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Tips for the DIY Home Mover

If you are trying to keep costs down on your house move (and who isn’t) then there are a number of options for doing some aspects of the move yourself. Taking the DIY route is definitely not the easy option but it can save hundreds of pounds in the UK, even potentially thousands of pounds on a large move, and equivalent Euro or Dollar amounts elsewhere. So why wouldn’t you want to save that amount of money?

Well there are good reasons why you might choose to pay a professional to do your house removals: pressures of work, moving overseas, a houseful of valuable antiques, expecting a child (have you ever noticed the number of people who move house just before their baby is due? Must be the nesting instinct.

But not all of those reasons apply to all of us, and the bottom line is that there are plenty of good uses for the money we would save for a day or two of hard work – and don’t be fooled into thinking it won’t be hard if you are not used to hard physical work. Carrying heavy boxes, furniture and household appliances will certainly take its toll on your energy.

It’s tempting to think a house removal is simply packing up your small possessions in boxes and shifting those boxes and all your furniture into a van; driving to your new destination and unloading the van but it sounds much easier than it really is (which is why removals companies charge the amounts they do).

But if you are still reading I guess you are convinced that the effort will be worth the savings you’ll make so let’s look at some good advice that can help you out.

10 Top Tips for a Successful DIY house move:

1. Make a list of all the items you will be moving

You might know exactly what you are taking and what is staying but you are likely to rope in some extra pairs of hands on the day and they won’t. This is particularly important when moving out of rented accommodation where you don’t want to forfeit your deposit by taking items belonging to the landlord. The list will also be helpful in estimating how many packing cartons you will need.

2. Give unwanted items to charity

Use the opportunity of moving house to have a serious de-clutter and get rid of all those unwanted possessions. Remember you are the one who will be carrying the heavy boxes so think of the de-cluttering as lightening your load. And your unwanted items will contribute to a worthy cause.

3. Get several van hire quotes

Ask for recommendations from friends or family or, failing that, check out some local websites and forums for recommendations. The van hire company will be able to advise on the size of van that will be best suited to your circumstances so take their advice. Check the small print of any agreements and remember that cheapest is not necessarily best.

4. Don’t book the removal van until the moving date is confirmed

Until you have the moving date confirmed in writing hold off on booking the van because many hire companies will charge a cancellation or re-booking fee which will defeat the object of saving money.

5. Pack what you can in advance.

Packing up boxes for a house move always take longer than anyone expects so start doing this as soon as you possibly can. There are plenty of household and personal items that we don’t use on a regular basis that could be packed early. Just some of the items that can be packed in advance are: books, DVD/CD collections, children’s toys, seasonal items such as gardening tools and also seasonal bedding and clothes. Label every box clearly.

6. Use plenty of protective packing materials.

Always use plenty of bubble-wrap for fragile items and fill any spaces in the boxes with cardboard or old newspaper. When packing plates, bowls and other crockery that is stackable wrap each piece separately and avoid placing too many heavy crockery items on top of each other in the same box. Large plates are less likely to break if they are packed upright.

7. Keep valuables and essentials with you

Pack a small bag to carry with you that has all the essentials you might need when you first arrive at your new home such as toiletries, medicines, drinks and snacks. Also put valuable items in this bag, such as jewellery, passports, insurance certificates and other important documentation.

8. Load the van.

Make sure you have plenty of old blankets or cardboard to protect your furniture from scratches and damage. Lay very tall items such as wardrobes on their side, where possible, and in all cases secure them by tying to the side of the van. Don’t forget to protect items from the floor of the van if lying them on their side. Tie or tape doors and drawers closed to prevent them opening as the van is moving. Use mattresses to add buffer layers between rigid items. Heavy boxes should always be placed on the floor of the van, as should those containing fragile items to avoid breakages as items shift about while the van is on the move.

