Keys to Home

How Old Should You Be Before Buying Your First Home?

This is a common question that many people are asking.  How old should you be before you can buy your first home?

Some will say that you need to be at an age where you are more financially stable. The other will say that the younger you purchase your first home, the better.  But, what is the right answer? There isn’t really a right or wrong answer, but there are a couple of things that you should consider before you decide what the best age for purchasing a first home.

  • The younger the person is, the faster he will be able to repay the home.
  • Young people that are between the ages of 20 and 25 will be able to repay their home at a much younger age than the people that are purchasing their first home at an older age.
  • You must realize that you are going to be paying off the mortgage for many years to come.  You may find it difficult to be repaying the mortgage while being retired. However, there are young people that are not financially responsible enough to be able homeowners.
  • Older people make better decisions and are more financially stable.
  • Older people are more responsible and have a much better chance of repaying a mortgage. However, some older people have a good chance of repaying the mortgage when they are retired.  Yet this may be hard to manage if a person didn’t plan efficiently for retirement.
  • Older people are also able to make better decisions and not look for something that they are unable to afford to keep up with a particular social circle.
  • It is vital to have steady employment and income to be financially able to afford the mortgage each and every month.
  • There are young people that are financially more stable than older people.  So, basically this isn’t about the right age, but financially stable enough.

There are a couple of other things that you should also consider before deciding which age is best to purchase your first home. Things like the person’s credit score. Older people might have a much better credit score because they have the history of showing timely repayment of debts.

What is the appropriate age for purchasing a home for the first time?  This information shows you that it isn’t about being the right age. It is all about affordability. A person might be 20 years old, but financial steady enough and responsible enough for purchasing a home. There are some 40-year-olds and older that are not financially stable and have a bad credit score.  It isn’t about age, but about responsibility and financial stability.


Home Remodel

Value Over Cost: Top 5 Remodeling Trends of 2018 That Actually Pay Off

Whether you are a seasoned renovation expert or you just purchased a house that needs some work, it’s impossible to predict what the new big trend will be and how the market will respond to it. Even more important is the value vs. cost factor- something that has the potential to either bite you or increase your home’s value by a landslide. More than halfway into 2018, it’s safe to say that these top 5 remodeling trends will peak any home’s value and end up paying for themselves.

1. Replacing Your Roof

This one is pretty simple- if your roof is at a ripe old age then it’s time to replace it before a disaster happens. If your current roof looks battered, shingles are falling off, or there are any leaks, new roofing is needed. If you are unsure, call a professional to determine how much life it has left. New roofing can be pricey, but what’s more pricey is flooding, water restoration, and a collapsed ceiling. You have many simple or unique roofing options and replacing it gains back 68.8% of the total cost in resale value.

2. Remodel Your Kitchen

We are talking about a small remodeling job here, so don’t worry about breaking the bank. In fact, it only takes a minor remodeling job to raise the value of your home and get a great appraisal. According to statistics, a whopping 89.4% was recouped from an average remodeling price of almost $21,000. Therefore, whatever you decide to do with your kitchen whether you are spending $5,000 or $50,000, you are more than likely to win almost all of that back in value. The top new kitchen trends include smart kitchens, white or grey cabinets, single level kitchen islands, and organized storage.

3. Smart Home Technology

Technology is not going to regress, it’s only going to get more advanced. What was once used mainly for communication is now very pronounced in everyday life- smart home technology. Technology utilized throughout the house is very popular in 2018, and by 2021 statistics say that 60% of homes will have at least one smart device. Examples include refrigerators that notify you when groceries are low, coffee makers that start automatically, lights controlled via smartphone, automatic appliances, security systems, voice control, and motorized shades. With the constant rising desire for home technology, you can expect a heightened home appraisal when you add it to your life. As an added bonus, your life just got way easier!

4. A Bigger Bathroom is Better

For many years now bathrooms have become bigger, better, and much more luxurious. However, you really don’t need to go ‘all out’ to get that extra space. Remodeling companies create space by tearing down walls and the average cost of a small bathroom remodel is around $8,000. This covers a new toilet, bathtub, sink, tiling, extra space, etc. If you are content with the appliances you already have, consider simply installing a more spacious walk-in shower that includes safety features. This alone could increase the value of your home by thousands.

5. Replacing Your Garage Door

A new garage door can seriously change the entire look, functionality, and curb appeal of your house. On top of that, a simple garage door replacement can potentially recoup up to 80% of the door’s original price. The average cost of a new garage door is only $1,749 and the most popular trends include adding transparent windows or a splash of color, black or wooden doors, and updated technology to control your garage door with your phone.

