5 Essential Home Organizational Tips to Ease into the Back-to-School Season

Essential Back-to-School Organizational Tips for Your Home

Essential Back-to-School Organizational Tips for Your Home

With summer winding down and fall just around the corner, kids and young adults alike are preparing to go back to school. For parents helping their children get ready for the upcoming school year, making a few changes around the home space can be essential to easing back into the school mode with minimal stress.

Helpful & Cost-Effective Home Updates for the Back-to-School Season

  1. Create a “landing” space by your home’s entry ways – By (or just off of) an entrance to your home, open up a space where your kids can shed (and store) their school gear, including their backpacks, shoes/coats and equipment for extracurricular activities. Having a dedicated space where your children can leave and keep their school (and sports) gear can make it so much easier to get ready to run out the door in the mornings, especially when there may be a few students in your home (or your kids have a bit more gear to take with them and keep track of on a daily basis).
  2. Reorganize your pantry and/or fridge to make it easy to grab food on the go – Designate a part (or an entire) shelf in your pantry and/or refrigerator to snacks, breakfast items and school lunch items. Having a specific spot for these food items can make it easier not only to get kids fed (and/or loaded up with meals for their day) but also to keep track of what you’re running low on (so you can pick up more supplies on your next grocery trip).
  3. Put a calendar in a central location – On your refrigerator, in your pantry or in some other central location, hang up a calendar where everyone, including the students in your home, can note important events and plans for their schedule.

    Even if you’re keeping track of these events in some other location (like electronically on a smartphone), having an obvious visual reminder can be important to making sure everyone’s aware of certain plans and/or different family members’ availability.

  4. Add organizational bins to the bathroom/laundry room – Specifically, set up a bin system for dirty clothes and laundry (if you don’t already have one). These bins can remind your kids to pick up after themselves while providing a simple method of sorting the dirty clothing that needs to be cleaned.
  5. Update your bathrooms to make it easier for everyone to get ready in the mornings – Whether you have a few children vying for time in the bathroom each morning – or you find yourself battling for bathroom time, updating the bathrooms in your home can make it easier for a few people to share the bathroom at once – or for each person to ready faster (so the next person can get in).

    While we’ll discuss this topic in more depth in our next blog, some quick ideas for back-to-school bathroom updates include (and aren’t limited to):

    • Dedicating certain drawers and/or shelves to each person in your home
    • Changing a glass shower door to a curtain (so someone can shower with privacy while another family member gets ready in front of the vanity)
    • Refinishing the bathtub and shower in an unused bathroom in your home (to open it up for someone to use each morning).

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How to Avoid Getting Burned by Your Home Contractor: 8 Signs that a Contractor May Be a Con

Signs a Contractor May Be a Con

Signs a Contractor May Be a Con

Hiring professionals to work on your home can be a tricky process. While there are plenty of reputable contractors out there who do good work, there are also plenty of inexperienced, unethical and just plain shady people who are looking to make a quick buck.

To make sure that you don’t get conned by the next pro you hire, here are some important red flags to look for when you’re getting ready to retain a home contractor.

Be suspicious of contractors who:

  1. Won’t show you their credentials – This is a big red flag, as any pro with a good reputation will have no problem providing copies of their credentials (and insurance coverage) upfront.
  2. Lack any reviews – This can be a sign of little to no experience. It may also indicate that an individual (or company) has popped up overnight. Hiring unestablished pros or businesses can be risky, as you can be gambling with the quality of work.
  3. Have bad reviews – The only thing worse than no reviews is poor reviews. And while a pro or company may have one or two less-than-favorable reviews, beware of any individual (or company) that has more bad than good reviews.
  4. Don’t have portfolios of work to show you – Examples of the prior work a pro or company has done can speak volumes about the quality of services they provide – and their confidence in being able to do the same for you. So, beware of any pro or business that doesn’t have a portfolio to share with you.
  5. Pressure you into hiring them ASAP –Take high-pressure tactics as a bad sign. High-quality, experienced professionals will let their work, reviews and portfolio speak for themselves, rather than using sneaky or high-pressure tactics to try to close the deal.
  6. Try to sell you on items you don’t want or need – The oversell can be a red flag that a contractor is not honest and is only focused on profit (rather than providing quality work and services). Hiring a less than honest contractor can mean that corners get cut, you end up with a shoddy product and/or you end up paying way more than you should for what you get.
  7. Ask for payment without a contract – If you don’t have a contract, it’ll be difficult to know exactly what you’re paying for – and what you can expect to receive. Contractors who push you for payment without providing a service contract can end up providing the minimum (if any) service.
  8. Give you a bad feeling – Always trust your instinct. After all, the contractor you hire will be in your home, possibly for days (or longer). If you get a bad feeling when meeting with a contractor for the first time, trust your gut, and look for a different professional.

