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10 Unexpected Sources of Inspiration for Your Home

We all know the basic ways to find inspiration when you’re looking to make changes in your home. But with all the options that are now open to the homeowner, why should we be satisfied with just a shelter magazine here, and some HGTV there? We’ve polled our panel of experts for alternative means of finding new ideas for your home design. Want to see what they had to say? We present the top 10 unexpected sources of inspiration for your home’s renovation…

Home Design

5 Design Mistakes to Avoid Making in Your Home

Although the design found in a home is a matter of personal taste, there are a some design elements that professionals think are overused in our homes. We’ve polled our panel of experts to find out what elements in home improvement need to be put to rest. Their responses and the reasons for them might not be what you expected. Curious to see what they thought? We present the top 5 design mistakes homeowners make…

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10 Reasons to Give Your Home a Facelift

The inside of your home isn’t the only part that needs some TLC. Since we live indoors, we often get caught up in the excitement of remodeling the inside of our homes, neglecting the exterior. However, the outside of our homes is the first impression people get. Whether you are looking to impress guests or new buyers, paying attention to curb appeal is important. Not convinced? Here are 10 reasons to reconsider.

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DIY: What to Do and What Not to Do

For the price-conscious homeowner, DIY might seem like a great way to save yourself some money on home improvement and repair projects. After all, professional repairs can sometimes seem prohibitively expensive, and the cost of professional repairs around the house can add up quickly. It’s easy to see why some homeowners are tempted to attempt repairs themselves. However, there is a reason that professionals exist, and there are many situations in which DIY should never be attempted. You could end up costing yourself more in the long run, or permanently damaging yourself or your home. With help from our experts, …

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The DOs and DON’Ts of Working with a Professional

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. DO be very clear and concise at the beginning of the transaction about what you want done and your expectations. Communication is key to …

Remodels

What Renovations Have the Best Resale Value?

Homeowners and buyers look at a home very differently. Neglecting to look at a remodeling project from a buyer’s perspective can result in money lost when it is time to sell your home. Which projects will have the biggest bang for the buck? Our experts outline which renovations will improve your home’s resale value, no matter your budget…and what projects to stay away from. Before You Begin a Renovation In general, the top two areas to renovate include the kitchen and bath. The third most important involves adding energy efficient upgrades to your home. However, these projects can be very …

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The Top 20 Home Improvement Trends for 2011

Home improvement projects are finally on the rise. This makes now a more exciting time than ever to take on a renovation project and create that dream space. We polled over 50 home improvement experts to find out what trends are in store for 2011. From eco-conscious decisions to tech-savvy upgrades, we collected the must-know trends for the upcoming year right from the source—industry insiders. This is what they had to say… Home Updates 1. Staying Put Due to the housing market, homeowners will choose to stay in their homes and invest in updates rather than upgrade by moving. While …

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Incorporating Plumbing and Electrical Work into Design

Welcome to eLocal’s inaugural Blog-Off article! If you missed reading about what the Blog-Off is and our mission to unite the home improvement industry, you can read more about it in our Blog-Off series announcement. For this first Blog-Off article, we asked the experts when in the design process homeowners should make plumbing and electrical decisions. If you are considering or starting a remodel, this is a must-read!