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Tips and Ideas for protecting, improving or restoring your home.

Is It Time To Replace Your Siding?
Is It Time To Replace Your Siding?

Your home protects you from the harsh elements of nature. Over time, your home’s exterior takes a real beating – especially if you have siding. Here’s how to determine if it may be time to replace your siding. Signs of siding problems. Chances are you can tell when your siding doesn’t look as good as it… Read more »

Why Kitchen Remodeling Projects Go Over Budget
Why Kitchen Remodeling Projects Go Over Budget

A kitchen remodeling project is only exciting and fun until it starts to expand beyond the budgetary borders you’ve set. Going over budget occurs far too often, leaving homeowners in distress over how they’ll finish their projects while still managing to keep food on the table and pay the bills. On average, homeowners recoup only about 65% of… Read more »

Life After A Home Disaster: Survival Tips
Life After A Home Disaster: Survival Tips

A home disaster can include fires or floods that strike suddenly, overwhelming unfortunate homeowners. If you’ve suffered a disaster that damaged your home, the first thing to do is determine whether it’s safe to stay in your home while repairs are taking place. Here’s what to consider when making that decision, and what steps to… Read more »

A Quick Guide To Planning A Home Addition
A Quick Guide To Planning A Home Addition

Before you buy materials or start swinging a hammer, make sure you have a plan in place for your new home addition. Consider working with a home addition contractor to make sure you’ve thought of everything. The following tips can help you pull together a plan for success. Think about why you’re adding a room…. Read more »

Infographic: Home Fire Safety Tips and Facts
Infographic: Home Fire Safety Tips and Facts

The risk of a home fire rises during cooler weather, but it can be a threat year-round. From space heaters placed too close to flammable materials, to forgotten stove burners left on and unattended, there are a number of potential fire dangers in the average home. The good news is that with increased awareness, plus… Read more »

Wood Stove And Fireplace Safety Tips
Wood Stove And Fireplace Safety Tips

If you want to feel cozy, nothing beats curling up in front of a fireplace or a wood-burning stove when temperatures outside drop. But as comforting as a warm fire makes us feel, there are some risks. Luckily, it only takes a few simple precautions to protect your family and home so that you can… Read more »

How To Hire A Home Restoration Contractor
How To Hire A Home Restoration Contractor

The best contractors are highly sought after and it can be difficult to get on their schedules. That’s why, when you need a home restoration contractor for major repairs after a disaster, it’s tempting to just go with whomever you can get the fastest. Resist falling into that trap. Disasters and home repairs are stressful… Read more »

Infographic: Water Damage Tips and Facts
Infographic: Water Damage Tips and Facts

Water damage is one of the most common and costly types of damage a homeowner can experience. If you have water damage to your home, Contractor Connection has a nationwide network of professional contractors ready to help. Our contractors have experience in flood repair and remediation, including work involving insurance claims. To find a contractor… Read more »

Be Ready For The Cold: Winterize Your Home
Be Ready For The Cold: Winterize Your Home

As the days grow shorter, the air feels brisker, and the leaves begin to turn, residents of cold-weather climes start to think about the toll snow, ice and freezing temperatures can take on their houses. Now is the time to protect and winterize your home. Take these steps to minimize the impact of Old Man… Read more »

Ideas For Remodeling Your Master Bathroom 
Ideas For Remodeling Your Master Bathroom 

After a long day, the thought of retreating to the master bath has restorative powers. Creating a master bath oasis will not only improve your quality of life, it will add to your home’s resale value. To ensure you get the results you want, consider the following tips, then hire a professional bathroom remodeling contractor…. Read more »

Get The Facts About Mold Remediation
Get The Facts About Mold Remediation

The word “mold” can strike fear in the heart of a homeowner. An undetected leak, water damage, lack of air circulation, high humidity – all of these things can lead to a problem with mold. Mold left untreated not only causes damage to your home; it can be a serious health hazard, so it’s important… Read more »

Storm Damage? Hire A Contractor You Can Trust
Storm Damage? Hire A Contractor You Can Trust

Natural disasters can bring out the best in people, neighborhoods and communities as they work together to repair and rebuild. Unfortunately, such disasters can also bring out the worst: Unscrupulous contractors who take advantage of storm victims’ urgent need for help. With the potential for millions of homes along the East Coast to have been… Read more »

What To Do About A Flooded Basement
What To Do About A Flooded Basement

Heavy rains, broken pipes, or failing water heaters or sump pumps are just a few of the circumstances that can lead to a flooded basement. Regardless of the cause, act fast to avoid long-term damage. There are some steps homeowners can take to help mitigate the effects of flooding, but if standing water is an… Read more »

