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Commercial Code Inspection: Preventing Bad Building Investments

Commercial-Code-Inspection-Preventing-Bad-Building-InvestmentsPrevent Bad Building Investments by Getting a Commercial Code Inspection

Investing in a commercial property can be exciting in planning for future business. When you find yourself looking into the logistics of what it takes to maintain a new commercial property, permits should be at the top of your list. Unpermitted work can be a daunting flaw in your investment. Thus, causing a huge setback in many of your business plans. Keep reading to learn why you should always get a commercial code inspection done on any property before you purchase.

Lack of Commercial Building Permits Puts You at Risk

Many construction companies operate with a “whatever it takes to get the sale” mindset. Some might even offer to do the work without pulling permits to cut down costs and speed up the construction process. On its face, this might seem like a prudent move, but skipping permits is often a costly mistake.

  • You might find if the general contractor is willing to skimp on permitting, they’re skimping elsewhere. Unlicensed contractors, uninsured contractors, and untrained contractors. These are huge risks to safety for the workers, your employees, and your customers.
  • Previous owners skipped on permitting and your building is out of code. This might result in your business being shut down by the city or county, having insurance claims denied when you try to file, or not being able to sell the building at a later date.
  • You (or the previous owner) want to save on property taxes and don’t pull permits, which might trigger a new assessment. Later, when the property is assessed, your taxes are increased and possibly back taxes will be owed.

What to Ask For When Investing in A Commercial Building

Adding more risk when investing in a commercial building isn’t at the top of any investor’s list. Thus, ensuring that you find a trusted partner to help you navigate and obtain a professional code inspection for the commercial building is a must.

Professionals from our team at Classic Construction are not only well-versed in code compliance for new buildings and reconstruction, but are experts in helping navigate new commercial building investments. This ensures that the property is fully protected from surprises along the way with a professional code inspection.

What to Do If You Find Something Out of Compliance

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of finding something within the building that is out of compliance, the first thing you should do is NOT purchase anything until the situation is resolved and the issue is corrected. The seller should be responsible for bringing the building up to code before ownership is transferred to you. If they are not willing to do so, you might want to walk away from that property. If you choose to purchase it without inspection, you are now the person liable for anything out of compliance.

Reaching out to the building department is another great way to also inform you if there are any open permits on the property. It’s good to note that an outstanding permit that was never properly inspected is just as risky as untrained contractors.

Reach out to us today if you are looking into purchasing a commercial building but aren’t sure if it’s up to commercial code inspection and compliance. Not only is Classic a reputable company, but you can always count on us to get the job done right. On-Time. On Budget. That’s Classic.

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Is Multifamily Building Maintenance Causing a Loss of Business?

is-multifamily-building-maintenance-causing-a-loss-of-businessPoor Multifamily Building Maintenance Might Be Causing a Loss of Business

As we see more people building a family, multifamily housing marketing is becoming more common in the housing industry. With new builds bringing competition and old buildings maintaining structure, how are these conflicting markets affecting business? The things to consider when looking into multifamily housing range from the cost of living to upkeep and maintenance of the building and the appliances that you’ll be using during the duration of your time there. In this blog, we will be discussing how Multifamily building maintenance may be causing a loss of business.

Flooring

When it comes to multifamily living, flooring is a huge aspect when considering which apartment is the right choice for you and your family. No one wants to rent an apartment with old and torn-up carpet that hasn’t been replaced in years, so keeping up-to-date on the carpet and making sure it’s replaced after each tenant is essential when it comes to building maintenance. If you have tile or hardwood flooring within the units, making sure they aren’t cracked and outdated will help potential renters to choose your location. Keeping the inside of an apartment current and on-trend is one of the many reasons future renters will gravitate toward your complex.

