Tag: DIY

Avoid DIY Nightmares With Professional Installation


Some home renovation projects seem easy to do at first. You may feel confident that you have the skills to handle the project, and it will be cheaper to do it yourself. All too often, however, unforeseen difficulties can make even the simplest project more complicated (and expensive) than you ever thought it would be.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much for a renovation project to go wrong. In untrained and inexperienced hands, what contractors can do easily ends up taking much more time and work than it needs to. One slip of a saw or hammer can cut into a wall or pipe and cause more expense and more work than it would have cost to hire a professional in the first place. One wrong measurement can mean that materials must be bought twice, or that you will need to rip them out and start all over . . .

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Window Installation: Not a Typical DIY Project

There are plenty of good reasons you might want to replace the windows in your home, from keeping moisture out to lowering your energy. But there are also plenty of good reasons why you might not want to assume this task yourself, no matter how much of a “do-it-yourselfer” you happen to be. Let’s look at just a few of the reasons you’re better off scheduling a professional window evaluation and replacement instead.

Professionals Recognize Trouble Signs

If your windows are failing to control your interior climate or block the massage of moisture, then it’s possible that other structures in the home have been compromised as well. For instance, water doesn’t just create obvious rot in wooden window frames — it can also leak into the surrounding drywall, causing an invisible health hazard from mold growth. (Poor thermal performance that leads to frost formation is a common culprit.) An expert can spot these problems and recommend . . .

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Mass Save Program: Make Your Home More Energy Efficient & Save More

If you wonder why your energy bills seem so high despite your efforts to use power carefully, then you need to consider having an energy audit performed. These evaluations can spot some surprising deficiencies in your home’s energy efficiency — things that might normally go undetected for years as you overpay thousands of dollars for your utilities. Let us consider some of the problems that can be found by an energy audit — and how specialized services such as Mass Save can go even further to help you enjoy a more “green” and affordable lifestyle.

Leaking Warm or Cold Air

You don’t have to leave a door or window hanging open to lose large quantities of warm or cold air. Tiny leaks may be at work in your basement, around window frames, or in the nooks and crannies of your attic that somehow escaped insulation. As a result, you may be cranking the . . .

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5 Tips for Smart Remodeling

When it comes to home improvements, homeowners are counting their pennies and really thinking about what improvements are worth investing in.  Whether you are looking to sell your home this year or in a decade, making smart home improvement decisions now will allow you to get the biggest bang for your buck.

Below are 5 tips for Smart Remodeling:

Basic Home Improvements#1 Basic Home Maintenance Always Pays Off

While we all would love to have a chef&;s kitchen with granite countertops, this upgrade hardly seems worth it if the roof is leaking and the siding is cracked.  Basic home maintenance such as a new roof, gutter system, siding, windows, working appliances and upgrades to electrical, heating and duct systems are always important selling features.  Many buyers can look past an area of the home that is outdated because they . . .

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