Tag Archives: remodel

6 worst home fixes for the money

While it’s crucial to tackle certain household fixes quickly, it’s also a good idea to do a little research before undertaking major, costly fixes or improvements. Many owners trying to make their home into a more ideal setting for their own use, as well as those trying to make their home more marketable, spend a lot of money expecting to “get it back when we sell.” As always, good information can prevent bad decisions and save money. You might wish to begin your research with Bankrate.com’s list of the worst fixes for the money and Remodeling Magazine’s comparison by geographic region of the average cost for 35 popular remodeling projects, with the value those projects retain at resale.

Remodeling You Can Do Yourself!

Many homeowners don’t have extensive knowledge of electricity or plumbing, but there are still lots of ways you can change the look of the bathroom. The best way to save money on a remodeling job is to do as much of the work yourself as possible. HGTV suggests these minor kitchen upgrades to save time and money.

Read This Before You Finish Your Basement

basementThis Old House says, “Even if it’s currently cold concrete and crammed with boxes of off-season duds, the lowest floor of your home probably has loads of potential. Treat it just as you would any of the rooms above ground, and it might just become the most popular spot in the house—for a lot less cash than adding on. Here’s their step-by-step bottom-line advice for turning this underutilized space into a place you’ll be eager to spend time in.

Three kitchen remodeling blunders to avoid

Kitchen red and whiteThere you are, standing in a kitchen design store or home center, and the stainless-steel appliances dazzle, the granite counter tops add just the right warmth. This is what money, lots of money, can buy. But before you spend a dime, look for the downside, that thing that will disappoint or drive you crazy. Here, from the experts at Consumer Reports, is what the salespeople won’t tell you.