Actions to Avoid in the Care of Your Hardwood Floors

Most will agree that a well-maintained wood floor is a thing of beauty. If you take the time to learn all the things you need to do for your floor, shouldn’t you also know what you should try to avoid? Hardwood floor care is more than just cleaning and occasionally refinishing. A lot of it involves knowing how these surfaces can be easily damaged. Following is a list of actions to avoid in the care of your hardwood floors and how to protect the beauty of hardwood floors in your home.

Actions to Avoid in the Care of Your Hardwood Floor

Dragging heavy furniture.

Furniture can leave scratches and gouges in floors as you move them. Get some help lifting heavy pieces, or use felt pads. Sweep thoroughly before you move heavy furniture. Dirt that gets trapped under the furniture can leave scratches in your hardwood flooring.

Waiting too long to refinish

If your hardwood floor is beginning to look stale and the finish has worn off, it is time for a refinish. Putting this off will make the work harder and force you to spend more money restoring the surface or replacing the boards. Timely refinishing is especially important for high traffic areas.

Using chemicals

Cleaning a wood floor is easier than most people think. You do not need strong cleaners to do a good job. In fact, many cleaning products can damage the surface of hardwood floors. Purchase products made specifically for wood floors.

Steam cleaning

Steam mops are more suited to use on tiles. Aside from the moisture which is not good for wood floors, the heat from steam mops can cause the top layer of the wood to deteriorate over time. On that note, avoid using too much water when mopping up your floors.

Pet management

Dogs and cats can do a lot of damage to this type of floor in a relatively short time. Keep their nails or claws trimmed to protect the wood.

Welcome mat

Anything that gets tracked on your floors is slowly wearing away the surface. Make sure that you use a welcome mat to keep this to a minimum.

Tacking down rugs

Trying to keep rugs from shifting can be frustrating but tacking them is not always the best answer. When you have to move the rug, some of the adhesives may be left behind. You can also strip off some of the finish as well.

High heeled shoes

Your amazing stilettos might look great, but they are not so great for wood surfaces. They can leave impressions and marks on the wood. This can be even worse if the heel is damaged.

We regularly partner with homeowners to repair or replace hardwood floors during the remodeling process.  We have a historic home in the Willo where we will be replacing the 100-year-old hardwood floors during their remodel. Since these homeowners appreciate real hardwoods, we will be installing a new hardwood floor.  We will proceed that with a good termite treatment to keep them safe from that damage.

Preventing any type of damage to your hardwood floors will actually make maintenance much easier. You cannot possibly protect your floors from everything, but you can help that beauty to last longer by taking several precautions and preliminary measures. Call us at (480) 895-3442 if you are interested in installing hardwood flooring or restoring your existing hardwood floor; we can help!  Our premier, award-winning remodeling company serves those in Phoenix or the surrounding area.

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How to Plan Your Bathroom Remodeling Budget

You have been dreaming about remodeling your bathroom for quite some time or perhaps just in the past few months.  And now, you are wondering how to plan your bathroom remodeling budget.  We can help! Working with a professional remodeler starting at the budget phase, you will find that at the end of the remodel, you will be able to enjoy your new bathroom knowing you made an educated investment to get the most for your budget.

As You Begin

Research online to answer key questions to identify your needs.  What is the overall aesthetics you want? Houzz and Pinterest are good resources for all things design.  What are the current issues with the space that need to be addressed? Is there a deadline for when the remodel needs to be complete?  What investment are you willing to make?  Are you ready to create a space where you can relax and unwind at the end of the day? First, you need to know how to plan your bathroom remodeling budget so that you align your wants and needs.

Your Bathroom Remodeling Budget

In general terms let’s define budget.  Budget, as a verb in our application, is the amount you allow or provide for an item. The total amount of money you are willing to invest in remodeling your bathroom is the budget. Most of us may have no idea what construction and material costs can add up to when remodeling.

Several factors impact the overall cost: the size of the space, the potential of water fixtures being relocated, the expense of the finish materials, and the labor to plan and execute the project. The budget should include an allowance for everything necessary to complete a remodel of the space.  When creating your budget include the cost for all the finish materials: floor, shower tile and fixtures, shower glass, bathtub and fixtures, toilet, vanity, sink and faucet, mirror, paint, lighting, additional storage, bath accessories, and window treatments. Then the cost of labor.

If the cost of everything added up is less than or equal to your budgeted amount, you are almost ready to start. As a professional remodeler, we always discuss the potential of unforeseen circumstances or last-minute changes that may occur in a remodeling project.  Set aside 5%-10% of your overall cost, depending on the scope of your remodel project, as a good buffer.

What if the Remodel is More Than Your Budget?