Fixtures

Depending on how long it’s been since your latest fixture maintenance walkthrough, it’s quite possible that the fixtures may be outdated (or even at times non-existent). Cabinets with no drawer pulls or handles may not be as desirable as brand the new bronze-finish style that’s been popular in new builds. Units that have been rented for a long period of time without renovations may also have residents eyeing newer builds with modern stoves, microwaves, and washer/dryer combos.

As we’ve seen rents rise across the DFW metroplex, we have seen a high churn of residents who may jump from their current residence to a newer one that will charge the same monthly rate that has the latest and greatest appliances and fixtures.

Furnishings & Appliances

It’s a widely known fact that when a family comes together it’s usually in the kitchen! So when your current and future residents gather together you want to give them a space that’s sure to impress. Updating your appliances, cabinets, and more to a more modern feel can help the inner event planner choose your community over a competitor.

Another aspect that makes multi-family living really stand out is giving your residents a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. Having a bathroom with a comfortable tub and a vanity large enough to share are key components that you’ll want to think about when updating or building your community. At the end of the day, you want to make sure that your residents have a true place where they can relax and call home.

During this tumultuous time for residents and the competition for space, keeping units in a multifamily building is more important than ever. We have heard and seen multifamily residences lose residents in droves just for the lack of maintenance – which as most property managers know is one of the least desirable outcomes for a property.

Reach out to us today for a quote to recommend the best maintenance plan for your multifamily residence to keep your residents happy and attract new residents no matter the season.

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Annual Inspection Checklist for Multifamily Properties

Helpful Checklist for Annual Inspection of Multifamily Properties

Annual-inspection-checklist-for-maintaining-multifamily-properties Summer is right around the corner. This means families, especially those with kids, will be out and about ready to enjoy the summer sun while making memories to last a lifetime for multifamily properties. With this new excitement of outdoor play comes dangerous hazards! This can be anything from nuisances (Not sure what that is? We have a blog for that!) or cracked sidewalks that can cause trips and falls (You guessed it we have a blog on that too!). The best thing you can do as a multifamily owner or an HOA president is to get these hazards taken care of before the summer season and stay on top of these potential issues. Being proactive and taking care of potential issues as they arise is always recommended, however, doing an annual inspection is also a great way to find any issues or hazards you might have missed. As always, you can reach out to us if you need help with any maintenance that might come up. Below, we have provided a helpful checklist for annual inspection for multifamily properties below to get you off on the right foot to ensure your property is safe for summer play this year and many more to follow!

Amenities

Pool

Pool deck free of cracks and chips

Pool coping free of cracks and chips

Cracks or leaks inlining

Gate and safety locks in working order

Playground

Equipment is safe

Padding is checked

Fencing and safety locks are secure

Fitness Centers

Check door locks

Wall mirrors are securely attached

Weight and equipment mounts are secure

Courts – Tennis or Basketball

Gates and safety locks

Surface cracks

Fix faded or chipped paint

All lighting is in working order

Dog Park

Check and repair fencing

Gates and locks are working

Water stations or water pads in working order

Grounds

Sidewalks

Cracks within the concrete are filled

Curb ramps are checked

Surfacing and leveling issues are corrected

Landscape nearby is maintained

Parking Lots

Paint is visible/pavement striping

Proper signage is used

Safety gates and locks are working

Retaining Walls

Any stucco issues are repaired

Check for leaks

Check for mold on walls

Inspect for cavities or warps

Fencing

All fencing is stable

All holes or entrances are repaired

Buildings

Interior

Separated window seals

Check for mold around windows

Replace malfunctioning smoke detectors and fire extinguishers

Ensure HVAC systems are in working condition

Exterior

Clean and/or repair gutters

Check for broken or damaged shingles

Replace non-working lightbulbs or fixtures

Recreational Buildings/Clubhouse

Check for outdoor grill stabilization

Deep clean grills or cooking spaces

Check for loose hardware on fitness equipment

Dispose of any broken/damaged fitness equipment

 

We all know that the weather getting warmer can bring on amazing projects to keep your multifamily properties in shape and ready for a beautiful summer. At Classic Construction & Restoration, our full supporting staff is ready to shape up your commercial or residential property so that summer happens for you and not to you. Call us today for a free estimate on any of your property projects.

