Counter-Intuitive Hack to Reduce Overhead Maintenance Cost

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Residential contractors are better at property maintenance than property maintenance and in-house specialists are. Sound counterintuitive? That’s because it’s not. Let me explain.


Perhaps a couple analogies will demonstrate my point. Many sprinters practice with a parachute attached to their back; the reason they do this is because it makes running much more difficult and challenging. In turn, what happens when they remove the parachute is that running without one becomes very easy. They can now run much faster and with better results.


Let’s take another quick analogy. It’s been found that high school students who perform homework under supervision are much more likely to complete their work with more attention, care and accuracy. This is in opposition to students who are given freedom to work on homework as they please, who find it easy to slack and underperform. Hopefully my point is becoming clear at this point, but if not, allow me to explain in plain words.

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Residential contractors typically perform their work with a homeowner attached to their back supervising their every move because the owners are naturally invested in their home and want to ensure the best results. Therefore, much like the sprinter and the student, the residential contractor is under pressure to over perform and deliver the best results. Property and in-house maintenance workers usually work unsupervised and with little verification of their work, since this is how they’re used to working, there’s naturally a larger percentage of property maintenance workers that slack and underperform on their work, putting no real care or attention into it. Rushed work, putting bandaids on a pig and taking short cuts quickly becomes their norm because they have no real motivation to do more than ‘just enough’.


This careless work ethic creates a less than ideal work culture that no one wants in their facility. Now back to our analogy, if we compare this to a residential contractor who gets their ‘parachute’ or ‘teacher’ (the homeowner) removed from their shoulders, they are in a position to perform at a very high level due to their pre-established work ethic. Just because their parachute or teacher or in this case the homeowner is taken away, this doesn’t mean that years of attentive work & and the pride that goes into it are taken away as well. The work ethic hammered into the workers (no pun intended) over the years reflects in their property maintenance work just as it does in residential. They are more likely than a property maintenance worker to perform careful, attentive high quality work due to the basic human nature principle called habit. That is why you should hire a residential contractor to do your property maintenance work.


Another argument for hiring residential contractors for property maintenance is a purely financial one. If at your facility you have ever hired property maintenance workers or an in house maintenance crew, you already know that they usually come with a high overhead fixed cost. This means that you pay them for when they are working and when they are watching TV at home in their long johns.The truth is, your facility won’t always need maintenance. So why pay for all the times that it doesn’t? Would it not make more sense to pay for every time you required service and eliminate the extra money being wasted all the other time? Of course it would. However, this would only make sense if the total cost of all services by the residential contractor in any given month would significantly fall under that of their property maintenance or in-house counterpart. This won’t always be the case. With Cransten Handyman and Remodeling, however, it will.


In conclusion, residential contractors are more detail oriented than property maintenance and in-house workers because they are more subject to scrutiny and a facility can typically save money and enhance maintenance quality if they hire residential contractors on a need basis. And the best residential contractor with fairest prices and highest quality work is Cransten handyman and remodeling. So because an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, hire us to maintain your facility, & save yourself some money and a headache.

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How to estimate the yearly maintenance cost of your home

What is the most expensive recurring cost of buying a home? Maintaining it. You may think that your home buying expenses are finalized at close, but the cost of maintenance is one that many homeowners plan & budget for (or fail to do so) well in advance. Maintenance can include anything from repairing drywall and caulking to repairing gutters and roofs. Because you can never really predict what will go wrong during the year, it is best to set aside a certain amount of money each year dedicated for emergency repairs and regular maintenance. Naturally, the question you might find yourself wondering is: how much? This article will give you a few methods to determine how much money you need for maintenance each year based on your specific home.

Before getting into the specific methods, let’s make some disclaimers. While these methods or rules are good general measures, they do not take into account the specific nature of your home and the climate it resides in. Some things to keep in mind are the age, weather & location of your home.

The age of your home is a big determiner in how much maintenance it will require. If your home was built within 5-10 years, chances are it won’t need very much maintenance. However, for homes that are 10-30 years old they will exponentially need more repairs until eventually major ones like roof replacement will need to take place.

Weather is another big factor that can influence the amount of maintenance a home requires. Homes in areas with more extreme weather conditions such as freezing temperatures, heavy snow & rainfall, high winds, termites or ice storms will generally require more care and upkeep than those in mild conditions due to increased wear and tear.

