Friday, February 11, 2011

Is it time to Remodel?

Have you been putting off a remodeling job on your house because of a shaky economy or low home values? According to the Wall Street Journal, now could be the best time to get started. Many consumers now believe that the housing market has leveled off and the economy is improving – and that is making them take a second look at what they need to have done in their house.

The great news is, Home Equity Builders can help. From small handyman jobs (everything from hanging pictures to replacing countertops) all the way up to building decks, updating a bathroom or bedroom and even whole house remodels, Home Equity Builders has the skills, the personnel and the experience to help you finish your wish list and make your house the home you love! With over 22 years of experience in the Northern Virginia area, we can walk you through the steps to get your “to do” list done!

Start by figuring out what you want done on your house and prioritizing that list. For example, if your water heater needs to be replaced or your bathroom floor is sagging, those items should be in your top priorities. We will walk you through the budgeting, prioritizing and timeline needed to get each job finished. Spring is coming – let us help you make your house beautiful!

To see the entire Wall Street Journal article, go here.

Here is an example of the difference a few small changes can make!

And one final quick tip to help you make it through the winter:

You already know about the damaging effects of ice dams. The gutters clog up with ice, then water runoff from the roof gets trapped by the dam and eventually backs up the roof, travels under the shingles, and leaks into the house.

While a permanent fix for ice dams usually requires increasing the insulation, sealing, and ventilation in the attic, there is a simple way to diminish the damage after the dam has formed.
Fill the leg of discarded pair of panty hose with a calcium chloride ice melter. Lay the hose onto the roof so it crosses the ice dam and overhangs the gutter. If necessary, use a long-handled garden rake or hoe to push it into position.

The calcium chloride will eventually melt through the snow and ice and create a channel for water to flow down into the gutters or off the roof. Thanks to This Old House for this tip.

Think spring! We look forward to hearing from you. Give us a call at (703) 759-2530 today!

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