Archive for July, 2010

Repainting and Updating Your Roof

Home remodeling is always a source of worry, headaches and a lot of expense. There are so many things to think about if you want to remodel your home such as repainting, roofing, retiling, wood flooring, landscaping, lighting, etc. If you are not going to be able to hire a good general contractor in NJ then you might be surprised to find added expenses that were not included in the initial quotation, hidden charges and shoddy workmanship.

Trying to find a good general contractor in NJ can be quite a challenge. We can provide you with a home remodeling services, roofing services and repainting minus the usual worries. Our people are certified and well trained. We will also give you a clear list of what we can do for you and how you can get value for your money with no hidden costs.

We can help you with roofing, window installation, decks, retiling your kitchen or bath or installing hardwood floors. Our company has a reputation of being stable and reliable and you can count on us to provide full service before, during and after a project. For the first time, you may actually experience a home remodeling project that will run smoothly.

We also strictly follow regulations pertaining to safety like using lead-free paint and non-toxic materials that could eventually harm you and your family. Our general contractor in NJ is certified, courteous and will entertain any of your questions and suggestions. We have years of experience in home remodeling, roofing and construction and have created very efficient methods to accomplish each project with the least amount of expense, hassle and time.

As an added service we will be glad to help you with insurance and provide a warranty that’s hard to beat. Our competitors have been trying to follow our lead for years but we don’t mind. What we are concerned about is to provide you with a home remodeling service that’s going to be worthwhile.

How to Choose an Electrician

Hiring an electrician can be a nightmare, and when hiring an electrician to do work on the very home that is considered your ‘humble abode’ it is of great importance to do your research to find a true professional. If you don’t hire a professional you could be asking for a huge disaster. Many things can go wrong when dealing with an electrician that doesn’t have a professional background, either it is that more damage is on its way to haunt you, an electrical fire, or a job never completed at all! This is why you must hire a professional and nothing less.

The steps in research to find a professional electrician is not much different then hiring a professional contractor no matter what the trade. Listed is a guide to help you find the right electrician for your needs.

1. Interview prospective electricians- Call around or sit down with many local electricians to receive information regarding rates, time frame of expected completion, references, and find out what their warranty guarantees.
2. Check the references you were given – make sure those you call advise you how well the job was done, if done on time, quality of materials and warranty, if the references would hire that electrician again, and if the electrician was reasonable and easy to work with.
3. Listen to your gut – If your gut tells you that something is too good to be true, it probably is.
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5. Make sure your electrician is licensed – Don’t skip quality for cost. If something goes wrong it could be a dangerous situation.
6. Make sure the electrician you hire is financially stable – If something goes wrong and you hire an electrician that isn’t financially stable, how will they live up to their warranty?
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The good news is that there are many professional electricians that offer quality work at an affordable price. Research to find a quality electrician will ensure that the work done in your home is a positive experience with great results.

Do you Need a New Roof?

Don’t wait until the rain pours down to find out if you need a new roof. The best thing you can do to prevent a roofing disaster come the winter months is to give your roof a regular checkup. Checking on your roofs stability is ideal at least two times a year, spring and fall, according to the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA).

Start your roof inspection indoors. Do you see any indications that the roof deck is sagging? Do you see any signs of water damage, dark spots, or trails? It is important to also look for outside light showing through the roof.

Take your inspection outdoors once you’ve checked for indications indoors. Look for cracked or missing shingles on your rooftop. Look for worn out areas near chimneys and pipes. Look in your gutters for shingle granules. Are there any signs of mold or water damage? Are your gutters and drainpipes clear of debris?

Checking inside and outside the home will help you understand if there is any damage to your roof. If there is damage to your roof, these indications should tell you how much work needs to be done to your roof. Do you need a new roof, or do you need some minor work done to your roof?

Checking for these roof problems that may come up two times a year, spring and fall, will help assess and fix any damages before the winter season hits making you work or hire a roofer in bad weather. This would mean that assessing your damages in spring will help you come summer time as well. Roofing while the hot sun is on your back is in no way ideal either. Checking spring and fall is working smart, proper evaluation will also help you determine if you should hire a roofing contractor work smart not hard.

Carpets versus Hardwood Floors

House remodeling is a difficult task for a novice general contractor. It takes a lot of planning and resources to make a house remodeling project succeed. Sometimes, home owners are faced with dilemmas and headaches if they hire the wrong kind of general contractors to do the job. There are things like flooring, glass windows, sliding glass doors, and lighting, roofing and electrical concerns to worry about.

One of the most common dilemmas of homeowners is to choose between carpet and hardwood floors for their new flooring. There are pros and cons for each and the best choice would depend on your lifestyle. How many children you have and how old they are. Some people with a lot of boys and young toddlers often find their hardwood floors full of scratches after a year or so. Other parents complain about getting the carpet messed up all the time when kids spill their drink or food on the floor.

