Planning to Remodel

2012 Home Remodeling Diary

The process of remodelling your home can be intimidating, but if you break down the project into several manageable steps it becomes easier to tackle. Divide those lists into seasons, and you should have a smooth, stress free remodelling experience:

January

It’s hard to get any serious work done while it’s still winter. Take advantage of your New Year’s resolution energy to get started with the basics. Be ruthless and spend some time throwing out as much clutter as you can, and neatly storing the things you can’t bear to part with.

February

The New Homeowner's Wish List

So you've left behind the world of renting for the greener pastures of home ownership; congratulations! Now it's time to outfit your new home with everything your former-apartment-resident heart desires. If you're like a lot of homeowners, you've invested so much in this opportunity that you might be a little broke now. Fear not! As the holidays roll around, the time is right to create a wish list of items you could use around the house. Here are some practical suggestions that will make great gifts and also help you succeed in your new venture.

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Remodeling Market Index vs Reality in Washington DC Area

According to the Residential Remodeling Index (RRI) by the National Association of Home Builders, the level of remodeling and replacement project activity nationally declined in the third quarter of 2011. Specifically the RRI registered a score of 80.17, which was a decline of 0.8 percent over the revised second quarter result of 80.84. The quarterly decline was slightly less severe than the prior quarter decline but was more severe than originally forecasted.

Old houses- should you remodel or tear it down?

Sooner or later, many people who start the process of remodeling an entire house are usually faced with the the question of whether or not to just knock down the house and build a new one. After hiring an architect or design/build firm, you'll start to tally up the costs and before you know it, you are talking $700,000+ and months of stress. The problem is even if you spend that kind of money, you may not have the house that you desire because the existing structure limits the design. 

What You Should Know Before Buying a Fixer Upper

When it comes to buying your first home, you might not have the money to purchase a structure that is brand new and features the latest technology and the best building materials.  Even those who are trading up from a condo or small home may be on the market for a great deal on a large property that needs a little work.  But whatever your reasons for considering a home that has been termed a “fixer upper” you should go into the arrangement with your eyes open. 

How to spot a Lousy Remodeling Contractor

You can do all the research and planning for a remodeling project, but the most important thing to do is to make sure you select the right contractor. If you hire a lousy contractor, there is not much you can do, except suffer both financially and emotionally under the enormous stress. That's truly sad and situations like this are the topic of shows on HGTV like "Holmes on Homes."

How to Save Money and Do Yourself Some Real Favours with Office Renovations

Good office design at home or at work can work as a problem solver and problem prevention process. It’s amazing how many people spend a lot of money renovating offices, and simply don’t realize they’ve got a great chance to do themselves a favour, solve a lot of space management and other issues in the workplace while they’re doing it. The fact is that most office designs do have some flaws.

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