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water leak damaged homes - the restoration

Leaky roofing and leaky pipes can cause a lot of damage to a house. If you don't act quickly, these two problems can result in major repairs that can get quite costly and complicated. My blog will show you how to identify these problem areas and how to judge the severity of the damage sustained. Having restored a few homes over the years before selling them, I have a lot of experience working with water damaged homes. I hope that all of the information that I have included here in this blog will help you get through the process with fewer issues.


water leak damaged homes - the restoration

Dumpster Diving For A Dresser: 2 Things To Look For

by Paul Burton

Furnishing a home can be costly. Design experts suggest spending anywhere from 10% to 50% of the purchase price of your home on new furnishings, but this can be a lot of money for those on a tight budget. If you are a first-time home buyer, you will likely be looking for ways to reduce your expenses when it comes to furnishing your new home. 

As long as you have permission to search through the dumpster from the property owner, sifting through junk left in a dumpster for discarded dressers can be an affordable solution. Here are two things you should be looking for while you search for a dresser to refurbish to ensure your project will be a success.

1. Find a dresser that fits your personal style.

Furniture makers rely on a variety of design elements to produce dressers, and these differing designs can usually be found when you are looking through furniture that has been discarded for a dresser to refurbish. To avoid getting overwhelmed with all the options, take a minute to think about your personal style. 

Are you more simplistic when it comes to your taste in furniture? If so, you may want to search for a straight-front or bureau style dresser, since these designs feature angular lines and sturdy silhouettes. If you preferences are more delicate, you should search for a BombĂ© or serpentine dresser instead. These styles are characterized by gentle curves and decorative legs. Selecting the right design will ensure that your updated junk dresser matches the decor in your home.

2. Look for a dresser that won't require a lot of preparation.

If you want your new dresser to look nice, you will need to invest some time in preparing the surface of the dresser for the refurbishing process through stripping and sanding. As you search through dumpsters for potential dressers to refurbish, be watching for dressers that don't have thick coats of paint or dark stains. 

These finishes could require a lot of elbow grease to get rid of before you can start adding your desired finishes, so selecting a dresser from the junk pile that has only the original stain and sealant will make it easier to update.

Finding free dressers to refurbish in dumpsters can be a great way to add affordable custom pieces to your new home. Just be sure that you are taking the time to select a dresser whose design mirrors your own personal style and doesn't have a lot of extra paint or stain you will need to remove, and you will be on your way to refurbishing the perfect junk pile dresser to fit your new home.

If you'd like to seek reasonably priced furniture instead, contact a local outlet, such as Ritchie's Furniture & Appliance.