I was reading the annual list of winterizing suggestions from the Portland Oregonian, reminding those of us that experience sub-freezing temperatures during the winter months. For most of us living in the cooler American climes, winterizing is a simple chore of wrapping pipes exposed to outdoor air or freezing cold in basements, garages, attics, and crawl spaces.
Hiring a contractor is overwhelming, but if you know the questions to ask, you'll be sure to get all the information you need when interviewing a contractor to be able to hire the right person for the job. We always recommend getting more than one estimate for a project.
Depending on your local building codes, you may be required to have a bathroom fan even if there are windows in the room. Without a fan equipped to handle the job, you're risking mildew, mold, rot, warping doors and window frames, and paint and wallpaper damage.
I watched a kitchen remodel go wrong. I was around 12 and my parents were re-doing the kitchen.
It's not too early to put together a priority list for home improvements or landscaping chores you need to get done before fall and winter. The stressed housing market means many contractors are offering low bids just to get work.
I recently came across this quote in the New York Times Home & Garden section from a veteran contractor: "A contractor is like a cold: you're not going to get rid of it." That is sage advice from someone who has spent their entire career in the remodeling industry.
It doesn't matter whether your fireplace is used for aesthetics or heating the house, every fall is a great time to have a chimney inspection and cleaning if it needs it. If you're changing the amount of use, the kind of fuel you burn, or your home heating venting, be sure to include a chimney inspection.
Nationwide, there is only one home improvement project that shows increased returns on your investment during the downturn of the economy: steel garage door replacements. All the projects cited in Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs.
Most of you already know that to improve the energy efficiency as well as air quality in your home this winter, you should change out your heater or furnace filter. With windows and doors closed and sealed against the cold, the air quality of your home can suffer.
In can frustrate you to distraction when you have a job to do but there's no suitable tool in the box. I went to local DIY and home improvement stores and asked clerks what the essential home remodeling toolbox has inside.