Questions You Should Ask Your Contractor.

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Your contractor will be the person in charge of your home renovation project. He or she will tell all of the other workers what to do. Needless to say, your decision regarding which contractor to hire is a big one. You need to know the right questions to ask the contractors you are considering for the job. Getting the right info will help you to make a decision that you will not end up regretting at some point in the future. Here are the crucial questions that you should pose to all prospective contractors.

1. Do you have a current contractor’s license?

You should always avoid doing business with any contractors that are unlicensed. Some people disregard this detail and hire an unlicensed contractor because they are offered a very low quote. The homeowner thinks that he or she is getting a great deal. What the homeowner does not realize is that there is probably a very good reason why the contractor does not have a valid license. The money that the homeowner is saving by hiring a cheap contractor will be lost when a different contractor needs to be hired to repair the mistakes of the unlicensed one. A contractor with a license has passed all of the tests that are required by that particular state. This means that the contractor is very knowledgeable and less likely to make an expensive mistake. Always ask to see the contractor’s license.

2. Can you provide examples of your previous work?

Ideally, you should always make a point to closely examine the previous work of any contractor who is in the running for your job. Seeing their work with your own eyes will give you a good sense of the level of skill that the contractor has. You must then ask yourself if you want this person to be in charge of the attic renovation in your home. Do not hire a contractor who is unwilling to show you his or her previous work.

3. How long will the project take?

You need to get a good sense of what the length of the project will be. You do not want to get yourself into a situation where you have no idea when the contractor will complete the work that needs to be done.

4. What materials will be needed?

It is important for you to know about the required materials because you might be able to save yourself some money. You would be wise to call the various construction supply companies in your area. You might be able to find the materials you need at a far lower price than the contractor would have charged you for them.

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Stretch Your Holiday Decorating Budget with Swagbucks

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Now that the holidays are in full gear, a lot of people are already getting started on decorating their homes for the season. If you’re in that same boat, you can get great deals and cash back for shopping through Swagbucks! Just go here and see all of the great cash back you can get from some of your favorite stores. Here’s how it works:

1. Click here to see the stores offering deals and cash back.
2. Click through to the store(s) of your choice and do some shopping!
3. Get cash back in the form of points (called SB) that you can redeem for free gift cards so you can stretch your holiday (and decorating) budget even further!

As an extra bonus, if you’re not a Swagbucks member and join through my link (or you’ve joined through my link this month), you’ll get an one time 200 SB bonus when you spend $25 or more in any of the Swagbucks Shop stores before December 1st! Swagbucks is a great site where you earn SB points for doing every day things online like shopping, discovering deals, taking surveys, watching videos, searching the web, and more. The SB you earn, the more gift cards you can get, which are a HUGE help this time of year.

I love using swagbucks as I am able to earn points for gift cards that allow me to decorate my home in amazing styles that I may not be able to afford without the program. It’s a great way to get those extra things you want, without feeling guilty about spending the money!

What would you buy for your home if you redeemed a $50 gift card with swagbucks?

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Do You Need A Garage Remodeling Contractor

The first room that most people think of when they are considering remodeling their home is usually the kitchen or the bathroom. The garage doesn’t usually come to mind immediately. In fact, it may even be the last place that people chose to remodel in their home. This shouldn’t be the case. There are actually a lot of different benefits than can come with remodeling a home.

Every homeowner uses their garage for different reasons. It is a multi-function room that can be used for just about whatever purpose a person needs. It is obviously most commonly used for car storage, or really just storage of any kind. Some people have turned their garages into workshops of some kind too. There is no limit to what you can do with a garage. If you are considering a remodel in your home you should consider including your garage in that process. Here are some great reasons why.

1. Value – This is the most obvious reasons to remodel any part of your home. Many renovations can pay for themselves or even create a profit with the increased value that they have versus the cost of doing the remodel. Garage remodels typically have a pretty good return on investment

2. Hang out spot – As your family gets bigger and takes up more space you are going to want somewhere that you can hang out. An air conditioned garage is perfect for that. Run the central air or install a wall unit in your garage to keep it cool. You can also get a card table or a fridge.

3. It’s not expensive – Because the garage is so bare bones to being with, it isn’t very expensive to add to it or change it. The materials that are used in the garage usually aren’t as expensive either. It can be a fairly low-cost way to add value to your quality of life.

