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7 Tips for Determining a Kitchen Remodeling Project Budget

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Aug 17, 2010

If you’ve put together a wish list the next step is to determine how much it will cost to remodel your kitchen.

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Topics: Certifications, National Kitchen and Bath Association, Kitchens, Kitchen Design, Designs, Cost vs. Value, Appliances, Estimates, Hiring a Contractor

Free Guide: 10 Things You Must Know BEFORE Hiring a Remodeling Contractor

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jul 27, 2010

We’ve all heard contractor horror stories – from cost overruns to shoddy work. It’s not unexpected in this industry since virtually anyone with a truck and tools can call themselves a contractor. In fact, quite a few of our customers came to us because of dissatisfaction with their contractor.

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Home Renovation, Estimates, Hiring a Contractor, Construction

Answers to 6 Common Homeowner Questions About EPA’s New Lead Paint Safety Rule

Posted by Brian Ciota on Wed, May 5, 2010

As you may have heard or read about in the news, starting April 22, 2010 all contractors performing renovation, repair or painting on pre-1978 homes must be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. If you live in a house built before 1978, there's a good chance it contains lead paint.

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Topics: Certifications, Lead Paint Safety, Repair and Maintenance, Renovating, Home Renovation, Hiring a Contractor, Painting, HomeRepair by McClurg

Payback: Remodeling Projects That Add Value to Your Home

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Mar 23, 2010

The majority of home owners view their home as their most important investment. We're always considering ways to improve our homes to accommodate our lifestyles. Popular remodeling projects include new kitchens with up-to-date appliances, luxurious bathrooms, home offices or media rooms. In Central New York, with our frequent cloudy days, many people add a sunroom to ease the drudgery of winter. Basement renovations add living space and improve a home's function. But which projects add value to a home investment when it comes time to sell?

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Topics: REMODELING Magazine, Basement Conversions, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Media Rooms, Home Remodeling, Cost vs. Value, Renovating, Home Renovation, Estimates, Hiring a Contractor, Windows and Doors, Additions, Siding

Starting Your Project: Tips for Hiring a Contractor

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Feb 16, 2010

When remodeling or renovating your home, the biggest decision you'll make is hiring the contractor. It's your home and your investment, so don't feel pressured to make a quick decision. In fact, if you feel pressured, that should tell you something about that contractor. Take your time and ask a lot of questions. To help you get started, here's a checklist of tips and questions you'll want to get answered.

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Home Renovation, Estimates, Hiring a Contractor, Construction

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