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Are Renovations an Asset or an Expense?

Renovating the old bathroom or kitchen is an expensive undertaking while upgrading your electrical service might be essential to bring your service up to code. These renovation expenses are part of the cost of homeownership. But are they an asset or an expense? Renovations to …

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Here’s What To Expect When Renovating an Old House

When renovating an old house, don’t be fooled by its charm—it’s almost inevitable that you’ll run into underlying problems at some point. Fortunately, most issues may be remedied with the help of renovation professionals so that you can get the place looking as good as …

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Do You Need a General Contractor To Renovate?

You’ve watched several home renovation videos and even completed a few simple projects.  You’d like to do a full renovation, and you have an idea of what you want to be done.  If you want to renovate your home, do you need a general contractor? …

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Is It Cheaper To Hire a Contractor?

It’s tempting to do a home improvement project yourself instead of hiring a professional because you think you can cut a good percent of your expenses. But is it worth all the effort? Or will it ultimately be cheaper to hire a contractor? It’s cheaper …

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Do Basements Need Stairs?

While typically you would use a basement as an extended living space accessible from the floor above, there are situations where you may only use it for storage and might wonder if you can remove the existing stair, or simply build a new basement without …

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How Deep Should a Wood Burning Fireplace Be?

Wood-burning fireplaces are a relatively simple way of heating your home and have been around for centuries. Still, one common mistake homeowners often make is not building them deep enough to keep all the smoke inside. This can lead to smoke escaping into the room, …

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Are Ridge Boards Load-Bearing?

Located at the very top of roofing systems, ridge boards appear as the main framing members at the peak of a roof. Since the rafters and other roof framing sections below are attached to the ridge board, you might wonder if it supports structural weight. …