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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.
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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.

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! 

4 Reasons Kitchen Renovations & Remodels Are Better In The Summer

4 Reasons Kitchen Renovations & Remodels Are Better In The Summer

Thinking about kitchen renovations? Dreaming about a remodel that will perfect your living space? Then, you are in the right place!  The spring and fall are usually heavy seasons for contractors and designers with projects, but that may not be the best time to remodel.  Summer is quickly approaching (okay, maybe we are overly optimistic) but we’re here to give you four reasons to renovate your kitchen or embark on a remodel this upcoming summer season! Although home renovations, and remodeling projects take place all year round, we are going to shed light on why it’s better to do it during the summer.  Summer is one of the busiest seasons for many.  Most families are out on vacation, lovers are getting married, and the kids are in summer school, or at camp, or visiting family.  With so much happening, why is this the best time of the year to move forward with a renovation or remodel? 

Reason #1

You Can Enjoy the Outdoors

Remodeling a kitchen can be hard on your family mealtime routine. Being without a sink and appliances can be challenging, and eating out costs money.  The good news is summertime is grill season! Spend some time outdoors and try some simple grilled meals. The busy summertime is also the best time of the year to sit outside and relax. Similarly, it is the perfect season to invite family and friends to your home for a lovely gathering. You can enjoy delicious warm meals outside in nature and enjoy the fresh breeze mother nature has blessed us with. See where I am going with this? You can hire the best team at Be Happy Property Services and let them do the hard labor!  The best part about all of this is that you don’t have to give up family dinners, as you can still cook and grill outside.  You can count on us to take your renovation or remodel to the next level.

Reason #2

Open Schedules & Vacation

Kids are out of school and are free from most extra-curricular activities, which can greatly open up your schedule. Now you can meet with contractors and designers without having to juggle so many Zoom meetings, baseball practices and the many other activities your kiddos are involved in.  As a result, summer is the ideal season for kitchen renovations, home improvements, and remodeling projects.  In the end, summer is still better than other seasons because people have more time to schedule tasks like these. How nice would it be to return home from vacation with a beautiful new kitchen?  Pretty nice, right?

Reason #3

Indoor Kitchen Lighting

Picking out counter tops, cabinetry, and paint in natural light is key during any renovation. It can be difficult to imagine and speculate what that daffodil (or sage or marigold or ocean slate) will look like in the dark of winter. Open the blinds, draw in the curtains, and fill your home with natural light. Once you open up your home and allow the beautiful sunlight to enter, you can start to visualize what home improvement items you want and don’t. 

Reason #4

Ventilation

While a renovation is taking place, ventilation is important.  During the summer, you can be worry-free and open windows and doors for ventilation without the cold and moisture of the other seasons playing effect.  For instance, say you chose to do a kitchen renovation in the winter.  This means you would have to deal with the harsh cold (along with eating out often, unless you have a grill ready on that porch).  Do you have to open the windows?  Not necessarily, but it can make things easier for the remodelers and installers.  Sometimes life happens and people don’t have another choice so they may have to choose another season. But, no matter what, we can get it done. So no need to worry. All in all, summer is a great season for many things. Add a kitchen renovation to your summer plans, or a bathroom remodel, maybe renovate that extra room into a full office, no matter what you envision, look to Be Happy Property Services. From small upgrades to full updates, we can assist with your project needs!   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!   TAGS: Bathroom, Countertop, Countertops, Kitchen, Kitchen Design, Remodel, Renovation, Bathroom Remodeling, Bathroom Renovation,  Kitchen Remodeling, Kitchen Renovation, Kitchen Renovations, Sink & Faucets, Surfaces, Tile

Spring Renovation Ideas

Freshen Up Your Home with a Spring Renovation

In the winter, we tend to hibernate a bit, dreaming of what the next season holds. It is an excellent time to gather ideas and plan a spring renovation for your home. After all, the spring offers beautiful weather to work on the house and blooming flowers to welcome you home. If you are looking for a spring renovation for 2021, you have come to the right place. Be Happy Property Services can help you with all of your renovation and remodeling needs.

Begin with Curb Appeal

There are so many exciting ways to upgrade your curb appeal in the spring. Little tweaks here and there can breathe fresh life into the front of the home.  Here are a few thoughts.
  1. Give the mailbox a new coat of paint.
  2. Plant a few pieces of flowering landscaping or add potted plants to the front porch.
  3. Pressure-wash the house, patio, driveway, and sidewalks.
  4. What about a new front door color and a fresh seasonal wreath?
  5. Replace lighting at the door and around your garage door for a more contemporary style.
All these ideas and more will add a bit of pizazz without too much money or time investment.

