Last Updated on September 14, 2012

There are many good reasons to undertake a home remodeling project. Remodeling can replace worn fixtures and inefficient appliances with greener, more aesthetically pleasing versions. Such improvements can raise a home’s resale value, or can make the home feel new again. Less frequently considered is that a home improvement project is an ideal time to schedule a termite inspection, and to take pest control measures.

Basement, foundation, and roof repairs are among the largest and most involved renovation projects. Regular professional inspections of these areas can avoid the frustration of undertaking a repair, only to discover that a larger, more expensive problem must be fixed first. These areas also need special attention for pest control, including an annual termite inspection. To keep insects from entering, make sure that the mortar and weather-stripping are intact along the home’s foundation. Apply caulk to any cracks found along the foundation. Pests enter attics and basements in search of shelter from the weather, and will nest in cardboard boxes. Nesting can be discouraged by storing items in sealed plastic containers and by using a dehumidifier.

Getting a new appliance doesn’t just mean to replace an older model with one that looks better, uses less energy, and has more features; it also means an opportunity for a good cleaning. Large appliances often accumulate debris that attracts pests, especially when appliances leak. Dampness can cause floor damage that requires further repair, and it can attract termites and silverfish. Make sure that appliances are free of leaks, and give them a good cleaning to be sure that there are no spiders or other pests hiding in them. Do the same with the electrical panel.

Plumbing repairs raise a home’s resale value, and renovation projects make a good excuse to replace aged plumbing fixtures and pipes. Even if the plumbing is in good shape, it won’t always be, so it makes sense to replace it while the rest of the house is already torn up. In the process, leaks that attract insects will be repaired, and cracks that allow insects entry will be sealed.

Air conditioning and heating units rarely get close inspection from homeowners, which is why they make ideal places for insects to hide. They also can leak, which can attract insects that cause damage far in excess of what it costs to inspect and maintain the units. Keep those units repaired now to avoid termite treatment later.

Replacement of doors, windows, and baseboards can reinvigorate a room, and can improve energy efficiency. These are also places that are prone to develop gaps and cracks that give pests access to the house. Make sure that all door and window seals are airtight, and that no moisture can get in. Weather-stripping can be inexpensive and easy to apply, and not only keeps bugs out, but also reduces energy costs and noise.

Laminate countertops can retain moisture as they get old. That’s why every homeowner needs to evaluate the condition of their countertop and determine if investing in granite countertops would be beneficial.  Along with preventing moisture, drains must be cleaned and disinfected regularly, or they will draw ants and drain flies.

Attention to these details will pay off in savings on repair costs and in improved resale value. Be sure to conduct routine professional inspections, because serious damage can be easily caused by termites that have been devouring your home for an extended period of time.

Author Bio: Rose McMillan is an experienced pest control professional, turned freelance writer. She has worked with several reputable pest control companies in the past, but now seeks to share her knowledge with others in the blogging world. Sources: Terminix Pest Library. 


Last Updated on September 14, 2012

While you may think you don’t spend a lot of time in your bathroom, according to a Bathroom Habits Survey from MaP, the average person spends 30 minutes in the bathroom daily.  That is more than 182 hours per year for each individual, and many find themselves spending more time than the average.

Make the most of your time in the bathroom by creating a spa-like sanctuary, a place that is both beautiful and functional.

A bathroom remodeling project is a perfect project for fall as you’ll be spending more time indoors than outdoors. What better way to get ready for spring and summer entertainment than bathroom improvements?

Whether your remodeling project is big or small, Granite Transformations provides a fast and reliable service every time. You can chose from our Trend Stone or Trend Glass walls, beautiful mosaic wallpapers or accent pieces, vanity countertops, cabinet refacing and more.

Worried about the longevity of our products? Rest assured, we offer a lifetime warranty on our products and installation! The products are heat, stain, scratch, mold and mildew resistant, so your new bathroom will stay in first-rate shape for years to come.

Feel free to contact the showroom near you to get started on your new bathroom project. Our design consultations are free and we will come to your home so that you feel comfortable with the direction and colors used in your bathroom design.

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This month, our featured remodel comes from News 10, the ABC affiliate in Sacramento.  The Sacramento showroom worked with the news station on updating its break room, making the space feel more modern and updated.  As you can see by the before and after photography, Granite Transformations changed the space through new countertops, a new backsplash and cabinet refacing.

