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Why Having A Clean Garage Is Important

Our garage is one part of the home that at some point, everyone has vowed to keep clean and organized. It also has a tendency to become the homes storage centre. As many of us can probably attest, it’s not uncommon to see cars parked in the driveway due to a cluttered garage filled with yard tools, bikes, toys etc. What many don’t realize is that an organized garage will not only look great, but it can help the resale value of your home down the road, should you choose to sell.

While organizing a garage will take some time and effort, it can be easily achieved with some quick fixes.  If you were ever thinking about having a garage sale, now might be the perfect time.  After all, they’re called “garage sales” for a reason.

The first recommendation would be to familiarize yourself with what exactly is in your garage.  Do you need the old newspapers in boxes from your last move?  Have the kids grown out of those bikes?  Will you ever use they dusty table saw in the back corner? Once you establish what it is you want to purge and what is you want to keep, you will be able to move on to the next step; organization.

Try to group your items into categories like: toys, seasonal, lawn care, automotive etc.  Once that has been established, you can decide how you want it organized.  Stores like Walmart, Home Depot and Canadian Tire offer many different storage products that are not only affordable, but customizable.  Consider placing shelving along the ceiling of the garage to open up floor space for your vehicles.  Storage bins are also a great idea. Consider defining a garbage and recycling area that is convenient and out of the way.  If you really want to take organization to the next level, consider a label maker so that you know exactly what everything is and where it is.

If during your clean-up you find that you have hazardous materials such as old paint cans, car batteries etc. that you need to dispose of, please visit the City of Burlington’s website at https://www.burlington.ca/en/services-for-you/garbage-and-recycling.asp to find out where and how to properly get rid of such materials.

When all is said and done, you will not only find your garage more accessible – when you’re ready to sell, it’s one last task you’ll be facing.

How to Make Your Home Stress-Free

Most of us are living a hectic lifestyle full of schedules, responsibilities, demanding job or business and it can get pretty stressful at times, which is why it’s good to consider some ways to make your home at least, stress-free. After all, that is where you start and end every day.

  • Organize your home – de-clutter your home, give away things you don’t need any more
  • Decompress for a few minutes – take some time to relax after work, listen to some music
  • Keep work separate – while at home, try to keep work out of sight
  • Make over your bedroom – take out all distractions and make the room dim and cool
  • Cook meals on the weekends – it’s healthy, it costs less and it’s fun
  • Indulge in aromatherapy – reduce anxiety and relax with some essential oils
  • Create better lighting – create serene atmosphere by installing inexpensive dimmer switches

Read more at http://www.newhomebuyingblog.com/2011/04/28/how-to-make-your-home-stress-free/%

Environmentally Friendly Home Improvement

You may think that looking after the environment is some sort of new fad, however it’s just really using your common sense. Saving energy and reducing the amount of power you use seems like the logical thing to do when you’re trying to make your home nicer and more comfortable. As energy costs rise, we all have even more incentive to become greener in our choices, and the tips we’ll be sharing in this article can help to inspire you in this direction.

The kitchen is the very first place that people want to modify when they wish to remodel their homes. This is also a room that gives you many opportunities to make green choices, from the countertops you use, to your refrigerator and appliances. Making a green choice with worktops is easy because you can get a nice looking kitchen in addition to being environmentally friendly by simply choosing a natural material like stone or clay tiles. Also you should try to find out whether or not your kitchen appliances are up to date with the latest energy efficiency standards. Take a look for the Energy Star logo to see whether or not it’s efficient. Most new ones will have it.

Well, what do you think about that so far? There is a great deal in the body of knowledge surrounding green home improvement projects. A lot of people have found certain other areas are helpful and contribute excellent information. A lot of things can have an effect, and you should widen your scope of knowledge. It is always a good idea to determine what your situations call for, and then go from that point. The rest of our talk will add more to what we have mentioned so far.

Your roof is something to think about when remodeling your home. It would be wise to look into metal roofs when replacing your roof because they are energy efficient. This reflects the heat and prevents it from escaping, which can make a big difference in your heating bills. You could additionally paint your roof with white paint. What this will do is make sure your home stays cool during the summer because the paint will reflect the sunlight. You should certainly check that your roof is properly insulated because if it isn’t you will be wasting a lot of energy and money.

There are some ways of heating your home up efficiently, and this will greatly impact your energy bill. The traditional fireplace certainly looks very good and it’s a good old method of keeping your room warm, however it is in fact one of the most inefficient ways of heating up your house. On the other hand, there are fireplace inserts that can change this in your favor, so if you have a fireplace you should look into this option. Additionally you can try to heat up with a pellet stove. A pellet stove burns corn pellets. This is a much cheaper option when compared with conventional heaters. The most important thing when being energy efficient, regardless of how you heat your home, is your insulation.

When you make up your mind to make greener choices for home improvement, you realize that it’s not so difficult. Things actually become easier for you because you’re less dependent on others and you will be reducing your bills. Sometimes, however, as with insulation or solar panels, you do have to pay an upfront cost to reap these advantages. In the long run you will definitely get your money’s worth from environmentally friendly investments.