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Emprove Announces Issuance of U.S. Patent for Its Home Improvement Technology
June 04, 2019

Emprove announced today the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 10,311,529 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) covering its new machine-learning technology that allows consumers to comprehensively plan their construction and improvement projects online.

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Home Improvement Made Easy for Realtors
April 18, 2019

Emprove is a great resource for realtors throughout the home selection process as well as a tool for obtaining and retaining clients. Consider these ways to use Emprove to build and sustain your real estate business.

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Homeowner’s Guide: How to Stain Wood Cabinets
March 23, 2019

If you’re looking to update your kitchen while sticking to a budget, learning how to stain wood cabinets is a smart way to do it. Newly stained cabinets can brighten any kitchen and is a great DIY project. Read on for the ins and outs.

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A Homeowner’s Guide to Pricing A Home Renovation Project
March 23, 2019

Dreaming of a gorgeous new kitchen or spa-like master bath? Turn those dreams into reality. Take inventory of your home’s renovation costs and price your project like a pro. Read on for six steps in project pricing.

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Spring Remodeling Tips: Why You Should Book Your Contractor Early
March 23, 2019

It’s a busy season for the home-improvement industry and there are loads of reasons why you should book a contractor sooner rather than later. Here’s how to avoid a delay and unpleasant surprises.

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Home Remodeling: Writing a Brief for Your Contractor
March 22, 2019

Communication and planning are key with a project as important as a remodel. Be sure to take your time in planning the details of the project and be certain your wants are thoroughly understood.

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How Much Does a Home Remodel Cost?
March 22, 2019

Is your mind spinning with home remodel ideas? Want to add space for a growing family or convert a bedroom into an office? Renovations often increase your home’s value, but planning for a remodel budget can be overwhelming. Knowing what to expect ahead of time can help reduce the sticker shock.

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How to Tidy Up Your Home the Marie Kondo Way
March 22, 2019

The appeal of Kondo’s message is obvious: focus less on the idea of purging, and more on cultivating gratitude for your possessions.

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How to Utilize Different Types of Lighting in Your Home
March 22, 2019

With so many types of lighting and bulbs, all with different color temperatures and energy levels, it can be confusing to choose the right lighting for your space. Let’s break down the different types of lighting and how to use them in your home.

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How to Install a Pedestal Sink Yourself
March 22, 2019

Remodeling is often left to the pros, but sometimes it’s nice to take on a home improvement project such as installing your own pedestal sink. Check out this DIY article on how to install a pedestal sink yourself and save some time and money by hiring yourself.

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How to Fix a Leaky Sink In Your Kitchen
March 13, 2019

Leaky faucets aren’t just irritating, they waste water and are an unwanted expense. Oftentimes the hardest part is finding any necessary replacement parts. Here are tips and information on how to fix a leaky sink in just an hour or two.

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Is Crown Molding Right for Your Home?
March 13, 2019

If you’re considering installing crown molding, consider the pros and cons first. While gorgeous, timeless and great for first impressions, crown molding can also be tedious and out of place in some homes. Use Emprove’s Crown Molding Guide to see if it’s right for your home.

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Complete Garage Organization in 6 Simple Steps
March 13, 2019

Most garages are messy for two reasons: too much stuff and not enough organization. When it comes to garage organization, it helps to have a plan. Use Emprove’s 6-step guide to get you from overwhelmed to organized.

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What You Should Know Before Trying Removable Wallpaper
March 13, 2019

Whether you want an easy DIY accent wall or want to add flair your home with the beauty of wallpaper without the headache, we have all the information you need. From design tips to practical things to consider before you start, here’s everything you need to know about removable wallpaper.

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The Pros and Cons of Each Type of Garage Insulation
March 12, 2019

Garages are often uninsulated, but when adding heat for a workshop or finished apartment, insulating a garage is necessary. Insulation materials are the same as for other areas of the house, but some are better suited for garages. Let’s take a look at each.

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How to Remove Mildew from Showers With Household Items
March 12, 2019

Mold and mildew can accumulate in tubs and showers due to heat and moisture. Learn how to remove mildew from showers easily, using just a few household items.

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Cost Effective Ways to Keep House Warm in Winter
March 12, 2019

A drafty home can be a real drain on your wallet, but the cost of replacing windows and doors, adding insulation and upgrading heating systems carries an even higher price tag. This piece covers the best way to cover windows in winter and how to keep your house nice and toasty for the season.

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How to Plan for Your Upcoming Kitchen Remodel
March 12, 2019

Explore which kitchen remodel improvements are most integral to boosting property value and how much you should expect to pay for each.

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How to Maximize Space in a Small Bedroom Layout
March 01, 2019

While a large master suite is stunning, smaller bedrooms can be their own dreamy retreat. A bedroom is generally used for dressing and sleeping, so it doesn’t need to be huge. Feel and flow are the most important goals, so let’s look at these small bedroom ideas on how to achieve a relaxing ambiance in a smaller space.