Last Updated on September 14, 2012

Granite Transformations is excited to announce its new Metropolis tile collection. Granite Transformations’ versatile collection includes an assortment of colored and textured tiles to coordinate or contrast beautifully within any environment.

Aesthetics aside, Granite Transformations’ glass-cut tiles contain up to 72 percent post-consumer recycled glass and are perfect for homeowners or businesses interested in adding an eclectic touch to any room.  With eight color options, the Metropolis collection offers the possibility to give to any room an entirely new look and feel.

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4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2“

[1.25 cm] thick rounds

3 tablespoons [45 ml] olive oil

5 large garlic cloves, pressed or minced

1/3 cup [80 ml] fresh thyme leaves (plus sprigs for garnish)

1 teaspoon [5 ml] kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon [3 ml] hot red pepper flakes

Preheat the oven to 450 F [230 C].

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all the ingredients and toss with the sweet potatoes.

Arrange the potato slices in a single layer on a heavy baking sheet.

Place on a rack in the top half of the oven and roast until tender and slightly browned, about thirty five minutes. Pierce a thick slice to be sure they’re ready.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Each month, Granite Transformations’ newsletter features a recipe from its “My Table” cookbook, a collection of delicious recipes from around the world.  This month we showcase our recipe for Thyme Roasted Sweet Potatoes.  Misplaced a past recipe from our newsletter? Check out our Pinterest page.. We continuously add recipes onto our Recipes board.

Last Updated on September 14, 2012

It’s not all about spring cleaning! Cleaning is important year-round. To prepare your house for fall football parties, back to school occasions, after-summer storage and more, make sure you check out these tips to get your household ready for fall:

  • Clean the yard: During the summer, your yard probably got used a lot! Make sure everything is still in order in your yard. Put away your summer items like the beach chairs, summer decorations and more to prepare for cooler weather and more appropriate fall items.
  • Store summer away properly:  Clean your summer items before storing.  Drain and store the garden hoses properly and throw away anything that will not be good for next year.
  • Organize the garage or shed: As you also put away your lawnmower and other gardening tools, make sure your garage and shed are organized so everything is easily accessible. Don’t delay organizing these spaces! Make sure your garage and shed are safely in order so things do not come crashing down when they come back out in the spring.
  • Get rid of the leaves: Make sure you’re raking regularly so your leaves don’t pile up! Inspect the gutters for cleaning too.
  • Freshen the living room: Replace air filters, get fall-themed scents and candles and organize your drawers! The easiest way to start is one section at a time. Don’t get overwhelmed by all your cabinets and drawers. Pull one drawer or cabinet out at a time, organize, throw away and move on.
  • Monitor the kitchen: Don’t forget to replace the baking soda in the back of your fridge, clean surfaces, wipe out drawers and cabinets, throw away old food and organize your food pantry!

Don’t forget that while you’re throwing out your older things, other people might be able to use your products! Consider donating your gently used things or things you do not use to your local shelter or donation center.

Last Updated on September 14, 2012

Bacon double cheese stuffed burgers – This bacon cheeseburger has the bacon and cheese stuffed inside the patty. A little surprise for a great tasting burger!

Southwest Turkey Burgers – Add a little kick with these absolutely tasty Southwest style burgers!

The BLT Burger – This ultimate burger gets its amazing flavor from smoky bacon, fresh tomatoes and lettuce plus some sweet toppings.

Southern-Style Hamburger – These juicy burgers are filled with bacon and smoked to perfection. Sage adds a touch of freshness. Topped with crisp red onion.

Delicious Burger Sliders – Serve up your party with these stylish mini burgers!

Juiciest Hamburgers Ever – No more dry, lackluster burgers. These are juicy, and spices can be easily added or changed to suit anyone’s taste!

The Classic Burger – Sink your teeth into a delicious hamburger recipe made from lean beef.

Chicken Burgers – These delicious chicken burgers are pretty straightforward with some great topping ideas.

Veggie Burgers – Not everyone at your party may eat meat! Try this veggie burger recipe sure to please everyone!

Have your own special burger recipe? Please email it to and you could see your recipe featured on the Granite Transformations’ Facebook page.