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The 5 Best Home Improvement Projects for 2022

With Year 2022 looking so promising (it isn’t 2020 or 2021, so yes, promising), you may have set yourself all kinds of resolutions and goals, whether it’s spending more time with family or changing careers. However, if you’re a homeowner, you may want to undertake a home improvement project. Not only can updating your home boost your property’s resale value, but you can also save money on energy, and be more eco-friendly too. If you’re not sure where to start, here are five of the best home improvement projects to undertake in 2022.

1. Kitchen Remodel

The kitchen is regarded as one of the most used rooms in the home, meaning it makes sense to pay attention to how it looks and consider an update. If you have money set aside and are ready to make big improvements, a kitchen remodel may be the answer. Whether you update your cabinets, purchase new appliances, or create more space, a kitchen remodel is one of the best projects for updating your home and boosting its resale value. Be Happy Property Services has financing options that may be your best bet!

2. Attic Conversion

If you have an attic and you’ve been using it primarily for storage purposes, why not convert it into another room of the home? Whether you add a new bedroom, bathroom, or living space, converting your attic can also increase the value of your property. Once you’ve got plans in place, you’ll need to insulate your attic to ensure it’s warm, safe, and habitable. 

3. Bathroom Remodel

When it comes to saving on energy costs, improving functionality, and adding a touch of luxury, a bathroom remodel may be the perfect home improvement project to tackle. Whether you have tons of room or there are limitations, simple changes like upgrading the fixtures, and tiling the shower wall can have a huge impact. Remodeling your bathroom also allows you to replace old inefficient fixtures and pipes.  

4. Get Rid of Clutter

Although you may not like to think about it, if your home is piled high with clutter, this is a serious health hazard that needs sorting out. Whether it’s old clothes, books, toys, or photos, getting rid of clutter can provide mental health benefits too, such as reducing stress and anxiety. While it may feel like a big challenge at first, if you take things step by step and go room to room, you’ll notice a huge improvement.

5. Boost Curb Appeal

While a lot of your focus will be on improving your property’s interior, you mustn’t forget about what’s on the outside. Boosting your home’s curb appeal can create a great first impression, both for guests and potential homebuyers. Keeping your front lawn tidy, replacing your front door, and painting the window frames are great ways to get your home’s exterior in order. Whatever budget or space you have to work with, there are lots of home improvement projects you can tackle in 2022 which can transform your property for the better. Be Happy Property Services provides residential and commercial properties in Anchorage and our surrounding areas with dependable, licensed, insured, and bonded services.  One call, we do it all! 907-336-7434.

So You Bought a Fixer-Upper to Save Money – What Now?

If you're embarking on renovations on a tight budget, it can be hard to decide what to do first. 

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The vast majority of people who purchase fixer-upper homes do so for financial reasons. This financial reality, however, can present a perplexing challenge when moving into a home that's in need of a little (or a lot) of TLC. Which renovation projects should you focus on first if your budget is tight?  And why? Here's what the Be Happy Property Service insiders had to say, along with a few tips on how to get organized as you embark on your fixer-upper face lift.

Before You Start Remodeling

First things first: It's essential to understand what work should be done for safety reasons and to prevent costly challenges down the road.  The best way to do this is to have a professional assess your newly purchased home and use that insight to develop a game plan. Hire an inspector to look for potential issues or hazards with electrical, plumbing, and the roof. It's a good idea to start with the structure and take care of items like electrical, which can be a potential fire hazard, as well as plumbing issues so that you don't end up with major problems or damage in the future.  You will not see a great transformation, but it brings peace of mind.

1. Refresh Rooms with Paint

Once you've addressed safety matters, you can turn your attention to aesthetic renovation projects and upgrades.  Adding a new coat of paint throughout your home can make a big difference without a big investment. A fresh coat of paint on walls goes a long way, we can feel rejuvenated and visualize a clean slate to start a new chapter. You can paint walls, cabinets, or even your front door for a fresh new look. The best part: a paint project can cost as little as $50, depending on the scope.  For an added style boost, consider painting an accent or focal wall, which is generally the wall you first see when entering a room. It might also be the wall where your sofa or your bed is located.  

2. Install New Flooring

Another project that can make a tremendous and immediate difference in a fixer-upper is flooring.  Not only will new flooring brighten a fixer-upper visually, but tackling this type of change early on can be much easier logistically. Once you've moved in and your furniture and personal belongings fill every room, redoing flooring can be challenging at best.
One additional consideration: the color you select for your flooring or floor stain will also help set the stage for future updates in your home.  

3. Upgrade the Exterior

Exterior upgrades are also an important consideration for fixer-uppers and can be more affordable than interior changes,  which often require costly plumbing, electrical, and other system improvements. The 2020 U.S. Houzz & Home Study found that 21% of renovating homeowners tackled roofing, windows and skylights, and exterior paint projects at a median spend of $8,000, $3,900, and $1,000, respectively.

4. Remodel Your Kitchen

It's no secret that kitchens are often among the priciest renovations homeowners embark upon—because who doesn't want a dream kitchen with all of the bells and whistles right?  The good news is that a kitchen renovation doesn't have to cost a small fortune. You might want to prioritize your spending on this space given just how big of a role kitchens play in everyday life. 

5. Replace Windows

Installing new windows might not be the cheapest project to tackle initially, but this is an improvement that can pay for itself over the long run by saving you money on utility bills. It is really that simple and logical. Old windows might have air leaks, which can increase your bills.

6. Repair Drywall and Ceilings 

Yet another home improvement project to consider early on for logistical reasons is major drywall or ceiling repairs, including moving walls.  Just like flooring, this type of work is best tackled before moving in.  Removing popcorn ceiling texture?  It's a messy job and much easier to do when you don't have to worry about getting furniture or floors wet and dirty.  Whether you choose to start with new flooring, kitchen renovations, updated ceilings, or drywall, look to Be Happy Property Services for all your remodel needs.

