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How Much Should a Kitchen Remodel Cost?

kitchen remodel budgets need to be planned in advance

The time has come to remodel your kitchen. You’ve paged through the magazines and paid a visit or two to the home center, but do you really know what to expect? When it comes to kitchen remodeling, costs add up fast. If this is your first kitchen remodel, be prepared for a little sticker shock.

We’ve gathered cost estimates to help you create a realistic plan for your kitchen. With this information, you can bring the big picture into focus, but it’s best to work with your builder/remodeler to finalize your kitchen layout & estimated pricing for the features you want.

Remodeling Kitchen... 

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Spring Exterior Maintenance Projects

In some parts of the country, spring is making an appearance. If it hasn’t shown up in your town, it will soon. That means it is time to decide what home maintenance projects you want to tackle this year. Without a doubt, there will be more projects then there will be time or budget, so you will need to prioritize.

Safety is priority one. For the most effective safety inspection try and see your house as a visitor arriving for the first time. Is your house number easy to find during different lighting? Is the path from parking spots to the... 

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Great Schools, Neighborhood & Views, Your Forever Home Features

neighborhoods are important to picking your forever home

When buying a house, you are used to considering things like the size of the house you want, where you want it to be, how many bedrooms, bathrooms etc. But there are bigger issues to consider. You can change many things about a home after you buy it, but, there are facets that once you’ve purchased the house, you are stuck with. It’s crucial to get these factors right when buying your forever home.

ActiveRain.com, surveyed 1,500 realtors who are members of their online community. They work with home buyers and sellers every day, so they know first hand what’s important. For... 

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Types of Contractor Estimates

there are different types of contractor estimates

There are different types of contractor estimates. Understanding how the different estimates work can make the dialog between homeowners and contractors more comfortable. Everyone has heard contractor horror stories, and there isn’t a contractor out there who doesn’t have a homeowner horror story or two … although a professional will never bad mouth a previous client to a potential client.  

The key to a successful relationship with your contractor is communication. It is crucial to establish a relationship so you feel comfortable asking questions as the project progresses.

As a homeowner you must have a good understanding of the work you are... 

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Green Home Improvements

green home improvements are easy & help the environment

When remodeling your home it’s better to think long term rather than focusing on what’s the hottest style. Styles change faster than you can blink an eye, but reliable, sustainable materials can improve the look and feel of your house AND increase the value of your home.  There are many green home improvements you can make with environmentally sound materials.

It takes careful consideration to figure out what eco-friendly materials will suit your lifestyle and your home. Not every green material will be a fit. You need to evaluate what needs to be replaced, what materials are available and which ones will... 

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Spring Checklist For Exterior Home Maintenance

exterior home maintenance checklist includes roof repairs

Unlike the inside of our homes, we can’t control the weather that pummels the outside of our homes. A home maintenance check list is an important tool that can help you inspect and make repairs to your home. With a home maintenance checklist, you can improve the safety of family and friends, reduce the loss of cooled or heated air, and prevent water damage.

It doesn’t matter if you roll up your sleeves and tackle the work or if you delegate to a landscaper, handyman, or other home professional. What’s important is that you are proactive and stay on top of... 

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Pro Tips for Adding Color To Brighten Your Home

sometimes white is perfect for adding color to a room, making other colors pop

Adding color to a room can be just the thing to brighten things up during the shorter days of winter.  Many people stick to neutral colors for fear of picking the “wrong” color.  It doesn’t take much work to find a color that will add pizazz to your room without overwhelming it.

A fresh coat of white paint can enliven any space, but we’re going to show you how to add a pop of color to your house to brighten things up. You can do the work or you can hire a handyman to complete these updates. Most of theses projects... 

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Hard Surface Flooring, A Simple Guide

floor coverings are a great home improvement

When thinking about hard-surface floor coverings there are many different materials to consider, not to mention colors and patterns! Flooring is such a big investment, you want make sure you take your time and make the right choice for your home and family. Initial cost is a consideration, but you must also consider how easy the floor will be to maintain in the long run. This will help you decide whether the flooring you want is the best choice for the room where it will be installed.  

It would be difficult to list the numerous hard-surface floor coverings out there.... 

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Protecting Floors with Mats & Shoe Storage

floor mats help protect your home's floors

Have you protected your floors from the elements and the wear tear of foot traffic? There are several mats and shoe storage solutions that can extend the life of the floors in your entryway. Which solution is best for you will depend on where you live and how much traffic travels through your door from both two footed creatures and four footed creatures.

Along with protecting your floors, mats and shoe cubbies can also improve the safety of your entryway.  Floor mats absorb water and debris, reducing the risk of slips and falls.  The same is true for having a bench... 

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Organize The Attic Now, 4 Tips to Get Started

Organize your attic with shelves built from regular lumber

It’s time to organize the attic, and what better way to get some exercise on a cold winter day. An organized attic can save you time when searching for things, and also save you money as too often we’ll buy a duplicate of what we own because we can’t find it.  So why not take time to organize things now and save yourself headaches later. 

Start Organizing The Attic Today

There’s no better time to start than right now. Start by sorting through the stored items and make three piles, keep, toss and donate. Keep the important items, but, if you can’t... 

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