The ROI for Switching to a Stackable or Combo Washer Dryer

Washer Dryer Combo in the Kitchen

Ever wonder if it’s worth it to exchange your ol’ side-by-side washer/dryer setup for a stackable or combo unit? Well, my family learned firsthand there was plenty to gain in our rental property when we swapped out our full-sized washer and dryer for a stackable washer/dryer — space!

In fact, we gained an entire kitchen wall. We reconfigured the space and added more kitchen cabinets and counter space to our 1,000-square-foot house. Here’s what we learned during the process.
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Replace or Reface: Do Your Kitchen Cabinets Need a Facelift?

If your cabinets have seen better days, updating them can give your kitchen a whole new look. To determine if you want to transform your cabinets with a facelift or replace them altogether, compare the advantages and disadvantages of refacing.

What is Refacing?

Refacing your kitchen cabinets entails keeping your existing cabinets and simply freshening them up. This is accomplished by removing the old fronts from the cabinets to expose the framework, which is then refaced with a veneer made from real wood, Rigid Thermofoil (RTF) or plastic laminate. New knobs, pulls, hinges and molding are installed on the cabinets at the time of refacing.
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20 Bathroom Storage Ideas Under $20

Bathroom Storage Ideas

Unless you live in a palace, your bathroom isn’t nearly as big as you need it to be. Sure, it serves its purpose, but even those of us who appreciate small-space living like to keep things organized!

Although square footage may be at a premium, you have lots of options to help you maximize your three-dimensional space. Here are 20 of our favorites that won’t bust your budget.
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The Great Divide: 5 Simple Ways to Split a Room Between Siblings

Siblings

In many families, separate bedrooms for siblings are simply not feasible. And yet, decorating a shared room can be a challenge, especially if you want to allow children to express their own personalities and interests. After all, how do you combine ponies and Transformers or Scooby Doo and The Incredible Hulk?

It sounds challenging. But with some out-of-the-box thinking and creative use of furniture, paint and dividers, you can create a shared space that reflects the individuality of each child.
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20 Little-Known Painting Tips & Tricks

Painting Tips

Few home improvement projects can make as big of an impact with so little money as a fresh coat of paint. Whether it’s a whole-room change of hue, a touch-up on the trim, or a punch of color on an accent wall, paint can make all things old start to feel new again.

We’ve gathered 20 of our favorite painting hacks, tips and tricks to get you started on your adventure into color. They’ll help you paint like a pro, rejuvenate your favorite room and save you time and money on prep, painting and post-project cleanup. If only choosing the right shade of green were so easy!
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10 Easy DIY Household Fixes

Remember the time you paid $200 for a repairman to “fix” your dishwasher only to find out it was just a Lego jamming the spray arm?

DIY Homeowner

Yes, home repairs can be costly, but there are many you can tackle on your own. After all, you’ve got nothing to lose if you try, and hard-earned cash if you don’t!

Here are a few do-it-yourself, money-saving tips to try next time before calling the repairman.

1. The Garbage Disposal Isn’t Working

If there’s no noise at all when you flip the switch on, it’s likely an electrical problem. To be sure, try pressing the reset button on the bottom of the unit and/or see if the circuit breaker has tripped.

If you hear a humming noise but the disposal doesn’t work, there’s likely something being lodged in the disposal. Lower the wooden handle of a broom into the disposal and rotate the flywheel until it turns freely.
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5 Warning Signs to ‘Listen’ for When Hiring a Contractor

Are you ready to remodel your kitchen, build an addition or make energy-saving improvements? You’re not alone. Millions of homeowners are gearing up for home improvement projects. In fact, between 2009 and 2011, 43.7 million homeowners made improvements to their homes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

If you’re not handy with a hammer, you’ll probably need to call in some professional help. When you’re ready to get a few quotes from contractors, you’ll want to do your homework. Vetting a contractor is time consuming, but necessary. The most recent statistics compiled by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) show 6,000 complaints filed against general contractors in 2011; an 11 percent increase from the previous year.

To make sure you find the right contractor, we’ve compiled some phrases that should serve as warning signs. If a contractor says any of these comments, it’s in your best interest to keep looking. Here’s a list of red-flag comments:

Hiring A Contractor
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6 Advantages Washer Dryer Combos Have Over Their Full-Size Counterparts

There are a number of advantages of using combo washer dryers in your home, as they are incredibly versatile, efficient, and compact. Through the use of these combo units, it is no longer necessary to take up a great deal of space in your home with traditional and separate washer and dryer units, nor is it necessary to make frequent trips to the Laundromat, which can be time-consuming and costly.

