How to Choose the Right Contractor

Engineers, Architects and Contractors work on plans

Most homeowners are not well educated in the homebuilding or remodeling process and may only do one or two such projects in their entire lifetime. Often they make a poor choice in selecting a contractor when it is based on price alone. The assumption with competitive bidding is that the plans and specifications are so clear and unambiguous that any randomly selected, reasonably competent contractor will be able to do the job exactly as envisioned. While more and more clients are aware that they can’t just hire the lowest bidder, few do a lot of research about which contractors to ask for proposals beyond getting some referrals or references from friends, Realtors or architects.

5 Thrifty Ways to Improve the Value of Your Home

Home Improvement

Buying a home is one of the largest investments that any of us will ever make, so it’s important to maintain the value of your asset. By making one or two small improvements each year, you can easily keep your property in great shape. Putting money into your home, whether you are selling or not, is a good way to boost its value and make it a more comfortable place for you and your family—and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Check out these inexpensive ways to improve your home’s value. You’ll not only improve it for your own use now, you’ll be putting a little more money in your pocket should you decide to put it on the market.

Find Your Green Thumb: Tips to Improve Your Garden This Spring

Find Your Green Thumb

As spring makes way for summer, and we all start spending more time outdoors, many people are excited to get back into their gardens. Whether these are vegetable gardens or flower gardens, whether you are a seasoned gardener or trying out gardening for the first time, here are seven tips to improve your experience and keep your plants at their happiest.

Winterize Your Home To Save On Energy

Furnaces are kicking in across the US as temperatures sink. Alas, keeping warm comes with a higher sticker price each year, no matter what type of heating system you use. According to CNN Money, the average bill for a home using heating oil is more than $320 per month while gas users fork over $160 [...]

Winter’s Coming! Be Prepared For A Long, Cold Season

Button up—winter’s coming! Make a list and head outside (while you still can). Clear leaves and vegetation from foundations, and seal cracks where critters can enter—mice need only a dime-sized door! Check sills for dry rot and pests, then trim branches hanging too close to the house. Good-bye lawnmower, hello snowblower. Drain the gas from [...]