Countertop Q&A: All About Rustoleum Countertop Coating

Countertop Q&A: All About Rustoleum Countertop Coating

Whether you consider yourself an expert chef or not, the chances are that spend an awful lot of time in your kitchen area. Kitchens are also the room of the house that has consistently the greatest influence on a home buyer, and the highest return on investment when you weigh up renovations against value added to the property. And besides all of that, it’s just nice to have nice things.
As such, you want nice countertops; but it can be difficult to keep up with the current home trends. Countertop transformations or installations can soon become a costly and inconvenient process. For this reason, many people are turning to rustoleum countertop coating instead. If you are considering this product, we are here to answer any questions you might have. Read on for a Rustoleum countertop coating Q and A. What is rustoleum countertop coating? Rustoleum countertop coating is best described as a sort of countertop veneer that can be applied like paint to a laminate surface. It is intended as an alternative to buying and installing other countertops in what can amount to messy, expensive and lengthy renovations. Rustoleum countertop paint comes in a variety of different colors and textures to imitate the look of the kinds of countertops that you want, but perhaps can’t afford. What type of projects are best suited for rustoleum countertop coating? Countertop coating, as opposed to brand new countertops, allows for cost-effective countertop transformations. This makes it a realistic alternative for many homes. Kitchens are one of the most visited areas of the house, and can easily look outdated within a few years of building or renovating. As a result, countertop coating is a good idea for people who do not have a lot of extra cash for brand new countertops every few years. Plus, rustoleum coating can work on any laminate surface. You can transform cabinets and other areas in addition to counters. Besides saving money, what situations are best suited for rustoleum coating?
  • For a home where space is lacking or the home is a little older, and different countertops may not be as easy to install.
  • If you are intending to move in the near future, and do not want to spend too much money on big renovations.
  • If you are renting and have permission from your landlord, or if you are a landlord and your property is prone to a lot of wear and tear.
  • A home with laminate surfaces (other surfaces won’t accept the adhesive base coat).
What are some of the pros and cons of using rustoleum countertop coating? Pros:
  • Low Cost
  • Fairly easy to apply
  • Do not have to hire outside help
  • Easy to touch up
  • Quicker than a kitchen renovation project
  • Can be applied to areas other than counters, like cabinets
Cons:
  • Can take some time to dry (at least 3 days)
  • Smells strongly after application
  • Can be prone to scratches and marks
How do you apply the countertop coating? Aside from the price, one of the things that makes a countertop coating so popular is the relative ease of applying it. You will be provided with a “countertop transformations” kit that comes in different countertop coating colors and can cover about 50 square feet. If you buy the small kit, then it only covers roughly 30 square feet. You can also find a video on YouTube that outlines each of the basic countertop covering process, step by step. There are four basic steps:
    Rough the counter
    Paint the adhesive base coat
    Apply the color chips
    Apply top coat
Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a confident DIYer or handyman, you should have no problem following each step. You may want to watch the video a few times before getting started, and it is worth keeping it close by for reference while you are working. What do I need to know about caring for my counters after applying the coating? While the coating is known for its high performance and is fairly durable, there are a few things that you should know in order to keep your countertops looking in the best condition. As mentioned, they can be prone to cuts and marks, and as such should be treated with a certain amount of care (should you want to avoid this). If you cut things directly on the surface, you will find indentations, marks or even slices taken out of the coating. Furthermore, if you let something such as a plastic bag or paper with ink, parts can also get stuck permanently on the surface. As previously stated, you can fix these problems by scraping the rustoleum countertop paint off and reapplying, but this can be rather a hassle if it happens constantly. Thus, it is best to make sure to avoid these problems in the first place, by always using a thick cutting board, and not placing grocery bags on the counter when wet. Hopefully you now have a better idea of what to expect with rustoleum countertop coating, and can make a more informed decision for your home.

