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Mr. Handyman: 5 DIY Holiday Decorating Tips

November 25, 2014

The holidays are in full swing, which means it’s time to put up your holiday decorations, hang your lights and start wrapping your gifts! If this isn’t your first holiday season, you’re probably very aware that holiday preparation can be a hassle, especially if you’re trying to keep up with the Joneses! Fear not. Mr. Handyman put together 5 do-it-yourself holiday decorating tips and videos that will make your life a whole lot easier.

1. How to Hang Your Christmas Lights without Using Nails / Staple Gun
Instead of using a staple gun or nails, simply use zip ties to hang your holiday decorations and lights. After the holidays, it’s just a “snip” of a pair of scissors to take them down!

2. Quick and Easy Way to Organize & Store Christmas Lights
Rather than scrunching your Christmas lights into a big ball and tossing them into your storage room, try this quick tip. All you need is a hose reel!

3. How to Make Wrapping Paper Stay in Place
If you’ve ever used wrapping paper, you know that it likes to unroll itself and cause a huge mess. With just one toilet paper roll, all of your problems are solved!

4. DIY Holiday Decorating: Christmas Tree
If you love Christmas decorations, but hate the price tags, this is the tip for you. All you need for this decorative tree are a few zip ties and a tomato planter!

5. Make Your Own Christmas Tree Needle Catcher
So you bought a real tree because it looks and smells better. Understandable, but what about all of the needles? Here’s a tip that only requires a saucer sled!

Have a tip of your own? Please feel free to share it in the comments section below…

Mr. Handyman can maintain your home to save you money. One call really does take care of everything on your to-do list. All Mr. Handyman franchises are Fully Insured with General Liability and Workers Compensation. Some services are subject to state and local licensing and may not be available in all locations. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service in your area.

4 Tips for Hiring a Home Improvement Professional

November 20, 2014
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At Mr. Handyman, we frequently speak with callers who have had a poor experience with a previous home improvement professional, or who attempted to “DIY” their project but it didn’t turn out quite as expected.

So, we thought it might be a good idea to recap a little advice…

Keep reading for Mr. Handyman’s four tips for hiring a home improvement professional:

  • Our first advice is to contact and deal directly with the home improvement professional whenever possible. There are online review sites like Angie’s List where you can read customer reviews about the service providers. Typically, the phone numbers on these sites will actually ring through to the business and not to a third-party, which is a good thing.
  • If you choose to find a service provider through a site that wants to ‘match you’ or choose the service provider for you, be cautious. Often with these types of companies, you have no idea who they will send to your door. These sites are primarily marketing sites that make a commission for each ‘lead’ they generate. The service provider may or may not carry a license or insurance. Some of these sites require background checks, others do not.  Most of these companies spend a lot of money to be at the top section of the search engine results and promise the best guys in town at the lowest rates available. Think about that for a minute. Do you really think the best guy in town will work for the lowest available rate? If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Please beware.
  • Focus on reputation. Don’t let the company tell you how great they are, instead, let their customers tell you. Having a few negative reviews is normal. It is difficult for any service provider to please everyone. So instead of looking at the bad reviews, focus on the number of good reviews. If a service provider has dozens, or even hundreds, of good online reviews it’s a pretty good bet that this is a well-run company with quality staff and you can expect good results.
  • And finally, ask for the service provider’s mailing address. Do they get tongue-tied? If there happens to be a problem can you visit their office? If the address is out of state, you are not dealing directly with the service provider. And if the service provider cannot provide you with an address, you should begin to wonder how professional they are.

At Mr. Handyman we believe in delivering something different – a safe and worry free job completed by an expert. Our Service Technicians are actual employees, not sub-contractors. Each has been screened for safety and experience prior to hiring. They average 15+ years of home improvement experience and can handle most needs around your home. When you call Mr. Handyman you get a live answer, confirmed appointment, and on-time arrival. This is our promise.

Mr. Handyman can maintain your home to save you money over time. One call really does take care of everything on your to-do list. All Mr. Handyman franchises are Fully Insured with General Liability and Workers Compensation. Some services are subject to state and local licensing and may not be available in all locations. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service in your area.

