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7 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO REMODEL YOUR HOME

Home, they say is where your heart is. Having our loved ones around us is beautiful, but having them in a beautiful home is pure bliss. The home is the centre of all our activities. Whether it is a single room or a mansion, it is where we go back to when we are done with the world outside. It is the centre of comfort, thus the saying, “feel at home”. 

The home provides all the necessary facilities we need for comfort, but sometimes we get used to how it looks, and we are relaxed. You know that boring look of yesteryears you are already getting comfortable around? Admittedly, it is time to get up and act. Here are 7 smart reasons you need to get your sleeves rolling, set for your home remodelling:

  1. Because you need more/less space

 Have you ever stepped into your home and feel something is not right? Sometimes we feel the house is crowded or too spacious. Most often than not, what you need to do is just to revisit the arrangement of the house.

You know those things you have never used and may never need? You may need to do away with them. You will be surprised at how much space you will create or cover-up.

  • Because change is constant 

Aha! Change they say is constant. As humans, we get quickly bored with routines and the same goes for looks. Once in a while, you may need to change the look around the house, so it has a different feel and set you running back home every time you are away.

Of course, your home should make you smile when you open the front door. Remodelling your house gives it that Midas touch you have always longed for.

  • Because you love beauty

You know, the grass is not always greener on the other side. We move around the neighbourhood and see beautiful apartments we wish are ours. But hold on! What if you repaint your walls, change the window blinds, and rearrange the sofa? You are sure on your way to having that beautiful apartment of your dreams.

Your bathroom may work just fine, but getting rid of that boring plain mirror and replacing it with a beautifully framed one won’t hurt. One thing you must never ignore is your comfort. Your home should feel like one, at least to you.

  • Because you need to be safe

Do you remember that leaking roof, the electrical fault in the bathroom, that big crack on the wall? Some home remodelling projects just can’t be put off.

These projects have to be carried out to save you and your family from catastrophic loss. Putting off these repairs may spell doom for the very family we love. Since the home is an essential place for us, safety must always be maintained. A stitch in time saves nine remember?

  • Because you need to increase your home’s value.

Beauty meets the eyes first, and the same goes for value. If you want to sell your home in the future, you may want to remodel it so you can get the most of it when you eventually put it for sale

Some of the projects that may yield immediate return are, remodelling the front yard, planting flowers around, fixing the front door and updating the kitchen or bathroom. Failure to remodel your house will make it look unattractive and outdated to buyers.

  • Because you may not need a new house

Searching for a new house can be stressful, not to mention the emotional ties you have to cut with your old house. Your lifeline might just be remodelling your home. You know, change the lightening, redo the floor, update your kitchen and bathroom etc. Your dream home may just be lying under scratch.

  • Because you need to upgrade the home’s function

Maybe a second bathroom would make things a lot easier during those busy mornings. Maybe your children need a study. Remoldeling so that your house functions better for you is an excellent idea, provided these changes don’t deplete the home’s value or decrease usable space.

Also, a heat pump, new windows, and added insulation are instances of remoldeling that can reduce energy costs over time. More efficient homes are easier to manage as you get fewer bills to pay at the end of the month.

The cost of giving your home may look scary, but taking a step at a time can make a huge difference. You can also invite your friends and family for a DIY project. Sounds like major fun, right? I think so too! But if you need professional help, look no further than ProRana!

How ProRana can help… 

If you’re considering any home remodeling project, you can get proper professional guidance from ProRana. We are house remodeling, property maintenance, and water damage restoration experts.

Contact us today to learn how we can help transform your home!

LAND DRAINAGE TIPS

Imagine if you always have to clean up the house because your shoes always bring in mud when you walk in. This is because your compound is always water-logged. None enjoys doing such tasks. 

Water-logged areas in your backyard or around the house can create a lot of harm. For example, plants will die if they are underwater for too long.

Even the wet areas can also act as a breeding spot for mosquitoes. Mowing your yard over wet ground becomes a difficult task too. These swampy areas may be caused by heavy rainfall or wrong plants that prevent water from being absorbed into the ground.

Why you should be concerned… 

If water flow is left uncontrolled, it can be awful because water may flow into any part of the house. And if left unattended, it can cause structural damages. For any structural damage in your home, you can reach out to ProRana. They offer the best consultations in remodeling and water damage restoration. 

What to do? 

In this article, we would look at simple Do-It-Yourself (DIY) drainage solutions. Many lands have natural drainage by which excess water flows from a water-logged area to lakes or rivers nearby. However, this natural drainage may be inadequate; hence, the need for human-made drainage.

If your land always looks muddy, use the following DIY land drainage tips to create a dryer land:

  1. Extend the downspouts to lead away from the house

Downspouts are vertical pipes that can be attached to your house to drain rainwater from the roof. Extending the downspout away from your house usually solves drainage problems.

How to extend a downspout: 

  • Measure where your downspout currently ends at the length you wish to extend it to.
  • Attach a downspout elbow to where it currently ends with a metal screw, pointing it in the direction you want.
  • Attach the desired length of extension downspout to the other end of the elbow. 
  • Create a rain garden

Having a rain garden is one of the best DIY solutions for land drainage. This is because a rain garden can help soak in excess water as water-loving plants. Also, a rain garden may be situated a few meters away from your house, and you can direct the extended downspouts towards the garden. 

All you have to do is survey your compound for a dry spot that can easily retain water. Then plant the right kind of plants on the land.

How to create a rain garden: 

  • Plants with deep fibrous roots are the best to plant.
  • Replace hard surfaces like concrete with penetrable concrete, porous brick, and stepping stones.
  • Example of plants for these are ferns, small, native trees, and wildflowers. You’ll find these plants at local plant nurseries close to you. 
  • Create a Dry Well

Dry wells are human-made holes filled with stones or gravel to receive drainage water and allow it to soak away into the ground.