A Winter Maintenance Guide for Your Home

A Winter Maintenance Guide for Your Home

A lot of people talk about spring cleaning and the importance of getting your house and appliances tuned up for the summer, but maintenance should be a year-round endeavor, and there are few times of the year when it matters more than in the winter. Regardless of the age or quality of your home, it needs regular attention to ensure that everything is kept in working order throughout the cold winter months, and for years to come.

So, to make sure that you keep on top of things for the winter, here is a maintenance guide for your home.

Heating Tune Up
There are multiple reasons why you should get a heating check and tune up at the beginning of the winter—and not just because you will regret it once it gets cold and you have no heat! A heating system that runs well will be more effective and also save you energy costs. It is also essential in preventing carbon monoxide poisoning. Call in a handyman for a tune up, you’ll have peace of mind and it won’t break the bank.

Cleaning Your Fireplace
To get ready for those cold winter nights, you will probably want to give your fireplace a good clean before it gets too cold. You can of course do it yourself, but the easiest way to take care of it is through calling a chimney sweep.

Reverse Ceiling Fans
If you are able to—and most ceiling fans allow it—reverse your ceiling fans. This reverses the cooling effect that they have in the summer, and will help to fill the room with warm air. This might also be a good time to give the blades a dusting.

Change Air Filters
Fixing up your heating may not be as effective as you like if you neglect to change your air filters regularly. Changing your filters is also an important task in keeping your air clean. Luckily, you can buy filters in most superstores, and they are cheap and easy to switch out—just be sure to measure yours first so that you get the correct size.

Check Insulation
Another way in which heat is commonly lost in the winter is through poor insulation. Improving your home’s insulation does not mean that you have to open up and pad the walls, rather, checking for gaps around doors and windows, and adding caulking and draught stoppers where necessary.

Check for and Make Roof Repairs
After it snows is a bad time to figure out that you have leaks in your roof or loose shingles. If you roof is showing signs of wear and tear, hire a handyman to come and fix the problem areas.

Clean Your Fridge
The winter is also a good time to make sure that your refrigerator is in working order. Pull it out, vacuum behind and underneath it, clean its coils, defrost the freezer, and double check the temperature of both fridge and freezer (as the change in weather can affect them).

Clear Icicles and Ice Dams
As winter goes on, and you start to see more extreme weather, make sure that you keep on top of it. Leaving icicles hanging can actually damage your gutters or become a hazard to passers-by. Ice dams should also be dealt with before they cause expensive water damage.

Stock Up on Winter Essentials
These are just a few things that you need to take care of, in order to keep on top of home maintenance throughout the winter; but if there are any other potential problems springing up in your home, you should deal with them sooner rather than later. You might also want to take the opportunity to stock up on winter essentials such as snow shovels and salt, so that you are ready when the time comes. Take care of these essentials and you should have nothing to worry about this winter.

What You Need to Know About Appliance Insurance

What You Need to Know About Appliance Insurance

There are many situations in which you may want to consider an appliance warranty or appliance insurance. You may have a home with older appliances that would be expensive to repair or replace, or you may be buying a home with existing appliances in unknown condition. You may even be buying a brand-new appliance from a major retailer like Best Buy.

Regardless of the situation, it’s important to understand how an appliance warranty or appliance insurance works and the options available to you.

Extended Appliance Warranties and Appliance Insurance

Many appliance retailers like Sears and Best Buy offer warranty plans when you buy an appliance. It’s important to understand the difference between this type of appliance insurance and a home warranty plan. In general, warranties offered by retailers and appliance companies are really just warranty plans for repairs outside of your manufacturer warranty. The biggest difference between the two is most companies and retailers require that you purchase the warranty when you buy the appliance. This means this option won’t help you cover your existing appliances or anything that comes with a new home.


Along with retailers, you may be considering a type of “combo plan” that adds onto what you already have, like appliance insurance through Square Trade, a company that offers protection plans on electronics and appliances. This type of plan covers failures that result from normal use of an appliance and cover all parts and labor, but the coverage can be very expensive. Rather than covering all appliances in your home, you must purchase a separate appliance insurance policy for every appliance. For example, a refrigerator that cost $1,000 will require a protection plan that costs $260. Another major downside is you must buy the protection plan within 30 days of buying the appliance.

