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New Home Maintenance Alternatives Designed to Save Money

by Nancy Heim-berg

Saving money on home maintenance is not always accomplished through the initial cost of these renovations; it is often realized over a number of years. It's one of the sacrifices or compromises home owners have had to make for decades, like having to decide between aesthetically pleasing items, such as stone or wood, and easily maintained, such as vinyl or other man-made imitation.

Today, however, manufacturers have developed truly amazing products that mimic the real thing to such a degree that one might even say they are better than those created by Mother Nature. Listed below are some of these incredible innovations in new home maintenance:

Fiber-Siding Cement

Shingles and clapboards cut from sheets of flexible cement and stirred together with fibers of wood that will not warp, cup or rot. Its up-front cost, including painting, averages between $13,000 and $18,000, which is approximately 10 percent less than real wood.

Cellular PVC Trim

Manufactured out of the same material typically used in plumbing fixtures, with air thrown into the mix during construction for a wood like density, cellular PVC trim displays the natural look of wood, and can also be formed, cut and installed like its natural cousin. It's designed to last forever, never requiring a coat of paint, and costing about 10 percent less than real wood alternatives like pine.

Quartz Countertops

Cutting-edge pigments and resins are blended with real quartz chips to produce countertops and other stone items that display the variety and veining that's far more realistic than even those considered innovative a couple of years ago. It costs about the same as natural stone, like limestone and marble, and also enjoys several advantages over them. It's resistant to dark liquid stains, etching from orange juice and other similar household acids, and chipping via impact from heavy kitchen items like jars and cookware.

Four Spring Projects to Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal

by Nancy Heim-berg

Curb appeal incorporates everything your home displays to the world, including the exterior siding type and color scheme, as well as the driveway, sidewalks and entryways.

Make your home sparkle like dew in the early morning spring sunshine with these simple and affordable projects:


A fence does more than just protect you and yours from intruders or your neighbor's dog. It has a tremendous impact on your home's curb appeal. Instead of the replacement or removal of your entire fence, you can add a fresh coat of paint or blast it clean with a pressure washer. These are two simple and quick things that can yield significant results.

Roofs and Gutters

Eye-catching curb appeal is attained through meticulous attention to often overlooked details, such as the state of your home's roof and gutters

Gravity compels water to exploit the path of least resistance. On your home, this is often the imperfections like gaps holes and ever-widening cracks, which can lead it to invade your living space.


Impressive landscaping can be as easy as mowing your lawn on a regular basis, watering it, and keeping it clear of sticks, twigs and other organic material. You can also put an attractive face on your home by pruning your shrubbery, planting flowers and keeping it as clutter-free as possible.


Siding and paint will chip, peel and warp via the ravages of time. These can; however, be taken care of affordably and, in most cases, easily, with just a small amount of sandpaper and elbow grease. Afterward, simply apply primer and paint for a brand spanking-new exterior.

The first and last steps in any curb appeal boosting project is to actually go out and examine your home as if you're a potential homebuyer. An honest assessment can not only show you how to get started or how it looks after it's finished, but also clue you into other projects in your future.

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