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Hiring a contractor for home improvements, renovations or remodeling projects is a safe, cost effective way to add value to your house. The process of finding a reliable contractor should always include checking references and qualifications. Derudover, contractors are required to carry various levels of liability insurance, depending on local provincial or state laws.

There are other types of insurance coverage and protection you can ask the contractor to have as well when you draw up your contract. Consult an attorney and a reputable insurance agent when deciding on what insurance requirements you add into your home improvement contract.

General Liability

When considering a home remodeling project, most people think about how much value they can add to their home’s eventual selling price. While this is good money management, it fails to take into account the intangible return on your money they get from the enhanced quality of their home life.

Maybe you are planning adding an outdoor deck. Statistics from the past few years tell us that you will get about 85% of the cost of the new deck back in the form of a higher market value for your property. But what about all the relaxation, socializing and enjoyment you will get?

How to Paint A Ceiling

Many people do not mind painting their walls when renovating or redecorating their homes. In fact, as one of the easiest jobs in the DIY spectrum, many look forward to it, but the same cannot be said of painting a ceiling.

Not only are homeowners reluctant to learn how to paint a ceiling but many have no intention of even attempting it because it can be awkward and is perceived as dangerous. You might be surprised to find that it is actually a really simple and enjoyable job when you know how. No danger involved.

The Golden Rules of Ceiling Painting

Repainting Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets are one of the most noticeable things in your kitchen. How many times have you said: “Wow, look at those beautiful cabinets” or “Yuck! Those cabinets look horrible!” It is usually one or the other because the cabinets really stick out in a kitchen. It is probably because they protrude from the walls and surround the entire work area of most kitchens.

When properly hung, wallpaper can last about 15 years. This can be a double edged sword. Wallpaper does last a long time but so does the pattern on it. Styles change throughout the years and although the wallpaper itself may be in great condition, the pattern may become seriously outdated. Removing wallpaper is notoriously difficult. But this factor doesn’t have to keep you from redoing these walls in your home. If you’ve had enough of your old, outdated walls there are some things you should know before painting over wallpaper.


VOC stands for volatile organic compound. Volatile organic compounds are organic compounds that easily become vapors or gases. They are released from burning fuels, like gasoline, wood or natural gas, and from glues, and solvents, which are a key component in paint. VOCs increase the quality of the paint and the durability of its finish.