"Most Californians think that they use more water indoors than outdoors. Typically, the opposite is true. In some areas, 50% or more of the water we use daily goes on lawns and outdoor landscaping. There are lots of ways to save water at home, but reducing the water you use outdoors can make the biggest difference of all. Here are a few easy ways to change the way you use water outside your home.”
1. Plan your budget How many projects are on your list for home maintenance repairs? If you have a large list, completing these projects yourself could take months. Hiring a handyman can cut your timeline, however it can also eat up more of your budget. Try to plan ahead for yearly repairs by creating a home maintenance budget. Experts estimate that you should set aside one to two percent of your home’s total value each year for repairs. If your home cost $300,000, you should plan to spend between $3,000 and $6,000 each year for maintenance.
Creating a home maintenance budget will help you keep repairs on schedule by ensuring that you have enough money to repair your home as soon as repairs become necessary. Spending time scrounging for change to finance your repairs or shopping around for deals on the materials you need to repair your home will slow down the process. Avoid stress by setting aside enough money for routine home maintenance at the beginning of the year.
2. Keep Changes to a Minimum Handymen usually have an exhaustive list of skills and services and will do just about anything you need and ask them to. However, if you change your mind multiple times and continuously ask for different services, your handyman will probably have a hard time keeping up with your original schedule. When you hire your handyman, know what you want. Let them finish one project at a time, and create a realistic timeline for them to complete all necessary repairs.
3. Choose your materials wisely As you plan your repair, keep in mind that the materials you use will affect your project’s schedule. Some materials may be harder to find depending on your taste, style, and budget, and these materials may have considerably longer lead times to ship. Rare and exotic materials often take time to manufacture and may need to be shipped from distant locations. This can draw out your timeline and force you to wait for materials to arrive. If you’re working on a tight timeline, be sure to order these items in advance, or consider using materials that are available at your local home maintenance retailer.
4. Consider your handyman’s schedule Some handymen have busy seasons for certain services. For example, the busy season for gutter cleaning happens at the beginning of spring and at the start of fall, and the busy season for landscaping maintenance happens during the spring. Ask your handyman about their schedule before you hire them to be sure your project will be completed on time. If your handyman is juggling multiple projects for multiple clients at once, discuss how their other projects might affect your repairs.
5. Maintenance according to the seasons Weather is always a factor when planning home maintenance repairs. Severe storms, high winds, and seasonal changes can make it hard, or nearly impossible, for your handyman to complete repairs. When planning home maintenance repairs, take into account your location and any seasonal weather patterns your area experiences. Try to plan your project during the time of year most amenable for both outdoor and indoor work. You can’t predict the weather, but you can do your best to plan for it.
6. Preparing for Special Events Hiring your handyman to do repairs during the holidays may prove to be difficult. Most homeowners want their homes in tip-top condition as they host holiday parties; handymen get very busy just before and during the holiday season. Hire your handyman early and place material orders in advance to account for any delays. If your repair is scheduled to take place during a holiday, discuss it with your handyman. Holidays could throw your repair off schedule if your handyman chooses not to work. Your handyman should be able to tell you if they plan to work through the holidays or if they require holiday pay, so you can prepare your schedule and budget accordingly.
Attention developers and owner builders, your opportunity is here! This is Temple City’s hidden gem! This large lot measuring 100x158 with a total lot size of 15,617 sq feet offers a rare opportunity for a developer/owner to subdivide this lot and build two new homes (buyer to verify all information with city to satisfy themselves). If you are a family looking to build two new homes next to each other or a developer trying to capitalize on Temple City’s rapidly growing luxury home market, here is your opportunity! Centrally located in Temple City to shopping centers and supermarkets. This property is located only just a few blocks away from Temple City’s major Gateway Project which is currently under construction. Property is a well maintained Spanish style home with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, with about 1848 sf of living space with a California basement leading from master bedroom. 2 Car garage with an extra workshop to build cars that is directly connected to the main garage. There is also a bonus room with a half bathroom that is also connected to the garage as well too. This is one of the last large lots left in Temple City, don’t pass up this opportunity!
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