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How Contractors Can Provide a Positive Customer Service Experience
February 08, 2019

A truly great contractor isn’t just someone who knows their way around a job site—it’s someone who can also provide excellent customer service.

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Contractor Problems: How to Run Damage Control When a Client Won’t Pay
February 08, 2019

Contractor problems come in all forms, but clients who don’t give you what you’re owed can drain your patience and your pocketbook. Read here for our tips on how to run damage control when a client won’t pay.

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Social Media Tips for Growing Your Contracting Business
February 08, 2019

One of the best ways to market yourself, engage customers and generate leads is free. These days, social media is king for digital marketing because it is easy, affordable and effective. But how do you get started? Here are our expert social media tips for growing your contracting business.

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Calming Homeowner Fears and Gaining Client Trust
February 08, 2019

Remodeling a home is a stressful and expensive undertaking, and for many homeowners this creates a lot of anxiety. Understanding homeowner fears and being proactive about communication is key to establishing client trust.

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Raw Materials vs. Synthetic: Pros and Cons for Construction
February 08, 2019

Homeowners can now choose from many intriguing shelter materials, including brick, cork, wood and adobe, among others. No one material is suitable for every person in every circumstance, though, so let’s take a look at the advantages and potential downsides to raw materials as well as synthetic.

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Expert Tips for a Successful Basement Renovation
February 08, 2019

Homeowners who want more space are opting to tap into the potential of their cold and cluttered basements. But being below ground presents its own challenges for DIYers and contractors alike. Here are our must-know tips for ensuring a quality basement renovation.

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Straight Stairs, U-Shaped Stairs, L-Shaped Stairs and Circular Stairs: Which Are Right For Your Project?
February 08, 2019

Which type of stairs is right for your home renovation? In this article, we look at common styles — from u-shaped stairs to circular stairs — and provide the pros and cons of each so you can make an informed decision.

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Attic Renovations: How to Turn Your Attic into a Bedroom
February 08, 2019

Attic renovations can provide a cost-effective way to add living space in your home. In this article, we provide guidelines you can follow to turn your attic into a bedroom.

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How to Market Yourself as a General Contractor
February 08, 2019

As a general contractor, you may spend your days traveling between job sites and overseeing subcontractors. But it’s equally important to focus on securing future business. In this article, we’ll show you how to market yourself with budget-friendly online and offline marketing options.

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Clever Small Kitchen Ideas to Help Maximize Your Space
February 08, 2019

At Emprove, we believe that a kitchen can feel as big as its owner’s ideas. Whether you’re planning a remodel or just freshening up your space, check out these clever small kitchen ideas that will take your floorplan from small to grand.

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How to Remove Smoke Residue From Your Walls and Other Smoke Damage Repair Tips
February 08, 2019

After your home has suffered a fire, there are countless things to do. Read here to learn how to remove smoke residue from your walls and other useful smoke damage repair tips.

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How to Estimate Home Remodel Costs Like A Pro
February 08, 2019

Are you preparing for a home remodeling project? The first step, which is sometimes the hardest is to accurately estimate home remodel costs.  Take a look at Emprove’s Five-Step Guide to make your next project a bit easier!

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Easy First Steps to Earthquake-Proof Your Home
February 08, 2019

If you’re a homeowner and the threat of an earthquake is keeping you awake at night, it’s time to get started on projects to earthquake proof your home.

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How to Tell If Your Home Contractor Is Being Honest
February 06, 2019

Get your renovation project off to a good start by choosing a home contractor who is honest and trustworthy. Although there’s no litmus test for honesty, you can learn what you need to know about the contractor’s character by investing time and effort in research before you sign on the dotted line.

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Typical Renovation Costs: A Room-by-Room Guide
February 06, 2019

Planning a home renovation project? The first step is figuring out how much it’ll cost. Use this Room-by-Room Guide to better understand typical renovation costs and plan your next project!

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Freshen Your Space Replacing or Repainting Kitchen Cabinets
February 06, 2019

Kitchen remodels are a big undertaking, but you can save by repainting kitchen cabinets instead of replacing them. Here are a couple of cost-friendly options.

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What Makes a Luxury Home Truly ‘Luxury?’
February 06, 2019

Chances are if you’ve looked at real estate listings recently, you came across the word “luxury.” But what does that word mean, anyway? It’s more subjective than just price, so let’s take a look at what makes luxury homes so special.

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Drought-Tolerant Landscaping Ideas That Work
February 06, 2019

Drought-tolerant landscaping offers the benefits of a beautiful outdoor space while conserving water. Here’s how to plan your low-water home garden.

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Boost Your Productivity With These Home Office Renovation Ideas
February 06, 2019

Check out these home office renovation ideas and get inspired to better organize your office space for improved productivity and focus.

