Helping Hands Program for those in need

Home Performance Masters is starting a “Helping Hands” program.  Do you know a neighbor, senior, or veteran that needs some basic repairs done around their house?  HPM would like to donate a couple days each month to those who are in nhelping-1357922_1280eed of general home repairs.  This will be an ongoing community service program based on availability.

“We wanted to start a program to help those who don’t have the resources or financial means to have some of the basic repairs done to their home.  We often have one or two days each month that we don’t have a project on our schedule, so I thought we should take advantage of that opportunity and pay it forward” says Valentine

Please contact Marty Valentine (703) 945-4300 or fill out our contact us form with your nomination!


Kitchen & Bathroom Upgrades – Best for resale? It depends.

While we can’t argue with  – nor do we want to! –  the fact that a home sells better with a bathroom or kitchen upgrade or renovation, before you (or Home Performance Masters) starts picking out granite, cabinets and appliances, you need to consider a few things.

  1. Consider your neighborhood and your target buyer, advises Trulia real estate blogger Michael Corbett. “If most homes nearby have tidy, neat kitchens with Formica or tile countertops, then you should too,” he says. “If granite and flagstone seem to be the local flavor, hopefully yours will be similar.”Kithcen Remodel
  2. Don’t over improve. You likely won’t get your money back in the sale. Simple upgrades— faucets, lighting, cabinet pulls – don’t cost a lot and may be enough to give the house a fresh look.
  3. Opening up the kitchen will appeal to new buyers. Remove a wall between the kitchen and dining or living area, or remove extra overhead cabinets that block the view.
  4. And remember, the best way to make your home appealing to buyers costs nothing: clean up and declutter. That includes your medicine cabinets and closets, because buyers will open them. Remove extra furniture to make the rooms seem bigger.

But why wait until you sell to make improvements? Savvy homeowners look for cost-effective upgrades along the way to keep from becoming “that house” in the neighborhood.

We will be happy to provide a complimentary in-home consultation . We will share ideas on how to best invest your resources for resale value (which includes curb appeal), home energy solutions (saving you money in the long run), where to save money and where to invest!

Home Performance Masters based in Burke, VA specializes in kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels and basement remodels serving Falls Church, VA; Fairfax, VA; Arlington, VA; Vienna, VA; Great Falls, VA and Middleburg, VA.

Considering a Master Bathroom Renovation? Champagne taste, sparkling water budget? No problem.

Toni’s a little bit country, Marty‘s a little bit rock ‘n roll. Well, sort of… The design consultant (Toni) meets builder, renovator, energy solutions for your home professional (Marty) create a great rhythm and balance for your home.

Marty: “Considering a new master bathroom? New construction or renovation? I will walk you through the feasibility avisualization-1489440_640nd budget, and suggest what to invest in and when/where you can choose good over great, to fit your budget and tastes.”

Toni: “Do you have a champagne taste on a sparkling water budget? No problem. What’s really important to you? Maybe we save on the bathtub and toilet, even the faucets, and put more of the budget in tile – which is what you notice first! “

Contact Us for a Complimentary Consultation. In order for us to provide an estimate, we will need some basic information prior to our complimentary consultation.

Love, Faith & Hope after Devastating Tornado

I am blessed to be a part of the “Parkwood Pounders”, a group of Christian home renovators from my church Parkwood Baptist (Annandale, VA) that answers the call of those in need. This past weekend we traveled to Appomattox, VA. The town was devastated by a EF3 tornado that tore through the Evergreen and Red House communities this past February. The 1,200-foot-wide tornado touched down with wind speeds as high as 16storm-picture-ll5 miles per hour. It carved a 13-mile path of destruction and damaged more than 100 homes and buildings. One family was sucked up into the funnel and thrown 500 feet, all but one elderly gentleman survived.  7 were injured by the tornado.

Amazingly, it went right between two churches, the crosses untouched, still standing, pictured here.

It has been 7 months since the storm took the homes of many families, most without insurance. This weekend we were a part of rebuilding the home for one family devastated by the tornado. I installed window and door trims, the other brothers of Parkwood Pounders painted walls and installed flooring. They are still in need of a heating & cooling system, bathroom and basement improvements.

I can’t explain how good it made me feel when the six-year old girl came into the house and pointing to a room said “That’s my room!” They are so very grateful and are praying they can come home by Christmas.

More help and donations are still needed. If it is in your heart to help the families in Appomattox, please contact: Stephanie Hunt, Virginia Conference United Methodist Church Disaster Recovery Volunteer Coordinator / Case Management. or 1-(804) 938-1026. More About the Virginia United Methodist Volunteers in Mission



Major Kitchen Remodel – Yes or No?

Homeowners often weigh the cost of remodeling their kitchen against two factors, how much will it add to the resale value and regardless,  how much enjoyment will my family and I receive for the number of years we get to enjoy it? While the enjoyment factor can be priceless… it does help to know how much of your investment can be recovered. Not to mention, if it comes down to a prospective buyer deciding between your house and a neighbor’s very similar house, and your house is the only one with a fully remodeled kitchen… it is a very good chance, you’ll receive the offer!

