Remodels to Consider when Moving into your New Home

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There is usually a feeling of excitement when you purchase a new home, so you want to move into your new home as soon as you can. Before moving into the new home, however, there are some specific areas you need to consider. Making improvements or changes to these areas that are commonly over-looked will protect your home better and also make it truly yours. The following are some tips that are important if you have recently bought a new home or on the market for one.

Locks

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This may be seen as a no-brainer, but most home buyers normally get distracted with the requirements and the hassles of moving and settling in the new home that replacing the locks is put on the back burner. Then after some time, you forget you are still using the keys given to you when closing. It is very important, however not to let this happen. Before moving into the new house, the first thing you need to do is to replace the locks. You can do this yourself or with the help of a local door repair service. The locks are also relatively cheap, but their prices range depending on brand, design, quality, and style.

Vents

If you are purchasing a new construction house, there may not be any need for vent inspection and clearing, but it is a good idea that you clear out the dust collected during construction. For homes which have been around for some years, it is wise that you get rid of the dirt gathered all the years and the dander which has accumulated in the vents of the home. This may be done by professional services for a low price and need to take a day to complete. Start your new journey in a clean, fresh home with a healthy air environment.

Fuse box

The next task to complete before you move into your new home is set up your fuse box. Learning your fuse box will take more than a single person to ensure you have a helper to help you get the job done. Start by switching off all electronic plugged in. Then have the helper turn on all the lights and go through every fuse assigning it to areas in your home.

Plumbing

This is the most important system in the home apart from heating and cooling. Without properly working plumbing, your home is sent back to the stone age. Faucets, showers, baths, laundry, and toilets are appliances which you use to function in life. You should, therefore, ensure you have the plumbing system of your new home inspected thoroughly before you move in.

Chimney and fireplace

chimneyFor houses that are not new construction, you have to inspect the chimney. Bird and bats can nest and roost in the chimneys more so in a home left vacant for a long time. There could also be structural issues and health concerns which professionals can point out. Ensure issues are repaired before moving into the new home for functional and safe fireplaces.…

Questions to Ask when Choosing Decking Material

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Choosing the right material for decking will make your deck functional and improve the general appearance of the home. Wood is considered the most popular material for such areas, but it usually comes in a wide variety and characteristics, and this implies that you should do your research thoroughly to choose the right option which will serve your preferences and needs. You can choose ipe wood, tropical hardwood, reclaimed wood or recycled composite but you essentially need to ask yourself some questions when choosing to get the best material for your deck.

Level of maintenance

Some of the materials are more demanding than other as far as maintenance is concerned. Some may need to be stained once in a while, but others need sanding and oiling for them to look great. Find out the level of effort needed on your part and how comfortable you will be when selecting decking material. The lower the level of maintenance, the better the material is for you.maintenance

Durability

This is by far the most important question to ask yourself while weighing your options. Decks which last for long are the best, and when choosing the wood, you have to remember that various types are useful for outdoor because of their longevity. While some materials may last long without treatment, some may need washing and sealing to add to their durability. Compare the best and choose.

Stain, slip, scratch and fade resistance

This is a vital question which will save you from a lot of work when cleaning and accidents. Decking materials which are fade and scratch resistant maintain their beauty for long, and when they are slip resistant, you will not have to worry about falls around. Some materials need to be laminated or treated to achieve such characteristics, but it is worth it at the end of the day.

Pros and cons

The best way of narrowing down your search when comparing the best decking materials is by looking at the pros and cons. Usually, each material has cons, but when its pros outdo the cons, then you are sure it is a good material that can serve your deck effectively.

Resistance to natural elements

resistanceMildew, bugs, decay, rot, and splinters are some elements that affect decks. You, therefore, want materials that can at least be resistant to these elements. There are types of wood which are resistant to such natural elements, but you may also consider other types if you do not know if the available wood will suffice in your area. You may need to invest more on the deck to keep it from any destruction by these elements.

These tips will help you choose the right material for your deck, so put them into consideration when searching for decking materials.…