Painting your home is one the most inexpensive ways to transform your interior and exterior spaces. This is especially important if you are on a budget and planning to sell or rent your home right away or in the next 2 to 3 years.
Staging your home for sale or rent
When selecting a paint color, keep in mind that most buyers and renters are focused on three things when they look purchase or rent a home:
Drive around some of the close in Washington DC metro areas like Chevy Chase, Bethesda, and Arlington and you will still find large numbers of homes being remodeled or totally renovated. Didn't anyone bother to tell these people that the housing market is over priced by 25 percent? Apparently not. So what's behind all this activity.
Doing a home improvement project doesn't necessarily mean going out and buying brand new ecologically sound products and spending money. Repurposing old book shelves and old IKEA kitchen cabinets headed for the landfill is not only green, but saved us $1,200 plus. We also found over $400 in our garage doing this project.
You can walk into a Lowes or Home Depot today and you'll be asked by friendly sales associates if you want a free estimate on windows, heating and air conditioning, carpeting and kitchen cabintetry. Both Lowes and Home Depot really market their installation services. Now we're wondering it if was worth it/
I am in the process of refinishing all the hardwood floors in my 1930's home. The old old finish was easy to remove with Zinsser Strip Fast Furniture Refinisher and we didn't restain and it looks beautiful. We put on several coats of a protectant finish that has a little bit of gloss to it. But the previous owner had refinished one room and it has a matte polyurethane finish on. This remover doesn't seem to budge this finish & I'm at a loss.
Choosing a general contractor or a plumber, electrician, mason, or HVAC specialist these days requires that you really do your homework and research. The economy has really hurt remodeling contractors across the board. Many companies are striving to retain seasoned workers and meet payroll. We point out ten contractor scams and what you can do to protect yourself.
Ten Common Scams and How to Beat Them
1) You can't verify whether the contractor is licensed to do work in your State nor their name, address, phone number or license number.
Most people think "summer" when it comes to ceiling fans. However, using your ceiling fan properly during winter can reduce your heating bills. This is especially true in homes with cathedral and tray ceilings.
Todays ceiling fans are very efficient in moving air around. They are really meant to be used all year though in the dead of winter and the heat of summer. They key to using your ceiling fan properly is to adjust the rotation of the fan blades. Most ceiling blades allow this.
A kitchen remodel can be quite the undertaking. You may only be updating a few things - the cabinets and countertops perhaps - or taking on the entire room floor to ceiling. Either way, you'll no doubt agree it's a time investment. But it can also be a colossal money investment, especially if you don't plan before you start knocking down walls. Budgeting in general is not always easy, and remodels have a way of running over budget. But with a little planning and priority setting, you can effectively budget for your renovation.
1. DO Use Granite Where Function Counts
Granite is perfectly functional as well as attractive. Years of use prove it wears well over time, even in high-traffic zones of the house. Granite works great for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanity tops, and tabletops. Instead of having to choose between function and style you get both when you choose granite.
2. DON'T Hide Granite
Sometimes I dream about being at a Remodeling Convention and speaking my mind to a room filled with contractors. Sure we all know thta the National Association of The Remodeling Industry suggests ways of finding a contractor. However, I think its high time that we focus on underlying issues that make remodeling one of the most stressful activities for both contractors and home onwers alke.
Years ago when you thought of modular homes you didn't think of quality construction. Those days are long gone as Architects, Builders and Haven Homes, a modular home residential manufacturer, combine forces to provide homeowners and remodelers an option to building a stick house or doing an extensive renovation. Modular construction is more common than we think. It's very common in the aerospace and maritime industries and increasingly popular for buildings.
Home remodeling is very stressful even for people who are in the construction business like Donald Trump, who routinely construct grand projects. While we think remodeling has its benefits, it also has its costs and they are not all monetary. Broken nerves, lives turned upside down and possibly divorce and an end to life long friendships are all a possibility. So before you take that leap, think really hard not only about the money, but assess your ability to handle the project and all the other things you are doing.
Eight Reasons to not remodel