Tips to help decide if hiring a contractor or doing it yourself is the best way to get a project done. Learn how to access the complexity of the home improvement project, your own skills and the time you’ll need to get things done.
Learn how to prevent and fix basement leaks and solve 99 percent of wet basement blues. These waterproofing improvements are inexpensive and can usually be done yourself or with a little help from your friends.
Learn about home improvement contract essentials and important document between you and your contractor should include.
Big talk about your next home improvement project may be exciting, but don’t skip the step of securing a formal, written contract from your contractor if you want to make that dream a reality. Verbal contracts with home improvement professionals may be binding by law, but the details can be hard to enforce if there’s …
Find out the differences between home improvement or home renovation contracts, guarantees, warranties and service contracts.
How can you make sure you select a contractor that is competent, qualified and trustworthy? It’s all in how you interview the people you are considering hiring. Get a list of the right questions to ask a potential contractor.
As the weather warms up, so does the market for home improvements–and home improvement scams run by shady contractors. Whether you’re on your first-ever home project or your fiftieth, a qualified contractor is key to getting the job done on time and on budget. Take the following steps to avoid possible home improvement project pitfalls …
Find out five easy energy saving home improvements that are affordable energy savers. Learn how insulation, sealants and weather-stripping, and water heater blankets can be big energy savers, and how to avoid the hype associated with big-ticket home improvements that offer major energy savings claims.
Find out how to prepare your home for window shades replacement and ensure efficient installation by your replacement window contractor with these ten tips.
This fall the home improvement industry is bracing for one of the busiest years ever. But while home improvement will be hot this year, the risk of making a costly mistake at any point in those projects is also great.
Avoiding contractor fraud largely depends on knowing when an offer is just too good to be true. Here are a few of the most common home repair scams and how to avoid them.
Beware of the roof repair scams. 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 out for the following these common rooftop rip-off scams: Roofing replacement, Chimney sweep and gutter repair.
Taking on a home improvement project? Don't make these top five home improvement blunders!
To help you prepare for your upcoming replacement window installation step-by-step, consider the following.
When it comes time to find a contractor to replace your windows, you should do your research beforehand to ensure a good outcome. The experts at Simonton Windows have created the following checklist to help you hire the best window installer for your project.
Before you move into a new home, be sure to paint it. Learn the six reasons why painting is better, easier and cheaper before furniture and other belongings are in place.
Learn about the energy and money-saving benefits of spray polyurethane foam insulation and get tips on how to choose a professional contractor to install it in your home. Also find out what you can expect before, during and after the SPF installation process.
According to the Spring 2013 U.S. Remodeling Sentiment Report from RemodelOrMove.com, strong growth in higher-end remodeling projects means a lot more contractor hiring and a lot less DIY work by homeowners. Find out more about report results and do-it-yourself project trends.
Thanks to a national boost in consumer confidence, home remodeling activity is projected to increase in 2013. Find out how remodeling activity improved in late 2012 and how this affects projections for 2013.
Replacement windows can improve both energy efficiency and your family's health. If your home was built prior to 1978, your current windows are likely finished with lead-based paint and exposing your family to harm on a daily basis. Learn how window replacement by a professional certified in lead-safe work practices can make a difference for your home and family.
Before you get caught up in the hustle and bustle of fall projects and holiday hosting, consider your approach to customer service situations. Find out how being prepared, proactive, gracious and appreciative can make a difference in the customer service you receive.
Get tips on how to identify and avoid shady contractors who prey on storm victims. Learn about red flags such as cold-calling, panic peddling, hard selling and upselling.
Find out how to inspect your home for storm damage, including the foundation, basement, roof, exterior and windows. Get tips on hiring a professional home inspector or independent insurance adjustor to help you.
According to Buildfax, remodeling activity is on the rise. Could this mean the end of the remodeling recession? Tom Kraeutler, host of The Money Pit, explains.