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6 Home Improvements for a Guest-Ready House

December 3, 2015 1:33 am

Welcoming visitors this holiday season? A few strategic improvements can help whip your home into guest-ready shape, says Sergei Kaminskiy, owner of Kaminskiy Home Remodeling.

“There are great little improvements you can make to your home prior to the busy holiday season, without disrupting the house,” Kaminskiy says.  For instance, “lighting by far is one of the most overlooked features to improving the character of a room.”

In addition to cleaning oft-neglected lighting fixtures, Kaminskiy recommends adding dimmers to enhance a holiday dinner party or capture the overall spirit of the season.

After addressing the lighting, Kaminskiy suggests focusing on the guest bathroom, which will be one of the most heavily trafficked rooms during the holidays. He advises applying a fresh coat of paint, removing old caulking from showers, windows and other sealed areas, and introducing holiday cheer with a festive set of hand towels or a bath mat.

Kaminskiy also proposes an upgrade in the kitchen—an island, if you don’t already have one. Adding one will not only provide more seating for holiday guests, but also offer more counter and storage space you can use throughout the year.

“For under $500, you can find a very attractive kitchen island that is mobile and extremely functional,” says Kaminskiy.

Source: Kaminskiy Home Remodeling

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How to Winterize Your Way to an Energy-Efficient Home

December 3, 2015 1:33 am

(BPT)—Cooler temperatures and shorter days can only mean one thing: winter is on its way. Winterizing your home can help you save money on heating costs throughout the season, and on utilities come springtime and beyond. Start by:

1. Looking for simple, affordable fixes – There are some simple, inexpensive measures that homeowners can do to ensure their homes remain energy efficient, warm and comfortable. For less than $100, weather-stripping for windows, a door sweep strip and some caulking can help fill any air leaks to limit energy loss. Replacing the furnace's air filter every three months can also help create a more comfortable environment; a clogged filter can reduce the unit's overall efficiency and lifespan.

2. Setting the temperature – Investing in a programmable thermostat allows homeowners to monitor the indoor temperature of their home remotely via a smart phone or online. By keeping the temperature low when no one is home and programming the thermostat to increase the temperature when everyone is home, annual heating costs can be reduced anywhere between 5 and 15 percent, according to the U.S Department of Energy (DOE). The same principle can be applied during summer months to help save on cooling costs.

3. Preventing ice damming – Major damage can result from ice damming, so it's never too early to start thinking about a long-term solution. Ice damming occurs when warm, indoor air escaping through the roof melts snow on the shingles. The water then refreezes as it runs off the roof, creating a barrier of ice at the edge. Spray foam insulation is a modern solution that both insulates and seals to help stop ice damming. Installed by licensed professionals, spray foam insulation works well in all climates and fills in gaps and cracks to help stop air leakage as well as ice dams formation.

Source: Icynene

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