Top 5 renovation tips to create more space in your home

As real estate prices continue to climb, the cost to trade up to a larger home is on the upswing across the country, especially as markets remain hampered by tight inventory levels. As a result, more and more Americans are choosing to renovate their current homes instead of relocating. In fact, some forecasts predict that renovation spending could exceed the record of $324 billion set during the peak of last decade's housing boom.


Tips for safer renovations

Safety always should be the top priority when doing home renovations.

Home renovation projects vary in scope. Something as simple as repainting a bedroom counts as a renovation project, as does a full kitchen remodel. But no matter how big or small a project, homeowners’ top priority should always be safety.
Before beginning a project, make a list of possible hazards and how to avoid them. Here are some potential dangers that can spring up.


Understanding Kitchen Cabinet Costs

Three months ago, you purchased a fixer-upper in your dream neighborhood. After moving into your home, you decided an immediate, kitchen remodel was in order. However, the looming expenses of this enormous, home improvement project unnerved you. You were especially concerned with the expense of purchasing new, kitchen cabinets. If you can relate to this scenario, you might wonder why kitchen cabinets cost so much.


Four Key Reasons to Add a Storm Door to Your Home

You have probably seen storm doors on the homes of friends and neighbors. However, you thought adding this additional protection to the home was only necessary if you were in an area at risk for severe storms or snow. So, why do others utilize this protection for their home? There are many significant advantages you gain when you add one of these doors—check out four of the top reasons you might want to add one to your house too.


Do-It-Yourself or Don't: Four Points to Ponder

It's not everyone who can be a DIYer. Tackling home-improvement projects on your own takes a generous helping of patience, a dab of ingenuity and just a sprinkling of know-how. Mostly, it's about being willing and able to try new approaches and to move outside your comfort zone on occasion. If you're someone who's terrified of dripped paint or holes in drywall, DIY projects might not be for you. But if you're willing to learn by doing -- by trying out the whole trial-and-error process, getting your hands dirty can be downright therapeutic.