Bathroom Remodeling Ideas

bathroom9If you are like most home owners, you may want to remodel your outdated bathroom so that you will end up with a beautiful, elegant and modern bathroom.  However, the problem facing many homeowners is that they are not sure how to go about this project so that they end up with not only their dream bathroom but also stay within their initial budget.

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Increase Home Value Through Smart Renovation

livingroom2The practice of increasing home value through proper renovation techniques has never been more important than it is today. We constantly hear on the news about poor economy and poor real estate market. Homeowners who plan to increase their home value through renovations should be reminded that the margin for error is slim and a small mistake could easily wipe off their profit or worse result in a total loss.

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Some Home Fix-Up Tasks Are Worth Skipping; Real-Estate Agents Say Big Upgrades Don’t Give Paybacks

December 24, 2008 · Filed under: Bathroom Remodeling, General Renoations, Smart Renovations  

If your New Year’s resolution is to sell your home, it’s probably time to start thinking about how to make that home stand out from the rest.

But before planning any projects, beware: Homeowners aren’t recouping as many improvement costs as they could in recent years, according to a recent study by Remodeling magazine. In fact, real- estate agents advise clients not to overdo it, regardless of what the local market conditions are like.

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Why Adequate Ventilation is Important

December 8, 2008 · Filed under: Air Quality, Moisture Control, Ventilation  

Adequate ventilation in your house is important for two reasons:

Moisture Control – Ventilation will prevent elevated moisture levels within the conditioned space during the heating season. These elevated levels can lead to condensation on window surfaces and give rise to surface mold and mildew, as well as concealed condensation within walls and roof spaces.

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Does Your Home Need More Insulation?

December 3, 2008 · Filed under: Energy Efficiency, Insulation  

To begin to answer this question, you must first find out how much insulation you already have and then determine how much more would be cost-effective. Many older homes have less insulation than homes built today. A qualified home energy auditor will include an insulation check as a routine part of an energy audit. For information about home energy audits, call your local utility company. An energy audit of your house will identify the amount of insulation you have and need, and will likely recommend other improvements as well.

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Avoid Common Home Renovation Pitfalls

1) Zoning, Bylaws & Restrictive Covenants
Before you undertake any renovation or remodeling project, contact planning and zoning department in your city to ensure that your property is zoned for the changes you are planning to undertake.   Just because the house next door has added a second floor or build a new extension, it doesn’t mean that your home is also zoned for such change. Read more

How To Maintain Hardwood Floors

October 18, 2008 · Filed under: Flooring Maintenance, Hardwood Floors, Simple Home Improvements  

swoodfloor2The proper maintenance of your hardwood floors not only contributes to the beauty of your home but it will also prolong and increase the life of your wood floors for many years. Most people feel that maintaining their hardwood floor is a difficult task but to the contrary, wood floor maintenance is very easy and straight forward.  There are two important measures when it comes to maintenance of Hardwood floors. The first measure is damage prevention measure and the second measure is the ongoing or regular care.

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Importance of a Finished Basement

October 17, 2008 · Filed under: Additions & Extensions, Basement, finished basement, Smart Renovations  

In the past basements were only used as storage space and a placed to keep the water tank and the boiler.  However, today finished basement are very desirable and most homebuyers prefer a finished basement.  In fact, many real estate salespeople even include the basement area when calculating the total square footage of a home.

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Most Common Renovations

There are mainly three reasons why people take on the project of renovating their home.  The first reason is to increase the value of their home.  The second reason is to add to the beauty of their home as well as modernization of their home.  The third reason is to create additional space and workability such as adding a second floor or a deck.  This document lists the most common home renovations that have been carried out by home owners and renovators.

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Inexpensive Maintenance That Improves Your Home Image

October 16, 2008 · Filed under: Budget-friendly, Simple Home Improvements, Smart Renovations  

There are certain tasks that are guaranteed to improve the image and marketability of any home.   These tasks are inexpensive and be carried out by most home owners regardless of how much renovation skills one has.  For instance, you can improve the image of your property by cleaning your back yard, mowing the lawns and trimming branches in your yard.  It is reported that good curb appeals greatly enhances the marketability as well as the image of a property.   Therefore, move the old junk off your back yard and take care of the lawns.

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