How to Home Podcast

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Hosts Aaron Massey and Tracy Pendergast interview experts in this weekly talk show, discussing all aspects of home improvement. From small DIY jobs to large scale projects, the How to Home Podcast covers everything you need to know about creating a home you love.

Episode Date
Financing Your Remodel: What are the Options? | HTH009
31:04

This week, Javier Ruiz from New American Funding joins Aaron and Tracy to discuss all you need to know about financing a home remodel. We talk about cost estimation, how to decide the best financing options for you and which rooms will hit your budget the hardest.

 

LET’S CHAT!

You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail!

978-709-1040

 

FAST Facts:

1. According to HomeAdvisor, the average kitchen remodel in the US ranges from $12,000 - $30,000 or around $150 per sq. ft

2.To hire a handyman the average cost is $390 ph

3. The average cost of a bathroom remodeling project is approximately $10,000, although this includes minor, partial, and small bathroom remodeling costs. A comprehensive bathroom remodel is likely to cost $15,000 or more; a large master bath remodel can easily go over $50,000.

4. Most people planning a house upgrade aren’t doing it in order to put a “For Sale” sign in the yard. In fact, only seven percent of homeowners are renovating to prepare their homes to be sold, the lowest percentage since 2015. (marketwatch)

5. The majority of homeowners (62 percent) plan to pay for projects, at least in part, by using savings. Other home improvement financing options include credit cards, 30 percent of homeowners say they’ll pay for a project using plastic. While credit cards are also a popular option for millennial homeowners, it is significantly less so than last year, down 16 percent.

6. Payment example: Monthly payments for a $25,000 loan at 7.99% APR with a term of 12 years would result in 144 monthly payments of $270.48. (lightstream)

7. A landscaping project can cost anywhere from $5,000 to over $100,000. When deciding on a budget keep in mind that investing in professional landscaping will greatly add to the value of your home. A general rule of thumb is to spend 10% of your home's value on landscaping.

 

JAVIERS’S TIPS:

- Find out what the value of your home is currently, and what you owe, to get a good idea of what you can get financially.

- Cash out refinance option can be a little pricier.

- Refinancing is getting a new loan that pays off your existing loan.

Pro of refinancing is the liberty to spend the money the way you want.
A drawback is rising interest rates.

There’s a Fannie Mae financing option called Home Style- it’s a renovation loan that allows you to use the maximum value of your home to purchase and/or renovate a home. https://www.fanniemae.com/singlefamily/homestyle-renovation

Pros: You’re increasing the value of the loan. You can add luxury items.

- Home equity line of credit is another option. The rate is a bit higher but gives you the flexibility to access equity in your home.

Good for a small project where you can pay it off quickly.

- Your most affordable rate will be through a bank or mortgage company vs. a credit card or in-secure line of credit.

- Find a trusted loan officer who’s experienced in home loans.

- The bank isn’t necessarily the best place to start. Googling “construction loans” or “renovation financing” is a great place to start.

- Credit cards have very high interest rates.

- If a loan is going to create financial stress, consider splitting your remodel into smaller projects.

 

TO RECAP OPTIONS

- Cash-out refinancing.

- Fannie Mae, Homestyle.

- Home equity loan

- 203k

- Unsecured loans

- Credit cards

- Cash

 

HOLLER AT JAVIER:

Email | Javier.ruiz@nafinc.com

Website | https://www.newamericanfunding.com

 

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Mar 19, 2019
Interior Design: Creating Your Dream Space | HTH 008
51:28

Leigh Lincoln & Aly Morford from Pure Salt Interiors join Aaron & Tracy this week to give us their top interior design tips! We discuss how best to approach a space, which colors provide a timeless palette, and how to effectively combine style, simplicity and function for a beautiful home.

 

LET’S CHAT!

You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail!

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LEIGH AND ALY’S TIPS:

- White is a great neutral canvas, but avoid a sterile space by incorporating texture!

- Marry design + function.

- You’re not limited in color with kids if you find the right materials.

- Be patient and trust the design process.

- Dream up a cohesive vision for your home.

- There ARE designers out there for every budget- don’t be intimidated to reach out to designers in your area.

- Prioritize what you invest in.

- Check out flea markets for affordable pieces. The ladies are also fans of Target and Etsy.

 

TIPS FOR CREATING A TIMELESS SPACE:

- Pick a timeless/neutral palette.