According to Hanley-Wood Media, the average cost of a major kitchen remodel is $61,087, and the average amount you will recover is $37,514 or 61.4%! Pretty good return on your money, considering how much joy it will bring the cook in the family, as well as the one who loves to entertain!

For those of you that like to know the details or definition of a “Major Kitchen Remodel”:

Update an outmoded 200-square-foot kitchen with a functional layout of 30 linear feet of semi-custom  wood cabinets, including a 3-by-5-foot island; laminate  counter tops;  and standard double- tub stainless-steel  sink with standard  single-lever faucet. Include energy-efficient  wall oven, cook-top, ventilation  system,  built-in microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and custom lighting. Add new resilient flooring. Finish with painted walls, trim, and ceiling.

Looking for the best team for your kitchen remodel?  Home Performance Masters is based in Burke, serving Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, McLean, Great Falls and Middleburg, VA! We’d love the opportunity! Call Marty at 703 945 4300.

10 Tips for Keeping Your Home Organized

1) Have a place for everything, even that junk drawer can stay organized.
Having a place for every item can allow a cleaner and more organized home and environment. Doing simple things like using old cardboard jewelry boxes or vintage tins in the junk drawer can make a place for all of that junk so that when you need that super glue super quick, there is not sifting needed to be done. If you are currently very unorganized, make a timeline for organizing your home. Each day organize a small portion until everything has a place, and then follow rule number two.

2) When you are done with something, put it back where it belongs.
This goes for EVERYTHING in your home. When done eating, either rinse your dishes, or put them in the dish washer right away. When you are changing outfits, or undressing, hang clothes up, put them back into their drawer, or the hamper, and don’t let them sit on the floor. Ever. When you’re done doing your hair, put the hair products back in their place. Follow this rule throughout your home.

This rule applies to your children as well. Create a method with bins, when one bin of toys are out, another cannot be taken out until the first one is put back in its proper place. It’s amazing how quick this method clears up that toy clutter sitting around.

3) Never leave dirty dishes in the sink.
This is a very important rule that was mentioned above in rule number two. It follows the “put things back where they belong” element of organization. When you’re done eating, either rinse those dishes thoroughly that they will be easy to clean, or get them straight into the dishwasher. Leaving dishes in the sink can create another item on your to do list, getting them into the dishwasher or rinsing them well, gets half of the job done. Making washing them in the evening a much easier task.

Also create a rule in your home that the dishes MUST be done either when the sink gets full (NO dishes on the counter!), or in the evening before bed time. A good time to get them all done is right after dinner. But this can vary with each family’s customs.

4) Never leave a room empty handed.
When leaving a room, always check if you can bring anything with you. Are there any dishes that could be brought to the kitchen? Dirty laundry that needs to be taken care of? Toys that weren’t picked up? By doing this you can keep more things organized at once and save the hassle of doing a full home cleaning every single day.

5) Reset your home every night.
Before you go to sleep, be sure that your home has been “reset”. Clean up the kitchen, clean off the coffee table, pick up those extra toys. If you need to prep breakfast for the next day, do so. Doing things like this will allow you to wake up feeling refreshed and can make mornings run much smoother, especially with little ones running around.

6) Make the bed each morning.
This is a simple rule, but you will be surprised at how it creates a great start to your day. Start organized to stay organized. If you have children, teach them this rule as well. When they get out of bed have them put their pillows back and help them to spread their blanket out. It doesn’t need to be perfect, but creating a clean environment will start the day out right no matter your age.

7) File, don’t pile.
When you obtain a lot of paper work, use this rule to avoid clutter. Have a place for types of paperwork rather than tossing it one big pile that you will just have to sift through later. Is it a bill? Have a bill box. Is it your child’s school paperwork? Have a school folder. Coupons? Create a coupon box, binder or folder. Having a set place for paperwork creates a de-cluttered desk and a less stressed mind.

8) Write everything down.
When you think of something that you need to purchase, need to get done, or something that you forgot, write it down! Keep a pen and paper handy on any table surface that you are near often, or download a note app to remind you of what you need to do or buy. This ensures that you do not forget anything from being side tracked.

9) Purge often to get rid of things around the house that are just taking up space.
When you have a home, you realize that you simply have too much stuff. The best way to keep clutter out and keep things organized in your home is to purge often. Go through clothes, especially children’s clothes often and get rid of things that no longer fit, or have rips or stains. Donate these items to your local thrift stores, and take a peek if there is anything that you need while you’re there. (Thrift stores are a great place to find many needed items, especially children’s clothing since they grow out of them so fast, for a decent price.)

10) Make a meal plan, shopping plan, and inventory lists.
Planning meals is not only convenient for a busy family, but allows you to eat healthier and keep a better budget at the grocery store. Buy what you need, not what you want. You’ll save tons of money by doing this. Before shopping be sure to go through your inventory of the fridge, freezer, and pantry to know what you already have.

Last but not least, make a shopping plan, and shop the sales. You will be very surprised at how much can be saved by simply planning what you and your family will be eating during the week. No coupons needed! (But if you do come across them, of course use them!)