Home improvements under $500 that may increase value

Before you begin your house improvements…

We’ll offer this pre-project tip that will make your life a lot easier: declutter.

“A common problem I see when I initially start working with a client is too much stuff that is not being used,” says Tracie Stoll, a DIYer, designer, and decorator who blogs at CleverlyInspired.com. “Declutter first—and in many cases, you can sell those extra items to make money to tackle home improvement projects.”

Now let’s get to the projects!

Make a splash in the bathroom

The bathroom is one of the most visited rooms in your home, and just a few changes can make it one of the most functional and stylish rooms as well. Simple touch-ups like regrouting and recaulking can instantly make the room look cleaner and newer.

Also, swapping out inefficient toilets, faucets, and shower heads for products that aid in water conservation can make a big difference. A low-flush toilet uses 20% less water than a standard toilet, and water-saving shower heads can help families save almost 3,000 gallons of water a year.

“Touchless water faucets are all the rage right now, especially if you have kids,” says remodeler and licensed contractor Mark Clement of MyFixItUpLife. “Touchless faucets are clean and easy, and there are literally thousands of fixture choices, including stainless steel, brushed nickel, chrome, and bronze.”

Just be sure to keep your fixture finishes consistent throughout the bathroom.

read more at: https://www.sfgate.com/realestate/article/Cheap-House-Improvements-Under-500-That-Will-12824464.php

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Common problems when buying an older home

Whether you live in an older home or are considering buying or remodelling one, there are old-house problems you should familiarize yourself with. Some may be seen as mere nuisances (charming even), but others can be downright dangerous. Before you take the plunge, get to know the signs and costs associated with the repair of some common problems.

First, just what is an older home? That’s hard to define. Anything 30 years or older definitely qualifies as an older home, in which some of the following problems may materialize, but clearly there is no magic number.

1. Foundation issues
If the floor is uneven to an extent you can easily see and feel while walking the home, the foundation certainly requires a thorough inspection by a structural engineer. But there are less obvious signs that commonly manifest themselves inside a home too.

Doors and windows that stick or do not latch properly can be caused by foundation issues, as can plasterboard cracks, especially over doors and windows. By executing a quick exterior inspection, you can check for bulges in foundation walls, or any section that does not appear plumb. You can also inspect the foundation for chipping and flaking, and if you see any, use a screwdriver to confirm the hardness of the concrete.

Hairline cracks in concrete are not usually indicative of a major problem, but an inspection by a certified structural engineer is the only way to know for sure whether something is an issue. Repairs to a foundation can be quite affordable, but if serious problems exist the cost will increase considerably, if they can be fixed at all.

read more at: https://www.domain.com.au/living/watch-five-common-problems-older-properties/?utm_campaign=strap-masthead&utm_source=smh&utm_medium=link&ref=pos1

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San Diego – Location of underground pipeline to move sewage from Morena plant to Miramar; will home values be effected?

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Red line is proposed sewer line

San Diego City Council Tuesday night unanimously passed the location of a high-pressure underground pipeline to move sewage from San Diego’s Morena treatment plant to a facility in Miramar.

Residents say they’re concerned the pipeline could break, wreaking havoc on the area.

Neighbors are concerned over traffic, noise, property values, and even smells seeping out of vents. There’s a middle school, park, and hundreds of homes nearby.

read more at: https://www.10news.com/news/residents-fear-proposed-sewage-line-would-break

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