Financial

Contractor and homeowners examining remodeling project progress.

Sensible Remodeling Payment Plans

Writing checks for your remodeling project is never fun. The amounts can be staggering and there’s always the concern that maybe you didn’t get all the value you were due. Besides, every check written means you have less leverage over your contractor. The ideal payment plan keeps you in control of things and is fair to your contractor as well.

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Laying mosaic tile border.

Hiring A Tiling Contractor

Fixing a botched tiling job is expensive, disruptive, and messy, so hiring a seasoned professional and making sure the job gets done right the first time is essential. Read on to find out how to hire a tiler for your remodeling project.

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HVAC technician performing regular service on furnace.

Tips For Dealing With HVAC Pros

Nothing in your house affects your comfort more than your heating and cooling systems. Yet unless the heater conks out during a blizzard or the air-conditioning goes on the fritz in the middle of a heat wave, most of us pretty much ignore our heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment.

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New roofing on house roof

How to Hire a Roofer for Your Home

A new roof is a major investment that typically costs thousands of dollars; and unfortunately, roofing is an easy entry business that requires little more than a pickup, a ladder, and some basic tools. Read on to find out how to choose a good roofer for your home.

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Plumber gluing PVC drain pipe

How to Hire a Qualified Plumber for Your Home

Even small leaks can lead to big repairs. Avoid getting soaked by hiring an experienced, licensed pro.

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Beware the Telltale Signs of Contractor Scams

If the contractor for your project tells you something that’s too good to be true, it probably is! Here are some telltale signs to watch out for, so you won’t become the next victim of a contractor scam.

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Architect working at drawing board.

Do You Need an Architect or a Designer?

Find out whether you need to hire an architect or a designer when taking on a large or small remodeling project on your home. Read on to find out more.

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Cabinet with dovetailed drawer.

How To Get The Most Kitchen and Bath Cabinets for Your Money

Once upon a time, cabinets were built on site by trim carpenters. Today, that’s true only for the highest-end units. Most cabinets are now made in shops or factories, where the environment is ideal for controlling wood quality and craftsmanship.

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