Replacing your roof can cost a pretty penny if your not careful. The 2 extremes you have to be careful of are the contractors who are extremely expensive compared to the competition. These contractors are normally banking on the fact that you won’t be checking prices with other contractors.
These guys will go door to door, looking for older roofs and hoping to get you a “free” inspection. They many-times will then use the “free” inspection to point out major issues. They will then scare you in hopes that you will make a rash, quick decision and choose them to replace your roof….since it a quick decision, you won’t competitive bid them and pay more than you should.
The other type of roofing contractor to avoid is the ones that give a bid that seems too good to be true. They way these contractors operate is they give you such a low quote that you sign their contract. However, if you read the fine print (and most of us dont) the contract has clauses stating that if anything is found that was not originally identified, then you will be charged more to complete that work. So these guys are giving lower bids, then just charging you more later when they “find” new issues.
Both of these scenarios are nightmares and should be avoided. So now that your are officially worried I will give you some key tips on how to avoid either of these problems.
Number 1 is use online reviews to find contractors that have good ratings and even better if you know someone who can recommend them. Word of mouth is the best way to add contractors to your list of options.
Number 2 is to competitive bid 3 of the most recommended contractors. You want to make certain that each of the contractors knows that you are competitive bidding them. This will help to ensure that you get a good, accurate and reasonable quotes.
Then once the bids are in you should look to see how close all 3 bids are. If they are all within about 10% of each other…then great choose the lowest one. However, if one is way off or all 3 or way off then something is amiss.
You’ll need to bring each contractor back out, tell them that the bids were all more than 10% off and ask them what they might have missed.
Continue this process until out 3 bids from reputable contractors that are with 10% of each other. Then select the lowest bid. This is the ultimate way to avoid any high cost roof replacements.
If you’ve seen my about page, you should know that removing ugly wallpaper is my very least favorite thing to do when I am renovating a home.
Although there is almost nothing fun about taking down old wallpaper, even though I know what I’m doing thanks to this site, I love walking into a house that I’m looking to buy and seeing the ugliest wallpaper in the whole wide world.
The reason I have such a love hate relationship with wallpaper is that most other home buyers (unless they’re seasoned real estate investors) see hideous wallpaper and run away as fast as they can.
I once bought a waterfront condo that had bathrooms that were covered in old, ugly and peeling wallpaper for way under market value. Now, there were some other cosmetic things wrong with the home as well (old cabinets, outdated light fixtures, etc.) but I really do think that the terrible floral print wallpaper from yesteryear is what turned most people off from this home.
I was able to pick this waterfront condo up for way under market value, do the necessary cosmetic updates and upgrades and have been successfully renting this condo since doing the upgrades.
Now can you see why I have such a love hate relationship with having to take down wallpaper?
Buying a good couch is such a pain sometimes. High quality furniture tends to be expensive and if its not then it doesn’t hold up well. Especially challenging is sectionals.
Sectionals are large investments and most can only be put together in one way. Until now…
Meet lovesac.com. This company has developed what I believe is a nearly flawless sactional. (Sactionalal is not a typo, that’s what they call it). The reasons why sactionals are amazing…
1 – they are modular like Legos
2 – they have 100s of different covers and each is removal and washable
3 – they look great
4 – they are comfortable
5 – they are sturdy
6 – they have an aweome name
7 – reasonable value
Just check out how awesome my new Sactional looks:
Check out their webpage and you can watch some of there videos. You’ll soon be as in love with lovesac as I am.
With the tough economic conditions in the US and now house prices starting to go up in price, its hard for all families looking for the perfect home. Its a reality that the size of the home you can afford may be less than you would prefer.
So if your house is a bit on the small side, what can you do to make the most of it. Fortunately there are some fantastic and easy design ideas to make any small house (or small room) feel bigger.
There are many good books out there that provide a plethora of smart ideas to make your mid to small home awesome.
One way to make a small room feel bigger is to implement and strategically placed some large mirrors. Have you ever walked into a workout space and it just felt massive. If not, do a little research and stop by such a gym. Its incredible how large the space feels. It all about the large mirror.
Now many of these gyms use entire wall mirrors and your just not gonna do that in your home. But one or 2 good looking medium sized mirrors can give you a similar effect and still look great.
Another idea for smaller kids bedrooms is using a loft bed with desk. Loft beds can be in a bunk bed form or a loft bed with desk form. The bunk bed idea would allow for two kids in the same room. This would free up an entire room worth of space.
If that’s not readable or possible then a loft bed with a desk is a great way to improve a small bedroom for a single child.
You could build yourself loft bed like this guide did:
But I’d recommend just finding a good one here and going with that. Here are a few loft beds with desk for you to check out. These will give you a nice idea of what options are out there.
What do you think of these ideas? What other ideas do you have that I have yet to mention? Please share in the comments below so we can help all those looking to make the most of limited space