The Number 1 Home Security Mistake

There are many home security mistakes that we all make. This includes the obvious mistakes that most of us know better than to try, such as putting a spare key under a doormat, to mistakes we know we ought to avoid but still do, such as not activating our alarm systems when we leave the house for only a short period of time or not putting lamps on timers to make it look like we’re home when we’re not. It even includes less-well-known items (that I strive to make people aware of) such as improving the quality of the windows, doors, locks and even the strike plates on our door frames, all which help tremendously to keep burglars out of our homes.

All of these mistakes should be avoided and improving any of them can go a long way toward feeling safe at home.

There’s an even bigger mistake

But, there’s still one more big mistake that people make. It’s a mistake that I think is bigger than any of the ones mentioned earlier! It’s more important than any others! This #1 biggest mistake? Assuming that it won’t happen to you.

No one is completely immune

There is no city, community or neighborhood that is completely immune from crime. There are definitely some that are safer than others, but burglaries can and do happen anywhere. Since there is some randomness as to whether you’ll ever experience a break-in, be prepared under the expectation that it can happen to you, rather than living under the false assumption that it won’t. Living in a “safe neighborhood” doesn’t mean it can’t happen to you. It only means that it may be less likely to happen to you.

This mistake arises from the assumption that it can’t (or won’t) happen to you just because your neighborhood is “safe”.

If you’ve ever put off thinking about home security because you live in a safe neighborhood, you’re not alone. But don’t put it off any longer. Your safety is too important!

Be aware of what goes on in your neighborhood

Have you ever done any checking around to find out just how safe your neighborhood really is? Thanks to easy internet access to almost anything, it’s not at all difficult to do some quick research into crime rates in your neighborhood. Crime can and does happen anywhere, so don’t let a few reports of crime shatter your view of your neighborhood. But you should be aware of what goes on around you.

Periodically check community, city or regional web sites, talk to neighbors, look at crime reports and neighborhood crime rates published by local police departments. Don’t be oblivious to what’s going on around you and as a result, not do much to protect yourself against crime.

With the economic mess we’re in, crime is up almost everywhere. Even safe neighborhoods are more vulnerable now. There are more desperate people out there.

If you live in a safe neighborhood, congratulations! Take full advantage of the comfort that can provide. But be cautious about not being lulled into a false sense of security!

How to Get the Best Return on Investment for Your Home Improvement Remodeling Projects

A home improvement remodeling project can actually make you money in the long run. Also, there are returns on your investment that have nothing to do with financial gains. The most important thing about remodeling your home is that you should have something in the end that is more valuable to you than it was in the beginning. There are several ways to improve your ROI.

1. Choose the right home improvement remodeling project.

Select a plan that will make a big difference in the value of your home. The two most profitable changes are updating your kitchen and remodeling you bathroom. These are the rooms with the most cabinetry, fixtures, and appliances.

When someone wants to buy your home, they will be impressed by a modern, beautiful kitchen. They will also pay strong attention to a well-designed and nicely-appointed bathroom. Not only will these two home improvement remodeling projects add to your home’s money value, but they will increase its intrinsic value to you as well.

2. Do not make mistakes.

If you spend extra time and money doing the job, you may end up with a huge investment in the project. Your home improvement remodeling job will only improve your situation financially if you spend less doing the project than the value you gain from the results. Sometimes extra costs can run up when you make mistakes in doing the job. You might buy the wrong supplies, break the supplies you get, or install them incorrectly.

However, hiring a home improvement remodeling company will assure that the job gets done right the first time. It may appear that you are getting the job done for less when you plan it out to do it yourself. Yet, if you have many false starts and wasted materials, you will probably profit more from using skilled remodelers in the first place.

3. Make sure you finish.

Many people start home improvement remodeling jobs only to leave them half-completed. Perhaps they do not have the spare time to do the work required. They might not make the financial commitment to getting the job finished. Maybe they just lose interest in the project.

For whatever reasons, there are large numbers of homeowners who have partially done projects making parts of their homes nearly unlivable. If you have started a project and do not see an end in sight, it is probably time to hire a home improvement remodeling company to finish it for you. They can put their full concentration on the job rather than having to think about it after work like you do. There is no shame in seeking help; the only shame is in leaving your home in chaos indefinitely.

