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10 Home Renovation Tips – Learn From Our Experience

January 24, 2011 · 186 comments

in Home & Garden, Personal Finance

It all started with a big thunderstorm.

We lost power for a week. Because of the power outage, we had to manually empty our sump in the basement so the basement would not flood.   It was pouring rain one night, and my husband left the doorwall open because he had to keep going in and out, dumping buckets of water.

An Unlikely Reason To Renovate Our Home

A couple of days later, my daughter was throwing something away in the garbage when she noticed little ‘somethings’ by the garbage can.  Well those little somethings were mouse droppings.  We think a mouse (or family of mice, led by the pied piper) got in the house when the doorwall was open that night, and decided to make themselves comfortable.

I freaked out.  I tore everything out of our cabinets, cleaning maniacally.  Most things went in the garbage, including some pots and pans.  Irrational?  Maybe.  But I couldn’t stand the thought of cooking in pots/pans that were used as a mouse restroom.  I then proclaimed “that is it!  It is time to renovate the kitchen”.

Of course, when my husband and I decided to remodel the kitchen, we decided to remodel everything attached to the kitchen.  We ended gutting the kitchen, removing the brick fireplace, tearing out all the ceilings and putting in recessed lighting, putting hardwood floor throughout the entire first floor (including foyer, dining room, family room, kitchen, and hallways), and we remodeled the bathroom.  The renovation went very smoothly and actually quicker than I expected.  I think part of the reason was we were in the heart of the recession, and I think there were plenty of contractors available to work.  We gutted the house in November and it was done the first week in January.

Tips For Home Renovation:

  1. Get as many recommendations as you can on the contractor you plan to use.  Don’t be shy about calling references that are provided.  You absolutely must trust this person as he/she will be in and out of your home for days.
  2. Know what home renovations you want ahead of time.  Otherwise, you might find yourself being steered toward spending a lot more money than you ever intended.
  3. Make it known up front that you do not want people smoking in your home.  A few years ago we had an upstairs bathroom remodeled and the people doing the deconstruction lit right up while in my house.  I put an end to that immediately because I was home.  However, had I not been home, my house would have smelled like a bar by the time I returned.
  4. Get every little detail of the home renovation in writing from the contractor up front, before you sign on the dotted line.  This will save you time, save your credit card, and ultimately make the renovation go a lot more smoothly.  There were assumptions I made in my head of what the final product would look like and the contractor actually had a different, ‘cheaper’ plan.  I was paying for one thing and the contractor planned on installing something else (the price paid was fixed).  Examples of this are:
    • I thought that since the old fireplace was being torn down and a new one was being rebuilt, new fireplace doors would be included in the quote I was given.  Unfortunately, they were not.
    • I thought the ‘sidesplash’ would be included in the cost of the new bathroom sink.  I was told it was not, although the contractor ended up throwing one in anyway, and installing it.
    • I was having new kitchen cabinets installed with a peninsula.  I assumed the front of the peninsula would be wood, but the general contractor envisioned it being painted drywall. (Drywall would be much cheaper.)   Fortunately this was not a huge extra expense for the project.
    • The painting in the quote assumed all four walls and the ceiling would be the same color, but I missed that.  So painting the ceilings white was an added cost, but that was my fault.
  5. If you don’t like one of the workers on the job, talk to the head contractor about it.  I regret not kicking out the painter on our home remodel.  He was expensive, and he really didn’t do a very good job.  Had I been more experienced, I would have booted him on day one.
  6. Make sure you have enough paint leftover for touch-ups and document the type of paint used in each room.  You may remember the paint color 5 years down the road, but you may not remember if you used eggshell, flat, semi-gloss, etc.
  7. Make sure the contractor cleans up the mess every single day.  You don’t want all that dust circulating through your heating and cooling system, which leads me to my next tip…
  8. Change your air filters during and after your home renovation if you are having any drywall work done.  You wouldn’t believe the amount of drywall dust you will find in your filters during a renovation.  You can do real damage to the HVAC system if you do not keep the air moving well with nice, clean filters.
  9. Be prepared to make a lot of decisions, right down to cabinet handles and knobs.  I admit that by the end, I was so sick of the whole process that I chose any old bathtub because I was just ‘done’.  I just went with the standard size because it was cheaper, and I figured standard would be fine.  I still kick myself over that decision.  Had that question come up at the beginning of our remodel, I probably would have chosen a different tub.
  10. DO NOT MAKE THE FINAL PAYMENT UNTIL EVERY LAST THING IS COMPLETE.  This suggestion goes way back to my smoky-bathroom renovation.  There was one small tile that needed to be still be installed, along with a couple other small things.  I was never able to get the contractor to come back, and why would he?  He had all his money, and that was all that mattered to him.

