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    2013, Jan 22

    5 To-Dos Before Starting a Home Remodeling Project

    Remodeling is an adventure and with all adventures, needs planning to succeed. Here’s a list of five things you can do to prepare for an engaging and efficient remodeling project:

    1. Gather Ideas for your Home Remodeling Project

    Gather ideas in magazines, books, Pinterest, or other online sources that are similar to what you’re envisioning.

    2. Consider Your Space

    Consider how you use the space today and how you’ll want to use it in the future.

    3. Consider Your Schedule

    Determine how having workers in your home and unusable spaces may disrupt your schedule. Is there a time of the year that’s more suitable for potential disruptions? Is there a particular event at which you would like to showcase your new space?

    4. Determine How You’ll Finance Your Remodeling Project

    Consider how you’ll finance the project; remember that many lenders consider what the value of a home will be AFTER the remodel when offering finance.

    5. Look at Other Options

    Is remodeling your home the best option? In some cases, it may be more efficient to start new. See Washington Times article, Renovate Old Home or Tear it Down? for more insight.

    Contact us to today discuss your home remodeling project and any other concerns you may have.

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    2013, Jan 22

    Homeowner Maintenance Tips for Each Season

    A little bit of maintenance will go a long way in keeping your home trouble free, energy efficient and safe. Here are a few homeowner maintenance tips to consider throughout the year.

    Homeowner Maintenance Tips: Winter

    • Replace furnace filters once a month
    • Clean dryer vent
    • Clean air filters
    • Check caulk on windows and doors
    • Test sump pump
    • Change batteries in smoke detectors / carbon monoxide detectors
    • Turn off and remove outside hose lines
    • Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses
    • Turn off and drain all exterior faucets-a hard freeze could burst faucets or pipes
    • Test and clean the sump pump, and replace batteries if applicable

    Homeowner Maintenance Tips: Spring

    • Change batteries in smoke detectors / carbon monoxide detectors
    • Replace furnace filters once a month
    • Reverse ceiling fan direction for downward flow
    • Clean gutters
    • Check roof for loose, damaged, or missing pieces
    • Re-seed yard or bare spots in your yard (weed, feed, fertilize, lime
    • Re-mulch shrub beds
    • Check foundation for proper drainage (add fill dirt if needed to keep water draining away from the foundation)
    • Check gutters
    • Clean condensate lines prior to starting up the air conditioner
    • Re-caulk shower and bath tile, escutcheons, and plumbing penetrations
    • Clean exterior window sills before installing screens
    • Install window screens
    • Have septic field serviced

    Homeowner Maintenance Tips: Summer

    • Replace furnace filters once a month
    • Change batteries in smoke detectors / carbon monoxide detectors
    • Re-paint and re-caulk exterior wood surfaces every 2-3 years (this will help wood products last their longest and beautify your investment)
    • Treat pressure treated decks, steps, etc. every 2 years
    • Clean and lubricate windows and sliding glass doors for smoother sliding
    • Locate gravity drains for any obstructions

    Homeowner Maintenance Tips: Fall

    • Replace furnace filters once a month
    • Reverse ceiling fan direction for downward flow
    • Re-seed yard or bare spots in your yard
    • Clean gutters, possibly several times
    • Check wood burning stove pipes and fireplace chimney – clean if necessary
    • Have gas supplier check and clean gas appliances
    • Change batteries in smoke detectors / carbon monoxide detectors
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    2013, Feb 6

    The Home Remodeling Process Rollercoaster – What You Can Expect

    Tackling a home remodeling project can be an emotional rollercoaster.

    Emotions and expectations run high during the excited expectancy of the remodeling design phase, but sometimes, spirits plummet at the time of receiving the estimate!

    The mood starts to soar again during the early phases of actual construction because of the perceived rapid progress.

    As work proceeds the emotional curve starts high and heads downhill. Installation of electrical, plumbing, and heating and air conditioning seems tedious, compared with the heady progress of the framing stages.

    Drywall installation is often a low point because the drab, dusty drywall closes in previously wide-open spaces. The effect can be suffocating – and there aren’t yet any beautiful colors or details in focus.

    As installation of interior finishes progresses, the mood starts to brighten, especially as colors and textures come together. Though, anxiety about details and schedule can set in.

    At the end of the job it is typical to feel like “We love you but please get out of our house!” It can take a little time to recover – from the stress of the effort, activity, and disruption.

    The best way to describe the home remodeling process is to call it an “Invasion”. But the end result is worth a few months of disruption.

    Commonwealth understands what you’re facing. Our processes proactively manage the progress, speed the project along, and pave the way for an excellent experience.

    Contact us to today discuss these issues and any other concerns you may have.