Updated: Friday, September 19, 2014
Home Remodeling Gone Wrong: 3 Contractor Projects You Can Remedy
Its a lot of work and it can be a lot of money to own a home. If you choose to remodel, there are a lot of things you can do yourself, but if its a bigger job than you can handle, youre going to have to hire someone.
Lets say that you wanted the interior of your house remodeled and you hired a contractor. After he left, you find that there were things he left unfinished. If you had it in writing that it was up to the contractor to do everything from start to finish and you had a detailed punch list, then you can call the contractor and tell him to come back to finish the job. If he doesnt come back and wont work with you, then you can call your state attorney general or your local builders association it wont cost you anything to see how to proceed.
Sometimes the only way to proceed is to get your hands dirty, be it a faulty contract or miscommunication, there are many things that contractors can leave unfinished. You might find paint splatters on the wall or your jetted tub wasnt caulked right. Its up to you to decide how much effort and money you want to put into fixing whatever it is that the contractor oh-so-kindly left you with.
A Door Without A Knob
After the contractors gone you notice that he hadnt put any of the doorknobs back in any of the doors. Expect to pay in the high end of the 86.99 - 162.04 per knob range for a licensed, bonded and insured contractor if the original culprit wont return.
However a basic interior doorknob runs around eight bucks. This is how to put one in:
First off: If you want to put in a door handle and not a door knob, then make sure you get a universal handle for both left and right hands, or make sure its one for the correct hand.
1: Take the latch backset and insert it into the door. Make sure the rounded edge is facing the latch hole; if it doesnt seat correctly, just tap it lightly with a hammer.
2: Generally the door will have a mortise for the face plate one the latch. Use 3/4 screws to secure the latch to the door.
3: Adjust the latch for the for the backset depth. Note: most interior doors are 2 3/8.
4: Adjust the bracket size if necessary. Check the instructions that came with the doorknob if you dont know how to adjust the bracket size. Your latch should be nice and secure.
5: Take the doorknob, insert it through the backset and screw it together. Important: Make sure you insert the stem from the handle correctly into the latch.
6: When everything is aligned and the knob is fitted against the door, screw it together with the screws that were provided. Important: Dont over tighten the screws.
7: Check how tight the larch fits in the latch hole by closing the door. If its loose, then place the latch place slightly back in the hole. If its tight, then move the latch all the way forward to the front of the hole. You may have to work with it to adjust the fit correctly.
A Pantry Door With A Squeak
The doorknobs are done, but the contractor also forgot to get rid of the squeak in the pantry door. If you want to get rid of it yourself, itll run anywhere from three to 15 dollars; once youve shopped around and found a fit. Heres how to do it:
Important: Make sure you wear a dust mask and gloves when you are applying the lubricant, and keep the area well-ventilated. Have a dry rag handy to clean up any lubricant spills.
1: Apply Elmers Slide-All Dry Spray Lubricant to each hinge on the door. Make sure you apply it on both on the inside and outside of the hinge.
2: Open and close the door of the cabinet to make sure the lubricant hits all part of the hinges.
3: Tighten all the hinges with a screwdriver.
A Yard With A Stump
The remodeling of your home can mean your yard, too. A contractor might miss that old stump or you might want to save money and oust the stump yourself.
Research consider doing it yourself either mechanically, chemically, manually, naturally or with fire. If a rented stump grinder is in your price range, it makes the most sense to follow the mechanical route.
Note: Wear proper safety gear, including goggles, when attempting to remove a tree stump manually or with heavy machinery. To protect yourself further, wear long sleeved shirts, long pants and gloves.
The company that you rented the grinder from will have given you a set of instructions on how to use it. There are things to do, though, before you start the grinder.
1: First, get rid of any debris and rocks from around the stump.
2: Next youll need to remove the bulk of the stump.
3: Do this by using a chain saw; cut as close to the ground as possible. Now you can use the stump grinder to grind up and eliminate the stump.
If you are stuck with the unfinished mess from a contractor or you have a lawn that needs to be remodeled, dont panic. Consider your legal options, followed by DIY approaches to complete that much desired remodel.
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Sellers Advice: Spend a Little, Raise The Price a Lot
Your real estate professional is probably advising you to declutter, stage your home, plant new flowers, and make numerous repairs and updates. You may be >
Under HomeGains Tools for Sellers, you can find the Home Sale Maximizer tool, where HomeGain has identified the top 10 home improvements under 1,500.
These add the most to home sellers bottom line, and are recommended by over 600 real estate professionals across the nation.
