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Homeowners Spend $2,000/Yearly on Maintenance

The cost of homeownership is more than just a monthly mortgage on the home of your dreams. Along with the down payment, insurance, utilities, a new homeowner is also shelling out money for home maintenance services in order to keep it running smoothly month to month.

According to Bankrate.com, homeowners on average spend $2,000 a year on home maintenance, which includes landscaping, housekeeping, and plumbing services. Additionally, 63 percent of homeowners use at least one recurring home maintenance provider while another 35 percent use at least two!

Homeowners tend to spend the most on housekeeping at $285 per month, followed by homeowner’s association dues, and landscaping. The next most popular services were home security systems, pool care, snow removal, septic service, and trash and recycling collection services.

With that being said, owning a home is not cheap! Homeowners have to prepare for major repairs, such as roof leaks or blown-out air conditioners. Budgets need to be set for property taxes, which can cost over $200 each month. Maintenance services are convenient and will save time but they are a detriment to a homeowner’s bank account if the budget does not exist.

To avoid running into a financial crisis, Liberty Builders recommends two important factors for maintenance costs:

  • Create a home maintenance fund to go along with other savings accounts and avoid using credit cards or loans for unexpected home repair costs.
  • Make better short-term and long-term housing decisions by factoring in the $2,000 estimated maintenance costs when deciding if buying a house is affordable.

Agents should focus their clients toward homes they can comfortably afford, however that is not always the case. Ask an agent to help with this dilemma when house hunting.

At Liberty Builders, you can rely on reasonably cost effective services for your exterior home. We will even throw in a free in-home consultation and take you step-by-step on costs to avoid a hole in your wallet.

After photos of remodel of siding of garage

Liberty Builders Provides the Best Siding Services

What is siding? Also known as wall cladding, siding is the protective material attached to the exterior side of a wall of a house or other building. Liberty Builders of Texas is the largest Mastic Siding applicator in the state of Texas and is one of the top dealers in the United States, year after year. We are the only Mastic Elite Contractor in San Antonio and the surrounding area.

There are some requirements that need to be met in order for a contractor to even be considered for the Mastic Elite status. Liberty Builders of Texas exceeds all of them. It is important to note our installers renew their VSI certification every three years, and every single sales person and manager attends monthly product training seminars.

Our entire team is committed to providing you with all the details of the products and services we offer. Your exterior siding project will be in good hands with our highly trained and certified specialists.

Liberty Builders of Texas has successfully completed more siding installations than any other company in San Antonio. Windows, doors, and garages can sometimes be difficult to work with, but our skilled crews have restored some of the most complex residing projects in the area.

Our siding gives your home the classic look of freshly painted wood with exceptional durability. We have a siding option with a truly “authentic” wood grain embossing without the maintenance of real wood. Based on an average-size home, repainting or staining can cost up to $6,000 every four years. Liberty Elite Siding never needs painting, caulking or patching because, unlike wood, it won’t crack, peel, rot or split.

If you are interested in siding for your home, call Liberty Builders of Texas today for a FREE in-home consultation.

Contemporary family home

Focus on These 5 Qualities When House Hunting

There’s so much that goes into purchasing a house. You want to find the best house you can turn into a home, in the area you want, and for the best price. It can be difficult and not every house you spot is going to be perfect, so focus on these five home features that could save you money and give you the best value.

1. Plumbing Accessibility: How a house ages is based on how it was built and even designed. Make sure the house you’re eyeing has an accessible plumbing system. The more you have to work to access your plumbing, the more money you’ll have to pay. Leaks and clogs could be difficult to solve when you have inaccessible plumbing, so keep that in mind.

2. Wiring: If you’re a lover of older homes, you could come across wiring issues that could be dangerous and costly to fix. If you go with an older home, make sure to get an inspection on the house’s electrical system.

3. Structure: When you’re walking through a vacant home, examine uneven floor boards, doors and windows that are difficult to open due to shifting, and cracks in the home’s walls (exterior and interior).

4. Energy-Efficient Windows: Look for houses with new, energy-efficient windows. This could prevent air conditioning and heating from seeping out of the sills and reduce your energy bill.

5. Lifestyle: Think of how you’ll use your home. If you’re going to utilize your bedroom and office more than any other room, those rooms should probably be bigger than the kitchen or living room. If you don’t have kids, don’t look for a four bedroom home. If you love to cook, find a house with a roomy kitchen. You may not need a house with a foyer and a living room. Consider these small but effective lifestyle choices when choosing the right home.

Home repairs can be pricey and the more you know about what to look for when buying a house, the more money you’ll save in the long run.

