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How To Test Your General Contractor to Make Sure You Made the Right Decision

Choosing a general contractor to build or remodel your home can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t know anyone that can give you a referral. Randomly choosing one from the internet, even with looking at reviews, can be dicey. Before you let your chosen general contractor touch your home, ask them these questions to verify you made the right decision.

Ask for insurance certificates.

Your general contractor should have at least two types of insurance certificates. The first is the workers’ compensation certificate. This proves that the company will take responsibility for any injuries that happen while the job site is active. The other insurance certificate should be for a liability or umbrella policy. This protects you in the event that damage is done in the process of the work.

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3 Ways to Utilize a Room Addition

Have you been thinking about a room addition? With everyone stuck at home together, it is only natural to be looking for ways to get a little privacy. There are a lot of different ways you could use a room addition in these times. Here are just a few ideas you might not have thought of.

Family work room

Most kids are doing school virtually, and their parents are also working from home. Why not make study and work a family activity? It’s easy to become distracted when working on your own in an environment where you usually relax, and that’s just as true for your children as it is for you. Having one work room where everyone can keep each other on task and parents can help with schoolwork is a great way to take advantage of a room addition.

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What Kind of Flooring Is Right for You?

When you are working on a remodel, renovation, or new construction, it will seem like you have a million and one decisions to make. One of those decisions is the type of flooring you will have laid. If you’re redoing an old room, it might not occur to you to change the type of flooring, but this is the perfect time to do so.

Adding the item of replacing flooring to your construction project is actually a lot more cost effective and beneficial than you might think. If you’re getting walls redone, a room addition, or a complete remodel, you’re already emptying the room down to the bare bones. That means it is very convenient to upgrade your flooring as well, and it usually doesn’t add that much onto your overall construction costs.

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How to Design a Mudroom

A mudroom is an amazing addition to any home. Once you experience one, you’ll instantly understand what makes them such an attractive, although easy, room addition. Mudrooms keep the rest of your home clean while also giving you more organization to maximize your time. Here are some elements to consider when designing a mudroom.

Hobbies and sports

If you participate in sports or other activities outside your home, a mudroom can be a lifesaver. Most homes only offer sparse coat or entryway closets that offer a clothing rod and little else. A mudroom gives you plenty of organized space for your sports and hobbies. Consider the equipment you have and will need in the future and design cubby holes for everything.

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How to Prepare Your Home for Painting

If you’re on a budget, you’re probably looking to cut corners wherever you can while still getting a professional to do the actual painting. One of the things that can save you a ton of money is preparing your home for painting before the contractor arrives. If you don’t, you’ll have to pay an additional fee for that service. 

Here’s a step-by-step guide for prepping your home for professional painters.

Move and cover furniture.

If you have any furniture against the walls, you’ll have to move them to the center of the room. If there isn’t enough space for everything, you might have to move some things out of the room altogether. Any furniture that remains in the room should be covered with plastic or a sheet to protect it from any potential paint splatters.

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Taking Advantage of Necessary Water Damage Repairs to Make a Few Upgrades

The recent tropical storms and hurricanes have reminded everyone that water damage is a common occurrence in Florida. If your home has recently sustained water damage, it might be a good opportunity to get some upgrades and renovations you’ve been putting off. Here are a few upgrades you can easily incorporate into your water damage repair project.

Flooring Upgrades

If any room in your home was immersed in water, even just an inch or two, you will likely need to replace the flooring. Carpets will definitely need to be replaced, as well as cheaper flooring materials like linoleum or other synthetic flooring. 

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Preparing to Remodel Your Kitchen

Have you been dreaming of the perfect kitchen for the holidays? Now is the perfect opportunity to get your kitchen ready for big family meals and preparing care packages.

Before you can jump into your remodel, you have to make a lot of preparations. You will be without the use of your kitchen during the entire period of the renovation, which means you’ll need to make other arrangements. Grilling or picnics are great options if you don’t want to order out every meal. Either way, not being able to cook is going to significantly increase your food bill for the month.

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What Should Never Happen During Your Roofing Job

Although some homeowners save up and plan for a new roof, sometimes the need comes up suddenly. When that happens, it can be tempting to go with the cheapest contractor around. Unfortunately, these cheap roofers are often unprotected by insurance, may not be a registered business, and will most likely cut corners. 

Whatever roofer you hire, monitor their progress and make sure they aren’t doing the following things.

Using Staples

Some roofers use staples to fasten on new shingles. Stapling shingles is faster and cheaper. However, staples are also much less reliable. Florida is prone to severe weather conditions, including very strong winds that can blow off your shingles if they aren’t fastened down properly.

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Building an Add On for Home Office Space

Are you one of the thousands of Americans working from home? If so, you have probably realized that working remotely has some disadvantages. Many of these can be solved by having your own office space. 

The Challenges of Working From Home

Working from home sounds great in the beginning, but you probably figured out pretty quickly that you just aren’t as productive. If you have children, pets, a partner, or any combination of these, your day is probably rife with distractions and interruptions. 

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Why You Should Get a Roof Inspection

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. The roof doesn’t just keep rain from coming into your home. It also protects your home by acting as a fire and wind break. Your home is only as safe and secure as your roof, so it’s important to take its condition seriously. As such, you should have your roof inspected from time to time. Here’s a guide to help you.

When you buy a home

Anytime you buy a new home you should have the roof inspected. The roof inspection will confirm the age of the roof and let you know if you need to think about replacement. It will also bring to light any problem areas so that they can be repaired before they become big problems.

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