How to create a dry well:

  • Dig the ground to the water capacity you want it to retain. A dry well could be large enough to receive a 10 or 15 minutes rainstorm.
  • You can expand the capacity of the well by burying special dry well containers.
  • Get the container of your choice to fit into the ground.
  • Surround the container by using gravels or any other porous materials when placed in the ground.
  • Make use of a rain barrel or basin

Rain barrels are large containers, just like the containers used for dry wells, placed at the bottom of a downspout. They are used to collect the water. The good part is that you can use the water collected water your garden and lawn when they are dry.

How to make use of a rain barrel

  • Get a barrel of different sizes, depending on your choice.
  • Place the barrel at the opening of the downspout.
  • If you have more than one downspout attached to your roof, get more rain barrel.
  • The more downspouts you have, the more water you can collect with the rain barrels. 
  • Construct a creek bed 

A creek is a natural flow of a small body of water which is often smaller than a river. A creek may also be human-made. A creek bed acts as a pathway where water runs through from a high water-flow point to a low spot. 

A creek bed is best used if the slope of the high water flow is directed towards the low spot because it would flow naturally.

How to construct a creek bed

  • Identity channels where water flows through especially after rain. 
  • Mark the natural flow with landscaping paint.
  • Dig a trench along the markings which could be 5 inches deep. 
  • Preserve the soil that you dug up as it would serve as part of the gravel.
  • To prevent weeds from growing in the trench, line the creek bed with landscaping fabric.
  • Cover the entire bed with gravel and the soil already dug up.
  • Carefully arrange the pea-sized pebbles from the largest rocks to the smallest into the trench.

Other ways include installing an under-ground drainage pipe or installing a French pipe

How ProRana can help… 

Before taking on any DIY home improvement project, you can get proper professional guidance from ProRana. We are house remodeling, property maintenance, and water damage restoration experts.

Contact us today to learn how we can help transform your home!

TIPS FOR SAFER PEST CONTROL

Pests come in different sizes and shapes – from the smallest of bugs (which are hardly visible) to rodents (which are visible), although challenging to catch.

But the size doesn’t matter; a lot of them carry deadly diseases and cause substantial inconvenience at home.

These pests may bite, destroy food crops, damage properties, or otherwise make our lives more difficult.

At some point, everyone will need to deal with these pests in their home. Before now, the use of chemicals to eradicate pests was the tradition. But we now know that a lot of the pest control substances of the past were toxic. Although chemicals are still used to eliminate pest, sometimes, the chemicals used now are much more harmless.

That said, let’s take a look at some helpful tips you can adopt for safer pest control. These tips will help you to unwind and enjoy your home and garden.

Remove things that attract pest and clear breeding areas for pest

The most effective way to reduce risks posed by pesticides is to use non-chemical control methods to reduce or eliminate pest problems. Around the home, such measures include:

  • Removing sources of food and water (such as leaky pipes).
  • Destroying pest shelters and breeding sites (such as litter and plant debris).

Select the appropriate product check label instructions

The next tip is selecting the appropriate product and using that product according to the label instructions. The label instructions are written to minimize the risk of problems and to define the legal uses for the product.

Taking a look at the label lets you know the active and other ingredients in the product. The active ingredients are used to kill, control, or repel the pests. But other ingredients may do a variety of jobs, like attracting the pest, spreading the active ingredients around or reducing drift.

Don’t use more pesticide than directed on the label. It’s not advisable to think that using twice the amount will do twice the job.

To know the risks associated with a particular pesticide, both the toxicity and exposure must be considered. The toxicity depends on the ingredients in a specific product.

Use protective measures

Use protective measures when handling pesticides as directed by the label, such as wearing impermeable gloves, long pants, and long-sleeve shirts. Change clothes and wash your hands immediately after applying pesticides.

Keep pesticide away from the reach of children and toys

Before applying a pesticide (indoors or outdoors), remove children, toys, and pets from the area and keep them away until the pesticide has dried or as recommended by the label.

Don’t buy more pesticides than you will need

If you have leftover pesticides, check with your local government to determine whether your community has a household hazardous waste collection program or other programs for disposing of pesticides. If no community program exists, follow label directions and any state or local regulations regarding disposal.

Consider home remedies

In many cases, if you have a pest in your home, then a natural remedy may work. For example, if you have a mouse in your home, you may be able to get rid of it with a live bait trap rather than poison. If you have insects on your household plants, then spraying them with neem oil or rosemary oil may get rid of them.

Note that, no matter what type of pesticide you use, you may not be able to get rid of pests completely. And even the most potent pesticides won’t continue to work overtime if pests find easy access to food and water in your home. But by following basic prevention tips and using pesticides sparingly when needed, you will likely be fine.

Hire experts

Before embarking on a pest control action, you have to identify the nature and type of pest that you are dealing with. Then proceed to hire the services of a professional pest control operator – that is if you can’t manage it yourself. Experts will be able to examine your home and garden for any sign of infestation.

It is highly essential to look for a pest control operator, who holds a pest control license. Due to the potential risks involved in handling pesticides, anyone who uses pesticides as part of a pest control business in some Countries must have a pest control license.

Even though there are risks associated with pesticide use, licensed pest control operators are trained to handle, store, and apply these substances safely. If a licensed and trained operator takes appropriate precautions to minimize exposure, the health risks will be greatly reduced.

If your home has been damaged by pest, ProRANA can help you restore it to its former glory. Let us manage your home Improvement needs so you can start enjoying your home instead of working on it!