Final Considerations

Buying a fixer-upper can be a wise way to get into home ownership for the budget savvy.  It can be a monumental undertaking and a labor of love, particularly if you intend to stay in the home for the long haul rather than simply flip it in a few years.  No matter which group you're in, make sure you thoroughly understand the work that needs to be done, and why, before diving into any project.  After all, mistakes can be costly and if your budget is already tight, it's best to spend your money wisely as a new homeowner.  Doing this requires being educated about your choices. Be Happy Property Services provides residential and commercial properties in Anchorage and our surrounding areas with dependable, licensed, insured, and bonded services.  One call, we do it all! 907-336-7434.

2022 Color Forecast Is Centered Around Warm, Nostalgic Tones

The 2022 Color Forecast Is Centered Around Warm, Nostalgic Tones

Sherwin-Williams has officially debuted their 2022 Colormix Forecast, a nuanced prediction of the colors that will reign supreme in homes around the world next year.  "The 2022 forecast is composed of 40 hues and four palettes—Method, Opus, Dreamland, and Ephemera," the brand shared in a press release. "The palettes tell stories about sustainability, deep and spiritual maximalism, the connection between technology and mindfulness, and nostalgia for the 1960s to the 1980s."  The lauded paint company predicts that these hues will begin a transition away from the muted neutrals that have dominated over the past few years. Instead, we will move towards warmer, more dynamic colorways—because after over a year stuck inside, staring at our own four walls, we are ready for change. According to the brand, 2022 is going to be all about warm (not monochrome!) neutrals, bold metallics, organic greens, and nostalgic reds.  Collectively, the forecast is called MODE, and it contains 40 hues and four curated palettes that include Method, Opus, Dreamland, and Ephemera.  Let’s dive into the forecast's four palettes, filled with all kinds of inspired, curated shades you will want to add to your home, stat.

Method

A celebration of the outdoors is exactly what we need after a claustrophobic year, which is why this palate, above, alternates between the "organic neutrals and tonal luxury" we often find in nature.  You will also see signs of art deco, modern organics, and 1980s postmodernism inside this palette, composed of warm shades.   

Opus

Leave minimalism behind with the Opus palette, which draws on dark hues and bold metallics, notes the brand. "Blackberry SW 7577 stirs up theatrical marvel, while Iron Ore SW 7069 explores the darker, edgier side of creative expression," explains the press release. These hues embody maximalism at their core—and can create bold, dynamic looks in your home.

Dreamland

If you're looking for a way to embrace "hygge" in 2022, turn to the Dreamland palette. This collection combines soft forms and "modern Scandinavian minimalism" to bring your romantic vision to life. "Dreamland incorporates berry tones and organic greens, like Rosé SW 6290 and Cucuzza Verde SW 9038, which highlight balance and the vernal sweetness of bud and bloom," adds a Sherwin-Williams brand representative.

Ephemera

If you want your indoor spaces to conjure up simpler times, try the Ephemera color story, which evokes "a warm nostalgia and unwavering optimism" by combining the best of what was with the   possibility of everything that may yet be. "Unifying retro futurism, meaning, and memory, the Ephemera palette merges colors reminiscent of bygone basics, such as Sierra Redwood SW 7598, Peace Yellow SW 2857 and Basque Green SW 6426," reads the  Sherwin-Williams release. Be Happy Property Services provides residential and commercial properties in Anchorage and our surrounding areas with dependable, licensed, insured, and bonded services.  One call, we do it all! 907-336-7434.

The best ROI home improvements – get the biggest return on your investment

THE BEST ROI HOME IMPROVEMENTS

The best ROI home improvements – get the biggest return on your investment. Want to make sure that renovation is worth it when selling?  Real estate experts identify the home improvement areas that will give you substantial returns – and those that don't. The big question everyone wants to know - What are the best ROI home improvements, and will the home improvement you are planning give you a decent return on your investment?  These are the questions every savvy home seller should be asking themselves, probably even more so than the more traditional question, "will it add value?" There are many ways to add value to a home that include dozens of different ways to boost your home price. Yet, the bottom line stands true - If you end up sinking substantially more capital than you will ever recoup through a sale, a home improvement will not be a good investment.  Conversely, a simple improvement that is inexpensive and requires  minimum of effort that gives you back 100 percent is a definite YES. So let us look at the top 4 ROI remodel and improvements you can get starting on doing today.

1. A KITCHEN REMODEL

No surprise here, remodeling a kitchen remains one of the home improvements with the highest levels of return on investment. There are estimates that a kitchen remodel, although costly, will return anywhere between 50-75% (or more).  If you're deciding between a kitchen and a bathroom remodel, go for the kitchen. The reason is that even if the bathrooms are older, a retail buyer perceives a full kitchen remodel as more valuable and convenient. Buying a house with a newer kitchen (and older bathrooms) means the new homeowner can tackle the bathrooms if/when they're ready, one bathroom at a time. Buyers simply do not want the hassle of a kitchen renovation – If you've ever lived through a kitchen renovation, setting up a makeshift kitchen and having to actually use it, can be a complete nightmare! If you don't want to completely remodel a kitchen, there are other ways to make a big difference when selling. Refacing existing cabinets, swapping old counter tops for new quartz or granite, changing out the hardware, adding a fresh coat of paint, new stainless steel appliances, and more modern, trendy plumbing and electrical fixtures can make all the difference.

2. REFINISHED HARDWOOD FLOORS

A great home improvement that can give you a very high ROI – 70-80 percent in many cases. A buyer‘s first impression is critical and doing flooring projects may have a huge impact. You can learn how to refinish hardwood floors yourself, or contact the professionals at Be Happy Property Services. Whatever you do, don't miss an opportunity by covering up an existing wood floor with carpet, which will almost certainly lose you money. 