4. More space – Maybe your kid got a new car? Maybe you and your spouse want to keep both of your cars in the garage. Increasing your garage to be a 2-car garage will add a great deal of value to your home and make it much more desirable if you decide to sell it.

Don’t look past your garage when you are considering remodeling, There is a lot of value in that room. You may not see it yet. That’s because you haven’t remodeled it! Contact a garage remodeling contractor near you for more information.

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Welcoming Fall: Six Tips for Fall Organizing

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Fall is finally on it’s way, The leaves are starting to change and soon the scenery around your home will be surrounded by beautiful reds and oranges. If you’re the type of person who loves to organize your bedroom every time a new season comes, welcoming fall is all about fall organizing and decorating your room for fall! By rearranging your room, cleaning out your closet, and bringing in some new tones, you don’t have to get bored with your room. Here are 6 fall organizing tips that will help you get rid of the summer feel in your room so you can welcome the back-to-school season in style:

#1: Get Your Space Ready for Back-to-School

If you’re a student or you have children, you’ll need to focus time on organizing for back-to-school. If you’re going to be studying in your own room, create a space where you can comfortably sit on your computer or do homework. Also, invest in a hook where you can hang backpacks and outfits you’ve picked out for the next day.

#2: Get Rid of the Summer Clutter

Summer is the perfect season for items to start cluttering up around your bedroom. If your sandals are scattered around your floor, your tank tops are spilling out of your drawers, and you’re cramped for space, it’s time to declutter so you can make room for all of the fall necessities. If it’s already starting to cool down and you won’t be wearing your shorts, tanks, sandals, and summer apparel, downsize. Keep the items you will want to wear next summer season, donate others, and put the keepers in storage. You can use plastic bins in the garage, put items in storage, or cleverly use foot stools and under-the-bed baskets.

#3: Create Space for Your Winter Jackets

If you love dressing warm, you’re more than excited that you can finally bulk up and wear that beautiful cardigan. Now that you’ve created space, it’s time to build your fall and winter wardrobe. You should have space in your closet with the room you’ve made by purging summer clothes. Create a section for your winter jackets, invest in pants hangers, and use dress space for your leggings and sweaters that can’t hang.

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#4: Bring in the Fall Colors Creatively

You don’t have to take up a lot of floor space by bringing in a sofa or other piece of furniture that adds color to your room. If you want to bring in the fall colors, turn your fall-colored clutter into a special personalized type of decor. Your old fall issues of magazines, books, and trays can all work as decor if they’re stacked properly.

#5: Choose Smarter Season Appropriate Furniture

Fall is a cozy season where you might just want to lay back on a loveseat and read a book. You’ll be spending more time indoors, and you should have a comfortable room that caters to you. If you don’t have space for a chair, make space. Get rid of the end tables and use your dressers as tables so that you have room for a comfy chair.

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#6: It’s All in the Bedding

Tie together your new fall-tastic look with the perfect bedspread that is decorative and keeps you warm. Select the best print that blends with your decor, and also invest in pillows and other blankets that make the bed a focal point.

Don’t start the back-to-school season unorganized. By setting aside time before your busy schedule to get organized, you can welcome fall the right way. From your organizing your wardrobe, to welcoming new pieces, it’s all in the details.

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Simple Carpet Preparation Tips for Homeowners

Modern carpet is an investment and should be treated as such. Extending the lifetime and preserving the quality of the materials is actually easier than you might imagine. Of course, it takes more than regular vacuuming. Annual professional carpet cleaning is an essential element of this care, but it’s important to prepare your home and family for this day-long event. So just how do you do that? The following tips should get you started.

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Clear the Carpet

Most people think simple decluttering is enough for carpet cleaning day. While moving magazine racks, end tables, and kid or pet toys is helpful, it’s nowhere near enough. Professional carpet cleaners are licensed and bonded to clean the carpet or other items agreed upon prior to the appointment. But they are not licensed to move your furniture. Everything from sectional sofas to the family computer must be carted off the carpet. So, love your great-aunt Milly’s antique buffet with 200 years worth of family wedding china? Then you better move it out of the way and package the contents or cover them appropriately to avoid chemical coating or potential breakage.