9. Unload the van.

Depending on how long your journey is from the old home to your new home, try and unload the van the same day. If it is necessary to leave your belongings in the van overnight make sure it is well-secured. And when you do come to unload it is simply a matter of removing everything from the van in reverse order.

10. Enjoy your new home.

Place all furniture and boxes in the correct rooms – it is unlikely that you will have the time or energy to unpack all those boxes straightaway but when you are ready at least the hard work of carrying them to the right place will be done, unless, of course, you had some stuff in self-storage. Now get in a takeaway and crack open a bottle of champagne to celebrate your new home and all the money you have saved doing your own house removals.

DIY Solar Panel in Home and Also Know the Situations Not Supporting These Systems

You may want to reduce your electric expenses but for that you will need to install a capable solar panel system in your house that could supply the energy required in the house. The installation of such a system may need thousands of dollars so what will you do if you want to enjoy the benefits but do not want to spend thousands or do not have thousands to spend in this head. You may be interested to find a system that has the same benefits but less costly. DIY solar panels are the type of systems that has all the benefits of a good solar power panel manufactured in a factory on a large scale but are not as costly as the factory manufactured systems.

You can build your own DIY product because it is easy. Anyone can build this system in his home if he or she finds the DIY projects interesting. You may feel happy to know that thousands of people have built such systems for their home and so you can also do it. Now the question is how to make such a DIY system capable to produce the amount of energy needed in your home.

How to build the DIY solar panels in home?

There are too many guides and tutorials available on the internet. These guides and tutorials explain the construction process of the DIY product. A good manual or guide contains many videos to explain each and every step in detail. These guides will not only tell you that what parts are needed to make a DIY solar product but will also tell you that from where you can buy these products. After carefully reading and understanding the content of the guide, you will know that how you can buy the required parts at a cheap rate. The videos in these guides also explain how to assemble the purchased parts to make a DIY solar power panel ready to lower or eliminate your electricity bills.

Situations when you should not build a DIY solar power panel

There are few situations when you should not think of building your own DIY product. If your home is in an apartment or you are living in a flat where you do not have your own garden or roof then you should leave the idea of building your own DIY solar product. The solar power panel requires at least 8 hours of sunlight everyday to function effectively and if you do not have your own garden or roof then it will not be possible to get the direct sunlight for long hours so you should not plan to make a DIY solar product in such a situation. If your home is in an area where the weather is cloudy all the year then you should leave the idea of making a DIY solar product because the home build solar system will not get the required sunlight.

American Home Vegetable Gardening

A hundred years ago, almost every American family grew some of their own produce at home. In rural America, farming families would grow almost all their vegetables, as well as raise livestock for their meat and dairy needs.

Today, with the advent of mass transportation and the growth of suburban America, there are fewer and fewer self-supporting family farms. Many Americans living in urban or suburban areas do the majority of their grocery shopping at large commercial grocery stores. However, home vegetable gardening has reemerged as a popular hobby for families.

Of all homegrown vegetables, the tomato is considered the most popular crop. Many American families plant at least one tomato plant each year, either in their backyard or somewhere in the landscaping around their home. What is the reason for the tomato plant’s widespread popularity? It is an extremely easy plant to grow, thriving in almost all U.S. climate conditions and soil types. Tomatoes will grow in almost any location that receives at least four hours of sunlight per day. They do require regular watering for optimum fruit production, but will produce some fruit even in dry conditions.

Tomatoes are a fairly disease resistant crop, too, suffering only occasionally from leaf wilt and blight. Good planting and pruning techniques can usually prevent these problems. Tomato bugs, white flies, and cutworms can also pose threat to tomatoes, but these pests can usually be kept at bay with soap spray, cutworm collars placed at the bottom of the plant, or other commercially available pesticide sprays.