3. A FRESH COAT OF PAINT

Don't fancy a huge remodel project? Don't worry – there are plenty of smaller changes you can make that will give you a good return on investment when selling. Exploring fresh paint ideas is one of the easiest ways to prepare your home for a sale. A fresh coat of paint does wonders to the interior of a house. If you are thinking of selling your home, paint the interior before listing it. A fresh coat of light (think whites, light grays and creams) paint to main living spaces can create the feeling of a larger, warmer space.

4. GARDEN LANDSCAPING

Don't forget your outdoor space and its huge potential to give you great returns for not very much investment and effort. Modest backyard landscaping ideas have been known to increase the average ROI. What is meant by modest? Simple landscaping updates that are easy to maintain and won't require your buyer to do lots of gardening. Be Happy Property Services is your #1 pick for landscaping professionals. Think a general tidy-up, a few low-maintenance bushes, and a neat driveway. Mow the lawn, pick up the twigs, weed the flower beds and put down some fresh mulch.  Be Happy Property Services provides residential and commercial properties in Anchorage and our surrounding areas with dependable, licensed, insured, and bonded services.  One call, we do it all! 907-336-7434.

Top home improvement projects with the best return of investment (ROI)

If you’re looking to invest back into your home, you’ve probably already considered several possible remodeling projects.  Renovating your home can boost its value, make it more attractive to prospective buyers. It also transforms it into a better place for you and your family in the present. Let's discuss the home improvement projects with the highest return-on-investment.

First, focus on any essential projects

Right from the start, you might be tempted to jump right into a kitchen or bathroom remodel. After all, you’re in your kitchen every single day—you know just how much it needs a makeover. Before you invest in this type of remodeling, you should really prioritize spending your money, time, and attention. It might sound boring, but replacing your failing garage door or fixing a leaking roof should come first.
Looking for a quick fix to feel motivated? Here are some great ideas to add instant curb appeal.
Most essential home projects have a high ROI, because many of them make it possible for you to sell your home. Major home issues like structural damage or a bad roof should be fixed before listing a home for sale.

If your home’s cooling and heating systems need to be replaced

Take care of that project before you invest in other areas of your home. Yes, a seemingly mundane furnace replacement isn’t going to stand out when people tour your home, however, you’ll have a much easier time selling it when they start looking over the finer details. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy a more comfortable and efficient home until then.

Refresh your kitchen and bathroom

Once you’ve completed any essential items, you can move onto the fun stuff: remodeling your kitchen and bathroom. Not surprisingly, these two spaces are typically at the top of most homeowner’s to-do lists. Generally speaking, kitchen and bathroom remodels have a high ROI and can have a major impact on your home’s value. The key to getting the most possible value out of your renovation is setting a scope and staying within your budget. Yes, you can build the kitchen of your dreams by putting an extra ten thousand dollars into the project. But, if you’re not going to get that money back when you sell your home, that might not be the wisest investment. Any successful kitchen remodel involves new cabinets and countertops. Be Happy Property Services is here to assist you in recommending high-quality materials and expert installation: cutting corners on granite, quartz, or cabinetry can lead to a shoddy finish and reduced value. You’ll likely spend up to half of your total budget on these materials, but there are ways to save money.  In either room, limit the scope of the project to contain your total overhead. For example, you may not have the budget to replace both the tub and the shower, so just replace the shower and put your remaining money into new floors, a bathroom vanity, and new lighting fixtures. If you’re planning on staying in your home for at least a little while, you can also break the project into phases. Some homeowners remodel most of the kitchen first, and then wait a bit before buying new appliances and putting the finishing touches on the project.

Change your backyard for the better

The backyard is really a major selling point of so many homes. The right backyard can be an inviting space that connects the home to the beauty of the outdoors—especially in the nicest times of the year. A new deck can add significant value to your home. If your home isn’t built for a deck, instead re-imagine your patio. A built-in grill, a gas-lit fire pit, and a cooking prep area can transform your backyard into the place to be in the summer, while also making your home more attractive and valuable. When it comes to value-boosting home upgrades, the list is nearly limitless. Give us a call for a free estimate.  We are more than happy to point you in the right direction, showing you what other local homeowners are doing. With our help, you’ll be able to prioritize what projects you should take on first. Be Happy Property Services provides residential and commercial properties in Anchorage and our surrounding areas with dependable, licensed, insured, and bonded services.  One call, we do it all! 907-336-7434.

9 Things to Do to Your Home Before Fall Starts

It would be amazing if all you needed to prep your home for fall was hang a wreath and light a bunch of pumpkin spice candles. While yes, those are a crucial part of getting ready for the change of seasons, there are more important (and not exactly fun) preparations that come with being a homeowner. Consider everything you need to know before your house transitions from warm summer days to cool nights to freezing temperatures.

1. Clean, or possibly replace, your gutters.

Real talk: You're so used to your gutters working properly — and draining gallons of water from your roof yearly — that you forget they could use a little TLC. If they're clogged, you can end up with a flooded interior and damaged exterior. So clean them, and if necessary, replace them. A little prevention can save you headaches and money. 2. Check for drafts. Heat loss through windows is responsible for 25-30 percent of heating energy use, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. But it doesn't have to be that way, because weatherstripping is simple and probably the most cost-effective way to keep heating costs down. Pro tip: To check if you have a draft issue, close a door or window on a strip of paper. If the paper slides easily, you need to update your weatherstripping.

3. Drain your outdoor faucets.

Say it with me now: "I will turn off all outdoor faucets before winter!" Drain and disconnect all garden hoses from outside spigots to prevent any water freezing. Not doing this can result to pipes bursting, so yeah, do this.

4. Bring your outdoor furniture in.

Yes, your furniture is outdoor furniture. No, that does not mean you should test the label by leaving it outside through freezing weather and snow drifts. It costs you money and time to set that outdoor space up, so if you want to get another summer season out of it, store it in a garage or shed. If you don't have anywhere to store the items, cover it with waterproof covers.

