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Renovate Or Rebuild —  8 Questions To Ask Yourself

Posted by Luke Hancock

Nov 23, 2015 11:27:13 AM

Sometimes a house needs a lot of work.

Seriously, A LOT of work.

Maybe it’s your house (sorry). You might have outgrown it, but you love your neighborhood and don’t want to move. Maybe you’re a house flipper who got a great deal on a fixer-upper and you’re looking for a big profit.

Do you renovate or do you tear the thing down and start from scratch?

We’re not gonna lie — either way, be prepared for some turmoil. No home-cooked meals for a while. Dust everywhere. At least two missing toothbrushes. Serious threats to your sanity.

And that’s if everything goes perfectly.

Which way to go? Here are a few factors to consider when deciding between renovate or rebuild.

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Topics: Home Renovation

Do You Know How To Finance A Remodel Without Equity?

Posted by Luke Hancock

Nov 12, 2015 9:40:43 AM

If you have to stare at those shabby varnished kitchen cabinets and speckled pink countertops much longer, you’re going to scream.

A kitchen remodel — starting with a really big sledge hammer — is the only way to save your sanity.

Real-estate experts are with you on this one. Wisely chosen home upgrades can pay off in the long run with increased home value. But you have to come up with the money to get things rolling.

Time for a home equity loan, right? Well, maybe. If you have enough equity in your home.

But since 2008, when the sub prime mortgage bust hit, many homeowners have seen their home equity disappear.

If that’s the case, you’ll have to look for other funding sources. The good news is, there are options that don’t require collateral. Pink speckled counters, buh-bye.

Here are six suggestions for how to finance a remodel without equity.

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Topics: Home Renovation

Is Your Home Winter Ready? 7 Home Improvement Projects For Fall

Posted by Luke Hancock

Nov 9, 2015 11:21:30 AM

We know you had good intentions. But that list of home improvement projects you planned to get done over the summer, well...

There was that spur of the moment vacation. Then Ed, known for his great parties, invited you to a cookout. And it isn’t your fault you got a hammock for your birthday, right?

The good news is, it’s not too late to scratch some home improvement projects for fall off your list before winter sets in.

In fact, fall is the perfect time for certain tasks. Some things you just can’t tackle when the snow flies. Others will protect your home from winter’s wrath.

Get ‘em done now. You wouldn’t want to miss Ed’s holiday party.

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Topics: Home Renovation

Flipping A House? A Look At The Kitchen Remodel Timeline

Posted by Luke Hancock

Oct 28, 2015 11:39:30 AM

Everybody knows the kitchen is the heart of the home — and the room that can make or break the sale when you have a house on the market.

When you’re flipping a house, timing is everything. You want to get in, fix it up, and make the sale.

So what’s the best way to attack a kitchen remodel when you’re flipping a house? Let’s take a look. But before you dive in, know that remodeling a kitchen for resale isn’t the same as redoing a kitchen for yourself.

First, a few kitchen renovation tips to keep in mind:

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Topics: Home Renovation

Dumpster Rental FAQ: Do You Accept Straight Loads Of Material?

Posted by Luke Hancock

Oct 21, 2015 10:01:10 AM

The average dumpster load is like an archeological dig. You never know what's in there. Old rugs. Scrap wood. Uncle Elmer’s bottle cap collection.

But sometimes, you have a huge load of one thing.

Dirt from your extensive landscaping project. The concrete chunks you j-j-j-jackhammered out from your old patio. Shingles from a roofing re-do.

That's called a straight load, also known as clean fill.

We know — calling a bin full of dirt “clean” seems like a misnomer. But in dumpster lingo, clean means you know exactly what you're getting. No rusty nails mixed in with the concrete. No pieces of wood in the load of roofing shingles.

Bin There Dump That operators are happy to take your straight loads of material. But there are a few things you should know about this dumpster rental FAQ.

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Topics: Choosing a Dumpster

The 5 Best Home Improvement Apps For Homeowners

Posted by Luke Hancock

Oct 14, 2015 4:58:17 PM

Home renovation can be overwhelming.

How much paint will you need? Can you install your own back splash? Where the heck did you leave your level?

As long as you know where your smartphone is, you’re all set. There are mobile apps designed just for home renovators and remodelers like you, ready to turn your smartphone into tools, inspiration, and handy little home repair reference guide.

Here’s a look at some of the best home improvement apps to get you on your way. Now, where did you leave that phone charger?

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Topics: Home Renovation

On A Budget? 5 Money-Saving Home Renovation Tips For Homeowners

Posted by Luke Hancock

Oct 9, 2015 9:32:39 AM

When you’re planning a home renovation, every new idea comes with dollar signs attached. Lots of dollar signs.

“Let’s do new kitchen counters and backsplash.” Ka-ching.

“The bathroom tile is gross. What if we...” Ka-ching.

“So, I saw this idea in a magazine and...” Ka-ching

You get the idea.

But there are ways to trim the cost of your home renovations. You’ll need a crow bar, some paint, some planning and creativity. Here’s a look at five home renovation tips to take a bit of the ka-ching out of your renovation project.

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Topics: Home Renovation

Stay On Budget — 3 Tools For Creating A Home Renovation Budget

Posted by Luke Hancock

Sep 30, 2015 2:27:00 PM

When you lay awake at night contemplating your upcoming home renovation project, what’s your biggest fear?

Choosing the perfect paint color? Trying to hang wallpaper with your spouse? Discovering termites?

Nope. It’s probably spending too much money. Let’s face it, it’s easy to do. Remodeling is full of mind-boggling decisions, piles of receipts and a ton of expenses.

Keep your financial cool by creating a home renovation budget. There are tools to help. Take a look at three handy options. Add one to your tool belt. Then we’ll share some pro tips for sticking to that budget.

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Topics: Home Renovation

How To Compare Dumpster Rental Companies — 10 Key Questions

Posted by Luke Hancock

Sep 25, 2015 9:42:43 AM

So you’re staring at a mounting pile of old tile and drywall fresh from your bathroom remodel. Or you finally listened to that voice in your head that told you to clean out the basement.

You need a dumpster.

But how do you make sure you hire the right dumpster rental company for the job? Pretend you’re a professional interviewer, and ask some questions.

We’ll make it easy for you.

If you want to know how to compare dumpster rental companies, start by asking these 10 questions:

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Topics: Choosing a Dumpster

Must See TV — Our Top 5 List Of House Flipping Shows

Posted by Luke Hancock

Sep 9, 2015 9:47:00 PM

There’s nothing like a good house flipping show to jump-start your home renovation plansAny project you launch will seem easy compared to the drama unfolding on screen.

Need new kitchen counters? No problem. At least your kitchen isn’t infested with bees. Shabby living room carpet? Piece of cake. At least you have a floor.

House flipping shows, from Flip or Flop to Flip Men to Flipping Boston, are notorious for their catastrophic challenges as flippers rehab rundown properties to sell them later at a profit.

Why watch? Lots of reasons — here are a few:

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Topics: Home Renovation

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