Four Affordable Bedroom Makeover Ideas

November 15, 2014

Your bedroom is the most important room in your house. A good night’s sleep sets the tone for the day, helping you to be productive at work and to get the most out of play. Comfortable furniture and pleasing décor contribute to your ability to relax. If your bedroom does not have either, consider using these affordable bedroom makeover ideas…

Make a New Headboard

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Is your headboard a dull slab of wood or a dated brass frame? Or perhaps you do not have one at all. Create a headboard that serves as a focal point in the room. Among the many recent trends are fabric-covered headboards, some are simple while others feature designer tacks or nails as accessories.

For a more personal and creative headboard, incorporate a hobby or passion. Repurposed skis, surfboards, and skateboards have all been spotted connected and placed behind beds. You could also set a special photo within and have the option to change it regularly. To create a shabby chic headboard, head to an antique store and look for old doors and window shutters that could serve as a backboard to your bed.

Install a Cornice Board or Other Window Treatments

Are your windows unadorned, with just blinds covering the glass. A cornice board not only allows you to add a decorative touch, but the finished piece adds visual height to your bedroom. Never heard of such a window treatment? Think of it as a valance but made of a sturdier material such as wood. You can then cover it with crown molding or cover with the same material as your curtains for a consistent, softer touch.

If you already have intricate crown molding in your bedroom and would like to avoid a busy look, simply add curtains. Remember to hang the rod and curtains near the ceiling, as opposed to just above the window frame, which also adds visual height to a room.

Add a Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

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Mirrors work wonders in the bedroom, reflecting light into the space and making the room seem bigger, when properly placed. How you incorporate this décor element depends on the current décor. Is it ornate? Consider a simple, frameless mirror to serve the above functions without becoming a statement piece that draws the eye away.

If you do not already have a statement piece in the bedroom, mirrors offer an excellent opportunity to create one. Choose one large mirror with a substantial frame or several large ones you can group together and use as art pieces. This advice also works in the bathroom. Get more tips on incorporating mirrors into your décor.

Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint

Finally, paint is a great way to give your bedroom an affordable makeover, especially if you DIY. Greens and blues are always popular colors in a sleeping space, as they help to relax the mind and soothe the spirit after a long day. Opt for darker hue if your furniture has a light finish, but do not so dark that it overwhelms the room. Use with a complementary, lighter color on the trim.

Pink also ranks as a popular color in the bedroom for its ability to bring about tranquility. Forget the bubble gum hues of your youth, though, and instead embrace grown-up corals and mauves, again complementing and contrasting furniture finishes in the room.

If either color family feels like a giant leap from the neutral whites and tans of the current palette in your bedroom, apply samples and live with them for a week or so to see how you feel.  You might find they give you sweet dreams.

Mr. Handyman can maintain your home to save you money. One call really does take care of everything on your to-do list. All Mr. Handyman franchises are Fully Insured with General Liability and Workers Compensation. Some services are subject to state and local licensing and may not be available in all locations. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service in your area.

Wainscoting Ideas: Spruce up your interior with Beadboard Panels

November 12, 2014

Looking to spruce up your home for the holidays? Consider using wainscoting in your kitchen, bathroom, or any other room in your house that needs a facelift.  There are several different types of wainscoting but beadboard panels are made of tongue and grove, easier assembly,  and can provide a causal look sure to warm up any space.  Here are a few ideas to inspire you.

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The smallest spaces in our home are often the ones that get forgotten about the most.  However, these spaces can cost the least to renovate but still deliver a needed decorative element. Try lining the walls of your closet with beadboard for a custom look or even adding beadboard to your dreaded laundry room to make it a more inviting space.

Traditional Spaces

The traditional spaces in our home like the foyer, kitchen or bathroom are the spaces that get used the most and seen the most. Try giving these spaces a little makeover using beadboard. Create an area for coats and hats by placing beadboard on a foyer wall creating a backboard for hooks and a bench seat. Another great idea is to add beadboard to the walls of an outdated bathroom or kitchen island to give it an updated look.

