The 2019 COST VS VALUE REPORT is here!!
Remodeling Magazine compares average costs for 22 remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale in 136 U.S. markets.
We've broken out the numbers by Mid-Atlantic regional averages and then by our closest local market data, which is Allentown PA.
Here are our picks for the best home improvement projects to increase property value in 2019.
We've included: the average percentage recouped at resale, both in the regional market and closest local market. Plus, any thoughts we have for local home improvement projects.
There you have it folks! If you are planning home improvements for 2019, crunch the numbers and get the most out of your hard earned money!
View the full report here: https://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2019/
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The winter snow season is upon us!
If you live in Shohola PA or Barryville NY and are in need of snow plowing services give us a call! (267) 226-8293
If you prefer to handle your own snow removal needs, check out these tips:
1. If you have any physical limitations consider buying a snow blower or hiring a neighborhood teenager to help you. There is no sense in struggling with the snow if you can avoid it.
2. Shovel often during big storms. Go out every few inches and remove the snow while it's lighter and easier to manage.
3. Beware of overhead dangers. Large icicles, snow slides from metal roofs, and falling branches can all cause head and neck injuries so be aware and watch out above you.
4. Relax and take some breaks. Give yourself plenty of time to do what you need to do without creating to much stress.
5. Your leaf blower can be a big help with the light and fluffy snow. The gas powered blowers are the best way to go.
6. Buy an s-shaped shovel. Your back will thank you!
7. Make sure you have some form of ice melt handy around steps and walkways. These items can often be stored in inexpensive garbage cans to keep them dry and readily available.
8. Check the weather forecast. Some of the white stuff may go away on it's own in a day or two.
9. Try not to throw the heavy wet snow. That type pf twisting and lifting is an invitation for a back injury. Try walking the snow to where it needs to go or simply moving as little as possible to clear steps and walkways. More snow removal can always be done later if it doesn't melt first.
10. Check on your elderly or home bound neighbors. If you are struggling to clear your snow then they are too.
It doesn’t feel like it now, but, fall is just a few weeks away.
You can save money this winter by taking a little time to prepare your home during the autumn months.
Here is our Top Ten Fall Home Maintenance Checklist for 2018.
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We all have the ability to improve our home’s value even with the ever changing real estate market. Simple well thought out home improvements will pay off years later with a little planning.
Things that affect your home’s value:
Weekend DIY Projects: Some inexpensive ideas to add value to your home now!
- Add some mulch
- Tend to your plants, shrubs, and trees
- Refresh your paint where you see peeling or chipping
- Clear the clutter from the yard and garage
Home Improvements worth paying for in 2018:
- Manufactured Stone Veneer
- Garage Door Replacements
- Entry Door Replacements (steel)
- Deck Addition (wood)
Read about the 2018 Cost VS. Value report from Remodeling Magazine: www.billpearnmasonry.com/blog/home-improvements-2018-cost-vs-value-report
Welcome to summer! Here is a quick run down of some of the top DIY home improvement projects you should be focusing on this season. Then, with the kids getting out of school soon, we included a great list of kid friendly DIY projects in the second part with a Pinterest Board of examples.
Have a wonderful summer everyone!
Dryer Vents – Detach and thoroughly clean your dryer vent from the dryer to the outside of your home. Don’t forget to unplug the dryer before working on this.
Paint –Summer is a great time to work on your home’s exterior and fresh paint is an affordable way to create a new look. Along with prepping the area, be ready to fix damaged or rotting wood. This project will give you a big leg up preparing your home’s exterior for winter weather.
Windows – Older windows can create costly home heating leaks in colder months. If you can’t afford to replace all your windows you can simply start with one room or one side of the home and then continue with the rest next summer.
Power Washing – Siding, decks, walkways and patios all benefit from occasional power washing. If you don’t own, or don’t want to buy, a power washer you can simply rent one from your local equipment rental business.
Stain and Seal Wooden Decks – Keep your wooden deck looking new with regular maintenance. Staining and sealing will beautify your deck for all your summer activities and protect it from the elements. Be sure to check its structural integrity annually.
Pool Deck Repairs – Simple timely pool deck repairs will save you thousands in the long run. Watch for cracks, popping, and any shifting in the pool deck materials and correct accordingly.
Kid Friendly DIY Projects!
Teaching kids to maintain their own home will be lessons that benefit them their entire life. Try these kid friendly summer projects to teach your children new skills while creating new memories!
Sandbox – Planning and building a sandbox is a great summer building project for the whole family and it creates a new seasonal play area. Be sure to include a sandbox cover to keep animals out when it is not in use.
Tree Swing – All you need is some rope and wood, or an old tire, for this project! If you use a tire be sure to create a drainage hole in the bottom so rainwater runs out.
