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HT Season 3 Ep26: DIY Exterior House Painting Tips

You want to DIY paint the exterior of your home, but you don’t know where to start. Discover the important steps to paint the exterior of your home yourself. Quick Episode Summary: 0:40 Preparation Before Painting2:37 What to Paint First4:10 Plan Your Work


HT Season 3 Ep25: Restaurant Maintenance

The maintenance of your restaurant is an important thing to have on your schedule. Restaurants get so much wear and tear with their constant business. Sometimes, they’re so busy it’s hard to keep track of what needs to be done. However, if you want to keep yourself and your customers happy, you will need to have a proper maintenance schedule. Quick Episode Summary: 0:24 The Best Time to Paint1:23 Bathrooms2:30 Dining Areas3:40 Kitchen4:10 Front Entrance4:41 Importance of Maintenance


HT Season 3 Ep24: Exterior Paint Colors

Painting truly is a fantastic way to boost your home's value in addition to helping make it look new and beautiful. All you have to do is choose the right colors that will work for you and your home. Do your very best to preserve it, and you are going to have a lovely home for years to come. Quick Episode Summary: 0:26 Exterior Painting Terms2:04 Style of Your House2:38 Subtle or Bold Colors3:18 Other Factors4:29 Working With All Your Exterior Colors5:16 Tips


HT Season 3 Ep23: Nursing Home Maintenance

Your nursing home or assisted living facility needs to be like home to the residents that live there. You would like to make it as welcoming and pleasant as possible. We hope these ideas help you in making your buildings better for those individuals living there right now as well as for those that will live there in the future. Quick Episode Summary: 0:43 Entryway & Reception Area4:28 Guest Rooms5:38 Common Areas8:17 Product Tips


HT Season 3 Ep22: What is the Best Paint Roller to Use | Whizz Roller Review

Whizz rollers are extraordinarily diverse. They are being put to use much more frequently by experienced painters in areas where brushes are generally used due to their being a lot more efficient. So what is the very best paint roller to use? Quick Episode Summary: 0:19 What are Whizz Rollers1:34 Handles2:34 Where to Use Them5:05 Covers


HT Season 3 Ep21: Top 3 Things to Prepare for Exterior Paint Job

You have actually decided to paint the exterior of your home. No matter if you are doing it yourself or employing a contractor, there will be things you need to accomplish in advance. The top 3 things to prepare for an outside paint job are: trimming back trees and bushes, moving vehicles, and removing things on and around the exterior of your home. Quick Episode Summary: 0:28 Trim Back Trees & Bushes1:06 Move Your Vehicles1:44 Remove Things On & Around Your House


HT Season 3 Ep20: Top 3 Factors That Negatively Affect Exterior of Home

We often spend a lot of time making the outside of our house look good, however after a couple of years, it does not look very good any longer. This is due to exterior factors. The top 3 factors that negatively impact the outside of your house are: Mother Nature, animals, and insufficient maintenance. Quick Episode Summary: 0:28 Mother Nature1:20 Animals2:35 Maintenance


HT Season 3 Ep19: How to Reduce Moisture in Bathroom

Excessive moisture in the bathroom is among the biggest obstacles most homeowners deal with inside their bathroom. It is necessary to know why it's taking place and how to decrease moisture in the bathroom. By getting ahead of it and fixing it at the source of the problem rather than simply covering it up, you will spare yourself many headaches in the future. Quick Episode Summary: 1:20 Worn Out Exhaust Fans1:40 Improper Ventilation 1:54 Poorly Insulated Walls & Ceilings


HT Season 3 Ep18: 5 Medical Office Interior Improvement Ideas

Doctor's office spaces get a lot of wear and tear each day with so many people coming in and out. You would like your patients to feel relaxed and comfortable in your office. It is extremely helpful to go through your building and look at it through a patient's eyes. While you walk, keep in mind these 5 medical office interior improvement ideas. By doing this, you will have the ability to know better what needs to get done to make your office a lot more comfortable and welcoming. Quick...


HT Season 3 Ep17: 5 Things to Remember When Renovating

Often we get all excited to start a project but neglect to prepare ahead of time and consider all the small details that can ruin or delay its completion. Remodeling is an exciting time but can also be a stress filled time. With the assistance of these 5 things to keep in mind when remodeling your house and planning carefully long before you begin, you can truly make the job flow a lot easier and turn out much better than you pictured in the end. Quick Episode Summary: 1:00 Scheduling1:28...


