Category: General Home Improvement

8 Most Cost Effective Home Renovations

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Homeowners renovate for many reasons — to improve the appearance of the home, its function, or to cut energy costs and save money going forward. In addition to these reasons, many homeowners renovate to increase the value of their homes, particularly if they plan to sell in the near future.

Most home renovations will increase a home’s value, but for many the increase will not cover the entire renovation cost. According to studies, different home renovations have differing returns on investment (ROI). It’s helpful to know which renovations yield the best return when making decisions for your home. Here is a list of the most cost effective home renovations for 2016, according to Remodeling’s 2016 Cost vs. Value Report.

1. Fiberglass attic insulation is the only renovation to top 100% ROI in this year’s listing. It is also one of the least . . .

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What to Do When You Can’t Afford to Renovate


Most home renovations cost thousands of dollars, but homeowners often don’t have any way to pay for that new roof or HVAC system they so desperately need. It is possible to renovate your home when you don’t have cash in hand. The answer to your cash crunch may be closer than you think.

Get a Second Job or Work Overtime

If your schedule allows, you may want to take on more work in order to pay for a needed home renovation. It might take a few months to save up enough money to install a Gutter HelmetĀ® or replace your rotting windows, but unless the renovation is urgent, such as replacing a leaky roof before hurricane season, you may feel more comfortable waiting until you have the money in hand to complete your project.

Borrow from Your Retirement Account

Your house is usually your largest . . .

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5 Reasons Not to Do-It-Yourself When Updating Your Home

There are many unforeseen difficulties in doing home renovations yourself.

When you find out how much your home renovation is going to cost, the temptation may be strong to do it yourself and save a big chunk of that dough. Before you decide to tackle that home project all by yourself, however, you may want to consider the following reasons why DIY might not be the best idea.

1. You may not be able to handle the project.

Many home renovation projects seem simple enough until you get into the middle of them. Then, with everything torn apart, you start to encounter problems. There might be hidden damage that you don’t see until you are deep into the project, or you may find out you need plumbing or electrical work that you didn’t anticipate. Most people without a background in contracting can’t handle anything more than a simple . . .

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Thought Leader Series: Small Kitchen? DIY Tips to Utilize Your Small Space

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The kitchen is the center of many homes. It’s not just a single-use room; it’s the location of numerous activities. Of course, mealtime is the main purpose, but it’s the gathering place for homework, parties, and almost anything else you can think of. Many people have a small kitchen, but that doesn’t mean it has to cause a kink in your activities. Some clever and innovative thinking can turn the smallest kitchen into a space-saving haven.

Do you have a small kitchen? Here are some DIY ideas to utilize your small space.

Utilize your small space

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Smaller kitchens are . . .

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It’s Prime Time for Home Renovations

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Spring can be a great time to do renovations to your home.

Springtime can be the best time to renovate your home. The snow has melted and the weather has warmed up enough to do all the projects that seemed so impossible during the cold, wet days of winter. Whether you want to replace your roof, add insulation, or simply install new, more energy efficient windows, now is the perfect time of year to work on your home.

Advantages of Spring Renovations

One major advantage of spring renovations is the ability to use the outdoors during the course of the renovation. From being able to store materials outside to the air flow that opened windows can generate, it is much easier to renovate your home in seasonable temperatures than it is during the winter.

This is not to say that renovations can’t be done . . .

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Protecting Your Home From Intrusions

According to FBI data, a burglary occurred once every 15 seconds in the United States in 2012. That’s a scary statistic, and it should inspire you to better protect your home. But how? There are many security systems on the market with varying levels of effectiveness, and it’s worth considering whether a burglar alarm system is right for your home. However, there are also low-tech steps you can take to ensure that your home is safe and secure. Sometimes efficient home repair is your best defense against home intruders. Take a look at some tips that can help you keep your home and family safe.

Window Locks

Protecting your home from intrusions

Strong window frames and locks can protect your home and family.

You probably already lock the doors every time you leave your house. But do you also check to make sure . . .

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Selling Your Home for Top Dollar

After purchasing your home, selling is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Every homeowner hopes to earn top dollar once the ink is dry. After the all-important element of “location”, one of the best ways to garner attention for your home is through its curb appeal. Beyond that, other factors will make a difference in how quickly and efficiently a home sells. Here are some smart home renovation upgrades that could help you clinch the best deal on your home sale.

Selling your home
Upgrade the look and efficiency of your home with window replacement.

Window Replacement

Nothing says curb appeal like a home with a fresh set of modern windows. Not only do new windows add value to a home, but they also make it more energy efficient which is a major sales factor with new homeowners.

Front Door Replacement

Another curb appeal item . . .

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Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Many homeowners mistakenly believe that spring maintenance is all about doing a thorough cleaning of their home. While keeping your home clean is important and a great way to spot potential issues, some of the most important spring maintenance tasks are aimed at inspecting and maintaining the structure of your home. As the days become milder, consider these preventative measures that will help maintain your home and property year round.

Home maintenance checklist
Proper spring home maintenance will benefit your property throughout the year.

Roof Inspection

Regardless of the type of roof you have on your home, this is your first line of defense against weather and leaks. Inspect your roof to see if there was any damage over the winter months. It may be possible to repair some minor damage while other issues may require roof replacement options.

Gutters and Downspouts

Clogged gutters can expose your . . .

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3 Best Efficiency Updates For Spring

Spring is a good time for a fresh start – that’s why spring cleaning is a popular activity. If your energy bills are too high, spring is also a good time to find new ways to start saving money. Now that you’re ready to turn your heater off, why not take the time to figure out how you can keep your cooling costs down in the coming months? You may be able to delay turning your air conditioner on until late spring or summertime, or at least find ways to reduce the amount of money that you spend on cooling. Take a look at some things that you can do to improve your energy efficiency this spring.

Install Ceiling Fans

Efficiency updates
A simple ceiling fan can make a big difference to your energy bill.

If you don’t already have ceiling fans, you should consider . . .

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When Storms Become Dangerous: 5 Considerations

When storms become dangerous
Paying attention to storm warnings can give you a chance to stay safe.

Severe weather can impact your area at any time. Sometimes you have advance warning of storms that can become dangerous, while other times weather can take a sudden turn for the worse without much of a chance to do anything about it ahead of time. Here are some things to consider when thinking about how severe weather might impact your home.

1. Stay in the know.

Most cell phones are now equipped to get severe weather alerts. There are many weather apps available, and the news (radio and TV) typically covers severe weather threats as well. Sometimes it can seem like a great idea to shut out the world for a few days by turning off all electronics, but keeping an eye out for severe weather and staying . . .

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