home remodeling project

How to Choose Your Next Home DIY Projects

Since the holidays are over and Spring is just around the corner, now is time to start planning those home DIY projects. But the question is how to choose which project to do. There are so many on the list.

You need to compile the total wish list and prioritize the projects. Then make sure you have the right tools to get the job done. And keep YouTube close to help you with the How-To part of the projects.

In prioritizing the projects, Veri Construction states in their post called Suggestions on How to Prioritize Your Home Remodeling Projects;

  1. Need – This can be driven by the need to repair your home. There can also be the need that is driven by a new addition to the family, such as a child or a parent.
  2. Desire – There can be that room in your home you never liked and now is the time to consider changing it. The emotional value to you could be very high, such as a larger bathroom shower to help make the morning a more pleasant experience.
  3. Gain in Resale Value – This is the type of remodeling project that is driven by the objective of increasing the value of your property.

Need is a top priority. But desire is important too. If you can add the ingredient of adding value to your home while meeting your needs and desires, you have chosen winning projects.

Now the issue is to choose a first project. One way to choose what project to tackle first is to start with a project that you can finish successfully and within budget. Know your skills, access to knowledge and the tools you will need. The success of a project is greatly effected by the tools you have. Those tools can be expensive. That is when you start to look at alternatives such as reconditioned tools.

DeWALT offers an excellent solution. DeWALT Reconditioned is a brand name owned by the DeWALT company. It is only applied to (1) DeWALT tools that (2) were returned to DeWALT, and (3) reconditioned by DeWALT.

These reconditioned tools have been restored to the same performance standards as new. And, DeWALT backs it up with the same Limited Lifetime Warranty they give with their new tools.

These are the types of tools that can become DeWALT Reconditioned:

  • Store display tools: These are the ones that are placed in stores to show off their inventory. They are routinely recycled back to DeWALT.
  • Customer returns: These are tools that customers return to a store, often because the customer gets the tool home and says, “wait, that’s not the thing I need.” If a tool has had any real use, it does not make it into the reconditioning assembly line.
  • Overstocks: Most DeWALT Reconditioned Tools were inventory for a store that stocked too many tools. Many that aren’t sold are returned to the factory. These tools will be examined and tested, and, if they pass the test they become DeWalt Reconditioned.

All of this means you can depend on DeWALT Reconditioned the same way that you would depend on new tools from DeWALT. Same tool, same company, same warranty, and same great quality.

So, make sure you choose the best projects that meets your needs, desires and increases your home resale value. If you are looking for quality tools that can be paid for over time, look into the Tools at AddvantageUSA. 

 

Mototec Wheelman

The Evolution of Skateboarding to the Motorized Wheelman

If you want to get your young son or daughter out of the house and away from the video games, the newest motorized skateboard called a Wheelman could very well be the solution.

A Wheelman can go over smooth surfaces or off-roading in the grass or dirt. The large wheels gives the rider options of different terrains and surfaces to cruise.

This new generation skateboard has a center mounted engine that can be gas or electric with a frame supported at each end by two-wheel. Your feet are inserted into the two wheels while standing upright. You balance like a traditional skateboard but have much greater flexibility as to where you ride.

Generally consensus says skateboarding began in the 1950’s, although no one can say who developed the first skateboard. Many attached a wooden box to an old pair of roller skates. no one was yet buying a skateboard from a store pre-made. In the sixties, skateboarding was having its first peak as a fun pastime. Skateboard companies began mass producing skateboards as single planks of wood with roller skate type wheels.

The fad faded until it restarted in the mid 70’s and continued strong through the 80’s. The technology took a leap in the way the wheels were made and their design. This catapulted the skateboard from being a pastime to being a recognized sport because of the added tricks that took skill and athleticism. There was a mild pause in the popularity of skateboarding in the 90’s where it lost its momentum. But X Games gave skateboarding the attention it needed to regain its fan base.

The evolution for the skateboard would not stand still. Motors have been added while still maintaining the same physical posture and skills used in the originally designed skateboard. The motor can be gasoline powered or electric. An example of an electric-powered skateboard is the MotoTec Wheelman V2 1000W. Its maximum speed is 20 MPH with a ride time of 1.5 hours. The frame is aluminum with a finger throttle and a cable disc brake. The recommended Age is 16+ years old.

The skateboard continues to get kids out of the house doing an athletic activity that takes practice and is physically healthy. If you are looking to acquire a MotoTec Wheelman on monthly payments while improving your credit, contact AddvantageUSA at 888-601-5527.

Couple buying first home

Consider This When Planning to Purchase Your First Home

Now is the time to start executing those plans you have for the future. The Christmas Holidays are over and all the gifts are bought for everyone else. Now is the time to invest in yourself.

One way to invest in your future is to buy a home for your family. Many families are looking to buy their first home this year. This trend is due to the savings incurred from owning a home over renting. According to Trulia, “Homeownership remains cheaper than renting in all 100 largest U.S. metro areas. In fact, buying is 35% cheaper than renting now, compared with 33% cheaper one year ago.”

The article goes on to say, “Homeownership remains cheaper than renting in all 100 largest U.S. metro areas. In fact, buying is 35% cheaper than renting now, compared with 33% cheaper one year ago. Paradoxically, home price growth nationally has outpaced rents over the past year. So what gives? Two things. First, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate has fallen from 4.5% in 2014 to 3.87% today (as of April 15). Second, the 3.9% home price gain wasn’t much larger than the 3.7% gain in rents. In the past year, these two trends have made homeownership even more affordable compared with renting.