Unusual Spaces

Now it’s time to think outside of the box.  Another great space for beadboard may include your ceiling. Yes you heard us right your ceiling!  If you have ever had to paint a ceiling you know what a pain that can be. Try adding a stylish touch to any room of your house by adding beadboard to the ceiling.

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Just for Fun

If you love the look of beadboard but are looking for a DIY weekend project try adding beadboard to the back of book shelf or the front of a bathroom cabinet. These easy projects are just another simple way to take an everyday object and make it original.

Mr. Handyman can maintain your home to save you money over time. One call really does take care of everything on your to-do list. All Mr. Handyman franchises are Fully Insured with General Liability and Workers Compensation. Some services are subject to state and local licensing and may not be available in all locations. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service in your area.

5 Cheap & Easy Home Improvement Ideas to Rejuvenate Your Home

November 11, 2014

Is a full remodel of your home not in the budget for 2014? Or 2015, for that matter? You can still make changes to improve its appearance. Here are five cheap and easy home improvement ideas that will rejuvenate your home:

1. Repainting

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A fresh coat of paint in a new color can transform a room. From there, you can change out accessories to give the space an even bigger visual boost. For example, choose a new hue for the bedroom, and then purchase new linens in a complementary color to tie the changes together.

If you don’t have the time to repaint, or love the current color, consider thoroughly cleaning your walls and touching up the paint. Doing so can freshen the room with less of an investment.

You also can make an impactful change outdoors by repainting, refinishing or replacing your front door. A red door will pop on a darker colored home, and a freshly sanded and restained door can rejuventate the entry point.

If your front door needs to be replaced, consider upgrading to one that requires less maintenance and adds security. The project also can expand to include the addition of sidelites and other front-door features that upgrade the appearance.

2. Adding a Tile Backsplash

Kitchen remodels can be quite extensive, and expensive, especially if you are moving the location of major appliances and plumbing. A less involved tweak is to add a tile backsplash. A backsplash not only protects the wall behind the sink, stove and countertops from moisture and stains, it adds visual interest to the kitchen.

A one-color tile backsplash serves as a subtle design element in the room, playing off more dramatic appliances and décor. If you want the backsplash itself to be a focal point in the room, add a mosaic or other pattern to draw the eye. A pique assiette, in particular, makes for a conversation piece, as well. It features broken china and tile as part of the mosaic and can be a walk down memory lane for family members.

3. Installing Crown Molding

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4. Upgrade Lighting

If the lighting fixtures in your home are low quality or dated in a negative way, consider swapping them out to improve the appearance of a room. Start by upgrading fixtures where a change will have the most impact, such as above the dining room table or in the entryway.

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5. Replace Cabinet Hardware and Other Household Hardware

Kitchen cabinets can be costly to replace, but new hardware makes them seem like know. To keep this a simple project, choose pieces that are the same size and shape as your current hardware so that paint and finish do not need to be touched up. A new metal can bring a kitchen into the current decade, such as swapping dated brass for a smooth nickel. Be sure to keep any hardware you cannot change in mind, though, such as that on appliances. Mixing cool metals is fine, as is mixing warm metals, but avoid crossing over into each range.

Mr. Handyman can maintain your home to save you money. One call really does take care of everything on your to-do list. All Mr. Handyman franchises are Fully Insured with General Liability and Workers Compensation. Some services are subject to state and local licensing and may not be available in all locations. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service in your area.

5 Easy Ways to Show Veterans You Care

November 11, 2014

By: Jo McCabe

As a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and veteran of the U.S. Navy, Veteran’s Day holds a special place on my calendar and in my heart. This day marked the end of World War I and is now reserved to honor all veterans from every war.

I live and work in Virginia, which may be among the most patriotic states in our country as it is full of military history and personnel. Regardless of where you live, this year, you can consider these ideas for remembering those who stood up to defend the freedoms we enjoy in our daily lives:

  1. Attend a Veterans Ceremony or Parade. You can find scheduled events with a quick Google search.
  2. Write a letter to deployed service members, new recruits or wounded warriors through Operation Gratitude. See guidelines and information about care packages and donations at www.operationgratitude.com.
  3. Plan an annual day of service to benefit a military veteran using your talents, contacts and resources. Each year, our business, Mr. Handyman of Northern
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    The Mr. Handyman of Northern Virginia Team with William Martin, World War II veteran.