Home Warranties

A home warranty plan is typically a one-year service contract that you sign with a home warranty company. It is different from homeowners insurance. Home warranty plans cover repair and replacement of covered appliances and systems in your home, often unlike home insurance. Depending on the coverage you choose, your total annual premium may be anywhere from $250 to $450.

If an appliance like a refrigerator or dryer breaks down, you will contact the warranty company, which will then send a licensed repair technician to your home. You will need to pay a service fee or deductible for each claim, but this is typically about $50 — far less than a normal service call. You will not have any additional costs such as labor or parts. If your appliance is beyond repair, the total home warranty plan will cover the cost of replacement if you simply pay the annual premium.

Virtually all of the appliances in your home can be covered with a single insurance or home warranty plan, regardless of appliance age, make, and model. Many systems in your home such as your HVAC system and plumbing system are also covered by most home warranty plans.
If you are considering a home warranty plan with appliance insurance, make sure you do your research to choose a solid home warranty provider. Not all companies are equal, so start by looking for a company that has been around for many years, as well as a company that offers affordable service call fees, several appliance insurance coverage options, and warranty plans that cover most appliances.

Exploring Home Warranty Coverage Options

Home Service Warranty (HSC) is one of the leading home appliance insurance companies as well the best provider of home protection plans. The standard plan covers the appliances listed above, along with ceiling fans, electrical systems, heating and plumbing systems and toilets. The comprehensive coverage option includes all standard coverage as well as ductwork, gas leaks, doorbells, hot/cold water dispensers, pest control, plumbing stoppages, hot water pumps, sump pumps, water leaks, exhaust and attic fans, whirlpool motor and pump assemblies, and telephone wiring.

You can also choose optional cover add-ons. Each item has an additional cost. If you have more than one washer, dryer, dishwasher, water heater, refrigerator, or freezer in your home, you will need to buy add-on coverage. You can also add-on coverage for spas, roofs, jetted bathtubs, and water softeners.

How HSC Compares

You have many choices when you buy an appliance warranty. Unlike many home warranty companies, HSC guarantees service work for 90 days on parts and 30 days on labor. HSC also offers homeowners high limits for covered items, including up to $2,500 for HVAC systems, which is higher than almost any other home warranty companies. Many warranty companies, such as Choice Home Warranty and Select Home Warranty, limit coverage at just $1,000-$1,500. HSC also has among the lowest service fees in the industry. You can choose a policy that is effective immediately, whereas most companies have policies that only take effect after 30 days.

It’s also important to compare HSC to Square Trade, one of the leading protect plan companies for appliances and electronics. While HSC offers coverage for all appliances and major home systems with a single premium of $350 to $450, Square Trade requires purchasing an individual protection plan for each appliance. These plans may cost anywhere from $150 to $380 each. Unlike Square Trade, appliance warranties from HSC can cover any appliance in your home, regardless of age, model, and make. With Square Trade, you can only buy a warranty on a new appliance purchased within the last 30 days.

Home appliance insurance from HSC does not require a home inspection, nor do your appliances need to be new. Your plan can cover virtually all appliances repair in the home with a single one-year, renewable service contract and low service call fees of $65, $95, or $125, depending on the payment and coverage options you choose. If you cannot afford to buy purchase your appliances twice or replace aging appliances in your home, a home warranty can give you great coverage and peace of mind and protect your budget. Home insurance is absolutely necessary, but it’s not comprehensive. Getting home warranty coverage is a choice you won’t regret if you want to protect each home appliance!