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How to Find the Right Bathtub Refinisher (& Home Repair Contractor): 6 Essential Tips

How to Find the Right Bathtub Refinisher (& Home Repair Contractor)

How to Find the Right Bathtub Refinisher (& Home Repair Contractor)

When you’re ready to refinish the tile, countertops and tubs in your home (or complete other renovations), hiring the right professionals can be key to ensuring that the job is done properly – and that it doesn’t end up costing you more time, money and stress in the process.

To help you find you the right pros for your next project, here are some essential tips to keep in mind as you decide who to hire:

  1. Get referrals – Ask family, friends, etc. for recommendations. When looking for referrals, be sure to ask the person who’s providing the recommendation whether (s)he would use that professional or company again and what (if any) negative experiences (s)he had with the pro/business.
  2. Check licensing and credentials – Once you have a list of options to choose from, do some more digging to find out if the pros/businesses you are considering have the proper licensing and credentials to perform the services they provide. While you can check companies’ websites for this info, it’s also a good idea to verify it with third-party sources (like, for instance, the Better Business Bureau).
  3. Look at portfolios of past work – As you continue to narrow down your options, check out the prior work each pro/company has completed. Look for before and after pictures. Visit the company showroom (if there is one). Quality, trustworthy, and experienced professionals will have examples of their prior work to share with you.
  4. Check online reviews – Even if you were referred to a professional or company, checking out additional reviews (like those posted online) can be important to getting the full picture and really understanding how quality (or not) a certain pro/company may be.
  5. Meet with your top choices – Face-to-face meetings can make all of the difference when you’re evaluating contractors to hire to work on your home. So schedule a meeting with each of your top options. This will not only reveal who is eager to get the job (and available/willing to meet with you and answer your questions), but it can also help you get a feel for who seems more professional and trustworthy.
  6. Get quotes – When you’ve narrowed down your options to a few contractors or companies, ask each to provide you with a bid for the services/work you want completed. While you, of course, want to look for competitive pricing, be sure to keep an eye out for “value-added” features, like warranties.

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How to Spruce Up Your Bathroom in Less than 15 Minutes

How to Clean a Bathroom in Less than 15 Mins.

How to Clean a Bathroom in Less than 15 Mins.

While the Spring season can be a good time to thoroughly clean the bathrooms in your home, you may not necessarily have time for careful bathroom cleanings. And when time is limited – like when you may be preparing for Easter guests to visit, having a quick clean-up fix for your bathrooms can be invaluable, cutting down your stress levels as you get ready.

So, here are some essential quick-fix bathroom cleaning tips that can help you get your bathrooms ready for visitors in less than 15 minutes:

  • Remove the garbage and put away the clutter – First and foremost, get rid of any garbage, clothing or other items that are thrown on the floors, lingering around the sink/tub, etc. This can be a good task for children to help with as you get ready for the next step, which is to…
  • Rinse & wipe down the tub and sink – If spraying the tub and sink with water and wiping them down is not removing the unsightly dirt, soap scum and other debris, use a sponge and some non-abrasive dish soap (like Dawn) to more effectively clean these areas.
  • Do a quick toilet cleaning – This doesn’t have to take long and generally involves adding soap the toilet bowl, letting it sit for a moment, and then giving it a flush.
  • Wipe down the mirror(s) – A quick mirror wipe down can really spruce up a bathroom, and it may even reveal some other dirty spots that you want to pay attention to you before you wrap up your quick cleaning.
  • Vacuum or sweep the floor – And don’t forget to get behind the toilet, in the corners, behind the bathroom door(s), and other places where dust and debris can easily build up.

A Few Pro Tips to Help

  • Keep all of your bathroom cleaning supplies together, preferably in a caddy so you can get to cleaning (and finishing it up) ASAP.
  • Make these quick cleanings a habit. The more often you do them, the faster they can go (as there will be less built up mess/dirt to have to deal with if you are regularly removing it).

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An Essential Bathroom Spring Cleaning Checklist

An Essential Bathroom Spring Cleaning Checklist

An Essential Bathroom Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring is just around the corner, and for many people, that means it’s time for some serious spring cleaning.

