Unless you are a professional builder /
general contractor or you have close friends or relatives who are and will be
willing to work with you at any time, acting as your own building contractor,
more often than not, can have disastrous results.
Many times we have seen homeowners who
have chosen to do their own home construction contracts with the aim of saving
money just to spend far more on the construction budget than they would have
spent if they had hired a builder to handle the entire project in the first place.
The idea of saving by becoming your own general contractor is a myth
General contracts are serious work that
requires the services of a licensed professional. The following are reasons
that are often overlooked but are very important to contribute to the results
of expensive and unprofitable home construction when the homeowner performs his
own professional contractor general duties:
Lack of knowledge of the latest building
code rules and regulations can result in code violations, failure of building
inspections and the need for expensive reconstruction delays.
Less experience with the construction
process and construction procedures will affect the scheduling of
subcontractors. Work done out of sequence can produce poor quality and often
requires expensive repairs and reconstruction.
The inability to schedule subcontractors
in a way that optimizes working conditions can be very disruptive. Too many
different subs work at once can cause confusion and make monitoring more
difficult. Workers stumble with each other and obstruct each other can result
in costly mistakes and a lot of damage that is not found until it’s too late.
The unfamiliarity with preparation of work
among those needed to optimize each sub-contract project can cause construction
delays. Each sub-contract work must be completed correctly and ready for the
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Choosing the best roofing
material is not as easy as buying a kitchen cabinet, deck, hot tub, or car.
However, it is the most important building element that protects the
homeowner’s most important property: their family and home.
Therefore, the following elements
must always be considered in product selection:
1. DURABILITY. A typical roof
lasts about 20 years while another lasts from 50 to 100 years and basically the
longer it is used the lower the cost for you. Therefore, it is best to choose a
roof with a lasting quality.
2. ENERGY SAVINGS. The best
insulation options meet the energy codes, thermal requirements and performance
requirements well in the long run. Choosing the best insulation can
significantly reduce your energy bill and reduce carbon dioxide, sulfur
dioxide, and nitrogen oxide emissions.
3. FIRE RESISTANCE. Precautions
are an important component for maintaining the security of your property.
Choose a product that is rated fireproof class A or B because the idea of a
fire safe roof is the number one investment you can make to protect your home.
4. WIND RESISTANCE. Strong winds
are the main source of roof damage.
It can lift up roofing material
or damage it with debris flown from other places.
Better yet, install a windproof
5. PRODUCT RECYCLING / RE-USE. A
number of roofing materials are made with recycled materials. Recycled
materials can reduce factory energy consumption and make useful materials not
wasted in landfills. Save your home. Save your planet.
Regardless of the type of roofing
material you choose, the most important thing is the right installation. This
is important because without a quality installation, the roof will not last
long. You need to hire an experienced and knowledgeable roofing contractor to
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In recent years, energy efficiency has become a hot topic,
and more and more people are looking for ways to make their homes as efficient
as possible. But did you realize that one little change of a lightbulb can
dramatically impact your house’s energy efficiency and reduce your overall
energy costs? That’s because Americans spend up to 25% of their home
electricity budgets on lighting. By switching to CFL lightbulbs, or better yet
LEDs, you can save a bundle!
Why Install LED Lights?
There are basically only two reasons to install LEDs for
your lighting needs, but they can be powerful motivators. These reasons are
long life and energy savings. As a much more energy-efficient lighting source,
LEDs can help keep your electricity costs low while still keeping the lights
Here’s how the three main types of lightbulbs break down:
Incandescent Bulbs: Popularized by Thomas Edison, this type
of lightbulb is what most people think of when the term “lightbulb”
is mentioned, and most older lamps are designed to utilize this technology.
However, because approximately 98% of the power consumed by an incandescent
bulb is wasted as heat rather than light, these lights are extremely
inefficient. Many countries have completely phased them out, and in the United
States, federal regulations will require incandescent bulbs to be 30% more
efficient by 2014. A typical incandescent bulb can last around seven months.
Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs): According to the
federal Energy Star program, CFLs last up to 10 times longer than a typical
incandescent lightbulb and use around 75% less energy (although they still emit
80% of the power consumed as heat rather than light). Popular because they are
more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, CFLs do have the drawback
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Decorating our homes
is necessary from time to time. The easiest and most popular way to change the
look of your house is to add to the walls a new layer of paint. Before you
start this project you need to understand that you need to consider several
criteria before you start painting. One of these criteria is the season.
Usually during the
cold season building sites don’t work too much. Construction materials need dry
weather to bond. But when it comes to indoor decorating winter is as good as
any season. Maybe even better.
If you are in doubts
whether to start your painting project in winter time or not you need to
remember that you have several advantages. Usually people don’t decorate during
the cold season for two reasons. One is that they plan to use their money for
the holidays which, we all know, are the natural enemy of our budget. Another
reason is that most of the people are used to conducting every improvement of
the house during summer when you can also paint exterior walls without fear of
Because of these
issues professional painting teams lower their costs during winter time. You
can easily hire one team to paint your home in a short time and in a
professional manner. They will be pleased to have you as a customer because of
the scarcity of painting projects in winter, while you will prepare your home
for the next year with a low budget.
If you prefer to be
the painter of your own home, when you go shopping for this project you might
find several materials at lower prices than during the summer. So if you have
the necessary time to paint your home during winter time, don’t hesitate. And
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Installing a Media Room – A Great Home Improvement That Adds Value to Your Home
Anyone running a home will comprehend the title because equally as you receive everything done you want then something happens. Even an act of nature, and then you have returned on the store so that you can help with your house. The best way to reduce home improvements is when you happen to be handy which enable it to do them yourself otherwise the labor pricing is overwhelming.
– One of the problematic situations that numerous homeowners face is managing cigarettes smells through the carpet
– If you’ll find smoker’s cigarettes within the home, its smell could get put aside about the carpet fiber causing quite a very embarrassing situation particularly if have visitors and guests over
Pothole Repair Guide
When your contractor is making his estimations, he can need some the aid of you. First of all, you should know just how much space needs renovation. Second of all, what materials are you gonna be using and simply how much do you want of these. Lastly, there will be an estimation included to the contractor’s fees and the costs of getting some extra accessories. – Most bathrooms have at least one mirror in the sink, nevertheless, you don’t need to limit yourself to one mirror
– Don’t get a little obsessive, but you can use some smaller mirrors, a full-body mirror on the door, and even mirror tiles as accent pieces along a border so that you can multiply the area within your small bathroom
– This gives a fantastic illusion in my bathroom since the bedroom is bigger than it actually is
Since the warmth is being distributed evenly, the system can run with a lower temperature, and still produce the temperature levels … READ MORE ...