Quality is sometimes hard to quantify. Merriam-Webster defines quality as a “degree of excellence.” There is room to debate what quality and excellence are, and how important they. For example, is it more important to buy the highest quality products or should other considerations like price govern your decision to buy a product? At TH Remodeling, we insist on quality work and quality products. When you’re looking for a contractor, you need to make sure there’s a commitment to quality.
At TH Remodeling, we often see how enthusiastic customers are to start their home improvement projects. We are at the start of spring, and we understand that when the weather turns warmer it’s the perfect time to begin work, but we want our customers to know that there’s a lot that needs to be done before we can start. For the job to be done right, home and business owners, as well as contractors, have to prepare. And preparation takes time. There are permits that need to be obtained and decisions to be made to do required work. You may need to work with architects, and some discerning customers might need to work with designers as well. You’re also going to need the materials required to complete the project. It can sometimes be a time-consuming process, and TH Remodeling wants to give you some tips on preparing for spring projects.
Your First Steps Before Work Starts
The first thing you’re going to need to do is to have a plan for what you want. Are you installing new windows? Building a deck or porch? Adding additional rooms to your home? All of these things are often going to require back and forth between you and your contractor. A major first step is going to be determining the plans for the project. If you’re talking about a major job, that’s going to involve using an architect. TH Remodeling strongly recommends using an architect, and if you’re having trouble finding one, we can recommend one we work with.
When we’re presented with plans for your project, we’ll go over them and discuss what you want for your job. We don’t finish a job until you’re satisfied and in some cases, we might also suggest hiring a designer. When you’ve established what the project will look like, we’ll give you a quote on cost, and we’ll also recommend you talk to other contractors to get an estimate.
But understand that the cheapest quote you get may not be the best deal for you. Ask how long the work is guaranteed for and find out the details of the warranty. At TH Remodeling, we’ll always adhere to the terms of the warranties covering the building materials we use so your warranty won’t be voided over the life of your home or business. Always remember there’s a big difference between hiring the cheapest contractor and hiring the company that will give you the most for your money.
Paperwork and the Permit Process
Another process that often requires time is getting permits for the work. This process differs by locality and can delay your project, possibly for months if you need approval by a local zoning board. Decks look great and are wonderful to look at, even in the winter. But remember, the idea is to enjoy the summer breeze!
The legal information website Nolo several common steps that can occur during the permit process. These aren’t necessarily the only steps to occur in the process, and the length of the permit process can vary greatly by locality. These common steps can include:
- Completing the application.
- Preparing and submitting a site plan for your project. This may require hiring an architect.
- Scheduling a review process for the plans.
If you’re not sure if your home improvement project requires a permit, don’t guess. Check with the agency that issues the permit. TH Remodeling will make it a policy to check with relevant agencies before starting a project. We make it easy!
TH Remodeling Will Take Steps to Get the Job Done
Spring is a popular time to inquire about home improvement projects, but a little patience goes a long way. Plans need to be created and finalized. You need to get estimates, you need to make sure permits are in order, and you need to make certain quality building materials are used and it could take several weeks to get them. You need a contractor that can navigate through all of this. TH Remodeling will get the job done right. To get started, contact us today.
You may want to do a home improvement project, or you may need to do a home improvement project, but either way, you will probably need some financing. TH Remodeling wants the path for funding your project to be as easy as possible and we want everyone to be fully aware of their options.
Getting a Personal Home Improvement Loan
There are several ways to secure home improvement funding. One method is a traditional bank loan. TH Remodeling works with a financing company that will help our customers find affordable financing for their project. There are a few things that you should know about the loan process before you begin.
This Old House recommends that you can make the process easier by:
- Knowing how much money you need and understanding how much you can get from the start.
- Narrowing your loan options down to those that match your specific needs and financial reality.
- Concentrating on lenders that are most likely to provide the loan you need.
You can get a detailed estimate of how much you will need from your contractor. This Old House advises adding at least 10 percent for unforeseen expenses, perhaps as much as 20 to 30 percent.
Factors that will affect how much financing you receive include:
- Your credit rating
- Your income
- The monthly payments on your home
- Loan-to-value-ratio, which is a percentage of the appraisal value of your home.
Alternative Ways to Finance Your Home Improvement Project
There are alternatives to personal loans for financing your home improvement project. One option, according to NerdWallet, is to refinance your mortgage, which can lower your monthly payment and free up money for your project. You can tap into your home’s equity by getting a cash-out refinance, which allows you to pay off your current mortgage loan while taking out more cash.