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Top 6 Spring Cleaning Tips & Tricks to Maintain you Home and its Value

Tips-and-Tricks-for-Cleaning-and-Maintaining-your-HomeClassic’s Tips for Maintaining Your Home This Spring

Getting your home into top shape, especially if you know you want to list your home for sale soon. But if you’re like most people, cleaning isn’t something you want to spend lots of extra time on, so you want the most effective cleaning for the time you invest. Here are some spring cleaning tips to help get your home in top shape and keep it that way while buyers are forming those crucial first impressions.

1. Start With a Checklist, But Be Able to Add as You Go

Don’t underestimate the mood boost you get when you check off a task! Use a to-do list app or an old-fashioned pen-and-paper to make a checklist. If you finish something, enthusiastically cross it off and revel in the feeling, letting that mood propel you further. Keep in mind that you’ll probably discover other tasks: rather than feeling like there’s “too much to do,” just know that you’ll eventually get to everything on the list.

2. Work Your Way Down to Avoid Redoing Cleaning

One tip that many everyday tidiers don’t think about is that you should clean from the top-down since gravity moves dust and dirt downward. Start with the top of cabinets in your kitchen, for example, and then the cabinets, countertops, and lower cabinets, since, by the end, you will have only been moving dust and dirt downward. While it doesn’t save wild amounts of time, it’s very disappointing to clean a floor and then go up to get the ceiling fan clean only to realize you’ve dirtied the floor again.

3. Look Through a Stranger’s Eyes

Many of us get used to certain things, from a cluttery kids’ room to the constant smudges on a glass door from the dog’s nose pressed against it. One way to identify what to work on next is to imagine how a friend, family member, or stranger might look at this room – if they didn’t live here, what would seem orderly and neat generally, and which things really could be redone? It may be sobering to realize that “good enough for our every day” is different from “ready for homebuyers to visit,” but better to do it while you’re in spring-cleaning mode!

4. Tackle a Whole Room in a Sitting, If Possible

Often, the boost of seeing a whole room get finished will be much better than doing small tasks in each room of your home. If you can carve out time to knock out a whole room, you may find that it motivates you to move to the next room when you have time again.

5. Airing Out and Reducing Moisture Save Time In the Future

Remember that areas that collect moisture develop smells, mold, and mildew, so even just the act of keeping airflow good and avoiding trapped moisture can save you a lot of cleaning. If you get a nice spring day with low humidity, try opening all the windows for a few hours while you’re cleaning – it’s good for any cleaning products with fumes too.

6. Invest in a Tool That Really Levels You Up

If you’ve been struggling with a low-suction vacuum or streaky wash rags for a while, invest in a nicer vacuum or some microfiber cloths that really make the work a pleasure and go faster. Yes, tools cost money, but if you are working to make your home really sparkle for sale, you may make up the small costs of new cleaning products by having a stronger sale.

In Conclusion

If you’re thinking of selling, or possibly updating your home or commercial property, you want to make sure you’re keeping it in tip-top shape! If you deep clean and find mold or other water damage, Classic Construction can help with remediation. Keeping a tidy space can also help you spot damage before it becomes structurally damaging. Call us today for a free estimate for damage repair!

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Make Energy-Efficient Improvements to a Property by Hiring the Right Contractors

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If you live in Texas you’ve likely seen (and felt) the rising cost of electricity that’s been happening since the “The Big Freeze” of 2021. It’s no secret that everyone has had higher than normal bills and while there are a lot of options to help reduce that with your power company (like free nights) updating your home can help too. Little things like properly venting your attic space to big things like swapping out your windows can all make huge differences to your electric bill each month and improve an energy-inefficient property. The trick here though is having the proper training and knowledge to do it correctly and that’s where Classic Construction comes in. We can spot opportunities to help maximize your savings, read on to learn more on how to make energy-efficient improvements to a property by hiring the right contractors.