5. Fix any cracks in your driveway.

I know, I know — this seems tedious and is one of those things where you're like, "eh, it'll be fine!". But, it could very easily not be fine. When water gets into cracks it freezes, expands, and can make the crack even bigger. Enough small cracks can turn into big cracks, and eventually, the concrete will crumble. Plus, you'd probably prefer a driveway without a giant pothole. So, use a concrete crack sealer, fill it up and be done with it.

6. Change your filters

Ouch! Another thing in your house that might be costing you more money then it should be. If your filters are clogged, it's harder to keep your home at the temperature you want it to be, which will increase your heating bills. Clean these filters monthly, not just before the fall, and thank me later. FYI: Disposable filters can be vacuumed one time before you replace it, and foam filters can just be vacuumed and not replaced.

7. Fertilize your lawn.

You know what they say: The best offense is a good defense. If you want to keep your lawn looking great in the spring and summer, you need to prep it for the fall and winter. Roots are still active when the grass isn't growing, so applying fertilizer will prevent winter damage. Doing this will also help your lawn turn green faster in the spring, which is crucial, because who wants to look at a sad lawn once it gets nice out?

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8. Test winter equipment.

Hi, I'm here from the future, where your snow blower isn't working and you're stuck inside and can't get your car out to buy a new one. Seriously, just check it all now, and make your life easier later.

9. Change your batteries.

Once a year you should be checking to make sure all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices are working. Since you're already testing everything else out, you might as well add this on. Hope this helps and adds something to your fall/winter checklist. Feel free to contact us for all your home and property services. Be Happy Property Services provides residential and commercial properties in Anchorage and our surrounding areas with dependable, licensed, insured, and bonded services. One call, we do it all! 907-336-7434.

20 Tips for Finding a Contractor for Your Home Remodel in the Anchorage Area

They say change is good, but it can also be intimidating. If you don’t plan for success, you are planning for failure. A home remodel can quickly go off the rails in terms of time and budget, making you wonder just what you were thinking when you decided to install a new roof or replace your worn siding. The biggest mistake a homeowner can make when they decide to remodel their home or install a new roof is cutting corners on their contractor. As with most things in life, you truly do get what you pay for when it comes to home renovation professionals. At the end of the day, everyone wants to drive up to their dream home. By working with a reliable, experienced company, you can ensure your home renovation project stays firmly out of nightmare territory. Here are 20 tips for finding a contractor for your home remodel in the Anchorage Area (you can apply these to anywhere, really).
  1. Clearly define your home remodeling project

Before you begin reaching out to contractors, have a clear idea of how exactly you want to remodel your home. This may sound obvious, but many homeowners end up hiring contractors and agreeing on a design, only to then request changes or additional adjustments after the construction work has already started. This often results in the project going over budget, failing to meet the agreed-upon deadlines, or even stopping dead in its tracks. Always plan everything in advance so that you don’t have to make any changes halfway through the project. 
  1. Ask homeowners in your neighborhood

It’s always a good idea to ask others for references. You may naturally turn to friends and family members, but why not ask a few neighbors, too? Did the family down the street just replace their home’s windows?  If the end result looks great, ask them who did the work and if they’re happy with the final product. Take a drive around your neighborhood and look for homes that have undergone recent upgrades. Most homeowners are happy to share their opinion of contractors, especially if they’re pleased with the project.
  1. Look at online reviews

Online has revolutionized the way consumers shop for products and services, with people researching before they buy. Look online to get an idea of what other people have to say about a contractor.  You’ll be able to see a wide range of opinions from homeowners willing to speak up about the quality of the labor, materials and overall workmanship.
  1. Don’t set a minimum (or maximum) number of estimates

When you’re looking for a contractor for any type of home improvement project, one of the first things you’ll hear is “get three estimates.” The problem with limiting yourself to three is that you really can’t be sure you’re getting a good representation of the options available. The better choice is to get as many estimates as it takes for you to feel like you’re making a comfortable, informed decision about a contractor. If that happens to be the first one you meet with, great! If not, continue on until you find a highly qualified contractor that feels like the perfect match for your project.
  1. Busy can be a good sign

A reputable, experienced contractor is likely to be in high demand, which means you might have to wait a few weeks or even a couple months to get on their schedule. When you consider that you’re making a significant investment in your home, however, isn’t it worth waiting for a contractor you trust to do an exceptional job? We would love to discuss your project, contact us today.
  1. Trust your instincts

There is something to be said for “going with your gut.” You and your contractor — and the construction crew — are going to interact at various points, from the contract drafting and negotiation process to the completion of the work on your home. Make sure you have a good rapport with the contractor. If you get a bad feeling from the start, it could be an indication that the project isn’t going to produce a good result.
  1. Go with a pro

The do-it-yourself industry has become increasingly popular in recent years, and it has inspired everyday people to try their hands at complicated projects that are best left to the professionals. The problem for the average homeowner is that it’s not always easy to distinguish between true pros and individuals who perform weekend jobs on the side. Ask questions and don’t be afraid to demand proof of the contractor’s experience and credentials. An experienced contractor will expect this and will be happy to provide the information you need to feel confident about putting your home in their hands.  
  1. Ask how long the contractor has been in business

You don’t have to look hard to find horror stories from homeowners who have been dissatisfied with a contractor’s work, only to end up unsuccessfully chasing the contractor through the court system in an effort to recoup money for an incomplete or unsatisfactory job. Read about Be Happy Property Services here. Unfortunately, it’s relatively easy for a small company to close shop when a lawsuit threatens, only to open up under a new name a few months down the road. The risk of this happening to you decreases significantly when you work with a contractor that has been in business for several years or even decades. 
  1. Review past jobs

Take a look at the contractor’s past projects. This is another area where the internet has given homeowners incredibly useful tools for researching potential contractors. Most experienced contractors have a photo gallery of their recent projects on their websites. Be Happy Property Services has a bevy of pictures, information, and reviews. Chances are, the contractor can deliver the same results for your home.
  1. Check the BBB and trade organizations

