Monday, November 9, 2020

Thinking Of Building Your Own Home?

Building your own can be a very exciting time. As with anything, it can have it's own pros and cons. It's important to weigh out those differences to make sure it's the right choice for you and your family. Because it should be an enjoyable event, with plenty of perks. Not a lot of people can say they were the first person to step inside a home, first person to use the bathtub, etc!

But again, it's important not to only weigh out the differences, but once you've made the decision to custom build...do your research. There are several elements where surprises may arise and cause time delays and of course cost you more money.

There are a LOT of decisions to be made when building your own home. Everything literally has to be planned from scratch. From the size of doors, colors of walls, types of flooring, to small things like light fixtures.

Most custom home builders Lufkin TX come with basic, yet complete floor plans for you to start with. This is an easy starting point, that will help somewhat limit the decisions you have to make. So with this point, it's vital that you properly research and select an appropriate builder. They will normally all have different styles to help get you started.

Never assume the timeline will be accurate.

Better safe than sorry here. There are so many elements that can come into play that could lengthen the time to build a custom home. Your area and it's rules and guidelines, the builder itself, weather, etc all come into play.

Be on the lookout for shortcuts. Hopefully this was something that was discussed you builder ahead of time, but shortcuts are one of the biggest problems with a custom home build. Both immediately and long term.

And you'll probably end up spending more than you initially anticipated, so budget accordingly. Things can change, visions and ideas can change, which can alter your costs.



Common Plumbing Mistakes

 Plumbing repairs are an aspect that almost all of us (well...maybe men) like to think we can do ourselves. And that's probably true for a lot of things. A running toilet is fairly easy to diagnose, and provides plenty of ways to get cheap parts for replacements. And in today's age, you can Google and YouTube basically anything to figure out how to DIY.

But sometimes you're going to need to know more than just some basic plumbing skills. And if you're not 100% sure then there's a 100% chance of making a mistake.

The most common aspect that we have found from our plumber Allen TX sources, is homeowners overtightening connections to the pipes. It's pretty easy to do, and sometimes you don't even realize you're doing it. Some of the fittings and other parts we use will be plastic, so overtightening plastic fittings on your faucet tubes for example can eventually crack and begin to leak. Same with toilets, being made of porcelain you're risking cracking that could destroy the toilet all together.

One thing that a lot of DIYers do first...is reach for the liquid drain cleaner. It's the easiest way to "attempt" to unclog a pipe, but not always the best. Too much liquid drain cleaner, being corrosive, can cause damage to the metal pipes and traps. Or, just think about how much drain cleaner is down in the P-trap if you have to take it apart?

Oh, don't forget...TURN OFF THE WATER! It's important to remember to turn the water off before attempting to replace any valves or pipes. It seems self explanatory...but it happens.

Plenty of other aspects to consider, you need to make sure you have the correct tools and always remember to have the parts ready AND to have spare parts available. If you run into an issue and don't have the proper tools or supplies after you've already begun, you're in trouble. 

Long story short, think twice about the issue. If you have experience and know how to resolve a simple plumbing issue...then by all means do it. But consider consulting a professional first, even if it's just online research to see if it's best to try to do it yourself. If there's any hesitation, contact a local plumber and get a quote!

Thursday, October 22, 2020

How To Improve Your Website

 In the year of 2020, as chaotic as it has been and currently is, online businesses and other online commodities are still thriving. In times like these it's common to consider ways to cut costs, but it's also a time to take advantage of other aspects by thinking how to jump ahead of your competition and how to increase your business. 

So how do you improve your website?

The best way to get ahead of the time and your competitors, is by letting a professional do it. Sure you could save a few bucks with a cheaper looking site, but do you know how to optimize it? Do you even have the time to build it? The answer to the latter for most business owners is simply no.

Finding a web design Dallas agency or any other city throughout the United States can be a difficult task, but very important. Your business and online presence cold depend on it. The first step when you find the proper designer is to create a plan. Take several meetings (maybe a Zoom meeting in these times) so you and your designer can fully understand each other and the project.

Have your images and social media accounts ready. 

