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Features That Make it More Difficult to Sell Your Home

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In the late ‘90s the Dodge Neon came in a variety of colors.  One of the more, shall we say, noticeable, colors was magenta (a combination of pink & purple).  It was one of those trends you loved or hated.  One of my extended family members, a self-proclaimed “girly girl” couldn’t get the keys to one fast enough.  Flash forward a few years to marriage and three beautiful kids.  She opted to trade the vehicle for something more “family friendly”.  Imagine her (not ours, but her) shock when the dealer docked a significant amount off the trade-in value because of the color, something that she had paid extra to have. Simply put, while the color was something she loved, the general population would see it as way to talk the vehicle’s price down.  The same can hold true for a home.  If the thought of selling your home anytime in the future has ever crossed your mind, even slightly it’s a good idea to make choices that increase, not decrease, the value of your home.  Not sure what we mean?  Here are a few examples.

Cedar Shake Roof: A cedar shake roof definitely sets your home apart from the crowd and not necessarily in a good way.  Cedar shakes require significantly more maintenance than metal or asphalt roofing which can scare off potential buyers.  It’s not uncommon to see an insurance company require a 2% dwelling cost deductible.  (For those who loathed math in school, this means that your deductible for a new roof could be $5,000 on a $250,000 home.)  Insurance companies can command this premium because cedar shake roofs have minimal fire resistance capabilities.

Garage Space: Homes built before dual income homes were the norm oftentimes only having a one car garage or none at all.  Particularly in the Midwest, where snow can fall anywhere between October & May, a garage is seen as a necessity.  Buyers typically want a garage that can house both homeowners’ vehicles.  A property with less than a two car garage may cause a home to sit on the market longer.  Garages located under the house can also be viewed as undesirable.  (Think about the additional work it would take to transport a carload of groceries up a flight of stairs.)  It’s also a common complaint that rooms above the garage are drafty and take more energy to heat.

Flat Roof: While flat roofs are cheaper than pitched ones to install, they are notorious for leaking.  In order to prevent this, they are covered with a waterproof seal that must be inspected and maintained on a regular basis.  These additional steps and the likelihood of water damage may deter perspective homebuyers.

Stucco Siding: Statistically speaking, a stucco home will sit on the market longer than one with a different type of siding.  Because water is stucco’s primary adversary, Midwestern buyers can be more hesitant to purchase this type of home.  Stucco’s lifespan depends on it being installed correctly, something that can be difficult to determine by appearance alone.

Plumbing: Fixtures such as dishwashers, washing machines and showers were once thought to be luxury items.  However, in the 21st century, they’re considered to be staples.  Homes without these items are likely to sit on the market longer and sell for a lower price.

Basement Access: In older homes, basement access may require going through the garage or through a hatch in the floor.  Changing this to more conventional access will appeal to a wider audience.

Wood Siding: Properly maintained wood siding can be a point of pride for a homeowner.  Keeping the siding maintained means intermittent power washing, sealing and staining or painting.  Wood siding can also be harmed by insects and other pests.  All of these things make wood siding something that can be viewed as a liability to future homeowners.

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard are a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.

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Replacing Your Windows & Siding Simultaneously

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Though the weather may not reflect it, the calendar is saying that spring has sprung!  Earlier this month, we took an entire day to get all of our employees in the same room at same time.  (With 100+of us, this can feel like quite a feat!)  “Aha moments” are always abundant when we get everyone in the same room (though a JibJab video and caffeine can be of great assistance in the morning!)  One of our installers brought up the fact that there are several ways a homeowner benefits from replacing their windows and siding at the same time.  While this concept makes perfect sense in our industry, it’s not something a homeowner may even be aware of as they plan home improvement projects. 

Why it’s a Good Idea

Replacing your siding and windows in tandem allows you to achieve the best possible scenario.  It oftentimes saves you money because caulking and sealing window openings & trim and siding joints will only need to happen once.  This saves you in labor costs by not having this work performed twice.  Because these two projects are so often done concurrently, it’s fairly easy to find a contractor that can perform both tasks which also saves you by not having to hire two separate companies.  Another way you save by replacing siding and windows synchronically is in energy costs.