Best Realtors in Orlando

Best Realtors in Orlando

Home to the wonderful world of Disney, Orlando, Florida is a dream destination for many. For those lucky enough to live there or for those perhaps looking to live there, the following real estate agents are willing and ready to assist with anything relative to the industry. Maybe you’re looking to upgrade your living situation? Or maybe you’re interested in a home warranty, but aren’t sure how exactly that will increase the value of your home? Consider these 10 realtors, who have honed their craft and are found to be the best realtors in Orlando, selected and ranked according to character, knowledge of the city, availability and professionalism.

As listing specialist, lead negotiator and CEO of The Wemert Group, Jenny Wemert’s credentials can easily speak for themselves. Even more compelling, however, is the vast number of sales she and her team have accomplished in the last 12 months alone. Wemert leads a team of 18 expert and professional realtors who have been extremely successful during their years as a team. She and her team host a successful blog where they talk about all things related to the real estate industry.

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George Philbeck of Philbeck Homes didn’t begin his career in real estate; rather, he first spent many years in the restaurant industry where he cultivated a passion for service and customer satisfaction. Philbeck was recognized as the top real estate agent for Keller Williams in 2009 and third for units sold in 2010; he continues to be in the top 1% and top 100 of real estate agents in the nation. He credits much of his success to committed and expert partners and staff.

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John Alexandrou of Avalon Realty has been a successful part of the real estate business for over thirteen years. His expertise in the field as well as his passion for what he does is largely part of what makes him so successful. He also enjoys holding family and holiday events for the community. Alexandrou’s facebook page features engaging content in addition to the latest news and advice relative to the industry.

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As someone born and raised in Orlando, Justin Dalrymple not only has the real estate savvy needed to be a successful realtor but he also has the passion for and knowledge of the area. He began his real estate career with Engle Homes where he worked alongside some of the top builders in the industry. Dalrymple is currently associated with uOwn Real Estate where he is one of the most successful realtors in Florida. His facebook page has nearly 2,500 likes.

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For over 10 years, Crystal Adams has worked in the Orlando area, specializing in a variety of areas of the real estate industry. Her sales background in Business Management only serves to further her success as a realtor with knowledge and expertise. Adams was recognized among the Top Three Real Estate Professionals in Insight Magazine’s “Who’s Who in East Orlando Real Estate. Her facebook page has over 1,200 likes and frequently gives tips, news and information relative to the real estate industry.

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Tom Lundy, one of Orlando’s most successful real estate agents, can credit at least some of his success on the fact that he has lived in Central Florida for over 30 years; he loves the area, loves the people, and this passion is evident in his work ethic and professional success. Lundy hosts a facebook page where he keeps people up-to-date on what’s happening in the industry as well as what homes he has available for purchase.

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With not only a bachelor’s degree in marketing, but also a degree in residential planning, Kathryn Stelljes brings a unique element to her expertise; not only does she understand the business side of the real estate industry, but she also understands home design. She earned her sellers just over 100% of asking price on average in 2013 and 2012, while the average for all of Orland in 2013 was just 96.6%. Stelljes runs successful facebook and Twitter accounts and posts about news, tips and homes for sale.

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With only 2 years experience as a real estate agent, Chris Winn is already a formidable and highly successful player in the industry. His background experience includes multi-media marketing, tv/video production & design, public relations and public communication & education. His blog features a ton of current and trending information relative to the industry, helping his clients and potential clients stay relaxed and well-informed while buying or selling a home.

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With over 500 connections on LinkedIn, Dean Gonzalez has made quite a name for himself in the real estate industry. He got his start with Watson Realty and has now been with Keller Williams for over 9 years. Gonzalez is not only an expert in real estate in the Greater Orlando area, but he also works with investors in parts of the world like Canada, Africa and Denmark. He makes it a point to under promise and over deliver, and his satisfied customers can attest to the success of this philosophy.

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For little over 6 ½ years, Vincent Paige has been a realtor with RE/MAX, but what he may lack in longevity, he makes up for with purpose, direction and motivation. Paige has over 2,500 followers on Twitter, a following that surpasses many other real estate agents by 5 or 10 times. He finds great satisfaction in dealing with luxury homes and estates, pairing families and investors with beautiful homes and properties.

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