. I always find it and then lose it in my purse because my hands are full. I almost always travel in my pajama pants. I never seem to have pockets. When we came back from Florida last time, I thought  it was in my purse. I looked all over. I thought I lost it at the store when I bought cold medicine. I almost called Walmart and asked them if someone turned it in. I had an idea. I looked in my laptop bag and there it was. I was so relieved.

 I have a horrible habit of not using my wallet. My wallet is older than Noah. I really need a new one. I love Strawberry Shortcake but I need a grow up wallet. I really like the JimmyCASE because it's slim and you can fit a lot of cards in it. I didn't carry a purse until I was a mom. I just threw stuff in my pockets. Once I realized a diaper and a bottle wouldn't fit, it was time to get something else. Sure the big diaper bag worked for a while.  It would be great to have something slim for those times when I don't want to carry my purse. 

I would love to have one of those iPhone wallet cases. I always have my phone so I would always have my wallet with me. It would be really convenient to have everything all together. My sister's birthday is coming up and she has two adorable kids. She could really use an iPhone 7+ Card Holder. She's got two young kids, so she's like Wonder Woman. She's an amazing mom and sister. I know anything that makes her life easier is awesome. I on the other hand can run around like a chicken with it's head cut off sometimes. I might not lose my identification at the airport if it's attached to my phone. 

Kid Free Travel Idea

If you are lucky, and have family close to you, you might have the opportunity to take a kid free vacation. A lot of people enjoy riding motorcycles. It is a dream of many people to drive cross country on your bike. You get to experience the US differently than driving in the car. You feel the wind on your body and can even go off the beaten path. You might even meet some new friends who are also biking across country.

 It would definitely be a trip to remember. It would be a great bonding experience with your spouse or your friends. You don't even have to have a route mapped out. You can go where ever you want. You can even pretend that you aren't a responsible adults with a job or that you have to help with homework. 

You can even buy new motorcycle apparel. They have some really cute motorcycle jackets for women. You don't have to wear a guys jacket. Use it as a chance to express yourself. Don't forget to get a helmet too. Remember that you need to replace your helmet every so often to make sure it's in top condition. Look for cracks and make sure it still fits you. You can get a discount motorcycle helmet online. It's really important to protect yourself. 

What if you don't have a bike? You can find a discounted motorcycle that you can buy. My neighbors go riding on the weekends and it looks like a lot of fun. You could even go to a bike week. There's one in Laconia NH that I always hear fun things about. It would be awesome if you found one and made friends and make it a tradition and do it every year. 

If you don't have family near by, maybe work something out with a friend where trey keep your kids and then you keep theirs so they have a chance to go in a kids free vacation too.