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Getting Building Permits for Remodeling Projects

Getting building permits for your remodeling project can be the trickiest and most overlooked part of the remodeling process.  But beware: if a contractor asks you to get building permits yourself, consider it a red flag, according to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)....

Exterior Remodeling

A new front door is a great means of adding value to your home without spending a lot of money. The curb appeal resulting from a new front door can add as much as $24,000 to a home's perceived value, according to research commissioned by Therma-Tru Doors.  

Once you've selected the new entry...

Building and Remodeling
Homeowners taking on a home improvement or home renovation project receive a lot of promises. The home improvement contracts, change orders, project guarantees and product warranties which consumers must deal with all seem to have one thing in common: the goal of customer satisfaction.  But...
Chimney Repair and Cleaning

When temperatures drop, it's time to think about getting your house ready for winter. A good place to start is by reviewing your chimney for any repair or cleaning it may need.

Often neglected, chimneys are a vital part of a home's structure and mechanical functioning. If a chimney is not...

Roof and Gutters
Hearing you have a faulty roof over your head can indeed be a big worry. But beware of the source of the roof repair advice. High-pressure, high-panic pitches that evolve from unsolicited calls or scheduled visits by service people all have the same target: your wallet.  In particular, watch...
Buying or Selling a Home

A thorough home inspection is critical to making sure the home you buy is in good condition.  If the house is being newly built, home inspection services are even more important than ever. Instead of assessing a home that has been modified over its lifetime to meet evolving state and local...