Your rights when starting home renovations or repairs

Hiring a contractor When you are looking to hire a contractor make sure to: make a list of exactly what you want done. Remember that changing plans in the middle of a project will cost extra money set a clear budget ask for recommendations from friends and neighbours know that workers and independent operators in […]

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11 Tips for Hiring a Home Improvement Contractor

Thinking of hiring a contractor? A remodeling pro gives 11 tips on finding the right contractor and ensuring there are no surprises with your next project. Everyone has heard the expression, “You get what you pay for.” This saying is never more relevant than when you’re planning a home improvement or remodeling project that involves hiring a […]

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6 Insider Secrets That Only Contractors Know (But Won’t Tell You)

If you are a homeowner, odds are that you have tried DIY repairs to save money. If you are not aware of the secrets that the pros use, you are more likely to run into time and budget bottlenecks that make the process quite frustrating. Contractors may use some of the following “hacks” to repair […]

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What to do when your home-renovation dream turns into a nightmare

Correction: An earlier version of this article misspelled the last name of Joe Luce and Advisors LLC, the company he co-founded. By Michele Lerner April 7, 2016 A remodeling project at this McLean, Va., home was supposed to take one year. Instead, it took nearly three years and cost 70 percent more than the original contract price. (Bill […]

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6 Things to Do After a House Flood

Your home is flooded, and you don’t know what to do—especially in the wake of a natural disaster when your first priority is the safety of your family. It may be days before you can arrange for your insurance to come out, or to start repairs. Here’s what you can do and focus on while […]

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The Real Cost of 3 Types of Home Additions

Today’s DIY trends continue to expand, and big home improvement projects are one of the most exciting ways that homeowners can customize space. All the television shows make it look incredibly easy to send in your contracting team for a big-time makeover. The reality is usually a much messier picture until it’s done. Consider the overall investment […]

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The Guide to Home Renovations

Whether you just closed on a fixer-upper or you’re looking to update the house you’ve lived in for 20 years, there’s a good chance you’ve got plans to make home improvements in the near future. There’s also a good chance your renovation will be a major project: Among homeowners who frequent Houzz, a home renovation and design […]

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