Because tomatoes are such a popular plant for home gardeners, they are usually readily available for purchase as young plants from local garden centers and discount stores during the early spring months of the year. Plants found in stores will probably be of the more common varieties and hybrids such as Better Boy, Beefsteak, Sweet 100 (a cherry type tomato) and Early Girl. Less common varieties may have to be purchased as seeds and grown “from scratch” by the gardener. Growing plants from seed is certainly a more economical option than buying already established plants, and can be worthwhile, particularly when planting on a large scale.

Growing plants from seed is not difficult, and seed packets for many vegetables and herbs usually begin appearing on store shelves as early as January or February. Starting plants from seed indoors is a good way to get a head start on the growing seasons, and can often result in bigger plants and larger harvests. All you really need are pots full of soil and a warm, sunny location for them during the day. For optimum seed starting conditions, you can also use a grow light or heat lamp.

Greenhouses can also be enormously helpful in starting plants from seed, because they create warmer growing climates for the plants than the surrounding air outside. For the gardener with space restrictions, indoor tabletop green houses can be a good option, as they occupy no more space than a small table or workbench. For the serious gardener with plenty of outdoor space, a larger outdoor greenhouse may be the better choice. Greenhouse kits to help you build your own greenhouse are readily available through specialty catalogs and online stores.

Though home gardening isn’t what it used to be a century ago, it has adapted along with the American family and our growing and changing way of life. Most families today obtain the vast majority of their food from grocery stores; however, the small suburban garden continues to thrive as a source of good food and a leisurely pastime for millions of American families today.

Garden Design Tips For New Homeowners

A lot goes into moving into a new home. It can be an exciting, exhaustive, and sometimes scary process for not only the new first timer, or for the well-seasoned owner who’s moved more than a few times in their lives. The amount of energy, money, and time spent moving and eventually establishing yourself into your home and your community are well worth the effort- and that includes how you change and establish your outdoor landscape and garden areas.

The property the house sits on deserves the same attention as the house itself, and for many, a lot of pride is taken into making their landscapes and gardens not only their own, but also well-kept and attractive. But starting from nothing or something unattractive, overgrown, or simply something that doesn’t work can be a daunting task.

Here are some basic landscape and garden design tips for the new homeowner and even some execution ideas for the sake of organization.

Please note: Before you begin any changes in your landscape, make sure you’re aware of existing HOA bylaws or covenants in your neighborhood.

Start Living the Space First

I always recommend that new homeowners simply live in their homes for several months before they start making changes. Mow the lawn, trim the hedges, plant some containers- but don’t remove beds, add plant material, add new beds, create paths, or construct living spaces until you know how you’ll use your property.

You’ll begin to notice that there are some things about your new landscape that concern you above others. Maybe prevailing winds are cooling your home too much in the winter and you could use a windbreak to help. Maybe you need some shade somewhere on your property where your family likes to play the most.

You’ll learn about where the most used pathways exist around your property, where established areas for certain jobs are naturally occurring (like where you like to play, where you visualize your vegetable garden in the sunniest spot next to the best water spigot, where you tend to want to put yard waste, and where you think a tool shed would work well).

Privacy screen needs, windbreaks, steep slopes that are hard to mow- these are all things you’ll discover need immediate attention. Establish the few pressing needs you find yourself wanting first, and start your landscape plan from there.

Establish the Budget

The best way to approach setting ideas into action with landscape changes revolves around one simple thing – how much money can you spend on your projects? If you have the money, you could hire a landscape architect who you will work with to establish all your needs at once, and then hire a landscaping firm help to get it done.

But, if you’re like most homeowners, you might need to think about which projects should come first, and if you should go Do-It-Yourself or not. One common mistake a lot of new homeowners have is they underestimate how much money landscaping actually costs, so projects often go partially unfinished. Be sure to do a lot of research before you buy anything and take on only what you can comfortably afford. For some, this may mean small weekend projects until the budget loosens. If this is the case, start with the most pressing needs first such as repair needs and projects that simply make the landscape livable.

Get your Plans on Paper!