Ideas For Pet-Friendly Remodeling
Ideas For Pet-Friendly Remodeling

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, an estimated 36.5 percent of U.S. households include dogs, while 30.4 percent include cats. Why not include these important members of the family in your home remodeling plans? Consider your pets’ needs in relation to your own when incorporating remodeling for pets into your renovation plans. Here are… Read more »

House Fire Restoration: What To Know
House Fire Restoration: What To Know

With record droughts plaguing parts of the United States, fire is becoming an all-too-common threat for homeowners. Should your home get caught in an out-of-control wildfire or fall victim to a more common kitchen or electrical fire, you’ll want to contact a house fire restoration expert and take your own action to remediate the damage…. Read more »

203(k) Loans: Get The Facts
203(k) Loans: Get The Facts

It’s a rare property that doesn’t need any improvements made upon purchase or before it can be sold, but some require extensive work, which can make it difficult to get a traditional bank loan. Did you know that there’s a special type of home loan designed especially for fixer-uppers? Called a Section 203(k) loan, it… Read more »

Tips For Carpet And Rug Cleaning
Tips For Carpet And Rug Cleaning

Remember the day your carpet was installed? It was so soft, fluffy, fresh-smelling, and oh-so pristine. Now fast-forward, and there’s that pink spot where red wine was spilled at book club, those dented circles where the sofa used to be, and the lingering aroma of dog. It may seem like a tough task, but you… Read more »

Six Tips For An Affordable Kitchen Remodel
Six Tips For An Affordable Kitchen Remodel

If the phrase “kitchen remodel” was the prompt given while playing a word association game, no doubt many of us would respond with “expensive” or “cost-prohibitive.” It is, however, possible to create a beautiful, functional kitchen without breaking the bank. Here are six ways to keep your kitchen remodel affordable: Plan carefully. Developing a master… Read more »

How To Survive Home Remodeling
How To Survive Home Remodeling

It’s exciting to imagine the end result of a home remodeling project, envisioning a fabulous new bathroom, lovely new floors, or a gleaming, modern kitchen. Getting to the end, however, can take some patience, savvy and planning. Depending upon the project, you may have to deal with everything from workmen arriving at the break of… Read more »

Tips To Improve Home Energy Efficiency
Tips To Improve Home Energy Efficiency

A good way to save money on household expenses is to improve home energy efficiency. In some cases this will mean an initial investment, but in others, a bit of time and effort will pay dividends for years to come. Try these tips for increasing your home’s energy efficiency: Start with an energy audit: Check… Read more »

What To Know About Historic Home Restoration
What To Know About Historic Home Restoration

Whether a Queen Anne Victorian, a Craftsman bungalow or a New England saltbox, historic homes need special care and attention. When you have a historic home, you are more than a homeowner; you are the guardian of the house. Your family will be leaving its imprint on the history of the home, so any alterations… Read more »

Get Ready To Sell With Home Remodeling
Get Ready To Sell With Home Remodeling

If your home is looking a bit dated or if it qualifies as a “fixer-upper,” expect it to take longer to sell and perhaps not fetch as much as a turn-key property. Tackling home remodeling projects can be off-putting to many busy people while others find it difficult to envision a home’s potential. For these… Read more »

Why Hire A General Contractor For Your Room Addition?
Why Hire A General Contractor For Your Room Addition?

A room addition can add value to your home, alleviate the need for an expensive move, and increase your enjoyment of your living quarters. It’s a big project, with many moving parts, so it’s not a good candidate for a DIY project. The time and work required to handle every aspect of the project can… Read more »

What To Do When You Have A Roof Leak
What To Do When You Have A Roof Leak

Summer often means lazy days, picnics, fireworks, cool dips in the lake … and roof leaks. When summer’s downpours and thunderstorms hint at roof problems, taking action immediately can prevent most costly repairs or replacement down the road. Here’s what you can do when you have a roof leak: Finding the roof leak – The… Read more »

How To Prevent Common Home Disasters
How To Prevent Common Home Disasters

“If only” … how many times have we prefaced our regrets with an “if only” statement? Many common home disasters fall under this category as they can easily be prevented through routine maintenance, inspection and upkeep. To keep those “if only” homeowner’s regrets to a minimum, follow this advice: If only I’d cleaned out the… Read more »

Money-Saving Home Improvements
Money-Saving Home Improvements

Spending money may actually save you money when you complete upgrades and projects that can help lower the costs of owning a home. These practical home improvements can pay for themselves over time by reducing the costs of energy and water, and even homeowners insurance. A sampling of money-saving home improvements include: Drought-resistant landscaping: With… Read more »

Top 5 Mistakes When Hiring A Contractor
Top 5 Mistakes When Hiring A Contractor

For many people, building or remodeling a home is something they have to squeeze into their busy lives. From researching online for a few hurried minutes before bed, to making quick calls during a child’s soccer game, it can be difficult to find the time to find and interview contractors. When you’re pressed for time,… Read more »