- For flooring Aly suggests a nice medium wood, like a white oak. “A wood that looks like it’s been there for all time”.

- Cabinetry is all about function!

- Countertops are about functionality as well- choose a material that works for your family. Organic color and texture.

- Purity, simplicity and organization is so crucial.

 

The 7:55 mark: Leigh mentioned SketchUp and Aaron fell in love.

White paints: the ladies like (but they didn’t REALLY want to narrow it down) - Simply White and Chantilly Lace

 

THE LADIES MENTIONED:

Warren Christopher- http://wchristopher.com

Rejuvenation- www.rejuvenation.com

Circa- ww.circalighting.com

Schoolhouse Electric- www.schoolhouse.com

 

PHONE CALLS:

Q: Mixing Metals? Yay or Nay?

A: It’s ok, but be very thoughtful about your metal choices. Leigh tries to stick to 2 metals.

 

Q: Thoughts on a different color island?

A: It’s a great way to give your space a pop, but be mindful of choosing a timeless finish.

 

SALT PLEASE:

Website | puresaltinteriors.com

Pure Salt Shoppe | shoppe.puresaltinteriors.com

The Gram/Twitter | @puresaltinteriors

 

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Mar 12, 2019
Buying vs Renting: Is Buying Your Best Option? | HTH 007
44:10

This week, Thyda Sim from Keller Williams Realty joins Aaron and Tracy to discuss whether buying a home is still the best option in the current market. We find out whether you really need to save a 20% downpayment, if renting is just throwing your money away, and what additional costs you should consider before deciding to buy.

 

LET’S CHAT!

You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail!

978-709-1040

 

FAST Facts:

1. According to Realtor.com the average US Homeowner is 55 years old.

2. According to Zillow: In 1980, the median price of a home in the US was $47,200 and has risen to over $200,000 in 2018 while the median rental price for a home in the US is $1,650/month

3. According to Zillow the average home value in the US has risen over 7% in the past year.

4. According to Experian, the average mortgage debt in the US for 2016 was nearly $200,000

 

THYDA’S TIPS:

- If you’re renting you’re paying someone else’s mortgage. Look at owning a home as your retirement plan.

- Needing 20 percent down is a misconception. There are tons of programs that can get that way down, speak to a lender and/or agent.

- It’s attractive to make a clean offer or offer to cover some closing costs.

- Writing a personal letter to the seller is a great way to get noticed.

- Best time of year to home shop is the Fall/Winter months.

 

TOP TIPS FOR BUYING A HOME:

- Take a deep look at your finances

- How long are you going to be there?

- Find a really great agent

- Location! You can change your home but you can’t change your location. Do your research.

 

THE PROCESS:

- Speak to a lender to look at your finances and get a preapproval letter.

- Find the right house and put in an offer.

- Open escrow

- Close escrow, sign loan paperwork, sign title and you’re set! (She makes it sound easy, huh?)

 

AARON MENTIONED:

- Have your pre-approval letter adjusted to a price you feel comfortable (if too high).

TRACY MENTIONED:

- She accidentally referred to this documentary as “Minimalist”, but it’s actually “Minimalism”- https://minimalismfilm.com

 

VOICEMAIL QUESTIONS:

Q: What are the first steps for financing your home?

A: Find an agent that can sit down and talk to you about the steps to buying your first home. Get your credit checked and get a pre-approval letter.

 

HEY, THYDA!

Website |  http://simteamrealty.com

Email | thydasim@gmail.com

 

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Mar 05, 2019
Architectural Design & Permitting: Make the Right Choices for Your Project | HTH006
43:29

This week, 'Ultimate Drafting Pro' Ricky Maciel joins Aaron and Tracy to talk all things design and permitting. We discuss how to pick the best professional for the job, why permits are often necessary and how to find out if you’ll need one for your home project!


LET’S CHAT!

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TIPS FROM RICKY:

- Visit your city’s website or call Building and Safety to find out if the project you want to do requires permitting. You can also pull records there.

- Anything is doable structurally it just depends on your budget.

- Once you submit plans to the city you can make changes, but they have to be approved. Tracy suggests having a clear vision and asking lots of questions before submitting plans to the city.

- Talk with contractor about costs before submitting plans.

- Open up walls or check in crawl space/attic to find out if your walls are load-bearing.