Honorable Mentions

By all means, there is so much you can do to remodel your home and keep up with trends all while boosting appraisal value and letting these upgrades pay for themselves. Here are a few other ideas to add to your checklist, all of which will increase the value of your home rather than losing your hard-earned cash:

  • A manufactured stone veneer
  • Expanding your deck or adding a deck to your house
  • Replacing your front door
  • Replacing your siding
  • Installing a pool (you can never go wrong with one of these)
  • Replacing old windows and adding in new modern ones
  • A new kitchen sink (white and stainless steel are out- popping colors are in)

Remember to take these ideas one step at a time, and don’t rush into anything that you might not like later on. After all, it is your home and your empty palette to create something great with.

Wood Rot and Termites

Termites and Wood Rot

If you have suffered wood rot in your home or property, one of the main causes could be termites.  While we can take care of wood rot replacement at MBC Services, it is important to know and understand information about termites to prevent this from happening again. No matter how old or new your house is, no matter what size, no matter what style, there is going to be wood in your home. And where there is wood, there is the danger of getting a termite infestation.

What are termites?

Termites are colony pests who feed on cellulose. Cellulose appears in any plant or wood material. These pests are a danger because as they eat the interior of wooden materials, they hollow it out, weakening the structure.

5 Signs you may have termites:

  1. Finding discarded wings on the floor, near walls, or in windows sills.
  2. Termites also leave tiny brown pellets of excrement, so if you start to see these, that is a strong sign.
  3. If you find mud tubes inside or outside, this is another sign of termites.
  4. Termites eat the cellulose inside wood, so as they get nearer to the surface of wooden structures, the paint on wood bubbles or cracks.
  5. If your wood sounds hollow when you tap on it, you probably have termites.

What can I do?

There are many ways to get rid of termites. The best solution is to call professionals to exterminate them for you. Typically, it will $30-$50 per month for the professional to identify the size of the colony, spray outside your house, use baits, and spray inside wall voids. But, you can always kill them and prevent another infestation yourself.

When you are working on your termite problem, be sure to remove any easy food sources, such as firewood, lumber, or paper. Pull out stumps and other paint-based debris and place screens on every entry point into your house. Creating a sandy soil barrier also works to slow termites down. Chemical-filled liquid pesticides, wood treatments, baits, and stake treatments are also available.

If you have experienced wood rot as a result of a termite infestation, you’ll want to call a professional team to get the wood replaced – as old, rotten wood can be dangerous to the structure of your house – as well as be detrimental to the visual aesthetics. Contact MBC Services for a free quote on getting your wood rot replaced.


Room Addition

Room Additions: Creating Your Personal Retreat

Room additions can be a vast assortment of fun and unique designs added into or onto a space. For example, you might want a simple and small book nook added to the master bedroom, or you may be interested in changing your boring and unused spare bedroom into a fully decked-out home theater. From mild to wild, it’s extremely important to hire a team with excellent contracting and engineering skills while keeping your budget in mind and creating a stress-free process for you.

What Is Considered A Room Addition?

The simple answer to this question is basically anything you want within your own personal budget. Some hot room addition examples are sunrooms, conservatories, modular octagons, garage conversions, bathrooms, kitchen extensions, bonus room additions, porches, decks, lookouts, and nooks.

Technically, anything that further extends your current living space can be considered a room addition. And whether it’s for you, your whole family, or someone else, it will be a retreat.

Why Should I Consider A Room Addition?

Apart from simply wanting to, adding to any room of your home will both increase value and add character, whether it is a large or small project. Consider that spare room that never gets used or that awkward space in your living room that is impossible to decorate- what could it become? Ultimately the choice is yours and the possibilities are endless, but our team of intelligent and home-savvy contractors can help to create that extra space you are envisioning.

What The Process Is Like?

The process of a room or home addition will depend on the project size and the complexity of what you want built. Room additions are something that many people have turned into DIY projects, however, the DIY process can take years, thousands of dollars, damage, and never-ending stress and complications. A room extension with our team is not only cost-effective, but it can take as little as a few weeks or months (if it’s a large add on) all you have to do is sit back and relax.
The process will begin with an understanding of your desires and your budget. From there, we will design your dream room addition and tweak anything you want to customize it. The work will begin when everything is exactly to your liking and all you have to worry about is when you will throw your first deck party, or how you will decorate the new addition.

Take Home Message

Before you get overwhelmed, remember that a professional team of experienced contractors are as proud of their work as you will be, and the money spent on any type of room addition can seriously increase both the value of your home and your own personal comfort. Your house is meant to be your home, and modifications can easily be made to suit both your life and a future buyers life if you ever decide to move. All in all- small, medium, or large room additions can make your living space less of a house in more of a private retreat

Dallas Roofers

Why You May Need A New Roof- 3 Warning Signs

Budgeting a new roof in your life can make you feel uneasy for many reasons. You might be worried about the total price, or you might be worried about who you should hire to get the job done efficiently. Residential and commercial roofing is something that needs to be maintained over the years- natural disasters and wear and tear do happen. Is it time to repair your current roof or install a new roof? Read on to learn the warning signs of a faulty roof, it will potentially save you thousands of dollars in damage.

