According to the Department of Energy, your heating and cooling costs make up to 70 percent of your total energy bills. Energy leaks in the home can increase your bills by as much as 30 percent.
When you plan a major remodeling project, first things first: you have to hire a contractor. Of course, you'll want to make sure that you are hiring the best person for the job.
Tiffanee, a contractor's license and a project's insurance protection are usually two separate items. Just because your potential contractor wants you to pay for an insurance policy, does not mean that he is an unlicensed contractor.
Sam, it sounds as though a general contractor, or an experienced handyman, might be the right person for your job. Although replacing a balcony support post can be a very strait forward task, keep in mind that you may also have to install a cement pier on which to support the wooden post.
Dan, I am sure that you can locate a local contractor in the Johnstown area who would be willing to offer you some help when determining the cost of the needed house repairs. Obviously, you should be upfront with any prospective contractor and let them know that at this point you do not own the home.
George, although most wood flooring naturally contracts and expands throughout the year, it does not seem right that your newly installed hardwood flooring has gaps between the boards already. If your flooring was not installed correctly, or if the wood planks were not kiln dried and acclimatised prior to installation, then it may be very difficult for you to completely hide these gaps.
It is virtually impossible to give even a rough cost estimate without knowing at least a little bit about your roof. Is there going to be a tear off? If there is a tear off, is there more than one roof to tear off? How steep is the roof? Is the roof very complicated with many hips, ridges, and valleys? Is the old roof framing structurally sound? Does it need new roof sheathing? Are there multiple chimneys, pluming penetrations, and skylights? Does it need new flashings? Are the old roof and attic properly ventilated? Do you live in a neighborhood where CC&R's dictate what type of roofing you must have? Depending on how these questions are answered, you can easily change the cost of a roof up to 65%.
Hi Noah. There are a lot of variables that can affect the cost of adding air conditioning to your home, but the fact that you already have duct work should go a long way toward helping to keep the price down.
Carol, obviously the necessary steps to complete your basement remodel are going to vary depending on the layout and features that you choose for the remodeled space. In general, additional bedrooms increase the value of a home more than basement bars, home theaters, or exercise rooms, all of which are fun features to use, but may not necessarily be desirable to the future buyers of your home.
Hi Terri, Exterior painting can be a tough job, but with having a fairly small one story home it shouldn't be too bad. Most of the prep work and painting can probably be done with a 6 foot step ladder and a small extension ladder.