Growing up, lots of people have grand plans about their one-day dream homes, which they will build from scratch. It’s a popular fantasy because everybody has their own idea of what the perfect house will look like, and what features it has to have. Unfortunately, knowing the basics of designing a safe, practical house is a bit less common. Thus, when somebody finally has a chance to design their own home, things can get out of hand quickly. What things are essential to keep in mind when designing a house from scratch?
When you work in a service industry, you often find yourself at the mercy of your clients’ whims. Many homeowners do research into what trends are popular and what options are available to them beforehand, and sometimes they have bad information and want something that is either impractical or unsafe. Dealing with a situation where a customer wants you to circumvent the rules for a project can be a tricky, delicate process, and it’s a tough situation for both the homeowner who isn’t getting what he or she wanted, and for the professional who might even have to walk away …
You might not think of climbing the stairs as a risky endeavor, but you probably should. In the United States, a child with a stair-related injury is admitted to the ER every six minutes, and many other stair-related accidents go unreported. Luckily, these accidents are preventable. Educating yourself about the dangers of an improperly constructed staircase can save you and your family from future tumbles.
Pests are annoying, costly, and downright dangerous. So when pests enter your home, it should be your highest priority to get rid of them. In most cases, hiring an exterminator is the fastest, most cost-effective way to rid your home of problem pests. Figure out what kind of pests you have, what removal options are available and get to exterminating. The infographic below was created out of joint collaboration between our staff writers and our Expert Network professionals.
Getting your home ready for winter is important no matter where you live, whether you need to prepare for heavy rains and wind storms or freezing temperatures and feet of snow. Keeping your home safe and comfortable for your family is made easier by paying attention to key features that are susceptible to winter weather changes. When the storms and foul weather of winter arrive, you’ll want to know that your home is prepped to meet any challenge.
Even the simplest home improvement project requires advance planning. Homeowners need to choose a design and connect with a professional to make that design a reality, while staying on budget. Estimates help the planning process by creating a basic outline of work to be completed. Estimates include the cost of the project, how long it will take, what warranties are included and what materials will be used.
There are an endless number of renovations a homeowner can make to his home. However, are they all created equal? During our 4th Blog-Off, we asked our experts what remodeling projects have the best resale value. Here, we’ve distilled their answers and created an infographic outlining the renovations with the best rate of return.
The benefits of spending more money within our own communities are far-reaching. Although there is an ongoing movement to shop more conscientiously, we still have a ways to go before these effects can be felt nationally. If you’re wondering what the benefits of buying locally might be, take a look at the infographic below. It represents a compilation of information on the ways our spending can affect our environment and our lives.
We asked our experts what homeowners can do to ensure a smooth working relationship when hiring a professional. They all agreed on the key ingredients: open communication, transparency, and mutual trust. A happier professional can mean extra perks and even a better end project. In an I’ll-scratch-your-back-you-scratch-mine world, the relationship is key to a successful remodel. Ensure your project runs smoothly with our insider’s guide to the Do’s and Don’t’s of working with a home professional.