Is the contractor an accredited business with the Better Business Bureau? Check the ratings online, Anchorage Better Business Bureau.
  1. Verify insurance, licensing and permits

Your contractor should be able to provide you with proof that they have the proper licenses to perform home renovation work in your community. It should also possess the required insurance to cover its workers in case someone is injured while performing work on your property, and it should have all required permits through your local municipality/government before beginning the job. Be Happy Property Services provides residential and commercial properties in Anchorage and our surrounding areas with dependable, licensed, insured, and bonded services.
  1. Ask about check-ins

A home remodel is not a “set it and forget it” type of project. Ask how often the contractor will check in with you as the work progresses. The contractor should have someone in the office specifically assigned to act as a liaison between you and the crew performing the work. Discuss this at the time the contract is being drawn up. Which brings me to the next tip...
  1. Get it in writing

It goes without saying that every aspect of your project should be professionally documented. Without a contract, it’s your word against the contractor’s in the event of a dispute about the labor, materials or the quality of the work. An experienced and reputable contractor will offer you a comprehensive contract that clearly explains all the terms, from the financing to what happens if you are unhappy with the work.
  1. Price isn’t everything

If you’re like most people, your home remodel must fit within a certain budget. Although it’s perfectly normal for price to be a prominent factor in your choice of contractor, it shouldn’t be the only factor — or even the most important one. If you opt for the cheapest price at the expense of quality, however, you will almost certainly end up paying for a replacement much sooner than you should. In the long run, this will add to your cost and likely decrease your property’s value.
  1. Be specific about financing

You should know exactly how much you’re paying — and when you’re paying it — before a single hammer flies on your home remodel job. It’s especially important to be wary about contractors that require you to pay in full before any work begins.  You wouldn’t pay for a new car without taking it for a test drive, and you wouldn’t purchase a new wardrobe without seeing it first. Why should something as important as a home renovation be any different? Be Happy Property Services is pleased to offer financing through Acorn Finance.
  1. Know exactly who is doing the work

Will the contractor you hire be the one doing the work, or will the contractor outsource your job to a subcontractor? Make sure you know exactly who will be showing up at your home prior to the first day of the job, so you feel comfortable with and confident about the individuals working on your property.
  1. Ask about materials up front

Understandably, you might not be an expert on shingles or siding, but that doesn’t mean you have to be in the dark about the materials being used on your home remodel. Ask your contractor to explain what types of materials it uses and why. You should also be given options for upgraded materials, as well as materials designed to be more budget-friendly.
  1. Who will be at your home while work is performed?

Will the contractor appoint a renovation supervisor to your job? The contractor should assign a single point of contact to be on site in case you have questions while the work is being performed.
  1. Ask about the what-ifs

Watch enough home improvement shows, and you’re guaranteed to see your fair share of unexpected — and often expensive — surprises. No matter how carefully and thoroughly you plan, it’s usually impossible to know the full conditions behind walls, underneath layers of roofing materials and below the foundation of a basement. Expecting the unexpected should be part of any home remodel. Ask your contractor how it handles the what-if moments when they happen, and how it will affect your timeline and your budget.
  1. Know what happens if you’re unhappy

The contractor should make sure the job is completed to your total satisfaction. In fact, the contractor should be unwilling to walk away from the job until it’s absolutely perfect. Ask them how they handle customer complaints and concerns about the quality of labor and materials.  You’re paying for both a product and a service — the contractor should be 100% committed to doing the job the correct way, and it should have a plan in place to address any issues that come up along the way. Be Happy Property Services employs an amazing, friendly, hard-working crew, that provide full services at affordable prices. In fact, one of the things we hear most often from our customers is that they are impressed with how reliable and considerate our team is! Enjoy your free time, and leave all the hard work to us. Be Happy Property Services provides residential and commercial properties in Anchorage and our surrounding areas with dependable, licensed, insured, and bonded services.  One call, we do it all! 907-336-7434.

6 Sure Signs That Your Home Needs Remodeling 

Renovating your home can be stressful, let us at Be Happy Property Services make it easier for you! How can you tell when is the right time to have your home be renovated? 
  1. When your floor needs to be replaced 
  2. The roof is leaking 
  3. Your home feels too crowded or too empty 
  4. The paint looks dingy and starts to chip 
  5. The house feels out-dated 
  6. Your kitchen and bathrooms look old 
 

1. When your floor needs to be replaced.

The first sign that your home needs a renovation is when your floors tiling system is starting to detach. The detachment of the tiles only means that the tile grouting is already wearing off. The more common rooms that will need new floors are bathrooms and kitchens. You can also change up the design and add some wood floors; wood not only looks great, but it’s good for resale. Wood floors can have a great return on your investment. Carpet in high traffic areas should be replaced every 10 years. The look of carpet that needs to be replaced can make your home look like it’s in desperate need of a remodel. By replacing the carpet or adding hardwood flooring, it will significantly update the look and feel of your home.

2. The roof is leaking!

Leakages in your roofing system mean two things: One, the roofing installer and service that you hired is no good, and two – the roofing system of your home is already old and rotten. Either way, your roof needs fixing and renovating. Roofing companies work in squares, which is a 10×10 foot area, 100 square feet. The more square feet your roof is, the more it will cost to replace. If your home has vinyl siding and the paint is chipping, then it’s time to repaint the exterior of your home. 

3. Your home feels too crowded or too empty.

Have you ever encountered coming home to your house and you feel weird, and something is off? When people encounter this, they often feel that their house is either crowded or too spacious. Note that when this happens to you, it only means that your house needs refreshing. You may actually renovate your home by simply re-organizing all the things and belongings inside your home.

