Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Both of these things are things that sometimes get forgotten. But they should be at the top of the list of things to plan for.

1. Replacing the electrical wiring. If wiring is old it could start a fire, for safety it is best to replace it. So if you are renovating - plan it in up front for updating the wiring. If you are doing a kitchen and you do not update the wiring - with the big fridge, the dishwasher, other smaller appliances, can the old wiring handle it all or will you keep blowing the breakers all the time? It gets very frustrating when it happens all the time. Do you have enough outlets and in the places that you need them to be in that will work best for you?

2. Lighting is next on the list. The electrician will need to know for putting in the wiring for the lighting. There are three kinds of lighting for the room:
A. Main lighting
B. Task lighting
C. Ambiance lighting

If the lighting is not what it should be, it is like being in a cave. It is not very inviting to be in that room. Sometimes it even affects how you can function in the room.

Both of these things it is best to have an electrician do for you. They know what code for your area are and the best way to do things. This makes your home safer as well. Make sure that the cost is in the budget for the electrician. The placement of wiring and lighting is easier done without sheetrock up. So if you are renovating and the walls are down to the studs, this is the best time for doing both the wiring and lighting. It is best to get them worked out ahead of time so you do not delay the construction or have to redo it later after the other work is all done.

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The end of the old year and the start of a new year. We hope that all will be well for all that visit our blogs. That it will be a safe, happy and productive year for all. We look forward to having you come back to our blogs next year as well. Until next time, have a great year.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008


To those that do Christmas - Merry Christmas. To all the rest Happy Holidays. Let it be safe with Peace, joy and happiness. May it be a good year to come.

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Friday, December 19, 2008


This is not the place to cut corners on. This could save you a lot of money and headaces in the future. There have been enough movies like "the money pit". We all laughed and thought I am glad that is not me. Everything in the house has problems, it takes longer then they said it would. It costs a lot more than you ever thought it would. Would you want to know ahead of time that this is the case, so that you could avoid this. That is one good reason to get a good inspector.

If you have someone that knows what they are looking for and know what they are doing. ( Ask how long they have been doing home inspections, if it is there first house. They may not be the one to go with.) They can identify problems areas. Then you can decide what you want to do. If it is a really big problem or something that will be easy to fix.

If the inspector finds problems, there are three ways to deal with it:
* ask the seller to fix it.
* get estimates on the cost to fix it and ask the seller to reduce the price that much so you can fix it yourself.
* get out of the deal all the way and look for an other place to buy, if it is a really big problem that the inspector finds.

These are a few of the things that an inspector should look at:
* The condition of the electrical wiring in the house.
* The pluming.
* Check for signs of water in the basement or other places that it should not be in.
* Check the foundation.
* The condition of the roof, vent pipes and anything else that is on the roof.
* That everything is up to code.
These are but a few of the things the inspector should check. Just remember it will take some time to check all of these things ( an hour or more).

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1. Before looking for a home to buy this should be your first step. Get pre-approved for a loan. Make sure that you could qualify for FHA and conventional loan. That way you can go one way or the other.
A. This way you know that if the house that you like does not qualify for FHA loan you are ready with the conventional loan that you can use.
B. You know before looking the price range that you would qualify for. Buyers like this they know that you are ready to buy now not just looking, to be looking.

2. Also find out about insurance for a home in this price range. You will know how much it will cost you. The bank will want to know that it is insured. If you do not they will tack it on ( that could cost you a lot more than getting it yourself.)

3. Expect the unexpected when it comes to getting the money for a house.

4. Have extra money saved up for add on things that might come up.

5. Get a copy of all the paperwork that you will be having to sign, they should let you have that the day before. Read them over, so that you know what you will be signing. If you have questions make note of them.

6. Make sure that all your questions are answered before signing the papers.

7. Make your appointment early in the day. It will take sometime to get everything signed. You do not want to be rushed, because it is 4:00 and they want to go home. Everyone is tired at 4:00 in the afternoon. That is why I say early in the day.

8. If you know that the windows will need to be replaced. Get estimates on how much it would be. (this is an example) This could be something that is added into the loan up front. Get the estimates and ask up front before starting the loan process. Do not wait till the day of the signing and ask, it probably will not happen then. (Replacing the windows adds more value to the house, so there is a greater chance that they will say yes to that as well.)

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Thursday, December 11, 2008


This is something that you need to check out to find out for yourself what he is saying about
" dislike this ". It is important that we all change the way that we think. Time to change our thinking, for the better. Let's not settle any more.

Go to this blog: . I hope that you enjoy it and " dislike this". Take the 24 hour challenge. Let us know how it works for you.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008


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Monday, December 8, 2008


This book from Lowe's is beautifully done, color photos, articles,tips to help you with your home and garden. This is a book that they mail out to you. To get it, go on line to order it. The link is at the end of this post.

Right now they have great ideas for decorating the holiday party table. wonderful gift ideas for friends and family. If you would like to remodel a room they have ideas for that also.

This is a book that you can learn from. It has articles for inside the house and out.
Here are some examples: "Save money, energy and water". Another would be "Save money and minimize maintenance". Learn about growing zones for plants. Where you live makes a big difference in the way that you garden. They have got customized gardening tips for your region of the country.