The top 10 home improvements are listed by the greatest return on investment ROI:
Cleaning and de-cluttering 290 cost / 1,990 price increase / 586 ROI
Lightening and brightening 375 cost / 1,550 price increase / 313 ROI
Home staging 550 cost / 2,194 price increase / 299 ROI
Landscaping 540 cost / 1,932 price increase / 258 ROI
Repairing electrical or plumbing 535 cost / 1,505 price increase / 181 ROI
Kitchen and bathroom 1,265 cost/3,435 price increase/172 ROI
Replace or shampoo carpets 647 cost/1,730 price increase/169 ROI
Paint interior 1,012 cost/2,112 price increase/109 ROI
Repair floors 931 cost/1,924 price increase/107 ROI
Paint exterior 1,467 cost/2,222 price increase/51 ROI
When you put in your zip code, your results may vary from the survey results, but whats interesting is how consistently the surveyed listing agents recommended the same home improvements. Nearly 100 of listing agents recommend cleaning and de-cluttering, while 97 recommended lightening and brightening and 80 recommended staging. These top three categories cost just a little over 1,000, yet netted sellers 5,734 at closing.
One hundred percent of HomeGain real estate agents recommend painting the interior and cleaning the carpet and ninety-eight percent recommend decluttering., but you may be surprised to learn that the top three money-makers in terms of ROI arent necessarily what agents most often recommend.
Cleaning and decluttering: Remove personal items; wash and clean all areas inside and outside of house; freshen air; remove clutter from furniture, counters and all areas of the home; organize closets; polish woodwork and mirrors, etc.
Home staging: Add fresh flowers; remove personal items; reduce clutter; rearrange furniture; add new props or furniture to enhance rooms; play soft music; hang artwork in walls, and more.
Lightening and brightening: Open windows; clean windows and skylights inside and outside; replace old curtains; remove other obstacles from windows that block out light; repair lighting fixtures; make sure windows open easily, among other suggestions.
Its all about first and favorable impressions. It takes money to make money, but it doesnt have to take a lot. Its the return on investment thats important.
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Can a New Home Improve Your Sex Life?
The scene is set. Crackling fireplace. Homemade desert. Candles flickering. Drinks sparkling.
And then the spark that should be igniting between the two of you instead takes place in your old fireplace, sending black smoke into your living room and flames shooting up the chimney and out into your space, which then ignite your drapes and send you running partially clothed for the fire extinguisher.
Well that killed the mood.
You dont have to set the living room on fire to know that your house is in desperate need of repair and renovation. But maybe its just not enough. If youre ready to create a spark in your sex life that doesnt include burning the house down, maybe its just time to move. After all, a new house doesnt just improve your surroundings. It can also have a dramatic affect on your intimacy.
A person who is confident in other areas of his or her life is more likely to be confident in the bedroom. If your house is stressing you out and its just time for a clean slate or, more appropriately, a clean house, it could be time to call your REALTOR
Smart is sexy
Making a sound financial decision can boost your confidence. And confidence is sexy.
If there is equity in your home, looking for a new place and considering the rates and other financial details may be something you have already done. But did you add the sexy factor into the equation? You should.
Newer homes are better designed for modern living. Theyre more energy efficient, which can save you money, more open, which caters to the way we live today, they include amenities to help keep us organized and oh god, are you feeling flush, too?
"Everyday stressors -- your job, your kids grades, the leaky bathroom faucethave a more powerful effect on your sex life than you may realize," said MSN. "Being stressed causes your body to produce more of the "fight or flight" hormone cortisol, which your body needs in small doses but can suppress the libido when the body produces an excess."
Decluttered is delicious
"Turns out, cleaning your house and your act in the bedroom arent as different as they may seem," said Refinery 29.
Yep, A house thats been lived in for some time can often look and feel lived in. A whole-house overhaul can help breathe new life into your home, and into your bed.
"Get rid of all the junk that accumulates in your bedroom. Dont use it as a dumping ground for kids art projects, laundry, newspapers, and magazines. No one feels sexy going to bed in a warehouse," said My Home Ideas. "First, get everything up off the floor. Store the things that warrant it and trash the things that dont. Clear off the surfaces of chests and tables, and only replace what is meaningful or pretty. You dont want to see anything that reminds you of chores or obligations. Everything your eye lands on should make you feel >
The problem with that solution is that its often temporary. >
Clean it up to get dirty
A clean house always make you feel better. But a clean, new house? Woah. Excuse us for a minute while we hose ourselves off.
If youre tired of your house, you may be inclined not to try so hard at anything when youre in it. New digs can bring a fresh outlook.
With everything shiny and new, there is excitement. Channeling that excitement into the right places is key...especially when its in a gorgeous new bathroom.
"Lots can go wrong in this room. Hair in the drain or soap scum can make shower sex unappealing. And dont get us started on unpleasant odors," said Good Housekeeping. "Bottom line, keep your bathroom tidy and fresh-smelling so you can enjoy getting clean and dirty in there.
If your bathroom is cruddy, moldy, or so outdated it steals your mojo every time you walk through it, you have two choices: update it, or move.
What to do when only one of you wants to move
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If that sounds like a double entendre, its because it is. Give and take works in many ways. Its called reciprocating, and it works both in and out of the bedroom.
New house, new rules
Its important to remember after you move to wipe the slate clean and make any necessary changes/set new rules for how the household runs.
"If you and your partner are both working full-time, keeping the division of household labor equal and ensuring one partner doesnt shoulder the whole burden will make both of you happier in the bedroom and out," said MSN.
A new house, and an equal division of labor? Now thats hot.
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