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Five Fresh Ideas for Kitchen Renovation Projects

January 14, 2010

Author: Oswald Melman

Keeping your kitchen in perfect working order takes a lot of time and effort. Often, you only notice you’ve been neglecting it when you have a big event on the horizon: some family visiting, or even when you’ve decided to sell your home. As everyone can tell you, there’s not much you can get away with when you’re facing some prospective home buyers. Two of the biggest tests will come in the kitchen and in the bathroom. While new cabinets and or countertops are always excellent ideas for renovation projects, you don’t always have to be so bold to make an impact. Sometimes, it just takes a fresh perspective to get your kitchen looking special once again. Try these five ideas to get things started.

1. Make your mark quickly and personally. It’s always great to have a team of master builders and designers poring over your house, but completely unrealistic when you’re working with a budget. You can make an impact while keeping everything simple. Take some old chairs and toss them to the curb, or think about some new plants or spices to liven up the room. You can set a new tone immediately and feed off of it while you move forward with your project.

2. Enhance the room by trying to cut down on clutter. If your kitchen is being stifled by some furniture or cabinetry that’s well past its prime, think of adding on by subtraction. You’ll be amazed at the amount of space you can create when you remove a bunch of cabinets which you really aren’t using anymore. Whether or not you want to replace all of them is up to you. The room might be suited for minimal cabinet work, creating a sleeker design.

3. Toy with different light sources. Targeting an inadequate source of lighting is a great approach for a renovation project. While most homeowners think of how different lights might do the trick, it may be a window problem. The original design may have included fewer windows than can realistically keep natural light flowing into the room. The only way to correct the problem is to add new windows. While the level of difficulty of such a project is rather high, the reward is at the top of the spectrum as well.

4. Before you go shopping, try to recycle. Everyone has a few purchases that don’t work out right away. However, as time goes on, you might find that the table or lamp you couldn’t quite fit in works perfectly with your new kitchen design. An old chest of drawers or desk could even be the right touch for a kitchen. Look through the attic first.

5. Thrift stores and flea markets can lead to some great finds. When your budget is not exactly robust, don’t be afraid of the secondhand market. You might find exactly what you are looking for at a great price.

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When you think the time has come for kitchen counter replacement, call up Sears and have the pros get to work. The Sears team will make kitchen countertop replacement a no-brainer.

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Hiring The Right Home Inspector

January 13, 2010

A home purchase is probably the biggest investment a person will ever make in their lifetime. Hiring a qualified home inspector is an important step you can take to protect yourself from buying a lemon. However, finding the right home inspector can prove to be a challenge.

Did you know that  in province of Ontario any person can call themselves a home inspector? No licence is needed, no certification required and there is no official regulating body that keeps tabs on home inspectors. So how do you know you’re hiring a good one?

The first thing you need to do even before starting to look for a home is interview multiple home inspectors the same way an employer would interview a candidate. So when you do find your dream home you will be ready and not fumbling through the phone book at the last-minute.Don’t be afraid to ask for references. If he or she is legit they will be more than happy to tell you about their past clients.

Second, it’s always a good idea to ask if they have a  background in construction. Inspectors that have started off as a licensed construction trade will usually have a better grasp on the fundamentals of home inspection.

Thirdly, make sure they are fully insured and insist that they produce an insurance certificate. Also it might be a good idea to review their service contract and understand what their terms are.

remember every industry has a handful of bad apples. It’s your job to weed them out and find the best of the crop.

Renovating Your Home

January 13, 2010

Renovating your current home can be a smart move, however you must spend your money wisely to see a return on those improvements.

After deciding on a budget you will want to take a look around and pick out any changes you want to make. It may help to hire a qualified home inspector and or energy auditor to give you a detailed report on the life span of important elements such as the roof, windows and other critical components of your home. You don’t want to blow the budget on non essential upgrades if your furnace needs replacing. For this purpose we’ll say that your home’s structure and mechanical components are in great condition. You want to make sure that the renovations you choose to make will add real value to your home. Upgrading to a granite counter top in the kitchen, or adding cornice moulding and pot lighting will payoff when reselling. However upgrading existing hardwood floors that are in good condition for another style or colour may not. Remember, a simple neutral fresh coat of paint is the usually the most affordable renovation and will always add value.

Whatever kind of renovation you decide on to make, be sure that you have it professionally done with licenced and insured contractors, or you may end up spending more than you planned if things go wrong.