Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Benefits of Power Washing

Before/After of Deck in San Anselmo, CA
Your home is most likely the largest investment you will make; so why not take the time and effort to take care of it? Power (aka pressure) washing not only will increase the curb appeal of your home and/or business exteriors, but can also help to increase the value of your investment.

Due to the damaging effects of weather, it is also critical to have your fences, decks/patios and walkways pressure washed and stained and/or sealed on a regular basis as not only will they turn an ugly shade of gray, they also will deteriorate due to algae/moss, dirt and mold.  This damage can be irreversible if not maintained on a regular basis.  

Before Pressure Washing
By having these services done, whether you do-it-yourself, or hire a professional, it can help eliminate the risk of future repairs, renovation and replacements of the building materials that make up your home, fence and decks.  The end result being an affordable way to keep a well maintained outer surface that will be free from harmful dirt, mold, mildew, algae/moss and grease, which will restore and extend life and keep your largest investment looking its best!

After Pressure Washing (Before Stain)

If you are interested in learning more about having your home, property or business power washed, please give me a callsteveshandymanservice.org or email me and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.  I look forward to hearing from you.  ~Steve

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Here are some Energy Fun Facts I came across.....GREAT reminders to help save energy and money!!

  • Did you know that your home's largest energy users are its heating and cooling systems? Typically, about half of your energy bill goes for heating and cooling.
  • Set the thermostat to 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter. For each degree you can set the thermostat up in the summer and down in the winter, you will save about 2-3% on heating/cooling costs.
  • Shut the door and close off vents in unused rooms and save up to 2-3% on heating/cooling costs.
  • All the appliances you plug in account for about a third of your home's energy use, with refrigerators and clothes dryers at the top of the list.
  • ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators require about half as much energy as models manufactured before 1990.
  • Increasing your lighting efficiency is one of the fastest ways to decrease your energy bills. Compact fluorescent lamps use about two-thirds less electricity. Install them in lights that you leave on for more than two hours a day.
  • Keep the clothes dryer lint filter clean, and wash and dry full loads only.
  • Water heating is the second largest individual energy user in your home. It typically accounts for about 15 percent of your utility bill.
  • Lower water heater temperature from 140 to 120 degrees and save up to 10% on water heating costs.
  • Insulate your water heater tank if it feels warm, as well as the hot water piping leaving the tank and save up to 5% on water heating costs.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Are you thinking about spiffing up your home but afraid it’s going to cost you a fortune?  Well, take a look at some inexpensive ways to add value to your home without breaking the bank.

Let’s start in the kitchen as this is still considered the heart of the home:

  •  Replace your kitchen faucet set
  •  Add new hardware to your cabinets
  •   Change out old lighting fixtures and add some new brighter, more energy-efficient ones.
  •  Another great idea is if the appliances in your kitchen don’t match, for example your refrigerator is white but your dishwasher is black, many dishwashers’ panels are reversible and are white on one side and black on the other.  It can be as simple as removing a couple of screws and flipping the panel over.  If not, you can always order new panels from the manufacturer.  This is much cheaper than buying all new appliances.

Next, let’s work on the bathroom:  

  •  Replace your old vanity with a new one or add a pedestal sink.  These are relatively inexpensive and are pretty easy for a homeowner to install.
  • Like the kitchen, new fixtures really make your bathroom feel new and clean.  Add a new towel bar, faucet, light fixtures and even some new towels, soap dishes, etc.
  •  Install new flooring using vinyl planking…easy to install and inexpensive as well.  In most cases, this can be applied directly over the existing floor.
  •   Re-grout your tub/shower to help brighten it up.
  • Re-paint and maybe even add some wainscot to the walls.  I did this in our guest bathroom and my wife loves the way it looks.
  •  Install a pullout mirror

                                               Closets/storage areas and laundry center: 

  • Add some do-it-yourself closet organizing systems to your bedroom closets, kitchen pantry, laundry center and entryway closets to create a more functional and updated storage area.

Trim and Paint:

  • Paint a room with an updated color; add some new trim and even a chair rail and crown molding to really improve the look and feel of your home.

 Let there be light:

  • How about a new chandelier for your dining room?
  • Ceiling fan with light kit for your bedroom or family room.  If you already have one of these, but are looking for an updated version, try purchasing replacement blades to update the fixtures look.
  • Don’t forget about the electrical outlets…Just add new cover plates if you want a new, cleaner look.
  •  Replace your old lamp shades with new ones.

Improve the Curb Appeal of your home with these ideas:

  •  New door handle and lock set to your front door
  •  Consider painting an older front door and the trim around it
  •   Add a decorative door knocker and/or doorbell
  •   A new doormat
  •   A new front porch light
  •  Add a large flowering plant or two near the front door
  •   A new mailbox