Luxury house with beautiful curb appeal

Counting the Ways to Boost Your Curb Appeal

If your neighbors are boosting their curb appeal, you need to join the bandwagon. Don’t allow your home to fall behind on the maintenance everyone else is managing to do to their homes. Renovations to your home not only boost your curb appeal, but also allow your home to sell at a higher price and attract businesses to your neighborhood. Here are three ways to boost your curb appeal.
DIY: Do-it-yourself projects are projects you can do on the cheap. They will boost your curb appeal, provide a great workout for you, and a fun bonding experience if you include your family in the projects. DIY projects could help lessen the amount of maintenance needed on your home if you’re looking to sell. You’ll also end up spending more money. Yearly DIY repairs are recommended.
Some DIY tasks to boost your curb appeal include touching up paint, sealing cracks in the driveway and sidewalks, pressure washing your home’s exterior, and replacing damaged windows.
Hire a professional: If you have bigger projects to complete, you’ll need to get with a reliable company to help with these tasks. Your home should be inspected every seven to 10 years to check for repairs or replacements.
Call a professional when you need services done that include siding replacement, painting, and replacement of gutters, windows, and doors.
Learn to Landscape: If you already don’t know how to garden, you need to learn to boost your home’s curb appeal. This includes keeping your lawn cut and watered. Pull weeds, fertilize, trim your bushes, remove dead wood, and fill your garden with beautiful flowers and plants.
Liberty Builders can help with some of these services. We’ll be glad to go throughout your home’s exterior with you and examine the repairs it needs. We offer a FREE in-home consultation. Give us a call today!

Open porch with concrete floor

Cut Energy Costs with a New Door

The front door is your first impression of your home and should be a reflection of your personality and your home’s style. At Liberty Builders, we’ll replace your exterior doors because it is one of our core replacement products. If your doors are old and starting to rot, it may be time to look into replacing your exterior doors with something more energy efficient.
Door replacing is not something everyone thinks of when it comes to enhancing the appearance of a house, but there are many good reasons why you should look into it. Replacing your old door can help to improve your home’s appearance and curb appeal, drastically! Also, having a quality exterior door will help you save money on your energy bill, especially for those of us dealing with the high temperature of the San Antonio weather.

Liberty Builders provide energy efficient doors to their clients because it benefits them and their home in many ways.

• They reduce drafts and cut energy bills.
• They provide up to 4 times greater insulating value than wood.
• They have tight seals.
• They have an adjustable sill and threshold.
• They are Energy Star and National Fenestration Rating Council certified.
• They have insulated decorative glass options.
• They have low-E glass available in select styles.

Liberty Builders also offers a wide-range of exterior doors to choose from including fiberglass doors, sliding glass doors, and patio doors.

Call Liberty Builders today for a FREE in-home consultation.

Man power washing his driveway to keep it clean

Summer Exterior Home Maintenance Checklist

Summer is here and you need to make sure your house is ready to handle the unpredictable South Texas weather. A change in season comes with a new set of maintenance to-dos for your home and the exterior. Maintain your home now to prevent any future problems and prepare for the fall.

• Touch-up your exterior. Make the exterior of your home more presentable with a simple paint job.
• Analyze your deck. Check for signs of rotting. If it’s an older deck, it may be time to repair or replace altogether.
• Inspect your hose. Examine your hoses and faucets for leaks, as this could lead to a big waste of water and a higher water bill for you. Applying some electrical tape around the hose could easily fix the problem.
• Inspect the air-conditioner. This is the busiest time of year for your AC. Clean the filter and make sure it’s still running in top shape. You still have one more month of warm weather to get through. While you’re at it, keep the shrubs that surround your AC unit trimmed and pruned.
• Check the crawl space. Moisture in the crawl space of your home can cause mold and rotting. Cover the space to prevent moisture from coming up through the ground.
• Inspect the attic as well. Look for signs of pests, insects, water leaks, or mold. Also, turn off the lights and check for signs of daylight seeping through. If you spot this, it’s time for an attic repair.
• Repair your driveway. Examine the driveway and other concrete areas around your house for cracks and holes. Use concrete repair caulk and asphalt crack sealer to repair the cracks.
• Finally, clean your house’s exterior. From the roof to the exterior windows, window screens, to the patios and sidewalks. A good power washer should do most of the work.

Keep following Liberty Builders blogs for the latest in exterior home maintenance care.

Stamped Stained Concrete on outdoor patio

Pave Your Way with Liberty Builders

Liberty Builders offers a large list of services to our clients in order to assist them with the remodeling of their home’s exterior. Consider a concrete project to add to your home this summer. We can either replace the current concrete you have in your exterior spaces or add new concrete to improve your home’s curb appeal. All it takes is one phone call to start the process!
Liberty Builders offers two forms of concrete projects: Stamped Concrete and Stained Concrete.

• Stamped Concrete is concrete that replicates stones such as tile or brick. It is also referred to textured or imprinted concrete. You can gain a high-end look of stone pavement at a low cost. In recent years, stamped concrete has become a popular choice.