Bonus tip:

In addition, if you are replacing/installing new windows or doors and have a security system, remember to contact your security system provider to have  any security components adjusted that may have been affected by the renovation.

Have you ever renovated your home?  Do you have any additional home renovation tips to share?  I am thrilled with how our home renovation turned out, and I am really glad we did it.  However, I hope that people can learn from some of the bumps we encountered along the way.

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Money Reasons January 24, 2011 at 6:43 am

Amazing process!

Good tip on not paying contractors till the work is entirely complete!

That’s impressive that you guys decided to renovate in the middle of the recession! Cheaper prices, more attention, and you were helping the econonmy all at once! win-win-win
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Kris January 24, 2011 at 8:12 am

MR- We kind of thought we were insane for doing a renovation during the worst part of the recession. In an odd way though, we felt good that we were providing income to people that really needed it.

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The Biz of Life January 24, 2011 at 7:51 am

Don’t make that final payment until you are completely happy with the work done. It is the only leverage you have over the contractor. Also, you have to watch them like a hawk to make sure they don’t cut corners on you and do things the quick and dirty way.
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Kris January 24, 2011 at 8:11 am

Biz, I would love to smack the first contractor we had that ran off without taking care of some of the minor details at the end. I will say though that for the major renovation we had done, he did not want payment until there was a thorough walkthru done. He also had a great crew. (Again, there were plenty of people to choose from since the economy was so bad at the time.) I have recommended him to many people as I did totally trust him. No, everything wasn’t perfect, but it was as good as it could have been I think, given my limited renovation experience and knowledge.

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Replacement Windows DC February 2, 2011 at 2:37 am

“He had all his money, and that was all that mattered to him.”

I guess your first contractor doesn’t care about his reputation and getting repeat jobs and new leads from previous customers.

Sorry that you had to go through that. Sleazy behavior really do give this industry a bad name.

-Josh

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Nicole January 24, 2011 at 8:02 am

Wow. Great post. But it makes me really not eager to renovate our kitchen ever. Maybe we should just move instead.
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Kris January 24, 2011 at 8:08 am

Nicole, it really was not a bad experience at all. Sure, you are out of your kitchen for a few weeks, but it is so worth it. My tips are based on amalgamation of renovation experiences, and I really took on a lot with our last reno. I know you are not a fan of your kitchen triangle, so I say go for it. There will always be missteps in any major project. I was just trying to help people avoid the mistakes we either made or could have made.

Want me to send a mouse over and put it under your sink to help your decision along?

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Nicole January 24, 2011 at 8:50 am

Nah, we have two cats and an excellent exterminator. And we’re in the unable to afford additional big expenses portion of the year (saving for summer has started). Maybe next time I have 30K that I don’t know what to do with…
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Amanda July 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm

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Andrew @ 101 Centavos January 24, 2011 at 8:07 am

#4
You said it right, Kris, the devil is in the details. A well-defined scope of work is where your expectations and assumptions meet up with the contractor’s intentions and abilities.

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Kris January 24, 2011 at 8:15 am

Andrew – The whole renovation was a fascinating experience. I can see how people would become house flippers, although I am sure that has many frustrations. I was really happy with our contractor, but I was mad at myself at times for not ‘thinking’ more. Just inexperience I guess. I would definitely know every detail up front next time though (that I could anticipate) so I would not have disappointment down the road.

