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And if you follow these tips, it will!
1. Add outlets to drawers to keep clutter off of the table top.
2. Add a half-table to your bathroom for extra storage space.
3. Build a free library for your neighbors.
4. Put heat-sensitive tile in your shower… just because.
5. Make the space your fake drawers take up functional.
6. Fake drawers are also a great spot for extra outlets.
7. Add a shelf to a long hallway for extra storage space.
8. Save space with collapsable drying racks.
9. Install dutch doors so you can watch your kids/pets without baby gates.
10. Add a sun tunnel to rooms you wish had more natural sunlight.
11. Buy a toilet seat where everyone can have their own tab.
12. If your garage is adjacent to your kitchen, add a little door to make unloading groceries easier.
13. Use stainless steel contact paper to make your appliances look more expensive.
14. Decorate the foundation of your home to make it pretty and functional.
15. Use recessed outlets so you can put your furniture against the wall.
16. Install your outlets underneath your cabinets so you don’t ruin your backsplash.
17. Replace your current shower head with this unique one.
18. Use slide-out drawers in the home for spices and pantry items.
As Western New York’s premier home and commercial property inspection company, we have seen our share of old and tired plumbing. And, I am pretty sure we have all experienced the dreaded drop in water pressure when someone flushes the toilet while showering.
There is a fix so simple you will kick yourself for not thinking of it sooner. Here’s how…In almost all cases you will find a water shut-off valve under the toilet tank. Usually, this valve is fully open, allowing water to rush into the tank and causing the water pressure to drop. Close the valve to ¼ or ½ open; water will flow slower to the toilet tank and the drop in water pressure at the shower will be significantly reduced.
The result, of course, is a more relaxing shower and fewer third degree burns from a spike in the water temperature.
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Chalk it up! Five simple DIY projects to make with chalkboard paint.
Chalkboards are not just for the classroom. Use chalkboard paint to decorate your home with these five simple DIY projects.
GET ORGANIZED USING CHALKBOARD LABELS Use chalkboard paint to label just about anything. The possibilities are limitless, but some of our favorite ideas include: labeling Mason Jars for beauty accessory storage, labeling food storage boxes to create the ultimate organized kitchen, labeling spices in a spice rack, and labeling file drawers, cabinet doors, and dresser drawers to easily identify the contents. Make entertaining a breeze by painting labels on wine glasses, pitchers, cheese trays, coasters, and table runners (no more forgetting whose glass is whose). Paint the outside of shelves in a bookcase to organize books alphabetically by author, title, or genre or take it outside by using chalkboard paint to make garden tags and garden pot labels.
MAKE A FORGET-ME-NOT STATION BY THE FRONT DOOR Write out helpful reminders like “Pick up the kids at three!” “Don’t forget your keys!” and more. We can’t promise that you’ll never forget anything again, but this will certainly help!
PAINT ROOMS You can use chalkboard paint to paint any room of the house, but we recommend using it for kid’s rooms, home offices, and kitchens. How many times have you heard parents tell their children not to draw on the walls? Chalkboard paint gives kids a large canvas in their own space – your son or daughter might be the next Rembrandt! Use chalkboard paint in a home office to make a calendar, a to-do-list, and a brainstorm board. Use kitchen walls to display a menu, shopping list, or your favorite recipes.
PAINT STAIRCASES Make a statement by painting your staircase.
Of course, we didn't let them do all of this alone. Uncle Ralph and I traveled to Boston to spend a week helping them clean, paint and otherwise get the house ready. One of the things that we really helped with is how to prioritize tasks. Since it's getting close to winter, we stressed the importance of getting only the most basic outside things done. Fixing up the yard, cleaning the siding, touching up the paint etc. can all wait for the spring. What really needed to be done is the inside, not only so they can move in but so they can live there comfortably through the approaching winter.
With that in mind, here's a list of tasks that needed doing. It'd be great to hear from you what your list of tasks would be. Sapia Builders Corp. 1. Change the locks on the exterior doors. As soon as the closing is over and you've gotten the keys to your house, either buy and install new lock sets or have a locksmith come to the house to switch them out.
Registration is now open for the Basic STAR exemption.
All homeowners need to re-register to receive the exemption in 2014.
STAR Registration can be done on-line at: www.tax.ny.gov
In the coming weeks, homeowners will receive a letter instructing them to reapply for the STAR program online or by phone by Dec. 31. People will need to verify their salaries, Social Security numbers and primary residence.
The initiative, approved as part of the state budget last March, will seek to stop some property owners from claiming the tax breaks on multiple homes. An audit in March found widespread abuse of the STAR program, and the state is hoping to save at least $1 million a year from the new system.
"By the state having a role in confirming that each homeowner receives only one STAR exemption and that it's on their primary residence, we can ensure that fraud and waste are eliminated," said Geoffrey Gloak, a spokesman for the state Department of Taxation and Finance. Gloak says this is the first time in 15 years that such a request for reapplication has been made.
Enacted in 1998, the STAR program provides a partial exemption from school taxes for most homeowners with incomes less than $500,000 on their primary residence. The state's enhanced STAR program provides an additional benefit for senior citizens.
The registration will not affect this year's tax bills, nor will it affect enhanced STAR. Seniors are required to register every year to receive the enhanced STAR exemption. About 650,000 seniors receive enhance STAR, costing the state about $840 million.
New York has among the highest property taxes in the nation, and the program funded by the state aims to blunt some of the pain. In 2011, homeowners saved on average $641 through STAR and $1,205 for enhanced STAR.