Архив автора: Dana McMahan

The Smart Way My Realtor Quickly Calculates My Home’s Value

After doing some major renovations on my home, I wanted to determine our return on investment, how much more we could do before our property became over-improved, and if it was worth exploring refinancing. So I turned to my oh-so-generous Realtor, Garrett Ackles of Semonin in Louisville, Kentucky, for a rough estimate before we went for an official estimate. Generally, when you receive an assessment, it comes with pages of hard-to-sift through real estate jargon. So imagine my surprise when Ackles gave me a straightforward number and an explanation almost anyone could understand. (далее…)

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I Doubled My Kitchen Sink Storage for Only $22

What is it about under-sink areas that make them so likely to turn into a black hole? Is it because they’re sort of low to the ground and tucked away that we have a tendency to just crack the door, shove stuff in, and slam the door? As a result, sink cabinets turn into these dank, dark, places where all the stuff you don’t want sitting on your countertop just accumulates. And searching through a precarious stack of kitchen mess can turn an otherwise fun kitchen occasion—like making a fabulous meal—into an exercise that makes you want to bang your head on the wall. (далее…)

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Here Are Your Best Bets for Cheap Bathroom Vanities

Bathroom vanities can take a serious chunk out of a renovation budget. Given that a mid-range bath remodel can run upwards of $19,000, according to Remodeling’s 2018 Cost vs. Value report, the prices shouldn’t come as a surprise, but they often do. I was determined to not drop a small fortune during my recent bathroom remodel, but at first that seemed like an impossible task. The vanities I kept crushing on were upwards of a thousand dollars (and often $2,000) and that often didn’t include the counter or sink. So, yeah, no. (далее…)

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Being Your Own Contractor Saves a Ton of Money, But I Don’t Recommend It

It’s funny how most of us know we can’t be our own physician or attorney after watching a few YouTube videos, but ask us if we can run our own renovation and an awful lot of us think we can handle it just fine. Who needs a contractor when you can find your own sub-contractors online and order all your own materials? Why pay them a percentage of the cost (ranging from 10 to 50 percent) on top of your already over-budget budget when you can just DIY? (далее…)

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Why Rain Shower Heads Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up to Be

Have you ever stayed in a nice hotel and come home vowing that you were redoing your bathroom to be more like the one in your room? Same. If there’s one envy-inducing feature in every posh hotel bathroom, it’s those glorious rain showerheads. Nothing says «I’m on vacation and life is good» like standing under one (or even two!) of these oversized heads that literally rain down upon you. It’s so very soothing, so luxurious. You emerge a new person. (далее…)

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15 Major Money-Saving Ways to Cut Remodeling Costs

I got my bargain hunting gene from my mom. Seeing her score a cashmere coat for 25 cents once when I was a kid sealed my fate—I will always look for ways to make my money go further. This has led to a lifetime of scouring thrift shops, browsing clearance aisles, and stalking Amazon price drops. And it’s paid off big when remodeling my home. (далее…)

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Amazon Warehouse Is a Hidden Resource for Discounted Stuff

It’s hard to imagine how we did things before Amazon, which brings us anything we need in a very short timeframe. But there’s more to the site than super speedy delivery. For several years now, I’ve been indulging in my champagne taste on a beer budget, all thanks to their hidden-in-plain-sight deals. I’m talking about Amazon Warehouse and third party sellers. See, that price right next to the item you must have? That doesn’t have to be the price you pay. And while sometimes it may be just a few bucks you save, sometimes there are some screaming deals to be found. (далее…)

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Kitchen Flooring That Won’t Drain Your Remodeling Budget

When you’re redoing a kitchen, flooring has a huge impact on the way the room looks. The orangey faux terra cotta we inherited in our Victorian kitchen drove me nuts and I couldn’t wait to replace it. New floors aren’t cheap though. If you’re considering an overhaul of your kitchen up to and including the floor, it’s easy to drop way more than you intend to. The good news is you don’t have to. (далее…)

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