While you may have big plans to get various parts of your home in order this year, if your spring cleaning will involve your bathroom, here is a helpful checklist to use when you are ready to get started.

Bathroom Spring Cleaning: What to Do

  • Get rid of the garbage – In addition to the garbage in waste baskets, remove other garbage that may be lingering in drawers or cabinets, on shelves, etc. A good rule of thumb to follow when you are wondering whether to throw something away or not is to get rid of it if you have not used in within the past 8 months.
  • Get rid of the clutter – Lots of things that don’t necessarily belong in the bathroom can end up getting stored there over time. So, take a critical look at the items in your bathroom and decide whether they actually need to be there (versus whether they can be stored in a roomier, more appropriate place in your home).
  • Replace old, stained linens – If it’s been more than a few years since you have replaced the linens (e.g., towels, rugs, etc.) in your bathroom – and if these items are stained and/or get a lot of use, now’s the time to replace them.
  • Shake out and/or wash rugs and/or shower curtains – For the rugs by your tub, around your toilet and/or by your vanity – as well as for other items like shower curtains, take them outside, shake them off and then wash them (according to the manufacturer’s instructions). A simple washing can really brighten up these bathroom features.
  • Carefully clean the tub, sink and toilet – And do so using non-abrasive, non-caustic cleansers so that you are effectively removing the dirt without damaging the surfaces of these features.
  • Carefully clean the other fixtures – Other smaller features to clean can include (but may not be limited to) the faucets, the shelves, the mirrors, the light switches, etc.
  • Don’t forget about the ceilings and corners – Using a duster with a handle, be sure to clean the dust bunnies and other dirt that has accumulated in the corners and/or around the ceilings of your bathroom(s).

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4 Fun & Budget-Friendly Christmas Decorating Ideas for Your Bathroom

Fun & Budget-Friendly Christmas Decorating Ideas for Your Bathroom

Fun & Budget-Friendly Christmas Decorating Ideas for Your Bathroom

‘Tis the season for spreading good cheer, giving gifts and celebrating the holidays with loved ones.

If celebrating the holidays this year also means that you are putting on a Christmas party, then ‘tis also the season to decorate and get your home ready for guests.

As you go to work preparing your home, here are some fun ways to add some warmth and holiday cheer to your bathroom:

  1. Add a festive toilet seat cover – Replace your current cover (or simply add a cover) with one that is red or green or that displays a fun Christmas scene. Add a matching floor mat around the base of the toilet to tie the look together.Budget tipInstead of buying a new cover and mat, you could also add some unused tree ornaments, candles and other decorations to the back of the toilet/top of the toilet tank.
  2. Add Christmas lights around the vanity – One string of white or colored lights around the mirror or vanity in a bathroom can add some more Christmas cheer, as well as some soft, welcoming lighting.

    Budget tipIf you have already used all of your Christmas lights and don’t want to purchase any more, you can get a similar soft, warm lighting effect by adding some candles to the vanity area.

  3. Change out your shower curtain – And add one that promotes the Christmas spirit in your bathroom.

    Budget tipInstead of buying a new shower curtain, you can also spruce up your current one, adding a festive touch to it by hanging a few water resistant ornaments from the o-rings holding up the curtain.

  4. Replace the soap/soap dispensers with Christmas soaps/dispensers – Get soaps that are shaped or smell like common Christmas items (trees, candy, etc.). Or change out your soap dispensers for ones that are Christmas themed.

    Budget tip – If you don’t want to buy new soap dispensers, add a Christmas touch to them by tying some festive Christmas colored ribbons around them. If your dispenser is longer and taller, try wrapping red ribbon around it to make it look like a candy cane.

Enhance the Décor by Refinishing the Tile & Tub

If Christmas decorations are not enough to spruce up your bathroom and make it guest-friendly, it may be time to refinish your bathtub and/or tile. Refinishing is less expensive than you think, and it can be done within a few days.

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5 Bathroom Beautification Tips from Hotel Pros

Bathroom Beautification Tips from Hotel Pros

Bathroom Beautification Tips from Hotel Pros

The holiday season is upon us. For many people, this means that it’s time to get presents for loved ones. For others, it may also mean that now is the time to start preparing their home for guests who will be visiting (or staying with) them at Christmas time.

If you are among those who will be welcoming holiday guests in your home this year, one the essential places that will have to be prepped will be the bathroom.