Trulia’s Rent vs. Buy Report assumes a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage with a 20% down payment. But for those looking to buy a home, apartment, or condo with homeowner association (HOA) fees, the extra cost could make renting a more attractive option.”

However, all of that good Holiday cheer and gift buying may have caused a hit on your credit. You may also have less ready cash for those things you would need before moving into you new home.

When buying a home, the interest rate can be greatly impacted by, both, your down payment and your credit rating (FICO Score). AdvantageUSA credit program helps you to get the things you need for your future home and will help you establish personal credit worthiness for your first new home purchase.

The AddvantageUSA credit program or store credit account helps your credit rating the same way that any major credit card or department store account helps you. Think for a second or two about how that works.

  • You want/need to buy something
  • You don’t want to/can’t afford to pay cash
  • The credit program lends you money
  • You buy now and make monthly payments
  • Your credit becomes established

As our Post How does an AddvantageUSA online account help my credit? states, “Don’t blow it. We report the good and the bad. If you use your credit wisely, and if you make your payments on time the way you are supposed to do it, then you will have the chance to create new payment history on your credit reports. Good payment history will definitely improve your credit reputation. That reputation is measured by your credit score. The higher it is, the better your reputation. On the other hand, late payments, defaults, or payments in amounts smaller than the amount due will create negative credit history and bring down your credit score.”

Contact AddvantageUSA for more information and assistance or call us at 888.601.5527

Carving a Turkey

The Keys to Carving a Thanksgiving Turkey are the Presentation and the Cutlery

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” Michelangelo

If you do not see the relationship of this quote from Michelangelo to the carving of a Thanksgiving turkey, then say “no” when asked to do the honor of the final step in preparing the bird for the feast. Step away from the carving table and let someone whom appreciates the assignment to step in your place.

If you do appreciate the great honor of being front and center during the time of the evening when anticipation is at a crescendo, then read on.

All eyes are on you, judging your skill and watching for any lack of confidence. You must be prepared to embrace the moment. Preparation requires a previously established knowledge of the optimum steps. Never show a kink in your armor by looking up at your Uncle for reassurance in your decisions. Never.

Confidently pick up your carving knife, examine its blade for the appropriate sharpness, and masterfully run the blade across the honing steel. Actually, do this even if the blade is like a razor. You look good when you are doing it.

Now, the real work begins. There are many suggestions on how to carve a turkey. Many suggest that the parts are separated before the breast is carved. This seems logical. But, this is not about logic. This is all about the experience. The fact is that carving the limbs off of a very large bird can be visually disturbing to some people, and, at the very least, boring to most others.

Instead, slowly guide the blade across the breast meat allowing the juice to flow down the browned skin. Even the skirmish will find this action to be delectable. The goal is to have the observers eyes dilated as their mouths salivate.

Pile the juicy white meat slices high on a serving plate. You need only to do one side to achieve the effect desired. Pass the plate of cleanly sliced meat to the middle of the table. All eyes will go to that plate with human sounds announcing group approval. Then proceed to dismember the bird, breaking the thighs away from the body, the legs from the thighs and finishing with the wings. The dark meat eaters will gaze back at your activity in between their passing of the potatoes and vegetables. The dark meat should be piled high on a second plate for distribution. Conversation will be in full swing as you finish up by carving the remaining side of the breast to refill the now empty plate of white meat.

The guests anticipation has been met with your confident culinary skill and understanding of the presentation.

HenckelsThis traditional event of carving the Turkey began with a knife. There is no doubt that the carving knife must be of high quality for success to be achieved. Check out AddvantageUSA cutlery knives to ensure your success at the carving table this Thanksgiving.

 

 

DeWALT Reconditioned Drill Kit

What does DeWALT Reconditioned mean?

DeWALT Reconditioned is a brand name owned by the DeWALT company. It is only applied to (1) DeWALT tools that (2) were returned to DeWALT, and (3) reconditioned by DeWALT.

You’ve heard the old saying, “it’s just like new.” With DeWALT Reconditioned Tools that’s a fact. These reconditioned tools have been restored to the same performance standards as new. And, DeWALT backs it up with the same Limited Lifetime Warranty they give with their new tools.

You might ask, “are they used tools.” The answer is no. These are the types of tools that can become DeWALT Reconditioned:

  • Store display tools: These are the ones that are placed in stores to show off their inventory. They are routinely recycled back to DeWALT.
  • Customer returns: These are tools that customers return to a store, often because the customer gets the tool home and says, “wait, that’s not the thing I need.” If a tool has had any real use, it does not make it into the reconditioning assembly line.
  • Overstocks: Most DeWALT Reconditioned Tools were inventory for a store that stocked too many tools. Many that aren’t sold are returned to the factory. These tools will be examined and tested, and, if they pass the test they become DeWalt Reconditioned.

Since 1922, DeWALT has been one of the world’s best known and most trusted brands of power tools. It made its reputation as a “great company” by manufacturing top line power tools. Though it has added additional lines, such as hand tools, mechanics tools, and accessories, power tools remain the core business of DeWALT.

DeWALT earned its reputation two ways:

  • First, by making great products. DeWalt Power Tools are often described as sturdy, rugged, dependable, reliable, and high performance.
  • Second, by standing behind its products. DeWalt tools come with an industry recognized Limited Lifetime Warranty.

All of this means you can depend on DeWalt Reconditioned the same way that you would depend on tools new from DeWALT. Same tool, same company, same warranty, and same great quality. Check out DeWALT Reconditioned Tools.