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Complete Home Renovation: Where to Start
February 06, 2019

Whether you’re tackling a whole home renovation or doing it in sections, it’s important to have a game plan and know where to start.

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Want to List Your Home? Do These Property Value Boosting Renovations First
January 22, 2019

By Natasha Burton The thought of doing renovations before selling your home can be a bit groan-inducing, right? After all, you’re looking to leave this house, so why put in the time and money to update it now? I’ve been there. In many cases, however, doing a few simple projects before listing your place can…

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Which of these 7 Home Improvement Loans is Right for You?
January 10, 2019

Are you planning a home improvement project? Before picking out paint samples or hiring a contractor, be sure to pick the right home improvement loan. Take a look at these 8 different ways to pay and see if one fits your project.

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Exactly What to Look for in Your Remodeling Contract
January 10, 2019

A clearly defined remodeling contract protects you from minor headaches and major financial battles over the course of your renovation project.

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Garage Conversion: Renovating Your Space to Create a Studio Apartment
January 08, 2019

Garage conversion to create livable spaces is a great idea for passive income, large or multi-generational families and aging in place. There is a lot to consider when creating a second dwelling unit, so let’s break it down.

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7 Property Value Boosting Projects Worth Trying
January 07, 2019

If you’re ready to increase your home’s property value, but aren’t sure which kind of project will net the biggest return, you’re in luck! Here are 7 home improvement projects that will boost your property value and offer the highest return on investment.

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Surprising Homeowner Myths You Should Know About
January 04, 2019

Even in the age of the Internet, homeowner myths abound about how to clean, use and take care of your home. Here are five of the more egregious ones you should be aware of and why they are flat-out untrue.

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Electrical, Plumbing and Building Permits: Everything You Need to Know
January 03, 2019

Securing building permits is an essential part of any home renovation. But knowing whether your project requires them and what type you need can be confusing. Read this overview to learn permit basics and ensure you comply with local regulations.

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Disaster Recovery Renovations: What to Do if a Natural Disaster Damages Your Home
January 02, 2019

Facing the effects of a natural disaster can take an emotional and financial toll. In this article, we’ll give you steps you can take before and after a disaster to make the process smoother.

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Do I Need a Building Permit For My Home Renovation Project?
January 01, 2019

Find out if you need a building permit for your next home renovation project as well as where to get one and what can happen if you skip this vital step.

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How to Clean Up and Repair a Flooded Basement
December 29, 2018

If you have a flooded basement, it’s important to know how to clean up the mess and repair any damage from water. Read here for tips on how to clean up and repair a flooded basement.

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7 Home Design Trends You’ll Want to Try in 2019
December 27, 2018

Is a home renovation project on your new year’s resolution list? Here are 7 great home design trends worth trying in 2019, from mixed metals and bold florals to sustainable design.

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Worksheets That Work Right!
December 26, 2018

Consider creating room-specific worksheets that you can email to inquiring homeowners before you meet.

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Garage Conversion: How to Renovate Your Space to Create an At-Home Studio or Workshop
December 24, 2018

If your garage is overly cluttered or under utilized, a little organization and cleanup can turn your space into something much more functional. Read here for garage conversion tips.

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How to Renovate After Damage From a Leaky Roof
December 20, 2018

Learn how to renovate after experiencing damage from a leaky roof, and what to do if your insurance company has deemed your water damage “cosmetic.”

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3 Home Renovations That Can Provide Tax Deductions
December 17, 2018

Aside from increasing your property value, home renovations can provide significant tax deductions. Check out these three tax credits that you may be able to claim.

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7 Signs Your General Contractor Search Is Over
December 13, 2018

Learn how to know if you’ve found the right general contractor for your next home renovation by looking out for these signs, including how busy they are, what their references have to say and whether or not they’re licensed.

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How to Revitalize Old Neighborhoods and Increase Property Value
December 12, 2018

Learn how to increase property value across communities by purchasing older homes in need of fashionable upgrades.

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Storage Options to Consider for Your Home Renovation
December 10, 2018

Proper storage during a home renovation ensures your items are protected and the workspace is clear to maximize efficiency. Let’s breakdown some of the storage options you have for your home renovation.