Resurface your Driveway

Let’s face it; our driveways can take a real beating. Don’t underestimate the aesthetic and investment value of a welcoming driveway. Spring is a great time to resurface your driveway or have the entire thing replaced. Why not try something other than the traditional concrete look? You can have pavers installed around the edges or instead of the concrete. Additionally, there are driveway resurfacing techniques today that will have your driveway looking like pavers or stone with significantly less time and money invested. 

Add On a Room

The addition of a new room can be an exciting time. With so many moving to a work-from-home day, we need extra space. Perhaps you have the office but need an outdoor space to capture the fresh air.  Is the mother-in-law coming to stay? Perhaps the college student is moving back in?  Never fear. In most cases, a new room can be added to the exterior of your home with some creativity.

Open Up an Existing Room

Now that we have come through 2020, are you feeling a bit pent up? You are not alone. But what if you knocked out a wall or two to create a more open plan for your home? If there is a wall between the kitchen and dining room, consider having it removed. Is the kitchen closed off? Maybe you’ll want to open it up to the main living space. The design is up to you.

Freshen Up with a New Interior Paint Color

A great way to welcome spring is with a pop of fresh new color. Whether you paint an entire room, one wall, or just add some fresh new throw pillows as a pop of color, this can be refreshing. Visit your local paint store and gather some paint swatches to hold up around your home and see which one makes you feel like spring has sprung.

Contact a Professional for Your Spring Renovation

Simple spring fixes to your home will freshen it up and remind you why you love your home. And if you have a larger budget, consider a more extensive renovation like one of the following.
  1. Finish out a basement or attic.
  2. Add on a screen room.
  3. Change out the old windows for new energy-efficient windows.
  4. Give the entire home a new paint color and brighten all the trim.
  5. Replace old appliances for a fresh new look.
  6. Remodel the whole kitchen.
  7. Redesign the master bathroom to a spa look.
With our team of professionals at your disposal, allow Be Happy Property Services to dream with you. If you can dream it, we can build it. Contact the experts at Be Happy Property Services to bring your spring renovation to life. We are licensed, bonded, and insured. Look to us for all of your residential and commercial property service needs.

7 home renovations for 2021

We spent a lot of time at home in 2020 – Now more than ever, people want comfort, refreshed aesthetics and spaces that fit the demands of their new lifestyle. The professionals at Be Happy Property Services are here to support you in making the changes needed.  Here are some of the top home renovation trends for 2021.

1) Multi-zone kitchens

Remember at the beginning of the pandemic when everybody made banana bread? Most might have moved on from that recipe, but we’re all still in the kitchen. Less eating out means more people around the oven. And you know what they say about too many cooks in the kitchen – make more room! Enter the rise of multi-zone kitchens. Today, people want cooking spaces that allow for everyone to flow through the room without dead-ends. That means installing large kitchen islands big enough for handling prepping, chopping and serving endless loaves of banana bread (if that’s still your jam) – all at once.

2) Bathrooms that double as spas

Relax in a world of stress. Escape from the news and find your bliss. Zen vibes only. Since going to the spa right now can be stressful in itself, let us bring the spa to you. What better place to find it than right in the home?  Freestanding soaking tubs.  Big rain showers.  Bidets. (You will be ready for that next toilet paper shortage!)  Let us help you unwind. All that’s left is for you to do is bring your own candles and glass of wine into your spacious, relaxing home spa.

3) Home office nooks

Nobody expected work from home to stretch from one spring to the next. However, here we are – let’s try to make the best of it. What was once unused space can become the most productive corners of the home. Nooks, basements and guest bedrooms can become home offices as more businesses make the decision to shift to a work-from-home hybrid model, even after the pandemic ends. Let us help you make that home office perform at its best, with efficiency, comfort, and versatility to boost your productivity. 

4) Open floor plans become closed

Have you ever been in a single room where several people are attending multiple different virtual meetings? Forgetting to un-mute your mic is the least of worries in that situation. Due to the reality of our new normal, the ever-popular open floor plan is being reconsidered. The open floor plan is not going away anytime soon, but the addition of sliding doors and partitions are becoming more common. Installing soundproofing can also help with privacy.

5) Backgrounds worthy of your many Zoom calls

If walls could talk, they would say, “give us a face lift, please!” After all, they never expected to be the star of so many meetings or virtual happy hours. Be Happy Property Services is here to help – and that goes beyond slapping on a new coat of paint. Luxe-yet-striking looks is the way to revitalize any room. We’re talking floral wallpaper, fabric upholstery, textured finishes and even blank walls with eye-catching built-ins.

