Archive for Home Improvement

The Secret to Picking the Right Contractor

Nov 21, 2011 No Comments

There are basically three types of contractors: 1) the persnickety price gouger who will charge top dollar for any home renovation project because he thinks he’s an artiste; 2) the unreliable low-baller who will give you the cheapest estimate just to get your business and then wreck your home; and 3) the dependable craftsman who […]

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Cat Got Your Painter?

Nov 07, 2011 No Comments

The last time you hired a painter to do work in your home, he was so overcome by an allergic reaction to your cats that he rushed through the job just so he could get out of your house sooner. Alas, his haste showed in the finished product. Oops. You forgot to inquire about his […]

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How to Prevent Fights over Home Renovation Projects

Oct 24, 2011 No Comments

In every couple, it seems, there is the one who wants save money on home renovation projects by taking the DIY-approach and the one who wants to pay someone to do the job for them. It doesn’t matter whether the project is installing new windows on the whole house, or simply putting up window treatments. […]

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Covering Window Shades and Blinds

Oct 10, 2011 No Comments

You’ve just had beautiful, energy efficient windows installed, but now its time to reflect on how you want to cover them. That means thinking about things like design, privacy and energy savings. Fortunately, from honeycomb shades to remote control blinds, there are a lot of options. From the design perspective, the basic decision you have […]

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Are Bullet-Proof Windows in Your Home’s Future?

Sep 23, 2011 No Comments

Unless you’re planning on moving into the White House (and at this point, what sane person wants to?), chances are you won’t be shopping for bullet-proof windows any time soon. However, it is interesting to note how these White House trappings differ from the replacement windows you might consider for your own home. Bullet-proof windows […]

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Home Improvement for the Unhandy

Jul 04, 2011 1 Comment

Don’t know a window sash from epoxy grout? This is your place to find out about dealing with those who want to bid for your business and help you in your quest for home salvation. On The Importance of Hiring a Licensed Contractor So, you’re standing there in your half-gutted bathroom, a look of bewilderment […]

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Making Your Home More Child-Friendly

Jun 14, 2011 No Comments

Parents have enough to worry about regarding child safety without adding in-home hazards to the mix. Thankfully, childproofing your home doesn’t have to be an expensive exercise. A home services contractor can work with parents to simply and affordably childproof and improve the home. At first, parents may think that they can make these home […]

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Windows 101: An Introduction to the Essentials

Jun 01, 2011 No Comments

Since windows are one of the signature design elements of your home, not to mention a source of energy savings, it’s important to consider several factors before purchasing new windows or repairing older ones. First, you have to decide whether you want to get involved in repairing windows you currently have, or replacing them and […]

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Tips for Choosing the Right Paint Color

May 02, 2011 No Comments

Home painting projects are fun yet daunting. Deciding the colors that work best for your home can be a challenge. But as is true of any home improvement project, having a plan can be a difference maker. First, it’s important to understand the mood you want your color to convey. Are you interested in warm […]

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Winter Weather Worries? Install Storm Windows and Save

Apr 01, 2011 No Comments

Oh the weather outside is frightful… but aside from the comfort of a warm fireplace, what would really be delightful is ensuring that the winter rains and snows don’t damage your home. For this, homeowners should hire home services professionals to install energy efficient storm windows. These windows will not only add value to your […]

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