1. Your Shingles Are Distressed And Curling

This is something you can very easily check simply by looking. If you can see the shingles on top of your roof looking ragged and curling at the ends it is time to get new shingles installed. This is one of the first warning signs of a faulty roof that will quickly lead to leaks and further damage if you don’t replace them.

2. Missing Granules- Check Your Gutters

If you can’t see what your shingles look like, check your gutters. One of the quickest signs of a defective roof is seeing particles of the shingles in your gutter. Granules from shingles are commonly expelled through the gutter, and shingles lose more granules as they are nearing the end of their life.

3. It’s All About Age

Consider yourself lucky if you already know how old your roof is and the last time it was repaired. When you know these details, you can start planning for a new roof ahead of time before an accident happens. Experts suggest that the typical roof has a healthy life of about 20-25 years. Also, it depends on if your current roof is one layer or if it was built over an old roof. If your roof has more than one layer and is over 20 years old, it’s definitely time for a roof repair/replacement


A new roof for you may not be a “need” and it may be more of a “want”. Many people want a new roof installed strictly for cosmetic purposes, and there is nothing wrong with adjusting things to make it more your taste. It is completely possible to tear down your current roof and install something more aesthetically pleasing.

Final Thoughts

There are noticeable signs that you need new roofing installed or some simple repairs taken care of. The roof is easily the most important part of the house- sheltering you from weather and disasters. Many people who put off roof repair can get leaks and incur water damage, adding another expense of water damage restoration. Observing signs of a potentially dangerous roof disaster is very important and you can take preventative measures to avoid further damage to your home than can end up costing much more than a roof installation. Call our team at MBC Services if you need help determining if it’s time for a new roof for you!

Closet Remodel

The Power of a Remodeled Closet- What to Expect 

A closet is such a pivotal part of any room, whether it’s a sanctuary for your clothes and accessories or a catch-all for coats and supplies and shoes.

So, you just stumbled across your dream home and it’s perfect in every way, but there’s a problem. The master bedroom closet is the size of your shower spruced up with creaky sliding doors and one long wooden pole that will hang maybe ten shirts at best.

What now? Fortunately, you don’t have to pass up your perfect place because the closet is the size of a shoe box. In fact, it is so cost efficient to remodel your closet and it will boost the value of your home if you ever decide to sell. Tearing down an old and sad closet and adding your dream walk-in closet with shelves and space is a relatively quick process compared to other room remodels and you don’t have to break your budget- simple fixes can be as little as $500 and luxury walk-in spaces with a ton of room average around only $2000.

Whether you have a big family or you’re by yourself, you can never have too much closet space. Let’s take a look closer at the closet remodeling process and what you should consider.

Step 1: Remodeling Consultation

If you have decided that you’re ready to make this change in your home, the first step after you call will be a consultation with your remodeling professionals. During this step, designers will come to your home at no cost to help you determine a doable size based on the area all while absorbing details that you are striving for. We will match you with some excellent options for maximizing both small and large spaces and will ask you questions about how much space you will need for short items, long items, and other accessories.

After this is complete, we will take measurements and give you an estimated quote.

2. Design & Production

One of the most important aspects of this process is making sure you are completely satisfied with the layout before diving into the production. Once we have formulated your custom design, you will see the incredible features and how it will look before, during, and after the remodeling process. At this time you will determine if you want to add, change, or tweak anything in the layout before we begin.

Once everything is set in stone, the production process will begin. This usually only takes 2-3 weeks and this will give you plenty of time to paint the inside or further customize it before your closet system is put in place. After we have created your personalized shelving and organization system.

3. Remodeling & Installation

It’s finally time to tear down that worn out closet and build a home for your clothes and possessions. This process may take 1-2 weeks depending on the size we’ve determined. Before this process begins make sure to remove all of your items out of the closet, and from there, simply sit back and relax.

We will gladly answer all questions and concerns during the remodel and when we are finished the work space will be completely cleaned and polished up. As soon as we are done your brand new and beautiful walk-in closet will be ready to be organized and all your belongings will have their own space.

Are You Ready?

A remodeled closet (from a tiny space to walk-in size) can enhance your home and save you a lot of time in those rushed mornings.

At an average price of only $2,000 you will not only be making your life easier, but you will also be adding up to $6,000 to the value of your home. It’s an excellent deal in today’s market and one of the most affordable spaces to remodel. It’s okay to start small! For more questions, call our team at MBC Services today.