4. The paint looks dingy and starts to chip.

Another factor that could explicitly mean that your home needs remodeling is when the interior or exterior paint starts to become worn down, dirty, and chipping. It only shows that external factors are already affecting your home negatively. These factors could be dirt and chemicals. Aside from the fact that this circumstance means that your home is deteriorating already, it could also mean that you need to regard and renovate and clean things inside your home. Apply a fresh layer of paint to your walls on the inside and exterior of your home. Repaint the baseboards and crown molding if needed. Touch up your kitchen cabinets and other areas in the kitchen and bathrooms. Having freshly painted walls and baseboards can take years off the look of your home. If the white is starting to yellow, a nice coat of white paint will do wonders for updating your home’s look.

5. The house feels out-dated.

If you see lots of shiny gold door handles or shiny gold finish on anything really, then it’s about time to start a new remodel project to modernize your home. Older bathrooms will have gold everything, facets, door handles, bathtubs, and shower fixtures. This was a popular design in the 1990s but feels very out-dated in 2021. 

You can buy oil rubbed bronze or brushed nickel faucets, door knobs, and other bathroom and kitchen accessories fairly cheap. They are easy to install and can usually be completed in 10 minutes or less. New modern fans and light fixtures can be found on Amazon for under $100. These improvements will have a big impact and make your home feel much newer than before. 

6. Your kitchen and bathrooms look old.

These are the most important rooms in the home, not only for homeowners but also for home bu yers. If you have a very outdated looking kitchen or bathrooms, your home will feel old. You should modernize these rooms and bring them up to date. Give us a call at Be Happy Property Services about your kitchen remodel and renovation project. Bathroom remodeling usually includes new sinks, flooring, shower walls, faucets, toilets, etc. Like a kitchen remodel, the homeowner’s costs are moderate, with a huge payoff. Not only will your house have a great interior design and be up-to-date, but it will also be worth more if you ever decide to sell.  The bottom line is these signs can be very minimal and too “normal” to be seen and noticed in entirety. However, once your home shows these kinds of signs, it only means that your home is starting to deteriorate and needs home remodeling. If you feel like it’s time for a home remodeling project, give us a call for a free estimate. While you can do many upgrades on your own, many projects will need the help of a professional, licensed, and bonded remodeling company to ensure the job is done right, and we would love to help! Be Happy Property Services provides residential and commercial properties in Anchorage and our surrounding areas with dependable, licensed, insured, and bonded services.  One call, we do it all! 

Kitchen Renovation: Kitchen Design Trends of 2021

Discover the Kitchen Design Trends of 2021 for Your Next Kitchen Renovation

Discover the new kitchen design trends that are kicking 2021 off to a great start.  If you are planning a kitchen renovation, this past year has highlighted several ways we need to use our kitchens to incorporate both remote learning and work. From more workspace in order to use the area for multiple tasks, to getting more creative, here are some new kitchen renovation trends you will enjoy.  

Colors

Kitchens have become a centerpiece in our homes as we gather for every meal, have endless zoom calls, and virtual hangouts. Your kitchen can be an office or a classroom, so the addition of warm or colorful colors from the walls, décor, cabinets, and back splashes will make your space feel homier while showing your unique taste and personality.

Workspaces

After spending a year working and learning remotely, the spaces in your home matter more than ever. A kitchen counter can be turned into a multi-use workspace between meals. The same goes for your kitchen table.

As you plan your kitchen renovation, take into consideration all the ways you used these spaces over the last year.

Storage Space

Banish the clutter! With the kitchen busier than ever, the need for clutter to be cleaned up and put away is becoming more urgent. Many kitchens have an open floor space concept, but this leaves  few options to store belongings. Having an island in your kitchen, adding cabinetry (such as minimalist wall to wall cabinets), or clean-lined cabinets can add tons of storage to your kitchen -- without taking up too much space in the room. From storage, décor, and functionality—2021 has many demands for our kitchens.  This is the year to complete those projects you planned last year and to finally make the kitchen you and your family needs and deserves. With the help of a professional handyman from Be Happy Property Services, your options are limitless. Be Happy Property Services provides residential and commercial properties in Anchorage and our surrounding areas with dependable, licensed, insured, and bonded services.  One call, we do it all! 

These kitchen remodeling ideas will save you money while renovating your kitchen

These kitchen remodeling ideas will definitely save you money while renovating your kitchen. Now you have decided to remodel your kitchen or at least make some small changes, we have an amazing list of kitchen remodeling ideas for you. Even small makeovers may change the look of your kitchen immensely. Let’s clear out one thing right at the beginning: whether you live with a family or by yourself, the kitchen is the busiest space in a house. From the coffee you whip up to get out of that agonizingly-wonderful slumber every morning to the last glass of water you sip every night, the kitchen remains at the center of your home. It is perfectly understandable as to why just like life, kitchen design also needs a breath of fresh air, or simply, a coat of fresh paint. But of course, a kitchen makeover is much more than that. Not only does it seek to reinvigorate the space most dear to the house, but it also will go a long way in ensuring that a fresh, updated kitchen remains at the heart of a healthy family. Let us at Be Happy Property Services understand what exactly you need to change and we will help you understand how you can manage a complete kitchen makeover. Wondering how much your kitchen remodel will cost? Contact us today for a free estimate.

Updating Kitchen Backsplash? Here’s What You Need to Know:

Updating your kitchen backsplash is one of the easiest and cost-effective ways to give a new look to your old kitchen. It is also the first area that should get your attention when renovating your kitchen because a) no renovation is complete without a new backsplash and b) it is the most used/abused area of the kitchen. From spilled food to hot oil splashes, the backsplash takes it all and complains little. When updating your kitchen backsplash, consider whether you want to incorporate new changes to the material or re-do the existing design. If you are short on time and money, consider a simple coat of paint. This way, you can incorporate a variety of styles depending on your existing material or simply add a shade. If you are artistically inclined, use a stencil to create a design in a secondary accent color. Different kitchen backsplash ideas might be enough if you can’t afford a complete renovation. If you are just adding one color, consider choosing between different textures like matte, satin, and high-gloss styles to give a new life to your kitchen. But if you think that your kitchen backsplash needs more than just color, start by selecting the material you wish to use for the new kitchen project. While the material you chose will, of course, depend on your personal needs, preferences, and budget, you can always save costs by doing it yourself instead of hiring a professional. The Internet has many videos on going the DIY route but remember, do it only if you have prior experience of knocking down existing design and relating a new design. DIY is good only for people who know their stuff; for others, it can turn out to be extremely time consuming and worse, a half-baked project.

