December 5, 2019

A professional handyman service can tackle a number of small jobs and save you lots of time and effort. But some work will still require the expertise of a licensed specialist. So, how do you know when to hire one over the other? Here are five jobs perfect for a handyman (and a few hints on when to call on the experts).

1. Any job you could do yourself

The kinds of projects you could DIY (if you had the time, tools and patience) are perfect for a handyman. A seemingly simple job like mounting a TV or replacing a door can take the average homeowner hours, while an experienced handyman pro can get the same job done quickly and efficiently.

Pro tip: To get the best use of their time — and make the most of their hourly rate — hire a handyman to tackle several jobs in one visit.

2. Replace a toilet, faucet or outlet

Replacing fixtures and switches doesn’t usually require a license. So, a handyman with experience in the field should be able to do the work. Generally speaking, if you’re swapping o...

December 4, 2019

Like other home projects, you might be able to do some pest control yourself. A can of Raid will keep bugs at bay for a while. But for bigger problems, such as recurring mice or rabbits, you’ll want to call on a professional.

Here’s what you can expect to pay for pest control treatments.

Single-Visit Pest Control

You can hire a company to perform a single pest application. The cost will vary depending on type of pest, but you’ll typically pay more for a one-time treatment. It’s also not as effective in the long term. Professionals compare it to housecleaning. The first deep clean takes longer and costs more. But future visits take less time and effort.

Ongoing Pest Control

Each pest control company operates differently. But most set a schedule visits every 1, 2, 4 or 6 months. The more frequent the visits, the lower the cost per visit. A long-term pest control contract is the most effective way to rid your home of insects and rodents.

The size of your property and the level of infestation wi...

September 19, 2019

Technology has completely changed the tile industry. More shapes, patterns and colors are available than ever before. With inkjet printers, manufacturers can imitate not only the look of natural materials, but also the texture and feel. And this manufacturing process cuts down the cost of production, which translates to more affordable prices. As a result, tile trends are shifting toward new textures, colors, shapes and looks like flowers to the sun.

1. Sophistication: Black

Black features continue to gain popularity because they lend themselves well to modern, sophisticated design. Black tiles of all shapes, from subway to hexagonal, are being paired with either a contrasting grout or black grout. And matte black finishes are a new designer favorite.

2. Interest: Patterns

Tile is available in a variety of patterns that can add a hint of personality to the bathroom. Homeowners are incorporating patterned tiles in small areas of interest, like as a backsplash for the sink, and in big ways t...

September 12, 2019

A new roof is one of the most visible and expensive home improvements you can make. So, you need to choose carefully when it comes to both the materials you use and the contractor you hire to do the work.

When do I need to replace my roof?

Don’t wait until your old roof starts leaking. By the time you notice a leak, structural damage has already occurred. You’ll have more extensive work to do, and you’ll pay accordingly. Ask yourself these questions:

  • How old is the roof? Many roofs last 20 to 25 years or longer. If you don’t know how old it is, consider having the roof inspected.

  • What does the roof look like? Check for irregularities in shingle lines. A sag indicates rotting sheathing. Pay close attention to where rain and snow flow to gutters.

  • Do you see pieces of asphalt in the gutter? That is a sign that shingles are breaking down.

  • Does the flashing around chimneys, vents or skylights show damage?

  • What does the attic look like? Check for evidence of leaks or moi...

August 28, 2019

A bathroom remodel is one of those projects that can improve your daily life. Better lighting, efficient fixtures and colors that suit your personal style can make your mornings more positive and your evenings more calming. And if you’ve been wishing for a double vanity to split with your partner, making that wish a reality can reduce stress and tension.

Homeowners typically spend between $6,000 and $15,000 to remodel their bathrooms, as reported in the Angie’s List Pricing Guide. And the average project falls around $10,000. Of course, mid-range to upscale bathroom remodels can cost anywhere from $20,000 to $60,000 or more.

Here’s a look at what factors into the final price tag.

The Extent of the Remodel

The extent of your remodel will go a long way in determining its cost. A partial remodel will allow you to maximize an existing layout and tap into existing infrastructure. But with a full-gut remodel, there are more cost factors like electrical, plumbing upgrades and structural changes....

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