HT Season 3 Ep16: Importance of Exterior Commercial Building Maintenance

If you are the owner of a small company or the manager of a commercial business within your town, then you understand the significance of outside commercial building upkeep. But often the days and weeks escape you and you concentrate on the interior appearance of your business. But from a customer's viewpoint, the outside appearance of the building, windows, doors, and walkways entering into your place sends a strong impression. Good or bad. What sort of impression do you want to...


HT Season 3 Ep15: 7 Simple Exterior Home Repairs to Add Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is a thing every single homeowner makes every effort to accomplish. You work hard and want to get back at the conclusion of a long day of work and see your home from the drive up and be happy with how it looks. And having terrific outside curb appeal is something you'll need to sell your home quickly on the real estate market. Quick Episode Summary: 0:42 Front Door & Side Lites1:27 Pressure Wash2:27 Sealing Driveway2:41 Misc. Additions3:22 Lighting4:17 Repaint or Restain


HT Season 3 Ep14: Best Uses for 100% Silicone Caulk

There are actually tons of different types of caulks out on the market. Many for interior tasks and various other for outside tasks. Find out the best uses for 100% silicone caulk when it comes to your projects, both interior and exterior. The general rule is that where you have water inside or outside your house, you'll really want to use 100% silicone caulk. Only don't paint on top of it, and you should be good to go. Quick Episode Summary: 0:24 Interior Uses1:17 Exterior Uses


HT Season 3 Ep13: 5 Tips to Sell Your Home Fast

I am a huge supporter of making your house look good in order to resell it. But certainly not one that supports what a lot of real estate agents want you to do. And that would be to redesign your kitchen and bathrooms to sell your house. You will NEVER receive the ROI on that. So that is the reason that I am suggesting you accomplish the 5 ideas to sell your house quickly. Quick Episode Summary: 0:17 Painting0:34 Plumbing Fixtures1:03 Popcorn Ceiling1:35 Laundry Room2:06 Carpeting


HT Season 3 Ep12: Basement Remodeling Ideas for Empty Nesters

When basement remodeling comes up in a conversation or is seen on a TV show, many think about adding an extra basement bedroom or entertainment area for the kids. Being an empty nester, you may miss your children, however remodeling your basement into something you'll enjoy definitely will eliminate a bit of that 'hurt'. Well, it's your time now as an empty nester to finally get to use the basement for your hobbies and interests. Quick Episode Summary: 1:06 Basement Bar2:14 Lighting &...


HT Season 3 Ep11: 9 Ways to Update Your Kitchen

Let's discuss 9 ways to upgrade your kitchen area without needing to do a complete remodeling project. There are huge upgrades you can do throughout a year or perhaps 3 to 4 years. And before you know it, you'll have a brand new cooking area. In some cases conducting a diy renovation can be a lot more workable when you do it in bite-size pieces. It is more time manageable, assists people on a smaller budget, and is really cost effective. I hope you can apply some of the 9 methods to upgrade...


HT Season 3 Ep10: Benefits of Garage Floor Coatings

In the event that you are considering having an epoxy or polyaspartic floor coating installed in your garage or basement, I would highly recommend it. Here are a few benefits of garage floor coatings: they are certainly durable, bonds excellently to concrete, up-levels the look of a garage for a display room appeal appearance, resistant to a lot of impacts; highly resilient, stain, chemical and moisture resistant, conceals defects in concrete, and is actually slip resistant. Quick Episode...


HT Season 3 Ep9: How Long Does Remodeling Take

Almost every contractor will provide a different renovation timetable to finish your restroom remodel or kitchen improvement project. And I guess it really does rely on precisely how your general contractor gets things done. However let's analyze some choices that will add a lot more time to your renovating task than you may expect. Quick Episode Summary: 0:36 Countertops1:36 Mirrors2:21 Shower Doors & Walls2:58 Drying Time3:58 City Inspections 4:44 Change Orders


HT Season 3 Ep8: Benefits of Buying Local

So what are a few of the benefits of buying local vs the big box stores? Many of us today want to simply drive to the big box stores like Home Depot or perhaps Menards and do not give our local shops even a thought any more. However the experienced painters, for the most part, are actually purchasing from their local paint stores. Quick Episode Summary: 0:39 Shopping at the Big Box Store1:09 Shopping at Your Local Paint Store2:30 Where the Pros are Going2:32 Why I Like Buying Local


HT Season 3 Ep7: How to Choose Gutter Color for Better Curb Appeal

Everybody desires curb appeal for their house. When you drive a car up to your home, it simply makes your house more inviting, even to yourself. Lots of things contribute to better curb appeal. A few items happen to be landscaping, driveways, but especially the outside color of your house. Find out how to pick gutter color whenever having your house painted or stained. You can have the gutters and downspouts blend in or stand out as an accent color. Quick Episode Summary: 0:19 Cleaning0:40...