Interior Home Painting – Projects for Fall

With fall just around the corner, it’s a good time to take a look at some inside projects.  The interior of your home is usually painted a color by the contractor who built the house. It is usually a neutral color.  Whether you are moving into a new Las Vegas house, or you have been living in the house for a while, you may want to repaint some of the rooms with a fresh coat of paint. This will brighten up any furniture and window coverings that you may have had for a while.

Many people choose to paint a room one color, or paint only one or two walls, creating an accent wall.  You can use this accent wall to help coordinate your window coverings and accessories.

A popular color these days in the Southwest is orange. If you like this color or any other color you can paint an entire wall or use an accent to add just a pop of color to the room.

It is important to choose the correct finish. You can choose the popular egg shell or choose a lovely satin finish. Using a gloss finish is usually practical in a room where you may have to wipe down a wall, so the kitchen or the bathroom makes the most sense to use this finish.

Have fun with paint & don’t be afraid to experiment!  Remember “ITS ONLY PAINT”!  And if you want us to help you with an interior painting project, give us a call, painting is our SPECIALTY!!!

Winter or Summer? Is there a better time to add a Storm Door…

A storm door is a door that is installed outside of an exterior door.  It can add to the beauty of your home and help you save on energy costs during the winter or summer in Las Vegas.  Using a storm door makes so much sense, especially here in southern Nevada.   There are so many days in the spring and fall when we do not need to use our air conditioning and a storm door could help the conditions inside your home during those months as well.   All you need to do to get fresh air into the home is to open the front door, and let the air flow through the storm door.

Most storm doors can be interchangeable too, where the door can easily be converted to screen for the summer months and glass for the winter.  Storm doors can also be locked for safety purposes.   Storm doors are an easy, low-cost home improvement.  So think about adding a storm door, and improve the look of your home while increasing your energy savings!

Winter Storage Problems? Garage Shelving and Storage Cabinet Solutions

Everyone can use more storage. Especially here in Southern Nevada and the Las Vegas Valley where houses are not built to include a basement, and the only storage we have is in our garage. Installing shelving and cabinets not only gives you so much more storage it gives you chance to organize your garage, and expand the efficiency and space of your home.

Here are a few handy tips that may help you do it yourself, or give Your Las Vegas Handyman a call, we would love to help:

Make sure shelves or cabinets clear garage doors, garage door tracks and service doors.

Keep cabinets and shelves above head level in foot traffic areas, and away from doors so you don’t bump into them.

Remember to allow enough space between the ceiling and the shelving for tall items you plan to store.

If you have a large pickup truck or SUV, make sure your shelving or cabinets don’t obstruct the doors

Preparing For Winter…in the Desert

Save on energy costs during the winter here in Las Vegas and all throughout Southern Nevada by replacing old doors on your home. Front doors, back doors, or even a side access door to your garage can be a big energy waster. Keeping the cold air out and the warm air in during the winter months helps to keep the heating bills down too.  With the rising cost of energy these days every penny of savings goes a long way in making Southern Nevada and Las Vegas a ‘Greener’ place to live.

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Replacing old doors also saves money and energy during the summer months which here in Las Vegas can average 95 to 105 degrees for months. Also, the extreme desert heat we have here in the southwest causes the rubber around the doors to crack and peel. Replacing that also helps save on energy. Replacing the door to keep the heat out and the cool air in is a good idea and also a ‘Green’ idea. So replace that door with an energy efficient one, and improve the look of your home while increasing your energy savings!

Las Vegas Handyman Tip #108 – Tile Flooring

Tile flooring is a smart choice for homeowners today. Not only does it look beautiful but it can dramatically increase the value of your Las Vegas home.

Tile flooring will not stain, and is 100% fire resistant making it a safe and smart decision for you and your family.  Tile floors are also incredibly durable and easy to clean.  Tile flooring can last up to six times longer than traditional carpeting, and costs much less to maintain.

It is also proven that homes with tile attract the attention of home buyers faster, and that can be very important when selling your home with the growing real estate market.

Tiled floors can be installed in one day or less.   A Las Vegas Handyman can repair and help keep the cost of your tiled floor to a minimum.  If you are looking to purchase flooring that is durable and functional, tile would be great choice for your home!

Las Vegas Handyman Tip #107 – Hardwood Flooring

Pulling up carpeting & installing hardwoods can instantly improve the beauty of a room.  There are so many different styles & colors to choose from.  Wide or narrow planks, light, medium or dark tones.

If real wood is too expensive you can always install laminate wood floors. They are not as expensive but just as durable.  Whether you choose real wood or laminate, either one will improve the beauty of one room or if you choose your entire Las Vegas home.

So next time you are in your home improvement store, check out the hardwood flooring…..you will be impressed at the selection.

Las Vegas Handyman Tip #106 – Granite Countertops

Many homes in Las Vegas have tile or laminate counters which make a home look old and outdated.  A nice way to spruce up a kitchen or bathroom is by adding a granite counter top.  Adding a granite countertop will make even the most tired looking cabinets look richer.

There are so many different colors and patterns to choose from, and adding granite to your kitchen or bath will also add value to you home too.  Granite is stain proof, heat resistant and easy to clean and maintain, making it a sensible choice.  It even protects against mold and mildew.   Consider granite for your Las Vegas home and you will be happy you did!

Las Vegas Handyman Tip #105 – Exterior Home Painting

A home’s curb appeal is very important whether you are selling your home or for your own pleasure.  The quickest way to enhance the curb appeal of your home is with a fresh coat of paint to the exterior walls of the house and also the wood trim.Homes in the southwest part of the United States and Las Vegas have extremely hot summers so it’s even more important to paint when you live in these areas. Ignoring the exterior wood finishes of a house will cause the wood to peel and chip making the wood replacement very costly.  Painting stucco also keeps a home looking new and  fresh.Many Las Vegas homes have rules set down by a Homeowners Association so it important to make sure the color you pick is approved by the association before you paint.   I have seen on several occasions where a color was not permitted and the owner had to repaint the entire house!

Here is a little tip for painting a front door…..paint it the same color as your trim or even go a little darker and make the curb appeal even more beautiful!