Archive for Home Improvement

The Lowdown on the Materials Up Above

Oct 03, 2012 No Comments

When most people buy a home, they pray they’ll never have trouble with their roof, but the reality is that most of these structures require either repair or replacement approximately every ten years. Therefore, it’s important to have a good understanding of the types of roofing materials that are available, so you are prepared to […]

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8 Tips on Finding a Top Roofing Contractor

Sep 19, 2012 No Comments

Since getting a new roof on your home is a major investment, you should only select a roofing contractor after doing careful due diligence. This includes asking all the right questions and satisfying any doubts you may have before you make a final choice. Here are several things you should go over with a potential […]

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How to Diagnose Roof Problems

Jul 19, 2012 No Comments

Short of having a roof blown off in a tornado, very few homeowners recognize the signs that it’s time to either invest in roof repair or a new overhead covering altogether. Here are five steps you can take toward evaluating the condition of your roof without actually having to climb up on it: Wait for […]

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What’s on Your Home Improvement Horizon

May 23, 2012 No Comments

If you’ve ever thought of gambling on the future of home improvement, it is a sure bet that technology will be at the heart of it. Here are some changes in the works: Your home’s den will cease to be known as the place where the worn family sofa, TV and dog is located—instead it […]

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Why Hiring a Professional Painter Makes Sense

Apr 19, 2012 No Comments

If you’re an avid do-it-yourselfer, painting the interior or exterior of your home may seem like it would be relatively easy to accomplish. The unvarnished truth, however, is that a professional painter can go a long way toward guaranteeing that the job is done right. Here are a few reasons why: Painting is a skilled […]

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Contractor Agreements: The Right Way to Get it in Writing

Mar 06, 2012 No Comments

When it comes to signing a written agreement with a contractor, the bottom line is who does the document protect—you or him? Obviously, you want the former. This is how to help make sure it goes down that way: First, don’t accept a boilerplate agreement that the contractor may want to give you when you […]

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An Open and Shut Case for Shutters

Feb 06, 2012 No Comments

When the wind howls outside your windows, is there anything you can do short of worrying that you’re whole house is going to be swept to the Land of Oz? Window shutters may be the answer. Operable varieties of shutters placed on the outside of your home’s windows can protect against such things as extreme […]

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One Crucial Window Replacement Element You May be Ignoring

Jan 20, 2012 No Comments

When homeowners shop for replacement windows, one of the biggest mistakes made is overlooking an essential element of the purchase—the warranty offered on the product/parts and labor. The most important aspect of making sure your purchase is properly protected is to get a warranty in writing. If all you get is somebody’s word that he […]

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What Paul Revere’s Contractor Has to Do With Yours

Dec 19, 2011 No Comments

A largely unregulated home improvement trade has been around basically since Paul Revere had someone swap out a bad log in his cabin.  First, those involved in tasks like these were simply called laborers, then handymen, and finally independent contractors. Although there have been many great strides made toward establishing professional standards for contractors over […]

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Buying Building Materials Online: What to Expect

Dec 05, 2011 No Comments

You shop for everything else online, so why not buy your home renovation materials that way, too?  There are many good reasons to follow the e-track, but also some hurdles to satisfaction you might encounter along the way. Basically, if you have some idea of what you’re looking for, buying materials online is easy and […]

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