    Virginia – Arlington to Haymarket closes its doors for the National Day of Service and Remembrance and spends the day honoring a local veteran, identified through the local VFW, by providing them with a day of repair, maintenance and improvement work free of charge.

  4. Do you know a veteran with an amazing story? Help make sure their voice is heard and contact the Veterans History Project at www.loc.gov/vets and help the Library of Congress collect and preserve these experiences.
  5. Do you have unused frequent flier miles? The Fisher House Foundation at www.fisherhouse.org accepts donated frequent flier miles and helps family members travel to visit injured service members.

This year’s National Day of Service and Remembrance project was the largest we have ever done. We donated more than 200 hours of labor and materials to a World War II Veteran, Mr. William Martin.  Martin received an APO 244 Certificate of Commendation Award for his service.

Helping Mr. Martin was an extremely rewarding experience for myself and our entire team.  We are truly thankful for what he and other veterans have sacrificed for our country and freedom. For all I know, he may have fought side by side with my grandfather. At the end of the day, Mr. Martin and his family came up and hugged our entire team and said thank you. Our efforts were just a small token of our appreciation for his service to our country.

 

Handy Halloween Ideas In the News

October 29, 2014

Mr. Handyman had our third year of promoting our pumpkin carving with power tools tips and tricks. We were thrilled to be invited back to Fox & Friends Weekend and several franchise owners also secured local television segments. As toolbox experts from completing thousands of residential and commercial repair, maintenance, improvement and remodeling projects, Mr. Handyman figured out how to use a jigsaw, sawzall, wood chisels, cordless drill, pumpkin gutter, spade and coring bits to save time with this annual chore.

Here’s a snapshot of our media appearances throughout the country:

Fox & Friends Weekend:

You can watch how Mr. Handyman President J.B. Sassano held his own with the excited cast of Fox & Friends Weekend this past Saturday as he taught pumpkin carving with power tools. Anna Kooiman, Clayton Morris, Tucker Carlson and Janice Dean had a blast picking up tools and learning how a jigsaw and cordless drill can make the task of pumpkin carving a cinch. Our 2:55 segment is hosted on Fox & Friends’ website, and we also appeared in two promotion spots leading up to our appearance. Behind-the-scenes photos of the pumpkins and prep behind the scenes has been posted online at https://www.facebook.com/MrHandyman

We were so excited when @annakooiman tweeted about the show!

Here are some more behind the scenes photos of our Fox & Friends experience:

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We were pretty excited about traveling to the Big Apple!

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Mr. Handyman President JB Sassano and Director of Marketing Megan Conway prepare for our live TV segment

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Fox & Friends host Clayton Morris gives pumpkin carving with power tools a try!

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Mr. Handyman President JB Sassano and Fox & Friends hosts Tucker Carlson, Clayton Morris, Anna Kooiman, and Janice Dean get together for one last photo opportunity!

 

Bob Curley on WOFL TV:

Mr. Handyman serving Winter Park, Oviedo, Maitland owner Bob Curley appeared on WOFL-TV on Oct. 25 and showed off popular Florida teams on his pumpkins as well as etched the co-hosts’ image. You can watch Bob’s segment at: http://youtu.be/SdeNmPjaF7I

Allen Ellison on WBIR TV:

Allen Ellison, owner of Mr. Handyman of West Knoxville was invited back to WBIR TV and showed how to use gourds and smaller pumpkins as accessories for your Halloween pumpkin. You can watch Allen’s segment on Mr. Handyman’s You Tube channel at: http://youtu.be/svT5eSeNqyY

Mike McCalley on WJXT TV:

Mike McCalley, owner of Mr. Handyman serving Greater Jacksonville, showed viewers of WJXT TV tricks like painting a pumpkin with chalkboard paint and etching jack-o-lantern teeth with a wood chisel. Mike appeared in the 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. segment, and the videos have been linked and uploaded to the Mr. Handyman You Tube page.