Protect and Pin

Steam and chemicals pose a potential threat to expensive draperies and wall coatings – especially considering the high temperatures used by carpet cleaning professionals. Flowing curtains that pool on the floor can be beautiful decorative elements, but they need to be pinned at least six inches off the floor for the workers to do their job. Light plastic sheeting or even painters tape work to avoid cord smudges on walls. And for furniture that cannot be moved – such as formal sofas or beds with specialty skirts, be sure to lift and pin the skirts up to avoid unnecessary damage or destruction. Don’t forget to pre-vacuum. According to the Carpet and Rug Institute http://www.carpet-rug.org/, the entire house should be vacuumed at least two days per week. Running the vacuum over the cleared area will help extend the life and look of your investment.

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Plan and Prepare for Family and Four-Legged Friends

Many types of household pets roam freely through their homes on typical days. But strangers tend to create stress and emotional hardships on the animals. Loud noises and unusual activity are bound to scare even the most territorial animal. Therefore, pets should be kept in crates, taken to a friend’s or kennel, or moved to another part of the house for the day. Due to truck-mounted systems, your front or access door may remain open for most of the cleaning time, so animals may attempt a quick escape. Human family members, on the other hand, are usually far too curious. This can lead to potential injury or re-soiling the carpet before it completely dries. Your newly cleaned carpet may need up to 12 consecutive hours of traffic-free post-care, so prepare accordingly. And ask your service about walking booties in the event foot traffic is inevitable.

Prepare the Outside of Your Home

This one often goes overlooked, but it’s an important step. Trucks and heavy equipment may be used to renew your carpet. Making sure there’s ample parking available helps expedite the service and shows the house owner means business. Hot water extractions will need to be performed, so spigot use is a must. Make sure you know where the closest outdoor spigots are and that they’re in working order.

Your Macomb, MI carpet cleaning day does not need to be a stressful event. Simply follow the above suggestions to ensure your appointment is a smooth success. The pros are ready and able to answer any questions to ensure satisfaction. After all, carpet completes a home. Why trust its care to just anyone?

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Adding A Jetted Tub To The Home

Whether it’s to add value to the home or to add an amenity that gives you a way to relax, the installation of a jetted tub offers a few benefits. It’s a task that’s easy to complete with jetted tub manufacturers giving tips on how to best place the tub in the home.

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The first thing that you want to do is decide on the size of the tub that you want to install. Select something that offers enough room for the family to enjoy, but you don’t want to get something that’s too big as it could be difficult to install and take up too much space in the home. An easy way to get the right size is to look at the current tub in the bathroom and get one that is of the same dimensions. Find out if there are any building permits needed to install the tub, especially if it’s a larger size than what’s currently in the home.
Before beginning the installation, you need to shut off the water to the tub. There should be a pipe behind the tub that is for waste and overflow. This pipe should be disconnected as well. It’s a good idea to make sure all of the pipes that go to the tub are clean at this point and free of any debris that might have built up over time.

Covering the floor with a large tarp, begin removing the tile that is around the tub. This is an opportunity to change the tile that is in the bathroom if you’re looking for a new appearance in the room. Cut through the drywall to provide a space for the tub to sit. Examine the insulation behind the wall. If it has mold or is moist, then it’s best to replace it before adding the new tub. If not, then you will likely end up needing to replace it in a short time. This would involve removing the jetted tub and the tile once again. If you aren’t adept at electrical work, then it’s best to have an electrician connect any wires that go to the tub. Once the area is clean and the pipes are ready to be connected, you can set the new tub in place. Connect the pipes, turn the water on, and enjoy your new whirlpool.

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5 Ways to Create Your Perfect Bathroom

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A relaxing getaway, a place where you can go to get away from the world and find peace. That is what our modern bathrooms have turned into. Even our smallest bathroom remodel takes these aspects into consideration.

How do you create that Perfect Bathroom? The ideas are endless and really very simple.

1. Think about what makes you feel relaxed. Do calm blues and greens make you feel like your in a spa? Do you like soft lighting or more sunlight? Thinking about how colors and lighting effect you will help you to create a space that works for you.

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2. Look at your accessories? Do you have nothing on your bathroom wall? Change that and add some calming elements to your walls. Using the vertical space in a bathroom can create that warm feeling you are looking for and help both your mind and body relax.