Spotting Energy Efficient Opportunities

If your property or building is in need of renovation, you may want to take the time to look for places where you are losing energy. That’s money being thrown away! These days many building materials are made to be extra energy-efficient, from floor to ceiling. Places to spot where you may be losing “bought air” include your baseboards and flooring, around windows and doors, as well as the window material itself, and attics and roofing.

New energy-efficient windows are often double-paned with gas in between the panes as insulation, and many windows now have energy-saving tints, keeping AC in, and reducing heat from outside. It’s important to make sure all the seals are good and not crumbling. As buildings shift, your windows and doors may no longer be squared, so you can lose energy through tiny cracks around them.

Maximize Energy Savings

No matter what time of year it is, it’s smart to try to implement energy-efficient improvements throughout your home. From choosing the right windows that are properly insulated to choosing energy-efficient light bulbs for your home, the options are limitless!

Hiring a professional to help you decide the optimal ways to maximize your energy savings can be a great long-term investment, that will save you money on your electric bill for months and years to come.

Professionals are knowledgeable and can also help improve your property’s insulation to help the temperature stay regulated in your home. We also can easily add or renovate great tools such as a fireplace insert to give you natural warmth ambiance for the colder winter months. Remember, when trying to maximize energy savings, you should always have a professional analyze your home’s weak spots in order to prioritize your upcoming investments in energy efficiency.

An energy-efficient property doesn’t just have to be limited to smart appliances and solar – a well-versed contractor can find huge opportunities on your property that truly maximize the potential of the property itself and save you hundreds and even thousands over the lifetime of the property – well worth the investment.

If you’re restoring or remodeling your property, now is the best time to have the expert team at Classic take care of finding highly energy-efficient ways to improve your property! Reach out today for a free estimate!

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Safely Heating Your Property in the Winter

Tips on Safely Heating Your Property in the Winter

North Texas was never going to stay warm forever and now that we have cold fronts coming in. It’s about time to talk about how important it is to safely heat your residential or commercial property. Creating a safe environment to feel comfortable and warm during the winter months can be stressful after experiencing the 2021 winter storm but Classic Construction offers some tips on safely heating your property in the winter. From space and area heaters to the nitty gritty heating blankets, we’ve got you covered for the keeping each of your properties warm and safe this winter.

Space Heaters

Space heaters great for warming your space but are they bad for your place?

The short answer is YES!

Space heaters can pose several risks to your home or business when used incorrectly. The first and most important thing to note about using a space heater is ensuring that you never, and we mean never, leave it unattended or sleep with it on. They can cause an electrical fire that can ignite a home or business and quickly spread throughout your space. Additionally make sure that your space heater is plugged into a grounded outlet, which is one that has three prongs and your smoke detector is functioning properly. Lastly do not ever place anything on top of your space heater like clothing or blankets as these may have residue that can also quickly ignite. With proper use and care you can have your home or business toasty warm in no time with the use of a space heater.

Candles

Candles can be very relaxing and cozy when the weather starts to get cooler outside. However, any time you use an open flame or heat source for an extended amount of time, you put yourself and your property at risk. Thankfully, Classic is here to provide tips to help ease your mind when deciding to use candles this season.

  • The maximum burn time for most candles is four hours and should then be blown out to avoid potential hazards.
  • Electric and flameless candles as well as nightlights provide the same ambiance as candles, without the hazards that come along with candles making them a great alternative.
  • Remember to keep candles away from drafts, high traffic areas, as well as children and pets.
  • Always use a well-ventilated room, and always keep candles at least 3 inches apart.

Heating Blankets

There’s nothing quite like a warm blanket in a cool space – but don’t forget that this winter favorite also comes with its own set of hazards and safety concerns. If your heating blanket is 10 years or older, you may want to consider upgrading ASAP as almost 100% of electric blanket fires are caused by electric blankets older than 10 years.