Jeff Jansen on Great Day Houston:

Jeff Jansen, owner of Mr. Handyman of Central Houston, appeared on KHOU – Great Day Houston. He shared tips for pumpkin carving with power tools and did a great job! Check out his video on Mr. Handyman’s You Tube page to see a pumpkin with holes filled with decorative marbles. So cool!

For more Halloween decorating ideas and free, pumpkin carving templates, check out our other blog posts:

http://blog.mrhandyman.com/2011/10/06/pumpkin-carving-6-creative-ideas-power-tools/

http://blog.mrhandyman.com/2014/09/30/pumpkin-carving-ideas-spooky-halloween-decorations/

http://blog.mrhandyman.com/2013/10/15/free-jack-o-lantern-patterns-cookie-cutter-pumpkins/

http://blog.mrhandyman.com/2012/10/05/pumpkin-carving-ideas-2012-free-pumpkin-stencils/

Basement Renovation and Remodel Ideas

October 27, 2014

A finished basement—or even a partially done one—increases usable square footage. Turn your bottom floor into a retreat for the man, woman, or teen of the house, or the entire family for that matter, with help from your professional handyman. Here are some options.

Eliminating Leaks

A basement remodeling or renovation project should start with ensuring that the space is waterproof. A leak can cause costly damage and create unhealthy conditions in an unfinished basement, let alone one you have turned into a regularly used room.

You have two options if leaks exist: a French drain or a sump pump. We install the first outside of your home by digging a ditch and filling it with gravel, rock or perforated pipe to redirect surface and ground water away from the foundation. The latter goes into the lowest part of your basement and involves creating a pit for a pump that will move water out and away from the house. There are different kinds of pump systems: submersible and pedestal. We can advise you as to which will work best for your particular house.

Basement Facelift

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If you have previously finished part or all of your basement and simply need a remodel, we can do whatever work is required. Installing sheetrock, painting, upgrading lighting, and adding moulding are just a few of the options.

In this basement remodel, we added custom wood trim to the columns and ceiling to create a game room that could just as easily be above ground as below. In fact, the trim work matched that found in other rooms, creating consistency between the rooms and adding to the overall design aesthetic of the house. We also swapped out less attractive can lights with ceiling fans that served a dual purpose.

Full Basement Refinishing

In another remodel, only a concrete subfloor, exterior walls and an unfinished ceiling existed. We started by adding framing to the walls and building out separate rooms. Insulation went in next, followed by sheetrock for the walls and ceiling. The floors of the laundry room and bathroom were covered in tile, with the bathroom getting a fully tiled shower with bench and detail work. A finished fireplace and carpeting in the main area and on the stairs completed the work.

Other flooring options exist in addition to tile and carpeting. We have installed wood floors in a number of finished basements, which once the space is made waterproof is possible. And we can always dress up any support columns with finish work.

Getting Started

Whether you have a basement that has been partially refinished or remains untouched, we can help with the remodeling or renovation from day one. Our designers can brainstorm ideas with you and come up with a layout that not only serves many purposes but also is comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. Tools such as our project budget estimator and 3-D modeling help you see exactly what the basement will look like and how much it will cost.

More and more of our clients have kids returning home or parents moving in, requiring extra livable space. Let us help you make the additions to your household as stress free as possible as well as make their new home comfortable.

Mr. Handyman can maintain your home to save you money. One call really does take care of everything on your to-do list. All Mr. Handyman franchises are Fully Insured with General Liability and Workers Compensation. Some services are subject to state and local licensing and may not be available in all locations. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service in your area.

2014 Pumpkin Carving on Fox & Friends

October 24, 2014

Mr. Handyman is back in New York City and on Oct. 25 around 9:50 a.m., President J.B. Sassano will share some new pumpkin carvingGoodHousekeeping magazine cover 225x300 2014 Pumpkin Carving on Fox & Friends with power tools tips and tricks on Fox & Friends.

Back at our Home Office in Ann Arbor, the team purchased, prepped and perfected about 25 pumpkins to be displayed and demonstrated on air. To preserve our masterpieces, we soaked the cut and gutted pumpkins in a tub of water with a cup of bleach to kill bacteria. Then, a clear coat of varnish was brushed on to add a shiny sheen.