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DoNotWait January 24, 2011 at 10:51 am

Nice post and great tips! Since our house is only a couple of years, we did not have to make renovations yet. Still, if you have a new house under construction, my one advice would be to wait that all the work is done before moving in. We were kind of in a rush to move and we did before everything was done. The result is that almost 3 years after, there are still work to be finished.

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Kris January 24, 2011 at 2:39 pm

DNW – Our house was not a new build, but we did have some renovations done before we moved in, and we rushed too fast. The carpet installers never fixed the squeaks in the floor like they were supposed to and just laid down the carpet. We realized it once all the furniture was in and everyone was gone, and so now I just live with constant squeaks. (Someday, the upstairs will be all hard wood though and I will get a second chance at fixing them.)

It is hard to wait to move in when you have been watching something progress awhile, I am sure.

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First Gen American January 24, 2011 at 11:11 am

My husband always says that people become contractors because they’d never be able to hold down a job on their own. I’ve always had bad luck and yes, they absolutely try to cut corners and costs at every turn.

We are currently remodeling our bathroom ourselves and as I took my second trip to the scrapyard and I’m now $147 richer, the other thing they don’t tell you is how much money they are making selling your old copper pipes. A guy pulled up right after me with at least $600 of copper from a couple of jobs. I think it’s something most homeowners don’t bother to ask for and with scrap copper going at $2.70/# it does add up and fast.

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Kris January 24, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Well, I actually had a very good experience with the contractor that did our last remodel. He cleaned up really well each day, and listened if I had any issues. Overall, he was fantastic. Sure, it wasn’t perfect, but considering everything we had done, I guess it would be a little unrealistic to expect it to be.

I don’t think we had any scrap copper from our remodel, but that is a good tip to remember for sure.

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MoneyCone January 24, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Good point on having everything detailed in the contract. Contractors have a way of wriggling out of what they are supposed to do!

Have everything in writing and make the final payment at the end!
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Kris January 24, 2011 at 2:43 pm

MC- The thing is, I didn’t even think of some of the things that came up ahead of time as sometimes unanticipated events get in the way. Once during a family room remodel we planned on having giant windows in the family room. Unfortunately, once the drywall was down, it was realized some venting was in the way and would have been too expensive to move. So you adapt I guess. However, getting as much as you can in that contract ahead of time is an absolute must.

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Roshawn @ Watson Inc January 24, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Many great tips here. I especially like the let your requests about workers and smoking preferences be known. We have to keep in mind who is hiring who!
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Kris January 24, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Shawn, I was shocked when they just started smoking in my house, although they may have thought I wasn’t home anymore. I can smell smoke a mile away, so I ran up there as quick as I could and put an end to that. Next renovation I made it clear up front that there would be absolutely zero smoking in my home.

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Suba @ Wealth Informatics January 24, 2011 at 2:08 pm

One of the things we enjoy as a renter, never have to worry about things breaking down or having to renovate anything :)
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Kris January 24, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Suba, it is so funny. Renters want to own a home, and owners would love to not have the hassles and expense of owning a home. I am glad I own our house, but geez it is expensive for sure.

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retirebyforty January 24, 2011 at 2:14 pm

We remodeled our kitchen about a year ago. It was painful and took forever, but the result is great. We got an architect/designer to draw up a plan and I think that helped tremendously. We had a good idea of what the end product will be and it also helped the contractor. I’m 99% happy with the end result. There are a few things wrong here and there, but the kitchen is still a lot better than before.
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Kris January 24, 2011 at 2:47 pm

RB40 – I love our new kitchen too. It still feels new even though it has been a couple years now.

It is a great idea to get an architect involved. We did not, but we also were not moving walls or anything. If we had to do anything structural like that, we probably would have.

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Scaffold Hire August 17, 2014 at 8:26 am

Thanks for great renovation tips. In particular the comment “Make sure the contractor cleans up the mess every single day.” Contractors are the worst!

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krantcents January 24, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I can see why remodeling is such a hassle! Not only do I need to get a good contractor, but I need to know every detail of the renovation.
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Kris January 24, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Krantcents, remodeling can be a hassle, but I do feel it is worth it. You just need to schedule it in a time in your life where you are not overburdened with other things, because to do it right, you need to have the time to pay attention to details.

