Simple Home Improvement Ideas

Your home is your sanctuary. It needs to be taken care of in order to not slowly break down (which does happen). Many people put off simple home improvement projects because they don’t want to deal with the time and energy involved. This is a big mistake. Not only can it cause irreparable harm to your home, it slowly lowers the value of your home overall. If you’re looking at maintaining your home and increasing its value, below are some simple home improvement projects you can invest time and money into.

1. New fences for your property.

Are your current fences falling down? Are they filled with holes or stained from the weather? If so, you may want to look into repairing or even replacing them. Your fence is the border of your property, you want it to look beautiful. Imagine a work of art with a broken frame, that’s what an old fence does to a beautiful home.

Depending on the style of your home, your personal preferences and the weather in your neighborhood, you can go with a wide variety of different fence styles. If you are looking for a fence that will last you a lifetime, go with vinyl. The hard plastic that is used to make vinyl fences will last through the toughest winters, hottest summers, and most brutal storms.

2. New kitchen cabinets/countertops.

This one might sound a little odd but hear us out… One of the most used rooms in your home isn’t your bedroom, office, or even bathroom, it’s your kitchen. It gets an incredible amount if “wear and tear” every single day – cleaning, cooking, etc. Having new kitchen cabinets or countertops installed can give your entire home a new look and feel.

3. Landscaping.

Hundreds of people probably drive or walk past your home every week. How does your property look? Do you have an attractive garden, shrubs, or trees in your yard? Little details like a garden and properly manicured grass make a big impact on how the outside of your home looks. Take a look at some of these amazing landscaping pictures. Imagine how much a little upgrade to your property could make it look better.

4. Paint.

One of the simplest home improvement projects that has the biggest impact (and is probably the cheapest) is painting both the inside and/or outside of your home. We have heard that it is recommended that you paint every few years. However, every five to six years is probably more manageable. What happens over time is that the walls in your home get scuffed, marked, and dirty.  Painting brings your home back to life!

5. Power wash.

So many homes in the New Jersey area have a thick layer of dirt and grim build up on them from years of harsh weather. Just like you need to take a shower, your home needs a wash every once and a while too. We recommend using a power washer for cleaning off your home (especially mold).

What ways do you improve your home? Let us know in the comments below…

How to Repair the Top Rail of a Chain Link Fence

Repairing the top rail of a chain link fence does not have to be hard. In fact, you can secure timely results with just a few simple steps. Chain link fences are designed to protect residential and commercial properties. They are also easy to install blend in with the décor of your property. While some designs differ, most chain link fences entail metal pipes that form the top rails. These, of course, are equal in size and strength, which support other fencing components. They also secure the right shape for chain link net. In order for your chain link fence to remain durable, the top rail must be strong. If the top rail is damaged, it should be replaced immediately.

Top Rail Repairs

If extensive damage are present, replacing the top rail is an effective solution. For normal damages, however, there are ways to fix the problems yourself. While it may seem tedious at first, the following tips are guaranteed to ensure a favorable outcome:

  1. The first step is utilizing large pliers to untie fence ties on the top rails. Do not, however, untie the fence ties from posts that secure support for the chain net.
    An adjustable or socket wrench is then needed to safely remove nuts and bolts from the rails. Lift up the rail end away from the bracket it is attached to.
  2. Use a hammer to tap the inner rail edges, which will loosen them. This will also remove the rail end entirely. Use the same method with the other side of the rail end. You can then slide out the pipe from the post line at the top of the fence line.
  3. The next step is to insert the new rail pipers on top and throughout the length of the fence. If needed, simply insert one side of the pipe into the rail end it is attached to. You then need to hit the end of the pipe, while fixing and positioning it into the end of the rail.
  4. The free end of the rail on the pipe should then be properly placed. This, of course, should be situated properly with the fence post bracket. A hammer can then be used to effectively place the end of the rail into position.
  5. The bolt hole within the bracket should be aligned with the bold hold at the rail’s end. Nuts and bolts should be inserted to fix the bracket’s rail end. The final step is attaching the fence ties to the top of the rail. This should be at equal intervals. Hook the chain link net ends with pliers and you are done!

How To Install a Vinyl Fence

More and more people are choosing vinyl fencing – it is tough and durable and it provides privacy, security and property boundaries. In addition to that, it is a great choice for a fence because vinyl requires no maintenance – once your fence is up it will stay there for many years before you need to replace it.

Vinyl fence installation is a two person job and it can take several days to complete depending on the size of the area that is being fenced. It is always better to get a professional installer to do the job – they have the necessary experience to ensure that the fence is installed properly and they will also be faster than a DIY project. That said, it is important for you to have a basic understanding of vinyl fence installation.

The tools required for this kind of job are general tools that you would get in most woodsheds including a digger, a level, a hammer, a drill, a screwdriver, a tape measure, a mallet and a trowel. As for materials, you need to have vinyl panels, vinyl adhesive, string, fence posts, fence rail brackets, screws, concrete mix to hold the poles in place, stakes and gravel.

What should you take into account before you buy your vinyl fence?

The first thing to consider is why you want to install the fence. Do you want it for security, do you want to create an area for kids to play, do you want a fence for privacy or are you just looking to make your yard more aesthetically pleasing? This should guide you to the best fence for your requirements. You should also consider the style of fence that will work best with your existing landscaping. Vinyl fences can today be found in a variety of styles and colors to suit varied tastes.

As a property owner, there are some important things that you must do before you commence on vinyl fence installation:

  • Discuss boundaries with neighbors whose properties adjoin yours so that you can agree on a property line.
  • Look into easements on your property deed. Easements are usually so that utility companies can have access when they need to and they can affect where you can or cannot put up a fence.
  • Contact your water, gas and sewerage companies to confirm that the fence doesn’t run along any pipes.
  • Apply for any necessary permits.

Once you have done all these things all that is left is to buy the vinyl fence and have it installed.

How to Choose a Pool Fence

As a property owner, it is up to you to ensure that your pool is safe by installing a fence around it. Because there is no federal regulation on pool fencing you will find that different states have different laws and some states don’t even have any laws. That said, whether or not you live in a state where pool fencing is not regulated, you must secure your pool for the sake of children in your neighborhood. Read more

Wood Fence FAQ

Wood has been used to create fences since the beginning of civilization. Many people who choose wood fences today are attracted by the fact that it is hardy and can last for years when treated properly and it can also be customized into any style that a property owner wants. We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about wood fences. If you have a question that is not covered here feel free to contact us. Read more

How to Maintain an Aluminum Fence

Maintaining a newly installed or existing aluminum fence does not have to be hard. While aluminum fences are known for their sturdiness and durability, they are not exempt from erosion and common wear and tear issues. According to industry experts, there are a few ways you can protect your aluminum fence and secure its longevity. This includes daily or weekly cleaning, along with shrub maintenance, painting, and especially repairs and upgrades. While the latter does not necessarily mean fence replacement, it can relate to staining and polishing which protects fences and components from weather related elements. Read more

How to Maintain a Wood Fence

A wood fence can be an ideal security barrier in any home. However, wooden fences tend to rot away over a long period of time and may soon lose their strength and beautiful look they once had. In general, wood fences are mostly made up of cider and redwood since they are quite strong and generally appealing. Additionally, cider does not rot faster and it’s a perfect option in wood fences. Nevertheless, if you can understand the simple ways to maintain fences then they can give you great service. The following are some of the main ways to maintain a wooden fence: Read more