- Your contractor will arrange the inspection and make sure it matches the plans. If you have something unrelated that’s unpermitted they may catch it in their walk through.

- Cost range depends on the scope of the work. From 2k-18k

- Homeowners need to be on the same page before starting the process.

- Permits are created to protect you. Pulling permits is important for your family’s safety.

- Not pulling a permit can affect your ability to sell your home.

- As a buyer you can also pull records to find out if a potential home is up to code (usually real estate agents disclose this).

 

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ARCHITECT AND DESIGNER

- Architects are state licensed.

- Designers are usually more cost effective.

 

FACTORS TO CONSIDER:

- Historical locations have restrictions.

- How is the house is being supported- structure and foundation.

- Will you fit within the parameters of the planning department.

 

SOFTWARE TO HELP YOU PLAN YOUR SPACE:

- Google SketchUp- https://www.sketchup.com

- Home Designer Pro- https://www.homedesignersoftware.com

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN AN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER:

- Experience

- Past projects. Have they done something similar to what you want

- Have they worked locally?

 

CONTACT RICARDO:

UltimateDraftingPro.com

Ultimatedrafting1@gmail.com

 

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Feb 26, 2019
Home Security: Keep You and Your Property Safe - HTH 005
47:46

Ryan Kadoi joins Aaron and Tracy this week to share his top home security tips. We discuss the best cameras, sensors and smart home security systems - as well as simple & affordable DIY methods to keep your property safe from intruders!

 

LET'S CHAT!

You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail!

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PREVENTION TIPS:

- Know your neighbors. Be aware of surroundings. NextDoor is a great way to keep an eye on the happenings in your neighborhood.

- Be aware of your social media presence. Are you checking in at places and posting pics of yourself away from your home? Are you showcasing entry points in your home? Avoid unboxing videos.

- Watch what you’re throwing in the mail. Shred mail and breakdown boxes.

- Cameras (fake ones are better than nothing!)

- Purchase floodlights

- Install camera doorbells

- Signage that your house is monitored is great.

- Dogs are a great deterrent!

- Get locked mailboxes

- Place security at all entry points including second level.

 

EXTRA TIPS:

- Smart locks/technology can be hacked, it’s best to have a mix of smart technology and key locks.

- Amazon has a great variety of security products.

- Keep your homeowners insurance up to date.

- Engrave ID numbers onto valuables.

 

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO FORK OUT ON SECURITY:

Although this is a wide range depending on your needs, typically you can get something from $99-$300.

 

AARON MENTIONED:

Kuna Security- https://getkuna.com

 

TRACY MENTIONED:

ADT- https://www.adt.com

Ring- https://shop.ring.com/collections/security-cams

Arlo- https://www.arlo.com/en-us/

 

RYAN MENTIONED:

Samsung Smart Things - https://www.smartthings.com

Z Wave - https://www.z-wave.com

Window Sensors - https://amzn.to/2GNk8T9

 

RYAN’S TOP 5 DIY HOME SECURITY PRODUCTS (in his words):

1.Smart DoorBell - Ring is my current doorbell of choice but Nest's bell is good as well
https://amzn.to/2X7NKQU
https://nest.com/doorbell/nest-hello/overview/

2.Blink Cameras - Love these cameras. Battery operated, easy to set up, can purchase both exterior and interior cameras
https://amzn.to/2BF5Pg5

3.Aeotec Door/Window Sensors - a bit pricey but integrates well with a smart-hub such as Samsung's Smartthings which is listed below
https://amzn.to/2DMpXgA

4.Wyze Cam - I wouldn't normally recommend two different types of cameras, but for those on a budget these $20.00 cams pack a ton of functionality...
https://amzn.to/2X9QPA2

5.Smart Things - Not exactly a home security product, but it integrates well with security products and ties in home automation into one platform such as lights, locks, etc and is my current smarthub of choice
https://www.smartthings.com/

 

AUDIENCE QUESTIONS

WIRED VS. WIRELESS?

Wiring can be tricky but it’s more stable and recommended by Ryan. Wireless is dependant on charging, but easier to install. Tracy mentioned that her outdoor cameras also offer a solar option.

IS THERE A SMARTLOCK YOU RECOMMEND?

Ryan isn’t a big fan, because there’s the possibility of it being hacked. He recommends a traditional lock and key, even though it doesn’t have the convenience factor.

