Don’t get stuck! To make sure a garage door operates properly, homeowners should consider regular maintenance. Some tasks are do-it-yourself, but others are best left to qualified professionals. (Submitted photo)
Does your garage door creak, squeak or groan when you open or close it? If so, that isn’t a good sign. But noticing this is the first step to fixing what could become a major home repair issue.
Local vendors will be on-hand at Roseville’s Living Smarter Fair to answer residents’ questions.
Karen and Bruce Patrick wanted to renovate the kitchen of their Roseville home. The problem was they had no idea who could or would do the work. In fact, the Patricks were on the verge of abandoning their dream of a kitchen remodel after meeting with several designers and builders. Throughout the process a common theme kept cropping up - they weren’t budgeting enough money.
Keep the vent dry and clear of snow and ice at all times to avoid the potential for dangerous indoor natural gas buildup. In the photo, the arrow points to the meter’s gas pressure regulator vent.
The vent can become plugged when ice and snow melt during the day and refreeze at night.
Millions of people are turning up their heat to keep warm in the winter months. The cost of doing so will prove expensive.
At www.SpendLessOnHeat.com research has been done for some very inexpensive ways to reduce heating costs.
In addition to filling practical needs, home improvement projects often can increase the value of a home with minimal investment. Some projects add more value than others, however.
Knowing which ones will yield a nice return can be tricky. To help, the home improvement experts at Linear, a manufacturer of wireless residential systems and products, are advising homeowners on affordable modernization projects that add instant value to a home:
Looking for a change -- but not that expensive a change -- before the holiday season starts and folks crowd into your home? Look at surfaces -- not appliance changeouts or huge remodeling projects -- and quick jolts of color and style. (submitted photo)
Ever envy those beautiful homes that seem to get redecorated with every new season? Thinking that the family and friend get-togethers at your home deserve an updated setting?
The latest and greatest looks are easy to incorporate if you keep your furnishings neutral and the decor uncluttered. From there, it’s just a matter of bringing in a few simple touches that create a big impact.
Start with one or two easy projects and you will quickly transform your house into a place you’re proud to call home.
Whether you’re selling or just seeing some dated or weathered facets when you look at your home, there’s still time this fall to spruce things up. Because so many Twin Cities homes have garages that open to the street, an updated garage door — especially in a rich wood finish that matches the front door — makes a big impression. (submitted photos)
They’re the projects that got pushed aside by vacation trips, summer sports and the hectic rush to enjoy the short season we had in 2013.
But there are plenty of ways to tackle your home’s exterior curb appeal, whether it’s to impress prospective buyers or to welcome guests for fall and winter holidays in style.
Homeowners prepping for winter can stop the energy waste cycle by taking a closer look at their insulation. As one of the fastest and most cost-efficient ways to reduce energy waste and lower bills, insulation traps warm air inside a home’s walls to regulate a home’s temperature. But how do you know if your home is properly insulated?