Weekend Project – Organize Your Kitchen Pantry

The kitchen pantry is one of those areas that can quickly become a disorganized mess overtime. Older cans and boxes can keep getting pushed to the back shelf and forgotten. How many of us have found cans of green beans dating back a decade or two during a spring cleaning? Or a box of crackers that went stale because you forgot (or didn’t know) it was opened?

Pantry Shelves

If you have a free weekend and are looking for a satisfying project, consider a pantry clean-out and reorganization. It’ll eliminate some stress if you can actually see the groceries and supplies you have, and make sure they’re fresh! Here are a few quick ways to bring order to your food pantry.

  1. Use Clear Storage Containers – Using clear and stackable storage
    containers with simple labels will not only make it easy to see the food, but save valuable space as well and keep the food fresher longer.
  2. Use the Door Space – A great use of the pantry door is to add a storage rack to the door itself. Use shelves and baskets to corral spices and favorite snacks, or smaller items that can get lost.
  3. Chalkboard Lists – Another great use for the inside of the pantry door, or an area near the pantry, is to use chalkboard paint to create a place to keep lists. Use this chalkboard to keep track of items you need as you use them, or to keep an inventory of what you have in the pantry so it gets used before it expires.
  4. Sort the Items – Organize your pantry by use. For example, keep baking supplies together to allow for easy access when you want to make cookies, or organize all the kids’ snacks on a shelf that’s within their reach (or out of reach, if it’s treats!).
  5. Keep Things Well-Lit – Finally, don’t neglect the lighting in your pantry. If you have an area which has become a “black hole,” add lighting, either wired or battery, to help make sure you can see what’s back there.

    A well-organized pantry is just a weekend away and it will make cooking and grocery shopping much easier.
kitchen pantry

HOW TO CREATE A PRO RENOVATION BUDGET

Twin Cities Contractors

No matter what we’re buying or want to buy, most people like sticking to a budget pertaining to remodeling their home. But when you’re doing a home project, knowing the exact amount of money you have to spend and stay within that budget is paramount.

Most contractors design projects for their potential clients based on the budgets of homeowners. As a homeowner, you need to know your budget and be realistic about what they can afford. Considering the fixing of your house? Here’s how to establish a spending limit, set your priorities, and stick to your budget.

  1. Determine your goals

To start with, the first question that you must ask yourself is why you want to renovate or rebrand the structures of the house. Do you want to make an open floor plan? Do you wish to renovate your kitchen because you want to have access to more space? Are you feeling weary of not having enough space for entertaining guests? Find out your budget and what your goals are or plans. 

2. Assess your financing options

Unless you are willing to pay all renovation expenses with cash, you’ll need to borrow money for the project. Another option is to apply for a home-equity line of credit, which allows you to lend money on a regular basis, up to a certain limit, if you can use your home as collateral. 

3. How Much Does It Cost to fix or rebrand a House?

Depending on the location, the type of room you renovate, and whether or not you’re confident with a hammer, your renovation project could cost around $10 per square foot—with some projects costing up to $100 per square foot. Bear in mind; home renovations are enveloped with a lot of factors and costs—including room size, cost of materials, type of work needed, and how big the project is.

Get yourself a calculator—here comes the interesting aspect! Now that you’ve listed the areas that need renovation try to cut or reduce the total amount that goes into the project—including all the materials and labor needed. This will require some research, so grab a cup of coffee and get cozy.

Bear in mind; you won’t know the exact price until you talk with a contractor. But digging around online will give you ballpark figures so you can be realistic about what you can get done with your budget.

5. Prioritize Projects

If a room in your home is out of whack and causing trouble, you’ll want to budget for that project first. Or, if you have a strong desire to renovate a particular space, go for that one first. But if things are otherwise, consider starting with popular home renovations that add value to your home and bring the most satisfaction to homeowners.

Bathroom Remodel

How to know when it’s Time for a New Roof for Your Twin Cities Home

It’s easy to tell when you need to replace your carpet or repaint the walls; you see them every day and when they look old or dingy, it’s easy to notice. The wear and tear on your roof is a different thing. How often do you spend the time looking up at your roof and really analyzing how it looks? If you’re like most people, the first indication you get that it’s time for a new roof is when water starts leaking into your home. Before that happens, here are some signs that your roof needs to be replaced:

It’s old: most roofs have a 20-year warranty, if it’s older than that, consider replacing
It shows wear and tear: peeling or bubbling paint
Roof material/debris is evident around the home: signs it’s breaking down
Leaks and/or water stains: check both the garage as well as your attic for evidence of leaks
Your energy bills are rising: Unexplained increases in your utility bills could be signs of heat or cold invading your home

Twin Cities Roof

If you suspect that it’s time to replace the roof, now is the time to investigate your options for replacement or repairs, before you are face much larger damage.