Home Remodeling Basics

Attempting to do any home renovation yourself can be a project that starts off simple, looks fairly easy, and then turns complicated and overwhelming, really fast. You peel back a corner of carpeting on Saturday morning, and a lightbulb goes off in your head: You can refinish these hardwood floors yourself.  You’ve never done it, […]

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Kitchen Renovation: Kitchen Peninsula or Island?

You probably want more work room and/or storage space in the kitchen.  But there doesn’t seem to be available space. Kitchen countertops, minus the sink, refrigerator, and stove, become cluttered with small kitchen appliances, etc.  Cabinet space is already full with boxed foods, canned goods, spices, regular-use dishes, cookware, and storage containers. Kitchen islands and […]

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Things to Consider When Renovating an Older House

You chose a 100-year-old home because of the neighborhood and the character of the house.   But there are many issues that come along with an older home. If you’ve lived there for a while, you’ve undoubtedly discovered many of these issues that the home inspector didn’t even mention.  Inspectors are definitely not contractors! There’s […]

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Lesser Known Issues I Wish I Knew BEFORE I Started My Remodeling Project

Remodels are full of surprises, disappointments, delays, extended timelines, and blown budgets. Conservative gripes suggest that you plan for it to cost 50 percent more and take twice as long — if not more.  And that’s just budget and timeline, not including quality control issues. Most people assume all contractors know their trade and will […]

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4 Not-So-Fun Things to Expect During a Home Renovation

Carrying out renovations to your home is a big decision, as it can be costly, time-consuming and stressful. Careful planning before the renovation begins is crucial – not only does a budget need to be fixed but a schedule put in place to estimate the date of completion. Not everything can be planned for, there […]

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Home Remodeling Budget Do’s and Don’ts

Home renovations can be exciting. But renovating a kitchen,  basement, master bathroom, or a whole house addition, can also be a nightmare without proper guidance and preparedness. Homeowners should have a plan, of course, plus there are some home remodeling budget “do’s and don’ts” that will help ensure a smooth process and a great end […]

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7 Signs It’s Time for a Home Renovation

You love your home, its location and neighborhood, but it’s showing it has outdated fixtures and cabinetry in the kitchen or an obsolete layout that you need to change. Where do you even start with any home remodel ideas? Here’s a home remodeling checklist to help you decide if it’s time to finally start renovating […]

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Top 5 Remodeling Mistakes That Homeowners Make

While renovation mistakes do happen, they can be costly both in cash and in emotional distress.   But with a little due diligence, you can save yourself a lot of time, stress and money. I’ve made a list of the top renovation mistakes that homeowners make, as well as some advice on what you can […]

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13 Home Renovation Traps to Avoid

So you bought a house, at a good price, that needs some renovation. Now comes the hard part: making your dreams come true.  It’s been my experience that 99.99% of the time there’s a lot more to the home renovation than the homeowner is aware of, at least in the beginning. It’s just the nature […]

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To DIY or Not to DIY

Do it yourself (DIY) home projects seem like a great idea. People attempt DIY home improvement projects to try and save some money on much needed home improvements and renovations. DIYers might even pick up a few home renovation skills along the way or get to finally use the new tools Santa brought them a […]

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