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Aloysa January 24, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Remodeling scares me. I’ve stories and my boss just remodeled his house and went through hell. Great tips! I would definitely not pay until I am fully satisfied with what I see.
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Kris January 24, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Aloysa, don’t be scared by renovation. I am so glad we did it. However, we did have a great contractor for our major remodel,and that made a huge difference. (Contractor for our bathroom remodel who hired smoking workers was not so great. Thank goodness that was just a small project.)
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Crystal @ BFS January 24, 2011 at 4:08 pm

That is a great post! We haven’t had renovations made, but now I am definitely remembering these pointers for the future!!!

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Kris January 25, 2011 at 8:47 am

BFS- your house is pretty new isn’t it? You probably won’t have to renovate for awhile.

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yesiamcheap January 24, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Numbers 6 and 8 never occurred to me. I wonder if it’s unreasonable to ask for little cans of the paint too. Just in case you scuff the wall or something.
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Kris January 25, 2011 at 8:46 am

YesIAm- It is always great to keep a little (or big) can on hand of the exact paint you used. Paint really isn’t that expensive, and it can make a huge difference to a room. Might as well pay an extra 20 bucks for some backup paint.

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Squirrelers January 25, 2011 at 1:08 am

Great tips. I think home renovations are the type of expense for which tips are actually very useful. There typically isn’t much of a roadmap for most people, like their might be to some degree for other larger investments. For example, many people have strategies for buying a car. However, where are the strategies in the mainstream for doing remodeling/home improvement? This is where tips such as what you provided can be quite helpful.

All good, and my favorite is #10. Very good advice, don’t pay until all is completed! Holds true for many situations. I have had this experience before in a different home ownership experience, and it was quite annoying. I didn’t have a choice in the matter and it wasn’t quite the same situation, but I learned first hand how incentives go to near zero once the money is in hand.

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Kris January 25, 2011 at 8:44 am

Squirrel- Renovating is definitely an interesting experience, and it is different for every situation. I cannot imagine getting through a project the size we did with a bad contractor. That would have driven me insane as it is hard enough to go without a kitchen for a month.

I still seethe about the first contractor not caring that the job was completely finished. Fortunately, the nice tile guys from my downstairs renovation took care of the tile for us.

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Husband of Everyday Tips January 25, 2011 at 8:31 am

#6 is definitely based on a mistake I made. Some spots in our hallway were never finished and you could still see the underlying primer paint. In an effort to surprise the lovely Kris, I decided to paint one day when she was out. Unfortunately the paint was semi-gloss and in certain light it really stands out against the flat paint of the rest of the room.

While it’s better than the primer, it still doesn’t look very good. Now if I can only find the can with the flat paint…

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Kris January 25, 2011 at 8:41 am

You weren’t supposed to tattle on yourself! (I did still very much appreciate your efforts. It is definitely better than it was before.)

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Deidre @ TransFormX January 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Kris – Amazing Post – I really enjoyed it!! I deal with contractors in my job so I know how they can be. I also know that most contractors (the good ones anyway) would rather the customer be as upfront about what they want and don’t want right from the beginning. Especially regarding preferences (the smoking in the house) regarding your dwelling. Excellent points about the sub-contractors. Many people don’t know this can be resolved by talking to the GC.

By the way…I bet the flooring and kitchen look amazing! You really did yourself a favor too – kitchens and baths are the most important things to upgrade to increase the value of your house.

Don’t forget to increase your insurance levels to compensate for the increased value too. Meaning, if you spent 25K renovating, your house is worth more and you should revisit the limits on your policy with your agent to make sure you are still insured properly. Most likely, if you remodeled both your kitchen and bathroom recently you probably definately need to raise your overall dwelling limit, maybe by as much as 50K.

Again, great post!!
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Kris January 27, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Deidre, thanks for the kind words!

I do love how our renovation turned out. It is so nice to hear compliments when people visit instead of me thinking ‘gosh, I hope they don’t notice the crack in this cabinet…’

Regarding our insurance values, I never reduced our insurance amount from before the market tanked, so I think we are all set. However, that is a great point.