Lastly, the location of your home can have a major impact on the maintenance level necessary. Homes located on the bottom of a hill that can be exposed to rainfall collecting or homes in floodplains for example can require higher than average amounts of maintenance.

Now that those disclaimers are out of the way, the first rule I’d like to present to you is called the 1% rule. This rule states that one way to estimate the yearly maintenance cost of your home is to set aside one percent of your total home value. For example, if your home is worth

$200,000 you ought to set aside $2,000 for maintenance.

Another handy rule to estimate maintenance costs is the square foot rule. The square foot rule states that you should set aside a dollar for each square foot of your home. So if you have a 2000 square foot home, then you need $2000 for maintenance. This rule makes a little more sense as it is directly correlated with the size of your home so may be a little more accurate.

So which rule should you use to estimate your home maintenance costs? A clever way to do so would be to use both rules then take the average cost from both of them. This would ensure that you’re somewhere in the middle and take both rules into consideration. So if your home is worth $300,000 and it is 2,000 square feet big then you take the average of both maintenance cost estimates which is $2500 (3000+2000/2). Next, add 10% just to account for the external factors mentioned in the beginning of the article (weather, location, etc) 2500+250 = $2750.

For high quality home maintenance at fair prices contact Cransten Handyman and Remodeling & we’ll be happy to be your go to home/life saver.

Cransten Handyman and Remodeling

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10 Home Projects for the New Year

A new year has passed and a new one is about to begin. Many of us are planning to make changes in our home in accordance with the latest trends. The new year provides a fresh start and a great activity for this time of year is home remodeling. Here are some of the best home projects that can be added to your list:

  1. Develop your Bedroom

Your bedroom is your sanctuary. This is where you relax after a long day’s activities. It is important to develop it and keep your bedroom up to date given the big role it plays in your daily life.

  1. Renovate the Living Room

This is where the family gathers and spends the most time. Renovating the living room is a good idea for the New Year as a way of celebrating it and welcoming new changes.

  1.  Improve the Bathroom

One of the most commonly used and a needed section in one’s home is the bathroom. It is important to keep it clean at all times. Improving some parts in the bathroom like the mirror, flooring, ceiling, and even the tubs would help to make your bathroom look neat and refreshing.

  1. Refresh your Balcony

Making changes on your balcony like adding more flowers & customized designs would give it a fresh new look. Having new decor in your balcony could help you relax & alleviate your stress levels.

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  1.  Update Lightning

Lighting is one of the most essential elements in the decoration of a home. As time progresses, available lighting styles are growing. Today’s lighting has been optimized to its best features, with smart lights being introduced worldwide. Your ability to control your home’s lighting from your smartphone is certainly beneficial and updating your lighting can bring a new energy to your home.

  1. Flooring –

We can’t talk about renovation without mentioning flooring. New flooring can totally change your home & must be considered if you’re looking for that new updated feel. Having new floors for the New Year would entirely change your home atmosphere and give you that updated vibe you’ve been longing for.

  1. Redesign walls and ceilings

If you want a different ambiance at your home, whether a more fancy or cozy one, redesigning the walls and ceilings can help you achieve your desired effect.

  1. Repaint the Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets help organize your space and repainting them would give your kitchen a fresh new look. This is one of the best changes you could make this New Year.

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9. Make a Coat Rack

It’s time to do a new thing for the New Year. It is inevitable that your old coat rack is damaged due to overuse and has reached its limit. Having a new coat rack this New Year is one more way to symbolize a new beginning

        10. DIY Furniture Project

Do you want new furniture? Are you on a tight budget? Then making your own furniture is the perfect solution for you. Not only is designing your own furniture fun, it is also a surefire way to give your home a more personal, cozy feel. Impressing friends & family is a bonus!

When it comes to New Year home projects, these are our top 10 recommendations. Making changes and improvements has become a tradition every new year and what better place to improve than your home base? Be sure to try these amazing home projects and fulfill the old adage: new year, renovated home!


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Popular Flooring Options

The right flooring can have a direct impact on a room. Below, you will find a list of different flooring options including their benefits and maintenance requirements in order to help make your choice

1. Glass tiles

This renewable source is quickly becoming a wonderful option for floors as well as bathroom and kitchen walls.  Glass has similar benefits of other eco-friendly materials. It is non-absorptive and won’t allow mildew or mold to grow in damp environments.  Glass is easy to maintain and won’t stain. It comes in a limitless array of colors, patterns and finishes suitable for most design schemes. Unlike ceramic tiles, glass will reflect light rather than absorb it, adding that additional layer of light some rooms need.

