Month: December 2018

Home Improvement Tips: Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

Reasons for A Redo

Home improvement projects often begin with someone saying, “Wouldn’t it be nice if… ?” usually followed by a wish for a remodelled kitchen or a room addition for space to accommodate every family member’s needs. More often than not, reality and dreams don’t coincide, due to limited funds for realizing the dream, or limits on the available space. The trick: turning your dreams into reality. Begin with a realistic evaluation of your needs. Homeowners usually consider home improvements for one of the following reasons.

You may feel the need to update something that is out-of-date. If your kitchen colour scheme was perfect a few decades ago but no longer works, now may a good time to update it.

Some home improvement projects grow out of an immediate need to replace broken or inefficient fixtures. If a sink, tub, or toilet needs to be replaced, consider taking advantage of the opportunity to do a makeover on the entire bathroom.

If you’re preparing to sell your home, you’ll want to be sure to get top dollar from the sale. That’s great motivation for some home improvement projects.

You have decided that staying put and improving your home is a better option than moving.

Your family has grown and you need more space.

Improving to Move? or Improving to Stay?

Evaluate your plans carefully if you’re improving your home to list it for sale. Cutting corners may hurt your prospects rather than helping them. But don’t go overboard either. Potential buyers may prefer not to pay for some of the extras, such as a hot tub or pool. You’re better off keeping the changes simple.

And remember that buyers who view your home may not share your tastes and may not appreciate the care you took to find just the right shade of green paint for the walls.

You’ll find that improving to sell is easier if you can think about it from the prospective buyer’s point of view: What is important to the home buyer? Here are a few remodelling projects buyers are likely to find valuable:

Adding or remodelling a bath

Improving the kitchen

Adding a new room


Adding a bedroom

Adding or enclosing a garage.

If you’re remodelling because you want to stay in your home, you should still avoid over-improving it. You’ll probably want to sell it someday, and even if your house is the best on the block, it may be difficult to convince potential buyers to pay for the things you considered important. And when you consider making improvements, keep in mind the value of other homes in the area. Your home’s value should not be more than 20% above the average, which means that a $10,000 kitchen improvement project well could be a better investment than a $10,000 hot tub, especially if yours will be the only home in the area with a hot tub.

Home Maintenance versus Home Improvements

It’s unfortunate that some home improvement projects are undertaken because something …

Should You Consider Taking a Job As a House Parent Couple?

Are you a strong, patient and loving couple? Do you love children and feel as though you have a gift with kids? If so, sometimes you should consider taking on the role of house parents. As with many couples jobs, this is a live on-site position. Some of the jobs boast great health insurance, a vehicle and separate private housing. These are wonderful benefits, but keep in mind this job does have its challenges.

Many organizations looking for houseparents are ones that help to take care of troubled kids. Usually these are all-boys or all-girls homes and ages of the children can range from young children to young adults. The house parent job requires patience, a very strong couple and the fortitude to deal with young people that have challenges.

Some children (but not all) come from broken homes and need some serious stability in their lives. House parents are able to become strength and security for the children when their world just is not coming together.

The schedule of these positions varies. You will most likely not be working a traditional 9 to 5 work week, but rather a non-traditional work "week" that may run for two weeks straight with a three day week-end. In this case there would be a "stand in" couple that would take over for you during your days off. Another potential possibility is that you apply for the position of a "stand in" or "substitute" couple that floats from one home to another. This is a nice option that brings a change of scenery but of course involves some moving around.

The following is a list that you may find yourself responsible for, should you take on a houseparent couple position:

· Program Development
· Nurturing & Supervision
· Professional Development
· Home Management
· Staff Management

The above are not meant to be a comprehensive list, but a general guideline, and these are really just the "nuts and bolts" of the houseparents job. The most important aspect of this job is developing trust with the children. There will be days in this job when you may question your decision to accept this position. However, it is also possible that the children will become so much a part of you that you will wonder how you would fare without being part of their lives. …

New Kitchen Appliances That Every Kitchen Should Have

Everyone loves good food, some of us even love to make good food. For people who enjoy cooking and working in the kitchen, new kitchen appliances have made our jobs fantastic and much easier. Things like blenders have made puree much easier, dishwashers have made clean up a breeze, but what about some other appliances that can help you while you're cooking and preparing? There are several of those as well.

A microplane grater is a great tool. It is based off of an old wood working tool. With a handle and a long slender grater it makes grating cheese a cinch. The way it is formed makes it easy to handle and you can easily grate hard cheese and chocolate, even some spices if you'd like. Erasing the old idea of ​​a grater this microplane grater puts no strain on your hands and wrists like the old fashioned cheese grater.

Are you sick and tired of having stacks and stacks of different measuring cups? Then Adjust-a-Cup measuring cup is just what the chef ordered. Instead of picking out a new measuring cup every time you need to measure something out, you can simply use one kitchen tool. With a simple twist of the bottom you can adjust it to whatever measurement you need, and pushing the bottom up removes any and all left over mess inside so you can use it over and over without having to wash it every 5 seconds.

Dual kitchen timers are amazing. Most microwaves and ovens have built in timers but what if you're not in the kitchen? What if you need a timer for two dishes while you go and take care of preparing for a family get together or a party? A dual timer is perfect for this exact reason. You can take it with you so you will know exactly when each of your dishes are done and you will not have to worry about burning cookies or dinner ever again.

Everyone and anyone that enjoys cooking, baking and preparing meals needs some new kitchen appliances. They can make your jobs in the kitchen easier and faster. There's no need to fuss and fight with old appliances and tools turning your supposedly joyous cooking occasion into a confusing and frustrating nightmare. Look into new and useful kitchen appliances and tools and get too doing what you love to do. Create a masterpiece for you and your family with a little help from some really cool tools. …