Choosing New Cabinets for Your Remodel

If you believe that a kitchen renovation should focus most on a) the look and b) the feel of new products, then choosing new cabinets is one of the best ways to go about it. Kitchen cabinets take a lot of abuse on a daily basis and are often seen to be loose on their hinges which gives the whole kitchen a dated and ignored look. Also, remember that when it comes to the cabinet, the choices are plenty even if you are on a tight budget and have the basic tooling expertise (in short, tighten screws properly!). Ready to assemble (RTA) kitchen cabinets come in a flat pack along with all the hardware needed for assembly. One of the biggest advantages of RTA kitchen idea is that it saves you a substantial cost on labor charges thereby allowing you extra room to spend on quality products. At the bottom of the price list are medium density fiberboard (MDF). Also known as engineered wood, substrate, hardboard, etc., they are all made by pressing wood particles together at high temperature with glue. While being an affordable option, it’s durability is often compromised. On the other end of the scale are solid wood drawers with dovetail joinery that look good and last long. In short, cabinets with white melamine-coated particle board cabinet boxes and drawers and flat panel doors are signs of cheap quality while veneered plywood, hardwood frames, solid wood doors of expensive, durable quality.

Focus on New Flooring

Relaying the kitchen floor is both a time- and money-consuming process but few things give a new life to kitchen renovation like a new floor. When it comes to flooring ideas, hardwood is the most well-known standard and material. Within hardwood, however, there are a lot of variations and differences. The most common form of hardwood flooring came in thick planks of solid timber. Solid hardwood is milled from a single piece of wood and hence a completely natural material. It is more adept at handling temperature and humidity changes. Many companies also offer engineered flooring –planks with a thin layer of hardwood on top, bonded with other layers. Engineered flooring is designed to prevent the floor from shifting during expansion and contraction cycles. Oak and walnut are two of the most common hardwood choices and for good reason. Oak is durable and stains well while giving an appealing natural grain and is reasonably priced. Hickory, maple, ash, cherry are also good choices too so take your time and decide accordingly. If you prefer a light-colored hardwood floor, ash is an ideal option, while people who expect a lot of foot traffic should consider hickory as an option.

Add a Kitchen Island and Open up Your Space

No matter how small or large, a kitchen island occupies a focal point in your kitchen and is often the most focused item when it comes to a kitchen renovation. Natural stones like granite and marble along with engineered Quartz are some of the most commonly used materials due to the variety they offer without compromising on durability. But remember that you don’t want a very big island that looks out of place. For foot traffic, leave about 36 to 48 inches of space on all sides. The size and the nature of the kitchen island are often dictated by what purpose it will serve. For example, if you plan to serve snacks or use this space for wine sessions, leave proper legroom and surface area for each person. About 24 inches of width might be enough for each person. Consider leaving 9 to 13 inches of clearance between your knees and the bottom of the counter for the necessary legroom. While designing, match the counter height with the seating you use. Customizing your island can make it more user-friendly and diverse without adding costs, For example, if your kitchen island also doubles as a workspace, consider adding electrical outlets to make sure people can charge their phones or plug in a speaker. There are a number of kitchen island ideas that can get you moving. While overhauling your kitchen, you might be working with a great designer. But it doesn’t always mean that they will have all the kitchen renovation ideas. It is always smart to check out kitchen remodel ideas for inspiration as well as to reduce the cost of kitchen remodeling.

Indulge in New Luxe Appliances

Appliances are the most important aspect of a kitchen: they are the instruments that get things done. However, aging appliances can drain your pocket and reduce efficiency so it is always a good choice to update them every few years but of course, this does not apply to all appliances in the kitchen. In general, remember the latest appliances are not only more efficient, but they are also more ‘beautiful’ to look at. That said, do not prioritize form over function. Remember, appliances are long-term investments. If you are planning to sell the property, check with local property agents to confirm whether investing in new appliances will fetch you a higher price for the property. Of course, if you plan to continue staying at the house, then the investments made in appliances will improve the kitchen’s efficiency and performance. Over time, kitchen interiors may start seeming a bit dull and the overall appeal might just be lost. This is why you must indulge yourself in new luxe appliances for not just the novelty in aesthetics but also the general utility of the space. Besides giving your kitchen a new look, these appliances are bound to give you the ‘hands-on’ change you deserve. You might find the memories of the old kitchen coming back if you stick with old electronics. Not only have the new-age appliances changed in how they can be used, but they have also changed in the way they look too. In order to thoroughly enjoy your finished kitchen remodeling, ditch that 25-year-old refrigerator and opt for a stylish sleek one that matches the decor and theme of your kitchen.

Try Open Shelving

Gone are the days when the sight of your cutlery in the open would invite a frown from the visiting guests — in fact, more and more people are opening up to the idea of open shelving. If you are looking to contrast your new kitchen from the old one (or your grandma’s) and add a sense of ‘largeness’ to your space, you should definitely try open shelving. The best part about it is that there are so many ways to play around with it and be creative. You could go for white open shelving to highlight the wallpaper or the paint in or you could even mix and match it with the cabinetry. No need to get rid of cabinetry entirely — just add shelves between windows or in the corners of the kitchen to display your most prized cookbooks, pottery or teacups.  Customize it with hooks to hang stuff or opt for fancy boxes and baskets to add a touch of sophistication. Undercabinetry lights are highly recommended for kitchens looking to add a bit of x-factor. We suggest opting for only one color of glassware to display on these open shelves for the best effect. There a lot of kitchen open shelves ideas that can overhaul the look of your kitchen as well as add astonishing functionality.