If your dream bathroom remodel is going to be more than your budget, you do not have to give up yet.  There may be a way to get the bathroom of your dreams without breaking the bank.  As your remodeler, we can show you superior products within your budget that are like what you selected.  For example, Chrome finish fixtures cost, on average 25% less than the same fixture in brushed nickel.  Also, there are several porcelain tiles made to look like natural stone, but they cost less and do not need additional maintenance.

With our help, you will find the materials that will fit your budget.  If there are still budget issues with your dream bathroom remodel, we can also help you cut out some of the little extras that you will not need immediately.  Additional luxury items such as a towel warmer can always be added later.

Last-Minute Budget Decisions

Keep your budget in mind as the remodeling project is being done.  After demolition, many people recognize the potential for the space they had not seen before.  You may need to or want to make some important last-minute decisions. You should work with your Contractor to investigate those last-minute or in progress decision points.  It can be easy to agree to an expensive item when the excitement of your new bathroom remodel is in progress.  However, taking the time to realistically look at your budget can help you invest wisely and get what you want.

Spending the time preparing for your bathroom remodel can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in the end. You will be prepared for any last-minute questions and have the answers ready instead of wondering what you should do, which in turn can delay the work being done. By working with a professional remodeler starting at the budget phase, you will find that at the end of the remodel, you will be able to enjoy your new bathroom without worry.

Let Us Help You Love Your Home Again

We will help you do the homework to make the best decisions regarding materials, colors, lighting, and flooring for your bathroom remodel. Call us at 480-895-3442 to schedule your free 60-minute consultation! Our award-winning design team and craftsmen are ready to make your vision for your dream bathroom a reality.

You can also find ideas for your bathroom remodel on our project page here and at our sister company, Homework Remodels.

9 Simple Home Improvements That Can Increase Value

Recently, our sister company, Homework Remodels, was cited in this blog by with RedFin Real Estate. We are excited to get to share her blog here about 9 simple home improvements that can increase value.

Keeping up on your home maintenance is an important and crucial part of being a homeowner, especially if you are looking to increase the value of your home. In addition to keeping up on basic maintenance, there are many other projects you can do to help your home potentially sell for more. Whether you live in a city like Atlanta, GA, or a smaller town like Cheney, WA these simple home improvements can increase your home value.

1. Replace the garage door

A new front door or garage door is one of the best returns on investment. A new garage door can increase your home value, as well as improve the appearance of your home. Replacing or having an old garage door fixed is a simple home improvement that can increase your home value substantially.

“Everyone knows that first impressions are important when it comes to a home. Depending on the style, the garage can take up as much as 30% of the front of a home. That’s why when replacing an old garage door with a new, upscale garage door has significant impacts on first impressions and can help you sell quickly! In fact, nationally, in 2020 homeowners can expect up to a 94% return on investment for their garage door replacements on average. In some regions, this return on investment surpasses 100%.” Overhead Door

2. Remodel your kitchen and bathroom

The majority of buyers looking for a home that has an updated kitchen and bathrooms. Updating your cabinets and countertops is a great way to spruce up your kitchen, or even give it a whole new look. Additionally, hardwood floors are becoming increasingly popular among homebuyers and can improve the look of your kitchen dramatically. Buyers are also looking for a bathroom with new tiling and modern fixtures. By hiring a team of professionals to do these simple home improvements, and putting some money toward a kitchen and bathroom remodel, you can attract more millennial homebuyers to your property. Not only that, but you’ll probably recoup a lot of your costs in the selling price of your home.

“It is best to hire a company that not only restores your existing washroom, kitchen cabinets, and floors providing a range of products and options but a company that can also remodel according to your taste! As you are doing renovations, decisions may change due to unforeseeable factors, so it is best to work with a company like Bathtub Guru that can do both restoration and remodeling.” Bathtub Guru

“We believe a remodeled shower adds value to your home – which can be as easy as tiling your shower from floor to ceiling (up to 10 ft) for extra bling. If you are looking to add more of a high-end touch, use exotic granite for the countertops. Lastly, always add a shower door to retain heat and apply “red guard” to your mud set throughout the whole shower for extra seal protection that lasts longer.” –Arlington Custom Builders

“When trying to find the right home service provider for you, search for local companies. Be wary of companies pouring money into promoted ads on the top of your web searches and those sent via “Directories” promising to connect you with the best local home improvement professionals. These companies will end up having a much higher price. We’re a small local company who invest more in our people and processes than our marketing. We can provide a fair price because we aren’t spending an arm and a leg on web leads.” Center Point Renovations

4. Replace windows

It is advised that you replace any old single-pane windows and install dual pane windows instead. If you have the extra money for this, they are very attractive and people really find value in them. Replacing windows can give your home a new look, increase natural light, save your money on heating and cooling, and add value to the price of your home if you are considering selling.