 

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Feb 19, 2019
Talking Tile: Top DIY Tips for Your Next Tiling Project - HTH 004
01:09:16

Adam Esparza of Ale Tile joins Aaron and Tracy this week to talk all things tile! Adam shares his winning formulas, top tips and insider knowledge to help make your next tiling project a breeze.

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MOST COMMON DIY MISTAKE ACCORDING TO ADAM:

  • Not figuring out layout

TRENDY TILES THAT AREN’T PRACTICAL:

  • Cement tiles are high maintenance (require sealing), consider the same look in a porcelain tile.

TIPS:

  • Asses foundation before deciding on your base flooring products.
  • Large format tiles help hide difficult flooring areas.
  • Choosing a cement base as opposed to Kerdi board is a more durable and affordable option, in Adam’s opinion.
  • To deal with different levels of flooring (wood that transitions into tile etc.), the new mats filled with thin set are a great option. Adam urges you to get creative and use a threshold or a T molding if necessary.
  • You really need to back butter plank tiles because they have a natural bow.
  • Always figure out your layout, pick the right tile for the job and start small when you’re learning! Try not to cut corners- be patient.
  • As your learning Adam suggests using the same color grout as the tile.

HARD-WOOD VS. HARD-WOOD STYLE TILES

  • Wood gives the warm feeling
  • Tile is more durable (great if you’re considering renting down the line)
  • Heated mats for under the tile are an option
  • Grout maintenance (Adam recommends a thin grout line close in color to the tile)

ADAM’S WINNING FORMULAS:

WALL MUD:1 shovel cement + 1 shovel lime to 4 shovels of sand.

FLOOR: 1 shovel cement to 4-5 shovels of sand.

 

TILE ON A BUDGET:

  • Do something classic that doesn’t go out of style like subway tile.
  • Big box stores will always be cheaper

 

KITCHEN GROUT MAINTENANCE:

  • Epoxy grout is great for backsplash. It doesn’t stain or crack.

Adam recommends this company- https://laticrete.com

 

SANDED GROUT VS. NON-SANDED:

  • Non-sanded grout is for grout joints less than 1/8th of an inch. Sanded is for anything larger.

 

QUICK TILE RUN-DOWN:

  • Porcelain works anywhere and can take a beating.
  • Ceramic is common in showers because of the glaze- it can also chip easily, so it’s better in lighter traffic areas.
  • Glass is great for backsplashes
  • Cement tiles stain easy and require a lot of maintenance- but look great!
  • Marble and stone ages, and requires a lot of maintenance as well.

 

DIY MUST HAVES:

  • Wet Saw
  • A scouring cutter
  • Trowel
  • Mortar mixer

 

PHONE CALLS:

Q: Is Red Gard necessary?
A: It’s a great sense of insurance for crack prevention. Adam highly recommends Laticrete Hydro Ban as well. More expensive but an amazing product.
https://laticrete.com/en/tile-and-stoneinstallation/waterproofing/hydro-ban

 

Q: I’m going to tile my tub surround, how do I keep the bottom row from falling off?
A: Adam leaves the first row out and then you can put a piece of stick or a straight edge to create a line to stack on. Once it’s hard the next day you can cut in the first row.

 

Q: We had a hard time pulling out the “plus sign” spacers. Is there a better product?
A: Adam suggests leave in spacers that become part of the thin set, or you can just make sure they’re not protruding and don’t get thin set on them. Push them all the way in.

Aaron suggests the horse-shoe shaped ones and the self leveling ones.

 

ADAM’S INFO

Website | aletile.com

The Gram | https://www.instagram.com/aletile


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Feb 12, 2019
Childproofing your Home - HTH 003
40:30

Aaron and Tracy share their best tips to childproof your home!

 

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AARON MENTIONED:

BROWN PADDED FURNITURE PROTECTORS - https://amzn.to/2Uywv9l

CABINET LATCHES- https://amzn.to/2Sg2woT

MUNCHKIN ADHESIVE STRAPS- https://amzn.to/2MGCrKr

OUTLET PLUGS- https://amzn.to/2TmSAHx

ANTI-TIP STRAPS- https://amzn.to/2D6esQP

PLAY MATS - https://www.little-nomad.com/collections/play-mats-by-collection

RUBBER DUCK MINI BATH TUB- https://amzn.to/2GcRcU8

SLIP FREE MAT- https://amzn.to/2UvubzE

FIREPLACE SAFETY- https://amzn.to/2SgbWAP

 

