Expert Advice on Improving Your Home

Renter’s Insurance

Renters often assume that their landlord’s insurance policy will cover them. If you rent, the fact is that your landlord's insurance usually only covers the building where you live, but not your personal belongings so renters insurance may be a good idea for you.
Signing a contract.

Do You Need A Contract for Home Improvement Projects?

Do you need a contract for your next remodeling project? The short answer is yes. With the exception of emergencies, insist on a contract for any work done on your home. Read on to find out more.
Solar photovoltaic panels on roof of home.

Energy Efficiency Tax Credits for Homeowners

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes federal tax credits that can save you $1,500 or more when you make energy efficiency improvements to your home. Here’s the bottom line on what’s covered, and how you can qualify.
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Contractor Coordination in Home Renovation Projects

During a remodeling project, it’s important that the contractor coordinates the work with the various subcontractors so everyone is working together on the project. Water lines, drain pipes, electrical wires, and ductwork all occupy the same space within your walls; and each one is needs to be properly installed and inspected.
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How to Document Possessions in Your Home in Case of Disaster

Natural disasters occur regularly throughout the world, often taking everything in their path with them. Although no one wants to experience these events, it’s important to document the possessions in your home and protect your assets in case of an emergency. Watch this video to find out more.
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How to Hire a Roofer for Your Home

A new roof is a major investment that typically costs thousands of dollars. Read on to find out how to choose a good roofer for your home.
Storm Damage

How to Prepare Your Home Inventory List for Insurance

Do you have home inventory? All home insurance claims require one, so why not spend a day preparing yours? Here's how to do it!
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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Lumber Prices Nearly Triple Going Into 2022

Going into 2022, lumber prices have tripled. Factors lingering from the Covid-19 pandemic and new issues are contributing to the steady price increase.