How Much Should My Kitchen or Bathroom Remodel Project Cost?

There really is no straight answer to this question. When remodeling a kitchen or a bathroom, there are many factors to consider. First, let’s put this out there…no two kitchen or bathroom remodeling projects are the same, so the price will not be the same. Let’s think about this logically. You may have the same the same layout in your kitchen or bathroom as another home owner, but your wants and needs will be different. That means your selections for flooring, countertops, cabinets, etc. will be different. The levels of quality you want for your kitchen or bathroom, will be different. This is what makes the price different. Once you grasp that concept, you will let go of comparing your price to other people’s prices.

What should be most important to you is the contractor you are choosing to work with. The reality of kitchen and bathroom remodeling is that most contractors can all provide you with the same products. But not all contractors are the same. That means you need to trust the person who will be remodeling your kitchen or bathroom to not only provide a fair price, but do great work and most importantly be there for you after the job is complete. To illustrate my point to how important trust is over price, read this message board on Yahoo: https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100628092428AAHc8xi.

Price is always a concern when thinking about remodeling your kitchen or bathroom. So, to give you an idea what a kitchen or bathroom remodeling project would cost, we highly recommend you look at the Cost vs. Value Report from Remodeling magazine at http://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2016/. This report gives an average cost per a specific job in your region. It is simply a baseline for cost. Remember, your actual cost can be more or less. It all depends on what you want to have done in your kitchen or bathroom.

Should I Refinish My Hardwood Floors?

This is a very common question that we receive from home owners. Most have invested a fair amount of money in their existing hardwood floors and don’t want to feel like it went to waste by buying new hardwood floors. But then, on the flip side of the coin, are the existing hardwood floors still good enough to be refinished and look like new? This is not always an easy question to answer. A lot of different factors come into play, such as how old the boards are. Have they been refinished before? If so, how many times? Is the existing hardwood solid or engineered? How deep are some of the scratches? The list goes on and on.

However, a large majority of the time, hardwood floors can be refinished. It all depends on what you, the home owner, would want to go through and have as a finished result. This article from HGTV illustrates this point a little more in detail: http://www.hgtv.com/remodel/interior-remodel/when-hardwood-floors-are-worth-saving.

Now, when it comes to that finished look…remember, hardwood only looks new on the day it’s new. That is a general rule in home improvements. Everything looks great on day one. You should think of a newly refinished hardwood floor as a touch up to the existing hardwood. It will definitely look beautiful and stand out as a centerpiece in your home. So when deciding which direction to take with your hardwood floors, simply consider what look you are going for and your decision should work out just fine.
For your additional knowledge, different companies have different methods for sanding and refinishing hardwood flooring. Here is a link to show one of the methods: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,20333774,00.html.

Your Carpet: Repair It or Replace It?

On a daily basis, a majority of home owners will see their carpet rippling. Some will see their seams splitting apart and even some will the edges of the carpet lifting up from the walls. This is reality and what’s worse is that these home owners will choose to live with it. Why would they do that? That’s because they believe their only option is to buy new carpet and they want to avoid that expense.

Well, it is not their only option. Most carpets can be re-stretched. Re-stretching carpet is actually a simple repair that can be done. The details of re-stretching can be found at http://www.iicrc.org/carpet-stretching-common-form-repair-service-a-106.html. This should give you an idea of what to expect.

Seam repair is a simple task for a trained, professional carpet installer. However, it is not considered a DIY project. So, it is best to find a reputable installer or installation company that you trust for this quick fix. Still, to show you how simple the process can be, take a look at http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-fix-ripped-or-torn-carpet.html. This will give you a guideline of what to expect when you have this done in your home.

Repairing carpet is not a service that is widely offered to home owners. There is a reason behind this. The flooring industry as a whole, wants to sell more carpets. So if there is not a well-known service to repair your existing problems, then your only option as a home owner is to buy new carpet. If you are not in a position to buy new carpet, look for a service repair provider.