Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Give Dad a Break this Father's Day with this Easy Home Improvement Project!

Give Dad a Break this Father's Day with this Easy Home Improvement Project!Skip the ties and aftershave, dad works hard and deserves a gift he can enjoy and not break a sweat over! We were sitting and talking about what little projects make a big difference in the home and which ones will bring the most beautiful and efficient change. At Unique Home Building, we know what projects make a difference in people's lives and living spaces and today, we know exactly what we want to share with you. 

Give Dad a Break this Father's Day with this Easy Home Improvement Project!

A great way to do this is to install granite counter tops. Granite counter tops are an incredibly beautiful item to add to your kitchen or bathroom and are a low cost way to upgrade both the look and quality of your home.

They are also an affordable way to keep your kitchen green.  Here are the benefits:

They Are Durable

Granite is a great countertop material because it's incredibly durable. It's difficult to scratch it, allowing it to take a great deal of abuse from heavy cooking, entertaining, family, children and pets.
It's also ideal as it can handle high temperatures 

They Have Style
Because granite is a natural substance formed over time, each piece has its own unique charm, color and patterning. This means, that no matter where you install your granite countertop,  you can be assured of it's one of a kind individuality. However, there are still enough similarities that will allow you to color match easily to any cabinet and hardware.

They're Easy to Care For
Granite countertops are not only long lasting but also resistant to bacteria and easy to care for as well. To clean on a daily basis, you just need some gentle soap, warm water and a soft sponge.  For regular care and maintenance, you want to make sure you also condition the granite countertops as well. There's a great organic cleaning company, Bayes Cleaners, that has developed an organic granite counter top cleaner that will not only clean but condition and seal the counter tops for the best, most durable lasting finish.

Granite counter tops add both style and usability to your home, not only bettering the quality of life you enjoy in the kitchen, but adds value to your home as well. 

Father's Day isn't just a time to celebrate dad, but to give back to him in a way that gives him less work and more appreciation. Give the gift of upgrade and call Unique Home Building to do the job. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

What You Must Know Before You Buy or Sell a House

Buying and selling a home are both challenging processes. There are always so many
What You Must Know Before You Buy or Sell a House
things to consider but there are a couple things you absolutely don't want to miss. At Unique Home Building, we specialize in creating houses that feel like a home both for buyers and sellers. Homes are investments that should be taken seriously with attention to the important details.

That being said, here are a couple things you must know before you buy or sell a home.

Pleasant Exterior
Regardless of whether you are buying or wanting to sell, the truth remains what makes or breaks the opportunity is whether or not you or the buyer even want to go it the house. If you're looking to flip or buy cheap and renovate,find an attractive home from an architectural perspective that just needs aesthetic upgrades. Finding a home with an ugly paint color and really poor landscaping can be a major find!
Here are some other cheap ways to improve a home’s curb appeal before you sell it and things that are easy to fix if you're looking for a cheaper buy:
  • Paint the shutters
  • Power wash everything
  • Refinish the porch
  • Add landscaping that looks great year-round
  • Water the grass until it’s the greenest on the block
  • Add a nice new mailbox and address numbers
Structure
When it comes to buying a home, you want to avoid major structural issues that will cost you big money to fix or will lower your leverage when it’s time to sell if you haven’t fixed them. Here are a few of the biggest culprits:
  1. Do not buy a house that has issues with the foundation. If you see large cracks in the foundation outside or on the basement walls, or the walls look like they are caving in some spots, kindly leave the house and look elsewhere.
  2. Termite or carpenter ant damage is common in some locales, and it may be hard to find an older home that hasn’t had a little damage at one point or another. The key here is to find a home that does not have major structural damage and has no signs of current issues. Some home inspectors will actually insure for a year or more that there are no current signs of infestation, and if they appear, they will cover the costs to terminate.
  3. Have you ever walked through a house that makes you feel claustrophobic or just didn’t feel right? Odds are that other people feel that way in the same homes. Don’t buy them. This may be remedied by knocking down a wall or two in some homes, but that can be an expensive project and you may be risking structural damage.
  4. Avoid buying a house that has signs of mold or water damage. They can be very expensive to fix and usually are signs of larger foundational or roof issues. Here again, a good home inspector will be able to test or look for both.
  5. Beware problems with the electrical and plumbing systems. These are a home’s lifeblood, and replacements are costly.
Buying and selling a home can be a lengthy and confusing process.  But hopefully these tips have helped you feel a little more clear about what to look for and what to do before you take the next big step. The contractors at Unique Home Building believe that every home owner deserves to have the best experience possible.  Please call us today and let us know how we can help!