Your photos need naming!

Is your house on the market?  Good. Go to Rightmove ( and look up your property.  Now click on each image in turn, and look at the titles, in the bottom right hand corner.  What does it say?  If the reference is, like 90% of the property photo references online, simply      ‘Picture 1’ like below, or some other equally uninformative name, it needs changing.


Once the photo has been named properly, it will appear like this:



You may have a beautiful house, but if a buyer can’t correlate your images to say, your floorplan or written description, its impact may be lost.  I came across a photograph of a stunning view only the other day on an online property advert, which I assumed was a nearby beauty spot.  “Oh no”, the owner corrected me; “That’s the view from our patio!”  So why on earth had the agent named the image ‘Pic 8’ instead of ‘View from patio’?!  Your images are probably the most valuable marketing tool you have when you are selling your home, so use them to their best advantage.


Ask your agent to do it!  If he doesn’t know how, explain to him that he needs to rename all the images he has uploaded, then re-upload them to the property portals.  That way they will appear with the names in the bottom right hand corner, as descriptions.


Today!  This is much too important to leave it even one more day, and as the property portals upload overnight, you need to make sure your agent addresses it urgently!

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Moving Safety Tips Everyone Should Know

Moving can be more dangerous than you might expect. It’s exhausting work, which, when combined with heavy lifting, sharp packing knives, and other precarious factors, can wind up leading to … Continue reading “Moving Safety Tips Everyone Should Know”

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The Best Neighborhoods in Colorado Springs

Best Neighborhoods in Colorado Springs

If you’re moving locally within Colorado Springs, CO, chances are you already have a grasp of which neighborhood would suit you best. On the other hand, if you’re moving to Colorado Springs from a different city or state, you might not know which neighborhoods to consider. So we’ve rounded up a list of the best […]

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Hackers Help: Need help painting solid pine

Ok, so … I have this awesome white stained bedroom set from the HEMNES line. I’ve had it for about a year and I’m loving the solidness of the pine and the clean lines.

The only trouble is that it needs a bit of color and that the nightstand is starting to change color. The bedroom is super happy sunny and my place is always warm and fairly dry. Always.

The legs and top of the nightstand are just the teensiest bit yellowed and the drawers/side panels remain true to the rest of the set.

Hackers Help: Need help painting solid pine

HEMNES nightstand |

The other colors in the room are aqua, metallic gold, and light grey. The floor is deep mocha and the walls are tan.

I’m thinking about painting either the drawer front and side panels or the legs and top aqua. Advice on which to do? Can I use Liquitex acrylic paint?

If so what prep etc do I need to do? Should I do a flat color or is there a way to make an even, neat pattern? I have a gold pull ready to slap on it once painting is finished.

~ by Sean


Hi Sean

The HEMNES line is a great one and the painting solid pine is so much easier than other IKEA furniture with a laminate finish.

I would suggest sanding over with sand paper (or to make quick work of it, an orbital sander) the areas you want to paint to remove the stain and lacquer. This will help your new paint adhere better.

Then prepare the wood using a primer like the Rust-Oleum Zinsser Bulls Eye on the areas you wish to paint. Use a good quality paintbrush (which will leave less shedding) or a paint roller. Let dry thoroughly. You may need to repeat the priming process if you still find unevenness or the wood colour showing through.

And when all that is done, onto painting the solid pine. A water-based latex paint is a good choice. (Not sure about acrylic paints on wood as I have no experience with them.) One or two coats of your desired colour may be all you need.

Last step would be to seal it with water-based polyacrylic to protect your paint job.

You could also leave parts of the HEMNES in its natural colour to get the pattern you want, like the example below (not featuring the HEMNES nightstand).

Hackers Help: Need help painting solid pine


Or use an overlay to add a neat pattern. See how you can hack it here.

Hope our tips on painting solid pine helps. 

Let us know how it goes.

Happy hacking,


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Sam’s 5 Dos and Don’ts of Moving with Children

Moving with children can be a very stressful time.  Trying to allow for their schedules, needs and energy levels can be a huge drain on your own time and energy while at the same time, trying to move home – something most of us only do a handful of times in a lifetime!

Having moved so many times that I’ve actually lost count, and the last 17 with three children, I thought I’d share with you here my own personal dos and don’ts so you can learn by my mistakes!


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Do involve children in the move by getting them to pack and label their own possessions.  Turn it into a game and make it a positive, fun experience.

Don’t rush them into ‘loving’ their new home and life.  The move wasn’t their idea and they may not have known about your decision until it was all cut and dried!  Give them time to get used to it, and before long, their old home will be a distant, if affectionate, memory.

Do create a countdown chart on the wall. Make it colourful and fun, and encourage them to cross off the days as you get closer to moving day.