“It is incredibly common that homeowners need to repair their windows to satisfy an inspector’s report, and they always want to do it as cheaply as possible. I would advise settling on a dollar amount to escrow so the new owners can make the decision on what quality level to pursue. That way they can do the cheap fix or maybe decide to replace all the windows or something in between. After all, the inspector has flagged 1 or more windows, and the reality is that all the windows are on a decreasing timeline to needing future repair or replacement.” –Brad AlexanderZen Windows 

 

9 simple home improvements

5. A fresh coat of paint

If you decide to freshen up your home with some new paint, opt for neutral colors on walls, trim, and baseboards. Colors such as light grey, cream, and other soft neutrals are preferred. If you have children and their rooms are all shades of bright green, blue, and pink consider painting those to match the rest of your home. This new paint can bring a more simple, sophisticated look to your home. A freshly painted front door and entryway also make a great welcoming statement for the home and can refresh any interior space.

“Paint your house as soon as you want to list it. Painting your house is the fastest and most affordable way to add notable curb appeal to your home. A painted house will start to generate buzz and put a coming soon sign on the front yard. Make sure to choose a company that gives you a value paint job, not just a cheap paint job.” Tulsa Christian Bros Painting

 

6. Update hardware and fixtures

Just as new fixtures can bring a home into the present, updated hardware can create a new look for a small investment. Updating hardware in your kitchen and bathrooms is a great way to modernize your home. You will want to keep your hardware consistent throughout your home and don’t forget to take looks and function into consideration.

“Look up, replacing old recessed fixtures, outdated ceiling fans and chandeliers can instantly refresh any home. Also consider replacing outdated almond-colored switches, outlets, and switch plates. These are great budget-friendly updates and can help you sell your home more quickly.” –Melissa Frederiksen, Atmosphere 360 Studio

7. Minimize and declutter

Decluttering, paring down, or purging is the first step to clearing away excess clutter so you can start organizing your space. You must declutter in order to open up room in your existing space. This is so critical if you are wanting your home to look better ion listing photos or sell for more. Decluttering is a simple home improvement that can make your home look much better.

“A clutter-free home will sell more quickly and for more money than one filled to the brim. Decluttering will not only enhance your sale but with less stuff, it will also make it easier to organize and maintain your next home. Whether you are downsizing, upsizing or right-sizing, the selling, and moving incentive works beautifully for getting you to evaluate your belongs and release excess clutter.” –Linda Samuels, Oh, So Organized! 

“Installing shelves, hooks, and racks in your garage and basement to store your tools and belongings will make it easy to quickly locate what you are looking for as well as making a huge visual improvement. Using clear bins makes it a snap to find what you are looking for when you need it.  Labeling all of your bins and hooks makes it easy to put things back where they belong. Our preference is metal shelving with wheels: sturdy and functional. It makes entering these spaces pleasant, it’s worth the effort.” –Anna Sicalides, Your Organizing Consultants

“Keep a seasonal maintenance list of everything in your home. For example, in the spring wash your deck and seal it if the manufacturer suggests it. Keep a list with dates of when you sealed it. You will be able to show possible home buyers how well you took care of your deck.” –Vickie Dellaquila, Organization Rules

8. Take care of the exterior of your home

“The best home maintenance tips are not over the top, they are simple ones that keep your home running and looking its best. Clean your gutters, make sure if you have a sprinkler system that the heads never spray on your home, wash your home every year and repaint every 4-5 years depending on your area of the country. Stay on top of these maintenance items so that when you get ready to sell your home, you don’t have to discount your price for all of the deferred maintenance.” –John Rogers, John Rogers Renovations 

9. Service all systems

It is best if you service all systems in the home. This is a great way to show any potential buyers that you’ve taken good care of your home. It can be a simple home improvement that can add value to your home. If you have any appliances or systems that are more than 10 years old consider replacing them with newer better functioning ones.

“Looking to reduce utility cost; maximize energy efficiency and improve the performance of your HVAC system, we encourage homeowners to increase their attic insulation. Depending on the age of your home the guidelines for maximum energy efficiency could change from what the builder provided and overtime blown insulation can compact. Additional attic insulation can range from a straightforward DIY project with Batt Insulation to professionally installed Spray Foam Insulation. ” – Sheila Lanier, Homework Remodels 

 

Award-Winning Greater Phoenix Remodeler

Tri-Lite Builders’ goal is to help all homeowners in the greater Phoenix area love their home again. We’ll help you make the tough decisions regarding materials, colors, lighting, and flooring. Call us at 480-895-3442 to schedule a free 60-minute consultation with us to start making plans. Let us help you take those first steps toward your dream home!

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