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Affordable Home Improvement Tips

No matter how you look at it, making  home improvements is a costly endeavor.  The bottom line is when it comes to remodeling and renovating a home, homeowners are going to be spending thousands and thousands of dollars on contractors, specialists and more. The benefit of this is that you do make that money back in resale value although it can take some time to sell the home and get it suitable for new potential buyers.

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On a positive note, did you know that there are ways to improve your home  that do not require a home owner to spend thousands of dollars in initial investments or skilled labor that take a big Chunk of Change out of their wallet? Here are a few solutions that a you can do to improve their home for less than you might think.

REJUVENATE YOUR APPLIANCES WITH A FACE-LIFT

Buying brand new appliances is a great investment for a home, but it can also cost quite a bit of money. If you’re looking to spend less but still tie the room together, why not consider a face-lift? New doors and face panels on appliances can get them to match, bring the room together in a stylish way, and save you big bucks on the technical appliances while still allowing for a great look in the room and a definite upgrade in the home’s design.

SWITCH TO ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHT BULBS

Energy efficient lighting fixtures and light bulbs are an affordable alternative that will go a long way in your home. Today, most homeowners are concerned about heating and electricity costs along with wanting to do their share to improve the impact on the environment.  Light fixtures that have earned the ENERGY STAR certification translate to quality, cutting edge design and the latest in efficient technology. ENERGY STAR Certified Fixtures: Use 90% less energy and produce about 70-90% less heat than traditional models using incandescent light bulbs. The most popular light bulbs available are halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Although they can initially cost more than traditional incandescent bulbs, during their lifetime they save you money, because they use less energy.

CABINETS AND DOORS ARE PARAMOUNT

In lieu of doing a complete kitchen remodel, homeowners can get quite a bit of use out of working through new doors and cabinets. This simple fix alone can go a long way to making the kitchen seem like a completely new and different room  without spending the big bucks on an entire kitchen remodeling job.

GET INSTANT CURB APPEAL

One of the best low-cost ways to inexpensively dress up your home-especially for potential buyers-is to increase your home’s curb appeal in a resourceful way. Hiring a professional landscaper to come by and re-design your lawn, patio and trees will help your home look cleaner, look better and more sleek. The better your home looks on the curb, the better chance you have of improving it at a lower cost to you and selling it a higher value-and you didn’t have to do anything major to the home.

SUMMARY

At the end of the day, there are ways to improve your home in a cheap and cost-efficient manner without breaking the bank. When you’re smart about where and how you improve your home, you may be surprised at how well you can sell it with minimal work being done, and your bank account and stress levels will thank you for it, too!

 

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Check out our blog and get more home improvements tips and advice at donofalltradesblog.wordpress.com or call Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services  at  905-259-5249 for a Free-In-Home Consultation in Durham Region today!

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Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donation makes a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided a place of safety, support and hope  at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help the lives of abused women and children in your community.

Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca Community Page to find more information on how you can give the gift of hope.

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Septembers Helping Hands Women’s Lunch- 2 Words…HUGE SUCESS!

September Helping Hands Women’s Lunch benefiting Herizon House-Huge Success!!!

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September 12, 2015 Helping Hands Women’s Lunch Event benefiting Herizon House-Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services
Yolanda D’Orazio,  founder and volunteer coordinator of the Don Of All Trades Building Trees of Hope Program hosted a small Women Lunch  in aid of Herizon House Women’s Shelter-a not-for-profit, charitable organization that provides a place of safety where women and children will feel accepted, supported and empowered as they move towards living their lives free of violence in Durham Region.

This was a perfect opportunity for Women in Business to get together, have fun, connect, share, show support and enjoy good food and conversation while making a contribution to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope program benefiting Herizon House.

On behalf of our team here at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, we would like to thank these powerful and inspiring business women who helped this month’s Helping Hands Women’s Lunch event a huge success!