To help you get your bathroom ready, here are some essential bathroom beautification tips from hotel industry professionals.

How to Prep Your Bathroom for Holiday Visitors

  1. Start with cleaning – As simple and obvious as it sounds, thoroughly cleaning your bathroom is one of the best first steps to take when you are getting ready to welcome houseguests. A good cleaning should include scrubbing places that may not get cleaned in your day-to-day (or weekly) cleaning sessions, such as the tile grout, around the base of the tub/toilet and around lighting fixtures. Getting these commonly overlooked spots can significantly brighten up a bathroom.
  2. Update the lighting – If it’s been a while since you have replaced the light bulbs in your bathroom, now is the time to do so. And while doing this, consider getting different types of bulbs (or maybe even new lighting fixtures) to spruce up the look and feel of your bathroom.
  3. Get new linens – While this can simply be a new set of towels (bath and/or hand towels) for your guests, you can also take this a step further and replace the mat outside of your tub and/or around your toilet. If you really want to welcome your guests with luxury, you could also provide plush new bathrobes for them.
  4. Add some luxurious travel toiletries – Get some nice, travel-sized shampoo, soap and other toiletries to provide a hotel-esque welcoming experience. If you want to take this offering a step further, you could even customize these soaps/toiletries.
  5. Don’t forget the personal touches – Think about who your guests are and what else may enhance their comfort in your bathroom. For instance, if you will have elderly loved ones staying with you, installing a temporary grip to assist them in entering/getting out of the shower can be helpful. Or, if you will have younger guests, add a few festive bath toys (or travel bubble bath) to the bathroom. These personalized touches can warm your guests hearts as they see you have taken care to make them feel as welcome as possible.

Not Enough? Consider Refinishing the Tile and/or Tub in Your Bathroom

If the above tips are not sufficient to prepare your bathroom for guests, it may be time to refinish the tile and/or bathtub in your bathroom. Refinishing these elements can make them appear new for a fraction of the cost of replacement. And the process can be done within days so that you have minimal disruptions in your home as you prepare for the holidays.

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4 Accents to Decorate Your Bathroom for Thanksgiving

Cost-effective ways to decorate your bathroom for Thanksgiving

Cost-effective ways to decorate your bathroom for Thanksgiving

If you will be hosting your family’s Thanksgiving celebrations this year and you want to go the extra mile with your festivities, why not decorate one or more of your bathrooms? The following are some simple, low-cost ways to spice up a bathroom for Thanksgiving and make this year’s party one to remember.

Decorate Your Bathrooms for Thanksgiving With…

  1. Pumpkin soaps and soap dispensers – This is a relatively cheap and fun way to bring both the smells and sights of fall into your bathroom. While you can keep it simple with a few pumpkin hand soaps or a small pumpkin soap dispenser, you could take this to the next level by adding some pumpkin spice scented shower soaps also.
  2. Fall colored towels – Add a green, brown and/or orange towel color scheme to your bathroom. You could keep this exclusive to the hand towels if you want to extend your decorating budget as far as possible.
  3. Faux fall leaf garlands around shelving – If you have some shelving or hooks in your bathroom, another fun way to add the feel of Thanksgiving can be to add a faux fall leaf strand around these wall features. You could even go an extra step and add some mini pumpkins to your shelving, the back of your toilet and/or the vanity.
  4. Pine cones and fall candles – Pine cones in a glass jar, coupled with fall-scented candles, can also bring the Thanksgiving spirit to your bathroom. If you are crafty or want to add a personal touch, spray the pine cones with a gold glitter flake.

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4 Must-Haves for a Heavenly, Relaxing Bathroom

As the weather starts to get colder, you may be spending more time indoors – and you may have noticed that your bathroom is not as blissful or relaxing as it could be.

If you find yourself in this situation and you are ready for a new project this fall/winter, here are some things to consider doing to renovate your bathroom to make it more relaxing and restorative.

Make Your Bathroom More Relaxing & Enjoyable By…

  1. When you want to make your bathroom more relaxing, here are a few cost-effective things you can do, our tub repair pros explain.

    When you want to make your bathroom more relaxing, here are a few cost-effective things you can do, our tub repair pros explain.

    Getting the tub refinished – Is your tub too old, damaged or dirty to bathe in? If so, this is the first place to start when you want to improve the comfort of your bathroom. By refinishing your tub, you can get rid of all of the unsightly damage, essentially giving you the look and feel of a new tub, but for way less than a new tub would cost.

