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What Is The Best Way To Prioritize Home Improvement Projects?

Posted by Luke Hancock

Feb 26, 2016 12:03:52 PM

So you have a house full of projects to tackle and you don’t know what to do first. Or second. Or tenth.

Hmmm. Munch some chips and ponder. Hmmm. See what’s on TV while you ponder. Maybe looking through these magazines will spur some ideas while you ponder....

We’re here to give you some direction. Put those chips away and consider these tips to help you prioritize home improvement projects.

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Topics: DIY Projects, Home Renovation

Bin There Dump That's Top 5 Home Remodeling Trends For 2016

Posted by Luke Hancock

Jan 15, 2016 11:16:02 AM

It’s that time of year again, when everything outside looks gray and bleak, so we long for some refreshing zip inside.

Honey, let’s re-do the kitchen! And remodel the bathroom! The attic has so much potential, don’t you think? Our bedroom is shabby. Take a look at these 1,300 paint chips I brought home...

Whoa. Love that enthusiasm, but you might want to tackle one re-do at a time.

How to choose?

Here are 5 of the top home remodeling trends for 2016. Pace yourself.

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Topics: Home Renovation

Homeowners! Avoid These 10 Most Common Home Renovation Mistakes

Posted by Luke Hancock

Jan 8, 2016 10:53:00 AM

The good news is, we’re not asking you to confess your home renovation slip-ups and goofs here, in public.

But we all make them.

That time you ordered the dishwasher that was too big for the space. The paint that cracked and peeled off in big hunks before it was even dry. The embarrassing trip to the emergency room because you... well, let’s not get into it here.

Some home renovation mistakes are so common the experts find themselves talking about them time and time again.

Homeowners, in 2016 and beyond, do your best to avoid these 10 common home renovation mistakes.

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Topics: DIY Projects, Home Renovation

Be A Winner In 2016 — 10 Home Makeover Contests And Sweepstakes

Posted by Luke Hancock

Jan 5, 2016 9:31:38 AM

Everybody wants to be a winner. When the prize is a home makeover, $25,000 worth of designer furniture or a $1.5 million dream house, well, how fast can you sign up?

Check out these 10 home makeover contests, click your way in to enter, and start daydreaming about your big win.

One important note: The deadline to enter is coming right up for a few of these sweepstakes. So don’t dawdle.

And good luck!

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Topics: Home Renovation

Want To Flip Houses? 8 Qualities Of A Successful House Flipper

Posted by Luke Hancock

Nov 30, 2015 12:20:20 PM

Love those house flipping shows on TV? They make it look easy, don’t they? Even when major problems arise, everything is tidily wrapped up after a couple commercial breaks.

Well, it isn’t easy.

But it helps if the flipper has a few qualities that give them the fortitude and know-how to get in, get the job done and get out. With profit.

What are some of the qualities of successful house flippers?

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Topics: Home Renovation

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

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

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