New electric heating blankets feature safety controls that reduce risk of fire and burns and also feature temperature controls to keep the blanket from getting too hot. If you want an extra step of control and peace of mind, consider adding a smart outlet to your heating blanket to make sure that you can turn it off remotely if you accidentally leave it on when you leave your space.

Fireplace

We previously wrote tips on fireplace safety, including proper inspections, prepping and cleaning your fireplace, and how to choose the right wood. Our tips covered both gas and wood-burning fireplaces

Conclusion

If you have a commercial property, multi-family property, or residential home in North Texas, you know that when it’s hot, it’s really hot and when it’s cold, it’s ICE COLD! We’ve written some tips on heating your property safely to prevent fire damage including space heaters, heated blankets, and candles. If you experience a fire in your property or home, call Classic Construction right away for remediation! We work quickly, correctly, and with your insurance to restore your building to pre-fire conditions. On time. On budget. That’s Classic!

Structural Drying

Phases of Structural Drying

What is Structural Drying and When Do You Need It?

This December has been one of the warmest on record, however, the Farmer’s Almanac predicts our winter will be incredibly cold. We’ve previously given you tips on preparing your pipes for below freezing temperatures (link to Frozen Pipe blog), but if you experience a burst pipe during a below freezing weather event, we want you to understand how remediation works, including the phases of structural drying. Read on to learn how Classic dries your home or business to prevent mold and reduce damage to your building’s structure, which can include warped or rotted wood, warped sheetrock, electrical component damage and more!

Preparing your Home for a Cold Winter

Almost a year ago, most of us in North Texas can agree that we were not expecting the winter to cause damage to a lot of our homes and businesses. To keep the damage as minimum as possible for your properties, we at Classic Construction recommend getting ahead of the freeze with your at home generators to keep your power in case of rolling brown-outs. Insulating your pipes will be the other highly recommended preparation to keep your pipes from freezing and causing much unwanted structural damage to your property. Keep those weather and natural-cause notifications on during these colder months to stay ahead of any storms and keep your property safe from harm.

Causes of Trapped Moisture

Moisture problems tend to occur when excess moisture becomes trapped in a part of a building that should be dry. It can happen to any building and structure regardless of age. Some common mistakes that can lead to moisture issues are improper structure building, leaks in foundation, and damaged or aging pipes. These problems can be avoided by incorporating moisture controls into building designs such as proper gutter systems, condensation drainage systems, humidity controls, and an annual check up on pipes that might be cracked or leaking due to age. The key is to try to control moisture as best as possible so that it doesn’t accumulate where it can do potentially harmful damage.

The Structural Drying Process

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Water damage should be remediated as quickly as possible to prevent mold growth.

Extracting water is typically the first step of the structural drying process, followed by testing for mold damage and asbestos. If either of those are detected, they will be professionally removed. You might think that after extracting all of the water and any mold that the areas in the building or home may be dry, but water content can still be quite high – to prevent more mold growth, dehumidification is necessary to be certain that any excessive water vapors are collected. One of the final methods in one of the most common structural drying processes is to maintain a constant temperature in the affected area(s) – too hot and the dehumidification process may not be effective, too cold and mold may begin to grow once again. Although there are more approaches to structural drying, these are the most common strategies you can expect when experiencing structural drying on a property.

Conclusion

Though it’s been a very warm December, this winter looks to be extremely cold according to forecasts. We’ve listed some tips on preparing your home or commercial property for a cold winter, how moisture becomes trapped in typically dry areas of a building, and what structural drying looks like when Classic Construction performs water remediation. If your building has suffered a leak, a burst pipe, or a flood, call us today! We’ll work with your insurance company to quickly and completely repair your property!

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Choosing a Company for Maintenance in 2022

The new year is right around the corner and that means a new opportunity to establish a proper budget for your home maintenance in 2022. Planning how to develop your future projects will be the key to success when welcoming the new year. Read on to learn more about Classic’s construction and restoration process as well as our promise for your community’s 2022 maintenance plan!