I would have been more up front at the beginning, if I had more experience. Our general contractor was great though and was quite helpful.

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Deidre @ TransFormX January 27, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Hey, I deal with homeowners every day and having one who is savvy and pro-active is a dream! :)

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Joe Plemon January 28, 2011 at 7:49 am

Great list of tips. As others have said, not paying until ALL work is done and done right is crucial. About the paint: the lumber yard where we buy paint keeps a computerized file on exactly what blend of paint is in each room in the house. Kind of nice when you need some touch up, and easier than trying to store little cans of paint in the house.
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Kris January 28, 2011 at 9:26 am

Joe, that is a good point, it is smart to buy paint somewhere that keeps track of what you bought. So many people go to Home Depot though were you just grab your paint and that is it.

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Len Penzo January 28, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Where were you when we were renovating OUR house, Kris? LOL

I notice you didn’t include estimate your renovation costs and then triple it. We both know there is *no* such thing as a “minor renovation.” Our simple “minor kitchen renovation” quickly spread to two bathrooms and almost the entire house being repainted! LOL

Terrific list!

All the best,

Len
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Kris January 28, 2011 at 10:22 pm

I remember your renovation morphing!

We did end up wanting a couple extras since we were tearing up the house anyway. However, we did stay within our budget, which was a miracle.

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Invest It Wisely February 2, 2011 at 11:29 am

That’s one heck of a renovation project! How did you have time to manage that, be a mom, and blog at the same time? ;)

Will you ever share photos with us? I’m pretty curious as to what the before and after looks like!
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Kris February 2, 2011 at 4:40 pm

You know what Kevin, maybe I will put a post together with pictures. I cringe when I look at my ‘old house’!

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Kris February 2, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Oh, by the way, I didn’t blog back then. But I did work 24 hours a week (from home). I used to hole up in our bedroom upstairs with the door shut and hope the workers didn’t knock out my internet connection!

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Bedroom Doors February 24, 2011 at 4:41 am

I guess your first contractor doesn’t care about his reputation. I would have been more up front at the beginning, if I had more experience. Me good advice to all, don’t pay until all are complete means when you fully satisfied then pay. Impressive tips by the way….

Well done

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Kris August 10, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I am still angry at that first contractor. You would think that ‘word of mouth’ would matter more to people, especially in a bad economy.

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VA Loan March 9, 2011 at 3:07 pm

NEVER use the references that they provide! Check Angies list, BBB, Yelp, google reviews, or other neutral review sites.
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Kris August 10, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I have always laughed at the thought of using references. Who in the world is going to have you call a reference that hates your work? However, I have asked to see pictures and such.

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amber March 16, 2011 at 1:29 am

Thanks for this tips.. It really helps! I’ll try this at home for sure!

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Lloyd from Office Desk Reviews May 10, 2011 at 11:26 am

All this is really good advice. I guess I would reinforce tip 1 â??Get as many recommendations as you can on the contractor you plan to useâ??.
You really canâ??t overdo your homework on this. Ask around, friends, neighbors and work colleagues to find out what contractor they used and any advice they can give you.
This alone will save you many hassles in the long run.

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Kris May 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Lloyd, you are so right. Nothing is better than a glowing recommendation. I need a new driveway and I don’t even know who to start with in terms of cement contractors. I don’t want to end up with a soft driveway that isn’t properly cured or whatever you call it.

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Susan May 10, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Wow, sounds like what I wanted to do! We found a small mouse living in our kitchen and I told my husband, that’s it, the kitchen needs to be torn down. Reading through your post makes me hesitate because I can’t imagine the headache of not having a kitchen for an extended time plus all the trouble during the process!
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Kris May 10, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Susan, I am so glad we remodeled! Sure, it was a pain for 2 months, but it could be done much sooner if you didn’t redo your entire first floor like we did.

Plus, it is warm out now and you can barbecue and eat outside and you don’t even need your kitchen!

