Tuesday, January 31, 2017

New Windows Installed

Buying a home is exciting, however, if you are buying a home that isn't new, repair and remodeling is  necessary.  The home that we bought last year  is more spacious that  what we had  from our old home.  Even though it is in need of a lot of update,  we bought it because we love  the layout inside.  We  have updated  all the  flooring and this month,  all the  old windows was replaced with new ones.  
 We had  a little money left from the  sale of our old home so we used it to buy new windows.  We have 31 windows  all in all in this home so it was a bit expensive but we had to do it because the old windows isn't  efficient anymore.  Our gas bill from last month  was almost 300 dollars, a huge jump from the regular amount we  pay every month.  Granted  that it is winter, it is  expected that it would  go  up but we've never had  that high of a gas bill before.  I think  those old windows  have contributed to the issue.
 Our old windows only have a grid on top but we wanted it to have grid even at the bottom.  I actually didn't want the grids at first  because it is just an added expense but my husband is right, it looks better with grids.
 See how  rotten the woods are from the old windows?  It did not have a good seal anymore that's why we can hear the outside noise.  Now that we have new windows, it is very quite inside the house compared before.
 We also ordered  window sills for five windows but they did not  do it so they will just  deduct it from our bill.  My husband  decided that he will just do it  himself, it  might  be cheaper that way.   We will find out how soon he can do it lol.
 I like the windows we ordered for the bathrooms.  I think they were my favorites.
 The  grid  inside are  wood grain color while the grids from the outside are white.  It's a  little  extra to have a wood grain  but we wanted it to match  the wood floors.
 I also love the fact that  they  are a little tinted inside.
 All in all, the cost of it all is $17, 076.00.    We asked  two companies for an estimate before we went with this one.  The other one  gave us a 45 thousand  estimate and we thought, that's a lot for new windows.  We decided to  go with this one because they  guarantee their  products for life which means that whatever is need to be done in the  future, they will do it for you for free.  So if there's   something to be repaired, we will just need to give them a call and they will do it which is nice because you know how much it cost for  repairs these days.
 It took them 4 days to finish the job but we didn't mind because we wanted them to do the job right.
 I just wish that they could have  installed these windows before the winter hits but because  we have so many windows, it took time to  make them.  All of these are made in the US which is nice.
 All the  windows were installed last week but   they have to replace three  of them  because two windows have white grid inside (it is supposed to be  wood grain).
 I told my husband that I don't even have to hang  curtains on them now because they  look really good but I  put all the  window treatment back when they got done.
My least favorite window that they did is the  picture window.  The left side has a broken glass and they put duct tape on it temporarily.  This is the most important window of all but it's the one with issues.
 The middle glass wasn't a perfect fit for the size so they used wood to fix the gap but I didn't like it because it would cause moisture to get in.  I told them that  I want it fix and my husband did not like the fact that you can see the screws that  they  put in to  put it together.  I also don't like it that they did not replace the existing wood and it is an eye sore.
 The other  4 big windows  looks like the one in the bottom so I don't understand why they didn't do it on the picture window.  We wrote the issues on the paper and the installers  gave  the report to them.  They came back and assessed the situation and told us that they are going to  fix all the issues.  We will have to wait until next week for them to fix it.
 When we order the one kin the family room, we specifically told them that  we want this one to  be different because we   have to put an air conditioning unit  there during the summer time.  They forgot to do it that way so they are going to replace this too plus the grid inside was also wrong, it need to be wood grain color.
 So now, everyone sees the defective  picture window, the one that we wanted to look beautiful.
 They will come next week to fix it and if I am not satisfied, I will have to make them redo it.  I want every piece to be in great shape since  it is an expensive purchase so it has to be done  correctly.  Their customer service is great though so I am hoping for the best.  

Spend Wisely & Save Wisely

They say a fool and his money are easily parted, and that is why it is so important to keep a tight reign of what you are saving and what you are spending. But as everybody knows, some things are worth spending on, whereas others that are just going to leave your savings account empty. Read on to find out more.

Do spend on medical help

Something that is always worth investing in is your health care. It might seem like too much money to go to the ER and get that bad ankle checked out. Or pop along to the dentist and get that filling done. Especially if it's not even hurting! But many medical conditions can become worse the longer they are left untreated.

Remember too, that no matter how much money you have, if you don't have your health you won't be around very long to enjoy it. Or your enjoyment may be severely compromised. So don't be a scrooge when it comes to health care, as you just may live to regret it.

Don't spend on household cleaning products, save instead

Now here is something on which you can save a little money. Having a clean and tidy home is important to most people. But house holding cleaning products can be pretty darn expensive, and they always promise so much and don't always deliver. But have you ever asked yourself if buying them at all is just a waste of time and money?

Well, some folks would say that it is. As they are more than happy to make their own household cleaners from everyday products such as baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice. In fact, you may find that washing your windows or polishing your cutlery is more streak free than when using the expensive methods.

Do spend on legal representation

If you are unfortunate enough to get in trouble with the law, you can make a bad situation worse, by scrimping on your legal representation. Unless you have a law degree, it really is a no-no to represent yourself.

It is also vital that you find a lawyer that will fight the case in the way you want. For example, firms such as Schiener Law Group DWI attorneys will fight claims aggressively, with the aim of having the charges dismissed.

This can be critical as it often means the difference between having a criminal record or not. Remember that this can affect all sorts of things like your future employment opportunities as well as the type of property you can rent. So if there is a chance that you may not have to have one, it is often worth taking.


Don't spend on cable, save instead

Now, most people start to get a bit jittery when we talk about getting rid of their cable TV channels. But cable is a massive household expense, and for what? Really you are paying just to have the choice of stuff you don't actually watch.  

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Also, folks don't even watch TV that way anymore. In fact, they are much more likely to binge-watch a whole series at a time, via a platform like Netflix. So you can realistically consider cutting your cable access without it actually having too much impact.

Then you can save the money that you would have paid out for this instead, which is far more sensible.

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