Remodeling Tips to Maximize Your Home’s Resale Value

Remodeling Tips to Maximize Your Home’s Resale Value

Sometimes we remodel because we want to create a more pleasant home environment to live in. Other times, it’s all about the bottom line and getting the most bang for the buck when the house goes on the market. If you find yourself in the latter situation where you are remodeling with the goal of reselling, there are a few things you can do to maximize your return on investment and make your home as appealing as possible to future buyers. Keep it Neutral Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom for resale is not the time to go crazy with paint colors, fixtures, or other design elements. You want to present the image that the house is a blank canvas that the new owners can make their own. Even though things like paint and fixtures are easy to change, you do not want to put the new owners through the hassle Continue reading

Remove Lead and Asbestos from Your Home

Remove Lead and Asbestos from Your Home

A kitchen or bathroom renovation can bring many positive changes to your home, but it can also uncover some not so pleasant things lurking beneath the surface. Lead and asbestos are two of the most common hazards that are found in paint, insulation, and other materials used in older homes. If your home was built before the 1970s and hasn’t been renovated in a while, lead and asbestos abatement might be part of your remodeling project. Here are some tips on what to look for and how to make sure these hazards are removed from your kitchen or bathroom for good. Lead Health Risks Lead-based paint was not banned until 1978 and was very common in homes built before that time. According to the EPA, the older your home is, the more likely that it will have lead paint — nearly 90 percent of homes built before 1940 have it. Continue reading

All About Hanging Bath Towels and Bath Mats

All About Hanging Bath Towels and Bath Mats

Do you take your bath towels and bath mat for granted? If you’re like most of us, you probably use them every day without much thought to where they are stored or how they are preserved. Whether you have a large or small bathroom, it’s important to make sure that towels and mats have enough space to properly dry between uses. Otherwise, they’ll quickly turn musty and moldy. Maybe you’ve even experienced this in your current bathroom. Remodeling your bathroom is a great time to re-evaluate how these essentials are stored in between uses. Don’t skimp on the small stuff — here are a few ideas for caring for your bath towels and bath mats. Hooks, Bars, and Racks No matter how small your bathroom, there’s room to properly hang bath towels and a bath mat. One of the most popular options is a towel bar that’s mounted to the Continue reading