Act Fast To Minimize Water Damage
Act Fast To Minimize Water Damage

Water damage to your home can happen suddenly from a flash flood or burst pipe, or slowly and almost imperceptibly, as with a hidden leak. Either way, taking quick action is the key to minimizing damage. It’s imperative to seek professional help as soon as you know about the problem to prevent even more serious… Read more »

Short On Yard Space? You Can Still Enjoy The Outdoors At Home
Short On Yard Space? You Can Still Enjoy The Outdoors At Home

High-density living often means going without a great deal of outdoor space. With some creativity, however, it is possible to carve out an exterior niche without major home remodeling. Adding to existing structures or making the most out of small outdoor spots you do have creates a way to connect with fresh air and sunshine…. Read more »

Tips For Remodeling A Fixer-Upper
Tips For Remodeling A Fixer-Upper

Remodeling a fixer-upper looks fast and easy on the popular home improvement TV shows, but renovating a property in disrepair or in need of major updating is a significant undertaking. Buying and renovating a fixer-upper can, however, be a worthwhile project with some smart planning and preparation. Build your fixer-upper team. You may be impatient… Read more »

Focus On Material And Style When Choosing Carpeting
Focus On Material And Style When Choosing Carpeting

When you emerge from bed in the morning, do you want to sink your toes into luxurious softness? Then carpeting is for you! Besides its endearing softness, wall-to-wall carpeting provides insulation, sound-absorption, and slip resistance. When choosing carpeting from all of those samples on the showroom floor, hone in on material and style. Carpeting materials… Read more »

Types Of Flooring: What’s Old Is New Again
Types Of Flooring: What’s Old Is New Again

From cork to terrazzo to linoleum, once-popular types of flooring are making a comeback thanks to their eco-friendliness, durability and design appeal. Whether your home is new or vintage, these flooring options will set it apart. Cork – A material that’s been used for centuries, cork is now a green building staple. Cork is an… Read more »

Consider Accessible Design For Your Home Remodeling Project
Consider Accessible Design For Your Home Remodeling Project

“Baby Boomers,” members of the largest generation in U.S. history, who were born between 1946 and 1964, have begun to retire. As more of this generation ages, accessible design will become a key feature to consider when remodeling or building an addition or new home. Whether you are thinking ahead to reselling, plan to have… Read more »

Home Remodeling Checklist: Start Your Project Right
Home Remodeling Checklist: Start Your Project Right

Whether your home remodeling project is simple or complex, making some basic decisions in the beginning will go a long way toward ensuring you’ll be happy with the results. Use this home remodeling checklist as your starting point for your project. 1. Set the schedule Do you have a can’t-miss deadline, such as an important… Read more »

Ideas For Outdoor Living Spaces
Ideas For Outdoor Living Spaces

With spring on its way, consider reinventing your outdoor space into one that encourages you to spend more time under the sun and stars. To create a comfortable, inviting area, you will need your plan to incorporate seating, a view, a shady spot for hot days, and privacy. You can decorate your exterior room much… Read more »

Spruce Up This Spring With Your Tax Refund
Spruce Up This Spring With Your Tax Refund

In recent years, the average tax refund has been in the neighborhood of $2,600. If you’re anticipating money back or already have your refund in hand, one way to put it to good use is on home repairs or improvements. Whether you want to stay within the amount of your refund or use it to… Read more »

Use Color Psychology When Choosing Paint
Use Color Psychology When Choosing Paint

With thousands of options to choose from, choosing paint colors can be a daunting exercise. One way to narrow it down is to consider how you want to feel when you come home after a long day. Do you want to open your front door to a calming oasis or to a space that energizes… Read more »

Tips For Successful Home Staging
Tips For Successful Home Staging

When preparing your home to go on the market, consider the four c’s for making your home look its best to potential buyers: Clutter Clean Cosmetic Curb appeal Many homeowners will be able to tackle the four c’s themselves, although there is professional help available to augment those efforts. Try these easy and inexpensive home staging… Read more »

Consider Durability When Choosing Roofing Materials
Consider Durability When Choosing Roofing Materials

When the rumble of distant thunder fills you with dread and a downpour has you scurrying for buckets to catch the leaks, then it’s inevitable: time for a new roof. How long that new roof keeps you feeling cozy and snug largely depends on the roofing material you choose. Durability is a significant factor when… Read more »

Kitchen Remodeling Myths
Kitchen Remodeling Myths

Kitchen remodeling doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Kitchen remodeling can be one of the most intimidating home renovation projects, and many people live with outdated or inconvenient kitchens for years to avoid the upheaval and expense of remodeling. It can be a big job, but with the right kitchen remodeling contractor, you can stick to… Read more »

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