The Bathroom Renovation Checklist For Pennsylvania Homeowners

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Thinking of renovating your bathroom? Do this first.
Thinking of renovating your bathroom? Do this first. (Shutterstock)

But to ensure the results meet your expectations, you’ll want to do some planning ahead of time. Enter our bathroom remodel checklist.

1. Plan Your Design

While professional bathroom remodelers will be able to help you make structural decisions, it’s wise for you to know ahead of time what you’d like the end result to look like. Do a little brainstorming to come up with concrete ideas, like, “I’d like a freestanding tub and separate shower,” or “I prefer a pedestal sink to a drop-in model.”

Browse sites like Pinterest for inspiration

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15 Gift Ideas to Give New Homeowners

Whether you’re attending a housewarming party or sending a gift to a new homeowner from a distance, finding the perfect…

Whether you’re attending a housewarming party or sending a gift to a new homeowner from a distance, finding the perfect item to welcome your loved ones into their new space may not be easy. A bottle of wine can feel cliche, or even out of line if they don’t drink alcohol. So how do you give a celebratory gift that’s memorable and useful?

The key is trying to make those final parts of moving in easier. “Anything you can choose to make a rough process easier is great,” says Julie Schechter, founder of care package startup Small Packages, based in New York City.

[See: 10 Ways to Save Energy and Lower Your Utility Bills]

To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of gift ideas to help you find

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Contractors are booked as homeowners decide to renovate

From the sound of things in some neighborhoods, you might not think the economic downturn has been all that severe in Massachusetts.



a person standing in front of a building: President and owner of Golden Builder Construction Tomasa Pujol at a residential job site in Dorchester.


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President and owner of Golden Builder Construction Tomasa Pujol at a residential job site in Dorchester.

Saw blades are buzzing, nail guns are popping, and drills are spinning as contractors descend on home renovation projects in huge numbers. It’s a striking aberration in an economy in which many businesses continue to suffer and unemployment remains high.

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The activity is also another indication of how unevenly the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has been distributed. Some homeowners ― often those whose incomes have not taken a hit ― have reduced costs for commuting, travel, and other expenses, giving them more discretionary income. At the same time, interest rates for home equity loans and mortgages are historically low, making it cheap to borrow

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Five Smart Kitchen Appliances For Massachusetts Homeowners

Smart home devices are simplifying the way Massachusetts homeowners accomplish many tasks. But these devices aren’t just useful for controlling thermostats and turning on exterior lights when you’re not home. It’s time to bring smart technology into the kitchen to bring more convenience to your life.

There are many exciting and new appliances on the market to help get you organized and keep your kitchen running smoothly. Here are five appliances that can help you work smarter in the kitchen:

1. Interactive Refrigerators

Manufacturers such as Samsung have developed a smart refrigerator that’s interactive for the entire family. Not only will you be able to keep food cool at just the right temperature, you can keep track of expiry dates. You can also use the LCD screen on the outside of the fridge as a family calendar and message center and to watch the latest episode of your favorite television

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Washington Homeowners: Guide To Buying Smart Kitchen Appliances

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Bring technology to the kitchen with smart appliances.
Bring technology to the kitchen with smart appliances. (Shutterstock)

Read this guide and find out how technology can make your Washington state home smarter and more efficient. A good place to start is in your kitchen. There are many exciting and new appliances on the market to help get you organized and keep your kitchen running smoothly. Here are five appliances that can help you work smarter in the kitchen:

1. Interactive Refrigerators

Manufacturers such as Samsung have developed a smart refrigerator that’s interactive for the entire family. Not only will you be able to keep food cool at just the right temperature, you can keep track of expiry dates. You can also use the LCD screen on the outside of the fridge as a family calendar and message

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Renovation loans get pandemic boost as homeowners want home offices

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Vexed by work-from-home arrangements owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, homeowners are taking the long view and rethinking floor plans. The reality is, home offices are no longer a luxury.

In the initial three weeks of public health lockdowns in March, according to Gallup, the percentage of employed Americans working from home doubled to 62%. Of these workers, three in five said they’d prefer to work from home when restrictions are lifted. Homeowners are serious about dedicating room for work.

There’s a mainstay in mortgage finance poised to help in working from home. The Federal Housing Administration’s 203(k) rehabilitation mortgage insurance program is designed for borrowers to renovate when they purchase or refinance.

For over 40 years with Section 203(k) of the National Housing Act, FHA has been protecting lenders with fully-insured mortgage loans even as renovations are underway. In turn, the program opens access to much-needed renovation capital for borrowers.

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Rhode Island Homeowners: Smart Home Appliances For Your Kitchen

A smart home is something every Rhode Island homeowner has heard of. But have you been taking advantage of the many ways that technology can make your home smarter? A good place to start is your kitchen.

There are many exciting and new appliances on the market to help get you organized and keep your kitchen running smoothly. Here are five appliances that can help you work smarter in the kitchen:

1. Interactive Refrigerators

Manufacturers such as Samsung have developed a smart refrigerator that’s interactive for the entire family. Not only will you be able to keep food cool at just the right temperature, you can keep track of expiry dates. You can also use the LCD screen on the outside of the fridge as a family calendar and message center and to watch the latest episode of your favorite television show.

Another benefit of a smart fridge is that

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New York Homeowners: Stay Connected With Smart Kitchen Appliances

Every New York state homeowner wants to use technology to save money and make their home more energy efficient. But a smart home isn’t limited to using devices to control indoor temperature and turn on music. A smart home also has a smart kitchen.

There are many exciting and new appliances on the market to help get you organized and keep your kitchen running smoothly. Here are five appliances that can help you work smarter in the kitchen:

1. Interactive Refrigerators

Manufacturers such as Samsung have developed a smart refrigerator that’s interactive for the entire family. Not only will you be able to keep food cool at just the right temperature, you can keep track of expiry dates. You can also use the LCD screen on the outside of the fridge as a family calendar and message center and to watch the latest episode of your favorite television show.

Another

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Michigan Homeowners: Small Kitchen Remodel Ideas

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Turn your small kitchen into the favorite room in the house with these easy design tips.
Turn your small kitchen into the favorite room in the house with these easy design tips. (Shutterstock)

Are you unhappy with the function and style of your small kitchen? You’re not alone. Many Michigan homeowners are ready to turn their small kitchen area into a more functional family space. The good news is that even if you’re working with a small budget or have renovation restrictions, there are easy and smart ways to remodel your small kitchen and transform it into a beautiful space.

Use these six tips to update small kitchens and make them more functional:

1. Update Appliances

Updating appliances can make a big difference in the design of your kitchen. A popular choice for kitchen makeovers is stainless steel and energy-efficient appliances to create a

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Illinois Homeowners: How To Plan For Your Kitchen Remodel

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Use these 4 tips when preparing for your kitchen remodel.
Use these 4 tips when preparing for your kitchen remodel. (Shutterstock)

With summer coming to a close, many Illinois homeowners are ready to take their projects indoors. Why not start with a kitchen remodel to give the most popular room in the house a new look?

Make it easy for your contractor to work by clearing out your kitchen ahead of time. One week before work is scheduled to begin you can start packing up those items you won’t be using again until after the renovation. This includes dry foods, such as canned goods and

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