6) Windows that wow

Let there be light!  Beyond installing new or additional windows, this addition to our list of top home renovation trends of 2021 may also take the form of new lighting. Sconces in the kitchen, a new chandelier in the entryway or back lighting in the bathroom. Whatever you choose, 2021’s going to be a brighter year than last, indeed.

7) The great outdoors made greater

Winter won’t last forever, and neither will the pandemic.  By early predictions, the timing of when most have received the vaccine may coincide with the return of summer. That means people may be able to more safely host smaller gatherings again, especially if held outside. Let’s make the outside as grand as the inside, whether that means adding an outdoor kitchen or fire pit. For many, the backyard now takes the forefront. Contact Be Happy Property Services today to get your home renovations started. Your home is just one call away from amazing! Our bonded, insured and licensed team of professionals are happy to help make your vision a reality.

Why window repairs and door replacements are important

Some would say that windows and doors are the least important element of every home. We strongly disagree with this statement and mindset among people. In the last couple of years, everyone is paying more attention to the design and the look of the rooms in the house. While the design elements are important, we believe that if you don’t have good windows and doors you don’t have anything.

The importance of these two elements can be seen through many factors such as energy and heat savings during winter days and the overall aesthetic. For this reason, it is important to have quality materials and maintenance when needed. One overlooked element is also very important. You do know that your doors and windows are allowing outdoor air in your house, right? For instance, if you are living in a polluted area and use an air purifier all of your efforts can be worthless if you don’t have the right protection from the outside world. At Be Happy Property Services, we can help you install energy efficient doors and windows. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small window or a big door repair, we can help you with everything. We have the experience and the expertise. Contact us here for more.

Holiday Repairs

It always seems like the holidays come too quickly.  The days grow shorter, yet at times can seem endless. The sun comes up and goes down. Our days can run into each other.  It’s important to make sure that your home is ready (along with your mindset), and that may include any number of tasks.  Instead of falling into the usual holiday panic, let's take the time to sit down, and think about everything that needs to be completed. No one wants that honey-do list hanging over your head the entire winter. It’s best to make a plan to get as much out of the way as you can before the holidays arrive.   

Taking Care of Home Repairs

No matter what’s going on at your house this holiday season, it will be much more enjoyable for everyone when it feels fresh, clean, and like a welcoming home.  Nothing is worse than having to find out halfway through morning showers that the hot water tank has gone out. You might not be able to anticipate an emergency of this magnitude, of course, but there are a lot of little things you can do to make sure you’re as prepared as possible for the holidays. Take the time to look around and make a list of everything that you want to freshen up before the holidays.  Consider things like finally repairing that broken trim board, having those vents put back on from the last time the ducts were cleaned, or just cleaning out the clutter from the spare room so people can stay there.  

Make Your Honey Do List

Now’s the time to grab those random sticky notes (figuratively and literally) with various to-do’s and centralize them all on a refined honey-do list!  That way you can prioritize what needs to be done.   Does Your Home Repair List Look Similar?
  • New blind installation in the family room
  • Repair the cabinet hinges where the plates are stored
  • Fix the garbage disposal before hosting Thanksgiving dinner
  • Repair the deck so nobody trips and falls
  • Install the fan in the spare bedroom
  • Fix the leaking faucet in the main bathroom
This may sound easy, but at times can be overwhelming. When you hire the right handyman for the job, they’ll be able to help you go through your home and find things that need attention. They can help you decide what’s important and prioritize repairs when you’re working on a budget, too.   

Is It Time to Initiate Your Remodel Project?

Beyond making sure the basics are covered, you might also want to take it to the next level with that remodeling project you’ve been dreaming about.  Most of us are spending more time at home, and our spaces may be more than just our homes; work space, classroom, hobby spot, gym, maybe even a YouTube space for the social media maven. 
  • Does the spare bathroom need a face lift?
  • Have you been dreaming of creating that perfect gym in your finished basement?
  • How about a functional, yet beautiful, office space to UP your productivity?
 

Hire a Professional Handyman

This holiday season you have enough to do, so hand over that honey-do-list, let the stress melt away, and let the joy of the holidays ring through your home.   Enlist the help of a professional handyman to get your list done quickly and properly. That's where we come in! Be Happy Property Services is licensed, bonded, and insured. One call, we do it all! Call us today for a free estimate.