5 Reasons to Build the Deck of your Dreams

 There are many reasons as to why adding a new and beautiful deck to your home will make your life so much better. As seasons change and it starts getting warmer- it begins to feel more like backyard barbecues and less like hot cocoa on your couch. We can help you build that dream deck, or simply update and remodel the one you already have. Whatever you decide to move forward with, you should know the amazing benefits of getting this project started.

1. It Can Become An Extension Of Your Living Space

What’s better than adding basically a whole new room in your house, but with the freedom of being outside? A functional deck is essential for every month in the year, but they are almost needed in spring and summer.

What’s great about having a deck installed is you can be as simple or fancy as you want- it’s all up to you. Do you want a luxurious retreat with a bar, couches, patio furniture, a canopy, and all your outdoor accessories? Or would you prefer a simple wooden space to host parties and get that grill going? Regardless of what you decide, we can do it all. It’s never too late to take your home to the next level and create this extension.

2. Your Current Deck Doesn’t Function Well And Is Unsafe

Are those floorboards creaking and has normal wear and tear got you on edge? Decks that are older (perhaps it’s been there since you moved in) require a lot of upkeep and maintenance. If you have people running inside and outside constantly, your deck can become hazardous and it might be time for an update.

Most new deck products are amazingly maintenance free. Getting your deck remodeled for safety purposes is a huge benefit for you and your family.

3. Better Curb Appeal And Adding Value To Your House

You may be surprised how a new and functional deck will raise the value of your home and increase curb appeal to future buyers, if you decide to move.

A plain backyard with an old deck that has a lot wear and tear can have a pretty big impact on what your home will be appraised for in the future.

4. It Can Turn A Small Backyard Into A Great Retreat

Most people with small backyard spaces think they are limited to grass and maybe a small porch. However, that is rarely the case. In fact, adding a deck to a small backyard space can amplify and make the most out of your area- and you can get as simple or high-end as you’d like. And like previously mentioned, adding a deck to a small house can seriously boost curb appeal and value.

5. They Are The Best For Hosting Parties

It doesn’t matter if you know two people or 50, having people over during some of the spring and summer holidays or hosting events is so much more enjoyable when you can relax outside around a fire pit and enjoy the fresh air.

Bonus: you don’t have to deal with people making a mess inside your home.

If you are on the fence about getting your deck remodeled, feel free to contact us- we know it can be difficult to choose the right company and get affordable prices. We are here to help your deck dreams come true!

Bathroom Remodel Dallas

When & Why You Should Get Your Bathroom Remodeled

There are always tell-tale signs when it comes to the timing of getting your bathroom remodeled. Maybe an emergency situation brought you to this point, or it might just be time to update your look. Whatever your reasoning may be, there will always be validation. A fully remodeled bathroom can do so much for your entire home.

In the beginning, you may be contemplating getting your bathroom remodeled because it may seem expensive and time-consuming. In some instances it may be, depending on what you want/need done. However, what you do have done will increase the value of your home and may be the convincing point for whoever decides to rent out or purchase your home in the future. A turning point for many buyers is how difficult the bathroom will be to maintain. If there are any issues with mold/mildew, faulty plumbing, or if your bathroom looks like it came out of a 1970’s issue of Better Homes & Gardens, a future buyer may stray instantly. If you can relate to any of the above points, it may be time for your new bathroom remodel!

Tips  to consider before you’re remodel:

The task may seem daunting and stressful at first, but there are many tips to make everything run smoothly and help you decide if you really need a full remodel or to just tweak certain areas.

Live with your current bathroom before making quick decisions: Pushing back the idea of remodeling your bathroom is always a good one- for many reasons. Often times, we get excited about things and make quick decisions on the spot without thinking of what is really ‘good’ for the home, the future, and family. Take some time to really live with your bathroom situation for a bit longer to make sure you that it is really time for an upgrade. Often times you will see that you are, in fact, ready. Then, you will be able to move forward with full confidence that you are making the right decision.

Think about what is really wrong with your current situation: Before thinking of a new pretty tub centerpiece or tile layout, think about your current safety situation, as well as what isn’t working appropriately in your bathroom. These should always be fixed first- what good is a new beautiful bathroom that has plumbing issues? Safety issues can be anything from tiles that are sharp/broken, to shower doors that don’t work.

Plumbing is another issue, and they happen all the time. If you are calling the plumber more often than not, it might be time to remodel your bathroom instead of constantly wasting money for someone to fix old appliances. You might be happy when your plumber gets rid of your leaky taps or dirty water, but these are temporary solutions to issues that will keep reoccurring. It’s best to start fresh with new appliances that you know will have more longevity.

Your bathroom should be a safe and comfortable place to retreat. It is one of the most important rooms in the home, so take your time when considering a remodel and remember, your personal reasons and intuition should be your deciding factors.