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Lake Placid Real Estate June 24, 2011 at 8:14 am

Great blog, And that is a good point, it is smart to buy paint somewhere that keeps track of what you bought.And these all the great tips, Know what home renovations you want ahead of time. Otherwise, you might find yourself being steered toward spending a lot more money than you ever intended.
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Calgary Basement Renovations August 6, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I agree with the smoking comment. In my business i ensure that I leave the home cleaner than when I went in, and that includes the air. As a trades person myself, there is absolutely no excuse for smoking in a families home.

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Kris August 10, 2011 at 9:49 pm

I so appreciate a contractor who cleans up after themselves. When the smoking started, I wanted to scream. Well, I guess I did ultimately, and they stopped. But it is very presumptuous to think you can just light up in someone’s home, and opening a window doesn’t make it all right.

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Cash In Advance August 15, 2011 at 8:16 am

Property markets are highly segmented according to suburb, city and the style of property. The trick is to research which renovations work well in your local area. In leafy garden suburbs, an open-plan family room with bi-fold doors to a deck will be in demand. In the inner city, it might be off-street parking. In general, light, airy renovations work. Don’t slavishly follow new trends ? plenty of agents are reporting that the minimalist, warehouse white kitchens that were so big five years ago have lost their appeal in the market.

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Kris August 15, 2011 at 8:39 am

That is the thing about renovations. You have to renovate based on what you like because trends do come and go. Good point!

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home builders Missouri September 14, 2011 at 4:04 am

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Brian@outdoor areas September 30, 2011 at 2:11 am

Thank you for the nice tips on home renovating to the structure.Also the Govt. is providing the 1350$ tax credit to the home owners who want to renovate their home.Also you have to analyze all the details before forwarding this project to the contractors.

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physically building the deck November 8, 2011 at 6:31 am

Thanks a lot for sharing this article is very informative It’s give a lot of ideas and tips about home renovation it’s really cool to find this kind information and also a very interesting to read. Great post

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general contractors Houston November 11, 2011 at 5:22 am

Thank you for your tips. As all of us should know, learning how to properly maintain the appearance and functionality of the household will help us save time and money. Instead of awaiting for worse problems or damages, we should be responsible enough to regularly check various parts of the house like that of the ceiling, walls and roof so that we will be able to determine if we already need to have a home renovation project already and prepare for it.

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online teaching environment December 9, 2011 at 10:36 am

thanks for sharing this tips.. i really enjoy reading information about home renovation..this is such a big help for me..very informative post..!!

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Holly Golightly March 3, 2012 at 11:28 am

This is why hiring an architect is so important. His/her drawings protect you from the contractors and trades and keeps mistakes like a drywall island and “miscommunications” like a non-white ceiling from happening.
Not to mention they are educated in design in ways we laymen never are! The expertise and protection are totally worth the money when you are spending such a large amount on a renovation if you ask me!

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Catering Sink March 5, 2012 at 6:47 am

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Viviane March 31, 2012 at 11:20 pm

I’m so scare of the whole process. We’ve never owned a home before and if we buy a property it will need to be a fixer upper. If we do so, we will for sure need to hire a contractor to remodel the house. What a headache….. I have seeing Mike Holmes Inspections TV show and it seems like most contractors come from HELL. What to do?

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Gil April 10, 2012 at 8:09 pm

These are great tips that any homeowner can utilize.

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Toronto Painters April 13, 2012 at 1:02 am

Home renovation is necessary to keep your home in good condition and make sure it’s a place you want to live. It include interior and exterior repainting, fixing gutters, replacing floors or carpeting.

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Toronto Painters April 20, 2012 at 6:46 am

One of the classic home remodeling tips is to maximize resale value by spending your money in kitchens and bathrooms. These really can dress up your house.

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Roof KC May 16, 2012 at 10:20 am

Great point about not feeling like you should be handicapped to a remodeler. If the job’s not to your liking, it’s easier to change crews earlier through the process rather than towards the very end.
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Theater Seating Champ May 18, 2012 at 11:54 am

I wouldn’t have thought of contractors smoking on the job – in your home. I’ve had people smoke outside my home, which bothered me, but I can’t imagine walking in to find someone smoking in the home.

I really enjoyed these tips- thanks for sharing. :)

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Eco Bags May 25, 2012 at 4:12 am

Just a quick note to let you know that I liked what I read. Cheers!

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