Before you buy one brick or toss your spade into the lawn, make sure you have an established plan, written down and drawn out, step by step, so that you have a beginning and a goal in mind for one specific project. A designer can do this for you and work with an installation team, but if you’re going DIY landscaping, you can easily write and draw down plans yourself. Decide on a solid plan and stick to it, so you don’t get ahead of yourself.

If you’re using hardscape materials, make sure you calculate how much you’ll need accurately. If you need help, you can contact a professional or the company that makes the material you’ll want to use and they can help guide you through an estimation process so that you don’t buy too much, or too little of a product. Make sure you have all the tools needed to install the product properly.

If you’re going to be planting materials, check your states invasive species list to avoid planting possible pests into your landscape. Make sure your choices of plants are well suited for the application you want them for and if you can provide the care they’ll need so that they stay looking healthy and happy for years to come. Create a plant list and work with a reputable nursery that offers a guarantee on their plant stock.

Get Ready for Hard Work.

Ahh, the joys of DIY and homeownership on a budget! And, if you hire all your help, the stress from working with others on plans for your own home, and having to deal with installers you don’t really know and construction issues aren’t easy either. Whether you’re laying the foundation for a new patio yourself or living through weeks of endless noise from jackhammers and bobcats, you’re about to have your work cut out for you.

Set aside plenty of time to get your work done, or simply do what you can in the time you have and don’t stress about it. Sometimes things go well during installation of a project, and sometimes they don’t. Expect blisters, maybe a twisted ankle, dirty nails and clothes, and maybe even sunburn if you’re installing yourself. If not, expect a messy house and strangers wanting to use your bathroom and the lack of privacy can get to some too. This is another reason I always highly recommend one simple job at a time to get it finished quickly before too much damage happens and you regret the whole experience before it’s even finished.

When it’s all Said and Done, BRAG!

Your hard work is starting to make your new home look and feel like your own. Invite family and friends over to enjoy, and post lots of photos on your favorite social media site. Enjoy the congrats and envy, you earned it!

DIY Home Energy

I don’t know about you, but if someone mentioned “DIY Home Energy” or utilizing “renewable energy”, my mind instantly conjured up a picture of hippies living in a “green” commune, hugging trees and talking to the local flora and fauna (I dread to think what they do with the grass, probably smoke it or something…) Anyway, it turns out they may have the right idea with DIY power.

Although I’ve never hugged a tree, or had a conversation with the flowers in my garden, DIY home energy is something I have seriously looked into since moving to the Spanish countryside, (the public utilities not being as reliable as I’m used to, and still getting more expensive!).

Having discounted commercial systems as way out of our budget, I came across an advert for a “DIY Home Energy Course”. Although not being any sort of “handyman”, I was curious…

Gone are the days of expensive components and “trade only” suppliers (so tough economic times are good for something!), and with the Internet comes “personal tuition” through your computer! To cut a long story short you can now get hold of step-by-step text and video instructions to build your own Home Energy System.

Sounds good… but how much does it cost?

Well, our research indicates the best “all-in” (solar, wind, and battery storage) courses will cost you around $50-$80 dependent on any price promotion being offered at the time. Most of them suggest on the sales page that you can build your DIY home energy system for around $200-$500… But as I said before I’m no “Tree-Hugger” and I like my comforts, such as TV, computer, hot water etc, so I think to provide power for a “civilized” lifestyle in a small to medium sized house, your looking at about $1000-ish.

Having said that, our average electric bill is the equivalent of around $75 a month, so in about a year we will have almost got our money back, with no more electric bills to pay! Another potential bonus is that many States and European countries will actually pay you for any surplus power you have stored and supply to them (The UK is also planning to start this early next year).

DIY Home Improvement Ideas For Beginners

If you are a home owner, with a certain amount of involvement, patience and creativity doing DIY projects for your house can be a very rewarding and cost effective experience. One of the most exciting aspects of owning a home are the vast number of changes that you can keep incorporating in your house to increase its value and looks. And when it comes to home improvement projects, it is not always essential to hand over every task to a professional.