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How Contractors Can Communicate Effectively With Homeowners
October 10, 2018

Contractors and home remodel professionals generally understand the importance of managing client expectations. Yet, in the interest of closing a deal or out of a desire to please clients, it’s easy to get caught up in the homeowner’s enthusiasm. But that’s where tensions begin. It’s up to the contractor to offer realistic timelines and ensure…

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7 Things Homeowners Look for in a Contractor
September 26, 2018

Whether a homeowner is considering a kitchen remodel or sprucing up a deck, it’s vital that they find contractors who will provide value, are easy to work with and will be good partners along the journey. As you know, renovations can stress homeowners but a top-notch contractor can make the process as easy and headache-free…

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The Best and Worst Ideas for Bathroom Flooring Materials
September 11, 2018

When considering bathroom flooring, it’s important to equally weigh aesthetic and practicality.  While herringbone tiles are a striking design, it may tip your budget or perhaps it doesn’t fit with the style of your mid-century modern home. Above all else, your flooring has to be able to weather moisture and humidity.  Below are the pros…

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Dos and Don’ts for Your Bathroom Remodel
September 06, 2018

It’s time to upgrade your bathroom and replace that old vanity. Renovating a bathroom is a big project, especially with the myriad of choices, not to mention an often significant investment. Upgraded bathrooms also offer massive resale value to your home if you’re looking to put it on the market. Before choosing your shower head…

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Top 10 Home Design Trends for 2018
August 23, 2018

Each year brings new home design trends, whether it’s exposed brick, rose gold or the long-forgotten days of sponge-walls and bean bag chairs.  In 2018 we’re seeing bold, clean and modern trends. Keep these décor trends in mind as you begin a room refresh this year. Brass decor With warmer tones than traditional stainless steel…

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5 Home Improvement Projects that Increase Value
August 16, 2018

You’ve set the money aside and now you’re ready to jump into renovations before putting your home on the market. While we often think that buyers want gleaming white kitchens and marble bathrooms, these investments may not always yield the return on investment you were hoping for. Before choosing which projects are best for your…

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How to Start a Kitchen Remodel Project: The Ultimate Guide
August 01, 2018

Remodeling your kitchen is a big undertaking and one of the top ways to add value to your home. For example, the cost of upgrading finishes ranges from $6,363 to $25,149 and the cost of a full kitchen renovation  in Las Vegas can span $27,402 to $126,326. It’s also a surefire way to recoup your…

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Modern Master Bedroom Ideas: Photos, Designs, and Tips
July 25, 2018

Modern design is not just for your living room or den – it can work in your bedroom too where neutral colors and clean lines guide form and function. Modern design, especially mid-century modern design, is a trend that is popular for almost every room of the house, so why not the master bedroom What…

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10 Countertop Designs and Materials for Kitchen Remodels
July 23, 2018

Kitchen countertops are a significant  decision when undertaking a kitchen remodel. There are many considerations  to weigh such as cost, sustainability and design. In today’s competitive residential real estate market, updating your countertops can often be a simple and cost-effective way to increase aesthetic appeal and your property value.  Before heading to your nearest home…

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Bedroom Design Ideas to Maximize Space
July 10, 2018

Bedroom design has taken on a whole new meaning these days as people are downsizing and living in tighter spaces due to high housing costs and as the function of bedrooms has changed. If you live in a one-bedroom apartment or a small older home, chances are the space you have to work with in…

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Renovating Your Bathroom? Lighting is a Must!
July 09, 2018

Picking paint colors, shower tile and a vanity are three pretty big items on a bathroom remodel to-do list, but there’s another item that homeowners should put more thought into: lighting. Lighting often gets overlooked because it’s the least “sexy” part of any remodel or renovation. In bathrooms, lighting is particularly important because it’s the place…

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How to Select a Contractor for Home Design
June 22, 2018

Embarking on a home renovation project is exciting – but it can also be stressful and confusing. Our “Dream It!” and “Cost It!” processes make it easy to map out your style and design preferences in a way that seamlessly aligns with your budget. But how do you navigate the contractor bidding process? Here are…

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How to Plan a Bathroom Remodel: Guide to Planning, Designing and Executing Your Project
June 21, 2018

Do you want to remodel your bathroom but you’re not sure where to start? We’ve got your back. Whether you know exactly what you want or aren’t sure what you’re looking for, here’s our guide for planning, designing and executing your remodel so you can enjoy a bathroom that suits your style and your needs.…

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6 Home Design Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them!)
June 21, 2018

There’s nothing more fun than researching ideas for your dream kitchen or the master bath you’ve always wanted. It’s easy to find inspiration online but before you get into the finer details of picking finishes and grout colors, be sure you have a game plan. Whether it’s sprucing up the floors of your bedroom or…

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7 Questions to Ask Before a Kitchen Remodel
June 19, 2018

Embarking on a kitchen remodel can feel daunting. But whether you just want to replace those laminate countertops or you want your entire kitchen flipped, there are a few questions you need to ask before getting started to make sure your kitchen will turn out just as you planned. 1. What’s my budget? The amount…

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5 Things You Won’t Want to Forget for a Successful Bathroom Remodel
June 18, 2018

Finally ready to pull the trigger and get that bathroom remodel underway? Hold that thought! You’ve probably considered some of the essentials, like what you want the counter top, floor, and shower to look like – but before you take the plunge (pun intended), we put together a list of oft-overlooked elements that you’ll want…

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