Washer Dryer Combo Unit

There are many combo washer dryer benefits, including:

  • A wide variety of available options.
  • Significant space is saved.
  • Units are very efficient and versatile.
  • The horizontal axis drum is easier on clothes.

1. Many Options Available

Most people have varying needs relating to their laundry. Because of this fact, it is important that there are a variety of options available. This makes it much easier to find a unit that is suitable for your specific needs, and the combo units do indeed come in a variety of load capacities, helping to meet the many needs of consumers.

Obviously, each combo unit comes equipped with washer and dryer capabilities, but there are also a number of other functions that may differ from unit to unit. It is best to consider your specific needs when making a decision on which unit is best for you.
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5 Tips to Choosing the Right Refrigerator for Your Living Space

There are a lot of choices out there when it comes to buying a refrigerator, and if you have not been in the market for one before, you might not know what you should be looking for to find the one that fits your lifestyle and the space you have available.

Avanti Refrigerator with Door Open

Let’s take a closer look at the options available to you, as well as five tips to help ensure that you pick the right fridge for your situation.

Refrigerator Size Options

There are several different refrigerator sizes available for people with all different space considerations. These appliances generally fall into the following categories:

  • Compact Cube:
    These “office-style” refrigerators are small and provide only a little bit of space to store food and drinks. They range in size from about 1.5 to 3 cubic feet, and generally have room for a few cans of soda or water, today’s lunch, and maybe some condiments.
  • Compact Midsize:
    The next size up is a compact mini fridge, sometimes known as a dorm-style mini fridge. These appliances are designed to be very small and inexpensive, but have enough space to store enough groceries for a few days. These refrigerators generally have a very small amount of freezer space, but with between 3 and 5.5 cubic feet of total storage space they are often small enough to fit under a standard height countertop.
  • Combo Microwave/Fridge:
    For people who are looking for convenience and ease in small spaces, the combination microwave and fridge can be a great option. Combo fridges come in a variety of sizes, with fridges that range from 2 to 9 cubic feet of space, and microwaves that include everything from the basics or more advanced options.
  • Apartment Size:
    If you have a little bit more space, the next step up is the apartment-sized fridge, which offers slim style but is similar in height to more standard refrigerators. They generally range from about 7 to 15 cubic feet (about half the size of traditional refrigerators), but offer similar features to their full-size counterparts, such as drawers, dual-cooling air systems, temperature control, adjustable shelving, and more freezer space than compact models.
  • Full Size & Commercial:
    Of course, if you have the space for it, you can also choose from a wide range of full size and/ or commercial refrigerators. If you have a slightly smaller space but want the functionality of a full size fridge, many brands today offer extra narrow models of popular designs (24 to 28 inches instead of the standard 32 to 36 inches). There are a myriad of features, styles, and configurations to choose from, so it’s important to shop around before you decide on which full-size fridge is right for you.

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Why You Should Own A Travel Cooler

Imagine yourself sun bathing on the beach on a hot summer day with a warm can of soda. Now imagine yourself in the same scenario with an ice cold can of soda. Over 99% of the time, most people would choose to find themselves in the second scenario. Thanks to portable travel coolers, you never again have to find yourself in a hot and uncomfortable situation without a cold beverage at hand.

Travel Cooler

Travel coolers are much more than ice filled portable plastic boxes. High quality ice coolers are designed with the technology to refrigerate your food all day long. Simply plug your travel cooler into a normal power outlet, or in some cases, a vehicle cigarette lighter in order to keep your beverages, sandwiches, frozen treats, and other cold items constantly chilled. If there is no electrical outlet available at your final destination, the cooler’s insulated walls will keep everything cool long after you unplug it.

When to Use a Travel Cooler

Travel coolers are ideal for a wide variety of occasions. Not only have they become popular among the beach crowd, but they are a popular choice for camping trips, picnics, tailgate parties, long haul truck driving, transient work sites, sporting events, and other events and locations that call for cool beverages and food. Travel coolers are especially beneficial to have around when it is imperative that the cooler’s contents stay cold or even frozen in order to avoid potential health concerns or unnecessary discomfort.
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