So if you are a home owner and are thinking of simple and easy ways to begin DIY projects the following list of ideas will be surely helpful to get you going:

o Indoor and outdoor painting – One of the most easiest and effective way to give your house an instant facelift is to paint it yourself. Painting a home is one of the simplest DIY tasks as well as an inexpensive one. All you have to do is to choose colors that complement your rooms as well as the exteriors of your home. An important point to keep in mind while painting your home is to keep all the flooring, woodwork, switchboards well covered before starting your task.

o Creative woodwork – Though woodwork and carpentry requires practice as well as skill one can always begin with a simple task such as building a bird house in the garden or your porch area. You can look up a simple birdhouse design and include a bird bath as well as a feeder which will be sufficient to keep your home bright and chirpy with your winged guests.

o DIY garden projects – Your garden area is one the best places to do home improvement tasks which can give your whole residence a beautiful look. From mowing your lawns to pruning and weeding you can include a fountain, tree benches, hammocks as well as wind chimes and gravel paths.

o Exterior lighting – Lighting can beautifully enhance the exterior appearance of your home. You can experiment in diverse ways like putting up Victorian style lamp posts at the entrance or creating beautifully lit corners in your garden area.

o Repair work – Another great way to begin DIY home projects is to take up minor repair works such as electrical repairs and plumbing. For this you would need to invest in a good tool box as well as read up about home repair basics in order to perform your task safely and successfully.

Home Water Gardens

Whether you’re making your own backyard water garden or hiring a contractor to do it for you, there are things you should definitely be careful of. Given the time and money you’re investing in the project, it’s vital that you’re well-informed before you upturn a single shovelful of dirt or place a single stone.

Common DIY Water Garden Mistakes to Watch For

Gardening industry analysts have found that the average do-it-yourself water garden builder makes, on average, three ponds – not one. Why? Because their planning is too conservative. People tend to be overly cautious, planning small ponds, only to later expand them again and again. When you’re working on your pond design, don’t be afraid to think big if that’s what you really want – you’ll save yourself a lot of time and money down the road.

Proper research will help you here. Taking the time to learn from the mistakes of others is the easiest way to make sure you don’t make those errors yourself. You’ll find plenty of how-to books and instructional DVDs at your local bookstore and online, so get reading. These resources will also give you lots of creative design ideas that you may otherwise not have thought of.

Also, if you’re planning to add a layer of gravel to the pond in your water garden, be very careful not to add too much. Gravel layers thicker than 2 inches can emit noxious gases when they interact with the water treatment chemicals you’ll use to keep the water clean. These gases can be fatal to aquatic life, so be extra careful if you want to house fish or friendly amphibians in your pond.

If you’re going to use a liner to protect the finished product, remember to check closely for cracks and leaks before you cut away and discard the excess lining. Should you miss a leak in need of repair, you may have to refit your entire pond with a new liner, costing you hundreds of dollars that a little foresight would easily have saved.

Pitfalls of Home Water Garden Contractors

The first, and most important, thing you need to know about water garden contractors is that their past work is their only real calling card. For all the promises a contractor may make, if he can’t prove that he’s delivered results in the past, don’t trust him with your garden fountain project.

Keep in mind that the lowest price doesn’t necessarily mean the best product. Firms that both design and build home water gardens have higher overhead costs and therefore charge more, but their expertise will show at every stage of the project and the extra money could be well worth the investment.

Finally, never proceed without a formal contract. This protects both parties, and will clearly set forth your expectations and responsibilities, the agreed-upon cost of the services and a payment schedule. If it makes you feel more secure, have your lawyer take a look at the contract before you sign it.

