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Remodeling 101: Let’s Get Started!

The latest Cost vs. Value Report predicts the majority of remodeling projects in the Midwest will increase in value over the coming year. For example, midrange bathroom remodels are expected to return nearly 60% of their cost. For the discerning homeowner, it’s a great time to get going on those…

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10 Ways to Master Home Maintenance in the New Year

While a pandemic raged, homeowners sheltered in place, taking care of their homes, inside and out. With little else to do in their free time, families took to their lawns, built outdoor living spaces, and turned dining rooms into home offices and playrooms into home classrooms. In 2021, we all…

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Laundry Room Makeover!

Welcome to the next installment in our Remodeling 101 Series: Laundry Rooms! While they’re not the most common makeover – few projects are as popular as a new kitchen or a new master bathroom – laundry rooms are easily the most overdue and undervalued. Laundry room makeovers don’t just add…

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Remodeling 101 Series – Kitchens

Welcome to the next installment in our Remodeling 101 Series: Kitchens! Your kitchen is more than just a place to cook and eat. It’s become the hub of the home; a place to do homework, a gathering spot for family and friends, where we begin each day, and then unwind…

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Remodeling 101 Series – Basements

Welcome to the next installment in our Remodeling 101 Series: Basements! According to Home Advisor, the average cost to finish a basement in 2018 is between $6,500 and $18,500. The good news is that homeowners, on average, can recoup roughly 70% of that cost. Unlike most other rooms in your…

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Remodeling 101 Series – Master Bathrooms

Welcome to the next installment in our Remodeling 101 Series: Master Bathrooms! Fact: We spend a lot of time in the bathroom. According to a Skinbliss study, women spend 136 days in the bathroom applying make-up, taking a shower and getting dressed (men spend nearly a third of that time…

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Tax Deductible Home Improvements

It’s easy to forget about taxes right after you’ve finally completed all of those forms for 2017, but planning ahead can save you big bucks down the road. Summer is an ideal time of year to tackle home improvement projects. But before you decide which projects to take on, consider…

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Bathroom Cleaners: Are they safe?

Keeping your family healthy, happy, and safe probably feels like a big assignment. As we collectively grow more and more health-conscious, we’re becoming aware of potential hazards that we may not have thought about just 15 or 20 years ago. Everything from the food we buy at the grocery store…

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Remodeling 101 Series – The Exterior

Are you excited for barbeques, the sunshine, the smell of freshly cut grass, and finally tackling those exterior home upgrades you’ve been waiting on? You should be! The cold gray of winter is enough to make anyone dream of greener pastures. But, before you go tackling those remodeling projects you’ve…

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Kitchen Faucet Buying Guide: 6 Considerations

You’ve been patient. You’ve ignored the drip-drip-drip of the leaky spout, and you’ve kept silent as that rust spot grows little by little. But now the time has come to buy a new kitchen faucet. As they age, kitchen faucets can start to break down, causing leaks, poor water flow,…

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