Category: General Contractors

What To Do Before, During And After A Hurricane Or Tropical Storm

Evacuation Route Sign

When a hurricane or tropical storm damages your home, the questions and uncertainty racing through your mind may be endless. What is the first thing you should do? Who is the first person you should call? How long will it take to get your life back to normal? Here are just a few tips on… Read more »

What to Know About the “Contract” in General Contracting

Signing a Contract

Having a clear, comprehensive contract with your general contractor is one of the most important aspects of a successful home remodeling or renovation project. It can make all the difference between a project you’ll be pleased with for years to come, or one that turns into an expensive headache. A contract protects you, your budget,… Read more »

6 Reasons to Hire a Professional Contractor

Reasons To Hire A Professional Contractor

Most homeowners think about renovations sooner or later. Unless you have good handle on home improvement, you’ll probably hire someone to do the work for you. That’s where things can get tricky. Who do you hire, and how do you know whether he’s reputable? A professional contractor is always the right choice, and for many… Read more »

Thought Leader Series: Winter Weather is Upon Us; Be Prepared for Extreme Weather

Winter Storm

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When to Know if it’s Time for Siding Replacement

Is it time for siding replacement?

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 when to replace siding: Signs of siding problems. Chances are you can tell when your siding doesn’t look as good as it once did. But even before… Read more »

How Kitchen Remodeling Budgets Go Over

kitchen remodeling projects

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 »

Survival Tips After a Home Disaster

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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… Read more »

A Quick Guide To Planning A Home Addition

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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 »

Wood Stove And Fireplace Safety Tips

Fireplace Home Improvment

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

Home Restoration Storm Damage

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 »

8 Ways to Winterize Your House

Cleaning Gutters

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. Minimize the Impact of Winter and Improve your Home’s Energy… Read more »

Master Bathroom Remodeling Ideas

Master Bathroom Remodel Ideas

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

Mold facts about mold restoration

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 Contractor Connection

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

pet friendly home remodeling

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

pet friendly home 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 »

Fire Damage Restoration Tips to Know Now

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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 »

What is an FHA 203k Home Improvement Loan?

203k loan 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 »

Six Tips For An Affordable Kitchen Remodel

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 »

Overwhelmed by House Renovation? Get Survival Tips!

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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 »