  2. Investing in an all-in-one tub caddy – Now that you can bathe in your tub again (because it’s been refinished), invest in a tub caddy that can hold soap, a book and even a glass of wine as you soak in your new tub! This is truly one of the most blissful ways to enjoy and relax in your bathroom – and a caddy makes it easy to do so with some extra luxuries.
  3. Getting some no-slip grips – Part of a heavenly bathroom experience is eliminating the dangers of slipping and falling as you bathe. So, for stress-free entrance into/exit out of the tub, consider getting some no-slip grips to add to the walls outside of your shower/tub. If you have an elderly person living/bathing in your home, you may even consider adding a walk-in tub.
  4. Lightening it up – Another way to make your bathroom as comfortable and relaxing as possible can be brighten it up by refinishing the tile, adding a lighter coat of paint and/or adding ambient lighting around the room.

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5 Things in Your Bathroom that Can Impact the Value of Your Home

When it comes time to update the look of your home and maybe even get it ready to put on the market, making the right improvements can generate big returns in terms of your property value. Knowing just what updates and changes to make, however, can be less straightforward, especially if the home is older and/or you are working on a budget.

Taking a closer look at this, this blog series will out some of the specific items in your bathroom that impact the value of your home. When you need the help of experienced professionals making the updates discussed in this blog series, contact Colorado Tub Repair. Our trusted professionals  can give you a free, affordable quote on a variety of services, and we can get the job done right and on time – the first time.

Fixing these Items in Bathrooms May Increase the Value of Your Home

1 – A stained, chipped, old bathtub

You may not realize it, but the features in your bathroom – and the updates you make to them – can impact the value of your home. Here’s how. Contact us for experienced help making these updates.

You may not realize it, but the features in your bathroom – and the updates you make to them – can impact the value of your home. Here’s how. Contact us for experienced help making these updates.

If one or more of the bathrooms in your home have damaged, stained, chipped or just old bathtubs, these old tubs can bring down not only the entire look (and appeal) of a bathroom – but they can also lower the value of your home. In fact, what you should be aware of is that luxury fixtures, including bathtubs, can really make or break buyers’ experiences and impressions of homes.

While you can, of course, buy all new tubs to replace the damaged old ones, you should be aware that refinishing bathtubs can:

  • Be significantly cheaper
  • Restore the tub so that it looks new
  • Prolong the life of the tub.

So, consider refinishing the older tubs in your home – it can have the same impact on the value of your home (and on potential buyers) while saving you a lot of money in the process.

2 – Damaged tile

Does your bathroom have tiled backsplashes, trims or even flooring? If so, what shape is this tile in? If the answer to the second question is “poor,” “old,” or “bad,” then dealing with this bad tile in your home’s bathrooms is another way you can improve the value and appeal of your home.

As with bathtubs, while you can just tear out the old tile and replace it with brand new tiling, refinishing may be a far better – and more cost-effective – option for you, particularly if you have a lot of damaged tile to deal with and you want to make some other improvements to your bathroom.

3 – The flooring

While the countertops, flooring and wall treatments of bathrooms can impact the value of your home, contact us for help refinishing these elements and getting the best return on your investment.

While the countertops, flooring and wall treatments of bathrooms can impact the value of your home, contact us for help refinishing these elements and getting the best return on your investment.

As you focus on improving your home’s bathrooms, the flooring is another important element to look at and consider for updates. When was the last time the bathroom floors were updated? Do they currently have water damage? Or are they uneven (because, for instance, areas are chipping or buckling)?

If the answers to the last two questions are yes, then updating your bathroom’s flooring is another way that you can increase the value of your home while increasing its appeal to potential buyers.

4 – The wall treatments

Just as damaged or unsightly floors can bring down the look of bathrooms – and the overall appeal of a home, so too can the wall treatments. How long has it been since the walls in your home’s bathrooms were painted or treated? Do these walls have any damage or do they just simply look dated?

If you are already going through the effort of refinishing your bathtub and/or bathroom tile, then taking the time to repaint (or otherwise update) the look of the walls can be one more step that generates big returns in terms of the look of your bathrooms, as well as the value of your home.

5 – The countertops

Do the bathrooms in your home have older, damaged and/or dated countertops? If so, this is another area that, if updated and improved, can add some value to your home. As with your tubs and tiles, your older countertops don’t have to be fully replaced by brand new counters; instead, you may be able to refinish these counters, saving you a lot of money while generating the biggest return on your investment.

Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Estimate

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