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Increase the Value of Your Home

As the New Year begins and you look to fulfilling all your 2017 resolutions, we hope that you remembered to include home improvement among them. Home improvement projects that increase the value of your home are beneficial for many reasons, whether you’re looking to sell or stay, raising your home’s value is not as difficult as it seems. Here are some great tips to help get you started.

Make a plan. List all the things you want to change and improve on your home and research how much time and money will go into each project. After that, prioritize your list and focus on your cheaper or easier tasks first and leave the more challenging projects for last, as they may be less easily achievable due to time or cost.

Focus on one room at a time. Rather than working in several projects at once, focus on one, finish it, and then move on. Don’t stress yourself by overworking or leaving no room available for some R&R. Also, don’t forget about the little upgrades that will increase your home’s value such as replacing old faucets, doors, and outlet plates.

Keep up home maintenance. A well maintained home easily improves its value. Prevent mold before it spreads unchecked and stay on top of maintenance issues before they become expensive problems. This includes your home’s curb appeal. Accentuate your walkway or yard with flowers and lanterns and keep lawn and bushes well-trimmed and healthy.

Don’t forget the bathroom. One room that suffers the most over time is the bathroom. Take care of it or watch your home value decrease drastically. Watch out for mold, dirt, and grime as they can become embedded in surfaces quickly. Under-mount sinks are trendy right now so replace your faucet with those. Also, if you can, replace your countertop with marble or granite and replace your overhead lighting with wall mounds to add a relaxed mood.

Whether you’re looking to sell or stay, your home worth will increase dramatically with these simple tips. Your house will look newly renovated and have amazing curb appeal. Call Liberty Builders today, we can help!

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Termite Infestation? We can help!

Termites are active year round. However, their most active season is between March and November. The warmer the climate, the more active termites will be, so for Texas residents that’s a terrible thing. Termites are so damaging to homes because they feed on mostly wood. They’ll silently attack your home, cause structural damage, ruin your curb appeal and take money right out of your wallet.

How do you know your home is infested with termites? Many people can’t tell the difference between a termite and an ant. Termites can be differentiated by their straight antennae, uniform waist and wings of equal size, while ants have elbowed antennae, constricted waists and forewings that are longer than the hind wings. If winged termites are seen emerging from the base of a foundation wall, there’s a good chance the house is infested. Other signs of infestation are tubes of mud or dirt that extend over foundation walls, support piers, and more. Termites construct these tubes for shelter as they travel between their underground colonies and the structure. To determine if an infestation is active, break open the tubes and check for the presence of small, creamy-white worker termites.

Usually, there will be no visible indication that the home is infested. Infestations can go undetected for years, hidden behind walls, floor coverings, insulation, and other obstructions. Termite feeding and damage can even progress undetected in wood that is exposed because the outer surface is usually left intact.

How do you get rid of termites? Not many people have the special skills to rid their home of termites on their own. A knowledge of building construction is needed to identify the critical areas where termites are likely to enter. Many of these potential points of entry are hidden and difficult to access. A typical treatment may involve hundreds of gallons of a liquid pesticide injected into the ground alongside the foundation, beneath concrete slabs, and within foundation walls. Termite treatment is a job for professionals. Find a termite service company to service your home.

If termites have caused damage to your house, give us a call at (210) 714-1655 to see if there are any external repairs we can provide for you.

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Reduce Your Exterior Home Maintenance Costs

Your house is an extension of you. If the exterior looks bad, so do you. The outside of your home should be attractive, inviting, and not appear to be in need of major repairs. If it is, however, don’t worry too much, and keep in mind that cost-effective exterior home maintenance is definitely possible. It just takes time, research and the right amount of motivation.

Taking the time to choose just the right materials for your home exterior projects will cut down on future frustrations and repetitive replacements. Here are some great options:

Metal roofing is a great investment because it protects against fire and bad weather. It’s also great for reflecting sunlight to reduce cooling costs in the summer and insulate in the winter. Met roofs can last up to 60 years.

Vinyl siding is a cheap, low-maintenance substitute for traditional wood when choosing a siding material to protect your home. Some perks to vinyl siding are that it’s perfect for larger houses where painting would be difficult, the material is synthetic and doesn’t require any finishing, and it is also unaffected by insects and water.

A fiberglass or metal door offers an attractive alternative to your entryway with minimal maintenance. With its weather-tight fit that seals out water and air leaks, you’ll reduce your energy bill, and by choosing a fiberglass or metal door, you’ll protect your home from intruders, extreme weather conditions, and pests.

Your final alternative to reduce exterior home maintenance is opting for a composite deck, which will prevent splintering, warping, and rotting. Made from a mix of wood and plastic, composite decks don’t lose their strength and beauty over time as a result of age or weather damage. Upkeep will be minimal as you’ll won’t have to repaint or sand your deck.

Check out our website to see if we can assist with your exterior maintenance needs or give us a call at (210) 714-1655.