This year’s projects include:

  1. A three-pumpkin statue created by using a PVC pipe as the frame, a 3-inch coring bit on a cordless drill and a 3/4-inch spade bit to create polka dots. Adorn with vines or a fall leaf swag and lights for a classy display.
  2.  A large and small pumpkin paired together look especially cool when you cut holes with a 2 1/2 –inch coring bit and add toy mice and rats.
  3. A beige pumpkin is sure to pop when ½-inch spade bit is used to cut holes perfectly sized for colored, decorative marbles to be added!
  4. We fell in love with the pumpkin on the cover of Good Housekeeping’s October 2014 edition, so we will recreate it on air.
  5.  A metallic blue spray paint will make our pumpkin shine as our pumpkin carving template of a crescent moon is cut in and stars are easily added with cookie cutters and a rubber mallet.
  6.  Another template includes our ghost etched on a pumpkin covered in chalkboard paint.
  7.  Four pumpkins spell out BOO! using a 1/2 –inch spade bit and cordless drill.
  8.  Three small pumpkins are decorated as vampires by simply cutting out mouths, adding kids’ costume teeth and thumbtacks as eyes.
  9.  Turn a pumpkin on its side and use the stem as a nose for a fun look. The mouth was cut out using a drywall saw and teeth were etched using wood chisels. Cloves from the spice cabinet are inserted as pupils.
  10. We’re super proud of our etched Fox & Friends and Mr. Handyman pumpkins. Using a stencil with the logos, push pins marked the outlines and wood chisels carved out the design.
  11. BHG.com has free templates on Pinterest for a flame and they show how to create a safe camp fire using carved pumpkins. So cool.
  12. Mix up your porch design with a white pumpkin, cut out slits, insert a wooden bead on a wooden dowel in each eye space and you have a cool mummy.

To access Mr. Handyman’s free pumpkin carving templates, additional Halloween decorating ideas and videos to help you make this Halloween your coolest yet, check out our Halloween headquarters!

DIY Home Improvement

October 23, 2014

As we quickly approach the colder winter months, now is the best time to finish all those last minute d0-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement projects that have been put-off through the summer months. Taking initiative now will ensure that when you’re cooped-up this winter, you’ll be able to enjoy your new and improved home. Here are five common and fun DIY home improvement projects that will have you excited to spend time indoors:

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1. Front door makeover: Your front door is the first thing people see when they enter your home. A fresh coat of paint or a new front door installation can truly make a big difference in the appearance of your home. So improve your curb appeal and your first impression with a simple coat of paint to your front door. Check out our blog on refurbishing, replacing, and painting front doors here

2. Cabinet revamp: Instead of investing in new cabinets, replace your knobs and/or pulls with modern hardware. You’ll be amazed at the difference that a little hardware update can have! Replacing the hardware on your cabinets is a quick and painless DIY project — even the most “un-handy” folks can conquer this task! In addition, if you want to give your cabinets a serious revamp, try refacing or staining your kitchen cabinets. Click here to see how to reface your cabinets the right way.

3. Bathroom tile installation: Over the years, bathroom tile endures a lot of wear and tear due to water damage. If your bathroom flooring is more than five years old, it could be time to replace it, depending upon the type of flooring you have. To find out what type of bathroom flooring is best for your home and budget, click here.

4. Update your bed: Treat yourself to a new headboard. Whether it’s to add new upholstery or a headboard built from recycled wood, there are tons of low cost DIY ways to update your headboard. A new headboard will give you  Check out all the DIY headboard ideas on Pinterest here.

5. Garage shelves: Unfortunately, the garage can be one of the first places to become disorganized and forgotten. It is so easy to use it as storage instead of its intended purpose. But as winter quickly approaches, you may have already wondered how you will fit your car inside once the first snow hits. Set one day aside this weekend and build some new storage solutions. You will be so glad you did it once you can comfortably leave the home in the dead of winter. Peep our homemade DIY garage shelves here.

Mr. Handyman can maintain your home to save you money over time. One call really does take care of everything on your to-do list. All Mr. Handyman franchises are Fully Insured with General Liability and Workers Compensation. Some services are subject to state and local licensing and may not be available in all locations. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service in your area.

 

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