Questions to Ask Contractors Before Hiring Them
Hiring a contractor can be a nerve-wracking process, but being properly prepared can go a long way towards smoothing things out. Just like preparing for a job interview, the key is asking the right questions.
Hiring a Contractor vs DIY Home Renovation Pros and Cons
So, it's time for a home renovation project. But should you DIY or hire a contractor? If you're not sure which route is best for you, you're not alone!
10 DIY Landscaping Ideas Just in Time for Summer
Summer is the perfect time to beautify your home with lush landscaping and colorful blooms. This season, liven up your property and give it some warmth, personality, and charm with these 10 landscaping ideas: #1. Bring beauty to your front door. Create a warm welcome with flowers that adorn the entryway or drape romantically from […]
Time to Restore or Replace Your Exterior Wood Siding? Here’s What You Need to Know.
Wood is a timeless material and a popular exterior siding choice. But it also has a downside, which is that it requires regular maintenance and repair. While caring for your exterior wood siding takes some work, if you maintain it regularly you’ll enjoy this beautiful siding for many years to come. Here’s what you need […]
7 Exterior Home Makeover Ideas for Every Budget
From a coat or two of paint to a full-scale renovation project, we have plenty of exterior home makeover ideas to freshen up your home this season. Whether you’re looking for a splash of color or a more custom appearance, read on for ideas and inspiration. #1. Give your home a new look with color. […]
How Much Does it Cost to Paint a House Exterior?
It’s time to give your house exterior a fresh new look and paint color, but what exactly will that cost you? There’s a short and long answer to that. Here’s the short one first. According to Home Advisor, you can expect to pay anywhere from $1,700 to just under $4,000 to paint a house exterior. […]
9 Types of Roof Shingles
Time to get a new roof? Then you may have noticed that there seem to be hundreds of different types of roof shingles to choose from! That’s a good thing: with so many types of roof shingles, you can create just about any look you want for your home. We’ve put together a simple primer […]
How to Build Your Own She Shed
Remember that cool hideout you had as a kid? Maybe it was a blanket fort, a treehouse, or a closet that doubled as a secret hiding spot. In any case, it was awesome—and it was all yours. You were on to something good back then, and it’s time to bring it back. Enter the she […]
5 Best Exterior Home Improvement Projects
With spring in bloom, it’s time to get outside and get started on some of those exterior home improvement projects you’ve been waiting to do. Here’s the scoop on the best exterior home improvement projects to try this season! Which of these home improvement projects is next on your list? #1. Update the siding If […]
8 Different Styles of Houses Across America
There are many different styles of houses across the United States, from the colonial architecture that first flourished in New England to the colorful Victorian-style homes that make San Francisco’s skyline so distinct. Of course, different styles of houses reflect the different tastes of their owners, the architectural influence of their times, and the climate […]
31 Ways to Improve Curb Appeal
It doesn’t take much to take your home’s curb appeal to the next level. Most of the time, a sunny weekend is all you’ll need for updates that can transform a tired-looking home exterior into a block star. Start with quick updates to improve curb appeal and work your way up to more complex projects. […]
Are Home Improvements Tax Deductible?
If you’re thinking of doing a home improvement project, then you’re probably also running the numbers and wondering: are these home improvements tax deductible? After all, if you’re going to invest in a project, you want to be sure it pays—whether by increasing your home’s value or decreasing your tax bill! So are home improvements […]
How Do Home Improvement Loans Work?
Time for a big home improvement project? Whether it’s an upgraded kitchen, new exterior siding or an outdoor deck, once you get excited about a new home update, the next question is usually, “OK, how am I going to pay for this?” Luckily, there are many types of home improvement loans to choose from, each […]
Top Exterior Home Improvement Updates to Consider Before Moving, and Their ROI
Time to put your home up for sale? Show it off with exterior improvements that will impress potential buyers and increase its market value. Enhancing your home’s curb appeal can help it sell for up to 10% more than neighboring properties, and is well worth the investment. Here are the top exterior home improvements to […]
3 Tips for Planning Your Exterior Home Improvement Project
If you’re planning a major home improvement project, it pays to be prepared. Whether you’re replacing the roof or investing in new siding, doors, or windows, we recommend planning ahead to avoid headaches later. Here’s what to do before you begin an exterior home improvement project: #1. Decide how much (and how) you want to […]
Snapshot: The 5 Most Popular Home Siding Options
One of the most exciting things about a brand new build or remodel are all the options you get to choose from as you design the perfect home. It’s also nice to know that the choices you make now will pay off for years to come. As you drive up to your newly-remodeled house, you […]
Pros and Cons of Remodeling Your First Home
By the numbers, home ownership has risen over the past ten years after a considerable plunge in 2008/2009. 5.1 million homes were sold in 2017 and that number is predicted to rise over the next two years. Houzz reports that the average renovation spends in 2016 was around $33,800, representing a 22 percent increase over […]
Are More Millennials Now Buying Instead of Renting?
According to the US Census, home ownership plummeted following the financial crisis of the mid-aughts. However, significant improvements in the job market in recent years are starting to indicate ownership is back on the rise. The values, attitudes, and needs of millennials have changed in the past few years from being seen as lifelong renters […]
Window Trends to Watch in 2018
Windows are an integral part of the aesthetics and function of a home. Understanding the classic, contemporary and modern options as well as how it impacts the look and feel of a home is crucial to the success of a window project. Contractors need to be informed of the latest window trends for 2018 so […]
Roofing Trends to Watch in 2018
From the beginnings of human ingenuity, we’ve sought shelter from the elements. As soon as our ancestors ventured out from the refuge of caves and other natural sanctuaries and began constructing their own quarters, we began perfecting the art of roofing. Much more than just the surface materials that you can see with the naked […]
Guide to Home Siding: Top Exterior Siding Options
More than just a protective barrier, home siding can make your home aesthetically appealing. Whether you are building a new home or upgrading an existing residence, there are many home siding options available. But first, you have to consider what type of exterior siding is best for you and your home. Do you want durability […]
Finding a Contractor To Remodel Your Home
When planning a home improvement project that requires a professional contractor, most homeowners have a lot of questions. The hiring process can be confusing and overwhelming. Interviewing prospective contractors is the best way to find the one who is right for you. Carefully screening your options and researching potential building pros can make all the […]
5 Steps to Redesign Your Home in 2017 & Apps that Make It Easy
Redesigning your home from the inside out is easier than ever before. The internet provides comprehensive tips, videos, how-tos, and more, and these resources make the process seamless. While your steps will vary based on the specifics of your redesign, the following areas are a great place to start. Apps to Redesign Your Home If […]
Everything you Need to Know About Solar Shingles
Solar power continues to become an increasingly popular and reliable form of renewable energy. The development of this new technology has made converting the sun’s energy even more accessible and affordable. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the unique features of solar shingles, some benefits and drawbacks of using these tiles, and […]
2017 Exterior Remodeling Trends
Keeping up with the latest home design trends is just as important as regular home maintenance for many homeowners. While most remodeling effort is made to keep up with interior decor styles, it is important to note that the exterior of your home might need updating as well. Changing the look of your siding, roof, […]