The Benefits of DIY Sheds

The concept of DIY is not a new one but it wasn’t only until recently that their popularity became widespread. In the age of ready-to-assemble homes, it is no surprise that people are so into doing projects by themselves, from fixing their own leaky faucets to building their own garden sheds and garages. There’s just something to be said about building something with your own two hands and seeing it standing erect and proud in your backyard.

The term DIY (do-it-yourself) has been associated with consumers since 1912 mostly in the realm of home improvement and maintenance. The term was coined to refer to the emergence of a trend wherein people took it upon themselves to fix, repair or build various home improvement projects or crafts projects as both a creative outlet and cost-saving activity. Why pay for a plumber to fix your faucet when you can do it yourself for free, right?

As time passed, the concept of DIY grew to include the renovation of rundown older homes and these days, they also include ready-to-assemble modular and kit homes, which has opened doors for potential homeowners and given them better chances of purchasing their dream homes. Also, when you say DIY these days, what comes to mind would be construction projects like sheds and garages which are definitely some of the most expensive home improvement projects if we didn’t have DIY shed kits to work with.

Also, the fact that these shed kits are readily available both online and off also contributed to their rising popularity. For those who lack considerable carpentry skills, these sheds are a God-send because even the most clueless would-be carpenter can easily follow the instruction manual that come with these kits and be able to have a working and structurally-sound shed within days. The fact that these kits also already come with the necessary building materials and with the walls, floor and roof already laid out and ready, all that needs to be done is to check if permits will be required as well as a review of the local building codes.

While the concept of building your own sheds was initially discouraged due to the fact that trying to construct your own sheds with a considerable lack of the necessary skills can result in too many first-time mistakes that can render the whole project a moot point and a general waste of time and money, it is now widely encouraged primarily because it has been afforded a level of ease and convenience that is targeted specifically for amateur carpenters and handymen.

When you simply have to bolt in and connect walls to roofs makes these kits appealing, not to mention the fact that you don’t have to refer to complicated drawings and layouts also makes it ideal for amateur builders who are new to home improvement projects and would like to gauge their level of expertise and understanding. You learn something new and at the same time you grow confident about your ability to learn new things and thus, find it easier to tackle new challenges.

DIY Home Renovation Tips

When it comes to investment property renovations the question I always get asked is – “how much work should I do”? The answer to this question will change dramatically depending on each person and their current situation. Are you the kind of person that loves DIY (do it yourself) home renovations? Do you love researching cheap renovation ideas? Or does the thought of a month’s DIY home renovation make you feel sick?Only you can answer these questions but believe me there are huge advantages of doing minor renovations let alone a full month’s work on a property

So let’s assume that you have 2-5 weeks to complete your DIY renovations, what is a realistic goal to try and achieve? To a certain extent this will depend on your budget but you would be surprised at how much you can get done if you find some good cheap renovation ideas. My DIY renovation budget is the same for every project I do – I like to call it the “Spend as little as possible” budget! Below is a list of the most obvious and important things that you should look at when attempting a cheap DIY renovation.

Interior Painting

A fresh coat of paint is the easiest way to make a house feel new again. The great thing about painting is that everyone can do it and it’s such a rewarding job. I love watching the house slowly get transformed as each new wall is painted and best of all if you do it yourself it shouldn’t be too expensive.

RENOVATION TIP: If you’re going to paint the house beige don’t even bother! Property investors always make the mistake or choosing plain and boring colors. Paint the house as if you were going to be living in it. If you’re feeling really adventurous you could even include a feature wall.

Floors

Replacing the existing flooring is another way to make your property feel brand new. You can either replace the carpet or in some houses you can polish the floor boards that are under the carpet.

RENOVATION TIP: This is one part of the DIY renovation process that I would recommend hiring somebody to it for you (floor polishing &carpets). The professionals do such a quick, good and cheap job that it’s hard to make an argument for doing it yourself. To save some money you can rip out the old carpet and left over staples before the professional come.