Protecting Your Home if the Work Must Be Performed Separately

If you’ve already had the siding replaced and are now noticing that your windows aren’t as energy efficient as they once were, there are still ways to protect your siding during the removal of the old windows.  One method is to install window trim around current windows when the new siding is installed.  This prevents the new siding from protruding the nailing fins.  This means that when the old windows are removed only the window trims will need to be removed, leaving the siding undisturbed.  Installing window trims with screws, rather than nails, can also minimize damage during the window removal process.

Tell-tale signs it’s time to replace your windows:

  • You hear your windows rattling when it is windy outside
  • You notice your windows develop an icy or frosty glaze inside the window pane
  • You feel your home becomes drafty with cold air in the winter months and warm air in the summer months
  • You see excessive condensation on your windows or they become fogged
  • You have to prop your windows open because they will not stay open on their own

 

Tell-tale signs it’s time to replace your siding:

  • You are adding on to your home
  • Your current siding looks weathered and constantly needs new paint
  • Existing siding has extensive insect damage or dry rot
  • Current siding has stains or has weathered unevenly
  • Existing siding shows signs of buckling or decay.

 

Looking for a professional to assist you with new windows & siding?   Let the professionals at Lindus Construction help you. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate today. Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects.

 

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Upcycling? Be Creative During Your Home Renovation Project!

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Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value. The term upcycling began to gain traction in the mid 90’s. Upcycling allows you to re-invent and re-use materials in your home that are free and could be frightening in abundance during your remodeling process. Since reducing your carbon footprint and waste production seems to be headline news in today’s world take on one of these inspiring upcycling projects and do your part that will benefit the Earth as well as the character of your home. You are able to upcycle all different kinds of items during your home renovation such as wood siding, doors, windows, metal roofing and shutters just to name a few. By easily stripping, painting or even using as is the upcycled materials you will be able to have a center piece in your home that will be desired by many. Below we will discuss some of the resourceful ways to turn your remodeling project debris into stunning focal points in your home.

Wood Siding & Reclaimed Wood
If you are having your wood siding replaced on your home or tearing down an old barn or shed don’t feel that you need to throw away all of the material that is being taken off. A way to upcycle these products are:

•    Make a headboard

•    Build a bench or table and chairs

•    Use it as flooring that you sand and refinish

•    Frame mirrors or make into a useful chalk board frame

•    Add it to your walls as wainscoting

•    Build an island for your kitchen or bar area

Shutters
When replacing your old shutters be sure to save them. Shutters are very versatile when it comes to upcycling in your home. Trust us; you will not believe the endless possibilities with a product you would normally not think twice about discarding.

•    Doors to an armoire

•    Window treatments inside your home

•    Mail organizer

•    Pantry Doors

•    Garden Bench

•    Ceiling Tiles

•    Shelving with hooks

•    Wall Art

•    Clothing Racks

Windows & Doors
Usually the reason that you replace old windows and doors is because they are no longer energy efficient and usually need a facelift due to age. This is why these two products when you are having them replaced in your home look incredible when upcycled. These two products are much desired in the world of upcycling and here is how you can incorporate them into your current living space.

•    Window planters

•    Greenhouse

•    Laundry hamper

•    Picture frame

•    Display case

•    Flower box

•    Tables

Metal Roofing
Who knew that metal roofing could look so cool in your home! These amazing home design ideas incorporating corrugated metal roofing in your home will knock your socks off.

•    Shower area

•    Ceiling tiles

•    Fencing

•    Gardening beds

•    Kitchen backsplash

•    Tree house for the kids

Upcycling movement going on at Lindus Construction

We have a few ladies in our office, Carla Benson, Amy Jilk and Sara Haase, who are starting to become upcycling masters. We have large dumpsters here where our crews come and unload debris materials from the job site. It is not an uncommon sight to see these three out digging for treasure. The ladies are so accustomed at looking for these diamonds in the rough the guys here know to set aside certain items for them such as doors, windows, wood etc. Here are a few pictures of some of their upcycling masterpieces they have created with other people’s trash that has become their own treasure. If you like creative ideas make sure to join Pinterest. If you are already on Pinterest follow us at http://www.pinterest.com/linduscon or Pin our website at www.lindusconstruction.com.

Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate for your home improvement needs today!

We Are On Your Side! Understanding What Different Siding Options Are Available

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The exterior of your home is exposed to the elements 24 hours a day 365 days a year so choosing the correct siding to fit your needs is something that deserves research and an educated decision. According to Remodeling Magazine investing in new siding can be an excellent choice in terms of ROI. The cost of siding in terms of resale value recouped is 69% in the Midwest. The type of siding you choose for your home not only will determine the cost associated with it, but also the aesthetic appeal you are striving for. There are many different siding materials on the market today to choose from.  We will discuss wood, fiber cement, vinyl and steel siding informing you on what you can expect regarding durability, maintenance and performance ability.

Wood Siding

Wood siding has been used on homes for hundreds of years. Wood is a natural insulator so it will help to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. A big benefit in using wood siding is that it is a renewable resource unlike many of the other siding options available on the market. This type of siding does require a lot of maintenance to protect it from the elements so painting and staining this product every 4-5 years is essential to avoid rotting, warping, cracking or splitting. The nice thing about wood siding is that if it is properly maintained, it can last up to 30 years. One of the most important things to know if you choose wood siding is to make sure during the installation process that it acclimates on your property, is properly sealed and is thoroughly protected. Multiple choices of wood siding exist and some of the most popular are:

Clapboard – Clapboards are long rectangular boards that are squared off and installed on your home overlapping in a horizontal manner

Shingles & Shakes – Wood shingle siding is very similar to roofing shingles except they are installed on the sides of your home. The shingles are wedge shaped and shakes are basically the same thing except they are thicker.

Wood Composite – Wood composite is a mixture of wood chips, glue and other types of debris that are compressed to make sturdy boards. It tends to be similar to plywood.

 

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is relatively inexpensive, long lasting, durable and easy to maintain. Vinyl siding tends to stand up to the elements and does pretty well in severe weather. The newer versions of vinyl are much stronger than previously produced. It is virtually maintenance free and only requires power washing once or twice a year. With technology increasing in the manufacturing the color is now baked through the vinyl instead of applied onto it. A partial downside to vinyl siding is that it can trap moisture underneath the side panes which cause it to grow mold and mildew. Vinyl siding also helps insulate your home depending on the thickness of what the siding is backed with. We would recommend using CenterLock vinyl siding which provides a low maintenance, cost effective, traditional look to your home. The exclusive double lock design of CenterLock keeps panels flat and tight to the wall, producing a straighter, more even wall surface.

 

Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber Cement Siding is made of a mix of cement, sand and cellulose fibers. It is virtually maintenance free, insect proof and inhibits fungal growth.  Most fiber cement siding comes with a 50 year warranty. The nice thing about Fiber Cement Siding is that it can be made to mimic virtually any other siding material including wood lap boards. Since this product is made of up 90% cement and sand it is inherently resistant to flames. This siding is superior to its counterparts when it comes to standing up to severe weather. Fiber Cement siding does have to be re-painted periodically. We would recommend James Hardie Fiber Cement siding. It is available in 26 colors and a variety of looks and textures.  It is backed by a 50-year transferable warranty against rotting, cracking and delaminating.

 

Steel Siding

Metal is the most durable and strong siding product on the market today. It does not shift overtime or absorb moisture. It is resistant to bumps, dents and dings that any of the other siding products will endure. Since you are dealing with a steel product the possibility of rust is possible, but most unlikely. This would only be caused if your product was installed incorrectly where the edges were not covered. Steel siding is essentially maintenance free by just needing an occasional power wash to rid it of dirt. Since the invention of seamless steel siding, it is hard to compare this amazing product to any other.  We would recommend using SeasonGuard Steel Siding. It will last a lifetime due to being made out of 26 gauge seamless steel and is 20 percent thicker than other seamless siding. It is beautiful, durable and energy efficient. It comes in over 50 different colors with a 35 year non-prorated finish warranty against fading, chipping and cracking.

 

Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects. We proudly carry SeasonGuard Steel Siding, James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding, CenterLock Vinyl Siding and many more!! Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free siding in-home estimate!