Don’t pay cash and other remodeling mistakes to avoid

Don’t pay cash and other remodeling mistakes to avoid

While there are plenty of honest remodeling contractors out there, the field has its share of bad apples. We asked our Facebook fans to tell us the craziest thing their contractors told them. “Well, all windows leak a little,” a poster wrote. “Don’t worry about water coming through the electrical fixture,” another wrote. Our favorite: “It would save time just to send you a court transcript.” This checklist will help you avoid similar experiences with your kitchen remodel:

Don’t chase … (read more)

Lead dust stirred up by remodeling can put children at risk

Lead dust stirred up by remodeling can put children at risk

Planning a home remodel? Take note: An estimated 535,000 (2.6 percent) of U. S. children ages 1 to 5 years have blood lead levels greater than or equal to the reference value of 5 micrograms per deciliter, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lead-laced paint chips and dust kicked up during renovation projects is a common source of contamination.

If your home was built before 1978, lead is likely present. … (read more)

Key remodeling index shows most activity in seven years

Key remodeling index shows most activity in seven years

An important indicator of remodeling robustness jumped five points this past quarter climbing back to 2005 levels, according to the National Association of Home Builders. The Remodeling Market Index hit 50 meaning that more contractors are reporting higher activity than lower, compared to three months ago. The activity was particularly strong in owner-occupied homes indicating that homeowners are regaining confidence in the value of their houses.

“The strength of the RMI, especially in owner-occupied properties, shows that homeowners are investing … (read more)

Ten Money Saving Tips – Read This Before You Buy

Here are some handy tips to consider if you really want to save money on your next appliance purchase:

1. Buy Last Year’s Model
If you don’t mind owning last year’s model, you can shave hundreds of dollars off of your appliance purchase. Best time to shop: September and October when stores are under pressure to clear space for the new arrivals.

2. Shop the Scratch and Dents
A small scratch or dent could become your best friend if you’re on a tight budget. Ask the sales associate if they have any damaged … (read more)

How to Remodel Your Kitchen When You’re Keeping It

Ever wonder what tips and tricks you would give yourself when remodeling your own kitchen you’ll use instead of reselling when you flip your house? Think enjoyment, not resale value. You’ll also want to not think about the most expensive things you can put into the kitchen but what you’ll use. Consumer reports has a big list of what you should be focused on boiled down into 4 useful statements:

How much will it all cost? Don’t rush Don’t get stuck on size Beware of budget busters

Good advice, and check out the rest … (read more)

BreezeDry Eco-friendly drying cabinet

[KBIS 2010 Review]
Ever since I covered BreezeDry ambient drying cabinet, I wanted to get a better look and more details, which I did at KBIS. Just as you can not make an espresso or latte in an ordinary coffeemaker, you also can not dry many of today fine clothing, lingerie and No Tumble items in an standard dryer. Ordinary methods of drying clothes often cause the following problems,
– the harsh heat and rough tumbling action of gas or electric dryers damages clothes, especially popular fashions such as beaded and … (read more)

Maytag Appliances new ovens, ranges and cooktops

The new range of Maytag appliances unveiled last month at 2010 International Builders’ Show brings even more cooking power in your kitchen, helping you get it all done. Whether remodeling or replacing kitchen appliances, Maytag Appliances offer performance and flexibility for today’s needs. A kitchen is a cook’s fingerprint, each one is unique to the individual. Knowing every consumer is as unique as the next, Maytag created its latest generation of appliances with features to cater to individual preferences. For those who are building or remodeling, the new Maytag built-in cooktops provide more powerful burners … (read more)

Kitchen Costs

Your budget will normally dictate your choice of products but there are other considerations you need to take into account when working out how much your new kitchen is going to cost.

Prices vary quite a lot, so the figures given below are just a guideline and, as always, shopping around is the best bet.

But work out roughly how much money you want to spend and use this figure when talking to designers and contractors.

Below are some guidelines for establishing a realistic budget.

Budget Guidelines

First of all, if you limit your … (read more)