3. A Tub or a Shower? What helps you to relax after a long day. For some people it’s a nice soak in the tub after work, others enjoy a nice long shower to help relieve those tired muscles. Decide what one is more important to you and spend your money on that. You can always do both, but investing in the perfect tub or shower will help create a wonderful relaxing experience.

4. Flooring is very important when it comes to a relaxing bathroom. Do you live in a colder climate? You may want to think about installing heated flooring to keep your feet warm. For flooring you also want to choose relaxing or neutral colors.

5. Think beyond the normal bathroom. Maybe your in a warmer climate and would love an outdoor waterfall shower. Another way to bring the outdoors in is large skylights to help bring in light and nature to your bathroom.

How do you make your bathroom a relaxing space?

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5 Easy Tips for a New Bathroom Look

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Are you looking for small bathroom decorating tips that will make a big impact on the way that your bathroom looks and feels? If you have a small bathroom and you want to transform it, there are plenty of ways to redecorate that will turn a drab bathroom into a fab bathroom. If you’re working with a small redecorating budget and a small bathroom space, here are 5 easy tips for a new bathroom look that will add dimension and storage without taking away from your space.

Take Decor Up a Notch with Shelving

You don’t have to have a completely simplistic bathroom when you’re limited on space, but you do need to be innovative with displaying decor and necessities. By investing in a shelving unit that has hooks, you can take your decor up a level and hang towels and robes in the process. Not only will you add to your storage space, you can add to the design.

Backsplash Will Dazzle the Eye

Are your bare white walls boring? Are you looking for an effective way to add dimension to a space that doesn’t have much? If you have stacked shelving units or space behind your pedestal sink, consider installing a tile backsplash that compliments the color theme you are designing around. The tiles will add color, texture, and illusion.

Redecorating and Rearranging Tips for a New Bathroom Look

Turn Functional Elements into Decorative Elements

If you have a limited budget, you should look for functional elements that will compliment your decor. Soap dispensers, receptacles, cotton ball holders, towel holders and commercial shower curtains can all transform a space. Add some personality to the room without breaking the bank and choose colors that pop to brighten up the space.

Use Bright Paint

You don’t have to choose dull colors or plain whites when you’re designing a small bathroom. White may be a flattering color in small spaces, but you can use bright pops of color wisely to show off unique architectural detail. Paint one wall a bright color, or use a bold wall paper pattern that has adhesive that is designed to stick in a moist environment. The color or pattern will surely make the room more lively.

Find a Textured Rug

You probably don’t think of rugs when you think of bathrooms. There are, however, textured accent rugs that can take the floor up a notch. Choose privacy curtains and accent rugs that compliment one another, and you can create a design rather than just several different looks in a single room.

From time to time you will need to freshen up your space. If it’s time to refresh your bathroom, keep these tips in mind before you start redecorating. Transforming your space doesn’t have to involve demolition as long as you are creative and resourceful.

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Show your American Pride With a Flag

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Summer in the United States brings Memorial day, the 4th of July and Labor Day. All of these Holidays celebrate American pride. Yet, many people don’t even have a flag in their yards! Yes, a simple flag and it’s not complicated you can get them at any local store or you can buy them online.

If you already have a flag or your looking for something different and unique. There are many fun ways to display your flag or your patriotism in another way. I found a few on Pinterest that I just had to share with you.

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This one is so easy to make, just some paint and a pallet. You can check out your local stores to see if they are selling or getting rid of any broken ones.

Here is another fun way to show off your American Pride.

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And the last one

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Do you have a unique way to show your American pride? Share it with us!

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DIY Garden Pallet Planter Box

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Recently my sister did this amazing DIY Garden Pallet Planter project that I just had to share with you. She got the pallets for free, picked up the plastic container and created this amazing garden planter. It’s so easy to construct and most of the time you can get pallets for free from your local stores. You may even find some for sale on Craigslist.

Creating Your DIY Garden Pallet Planter

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As you can see from above all she did was nail the pallets together to form a box. You may want some help lining everything up, but she did it all on her own. All you have to do is make sure it will hold the container you have chosen.

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Then add your choice of siding to the pallets and paint it. Her result is the one below The purple really stands out and creates a great focal point in her yard. She also added some cute butterflies she found at the dollar store.

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My sister painted her garden planter purple to match her front door. What color would you make yours?

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