home renovation Tag

8 Mar 2018

6 most common mistakes homeowners make when hiring a General Contractor

Whether you’re getting ready to tackle your outdated kitchen or fixing up your home to sell, you’ll likely need to lean on the expertise of a general contractor to get the job done. Here are the six most typical mistakes homeowners make when it comes to working with a GC and how you can avoid them. Not getting referrals Don’t go with the first contractor you google, but rather ask around for a better experience. Ideally, your efforts will hopefully provide you with a list of three to four candidates. If you’re unable to get referrals through trusted sources, use sites like Angie’s List, Houzz or NextDoor to help you find the right person. Just be sure to evaluate these recommendations carefully...
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2 Sep 2016

Get the Most Bang for Your Renovation Buck #FlashbackFriday

Perhaps you just purchased an older home for a too-good-to-be-true type deal. The good news: It’s in a fabulous location, in an “up-and-coming” neighborhood. The bad news: You’re now walking on shag carpet anytime you step into your bathroom. Before you swing the sledgehammer, it’s important to know the facts–because not all renovation projects are created equal. Read below to learn which home improvement projects yield the best return. Outdoor Enhancements Curb appeal is like a first impression—there are no do-overs. And when it comes to maximizing your potential return on investment, enhancing your front door and garage door prove to be two of the best investments. A new front door can refresh the overall look and feel of your house and won’t set...
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29 Aug 2016

Unique, Different and Creative Home Improvements

Would you like to make some changes around the house, but want something different that makes your space special? Check out these products, DIY ideas and projects for some different and creative improvements around the house. The difference is in the details. Consider your gutters. Boring. Consider the area where the water runs out and ruts your yard. Irritating. Add a splash of panache with a decorative splash block and make it interesting while solving a problem. Add architectural detail and interest in an instant with decorative molding on an accent wall. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, take a hard look at your staircase handrail. Is it just like everyone else’s? Is it big, without making a big statement? There are so many new options and...
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1 Jul 2016

Permit Protection #FlashbackFriday

Have you been thinking about a remodeling project or considering significant upgrades to your home? If so, don’t forget to check into which building permits you’ll need. Generally, permits are required for the installation, extension, alteration or general repair of electrical, mechanical or plumbing systems. The cost of each permit will depend on the scope of the project and can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. The permitting process will vary depending on your project and where you live. An in-ground swimming pool, for example, will have different requirements than a kitchen remodel. Simple cosmetic changes, such as switching out a faucet, likely won’t require a permit, but changing a sink might. Sometimes a municipality won’t require a permit if the amount...
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4 Jun 2014

Moving in the right direction

The results of the “spring thaw” are finally showing up – and America’s housing market is moving in the right direction. In April 2014, home sales nationally climbed 1.3 percent, to an annual rate of 4.65 million homes, according to the National Association of Realtors®. A healthy demand and an improving inventory is orchestrating this recovery. The number of existing homes for sale climbed 16.8 percent in April, to 2.29 million. Unsold inventory stands at a 5.9 month supply at the current sales price, 6.5 percent higher than a year ago. The median existing home price nationwide in January 2014 was $201,700, which is 5.2 percent above the same month a year ago. However, we continue to see price increases trending downward...
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