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5 Best Things to Do During a Home Renovation

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Renovating your home can be a major stressor on a marriage and family, according to marriage counselor Dr. Don Gilbert as cited in Houselogic. “It has all the components that couples stress over — money, multiple decisions, and different preferences,” Gilbert said, adding that renovating can bring out communication and conflict management weaknesses that may already exist.

Here are some things you can do during a home renovation to make it as stress-free as possible for everyone.

1. Keep it simple.

If your kitchen will be a construction zone for a week or two, move the microwave and coffeemaker into the dining room, and invest in paper plates, napkins and cups. That way, you can heat up easy food or takeout leftovers without dealing with dust, wet paint, or electricity being turned off. Keeping things as simple as possible will dial down the hassle factor . . .

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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 Helmet® 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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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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Renovation Considerations for Historic Homes

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It’s important to understand what’s involved with renovating historic homes before buying one.

Home renovations can quickly become complicated when unexpected problems creep up or homeowners change their minds in the middle of the project. Renovating historic homes can also add complications into the project and requires special consideration.

Cities and towns, in an attempt to preserve local history, often designate certain homes or even entire areas as historic districts. Once a home has been designated historic, the requirements for renovation often change and renovation options become more limited. The idea is to keep any renovations as authentic-looking as possible to preserve their historical value.

Working With the Historic Landmarks Commission

One major difference between a historic renovation and others is that a historic commission or board has more say over the project. More permits and permissions may be needed for additions and changes, . . .

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Looking Forward to Spring: Planning Home Renovation Projects

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Spring is just around the corner, so planning spring projects now makes sense.

Mid-winter is the perfect time to plan your spring renovation projects. Not only does it give you something to do to beat the winter blahs, but many contractors plan several weeks or months in advance, so it pays to call ahead of time to get on the schedule.

Considering Renovation Needs

Chances are, you may already know which areas of your home need work, but if you don’t, take look around your home to see if you can spot any problems. Even when snow is piled high, you can check for ice dams or loose gutters that may need repairing or replacing.

There isn’t usually snow cover all winter long, so take advantage of warmer spells when snow is melted to check out siding, stonework or paint as well as the . . .

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When to Renovate, When to Sell

We all love our home when we first buy it and move in, but things change. Either your life circumstances shift, such as having a larger (or smaller) family or the economy intervenes – good or bad. Sometimes the home that seemed so ideal ten years ago just doesn’t appeal to your tastes anymore. When your house isn’t bringing you the joy that it once did, it’s time to make some tough decisions. Should you sell or renovate to try to re-create the home of your dreams? Here are some things to consider as you weigh your choices.


Making the choice to sell or renovate may not be as difficult as you think.

Do the Math – or Not

Actually, the math only matters to some people. To others, it’s all about the sentiment. If you are a number-cruncher, figure . . .

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Top 7 Reasons to Renovate Your Home

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Let a professional handle your home renovations.

Home renovations are costly, time-consuming and messy. Still, many people choose to renovate their homes for a variety of reasons. There are almost as many reasons to fix up your home as there are projects to choose from. Here are the top reasons for renovating your home.

1. To increase your comfort or enjoyment of the home.

This one comes first for a reason. Although there are many good reasons to renovate your home, your own comfort and enjoyment are important factors that shouldn’t be overlooked. If you renovate solely based on how it will impact the future sales price down the line, you may end up living in a showplace that doesn’t feel like a home. Your comfort and enjoyment are more important than what improvements will make the most money when you eventually . . .

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Cash for Caulkers: Energy Efficient Stimulus Program


The federal program of cash for caulkers would allow each household to get a 50% rebate, up to $12,000, for making energy efficient repairs and improvements to their home.  While it is still uncertain how the program will be structured, many believe that it will be based on the home energy efficiency program currently in place in New York State.  If so, you would hire a contractor to come into your home and conduct an energy audit to check how much energy is being wasted.  The audit consists of using a giant fan to draw the outside air into the home, showing leaks in siding, windows, insulation and doors.  They will also look at your appliances and determine how much energy is being exerted.  Then, a checklist will be compiled of items that need to be improved, how much . . .

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Energy Efficiency in New England: Home Improvements that Add Value

With the current housing market, many people are trying to find ways to make improvements to their current home.  One of the most important things to consider when choosing which home improvement project you are going to take on, is your return on investment.  You want to be sure that the improvements you are making increase your home’s value in addition to making it a more enjoyable place to live.  Most improvements that add value to your home are ones that become part of the house such as, adding a room, replacing your current roof, if needed, renovating the kitchen with new counter tops & cabinets and getting new windows.


Adding a room allows you to increase the square footage of your home, which increases your home’s value.  While this project will require you to obtain building permits and updating your . . .

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