Pamela Bailey
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Posted by Pamela Bailey on 1/1/2020

Doing a home improvement or renovation is a great way to add value to your home while learning something new. If you decide to DIY, you can enlist the help of your family and learn together.

But, when youíre taking on a task youíve never done before, thereís a lot that can go wrong. You might go over budget, or the project might take significantly longer than expected. Sometimes we start jobs that we donít have the expertise (or permits) to finish and have to call in a professional sinking more time and money into what was supposed to be an inexpensive renovation.

To help you avoid some of these common pitfalls, weíve provided these tips for running a successful home improvement project so you can focus on your renovation and not on the headaches that come with it.

1. Know when to call the experts

Undertaking a do-it-yourself project can be fun and rewarding. However, some tasks are better left to the professionals. Plumbing and electrical mistakes, in particular, can be dangerous and costly if you get it wrong. You donít want to disregard the safety of you, your family, and your belongings just to save money on hiring a professional.

2. Call the best expert for the job

Call multiple professionals for a quote before accepting an offer.

If you received what seems a very low quote for a job, make sure to call other experts in the industry to see how much they would charge for the job. Getting an unusually low offer could be a sign that the contractor will rush the project or use cheap materials.

Alternatively, if you receive a quote that seems too high, the contractor may have a busy schedule or might not really want the job, so theyíve offered you a price they donít expect you to take.

Regardless of who you choose, see if you can find reviews and testimonials to make sure youíve selected a contractor who is professional and has good customer feedback.

3. Aim high with your budget

When homeowners take on a renovation, they tend to underestimate the costs. To avoid being shocked by going over budget, estimate what you think the total costs would be and then at another twenty percent. That twenty percent could account for damaged building materials, mistakes, or last-minute changes and customizations--all are frequent on DIY projects.

4. Donít work without a design or blueprint

Even for simple home improvement projects, itís best to start out with a plan. Having detailed measurements and drawings to refer to will help you avoid costly mistakes. Weíve all felt the temptation to ďeyeball itĒ when working on a project--taking the extra few minutes to measure and refer to your plan will save you time in the long run.

5. Relax and focus on the results

Home improvement projects can be a source of frustration for many families. If you arenít an expert, itís easy to get angry when things arenít going as you planned. If you find yourself frequently hitting a wall-literally or figuratively--step back from the project and refocus on the end goal, improving your home for years to come.




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Posted by Pamela Bailey on 3/20/2019

Green homes are becoming popular, and more home builders are now including eco-friendly homes in nearly all their projects. Apart from the growth in the number of new eco-friendly homes springing up, there is also an increase in the number of green renovation projects. If you are planning to renovate your home, here are some eco-friendly ideas to consider:

Passive design 

Passive design means designing a house such that it needs little or no artificial heating or cooling. When thinking about a passive design, you must take the seasonal weather pattern of your locality into consideration. Once you know the kind of weather to expect all year round, you can structure all the rooms in the home to optimize cooling and heating. Elements for passive design are insulation, orientation, airflow, double glazing as well as thermal mass. The benefit of this is that it does not cost much to incorporate passive design into your house.

Material selection 

Here are some green tips that will assist you in choosing the right material when renovating your home:

  1. First, look into the possibilities of reusing existing building material to reduce waste. 
  2. When buying the materials for restoring your green home, select elements that are environmentally-friendly, avoid substances that release toxic waste to the surroundings. Examples of such materials are glues and paints.

Use sustainable building features

Not only do sustainable building features like skylights assist in creating a cleaner and healthier environment, but they also boost the home's thermal performance by minimizing the need for heating and cooling.

Insulation

Installing effective insulation is an eco-friendly home renovation idea that you should seriously consider. The benefit of proper insulation is that it will make the house comfortable; staying cool during the summer and warm during the winter. Apart from making your home more sustainable, it significantly reduces your energy bill which is one of the most significant sources of carbon footprint in a home.

Minimize construction waste

You should try to consider your waste options before starting the renovation of your green home. There will be a sizeable amount of construction waste such as metal, rubbers, bricks, vinyl, and even toxins such as asbestos. This waste should be cleared effectively by employing the service of licensed professionals who are skilled in this regard.

To get the results you want, work with a general contractor that is experienced in building and renovating eco-friendly homes.





Posted by Pamela Bailey on 7/26/2017

Every homeowner seems to come to a point where they wonder if itís time to sell their home or renovate the one that they currently have. Whether or not you decide to sell immediately, you can start with some renovations to your home that will offer you a big return on your investments and more comfort. Certain renovation projects are more beneficial than others. Weíll go over some of the best projects that you can take on in your home to add value and comfort to your home.



Curb Appeal Pays 


While you may turn to the inside of your home to make improvements first, itís actually more beneficial to update the outside of your home before you even begin to tackle the inside. Curb appeal can boost the value of your home significantly. 


Check Your Insulation


You can improve the overall energy efficiency of your home by sealing unattended places in the home. Add insulation and sealing right in your attic. This helps to save on energy costs the whole year through. New insulation brings quite a return on value in your home. 


Make Your Spaces Peaceful And Open


If you have plenty of space available in the house, youíll get a big return on your investment. Add a bedroom to the home if you are able. Expand on the master bedroom to include large closets along with a master bathroom. Some of these renovations can become a bit of an expense, but youíll be happy you did them when you get a large return on your investment.     


Add A Deck


Adding an outdoor space to enjoy will not only give you financial returns, it will give you an increased sense of happiness as well. Youíll have a new outdoor space that youíll be able to enjoy for a good portion of the year.


Think Small


Sometimes even small improvements can add returns and more appeal to your home. Does your kitchen need new tile? Could your dishwasher use an upgrade? Maybe the bathroom counter can be replaced. Anything small around your home thatís upgraded can add up. The kitchen and the bathroom are the two rooms of the home that people most desire to have updated. Doing any and all projects in these rooms can have a really big impact on the value of your property. 


After The Renovations


After you complete the desired renovations in your home, live in it for awhile. If youíre still itching to move on from your property, make an appointment with your realtor. There is nothing wasted in doing renovations to your home whether you decide to stay on the property or move on.




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