Discuss on-site optimization and specific keywords that your customers will use to find your website. This is a crucial element for your content and SEO. In fact, be present and suggest ideas if your agency is providing the copy writing. You are the professional for your industry, so make sure the content is not only optimized, but relevant. 

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) while a big part of web design (on-site SEO), it's still an entirely different subject when it comes to getting ranked on Google. There are other aspects to discuss and research. Contact your agency, or an SEO specialist to discuss options on how to properly optimize and rank your site.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Wimberley, Texas...A Great Place To Call Home

Wimberley, Texas...deep in the Texas Hill Country.

While a small town of barely 3,000 people, it's not an unknown town. A very popular spot for a vacation. The rolling hills and beautiful creeks and rivers make for an amazing location for all ages to visit throughout the year.

A charming town with a perfect downtown area complete with shops, restaurants, and down to earth people. An area that was almost destroyed on several occasions during Spring floods throughout the years. The citizens of Wimberley are strong willed and determined to keep their home built.

Many flock to the Hill Country town for a weekend Summer or even a quick day trip to enjoy several swimming holes, or their famous Market Days, an enormous gathering of vendors every first Saturday of the month.

Just miles from neighboring Dripping Springs, and less than an hour to downtown Austin. Where you have the ability to enjoy the quiet, slower lifestyle in the country, but be within reach of the city and anything you could desire.

But it's not just a town to visit or vacation to. It's become a growing area for families looking for that different area and way of living. With tremendous schools, safe streets, and proximity to everything else needed, Wimberley is a fantastic option for your family as a permanent home. The Wimberley real estate market offers a wide range of options, including stunning water front homes that some only dream of living in.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

New Roof, New Style?

Depending on the age of your home, you may be in the need for a new roof soon. If so, should you consider something a little different than the standard shingles? There are pros and cons to each, but here are a few ideas and options for you to consider. 

Step one in a process like this is to first consider if you are even allowed to have a different style of roof compared to your neighbors. If you are apart of a home owners association, it's highly likely that there are regulations to the style of roofing options, including color. Please contact your HOA immediately before making a decision.

Asphalt shingles are of course the most common roofing San Antonio option, and across the nation. It's the standard option that we're all familiar with. And it's the easy option, and possibly the most effective option across the board for different environments.


Metals roofs are becoming a modern, and popular option in some areas. Especially in the South for ranch and farmhouse style homes. The longevity of a metal roof is VERY appealing, as they can last much longer than standard shingles and withstand the weather and damage much better. On the other hand, the range of square footage cost compared to shingles is much higher. But, when you weight out the difference for longevity, especially if your area is susceptible to severe storms...this may be the better idea for your new roof.

There of course are several other options. Clay/concrete tiles are popular in other regions as well, and are great for withstanding storms with damaging winds. You'll see this style mostly in warmer, dryer climates. You can also consider steel, slate/rubber slate and plenty of other options for your roof. Continue your research and discuss the best option for you and your family!


 

Monday, October 12, 2020

SEO in 2021

 Within a few short months now, 2020 will be over (it's been a long year for us all). And with it, new trends are possible in the digital landscape, including search engine optimization. Technology is rapidly growing in all facets, let's take a look at a few aspects where we think SEO will be trending when 2021 arrives.

First off, content will still be king. I think this is a pretty safe bet.

Content should be the focus of any website, especially for those looking to rank highly with the search engines. If your content is short, or dull, you won't be doing yourself any favor. Google will look at you like any below average site. Seems like a self explanatory idea, but it's pretty common to be an aspect overlooked when it comes to building a new website, or optimizing it properly to compete with your competitors.


In addition, the length of your content is an important factor as well. If your main competitor, or any similar site has more content than you do...who do you think Google will rank higher? 

It's an aspect that will take time and effort, but it's worth it.


A site's user experience is becoming more key every single year, especially with the majority of almost all online traffic coming from mobile devices. It's not a big aspect when it comes to ranking, but it's imperative that you have a design like specialists Plano SEO and user experience that will fit your company and brand, as well as your customers. 

If you follow proper SEO tactics, and optimize properly to fit locally for your niche, you'll be ahead of the curve in 2021.

Thinking Of Building Your Own Home?

Building your own can be a very exciting time. As with anything, it can have it's own pros and cons. It's important to weigh out tho...