Top 3 garage door styles

overhead doors

Garages are often overlooked features of a house that can actually provide quite a bit of style and aesthetic to a home. When one thinks of a garage door, it is likely they have a specific idea in their head: a plain, neutral colored overhead door. Some people may think of a small row of windows across the top. Some people may think of aluminum garage doors dented with hail damage or a rogue basketball that crashed into it. Some people may even think of the old wooden garage doors they grew up with. The reality is though, garage doors come in so many different styles that can increase the look and feel of a house. It is worth putting a little extra thought into the style of a garage door to make sure one gets the most attractive model for their home, increasing its value and curb appeal. Here are some garage door styles that have been increasing in popularity across the country.

  1. Carriage or barn style garage doors- This style of garage door is a bit different from the general style most people imagine because the doors swing or slide outwards (like barn doors) rather than rolling up like garages do. This style provides a distinct, classy, and even regal look to a home. Many people who are going for a modern farmhouse style home will opt for this style of garage door. It is also good for people who do not want to block their ceilings in their garages. For roll up garages, they roll up and block the ceiling inside, which can potentially block any extra storage or prohibit someone from hanging things there like bikes or out of season equipment. Carriage or barn style garage doors will prevent this.
  2. Steel garage doors- Steel residential garage doors are growing in popularity because they are by far the most durable garage doors. Top of the line steel doors can even come with lifetime warranties that ensure they will continue to work like new throughout their lifetime.
  3. Aluminum garage doors- Aluminum garage doors are another common style  of door. They are generally much cheaper than steel, though not quite as durable. Aluminum doors, however, are more lightweight and might be a good choice for a family with small children who worry about garage door safety.
  4. Wood garage doors- One of the most common types of residential garage doors is the wooden garage doors, which have a bit of a vintage vibe to them. These are particularly attractive on older, more historic type homes, however they do require more regular maintenance because the wear and tear on wood is a little more intense. Regular cleaning, sealing and refreshing of paint will be necessary to keep wood doors looking their best.
  5. Modern panel garage doors- For people who enjoy a more crisp, modern aesthetic, modern panel garage doors are a good choice. These doors often combine aluminum and frosted glass panels which provide a bit more of an industrial yet artistic look to a home while retaining privacy.

While there are numerous more styles of garage doors, the above are a good place to start when a homeowner is thinking about the garage door style that is right for their home.

Top 5 reasons business owners decide to sell business

 

Owning a business is a stressful, time consuming and often frustrating endeavor. People who own businesses know that it can suck up a lot of time in their lives because the work is not just constrained to work hours. In fact, many business owners spend much of their time at home strategizing, doing paperwork, working with consultants and planning for the next day. Start up businesses are particularly at risk for this and can often be 24/7 jobs for the first few years at least. For the lucky few who are able to surpass this part of the process, they may be able to hire more staff and ease their own workloads a bit. Others may decide to close their businesses. Regardless of the situation, there are a few reasons that business owners may decide to sell business.

  1. The business owner might decide to retire- For those business owners who have had long and successful careers, they may decide that they are mentally and financially ready to stop working in favor of enjoying the fruits of their years of labor. Retirement may mean that they sell the business to someone who wants to continue on with the same business (like a long time friend or employee) or even sell the business to someone else with another concept.
  2. A business owner or someone close to them might be sick- Though it is not a desirable situation, a business owner or someone in their family may come down with an illness that makes it too difficult to work or run the business. In these situations, it can be helpful to hire a business broker to get the business sold as quickly as possible so the owner can spend time on their or their loved one’s recovery.
  3. A business owner may be ready for a new opportunity- Sometimes, even for successful businesses, business owners can burn out and decide that they are no longer as passionate about the business as they were before. They also might come across another opportunity that is of more interest to them.
  4. A business owner may decide they no longer want the burden of owning a business- When a business owner is overworked, they may decide that they do not want to work as hard as they have been. Instead, they might actually want to go back to being someone else’s employee, when they have more flexibility, freedom and vacation time, as well as less stress.
  5. A business owner may want to buy another business- For someone who has owned a business, they may want to buy business to continue growing their influence in the community. This investment mentality often pays off and can help the business owner begin to create a successful business empire.

There are many reasons a business owner may decide to sell a business, but the most important reasons to consider are to make sure it will help the business owner mentally, emotionally or financially. It is difficult to run a business and can be even more difficult if the business is causing the owner to be overly stressed and financially strained.

Budgeting tips for home additions

 

home additionsAre you planning a remodeling project for your home? While exciting, it can also be nerve-wracking to think about potential costs and the ways in which they may affect your daily life. Ideally, it is helpful to save up for a remodel before doing so, but it can also be beneficial to get into money-saving habits during the remodel as well. This list provides a few ways you can stay on top of money issues while creating the home of your dreams.

  1. Ditch the coffee shop in favor of your favorite mug: This tip makes an appearance on most money-saving lists, mostly because it works! Americans love their coffee and many fork over around $5 a day on specialty drinks (and that’s only considering those who limit their coffee shop trips to once a day.) Assuming you have a daily latte habit on workdays, that averages out to $25 a week and $100 a month! That’s some serious cash that could be allocated to something with more longevity, like new stainless steel pots and pans to complement your kitchen remodel.
  2. Become a DIY master: It’s no surprise that the excitement of remodeling one room of your home may spark ideas in other areas of your home too. But before you shell out extra money to add on a basement remodeling project, think about what small updates might be beneficial in other rooms and figure out how to do them yourself. Living room looking drab? Perhaps some new artwork could liven it up. Canvas and art supplies are relatively cheap, plus creating your own artwork is a wonderful way to let out creative energy. Not the artistic type? Rearranging furniture can give a room an entirely new feel for no money at all.
  3. Find a penny, pick it up: How many times have you spotted a penny on the ground, in a cushion, on the floor of your car, only to leave it there because it’s “just a penny”? Instead, pocket these pennies and put them in a jar in your home. Do this for all change you find laying around, including excess change in your wallet. Over time, you’ll see this jar fill up. Take it to the bank and cash it out when the jar is full. You can then use that money to pay for part of your renovations or even put it in a fund for the next one!
  4. Befriend your custom builders: Your relationship with your contractors is an important one. Not only will they be mainstays in your home for the duration of the project, but they can provide real insight into the construction process. Talk to them. Get to know them. An open relationship with your contractors ensures you can get advice about pricing, methods and ways to cut your costs as well as places where spending a little extra might be necessary.

When remodeling any part of your home, money is an important factor. Being mindful of your financial situation will make the process easier and less stressful, not to mention how much more you’ll enjoy your new space with a few extra bucks in your pocket.