Money Saving Tips For the New Homeowner, Part 1

As soon as you’ve moved into your new home in Las Vegas, you may wonder what you should do next. If you’ve unloaded your boxes, unpacked you things, and are wanting to feel settled, look no further! We have just the tips for you. Right when you arrive is actually the perfect time to start a checklist of ways to save money in your new home. Start on these things as early as possible, and watch your savings grow. Check the insulation in your attic If you have an unfinished attic, stick your head up there and take a look around. You should definitely see some insulation up there, everywhere. There should be at least six inches around the area, and more if you live in the northern part of the United States. If there is not an adequate amount of insulation up there, or if your insulation appears to be damaged, install new insulation immediately. Having the right amount of insulation will drop your energy bill when it comes time to pay it. Lower your hot water heater temperature If you lower this to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, this is the optimum temperature for your hot water heater. Most people do not utilize water that is hotter than that, and this means energy used to keep the water that hot isn’t effective. Lower the temperature on your water heater and you’ll never miss a beat. Toss a water heater blanket over your water heater While most modern hot water heaters are well-insulated, some are insulated much better than others, and many older heaters aren’t insulated well at all. If...

Flooring Tips for Your New Home, Part 2

Selecting flooring for your new home is something that can be a bit daunting at time. Choosing new options or creating the best environment for your home is something that may hurt you or help you in the long run. It is quite the process to replace flooring, so it’s wise to choose the best possible flooring upfront. If you are looking for tips on the types of flooring you should have in your home, read on to find out more. Stick to the advice on your adhesive’s directions When you are gluing down a wood floor, be sure to check the drying time for your particular brand of adhesive. Work in small sections, so you don’t spread more adhesive than you can cover before it dries. If you do not follow instructions, your floor may pop up or bubble up after you have laid it, which may require a lot of fixing to get it back to normal. In a damp area? Try engineered wood This is ideal for basements and other areas where moisture may be an issue. Engineered wood flooring consists of a top layer of real wood attached to multiple, thin layers of fiberboard or plywood. Depending on the thickness of the veneer, engineered wood can be refinished once or twice to your liking. This is a great way to keep out stains and other problems that may come from thin wood. Test your stain before laying it When it comes to staining, wood is very unpredictable. Before covering your entire floor with stain, test a small area or a sample piece of wood that...

Flooring Tips for Your New Home, Part 1

Installing flooring in your new home can be a fun and exciting thing that adds much depth and beauty to your home. If you are unsure about what types of flooring to use, we have the best tips right here for you. We will show you the pros and cons to certain types of flooring, and you’ll understand how best to incorporate these things into your home. Lay floors for maximum strength Many people choose to install their floorboards lengthwise across the room in order to have it look the most pleasing aesthetically. However, it is important that, when you are deciding, you should run these perpendicular to your joist. This will make sure your floor is as strong as possible, and will also prevent warping or separating in those pieces in the long run. Start with a level surface Before installing any type of flooring, it is important to make sure your subfloor is completely level. If there are any voids underneath the floorboards, the floor will squeak. Try leveling your floor with sand and top it with a rubber underlayment made from recycled materials. This will help ensure that your floor is as sturdy as possible, and will not squeak once it is completed. Lay a subfloor if needed If you plan to glue down your floor, the only preparation you need is to level it. If you want to nail down your floor, you must nail a subfloor. Be sure the total thickness of the flooring plus the plywood is enough to receive the nails. If not, you will have nails poking up through your flooring,...

Tips on Buying Your Home

If you’re looking for a home for sale Las Vegas, now’s your chance! You can find yourself a great home if you follow the right tips. The first step is to find yourself a great real estate agent. Here at Lewis Real Estate, we can find you the best agent possible to fulfill your house hunting needs! We can inform you of what is available in certain areas and in the market you are looking for. Buying a home is one of the largest financial investments you may ever make in your life. It is a major commitment and responsibility, but it can also be a thrilling experience and a very exciting time of life. Here are few things to think about before buying your new home: Get pre-qualified It is important now to prepare for the financing of your home. Start with a review of your own fiances and then work with a qualified mortgage broker or bank to get a very clear picture of affordable home options. If you’re looking for a home in a certain area, find out the price, and then talk to your banker to see if it is within your price range. This will help you to look ahead to what you can afford, without getting your hopes up too high if you can’t quite make the cut. This will help you be realistic about the purchase of your home. Prepare for your down payment A down payment of even a few percent can make a big difference in what type of home and financing you can get. How much do you have?...

Dos and Dont’s for Adding Value to Your Home

It’s always a good idea to increase the value of your home as much as possible. If you’re wanting to sell your home, or just allow it to have the best value it can, follow these dos and don’ts. DO Build a garage or off-street parking area. Many families have more than one car, so extra space is always an advantage. Garages are also attractive as they can be used for many different things. Build a nice extension. If you extend your home, you can increase the square-footage. By doing this, you can also increase the price! However, a bad extension can bring down the value of your home. Make sure you get permission from your local council, or you may be forced to take it down and lose your money. Loft conversion. If you haven’t already, getting your loft converted will add value and space to your property. Check with your planning office before starting the conversion – you’ll have to get approval and conform to fire regulations. Make sure it’s done well. Have beautiful outdoor areas. It’s vital to never forget to neglect the gardens. A great one will add value to your home. If your garden is big enough, you may consider putting a summer house in it. Do it yourself. If you are on a tight budget, the best way to save is to do some work yourself, then get professionals to finish it. For example, if you want to re-tile your bathroom, remove the old ones and prepare the floor for new ones. DON’T Add a swimming pool. Surprisingly, this may lower the value...