 

Photos: Michelle Medeiros owner of House Dreamer & Jessica Towers owner of Jessica’s Hair Design.
September 12, 2015-Helping Hands Womens Lunch benefiting Herizon House
Vegetable side dishes served: Italian peas, grilled marinated eggplant, zucchini, sweet red bell peppers, onions and Italian salad.
September 12, 2015-Helping Hands Womens Lunch benefiting Herizon House
Main course: Balsamic roasted pork loin.
September 12, 2015-Helping Hands Womens Lunch benefiting Herizon House
Carmela D’Alessandro, Pam Little from Pam Little Accounting, Rhonda Lee Axhorn from Island Heritage Reality and our friend Angela Gazze who made a contribution to our September Helping Hands Women’s Lunch benefiting Herizon House
September 12, 2015-Helping Hands Womens Lunch benefiting Herizon House
Dessert: Classic Tiramisu

 

September 12, 2015 Helping Hands Womens Lunch Event in support of Herizon House
We also wanted to send out a thank you to Sales Repreststive George Zois from Island Heritage Realty who generously donated blankets and toiletries in support of our event benefiting Herizon House.

 

September 12, 2015-Helping Hands Womens Lunch benefiting Herizon House
Gift bags we gave our guests in appreciation of their generosity.
September 12, 2015-Helping Hands Womens Lunch benefiting Herizon House
Thanking all of our incredible guests who made a BIG difference in the community by making a contribution to our event this month benefiting Herizon House. We thank them for their support! In this photo starting from the left: Our dear friend Angela Gazze, Rhonda Lee Axhorn: SRES, Sales Representative – Island Heritage Realty, Whitby, Michelle Medeiros: Owner & Principal Designer, Certified Staging Professional at House Dreamer, Shannon Sheppard: Hon. BA, Exceptionally in Human Learning Communicative Disorder Assistant, Pam Little CGA, Pam Little Accounting, Yolanda D’Orazio: Founder and volunteer coordinator of the Don of All Trades Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program , Jessica Towers owner of Jessica’s Hair Design and our dear friend Carmela D’Alessandro.
September 12, 2015 Helping Hands Women's Lunch Event in Support of Herizon House
We collected 27 pillows, 5 fleece throws, 10 boxes of toothpaste, 8 toothbrushes, 6 bars of soap and a $30 cash donation at this month’s event. We could not have done this alone. Thank you ladies!

 

Click the links below to learn more about these incredible women in business below.

Rhonda Lee Axhorn SRES
Sales Representative (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) at Island Heritage Reality

Michelle Medeiros

Owner & Principal Designer, Certified Staging Professional at House Dreamer

 Pam Little CGA

founder of Pam Little Accounting

 Jessica Towers

founder of Jessica’s Hair Design

 

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Don Of All Trades is giving back to our community. Please donate to our Helping Hands Program benefiting women and children.

Please donate to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope benefiting Herizon House

Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donations make a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided with a place of safety, support and hope at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help improve the lives of abused women and children in the  community. Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca community page to find out how you can make a difference.

 

 

2015 Helping Hands Charity BBQ for Hope

 When people work together great things can happen!

 

For over a month we have been planning and organizing a charity bbq event to help raise funds and  donated items benefiting Herizon House, a not for profit organization  who provide  free confidential services 24 hours a day and provide a place of safety, support and empowerment for abused women and their children. Herizon House is committed to ending the cycle of abuse and violence in the community.

Yesterday was the day of our 2015 Helping Hands Charity BBQ for Hope Event and although considering the possibility making the difficult decision of cancelling  and rescheduling, we decided to move forward with hosting it as planned.

Despite the rain, wind and cooler than normal weather and a very well- built tarp for shelter, we are very grateful to those who volunteered, attend and donated items to make this event a huge success!

We are dedicating this blog  to these individuals who have worked incredibly hard at helping us  make a difference in our community.  This event is just an example of how when people work together, great things can happen!

We are a dedicated team of individuals focused on continuing to find ways to make our communities better and helping those who in difficult times, need help the most.

 

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Our nieces Olivia and Alessia who have been working so hard at helping us create and decorate a donation bin for the Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program. These 2 girls did an INCREDIBLE job and we all had so much  fun working together.

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Don setting up a tarp to provide shelter from the elements for our guests.

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Two beautiful sisters having fun in the rain!
Peter, master of the barbeque. We thank you for taking the day off of work to help us out at our event today!
Organizing the seating and the designated food areas for our event.

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Thank You Stef from Canada Bread who donated the hamburger and hotdog buns to support our cause.

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Natasha and Aaron who volunteered to help us set up.

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Carmela and son Adam. A special thank you to Carm who has an incredible recipe for cosmopolitans but also came to the rescue with frosting and for her skills making our Helping Hands Cake so beautiful!

