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Gathering Information for Your Residential Remodeling

Renovating your house begins long before the actual work gets started. The entire project can require that you spend weeks doing research online to ensure that your undertaking stays on schedule and on budget. When you realize that you may be unable to do most or all of the renovation work on your own, you may find it necessary to hire contractors from your area to take on certain projects. Rather than contact each contractor individually to ask about pricing and availability, you can use the Internet to find out more today about the contractors and their affordability using a single website.

The website is set up to let you comparison shop without having to visit multiple sites or make numerous phone calls to different contracting companies in the area. You can vet contractors and take bids for the work that you need done entirely online through a single site. You can start the process by first selecting what kind of project you have in mind for your renovation project. For example, if you need an outdoor deck built, you can select exterior work and then move onto the next step of taking bids.

You also can narrow your search for contractors by inputting information like your address or zip code. This information will allow the site to bring up names of contractors in your area that are available to begin work immediately on your house. You can then vet bids and find out which contracting companies are the most compatible with your budget. This vetting process allows you to stay on budget without the worry of unexpected costs or hiring a contractor who charges too much for the work you need done.

The website also lets you take bids from contractors who can take care of multiple projects on your house. For example, along with needing an outdoor deck built, you also may want to have your roof replaced, new carpeting installed, the walls painted, and new windows put into your home. When you use the website, you can find out if a single contractor can do these projects or if you must hire several contractors all at once. This information lets you prepare your budget and your schedule accordingly. You can have all of these details on hand weeks before the actual work on your house begins so you can prepare your family as well.

How to Lighten Your Load after Being Saddled With an Estate

Having been left with an entire estate, you can’t help but feel overwhelmed. You don’t have the financial resources to maintain this house, nor do you have the room to hang onto all the possessions found therein. Before putting the property on the market, it’s in your best interest to organize an estate sale and sell off the various items found throughout the house.

Contact an Estate Liquidation Firm

If you’ve never put together an estate sale, reach out to a local estate liquidation firm. After touring the property and appraising the deceased’s possessions, these seasoned experts will set fair prices for all the items you wish to sell and subsequently tag and advertise your goods. Additionally, if they come across any items that are particularly valuable, they may recommend that you sell them at an antiques auction and make a substantial profit.

Getting stuck with an entire estate can often prove stressful. Even if the deceased had good intentions in leaving you his estate, your financial situation may prevent you from being able to hang onto it. Fortunately, an experienced estate liquidation firm can help lighten your load and make you some money in the process.

When We Need to Buy a New Roof

roof (free clip art)

roof (free clip art)

The last house we lived in was brand new when we bought it. We had only lived in it for about twelve years before we had to hire some Columbus roofers to come out and replace the roof. There was supposed to be a twenty-year guarantee on the shingles, but they were terrible, brittle, and broke off easily. Obviously there was something wrong with those shingles. When we tried to collect on the warranty we found out that the company had gone out of business, so we were stuck with no recourse and ended up having to foot the bill for the entire replacement! That was an expense that I was not happy about incurring!

When we first moved here nine years ago, I was quite concerned that we were going to need a new roof soon. My husband kept assuring me that the roof was in fine shape. The house is as old as the one we had just before this one, and I don’t know if the roof is the original one or not. Every spring I mention to my husband that I’m worried about the roof, and every spring he assures me that it is fine.

I think that when it is time to replace this roof that I would like to look into something other than asphalt tiles. Maybe a metal roof, or those tiles that look like they are made out of some kind of red clay. I don’t know what that type of tiling is called, but I think it is really nice looking. I just have a gnawing feeling that we could probably get some kind of roofing that does a better job of insulating the house than the asphalt tiles currently do.

One of the things I like about metal roofs is that snow slides right off of the roof, so you never have to shovel snow off of it! But when it rains, sleets, or hails, it is really loud inside the house! I don’t know if adding insulation in the attic would help to muffle all of that noise. I hope that when we do have to buy a new roof, that we can find something that I like that is easy maintenance, energy efficient and affordable!

Memorial Day

Memorial Day (free clip art)

Memorial Day (free clip art)

We decided that today would be a lay-low kind of day. No big get-togethers to celebrate the start of summer. Just putter around the house, picking up clutter, doing about six months of backed up filing (I hate filing!) and do some laundry, groom the dogs.

I find myself thinking a lot today about how many people have gone to war and sacrificed their lives.  Whether the cause was just or not, they went because our country called them to go, and they went.  I am feeling very humbled by their sacrifices.

Comforts of home

fireplace (free clip art)

fireplace (free clip art)

There just seems to be something so warm and even romantic about a fire in the fireplace. If there is one thing I could think of I like about the cold weather it is the chance to light a fire in the fireplace. We usually put some pillows on the floor and watch a good movie on the television with popcorn at hand.

The comfort of a warm fire helps keep our family together and feeling that our house is a home. I am always glad when we all agree on a good thing.