Your home will bring more money on the market if your home improvement remodeling projects are completed, and completed meticulously. If you have the skills, ability, time and desire to plan a project, start it and keep it going through to the end, you may be able to make that return on investment a reality. If so, you can make it better, both in the increased price your home is worth and in the value you get from you home while you live there. If not, it is a good idea to think about hiring a home improvement remodeling company to help you out.

The $75,000 Home Improvement Bill – I Can’t Believe it Happened to Me

You’re not going to believe what you’re about to read, but this could happen to you. It didn’t happen to me and I really don’t know for sure that it ever happened, but you’ll get a kick out of reading it. $75,000 for a home improvement, come on you got to be kidding me. What was it made out a silver and gold?

A home improvement contractor over billed one of his clients, by mistake. It’s a simple mistake and it’s happened to me before. One time I sent one of my credit card payments, to the credit card company for $8,625 and they made a mistake and only entered in $86.25. Everyone makes mistakes every once in a while and when they fix them as soon as possible without creating a lot of problems, it’s even better.

This wasn’t exactly what happened with the $75,000 home improvement bill. The contractor made a mistake entering an extra zero into his credit card billing machine. Instead of entering $7,500, he put another zero into it. I can’t even imagine the look on the homeowners face, when they received their credit card bill which had a $100,000 limit on it and seen a charge for $75,000.

Could you imagine the look on the contractor’s face, when he seen his banking statement with a $75,000 deposit in it. The contractor didn’t leave town or was never heard from again. He’s the one who contacted his client and told them what happened.

They resolved the situation, even though that wasn’t the last time that this particular home improvement contractor made a mistake like that. Maybe he needs to go in for an eye examination or have someone else bill is clients. If you’re in the construction business, stuff like this happens all the time, hopefully it’s just not happening to you.

How to Avoid Common Mistakes in Home Improvement

Spring and summer are the ideal seasons for home improvement, whether you’re just focusing on window replacement or you’re knocking down walls to turn your dining room into a bowling alley – the weather is ideal and it can create a bit of chaotic zeal in homeowners. Sometimes the excitement of the seasonal change as well as the potential change in the home leads to mistakes in the home improvement process. Here are some of the more common mistakes… hopefully with the proper forethought you can avoid them.

Water Cutoffs – Before you start any renovation project in your home, even if you’re using a general contractor, you need to locate the water cutoff in your home as well as at the street level. This is especially true if you’re doing any renovation or improvement on the wet work areas of your home (kitchen, bathroom, etc.) If you know where the cutoff is you can quickly address an issue if disaster strikes.

Minimize Dust and Debris – Homeowners often neglect to consider that renovation and remodeling is messy. If there’s demolition involved of any sort, it’s even more so. Take the time to prep the work area for containment to minimize dust and debris from traveling around your home. Use plastic sheets for floors and hang drapes or screens in the work area. At the end of every work session, go over your area with a shop vac.

Don’t Rush – It might be fun to start swinging a sledge hammer to take down a wall, but don’t rush into any home improvement gig, especially where there’s demolition involved. Informed and careful remodeling is safe remodeling. Shut down electricity, check for load-bearing wall placement, cut water to the demo area, locate studs, pipes and wires, cut investigative holes in walls – make sure you know what you’re getting into when you prep to rearrange the floor plan of your home.

Protect Surfaces – If you have finished surfaces in your home, then mask them off. This includes cabinets, walls, baseboards, flouring, trim, etc. If you have tile work and finished countertops, cover those as well. There’s always the potential for dropped tools, flying debris, sharp debris, spills and other incidents that could mar the surfaces in your home.

Plan Around Plumbing – You might think you’ve got this home improvement gig in the bag but plumbing has a way of being a pain for many homeowners that shoot for DIY projects. Jobs also have a way of expanding suddenly as they deviate from the plans. Make sure you have end-stop fitting caps to close off pipes if you can’t finish in a day. This way you can turn your water back on.

Protect Floors – If you’re remodeling in a space with appliances then you need to protect your floors. Put down carpet or Masonite so that you can roll appliances around easily. Make sure the floor is clean and swept so that debris, dust and dirt can’t scratch the surface while you’re moving items around.