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6 Reasons Why You Should Remodel Your Home

Remodeling your home is definitely not an inexpensive proposition, and sure it will cause some disruption in your everyday life for a while. A time will come when you feel you should remodel your home: however, your family may not see eye to eye with you. It may be hard for you to convince them of the need to do it. Here are six reasons you can put forth to sell the remodel idea to your family, and perhaps even to your own self. Enhancing market value Your home is an integral part of the future of your family. Remodeling your home will fix any deterioration that has occurred, and increase its market value as well. Whether you plan to sell it in the near future or not, any increase in its market value is always good. Incorporating ‘go green’ measures Utility costs are going to keep increasing forever. ‘Go green’ measures incorporated into the remodel, will reduce your electricity bills significantly. The following are a few such measures: replacing old windows with e

Protect Yourself from Unscrupulous Contractors - Part 2

Here is the second part of the article on how to ensure that you have the right contractor for your home remodel. Spend Time Interviewing Do not be afraid to ask questions, no matter how silly you are afraid they are. It’s your money being spent and you have a right to ask what you want. If the contractor is a good one he will not be offended by the questions he is asked and will give you clear answers. A contractor who tries to confuse you with jargon or brushes off your questions with impatient answers is at best one without a client focus and at worst, one with something to hide. Information to Obtain Check the contractor’s legal status. Is he registered with the Better Business Bureau and other relevant organizations? Is his documentation properly printed with details of his registrations etc.? Ensure that you have the contractor’s complete physical address. A PO Box will not be of any use if he abandons the project and you have to serve notice on him. Do not just get the

Protect yourself from Unscrupulous Contractors (Part-1)

You must have heard about the ‘National Center for the Prevention of Home Improvement Fraud’ (NCPHIF). If not, search for it online: you will come to know that it has been set up to help homeowners protect themselves against home remodeling and renovation frauds. Americans spend over $200 billion every year on home improvement. That much money will always lure the sharks.  The truth of the matter, however, is that there are more good and honest home remodeling contractors than crooks. But it is the bad ones who make the news and create fear among homeowners. There are a number of things you can do to protect yourself from unscrupulous contractors. Here are a few important ideas for you. Vital tips Decide on the nature and scope of the remodel. Have a budget in place. Consider the timelines and the insurance options that may be available. Spend time researching contractors and make a shortlist of those who appear to be the best. Contact them and ask for reliable testim

Curb Appeal Remodeling: A few Ideas for Your Benefit

To put it simply, curb appeal is the overall impact your home makes when it is first seen. You do not, of course, want the whole world to visit your home to admire how beautiful it is. But it would be nice to know that everyone who passes by stops for a few seconds to look at it. However, curb appeal is about more than just the pride you have in your home, which affects its value, and is a major consideration when time comes to sell it. For both these reasons, a major home remodel that ignores the exteriors is an incomplete one. The scope of the work required for revamping the external look of your home will depend on the amount of change to be done, and the essential repairs that may be required. An expert remodeling contractor will be able to guide you on what to or not to do, and how it should be done. That being said, here are a few basic issues of the curb appeal of a home you should be familiar with, which will be helpful when you toy wit

Understanding Home Automation (Part–1)

A generation ago, home automation meant a remote control device used to open your garage door. Today, home automation is very high-tech and the essential foundation of a ‘smart home.’ There are three components to the smart home: Home automation, the first, is where electrical devices are hooked up to a central system that automates actions based on user input – for example, the window shades can come down at a predetermined time every day; The second is a system of connected devices that uses the internet and sensors to anticipate the user's needs – for example, the GPS in your car can tell your home when you will arrive, so that the lights and air conditioner will be on when you open the door; The final component is the ’Internet of Things’ (IoT) which uses internet, systems, sensors and processors to allow devices to interact and work in complete automation, with almost no user input. When you do need to control the systems, you can do it all with a smart phone. Wha

How You can Benefit from Design/Build Remodeling

Home remodeling can mean many things. It could simply be repainting a wall or replacing broken tiles. These are things you could do yourself. Or it could mean making major changes in a room, building an additional room, or upgrading your home with automation features. For big jobs, a remodeling contractor is a safe bet. Obviously, when looking for a contractor you want the best – someone who has got a good reputation, is experienced enough and has the right certifications. But there is another important factor to consider – is the contractor equipped to do design/build projects? What Is design/build? In the past, major home remodeling meant many things: seeking the service of an architect or a designer to plan the remodel, finding a contractor (and often subcontractors) for the actual construction, coordinating between them on budgets, timeframes, and workflow and so on. Then there were issues of misunderstanding, miscommunications, disagreements etc., which could aff

How You can Plan the Addition of a Room

More space is always welcome in any home. The best way for you to get it is by the addition of a room. The planning process is important to ensure that you get the extent of space you want without any damage done to the look of your home, and that the new structure is sound in all respects. Your planning can be in five basic stages and if you work through each of them, you will be able to get the new room the way you want it. 1. Identify your objectives   Adding a room will give you more space. But what kind of space do you want? Is it a family room, an entertainment area or one that will just ease congestion? The type of room you add, and its location will depend on what the room is to be used for. The room you need for additional storage space and the one to accommodate a new family member are two completely different things. Trying to convert an addition to another use a few years down the road could involve a major expenditure. 2. Do your research Spend time going through hom