One option to consider is a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC). Unlike a refinance, it won’t be added to your mortgage. Instead, you get a line of credit which can usually be up to 80 percent of your home’s value, minus the value of your loan. Another way to attain funds for your home improvement project is to take out a home equity loan, which involves receiving a lump sum of money instead of a line of credit.
Financing Help for TH Remodeling Customers
TH Remodeling customers who need financing for home improvement can turn to the financing experts from GreenSky. They are not a lender, rather they are a service provider and program administrator for lending institutions that provide loans that take part in GreenSky’s programs. Among the financing programs that TH Contracting offers through GreenSky is an 8-year loan with limited interest or a 1-year financing plan that requires no interest payment.
If you have a home remodeling project, trust the professionals at TH Remodeling. We only use quality products like GAF roofing, Trex Decks and Porches, Marvin Windows and Doors, and James Hardie fiber cement siding. Give us a call today at 1-845-567-9743 and let us create the home of your dreams.
The old saying goes, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb,” meaning the weather during the first weeks of March are wintery, and the latter weeks often resemble spring.
We never know what kind of weather we’re going to get, but we do know the beginning of spring will be here before you know it. You may not realize it but this is an important time for homeowners. Frigid winter temperatures can cause all types of problems for your home, but you might not realize that they are there unless you look for potential issues. TH Remodeling wants you to know what you should be looking for and why it’s important. So here’s a checklist of what you should be looking at as winter transitions into spring.
- Check Your Windows for Leaks
An excellent place to begin your home check are your windows and doors. Cracks and leaks can cost you money and not just in the winter. During the spring and summer as warm air invade your home, your air conditioning bill will increase. Making certain your windows are sealed and secure can also give you peace of mind for your family’s safety.
A good way to start according to Lifehacker is to perform a detailed visual inspection. Here’s where you should begin.
- Walk around both the interior and exterior of your home to look for any obvious problems.
- When you check your home’s exterior, look to see if any caulking has failed and for any gaps between your windows and siding.
- Has the putty that holds glass panes in place weakened?
- Is there light coming into your home from gaps around the window? If so, then you might need to consider replacement Marvin windows and doors.
Winter weather can do a number to your roof. Heavy snow, hail, and ice can damage shingles. One thing to keep in mind when inspecting your roof is that not every problem is obvious.
- You should do a safe, visual inspection looking for obvious problems. If a shingle is missing or damaged, that should be visible. Try using binoculars to look at high points.
- Check your attic for signs of roof and water damage if it’s safe to do so.
- Bob Vila points out that there can be damage that may not be visible to the untrained eye. If you are unsure or if your personal safety is in doubt, have a certified professional inspect your roof.
Gutters are an area of your home that can often be ignored, but if you don’t keep an eye on gutters and downspouts, you could end up with considerable damage to your home. Clogs can cause serious water damage to your wood trim and eaves.
According to Family Handyman, you should have your gutters cleaned once the last frost has passed. Once frost departs, spring showers arrive, so don’t wait too long to make sure those gutters and downspouts are clear.
Here’s a guide on how to safely clean your gutters
- Use a sturdy extendable ladder with standoff stabilizers to keep the ladder from damaging the gutter.
- Wear rubber gloves.
- Use a small plastic scoop to remove debris.
- Consider using a tarp to dump the gunk.
- When all the debris has been removed, flush the gutters, paying attention for any potential leaks.
If you need repairs or if you want to make your life easier by installing maintenance free gutters, TH Remodeling can accommodate residential and business owners.
Th Remodeling Can Keep Your Home in Peak Condition
Doing your due diligence to make sure your home or business made it through the winter without any major problems can certainly help cut down on repair bills. If you do spot problems, taking care of them immediately can prevent bigger problems down the line. Learn more about our installation services today, including roofing, siding, windows and doors, and gutter cleaning. Trust TH Remodeling to keep your home in top shape.
Are you thinking about replacing your windows in the winter? Chances are new windows have crossed your mind, but it’s cold and snowy, it’s dark before dinner, and your attention is on the holidays. With all of these distractions, you want to know what the advantages of replacing your windows in the winter are before you make your decision. We’re here to tell you that despite a common misconception, replacing your windows during the winter is a good idea. All we need is for you to tell us what style and function you desire from your new windows. We’ll take it from there.