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Don with our guest and friend, Pam Little from Pam Little Accounting.
Thank you going out to our son Anthony who helped out with our special event.

   

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Thanking Blair and Tanya along with the kids for taking the time to attend our event today!

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Our Helping Hands B.B.Q. for Hope Event today was a HUGE success! We want to thank all of our guests who attended, supported and donated items benefiting Herizon House!

     

Helping Hands Buidling Trees Of Hope

Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donation makes a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided a place of safety, support and hope  at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help the lives of abused women and children in your community.

Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca Community Page to find more information on how you can give the gift of hope.

$1000 Bathroom Makeover

$1000 Bathroom Makeover

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Although a thousand dollars might not get you as far as some remodeling shows on television would have you believe, even this small amount can do a lot. This is especially true if your current space functions well-no loose parts or leaks-but is in need of a facelift. Here are some useful ideas to consider:

  • Keep your towels dry and toasty with a heated  towel bar. You can find some for $100 or less.
  • Upgrade your shower head to one with multiple settings, including a massage or pulsating setting.
  • Improve your lighting and ventilation with a combination light and exhaust fan. One with a heat setting will keep you from getting chilled  when you get out of the shower.
  • Update towel bars, hooks, toothbrush and toilette paper holders, and cabinet hardware. Add matching shelves to your towels and toiletries.
  • Replace the vanity with a new wood model that has a stone counter.
  • Add a new mirror and faucet. Consider keeping your current vanity but replace your toilet and faucet and add a new vinyl floor.
  • Add a set of sconces on either side of the mirror or medicine cabinet.

Did we leave anything out that you might want to add?

Leave a comment and we’ll share it on our blog!

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What Mothers Really Want for Mother’s Day This Year

 

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 We’re  asking moms all over Canada to send in their pictures and tell us what they TRULY want for Mother’s Day this year. If you would like to participate, please email us at: info@donofalltrades.ca. or leave a reply below.

Gift Ideas for Mothers Day-What Moms really want this year for Mother’s Day

You go through this EVERY year, searching for that perfect gift for mom that will sum up all the reasons why she is the BEST Mom ever!  Should you give  mom flowers or chocolates or soaps or jewelry or slippers or…………???  Now we’re sure all moms appreciate anything they receive or any acts of kindness they’re given. Why make it so complicated?

Have you ever considered the thought of actually asking  mom what she really wants for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10 this year?

Mothers are the rock that hold  foundations together. They sacrifice their life  to make the  lives of the one’s they hold close in their hearts better. From  taking us to school to cheering us at hockey to being our mentors and guides.  The one holiday, dedicated to moms  doesn’t  really feel like it’s enough to show our thanks for everything she has done for us.

You can shower mom with gifts and treat her to a fancy dinner but  sometimes moms just  want the basic gifts that money can’t buy.

They want  a break with the house cleaning and laundry,  being able to sleep in (past 6:30am) but what really matters most to a mom is to be able to spend quality time with her children. And let’s not pretend that ALONE time isn’t  just as important as well.

Now if not getting selfie pics with their kids posted on popular social media sites  or watching the same Minions video over and over again to the point they have memorized every line, our hope is that all mothers can  incorporate  some  of these requests in for a day dedicated to them and through the entire year.

 

We’re  asking moms all over Canada to send in their pictures and tell us what they TRULY want for Mother’s Day this year. If you would like to participate, please email us at: info@donofalltrades.ca or leave a reply below.

 

Please note: All entries must be received no later than May 8, 2015 and you can see your posts on the following links below.

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How To Fix A Sagging Door In 3 Simple Steps

Solutions To Continuous Door Hinge Sagging

I recently got called to do an estimate on replacing a front door for a client. When I asked why they wanted to replace the door they told me the door wasn’t closing properly and the lock was broken. The door looked to be in good condition and I recommended that we could replace the door locks with new hardware. When I investigated as to why the door wasn’t closing properly I found that the top hinge of the door had loose screws and that there were stripped holes as well. So the home owner’s problem wasn’t that the door needed replacement but that it was suffering from continuous door hinge sagging.

Do you have a wood screw hole for a hinge that is loose?

Here is the best suggestion on how to go about doing this type of repair.

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 Door Hinge Sagging

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Things to Look For

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Below I have included a  step by step process including photos  on how to fix this problem.

