Projects & Tip Videos

Do I Need A Building Permit?

  Typically not the first question that comes to mind when homeowners decide to remodel their home, a Building Permit is often overlooked. Depending on where you live, the answer to this question can be found by calling your city or township building inspector.   In many municipalities, when your project involves an addition or […]

Preparing Your Home For Sale – The Interior

 In Part 1 we talked about some exterior tips to enhance the “curb appeal” of your home as a prospective buyer’s first impression starts to develop within 15 seconds after arriving at your property.   Inside your home, natural light should always be maximized. Keep windows cleaned, open drapes and blinds and make sure all […]

Preparing Your Home For Sale – The Exterior

A home seller typically has one main concern when deciding to put a property on the market – how to get the best price in the shortest time frame. Put on your buyer’s shoes when thinking about your home and don’t underestimate the impact small details can have about the perceived condition of your home. […]

Thinking Of New Carpeting? Part 2

In Part 1 we talked about several things to consider when looking to purchase new carpet. Here are some other carpet facts:   With respect to carpet color, different dye lots used in the manufacture may cause your carpeting to be a slightly different shade than the sample you selected. This is normal and should […]

Thinking Of New Carpeting? Part 1

  The more you know, the more prepared you’ll be to get the best value. First, measure the widest point of the room(s) you want to carpet. Make sure you include any door openings or steps. Take the length times the width and divide by 9. This will give you the approximate number of square […]

Home Remodeling – Replacement Windows

  Replacing old windows not only dresses up an older home but also contributes to lower heating and cooling costs. You should consider replacing your windows if they have:  – Rotting sash or frame usually caused by water damage resulting from neglecting to maintain the interior/exterior finish on the sash.  – Poor weatherstripping around sash. […]

Monthly Home Maintenance Tips – June

  General walk through – check exterior gardens, downspouts and extensions, foundation landscaping.   Check/add salt to water softener. Check smoke and fire alarms.   Change air filter, close dampers on lower returns if using central air.   Check basement for dryness; run dehumidifier and check sump hole and pump, if applicable.   Apply water […]

Remodeling Your Kitchen – Some Basics Part 2

In Part 1 we discussed the importance of Planning and Design when undertaking a kitchen remodeling project. When you are confident that you’ve done your research, it’s time to review estimates, select a bid and sign an agreement. To properly compare bids requires specifics and short, vague estimates usually result in problems down the road. […]

Remodeling Your Kitchen – Some Basics Part 1

The kitchen is the main gathering place for many families and even when entertaining, many times the party winds up in the kitchen. Here are some things to consider when thinking of a new kitchen.   There are 3 elements to a kitchen remodeling project: Preparation, Design and Installation. First, visualize your dream kitchen. What […]

Buying A Home – Title Insurance Basics

Title insurance is protection against loss if a defect is found in the title of your property. It pays losses arising through defects in title or liens and encumbrances. From the deed alone, you cannot determine what rights, liens or claims may be outstanding against your title. Title insurance establishes clear title and that all […]