Psst, DID YOU KNOW? Winter is the best time to identify problems
Your windows might look sharp without any damage as far as the eye can see, but leaks and drafts are difficult to catch. You’re more likely to see and feel these issues in the chill of winter. To identify these trouble spots, read How to Find and Fix Drafty Windows.
P.S. Applying an insulation film in the winter is one trick for temporarily removing drafts. Come summer, though, you’ll want a permanent fix. Any leaks in your windows will impact your energy bill as all that cool air coming from your A/C escapes.
OK, Let’s Get To It
The Benefits of Replacing Your Windows During the Winter
- Scheduling: As a four-seasons contractor, TH Remodeling & Renovations Inc. offers the same services in winter as we would in spring. All seasons are treated equally! Warmer months, however, are the busiest of the year for exterior home remodelers like us. Scheduling your estimate and choosing to replace your windows in the winter saves you from longer wait times and allows you more flexibility.
- Product Availability: Top brands and manufacturers receive high demand, and often come with longer lead times for popular products. The earlier your order is placed, the sooner you’ll have your windows. Making your request in winter can guarantee your windows are fully functional come spring. A typical “slow season” lead time is between 3 to 6 weeks. Peak season lead times can range from 6 to 12 weeks, depending on your custom requests like color and style.
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- Cost Savings: All of the windows we offer at TH Remodeling & Renovations Inc. meet or exceed Energy Star requirements. A proper installation will ensure there are no leaks or drafts spiking the utility bill. That way, you’ll experience less heat loss and more comfort, with a warranty to back it up!
You’re Still Thinking “But…it’s cold.”
We Keep Winter Out While We Put Windows In
Our crew carefully closes off the section of your home where installation occurs, preserving the heat in your home enough that you’ll hardly know we were there. Let’s make things clear – as clear as your brand new Marvin window – any track of snow or dirt will be GONE. Cold air will be GONE. Our installers use the best practices for window replacement jobs: removing one window at a time; using plastic barriers; and keeping the doors closed.
For more information on having your windows replaced by our team, give us a call or shoot us an email.
If you’re still not convinced the winter season is the right time to get a jump start on your window replacement project, it can still be the time to get yourself scheduled for spring. Call us at (845) 567-9743 or send us a message to have one of our professionals visit you, at your convenience, to evaluate and discuss your options.
If the draft you feel is more than fantasy, the culprit is likely an old or worn window. Windows with leaks are energy-sucking nuisances that might make rattling, whistling noises, and spike your heating bill. Here’s how to tackle drafty windows before temperatures drop to create an energy-efficient home, for real.
CHECK YOUR WINDOWS FOR AIR LEAKS
Tiny air leaks have a big effect on your energy bill. You’ll have to use more than your eyes to catch a drafty window, however, a visual inspection is a good start. From the outside, look for areas where the caulking leaves gaps between the window frame and your home’s siding.
Inside, try lighting a candle and slowly move it around the window frame. If it bends or flickers, use a pencil or sticky note to mark the spot of the leak so you can seal it. Look for any signs that the weather stripping needs to be replaced.
SO YOU HAVE A DRAFT? New house or old house, it’s not uncommon to have drafty windows. Here are five ways to fix a drafty window yourself:
Difficulty Level: Easy
1. INSTALL OR REPLACE WEATHER STRIPPING. Easy and inexpensive, weatherstripping your windows tightly seals gaps. You can find weather strips at most hardware stores.
Difficulty Level: Easy
2. GET FANCY. Swap out lightweight curtains for something heavier like thermals or layered curtains. For drafts coming from the bottom of the window, add a draft snake. You can buy a draft snake or make one yourself.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
3. USE CAULK. Start by cleaning the surface and removing any old caulk and paint. Apply caulk to all joints in a window frame and the joint between the frame and the wall.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
4. ROLL OUT THE PLASTIC. Insulation film, basically a giant sheet of saran wrap, sticks to the borders of your windows with double-sided tape until you heat it with a hair dryer to shrink and seal it tightly.
Difficulty Level: Challenging
5. GIVE IT UP. Sometimes, your best option is to replace the window. Replacement involves removing the trim casing around the window, and installing insulation between the window and its frame. When it’s time to let go of that worn, rotted, or rattling window, call a Marvin professional. TH Remodeling & Renovations installs windows by top-quality brands. We’ll help you choose the best Marvin window for your individual needs.