Step 1

Remove loose screws and drill out the stripped out holes with a drill bit the same size as the dowel that you’re going to insert into the new openings that we have created.

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 Remove Loose Screws

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Same Size Dowel & Bit

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Drilling Out Holes

STEP 2

Remove Hinge. Glue in dowel the same diameter as the drill bit. Use a high strength wood glue. Glue, then insert dowel into holes with hammer. Once this is done let glue dry for 24 hours before moving on to the next step.

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Remove Hinge

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Gluing Dowels

Insert Dowel into Holes

Insert Dowel into Holes

STEP 3

Cut the dowel off flush with the edge of the door or hinge mortise using a hammer and chisel. Pilot drill for the screw and re-mount the hinge.

 

Cut Dowel

Cut Dowel

Pilot Drill

Pilot Drill

Re-Mount Hinge

Re-Mount Hinge

By following these simple steps we managed to fix the sagging hinge. If done properly this fix will last for the life time of the door. Not only does the home owner have a door that’s working properly, we managed to save our clients hundreds of dollars in labor and replacement costs associated with installing a new door.

Do you have a question or need some assistance regarding your home improvements? Give us a call at 905-259-5249 or send us an email at: info@donofalltrades.ca. We’d love to hear from you!

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Foul Smelling Washing Machines And Why

 

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Are you a home owner with a Stinky Washing Machine? Not to worry, you are DEFINATLEY NOT ALONE! Washer mildew and odors are one of the most common complaints.

 

Some of the reasons are listed below:

  • Interestingly enough, some washing machines have the susceptibility to smell bad due to their design.
  • Bad odours from a dirty washing machine can actually transfer on to clean clothing.
  • Hard water causes lime buildup in the  washing machine parts and plumbing.
  • If you live in a humid climate, consistent moisture in the air prohibits the washing machine from completely drying between loads, causing mildew and stale and musky odours.
  • Repeatedly, soap detergent and excrement splash upwards, resulting in leaving  behind grime on parts if the agitator and wash bin that are usually located above the water line.

How Naturally Clean A  Top Loading Washing Machine

These instructions will assist in killing mold, mildew and keep foul-smelling odours away in your Top Loading Washing Machine by using natural ingredients which is safe and can be used on all washer components.

 There are  two common house hold ingredients required for this process.

White Vinegar and Baking Soda.

White vinegar will help disinfect by assisting in killing mold and mildew. The acidity in the white vinegar will help dissolve the soap scum and residue in the tub along with dissolving lime deposits in the pipes  left behind from using hard water.  Baking soda cleans and deodorizes.

NOTE: DO NOT ADD CLOTHES OR DETERGENT DURING THIS CLEANING PROCESS.

Step 1.

Choose you washing machine setting to run on Hot with the largest load setting. Add anywhere between 3-4 cups of white vinegar to the water  and let your washing machine agitate for about 2 minutes in order to disperse the vinegar evenly.

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Step 2.

Now add 1/2 cup of baking soda. Allow the machine to agitate again for about 2 minutes to incorporate the baking soda evenly. Stop the machine washing cycle at this point and have the water sit for  approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour.

 

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Step 3.

As the vinegar, baking soda and hot water are working, doing their job by penetrating grime and odors, use a clean cloth that has been dipped into the vinegar water and wipe down the entire washing machine. Pay special attention to the top of the washing machine, the knobs and dials, the top of the wash bin and any fabric softener and bleach dispensers.

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Step 4.

Allow the washing cycle to resume until the water begins draining. If your washer will allow it, turn the knob so the tub will drain while spinning, further cleaning out any gunk that has been loosened up and pushing the vinegar water through the holes in the wash bin. If your washer doesn’t allow this, start another hot wash cycle at this point and allow it to run through completely.

 

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 Step 5.

At this point, the grime and scum at the top of the wash bin should be quite easy to wipe off with a sponge. (Note: because water doesn’t reach this part, this area may need a little extra attention) 

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Congratulations! You have just washed your washing machine naturally!

 Useful Tips

  •  Leaving your washing machine lid open will allow the drum to completely dry and prevent mold and mildew odours from developing.
  • For best  results, implement a cleaning maintenance routine monthly.
  • Always remember to remove  your load of cleaned laundry as soon as the wash cycle is completed. This helps prevent the musky mildew smell from developing in your washer.

 

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