Tag: DIY Home Improvement

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.

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4 Current Trends in Home Renovation

Owners of existing homes choose to remodel for several reasons. Homeowners may want to create a home that uniquely suits their preferences while, at the same time, there is also a desire to improve the functionality and efficiency of the home. Finally, older homes often require upgrades and repairs as original systems age. The good news is that, when this happens, the homeowners have the opportunity to seize new advances in home renovation to make their home even better than before. Here are four of the current trends in home renovation that can allow you to do just that.

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Window replacement is a popular home renovation project.

Window Replacement

Window replacement is a popular home renovation project because it not only improves the efficiency of your home but has a dramatic impact on its aesthetics. The advances in window technology over the past . . .

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Improving Your Home’s Function

Your home may have been perfect for you when you bought it, but as the years go by, your needs change. And that sometimes means that your home has to change as well, in order to better meet the needs of the people living in it. Luckily, you don’t have to move to find a home that performs better for you – a smart homeowner can find ways to improve their current home’s function by making changes, upgrades, or additions. Take a look at a few ways you can improve the way your house functions for you.

Find Extra Space Under the Stairs

Think of this like a blank canvas.

The longer you live in a home, the more things you tend to accumulate, until one day it reaches the point that your closets or other storage spaces no longer hold enough. However, you don’t . . .

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9 Unusual Home Improvements That Don’t Detract From Your Home’s Value

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Unusual home improvements don’t have to detract from your home’s value.

One consideration when deciding to renovate your home is whether the improvement will add value to it. Sometime in the future, whether next year or in 20 years, you may want to sell your home, and you don’t want to get less money or fail to find a buyer because parts of it are so unusual that few buyers would want to live there.

While some unusual improvements hurt the value of your home (think indoor pool), others may seem unusual but don’t detract from your home’s value, like those listed here.

1. Home Theater Room

Many homeowners find home theater rooms attractive and would like to have one in their home, so this could be a selling point rather than a detraction. Spending a large amount of money compared to the house’s . . .

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New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

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Do you need to make some New Year’s resolutions for your home?

It’s a new year, and one thing you can do to improve your life is to improve your home. While you are making New Year’s resolutions for other areas of your life, here are some resolutions you can make for your home this year.

1. Schedule a Home Energy Audit.

Most homes are wasting energy in some way or another. It could be inadequate insulation, cracks around windows, or a furnace that hasn’t been cleaned recently. Having a professional inspect your home can show you which improvements would save you money going forward to benefit the environment and your household’s bottom line. There are dozens of improvements you can make to help your home be more efficient and use less energy. Energy audits by Moonworks are free, and Moonworks partners . . .

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Top 5 Cold Weather Renovations

Renovating in the winter may be more workable than you think.

Icy or snowy weather can limit the renovations that can be done during the winter months, although new technologies can keep renovations going in all but the messiest weather. Many people prefer having renovations done in spring or fall, but winter renovations can be less costly since there is less demand for services.

Here are some suggestions for renovations that can easily be accomplished during winter months as well as some that new technologies may make possible during much of the cold season.

1. Converting to an open concept living area.

Many homeowners now seem to prefer an open concept living area that allows sightlines and flow from the living room area to a dining area or even the kitchen. Converting to an open concept usually means knocking down one or more walls, which can . . .

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Getting Your Home Ready for the Holidays

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Taking care of home improvements before guests arrive can give you peace of mind.

If the thought of having people over for holiday parties or an extended visit is giving you anxiety attacks, it’s time to address home improvements now while there is still time. You may not be able to build an addition in a week, but you can address minor concerns that will still make a big difference in how the house looks and functions.

Step One: Walk Through

It’s not about having the most updated home or keeping up with trends. Taking a walk through your house as if you were a visitor can reveal improvements that can make your home more welcoming and comfortable for your impending visitors.

Maybe your living room feels chilly because the front door needs replacing and windows need caulking. These are quick repairs that can be . . .

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Financing Options for Home Improvements

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A roofing contractor can help keep the job on track.

Cost can often be a factor that holds homeowners back from major home renovations, but there may be more ways to pay for a home renovation than homeowners might think. If you want or need to make repairs or improvements to your home but don’t have the cash up front, there are several good options to consider.

Cash-out Mortgage Refinance

This is probably the most common way to pay for renovations when interest rates are low. If you have equity in your home, that is, you owe less on the mortgage than the house is worth, you may be able to refinance your home and use some of the equity for the renovations you need. If you have good credit, you may qualify for a lower interest rate than your current . . .

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Down to the Wire: Home Improvement Tax Credits You Don’t Want to Miss

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Making certain home improvements can lighten next year’s tax bill.

2015 will soon be coming to a close, but it may not be too late to take advantage of a number of tax deductions for making certain home improvements that improve the energy efficiency of your home. If you make improvements or purchase energy efficient items for your home during the calendar year 2015, you may be eligible to deduct part of the cost on your 2015 tax returns.

Federal Energy Credit Options

There are two main federal energy tax credits homeowners can take advantage of this year. The Non-business Energy Property Credit gives 10% credit for the purchase of certain energy efficient appliances, heating/cooling systems, and other home improvements. Replacement windows, storm doors, skylights and insulation as well as some roofs can qualify for this credit of up to $500 total. There are . . .

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