Another concern during house remodeling is the glass windows, accent mirrors and doors. Some people like a lot of glass in their home like sliding glass doors and wall to wall glass windows. Glass is a sensitive material that needs professional installation. If you’re general contractor or glass installer is not highly qualified, the glass might break if it is not installed properly. A mild earthquake or light object hitting your sliding glass doors can cause badly installed glass to shatter. Credible house remodeling companies have highly skilled and well trained general contractors who can mount glass safely.

An experienced house remodeling outfit can show you dozens of ideas for your home from carpeting, hardwood flooring, glass accents to flattering lighting options. The only thing you have to worry about is which ones to choose. We can take care of the rest of the headache and only charge you fair rates. Other contractors will make the most of an opportunity and charge for things not mentioned in the contract or quotation. The price we quote will include everything from materials to labour and we can guarantee you excellent service before, during and after the project.

Pool Safety Tips

Pool safety measures are very important. Listed here are some very important items that you should have to make your pool a safer environment for children and pets.

• Pool safety fence – Safety fences are ideal to keep children and pets out of the pool and to keep them safe. Removable mesh pool fences are ideal because they are transparent allowing your yard to look nice and they are climb resistant.
• Pool gate locks and alarms– These are great for an added measure in keeping small children out of the pool, or getting alerted if the young ones make it through the gate.
• Pool nets- This is a great product in adding safety to your pool. The holes of the pool’s net are too small to allow someone even as small as a baby to get into the pool, but the holes are also large enough to prevent your baby from having a stable play area above your pool. Once your baby figures out that playtime on the net is difficult they should turn the other way.
• Ring Buoy – Buoys are great to have near any poolside, if someone does have complications in the pool the buoy will aide them and help them stay afloat.
• Safety covers – this option can be less cost effective but does have many other benefits. Not only will your children be safe by the pool when the pool cover is on but you are saving money because the water below the cover doesn’t evaporate as quickly saving you water cost. The pool will also stay cleaner from debris and this reduces cost in pool cleaning supplies and pool cleaning services.

There are so many things that you can do to prevent a dangerous situation poolside. Keep your children, pets, and visitors safe by using safety products for your pool.

Choosing The Color For Your House

Home remodeling can entail a lot of work from taking down walls, changing light fixtures, scraping off old paint, house painting, retiling, roofing and landscaping. For an ordinary home owner, all that work can be a little daunting. Professionals like us deal with these kinds of tasks on a daily basis. We are used to it and after several years in the business, we can say that we are experienced enough to provide the kind of service that will satisfy even the most meticulous of customers.

Our house remodeling service can provide you with a more functional kitchen that any cook can be proud of. We can retile your floors or install carpets and wood flooring. When we do have to repaint, we follow safety regulations to ensure that your home is not contaminated with toxic old paint that we have to scrape off. House painting is a highly regulated industry due to the old toxic paints used several years ago. Today, we only use paint that does not contain any lead. Lead in paint can cause lung problems and lead poisoning especially in children.

Garden landscaping can complete the look of your newly renovated home. The effect of a new look and fresh paint can be accentuated by a new garden. Your home will practically look brand new. Even your home’s market value will go up. A professional landscape contractor can add value to your already beautiful home. He can create a garden that will match the general motif of your house so that the interiors and exterior of your home will match.

Our landscape contractor and house remodeling company can provide you with a quotation without hidden charges. We also offer a guarantee for our work which proves that our service starts before, during and after a project. With our professionalism and all the perks that come with our service, you can’t help but be confident in investing your hard earned money with us.

Deciding what to remodel

Have you grown tired of your home’s interior appearance that you feel like you would want to do something about it? If yes, you’re part of the general American population who feel exactly the same way towards their home. There’s no difference if you have been living in your home for the last 5 years or you may have just moved in a couple of years ago. It will just strike you that there’s a part of you that’s just yearning to be heard; an urge if you will that just wants to be quenched. I guess it’s only human nature to aspire for continuous improvement.
The next question to come is what exactly do you want changed? What is it that you want to achieve given that you have a certain budget for it? Do you want to remodel your room or the entire house? Do want to transform your old kitchen to a modern kitchen? Do want wood flooring or do you prefer carpets to adorn your living space? Do you want to convert your extra room to a home office or a home theater maybe? Do you want a wine cellar or wet bar in your basement or do you want to undergo an entire basement remodeling? Do you want a bathtub or do you simply want an elegant glass shower enclosure in your bathroom? Do you want additional shelves built or do you think a cabinet is better fit for the job? Do you want to repaint or simply add wall papers? This list of questions can go on and on and chances are you will still discover new things and technologies that you will want every time you watch TV programs and read in magazines about home and lifestyle that further adds to the confusion. Fun isn’t it?
Whatever it is that you encounter, it is important to settle once and for all the question regarding the reason why you want to initiate a home improvement project. Is it only because you want a change of view or do you have plans of selling your home and you’re just investing right now to add value to it? Questions again I know, but if you could tackle this question first and foremost, you will soon discover that the other questions will be easier for you to answer and hence it can help you make the right decision.

Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Don’t you just love this show? From the concept of selecting a deserving family up to the time they get sent away to a “vacation” spot while Ty Pennington and his crew begin to thrash the family’s old home to make way for a new and better one. Don’t you just wish it’s you and your family that made the cut for the show? By all accounts, this is a fairy tale come true for every family who dreams of having a nice home to live in. Don’t you agree?

I mean Ty and his gang do not just go all out and remodel your room, repaint your exteriors or fixing your roof for you. They put their hearts and minds in the design and installation of landscapes, themed rooms, modern kitchens, bathrooms, windows and shades, home theaters, swimming pools, garage, basements, attics, etc.; heck in one episode they even installed an elevator to give a disabled kid the mobility he needs around the house. I mean how cool is that?! Literally, they build everything from ground up.

One nice thing about the show as well is the involvement of an army of workers seemingly headed by a general contractor. With their “can do” attitude of bringing all pieces together in one beautiful masterpiece, you can almost imagine seeing an entire orchestra making beautiful music together. What’s great about this is that you can sense that their putting their hearts in what they do. It’s as if you can feel the love that their giving away by virtue of their commitment in meeting the very short deadline – 7 days. At the end of every episode, the family comes home to a brand new or totally remodeled home. You can almost relate to the triumph of the human spirit; the outpouring of love and kindness to people who have encountered great difficulties by people who are more blessed in life. It is my hope that this show airs for another 20 or more years as their cause is more than noble. They give hope to people as much as for the entertainment value of it.

DIY versus hiring a pro

Home improvement activities like remodeling a room in your house, kitchen remodeling, home repainting, bathroom remodeling, adding a home theater, installing carpets or hardwood flooring, landscape design and installation, adding a home office, building a deck, sprucing up your garage, etc. all require a degree of planning. It all starts by you answering why do you want to undertake such activities. Is it because you want to increase the value of your home? Is it because you have a growing family or is it a case where you simply got tired of seeing the same old stuff around in your home?

Whatever your motivation is, it is good to start with a budget. The next thing you want to figure out is to determine if you want to undertake the project yourself or are you going to need professional help. Of course, if you have all the time in the world and there’s a voice within you that screams out “I can do this!”, then by all means, be my guest. If however, you feel that you have neither the expertise nor the patience to be involved in such activities then you must seek the services of a general contractor, a licensed electrician, or a repainting contractor maybe to get the job done. After all, contracting the services of professionals takes away that risk of you doing more harm than good to your home. On the downside, you are foregoing that sense of accomplishment as well as some additional dollars saved as you will be providing the labor yourself. Completion date will likely be on target as well as compared to you doing the work alone. Need I mention the possible additional cost of rework on your account because of your lack of experience?

In summary, any home improvement project will require us to plan, come up with a budget and determine the resources we need to tap to get the job done. It could be pain yes but after you see the finish product, you will likely say to yourself that it’s worth the trouble you went through and that you can sleep at night with a smile on your face.

Painting Your House

When remodeling a home, there are many things that we consider, like the cost and quality of materials, labor cost, completion time, hiring the right contractor for the job, the future appearance of our master bedroom, kitchen, activity room, dining room, living room, garage, etc. Literally, we will be inundated with a lot of items which will require that we eventually make a final decision. There will be times when the decision, similar to making an important business decision, will be tough for us as there will be uncertainties involved. These uncertainties are likely caused by us not yet having the right level of detail or information to make an informed decision. To add to this, we are never really sure if what is shown in the blueprint, sketch or computer screen will be how it will appear when the job is done. There will always be that doubt; that anxiety within us. After all, there’s a good reason for us to be as such as we will be parting away with our hard-earned money and we can’t afford to make bad decisions.

What I have written above is a normal process that a lot of people undergo when they decide to remodel a home. That being said, I would like to focus my attention, at least for this article, on an aspect that most home owners usually do not give much attention to – the paint job. Most owners will be satisfied to know that the right color mix will be in place to give the home its identity and that the symphony of colors would be attuned to their visual senses. That being said, not a lot of thought is put into knowing more about the quality of paints to be used, the potential hazards of removing old paint, the lasting and cost-saving effect of using high grade paints, and choosing the right painting contractor/professional for the job. For most, having the job done for a reasonable cost is what matters. What they do not know is that they would be spending more in the long run if the paint they used wore off earlier than expected. In addition, there are health hazard issues posed by activities related to old paint removal like sanding, demotion and cutting as lead dust and chips fly around in the air. Not surprisingly, these are caused by lead-based paints which were widely used in the past. Did you know that the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has recently issued a rule that sanctions contractors in their repair, renovation and repainting activities to limit the risk posed by lead poisoning? The rule mandates that companies or contractors must be certified and must follow certain work practices that would ensure the prevention of lead contamination as they undertake activities that would disturb lead-based paints in structures. It is for these reasons that home owners should give more thought when it comes to finding the right painting contractor to undertake the paint job in a home remodeling project. We home owners should not leave anything to chance and hiring the right painting contractor will provide us with answers as we make important decisions in our remodeling efforts.