• Stained Concrete is created from acid-based chemical concrete stains to achieve color schemes that resemble stone, marble, wood, and more.

There is no limit to where these services can take place. Liberty Builders can provide either concrete service to your porch, backyard patio, or driveway. Give Liberty Builders a call today for a FREE in-home consultation at 210-714-1655.

Back of deck of house after remodel

Plan for a Beautiful Patio Cover this Spring

Protect yourself from the April showers this month! What better way to do that than with a new patio cover? While it warms up out there, you can also protect your eyes and skin from the sun. There are many reasons to add a patio cover to your home, including the fact that it will increase your property value and add curb appeal. If you’re thinking about it, consider Liberty Builders to help, we’re the patio cover experts.

Patio Covers are a necessity in the San Antonio area. They provide shade from the sun and can protect other property during inclement weather like springtime thunder storms. Although Liberty Builders of Texas can build you a conventional wooden construction patio, patio roof systems and carports, most of our customers decide to move forward with a more energy efficient and maintenance free system.

Our patio covers are designed and constructed from a high quality structural aluminum panel. These panels are permanently laminated to an expanded polystyrene foam core. The insulated covers that we build will insulate against the heat and cold giving you the ability to enclose them into a screened porch or glass sunroom in the future.

We have multiple color options available for your new cover. Don’t forget to use some of our upgrades like ceiling fans, floodlights, fluted columns, and even stereo speakers. Just like all of the products we offer, they come with limited lifetime product and labor warranties. And remember, all our covers are also maintenance free!

We’re here to help you achieve your patio cover goals and will recommend the best options for you and your house. Call Liberty Builders for a free in-home consultation today.

Siding repair demolition

6 Biggest Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

When considering renovation, you are free to dream big! You can have all the trending home styles and apply a more modern look to a tired house. But if you’re selling or flipping, you may not want to go overboard. Consider the buyer in search of a new home. Will they enjoy the extra room you added in place of a garage? Will they enjoy a pool in place of a big yard? You don’t know what the prospective buyer will want and chances are they will renovate the home once purchased. When renovating a home, balance is key. Follow these tips to avoid renovation mistakes that could hurt your property.

  1. Pay attention to the demands of your market. Adding a basement to a Texas home may not do much for the property value of your home, but adding a screened porch will. If your neighborhood caters to families, skip the luxurious restorations and stick with something simple. What you think works in your house may actually not work for another owner.
  2. Avoid open space. Opens areas and larger rooms may be the current trend but this might make your home appear smaller. To avoid this, use a half-wall with built-in shelving or widen a doorway into an archway. A large master bedroom is appealing to anyone but not at the expense of other bedrooms. Consider investing in a master addition instead.
  3. Don’t build that pool. Pools are simply a never-ending buildup of maintenance costs or a highly dangerous area if you have kids. If you’re selling your home after a renovation, a pool will not be a good investment, especially if you live in an area with a neighborhood pool.
  4. Updating one room on an old house is useless. Save renovation costs by selling your home as is and they can do the dirty work. If your home is outdated, tackle the entire home as one single project as your budget allows.
  5. Build back, not up. If you’re going for room additions, adding a second floor is costly, time consuming, and will create less space on your lower level by adding a staircase.
  6. Don’t settle for trendy. Nothing stays the same in the world of design. Eco-friendly restorations won’t do too much to increase your property costs and the latest sink design will eventually get tired. Be creative with your renovations but don’t settle for what’s popular now.

Want more tips? Give Liberty Builders a call. We can help!

Gutter and hail damage of a home

Protecting your Home from a Hail Storm

The month of March marks the start of hail season! 2016 was one of the most severe hail seasons in our state’s history. According to CoreLogic, the April hail event in San Antonio affected over 263,440 properties and resulted in an estimated $334.5 million in damages. Overall in Texas, hail damage resulted in total losses of $689.6 million. This time of year, focus on preventing exterior property damage before it happens.

There are a few ways to protect your home and outdoor items from hail:

  • Have your roof inspected to ensure there isn’t anything that could make it susceptible to hail damage. The best way to repair your roof is when the problems are found, and not when multiple parts need to be repaired. A strong roof could prevent hail damage.
  • Keep your home free of surrounding dangers. Trim the trees that surround your house regularly or you might experience branches falling and damaging your home during a storm.
  • Remove all valuables out of the open area. Before a hail storm arrives, move all outdoor valuables (patio furniture, barbeque pits) to a covered area like a carport or a garage. Not only can those valuables be damaged, but the weather can cause those items to seriously damage your home as well.
  • Don’t forget the windows. Hail can break your windows so close your drapes, blinds, and shades in the event of a hail storm. This will prevent broken glass to blow into your home and cause more stress for you.
  • Protect your vehicles. Park your cars and other vehicles in your garage or under a carport.

Call Liberty Builders today and ask how we can protect your roof and the rest of your home from a damaging hail storm.