Bathroom & Kitchen

These two rooms are very important when it comes to renovating your investment property. If you do have some money in your budget then the Bathroom & Kitchen are a pretty good place to spend it. How much work you do here is up to the individual but I would recommend trying to get both of these areas clean, modern and usable.

RENOVATION TIP: Rather than re-tiling you can use Tile Paint to great effect. I have used ‘White Knight’ tile paint over the top of outdated 80’s tiles and the results have been outstanding.

Fittings

Replacing old Light fittings, door handles and cupboard fittings is a great DIY renovation idea. It is a very easy and cheap way to create a more ‘modern feel’ in your Investment property.

RENOVATION TIP: Look at the expensive designer brands and then find good quality imitations that are a quarter of the price.

Garden

One full day in the garden and you can make a big difference to overall appearance of a house. Pull out some weeds, trim some branches, mow the lawns, sweep the driveway and suddenly your property is looking pretty good. You might be saying “Since when is sweeping the driveway considered DIY home renovation”? Well I don’t care what you ‘call it’ – Gardening, DIY, Renovations, Cleaning – the fact is that putting a day or two’s work into your garden will definitely make your house more attractive to potential renters and bank valuers.

RENOVATION TIP: This is a great part of the DIY renovation to get some help from family and friends with. Everyone has done some gardening at some stage and you can even turn it into a bbq event. This will make it more fun and easy as the whole family can come.

Exterior Painting / Render

This might not be your first priority but it will drastically improve the first impressions that people have of your house. If your property is a weather board then a few coats of paint is a great idea or if it’s a Brick house then rendering your property can make a massive difference. Render can turn an old and ugly brick house into a modern a beautiful place in a few days.

RENOVATION TIP: DIY rendering is an incredibly cheap way to improve the value of your house. It can be messy and laborious but the results are fabulous.

Home and Garden Television

The Home and Garden Television channel has quickly become one of the most popular cable television channels around today. The network was launched in 1994 and is currently owned by Scripps Network Interactive. Its headquarters are located in Knoxville, Tennessee. HGTV also has sister stations. They are the Weather Channel, Food Network, Fine Living, DIY Network, Great American Country and Weatherscan. HGTV airs a variety of programming tailored towards home remodeling, repair, decorating, designing, gardening and crafts.

HGTV airs such programs as “Sell This House,” “House Hunters,” Extreme Living” and “Weekend Warriors.” HGTV has over 100 different shows that are either currently airing or have aired previously dealing with the home and garden industry. Home and Garden Television has become a leading source for design, home improvement, remodeling and gardening tips for beginners and experts looking to upgrade the look and feel of their house and garden.

“House Hunters” is the highest rated television show airing on HGTV and it airs nightly at 10pm. The show’s host is Suzanne Whang. The host follows around a couple or family searching for a house to purchase. The show also includes different realtors. Each episode features three properties that the viewers are given a tour of. At the conclusion of the show the prospective buyer tells the host and the audience which of the three properties he/she decided to buy. The new owner then gives a tour of the newly bought house, explaining what renovations were made to the house prior to moving in. The show discloses where the properties are located and how much is being asked for each individual property.

One innovative show that has been airing on HGTV since 2006 has been “24 Hour Design.” “24 Hour Design” involves the renovation of a single room in a house occurring in less than one day. It usually takes around 10 hours or so to complete and the budget is set for $2,000. The host of the show, Angelo Surmelis, discusses with the owners of the home which room should be redesigned and how it should be done. In the final hour of the show the renovated room is revealed and an explanation is given as to what was done and for what reasons.

HGTV, like all other television networks around today, does air reality shows. Their most popular reality show currently airing is “Design Star.” “Design Star” involves the show’s contestants designing a room or filling empty space with unique items during each new episode. The unique items can be from a pet store, a mechanic shop or a discount store. The challenge is finding the best way to make the design look appealing to the eye even thought the items used might not be.