Remodeling Tips For Homeowners

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There may come a time when you’re ready to give your home a new look. Rather than move locations, you can remodel your home to fit your needs. From remodeling your kitchen to adding a new style to your bathroom, there are many ways to give your house a new appearance.

Before you start the initial demo, here are some remodeling tips to keep in mind:

1. Have a Plan

Before you start taking sledgehammers to your walls, have a plan. Home remodeling is a bigger step than simply replacing interior decor. You should have a general idea as to what you want to renovate and then put your remodeling plan into motion.

When you have a plan of how you’re going to remodel your home, you can rest easy knowing the finished product will be the right one.

2. Start Small

You don’t need to complete a full home renovation. The remodel can be small and targeted. Pick out an area of the home that is in dire need of a refresh and remodel that area first. Then, when that’s finished, you can work on the next area of your home you’d like to see renewed and vibrant.

3. Know Your Budget

Remodeling isn’t cheap but you can do so on a budget. If you have a certain amount of money to work with on your home remodel vision, keep that budget in mind along the way. After all, you don’t want to get halfway through putting down the new floor and find out you can afford to pay for the rest of the tile.

With a budget in mind, you know your home remodel vision can be successful and complete.

4. Hire a Professional

You may think you’re capable of redoing your kitchen cabinets, but if you’ve never done this type of job before, it may be best to leave this construction up to the professionals. It is well worth the money to ensure the finished product is one with top-notch results.

If it’s something as simple as replacing HVAC filters in your home, and you’re well-versed in this area enough to know the difference between FPR vs. Merv, you can do this job. However, a home remodel is much more involved and usually requires the expertise of a construction professional.

5. Don’t Be Afraid to Try a New Style

It may be scary to embark on a home remodel project, especially if you’re going in a totally different direction with style. But, don’t be afraid of a new style!

You don’t want to go through the entire, tedious home remodel process and have the finished product look just a little bit different than the original version. Check out home remodeling and construction sites online to get ideas as to what your finished remodel should look like. You may have an idea as to the look you’re trying to achieve and these websites will help you put your visions into motion.

Pursue a Home Remodel Project Today

If you want your house to look and feel different, and don’t want to move, home remodeling is an excellent way to give your place a new style. Start researching your options today and see what parts of your home could use a little refresh.

Going Green – Reinsulation

Homeowners seeking to pad their homes and wallets should consider re-insulation projects that maximize energy efficiency year-round. Simple, energy-saving practices will not only reduce heating and cooling bills every month, but also will result in a higher tax return next year.

The federal government expanded the scope of a tax credit program that rewards homeowners for energy-efficiency improvements, giving homeowners a prime opportunity to increase their homes’ efficiency. Homeowners are eligible to receive a 30 percent federal tax credit up to $1,500 for weatherization improvements in their homes through Dec. 31, 2010. And as far as energy-efficient improvements are concerned, re-insulation is a smart solution for the near and short term.

“Most of the steps you can take to improve your home’s energy efficiency in the cooler winter months are equally as effective in the warmer summer months, when the thermal flows are simply reversed,” said Bohdan Boyko, building science manager with GreenFiber, a natural-fiber insulation company. In most areas of the country, he notes, winter has the greatest temperature differences between inside and outside temperatures, but in either situation — summer or winter — a properly insulated home is one that will help cut energy bills, lower the home’s carbon footprint and help keep a family comfortable.

Homeowners can find information on the benefits of re-insulation, including R-Value education, how to’s and tax credit information from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, at http://www.greenfiber.com.

Older homes or homes where current insulation is inadequate can benefit from attic air sealing, duct sealing, attic insulating and side wall insulating. Because the insulation is literally “blown in” through a tube, it can reach high crevices and deep places in walls.

Whatever insulation you choose, re-insulation is one of the best ways to reduce your home’s energy use.