2. Linoleum

In the past, vinyl was the top choice for flooring in many homes. It is cheap and long lasting. The next trend was ceramic tile because of its ability to deal with wear and tear at a relatively cheap cost. However, the choices available in the market today are varied and can suit families with different budgets. Linoleum is a great eco-friendly, long lasting choice that is easy to maintain and holds color very well

3. Hardwood

Hardwood floors combine beauty and durability. Hardwood flooring might be on the expensive side but is very long lasting and appealing. Many types of hardwoods are available and come at different price tags. If properly cared for, a hardwood floor could last up to 50 years or more.

4. Carpet

This has long been a favorite go-to material for most homes. It is soft to walk on, comfortable to sit on and comes in a range of colors and patterns.  Unfortunately, carpet has typically been made using volatile organic compounds or toxins that are harmful to the environment and to our health.  However, there are eco-friendly options.  Consider carpets made of wool.  Wool is a natural resource spun into a thread that can be dyed any color imaginable, and then be woven to create a carpet.  It is one of the first materials to be used as a floor covering, is very durable and can last centuries. In some families, wool rugs have been passed down from generation to generation, making them family heirlooms. Other natural materials used to make carpets or rugs are sisal, jute and cotton.

5. Cork

is relatively new to the flooring world. It is usually seen on walls or in your favorite bottle of wine, but it is a great material for floors.  Cork is harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree commonly found in the forests of the Mediterranean. The trees are not cut down to harvest the bark, which will grow back every three years, making it an ideal renewable source.  It has anti-microbial properties that reduce allergens in the home, is fire retardant, easy to maintain and acts as a natural insect repellent as well. Cork, like wood can be finished in a variety of paints and stains to suit any color scheme or design style. Its durability allows for use in any part of the house. Cork floors, depending on the quality, can last between 10-30 years.

Tiling Characteristics

People want items that can adorn their homes, things that can improve a specific format and décor. Things that are simple to care for and stand the test of time. Ceramic tile has been around for many years, and with cutting-edge innovation, producers have made cutting-edge changes in its utility that were not available a decade ago. If you have no experience with ceramic tile in your home, you may be astounded at the vast array of colors, sizes, shapes and surfaces that are at present accessible.

1. Textural Finishes –

Add variety, shade, and surface décor to any region of the washroom by consolidating finished field tile. Surfaces can seem inconspicuous or articulated depending upon the material utilized and the shading desired. Some of the most popular finishes are raked, 3D & polished. Raked tile sounds just like its name implies, it has an appearance that could leave you thinking somebody pulled a rake over the surface and left lines over it. 3D dimensional tiles comes in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and styles which can be consolidated into unlimited mixes for a unique space. Polished tile is ideal for a clean simple look but is certainly not the only option for your home any longer.

3. Color –

Varying colors can add spice and character to your floors. Nowadays tiles are available in pretty much any color imaginable. Select a color that matches your walls and ceilings and your floors will be looking clean and classy.

4. Qualities –

Durable, Easy Care, Environmentally friendly, Beautiful and versatile, Scratch resistant, Fire resistant and Water resistant. These are the qualities that are needed for good tile. Some tiling has non-repeating patterns. However, that doesn’t mean that they are totally random. Some of the most fascinating tiling has an element of randomness mixed in with a basic regular pattern.

5. Size and layout –

Using the same tile on the floor and walls will make the space look more tenacious. Large module tiles make a small room look larger. A floor covered with square tiles and a floor covered with hexagonal tiles both have regular, symmetric, repeating patterns, but they are clearly different.

6. Blending to surrounding –

Tilings naturally fall into two classes. Some have repeating patterns, and some don’t. Use tiles that blend into the style of the house and personal style. Take into account the design style of the house and work with not against it.

7. Natural Wonders-

If you want to have a surrounding that looks natural, then you would benefit from making your flooring surrounded by natural things like; wood-like tiles.
8. Make it Simple- Some people prefer having tiling that is not extravagant. Having tiling with plain colors will definitely apply in this situation. Picking plain colors like black, white, gray or beige is an example of making your tiles not just simple but classy.