It’s best to face your window issues head-on. Fixing drafty windows lets you relax in a warm, comfortable home and will save you money on energy bills. Get started with these five easy fixes, or contact TH Remodeling & Renovations for more information on Marvin window installation and repair.
Knock, knock, fall is here. Adding some seasonal decoration to your entryway is a big way to make a fun, autumn-like impression. Whether its a DIY project, your favorite accessories, or even a new door(!), fall makes creative curb appeal easy. Here are a few ideas to have the front of your home feeling cozy and complete this season.
Having a door that’s safe, secure, and beautiful is always a good idea – and a very possible one. Have you considered upgrading? Therma-Tru doors offer all that and more.
WHEN IN DOUBT, ADD A WREATH
Start at eye-level to really catch your guest’s attention with a fall-inspired wreath, either bought or uniquely created yourself. Consider playing around with florals, burlap, berries, and twigs. A traditional wreath can even be personalized to include the initial of your family name, or a chalk-written warm welcome to visitors. Make the base with a flat wire, load your hot glue gun, and get carried away!
A secure entrance door will help you feel safe and free of doubt. Behind your wreath will be a beautiful door that performs as well as it looks, with everything from the glass to the hinges made to ensure durability and reliability.
APPLY VINYL DOOR DECAL – SAY WHAT?
Send a message with custom or premade removable vinyl door decals. Choose from a variety of fall colors like hues of orange, red, and yellow, or a classic white or black for contrast. Words and sayings look hand-painted on the door and usually come as an entire piece rather than individual letters. Decals are removable, but not reusable. This front door decoration won’t chip your paint or leave an unwanted residue. Keep these up for the fall under a festive wreath, or use them all year long!
At TH Remodeling, our doors are engineered to perform, and can be selected to fit any budget. Stickers might be temporary, but your home is where you stay. Feel comfortable with the function and appearance of your door, permanently.
THINK OUTSIDE THE DOORMAT
A statement piece can be just that – a statement. From “Welcome Fall” to “Hey There Pumpkin”, your doormat can say exactly how your entrance will feel. Hand paint your own with stencils or stamps, let it dry, then lay it out to complement your other outdoor decorations.
Think outside the door, too. Harsh weather and strong storms won’t damage the exterior of one of our quality doors, which have been tested – over and over – to withstand the worst of mother nature.
LIGHT THINGS UP
Have you ever wondered why a light bulb indicates an idea? Because lights ARE a great idea! Frame your door with string lights in place of garland, add them to a wreath, or decorate porch railings.
Now that you have all of the neighbors and passersby looking, make sure your door is worth bragging about. Quality design is anything but dull; a Therma-Tru door will really shine.
MAKE IT A PARTY ON THE PORCH[Pumpkin] spice up the entire porch. Orange, white, pink, and blue – pumpkins come in various colors, shapes, and sizes. Scatter the plants around the door and on the steps. Real or fake, wooden or plastic, pumpkins pair nicely with bales of hay, potted mums, and all of the prettiest fall colors.
Parties not your thing? A quality door offers privacy and protection without sacrificing style. That way, it’ll just be the pumpkins hanging around.
A beautiful door would be incomplete without an arrangement of festive decorations. Embrace fall’s most classic elements and charming colors to decorate your front door and create stunning, seasonal curb appeal guaranteed to bring autumn to your doorstep.
Whether it’s a door installation or repair, our experienced team at TH Remodeling & Renovations will help you with your project. We proudly install Therma-Tru, the nation’s leading manufacturer of fiberglass and steel exterior door systems, and the most preferred brand of entry doors among building professionals*.
*Brand Use Study, 2018 Builder magazine.
As we prepare for the holidays, twinkle lights and turkey basting tend to take precedence over fire hazards and safety measures.
That’s why TH is helping you keep the chance of something happening at bay by taking certain precautions this season. Accidents happen. Here are 10 things you can do to keep your holiday merry and bright (the safe way).
Check your furnace, chimney and smoke detectors.
These should be checked on a monthly basis already. However, the holiday season can lead to forgetting about the things we do on the daily.
TIP: If you have young children (or even if you don’t), you can take this a step further and create an “Escape Plan” for what should be done if there is a fire.
Keep holiday travel plans offline.
Whether you’re sharing excitement about a vacation or publicly venting about visiting family upstate, try to keep the news off social media until you return. You don’t want the wrong person seeing your post and taking advantage of the fact that you’re home is vacant this weekend.