TRACY MENTIONED:

BEMIS TOILET SEAT- https://amzn.to/2WxdXbe

TOILET SEAT LATCHES- https://amzn.to/2D0WQFE

FOAM BED BUMPERS-  https://amzn.to/2MHcBpM

SLEEP AID RED NIGHT LIGHTS- https://amzn.to/2UrHmle

CLEAR CORNER PROTECTORS - https://amzn.to/2MF7Ywm

SPOUT COVER WITH TEMPERATURE READING- https://amzn.to/2Ut95Sz

TRACY ALSO USES THIS SPOUT COVER- https://amzn.to/2TksIfj

KNOB COVERS- https://amzn.to/2TtEioR

CLEAR PLEXIGLASS RAILINGS- https://amzn.to/2CV0T6E

 

CHILD-PROOFING DURING REMODEL:

Containment is key!

Be mindful of air quality- dust containment walls and zippered doors. Seal off air intakes.

Keep tools out of reach and make sure bulky equipment and ladders aren’t just propped against walls where kids can pull them down.

 

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Feb 05, 2019
ROI and Listing your Home - HTH 002
48:24

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EILEEN’S TOP PRE-SALE UPGRADES:

-      Fresh paint!

-      Clean/ de-clutter/ de-personalize. Smell is important.

-      Kitchen

-      Bath

-      Curb appeal (power washing, landscaping, front door)

-      Address the light (French doors, sky lights etc.)

 

EXTRA TIPS:

-      White and fresh! Prospective buyers love a blank slate.

-      Indoor/Outdoor feel. Think French doors to a porch or patio!

-      Consider a pre-inspection and knock out those needs.

-      Price correctly

-      Stage your home

-      Eileen provides her clients with professional photos of their homes. Get you an agent like Eileen.

 

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO FORK OUT ON THESE UPGRADES:

$5-$10K

Time to hit Coinstar!

 

AARON MENTIONED:

Solar Tubes: https://thd.co/2WrGVcj

 

TRACY MENTIONED:

Open Floor Concept: A Helicoptering Idea?

 

 

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:

Knocking on the wall does not a structural engineer make. “Hello, are you load-bearing?”

 

EILEEN, EILEEN, EILEEN!

Website: Eileenlanza.com

Seller’s guide: https://eileenlanza.com/download-your-free-l-a-sellers-guide/

The Gram: https://www.instagram.com/eileenlanzarealestate/

 

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Jan 29, 2019
DIY vs Hiring Out - HTH001
56:13

LET’S CHAT!

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DAVID’S TIPS:

-      Figure out the scope of your project before determining whether you want to hire out or DIY.

-      If you’re running your own job as a DIY’er you need to make sure you’re detail oriented.

-      Communication is key!

-      The Office of Building and Safety will help you figure out the scope of your project and it’s free to go and pull a number.

-      Know your limitations.

-      Find the right places to test your DIY ability-start small.

-      Does your budget match your expectations?

-      Be considerate of other people’s time.

 

AARON MENTIONED:

His backyard overhaul - https://www.mrfixitdiy.com/how-to-install-a-post-lamp/ 

TRACY MENTIONED:

Communication throughout a remodel- https://hey-tracy.com/tips-to-help-your-relationship-survive-a-home-renovation/

 

WORD OF THE DAY: CLUSTERBOMB

noun: clusterbomb; plural noun: clusterbombs

a pile up of sub contractors and home owners that causes great damage or loss of life.

 

PHONE CALLS:

Q: How can I get a clean shower that’s easy to maintain?

A: In a nutshell: Vinegar, new caulk or steam cleaning + reseal.

 

Q: I got drunk and punched a hole in my wall. Now what?

A: Long term- AA. Short term: patch kit from Home Depot and spray on orange peel if needed.

 

Q: My wall is tipping, what do I do?

A:  In a nutshell: Fix the footing and/or brace the wall.

 

Q: How do I make my general contractor husband finish our home projects?

A: He needs to prioritize and finish what he starts. (Threaten a kitchen lock-out)

 

Q: The AC unit in my craftsman home is working non-stop. I’m loosing all the cool air. Help!

A: Aaron suggests a door sweep for the bottom of the door. David suggests looking at the big picture- floor, windows, insulation etc.

 

HEY, DAVID!

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Jan 15, 2019