Archive for Home Improvement

10 Tricks Burglars Use to Break In

Apr 01, 2013 No Comments

Everyone knows that intruders look for the absence of an alarm system when breaking in, but what other things do they check for? Convicted burglars share the tricks they use when deciding whether to break into a home and the strategies they employ to carry it off.   1) Burglars will leave an innocuous restaurant […]

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Choosing Roofing Materials for Hot Climates

Mar 18, 2013 No Comments

A roof is a huge investment that adds value to your home—in addition to keeping you safe and dry—so selecting the right roofing material is a weighty decision. Cost shouldn’t be the only factor you consider though; the climate you live in plays an important role in determining how long your roof will last and […]

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10 Things You Need to Know About Window Replacement

Feb 06, 2013 No Comments

Whether you’re interested in installing new energy-efficient windows or need to replace storm windows, there are ten things every homeowner should consider regarding window replacement.   Avoid DIY Disaster – It’s always a good idea to hire a professional for any home improvement project, window replacement included.   Determine the Right Windows for Your Needs […]

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What Defines a Great Contractor?

Jan 28, 2013 No Comments

A truly great contractor understands your home improvement needs, listens to you, and has the skills and licensed experience to get the job done right. Before you decide on a contractor, you should take these factors into consideration along with affordability in order to avoid problems during and after the work is completed.   Hiring […]

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Creepy Basement? Give It a Fab Finish

Jan 21, 2013 No Comments

If your basement is unfinished, it could be downright frightening in terms of appearance and potential expense. Still, it’s possible to give your basement the finish your home deserves with a little planning and strategic focus. You may be interested in turning the basement into an apartment for an older parent or a laundry room […]

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5 Renovations that May Decrease Your Home’s Value

Jan 16, 2013 No Comments

Homeowners are often surprised to learn that not all home improvement projects will add value to their homes—no matter how much they may personally enjoy them. The five projects listed below are not likely to provide the return on investment needed to make them worthwhile.   Customized Additions or Renovations – Adding an extra bathroom […]

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Home-Maintenance Checklist for January

Jan 07, 2013 No Comments

Use this month to prevent serious water damage from occurring, which means checking for leaky pipes and preventing them from bursting. Pay close attention to pipes that are exposed to the air or cold temperatures, such as pipes in unheated attics, basements, or garages, garden sprinkler lines, swimming pool pipes, and those in outside walls, […]

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The Perils of Going Without Permits and Licensed Builders

Jan 04, 2013 No Comments

The DIY philosophy adopted by many current and potential homeowners is admirable and often cost-effective. But there are some instances when DIY can leave your home dreams DOA – dead on arrival. There are certain things homeowners should never do to save money: namely, going about a build or addition without the necessary permits and […]

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The 10 Most Common Paint Problems

Dec 27, 2012 No Comments

There are some paint issues that are too common to be altogether avoided. Here are ten common painting problems that can chip away at your home improvement dreams:   Peeling – Peeling can be caused either by moisture or poor adhesion. It can be repaired with caulking, priming, and repainting with top quality acrylic paint. […]

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Ways to Winterize Your Home

Nov 28, 2012 No Comments

Winter is here, and it’s time to start thinking about ways to increase the warmth of your home without increasing your heating spend. Fortunately, there are many cost-effective and tax beneficial ways that homeowners can stay toasty this wintertime.   When was the last time you checked your gutters? By clearing out leaves and other […]

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