They have two different books for ideas:
Lowe's creative ideas for home and garden.
Lowe's creative ideas for wood workers.

They will help you put your own character into every room that you have. From these beautiful books I hope that you can learn and make some wonderful rooms and gardens.
Let us know how they turn out. We would like to hear from you.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008


This is a great article that I found that I thought that the readers would get a lot of information from it that will help when it comes to the remodeling of the kitchen. I hope that you enjoy it.

Beginner's Guide: So You Want To Remodel Your Kitchen
Copyright (c) 2008 Aaron J. Munk

Renovating your kitchen can seem daunting, but if you break this
big project down into smaller steps, you can ensure that the
vision you have for your new space will be achieved.

1. Find your style. Stimulate your creativity by checking out how
the professionals do it. Look through magazines and keep photos
of style elements that you like in a binder. With the many
do-it-yourself websites, the Internet is always a good source for

While you are browsing, think about how you want to use your new
space. How many people plan to use the kitchen? Do you entertain?
Do you need room for children to do homework at a computer? Do
you prefer a formal space or do you have a more casual style? Is
your kitchen just for cooking or is it the gathering place for
your family and friends?

Also think about the style of the rest of your home and how the
new kitchen will fit in. All of these style elements you collect
will be helpful to show your vision to the contractor and keep
you both on track.

2. Set a budget. We all wish we could have everything we want.
However, for most of us, we need to choose where to spend our
money to get the most value. Granite counter tops might be a “must
have” for some, while someone else might want to put their money
into specialized appliances.

You may need to think about how long you’ll be living in this
home. If you’re going to be there five years or less, the remodel
could be viewed as improvements on your investment.

Whatever your budget, make sure you include labor costs and a 10%
contingency for those unexpected expenses. And, have a plan to
keep track of all the costs - maybe a spreadsheet - so you can
compare your actual costs to your budgeted amounts.

3. Find and hire a Contractor. The best way to find a qualified
professional is through referrals from family and friends. You
can get first hand information on how the contractor worked and
if there were any problems.

There are two types of contractors you can hire - General
contractors and Subcontractors. General contractors will oversee
every aspect of your remodeling project and he or she will
usually hire the subcontractors. Subcontractors for a kitchen
remodel can include Tile Contractors, Plumbers, Electricians,
Painters, Cabinet installers, to name a few.

If your budget is tight, you may have to oversee all the
subcontractors yourself. Always compare quotes from at least
three different prospects and always work with licensed
professionals who have insurance.

Interview all candidates, check their references and ask to see
some completed projects. It’s important that you are comfortable
with the person and you are both able to communicate with each

After you’ve narrowed it down, take a look at their documents.
Everything should be in writing and look professional - including
a bid price and a payment schedule, the scope of work and a site
plan. Decide in advance how you will handle disputes and get that
in writing as well. Along the way, there may be design changes
initiated by you or the contractor. Make sure these are in
writing as well and understood by both parties.

4. Obtain your Kitchen Design Plans. There are different ways to
do this important step. If your renovation is complex, you may
need to hire an architect. If not, most home stores have computer
aided design programs, which allow you to see how the store’s
kitchens would look in your home. Or, you could buy one of the
many home design programs and see your remodel on your own

Some of the free online programs can even give you a list of your
choices and vendors in your area who sell the products you want.
This could save many trips to the store and countless headaches.

Knowing your cooking style and the appliances you want is
something to consider. Also, selecting the flooring, counter tops,
sinks, and faucets that fit your lifestyle and budget. Last, but
certainly not least, select the lighting for your kitchen,
keeping in mind that no single light source can light the entire

There are many decisions to be made and having your favorite
style elements handy in your binder will keep you on track and
make some of the decisions easier.

5. Be proactive. Inspect what’s going on regularly. During the
work, make sure that both you and the contractor follow the
written plans. Be clear and honest with any issues you have and
try to meet once a day to discuss progress and budget and
schedule concerns. Having this meeting might save work stoppages
and panic phone calls along the way.

Your partnership with your contractor will be the key to the
success or failure of your project, so maintain a productive work
environment by keeping the lines of communication open.

These steps can help make your renovations a little easier, but
realize that unexpected things happen. Relax, take a deep breath,
be flexible and soon you’ll be enjoying your beautiful new

Aaron J. Munk is the founder of SeeItYourWay, a home-design
technology company at the crossroads of technology and design.
SeeItYourWay is a premier kitchen design website, providing
users with thttp://moonlight1458@gmail.comhe ability to view multiple home d├ęcor selections
in a photo-realistic setting, bringing out the unique designer
in each and every one of us. To learn more, visit or call 800-733-0155.

Have a great day. How did this work for you? Let us know, we would like to here from you.

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Monday, December 1, 2008


HGTV has so many great tip and ways to help all that come to see it.

What is your interest? This is a list of some of the things that are on this site:
* Decorating your home.
* Gardening to beautify the outside of your home.
* Kitchens - how to make them better.
* Bathrooms - get them from Ho, Hum to WOW in no time.
* Crafts that are fun to do.
* Remodeling your home.
* At home - organizing and even holiday decor.
* Dream homes.
* Even a place to shop.

This has the most hidden potential that I have seen in a web site. It's time for you to go searching it out for yourself. Go to .

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