TIP: Let a trusted neighbor or friend know you’ll be away. Have them check your home and collect your mail if you’ll be gone for an extended period of time.
When cooking, make sure you’re in the kitchen.
Did you know that cooking is the number one cause of fires all year round? Now think about the excess of portions you have on the table come November and December! Stay close just to be safe.
TIP: You can purchase a multipurpose fire extinguisher and store it in the kitchen. Hopefully, this will never need to be used but it is there for those just-in-case moments.
EXTRA TIP: When using your toaster, move it out from under your cabinets.
Turn off your decorations before bed or leaving home.
The last thing you want is an impromptu call from your local fire department while your at your best friend’s Christmas Party. Be sure the decor is off before you leave home or tuck in for the night.
TIP: Timers are great to use for peace-of-mind while sleeping or out of the house. They can also help you save on electricity costs since you won’t be leaving your lights on all night. Don’t forget to test the timer before depending on it completely.
Blow out your candles.
Candle fires are most common in December. While beautiful to look at, they quite literally consist of an open flame in your home. Be sure to blow them out before leaving the room (not just house) or going to bed.
TIP: If you’re going for the look of a candle, LED flame-less candles are a great alternative. If the scent is what you’re after, try out one of the many substitutes that you can plug right into your wall.
Lock windows and doors.
You should always take precautions when it comes to the safety of yourself and family. Window and door locks should be checked once or twice a year to make sure the locks are working. These keep unwanted visitors out and little ones in.
TIP: Don’t display wrapped gifts in front of windows. As much as you want to display that Christmas tree, it is a good idea to close the blinds at night to keep the gifts under your tree and not someone else’s.
Although Spring Cleaning is right around the corner, clutter is a fire hazard just as much in the Winter (not to mention an eyesore).
TIP: Your de-cluttering storage can double as holiday decor. You can find festive baskets and boxes at your local craft store to store your goods until Spring rolls around.
Keep an eye out for frayed or broken strands of lights.
While you’re untangling the holiday lights from last year, you might notice that a few of the bulbs are broken or the wire is frayed. Bulbs can be replaced but if the wire is frayed, you may just want to invest in a new one to prevent a fire from starting.
TIP: Always unplug your lights first if you need to replace a bulb.
Use the right ladder to hang your outside decorations.
It’s also not a bad idea to check for the certification label on your ladder. This ensures that it complies with necessary standards, including weight limits.
TIP: You should also have another person with you. They can spot the ladder for you…and even let you know if your decor is eye-catching enough.
EXTRA TIP: Be sure to check the condition of your ladder. This includes the feet/pulley system and locking mechanisms.
Make sure your Christmas tree is fresh.
If it’s tradition for you to bring home a live tree each year, keep it fresh! Once the branches become dry and brittle, the risk of fire increases. Always keep it watered. After the holidays, check with your local sanitation department to dispose of your tree correctly.
TIP: We’re all for placing trees by your windows. However, it might not be the best idea to recreate that Christmas movie scene and place it by the fireplace.
Home safety doesn’t stop here but these tips are definitely a good place to start. We know these are unnerving topics to cover but our intention isn’t to scare you. It is truly important to make sure you have a great holiday and a prosperous new year. From interior to exterior, TH Remodeling & Renovations has got you covered!
Spring is upon us! Does your home need a makeover?
This season tends to be the perfect time for revamping yourself and your home. Maybe you started off this year with a ton of resolutions that you promised you’d stick with! Although some may have fallen through the cracks, we’re here to help you stay on track with your home renovation goals.
With the home improvement product market valuing itself at $313 billion, it’s no surprise what many of us plan to do this year.
Take a look at some improvements you could make to your home.
Let’s add some flair to your windows.
Switching up the style of a room in your home can be a breath of fresh air! Not to mention, you don’t necessarily need to hire a team of designers to do it. Windows are simple to redecorate and can add to the ambiance of a room. Here are some different ways to switch up the look of your windows based on the type you have in your home.
- Bay or bow: These window types tend to be accompanied by extra ceiling space. Instead of focusing on your curtains, take advantage of that space above by installing a chandelier or light fixture that complements the style you’re reaching for. You could also create a nook for relaxing, reading or even dining. Decorate it with pillows that will flatter the look of the room.
- Double hung and awning: Consider switching up the curtains or shades. These windows tend to be attractive without having to go overboard. Go for a sheer fabric if you’d prefer to let more sun in and wake to natural light. Try the blackout curtains for the option of absolutely no sun shining in bedrooms or home-theatres.