Bird Houses – If you don’t have the tools to cut scrap wood then bird house kits will be just fine. Each child can paint their house as they’d like and then they can watch and learn about their new tenants!
Gardening – Any kind of small garden is a fun way to create new summer activities. You can try vegetable, herb, or flower gardens in a variety of sizes.
Mulch – New mulch is a fast affordable way to create visual appeal to your landscaping and it’s something that the whole family can do! Layout the outside of your mulched area and let the kids fill it in and rake it out.
Check out our Pinterest board of kid friendly DIY projects and ideas:
Conserving water isn't something we immediately think of when the spring melt off is in full swing and everyone's minds are turning to their concerns about their damp basements.
However, since the spring home improvement season is in full swing this is a great time to take a critical look at your water consumption to reduce your use all year long.
Conserving water may save on water bills (if you are on a shared system) or home maintenance costs (well systems) since less use will reduce the wear and tear on your well pump, holding tank, hot water heater, etc.
Check out this info-graphic by SanifloDepot for great DIY home maintenance tips on how you can reduce your water needs.
Our top 10 Spring home maintenance checklist for 2018!
Here is your Spring home maintenance checklist to start getting your home ready for Spring and Spring home improvement projects.
We also have the printable Spring Home Maintenance Checklist PDF attached at the bottom with areas for homeowner notes, contractors to call, and ideas for home improvement projects.
Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
1. Roof Maintenance – look for:
• lost or damaged shingles
• damaged or warping of flashing
• water stains
• any sagging in the roof line.
2. Gutter Maintenance – look for:
• leaking gutters
• clogged gutters
• improper downspout drainage
3. Chimney Maintenance – look for:
• damage to chimney and cap
• damage to cricket
4. Concrete – look for:
• signs of movement
• improper drainage
• surface damage
5. Outside Faucets – look for:
• freeze damage
• damage to hoses
6. Yard Tools – look for:
• discolored gasoline
• check batteries and chargers
• clean equipment
• sharpen blades
7. Foundation: Check foundation walls, floors, concrete, and masonry for:
• loss of or loose mortar
8. Deck and porches – look for:
• loose spindles and rails
• rotted wood
• damage or rust on ledger board and bolts
9. Wood burning Fireplaces – look for:
• rust and damage on damper
• missing mortar joints between fire brick
• rust or damage on spark arrestor
10. Exterior Walls – look for:
• water stains
• check for openings
• damaged areas or knots that have popped out
Here is our latest top ten tips for winter home maintenance!
There is always plenty to do this time of year so check our other blog posts for our winter tips lists from years past.
Have a safe and wonderful holiday season!
Pocono homes are still rich with paneling from decades ago. On the upside, paneling walls are generally very sturdy and long lasting. On the downside, paneling walls immediately date the look of your home.
Painting your walls is one of the most cost effective DIY home improvements available to home owners. Painting paneling walls, is one of the fastest and easiest way to create a fresh new look and updated feel in your home.
This DIY project may vary slightly depending on exactly what kind of paneling you have and the desired end result.
5 How To Steps for painting your paneling walls:
1. Make sure the walls are clean. Some Dawn dish soap, water, a bucket and sponge, along with some elbow grease will be all you need. Make sure the walls are free of smudges, buildup, and grease.
Pro Tip: Using extra lights will help you create a polished look by allowing you to see all the small detail areas that need attention throughout this process.
2. Do the walls have a shine? If your paneling has any kind of sheen to it you will need to get rid of that shiny top coat to allow the paint will stick. Any local paint store will have some removal agents that can be wiped on, but, a light sanding will also complete this step.
Pro Tip: Use a shop vac liberally or use a sander with a dust collector to save time cleaning up.
3. Step back and consider: Outlets, light switches, trim, and defects. If your paneling color and paint color are very different shades you may need to replace the electrical fixtures and trim, or, paint them to get the look you'd like.
Tip: This is the best time to fix any dings, holes, or loose nails in your walls.
4. Prime! Use a good primer from the paint store, use a brush to cut in around all the edges, and then roll an even coat of primer on everything that will be painted. If you have any areas that require extra cleaning or sanding you should be able see and fix them at this point.
Tip: Most wall paneling has grooves so once the primer coat is on you will have a good visual idea of how those grooves will, or won't, work with the look you are trying to achieve. If you really don't like them you can fill them in with some Spackle.
5. Paint! A good coat of interior latex paint is your next step. Use a brush to neatly cut in around the edges and roll, or brush, a good coat on everything else. Once the paint has dried you can decide whether or not you will need any additional coats.
Pro Tip: When you buy your paint, get a little extra so you have a perfect match for future touch ups.
That is pretty much all there is to this DIY home improvement project. If you try it, post your results in the comment section.
If you have a suggestion for a future DIY blog topic post it in comments section below!
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