Embrace Contrast – Honed Granite Countertops Against White Oak Cabinets

If you are looking for kitchen remodeling ideas, you can’t miss the most sophisticated trend of all of this decade: solid countertops with contrasting cabinetry. For a contemporary kitchen, you should consider going the granite way and opt for the honed finish instead of the regular polished one. The matte finish of this durable stone adds an ultra-modern touch to the kitchen without the excessive reflections. In a way, it makes it less susceptible to smudging too. Besides the evergreen black, brown and beiges, the finish also allows you to opt for exotic red and blue colors should you want to add a bit of color to your kitchen. Contrast the seams and colors of the slab with the plainness of white oak cabinets to add an unrivaled touch of class. You can’t go wrong with a pop of color set to a plain white setting. As oak is equally gracious when paired with granite and relatively less prone to water damage than MDFs, the pairing is bound to be a hit. The number of kitchen countertop ideas is as many as the types of countertops, be it natural stones like granite and marble (wondering the difference between granite and marble?) or other engineered stones like quartz.

Stick to One Splurge – New Marble Countertops

One of the most exquisite natural stones known to mankind, marble is a godsend for those looking to take a detour from the boldness of granite countertops. Aesthetically pleasing and available in countless varieties, there is a reason marble has so much significance even historically. If you are going for sophistication, meet your best friend: marble countertops. The feminine feel of marble allows one to use it in every kitchen regardless of the theme. Although there are some concerns about staining, it is a known fact that a lot of homeowners prefer the way the surface ages as the colors blend into its grey veins. Concerns can be minimized with the use of polished finish, although we love the idea of a honed finish in a modern kitchen. The best part is undoubtedly the cost-effectiveness though. If you are on a budget and still want something that embodies class, marble is definitely what you are looking for.

Be Creative with New Lighting

One of the most brilliant ways to combine convenience with beauty for a kitchen remodel is to be creative (and smart!) with your kitchen lights. It is one of the most cost-effective tricks when it comes to kitchen remodeling ideas. The desired effect can be achieved by mixing-and-matching different fixtures in different spots in the kitchen. Depending on whether you are looking for ambient lighting or task lighting, you could plan the layout and the budget. There are countless kitchen lighting ideas. To combine task lights with cost-friendliness, we suggest going the LED ceiling lights route. Besides being eco-friendly, these lights save a lot of dollars on electricity bills. You can bring out the wow factor with these lights too if you go for pendant lights above your kitchen island or dining area. For ambient use, chandeliers or even new-age track lighting can be used. Make sure to install dimmers if you plan to spend some time eating dinners with your loved one in the dining area. Basically, whatever your budget or use: If you are looking to take your kitchen to the next level, it’s time to hang some new lights!

Picking New Cabinet Doors

Revitalizing and renovating a kitchen can be a tricky affair: not only do you have to decide what you must change, but you must also decide where to best spend your money. And dollar for dollar, new cabinet doors are one of the best investments. The reasons are simple: every day, your cabinet doors are opened a number of times and over a period, they suffer wear and tear. Even if the doors may not ‘look’ old, the hinges, for example, tend to get loose. The one important reason why you should choose new cabinet doors is because if you want to keep your costs low, you can always consider buying ready-to-use doors which are available in various colors, material and texture. For ease of usage and low maintenance, you can always consider plywood/MDF. However, if you can afford to spend a little more, proper wood like dark cherry wood cabinets would be a lovely option. If you are feeling eccentric and eclectic at the same time (well done, you!) then you can even consider getting rid of cabinet doors completely and instead opt for an open shelf design. That choice, however, will require you to get new cabinets that are more suited to open-frame designs.

Paint Update

A new touch of paint, updating hardware (doorknobs, cabinet pullouts) and a couple of new appliances are the easiest way to do so. Kitchen paint ideas can guide you to update your kitchen in an extremely cost-effective way. While we pay a lot of attention to the paint we use in the house, the kitchen often tends to get ignored. Also, while the rest of the house may not need a repaint anytime soon, the walls of the kitchen undergo a lot of abuse. Smoke, water, oil and the general traffic in the kitchen can begin to reflect on its walls very soon. When painting a kitchen, remember that you should give attention to how the new color will gel with the rest of the house and whether the texture you pick will withstand oil and heat. Unless you wish to get an extremely fine and detailed painting done to the house, going DIY will make it even more affordable and a great way to get your family and friends involved. This also ensures that you have complete control over the designs so get creative! When it comes to the colors it makes sense to spend some time picking the right color. Choose colors which create high visual impact and are in line with food. Then, there is the texture: satin and semi-gloss are some of the best options when it comes to the finish because they can be shiny/glossy enough to clean up, yet flat in its appearance to hide imperfections.

New Hardware Can Revitalize a New Kitchen

While new paint will revitalize your kitchen, this will also be a good time to consider changing your hardware in the kitchen. While cabinets can last a really long time, the same cannot be said about kitchen hardware. As a general rule, metal works best for hardware for the simple reason that it is, well, metal. It is durable, sturdy and resistant to minor bumps and knocks. Within metal, however, you have a lot of choices: nickel and brass have a timeless appeal while steel is sleeker and more contemporary. Silver is also a great choice but may not be the best idea if your kitchen has a lot of rough usages (think oily hands!) or if you wish to keep costs down. And should you go for knobs or handles? Again, you can choose one or both to give a slightly edgier look to your kitchen. The point here essentially is that while changing cabinets can cost a lot and involve a lot of effort, the hardware is much easier to update and more affordable. And when the knobs look nice, even slightly old cabinets will look as good as new. These kitchen remodeling ideas will definitely save you money while renovating your kitchen! Contact us today for a free estimate. Summer is the perfect time to revitalize and remodel your kitchen.  Be Happy Property Services provides residential and commercial properties in Anchorage and our surrounding areas with dependable, licensed, insured, and bonded services.  One call, we do it all! 
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