Pre-construction/Planning & Staging

Apartment CommunityPre-construction is an important process where you should plan to mitigate risks associated with constructing a project, including evaluation of the construction site, permit and inspection requirements, and any other special situations that need to be resolved before or during construction. This initial phase of the project helps to lay out the project’s entire scope and schedule for the construction team as well as the client(s). Pre-construction helps allow the planning and staging process to go smoothly and quickly, as well as allow you to stay within requirements and budgets set.

Deployment

Classic Construction’s award winning team will take the expertly created plans and execute them. Our Field Managers and Project Managers are on-site to oversee the construction, demolition, or restoration crews and ensure all work is being done correctly, and up to code. Whether it’s a large roofing job, full fire restoration, or performing annual inspections and maintenance, we have the knowledge and certifications to deploy the plans, and the ability to correct when things aren’t going to plan, and our Account Managers will keep you in the loop as your project progresses.

Services We Offer

HOA and Condo CommunityClassic Construction & Restoration, Inc offers the full slate of construction and remediation services for multifamily dwellings and apartments, HOA communities, single residences, and other types of commercial buildings. We serve the greater DFW area, Austin, San Antonio, and are licensed to work in Louisiana as well. If you have a construction project large or small, Classic is the team for you!

In Conclusion

Classic Construction promises to deliver top-quality work on budget, and on time. Ring in the new year with a promise to value our clients as a top priority. From pre-construction, staging and planning, to the deployment of our team to your property, we only bring you the best quality service. Contact us for an estimate today!

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Getting the Chimney Ready for Fall and Preventing a Fire

Learn How to Keep Your Chimney Safe This Fall

Chimney on fireNow that the weather is beginning to cool, chimneys are ready to be lit. Warm and cozy evenings are bliss to everyone when you’re in the comfort of your own home but making sure your key comfort is safe for fire prevention will allow you to enjoy the fireplace when the time comes. From minimizing creosote build-up to scheduling inspections, chimney preparation is a key component to getting your home prepped for the cozy fireplace memories.

Preparing the Fireplace (regular and gas)

It’s not everyone’s favorite task to clean a fireplace, but it’s the first and most important step of getting your fireplace ready for the fall. Make sure to go outside of your home and take a look at the outside of your chimney to ensure that there isn’t any damage to the bricks, no cracks, loose bricks or gaping holes.

After that, make your way inside to clean the interior with a water and vinegar mixture or any fireplace-specific cleaning solution. Go ahead and grab a mask and use a vacuum afterwards to help you remove build up around your fireplace.

Hire a Professional for Inspection

Once you’ve prepared your fireplace for the fall, it’s better to be safe than sorry and hire a professional to come give your fireplace the final “OK” to fire it up. Some things that a professional may be able to catch that a homeowner may miss includes structural damage, broken or soon-to-break flues, and flues that aren’t quite closing all the way.

If you have a gas-burning fireplace, make sure to get an inspection at least every other year to ensure that it’s thoroughly cleaned. Having a professional find and prevent these issues can be the difference between a pumpkin-spiced sweet holiday or a visit from a team of firefighters.

Choosing the Right Wood

While it’s true that most wood will burn in a fireplace, choosing the right wood is important, not only for enjoyment, but for the health of your fire place.

  • Oak – Is considered the best wood to burn, for lasting longer as well as burns more evenly and hotter. However, to burn well, oak needs to be seasoned well and properly for at least a year after cutting.
  • Maple – Like oak, it is a great choice since it burns evenly and and slowly, creating less buildup and mess. You can use Red Maple, Sugar, or Hard Maple for great results.
  • Birch – Birch gives off a beautiful flame, but it burns very quickly and can cause a larger buildup in your chimney in a shorter timeframe.

Remember, regardless of the type of wood you’re using, schedule to have your chimney cleaned before it gets too cold out so it is ready to go before the first fire of the season.

