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5 remodeling tips for savvy homeowners

Submitted by Homelink

1. Be inspired
You need one beautiful idea. Armed with an idea that you love, designers can help you recreate that look in your own home and within your budget.

Perusing home magazines, books, websites and blogs can provide you with the inspiration you need to visualize your new space and expose you to new products, color and designs. Visiting retail outlets that specialize in tile, cabinets, and kitchen and bath products can also provide inspiration for your project.

2. Create a planning folder
Think about what you like about your space and what you would like to change. Start a folder with notes on your ideas and objectives and add to it as you ponder your project. Think about layout, materials and your family’s lifestyle.

Would you like to entertain in your kitchen and it currently feels cramped? Would you like to open up a small bath by removing a linen closet or replacing a seldom used tub with a walk in shower? You’ll find that your project will move along quickly and with minimal inconvenience, if you have a plan in place before beginning your renovation.

3. Stick to the budget
Create a budget and stick to it. Unless you have unlimited resources, you’ll have a set amount of money budgeted for your remodeling project.

During the planning process, work with your contractor to determine where you would like to spend your dollars. You can usually get the look you want at a price you can afford. A good contractor knows that completing a project on budget goes a long way toward developing a customer for life.

4. Choose great countertopss or tile
Countertops and tile are the stars of most kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects. They add color, texture and style to the room and turn drab, outdated spaces into beautiful rooms that are comfortable and interesting.

This is your chance to add a personal touch. Whatever your style preference, put time into choosing countertops and tile that fit your lifestyle and add pizazz to your project.

5. Paint the town
Don’t underestimate the importance of a fresh coat of paint. More than an afterthought, paint is an inexpensive way to brighten up any room and adds more to the feel of a space than you might think.

Choose neutral colors for a calm quiet space and brighter colors for more vibrant living areas. A bold color choice can be the perfect way to transform a room on any budget.

Homelink is a 5-year-old, family-owned company, offering homeowners in the Richmond, Va., Metro one-stop shopping for their homes. A Class A contractor, Homelink offers kitchen and bathroom remodeling, carpentry, painting, plumbing, roofing, house cleaning, lawn and landscaping and much more. Homelink supervises all projects and all work is completed by experts in their trade.

As of Sept. 16, 2011, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check AngiesList.com for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.


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