Don’t forget that young children get tired and whiny easily and when you’re stressed out on moving day, your patience may fray! Consider roping in family and friends to look after them, and give yourself the chance to focus on the move without distraction.

Do have children pack their most special items in a small case that travels with you in the car.  You really don’t want to be opening boxes at midnight when you’re tired to look for their cuddly toy, blanket or other favourite thing.  Having their familiar possessions around them will also help them feel at home more quickly and give you all the peaceful night’s sleep you need.

I’d love to hear any of your own moving tips – with children or otherwise! Leave me a comment.

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New Concrete on Old and Change Tile Grout Color

Change Tile Grout Color

The color of this floor grout can be changed to a darker color using a penetrating liquid stain. (C) Copyright 2018 Tim Carter

New Concrete on Old

Question #1: Tim, I desperately need your help. The concrete sidewalk and driveway at my house are falling apart. The top surface is crumbling yet just below the surface the concrete is as solid as rock. It’s only a few years old. What’s causing this? Contractors have told me I need to tear it all out and start over. I can’t afford this. Is there a DIY solution or a far less-expensive alternative that a handyman can do? I’m looking for a repair that will stand the test of time. Mona G., Lexington, KY

Crumbling concrete like Mona’s is very common. You may have it at your home on your driveway, patio, outdoor steps, or even a retaining wall. The great news is you can often repair this yourself with minimal expense and tools.

There are lots of reasons why concrete spalls. Spalling is where the top surface of concrete flakes off or crumbles. In many instances, it’s traceable to workmanship errors where the concrete finisher added extra water to the concrete while putting the final finish on or he started finishing the concrete while bleed water was still up on the surface.

Mixing extra water with the concrete dilutes the amount of Portland cement in the upper surface. It’s important to realize that the cement is the only component holding the sand and gravel together. If you have too little cement, the concrete can’t withstand freezing and thawing cycles and heavy use. More Portland cement in concrete is always better. This is why the concrete abutments on railroad bridges last for over one hundred years. The railroad owners only wanted to build the bridges one time so they made sure the concrete mix had extra Portland cement added.

You can repair your concrete by installing a thin overlay on top of the old concrete. There are several important steps, but they’re all easy. The first thing is to remove all of the crumbling surface concrete. A pressure washer wand held at a low angle is perfect for this job. Remove all the old failing concrete until you get to solid material.

A concrete overlay can be as thin as 1/16th of an inch or as thick as several inches. Another key point is the size of the stone or aggregate in the overlay mixture. The size of the largest stones in the mix can never exceed 1/3 the total thickness of the overlay. For example, if you’re going to add a 1/2-inch overlay, be sure the size of the largest stones in the mix is not much larger than 1/8th inch! You need a blend of stones and sand in the mix with some of the sand being extremely small. Silica sand is the strongest sand you can use and I’d suggest you buy a bag of it to include in your overlay mixture.

The secret step of the process is cement paint. This nearly forgotten trick ensures the new overlay bonds permanently to the old concrete Cement paint is made blending cold water with pure Portland cement until it resembles latex paint. You brush this onto the damp old concrete one minute before you apply the concrete overlay.

I’ve got all sorts of extra concrete overlay installation tips, mixture ratios, videos at my website waiting for you. Just go to: Concrete Overlay

Change Tile Grout Color

Question #2: Tim surely you can help me. I want to change the color of the grout in my floor and wall tile. I’ve seen ads for miracle roll-on products and wonder if they can be trusted. Can you change the color of grout so it looks fantastic? What do you use? Is it hard to do? Don’t sugar coat the answer as I can handle tough love. Margaret R., Boxboro, MA

You may be in the same situation as Margaret. There are many reasons why you might want to change the color of the tile grout. Fortunately you can do this, however, you need to realize there are scam products out there.

I’ve changed the color of grout before and it’s not easy. The color of the grout between the pieces of real slate in the entrance hall of my last home was supposed to be black. However, it came out a mottled dark gray because I foolishly added a grout additive to the mix. My wife hated the ugly appearance. I discovered there are liquid grout stains that are just like penetrating wood stains.

Using an expensive small square-tipped artist’s brush, I slowly applied the rich black stain to the grout lines. It took weeks of time doing this at night after I had come back from building homes all day.

Avoid using products claiming to be grout stains but are really just paint. Do NOT paint your grout. Keep in mind that you can really only go from light to dark when changing color. It’s virtually impossible to find a penetrating stain that will transform dark grout to a light color. If you put a form-filming paint on your grout, I guarantee you it will peel. Be sure the grout is perfectly clean BEFORE you start the process.

I’ve got great videos and extra tips for changing grout color at my website. Go to: Change Tile Grout Color

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