After buyers move in to their new home, they should be prepared for some home fixes to present themselves each season, says Rich Escallier, a handyman in Chicago. "If you can go six months without finding something that raises your blood pressure, you're lucky,” Escallier says.
CBS MoneyWatch recently released a checklist of routine maintenance and small home repairs that home buyers should...
As home prices rise, remodelers are feeling optimistic about the home
"Remodelers' positive sentiment is directly related to increased
demand for their services," said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe.
"Rising home prices are making remodeling jobs possible for more home
owners while existing home sales provide additional momentum as home
owners prepare their homes f...
Monday, July 7, 2014
Energy Efficient Appliances: Are they really worth the Price?
Our society is quickly becoming an environmentally-conscious one. You have likely heard the cases made for energy efficient homes that will not only protect the planet, but save you money on your monthly bills. The only problem is that we also live in a budget-conscious world, and replacing a...
Basics of Homeowners Associations
If you live in a newer
suburban community or planned unit development—like some 63 million Americans,
according to the Community Associations Institute—you are probably a
member of homeowners associations, or HOAs.
It’s also a good bet
you haven’t given your HOA much thought until you have a problem. Since HOAs
make and enforce the c...
Whether you’re building a new home or remodeling a current one, there are many aspects to consider: the expense and the multitudes of decisions (some with costly consequences) that you’ll have to live with for years, for starters. It can seem like you need to suddenly become an expert in construction and home design. An architect can guide you through this process, establishing the design and func...
When you ask a contractor for an estimate, it usually includes the direct costs of construction plus a markup charged on some or all of those expenses. This is true whether you have a time-and-materials estimate or a fixed-price one, also known as a bid.
Ranging from 10 to 30 percent or possibly more, markups are often loosely described as covering overhead and profit, although they cover a wi...
Your are ready to remodel. However you want to make sure you get the best contractor for the job. Here are some questions to ask the candidates before to give them the jobs.1. Can you give me a itemized bid or quote?2. Is your bid a estimate or a fixed quote?3. How long have you been doing business in this town?4. Who are your main suppliers?5. Can I meet the fo...
This is a great resource to verify credential of an appraiser and also to look up a professional in your area. There is an advanced search option that can help narrow the list to active or inactive. ...
Home Maintenance TipsIt’s important to keep up with routine maintenance of your home to avoid costly and more involved repairs down the road. The seasons are hard on your home and it’s far easier to keep up with these simple tasks in order to keep the components of your home operating effortlessly.Examine Roof and Gutters for Debris This is one area that is often forgotten about because it’s ...
Bathrooms were the most common type of remodeling job in 2013,
according to the National Association of Home Builder’s Remodeling
Market Index. Bathroom remodeling was cited as the most common job
during 2013 by 72 percent of remodelers, followed by kitchen remodeling
at 70 percent.
Bathroom and kitchen remodeling had been jockeying for the top spot
in terms of popularity over the past ...
"You are the most talented, most interesting, and most extraordinary person in the universe...and you are capable of amazing things." -Emmet (The Lego Movie)We all remember in our youth, how the power of play and imagination gave an outlet of creativity that seemed endless. As children, we would built Lincoln Log houses, built trains out of Legos and turn mud in to a "mud pie." As we g...
Essential Questions to Ask a Contractor
It’s the contractor you pick who makes or breaks your
remodeling project. Finding the right
your job will determine the quality and timeliness of the work, and the amount
of emotional and financial stress you will have to deal with.
To make sure you are
getting the best work from a contractor, h...
Money-Saving DIY Projects
Want to save $8,000 on your new deck? Pick up a drill and build it yourself. A simple rectangular deck can be installed by a DIYer in just two weekends. Image: Hodge Podge Housewife
You’re going to save money with DIY home improvement projects. Sure, everybody knows that.
But did you know how much? Cut professionals out of the equation and you can save half the ...
You want to get projects done around the house, but you lack the skills, desire, or the time to DIY.
The other side of the coin — hiring it all out — is an expensive option you’d like to avoid. What to do?
BIY, that’s what.
BIY — buy-it-yourself — is a smart middle ground for those who want to upgrade their homes, be actively involved in the process, and keep a lid on the budget. A BIYer c...