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So, you’re a homeowner. Whether you’ve just purchased a new home or have lived in the same one for many years, you realize owning vs renting is a big responsibility, though it also gives you more choices.

If you’re looking to improve your home’s value, beautify your outdoor and indoor spaces and overall retain the value of your investment, I’m here to help. Whether you have a large or small budget, there is so much you can do with your home from small fixes to big changes.

Check out the wealth of articles, articles, tips, tricks, projects and product reviews here at homeandyards.com to see what the possibilities are for your house, home and yard. Whether you’re looking for a quick weekend project or a big change with big impact, I’ll help you make the most of your dollars.

When I bought my first house, I thought, “Wow – now I can really make it my own!” and immediately developed a list of projects as long as the driveway. I picked one to start and low and behold, it became a monster. Dry walling the bathroom turned into cleaning out years of rodent damage in the ceiling, fixing chewed up electrical wires in the ceiling, fixing leaky plumbing, discovering the dryer was vented onto a concrete block and shoring up “iffy” walls whose wood was rotten and a whole host of other issues, the smallest of which was a water heater I didn’t know was leaking.

I knew I bought a bit of a fixer-upper as my budget was on the tight side, but who knew one fairly small project could balloon into something that took months of weekends to fix? Not me! Lesson learned.

There are so many things I’ve not only learned but wished I’d known before taking on projects, so now I consider myself a collector of information on all things “house”. I want to know everything that can possible go wrong before I knock down another wall, fix a leaky pipe or lay plastic in the crawl space. Not so I can worry about all the what-ifs, but so I can be prepared to face any challenge that comes my way. Then, when all those problems don’t happen to me, the job seems easy!

Though, not everything in my house or yours has to be a fix-it job. There are many things I’ve done and intend to do that are just plain improvements that will increase the value of my property both inside and out. From landscaping to fixing that hump in the driveway, you’re with me every step of the way.

I’ll also share with you the tools I’ve found that work best for any job. Some, I’ve been familiar with for years and others I’d never even heard of. What’s the best lawn mower for a small or large yard? What type of kitchen cabinets work best? How do you get that old grout to look white again, and why the heck do my floors slope the way they do, and what can I do to fix it? I’ll answer these questions and hundreds of others.

I’m looking forward to us taking this journey together.

Warmest Regards,

Alex Thorbens