- Slider and casement: Homeowners tend to stick with vertical blinds for these types of windows. Instead, try experimenting with horizontal ones. It adds a unique touch without being drastic.
Let’s transform your mood just by walking onto your deck.
Just because your deck is outside your home doesn’t mean it can’t act as a focal point for your family and friends. In fact, in many cases, it’s the prime hang-out spot. Ask any interior designer and they’ll tell you that a deck simply acts as another room in your home, and should be decorated to reflect that. Here are some ways to utilize the space to fit your needs and style.
- Add shade. Put up a canopy to match your color palette or open a bright umbrella for a more fun vibe.
- Eliminate clutter. You don’t want your kitchen table filled with junk. Have the same mindset with your deck. Choose only your favorite pieces to decorate with and toss the rest. Less really is more.
- Keep company in mind. If you’re constantly hosting the family parties, you might want to make sure that your furniture and deck space are equipped for that. Instead of a two-seater loveseat, consider an outdoor sectional set. Your friends and family will thank you.
Let’s make some big(ger) changes.
It may not be January anymore. On the bright side, you’ve had even more time to consider the updates you want to make. We’ve got some ideas for you and your home. Saving up for home renovations and remodeling is exciting. If you’re ready to get the ball rolling and want to make some more permanent updates, here are some enhancements to consider:
- Make your deck fit your lifestyle. Whether you’re unwinding on Friday with a glass of wine and your favorite book or you’re entertaining family and friends with a BBQ, a deck can set the scene.
- Remodeling a room may be for you. Completely gutting a room to remodel it takes an expert but can make your entire vision possible. Whether you prefer more open space or a cozier feel, this could be a great option for you.
- A new home addition might be the way to go. If you need more room for your lifestyle lately or want to add on a sunroom for those rainy afternoons, this is something to consider.
QUICK TIP: Now would be a great time to create a checklist to prepare for your additions and sunrooms. You shouldn’t just jump into adding onto your home. You’ll want to have your ideas in order first. Here’s an infographic we’ve created for you to start with!
Now it’s time to get started.
Changing up the look and feel of your home can start this Spring off right. Let TH Remodeling help your vision become a reality!
TH Remodeling is talking about more than improving your home. We’re talking about improving yourself.
Though we typically discuss home matters, we’re also speaking about why reading matters.
Fact is, we can write a book about home remodeling and renovations but 42% of college graduates will never read it. Just over half of graduates have picked up a book since throwing their caps in the air, according to America’s reading statistics.
Sure, roof shingles and home additions aren’t everyone’s first concern. Maybe quality, efficient windows and doors aren’t even a second thought. However, it is concerning that 26% of U.S. adults didn’t read a single book in the last year. That’s 12 months (365 days or 8,760 hours) of opportunity, wasted.
The good news is statistics still indicate that most adults with a bachelors degree or higher are reading. These same college educated adults are those most likely to be homeowners.
Why Do We Read?
Besides the obvious wealth of knowledge a book can provide, people are reading for pleasure, work or school, to follow an interest, and keep up with current events.
The Benefits of Reading
Be A Better Communicator
Reading fiction can boost empathy. Fictional stories are believed to improve a reader’s potential to relate to another person, or understand as if being in their shoes. From a business standpoint and a social one, that’s a valuable characteristic to have. If you’re still looking for a reason to blame your ex-girlfriend for your break up, it’s possible she was part of the 45% of women who read non-fiction.
Reading can help expand your lexicon (noun: your vocabulary; the words you use every day; the words you can use to impress your boss, your mom, and yourself).
Reading reduces stress. It distracts you from the stress of work related or personal issues. The next time you have an off day at work, ease the stress by reading a good book.
Improve your imagination by reading. A description of a person or place will force you to come up with your own representation. Consequently, it makes the story unique to you, as no other person will have the same exact image.
“Books have been thought of as windows to another world of imagination.” -unknown
Build a stronger memory.
When you’re reading, you’re exercising your mind. All that activity keeps your memory sharp. Every character and every plot requires you to remember something new. It’s said that new memories make new brain synapses; the things that help short-term memory recall. Did you remember to feed the dog before you left home this morning?
Start (or keep) Reading
Books offer timeless information. Learn something entirely new or learn it from another perspective. Take a mental vacation or give your brain a workout. Whatever reason you choose to read, know you’re making a good decision.