In Conclusion

In the event that you suffer a fire in your local family home or community, give us a call.

Fall Homeowner Tips and Tricks

Resolutions Every Homeowner Should Have For Fall

With the kids back to school and fall in full swing, now is a great time to start thinking about catching up with things at home. During the summer, you were probably wrapped up in activities and the hustle-and-bustle, and tasks you were thinking of completing may have gotten put off. In fact, you probably don’t give much thought into being a homeowner on a daily basis. It’s second nature to pay the bills, fold the laundry, and put dinner on the table; however, we all know there’s much more to homeownership than that. The longer you’ve owned a home, the longer the to-do list becomes. Don’t let the small tasks like washing dishes and going to the grocery store distract you from tackling home improvements and projects you have put off, especially because as those small tasks are put off, small repairs can become big damage.

Now is a great time to get your goals in place! Here are three resolutions you can prioritize as a homeowner this fall.

Start those home improvement projects

If you’ve lived in your house for a while or if you live in an older home, you’ve probably accumulated and put off a laundry list of home updates either because you haven’t had the money to fund them or you simply didn’t have the time. You’re not alone — the average U.S. household has about nine home improvement projects waiting to be completed. And the longer you wait, the more costly they can become down the road.

This year, take on the projects that you’ve been procrastinating. Research experienced contractors, get quotes, or see what you could save money on by doing it yourself. While these projects might be daunting, some of the improvements you’re avoiding can actually be unsafe if not repaired. Therefore, it’s essential to get them done sooner than later. If money is scarce, you can find comfort in knowing that homeowners can use equity they’ve built in their home to acquire cash to put toward home repairs.

Cut back monthly expenses

Now is the prime time for you to reevaluate your spending habits. Homeowners have a running list of monthly payments from your Wi-fi, phone bills, utilities, to your mortgage payment. Add to that groceries, childcare, transportation, and any other home expenses, you might find that there’s not a lot of money left over to enjoy with your family or even store into your personal savings.

Look into ways that you can minimize your monthly expenses. For minor adjustments in your spending, search for more budget friendly products. For larger adjustments, you can also explore lower-cost options for major services you’re using like your wireless network or cable provider that could significantly decrease your overall spending. You can even consider going green, and investing in eco-friendly light bulbs, appliances, or even solar to not only improve your home but also save money on electricity. Any changes in spending, big or small, can successfully expand your freedom to spend or save with fewer concerns. The money you save can be put into some great low cost remodeling projects or help you redesign your kitchen and bathroom to get the space you have always wanted.

Get organized

Did you know that the typical American household contains approximately 300,000 items? That said, it’s no wonder that our homes get a bit messy every once in a while. And contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to wait until spring to do your spring cleaning – you can do it way more often and with much less stress!

When you have free time (it could even be just 10 minutes a day), start decluttering by going through one area in your room and setting aside a few items like clothes or household items that are old, worn, or unused.

Some of the things that are easy to part with (they don’t hold much sentimental value) can be resold, recycled, or even donated to a good cause. If there are items that you have a strong emotional connection to, you can store it in a separate location from your main living space, perhaps in the garage (off of the floor and preferably on a rack or shelf to prevent mold growth) or in the attic in a plastic bin for safe keeping. Make sure to keep it tightly closed to protect from bugs or rodents just in case! Remove items you can live comfortably without and look into new and creative storage techniques if you’re short on space. Either way, decluttering is great for keeping your home spic and span and a great way to keep you feeling refreshed in your own home.

In Conclusion

Home ownership is never a walk in the park. With everything on your plate, it’s no surprise that some projects get pushed to the back burner. Take the fall time as an opportunity for a fresh start. Be proactive, get motivated, and find ways to balance life so you can live happily and stress-free in your home now and transitioning into the holidays. If you need help with updates and repairs to your home, call Classic Construction & Restoration, Inc, for fill out our contact form for a quote!