Best Home Improvements that give you the best Return On Investment (ROI)

  1. Vinyl Siding: This project is estimated at around $7 per square foot, with a ROI of 88 percent.
  2. Replacement Windows: Basic windows can cost $300 each, with ROI estimated at over 80 percent.
  3. Shingle Roofing: Roofing can cost $100-$350 per 10×10 foot square patch.  ROI is estimated between 60 to 65 percent.
  4. Natural Gas Furnaces: With existing duct-work, this home improvement project can cost around $7,000; new duct-work can run nearly $15,000. While this may seem like a high number, it is important to remember that this ROI can be 100 percent or more!
  5. Kitchen Remodeling: The average cost for kitchen remodeling is $17,000, with ROI estimated at a 70 percent range.
  6. Bathroom Remodeling: The average cost of a bathroom remodeling project is $12,500, with a ROI of 78 percent.
  7. Painting (House Exterior):  Painting the exterior of your home has the highest ROI of any home improvement project (except for some high-efficiency furnace upgrades).  With a ROI of 90 percent, this is worth every penny invested.
  8. Painting (House Interior): Interior paint costs $12-$50 per gallon, so enough paint for one room costs roughly $25-$100. Factor in rollers, brushes, and drop clothes, and the project may cost $300 or more. An interior painting project has an ROI about 75 percent.
  9. Outdoor Replacement Project: Add to the home’s curb appeal. Consider replacing the garage door, siding, the front door and windows.  The average return on investment for projects like these is around 70 percent.
  10. Attic Bedroom    : The average cost for this task is estimated at $50,000, with a projected ROI of 72.5 percent.
  11. Add an Additional Bathroom: An additional bathroom, even a half bathroom, adds significant value to your home, according to the experts at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The price of adding another bathroom to the house varies as well, depending on region. If you live on the West Coast, plan on paying almost $50,000 for a new bathroom, according to Remodeling Magazine.  A half bath may add up to 10.5 percent to a home’s value, while a full bath can add 20 percent.

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How to Hunt for Painting Contractors Seek Straight Shooters

With the arrival of Home Depot and Lowes stores throughout the U.S., the do-it-yourself home warrior has emerged or “sub merged”? The primary reason for hiring a painting contractor is purely safety.

(Newswire.net — November 11, 2013) Wesley Chapel, Florida —
Particularly if a home was built prior to 1978, homes were built using lead paint back then and professional contractors are trained to handle the hazardous materials and effects of lead paint.  Additional hazards are heights.  The use of ladders and painting equipment for those not trained can be fatal with the opportunity to fall from high distances.

In looking forward and undergoing the hiring paint contractor process, the following procedures should be adhered:

Referrals: Obtain referrals or testimonials from people around the community or neighborhood. Real estate agents are a good source but paint stores that sell to the contractors are another.  Ask someone that most recently had a painting job done as well.

Licensing: It is important to have a painting contractor that is bonded, insured, and has the prerequisite licenses to paint professionally.  This can protect you in the event there is a problem with the work, and payment issues.  The Department of Labor and Industries maintains a website to check on tradespeople: https://fortress.wa.gov/lni/bbip/
Additional references: Obtain three more references and see how long ago the work was done and inquire as to how the paint job has held up.  Visit the location if possible and see for yourself the trim, corners, doorways, etc for quality f the work done.

Conduct: Aside from the quality of the painting work done, one should ask about the courteous nature of the workers, timeliness, and daily decorum of professional behavior while there on the job.  Some local citation sites like Yelp can be a forum for disgruntled homeowners to erroneously besmirch a painting contractor’s reputation.  Beware of these circumstances.
Bidding: Ask for three bids once narrowed down to see about price, availability, warranty, and any extras that are offered.

The aforementioned step by step process is just a prudent approach towards dealing with hiring a painting contractor.  The expense is not small yet the importance weighs heavily on the appearance, safety, and overall satisfaction resulting from putting in the extra homework while preparing for a house painting.  All told, when one adds up the time, materials, safety, and “hassle factors”, the hiring of a professional for a seemingly easy job to be self done, is well worth the investment.  The warranty alone is worthwhile having which would never exist on a self painted job.

Check with E&R Quality Painting for more information in Tampa and Wesley Chapel, Florida.

50 SHADES OF GREY has struck again!!!

I love my business, and I love my job, painting! I love new colours, I love dark colours, I love changes!!! And I especially love being a part of those changes!!

I am enjoying my latest job. IT’S REVITALIZATION AT ITS BEST!!

And one of the 50 SHADES OF GREY has been chosen for the ceiling colour!! I know, I know, it sounds a little too adventurous, but I love adventure and the people choosing the colours know what they are doing!!

Check out the pictures of me spraying the ceiling with one of the 50 SHADES OF GREY.

This office space is in downtown Kelowna, B.C., also known as KTown. It’s being renovated and upgraded and the colours are the newest and most fabulous!!

I love being a part of change and reviving old space into new and fantastic space! Take a look at a couple of pictures as I’m spraying on one of the 50 SHADES OF GREY!!

Stay tuned , I’ll get some completed pictures for ya!!

And call me if you would like to revitalize your space and maybe try one of the 50 Shades of Grey!!

Have a great Day!!

Monica

50 Shades of Grey?

These days, shades of grey aren’t limited to E.L. James’s pop erotica: They’re also decorating go-to right now. Among the most popular Benjamin Moore examples are coventry Grey HC-169, Stonington Grey HC-170 and Wickham Grey HC-171. These shades are great both on their own and seperately. As a rule, choose silver greys over brown- or green-greys, as the hospital-like tones of the latter don’t often achieve what those E.L. James books are promoting: ecstasy. Another great advantage is their versatility: Silver greys mix well with a whole host of colours, from cool ones such as blue to hot, hot reds.

Killing Bugs by painting your house!

A spanish Company fights malaria with pesticides in house paint. The primary problem for half the planet is that their homes are sick.

For decades, nets and sprays have been the only effective methods for controlling the mosquitoes thatt cause malaria and dengue. Pilar Mateo thinks she can do better. The spanish chemist has invented a way to embed pesticides in microcapsules stirred into house paints at her valencia company, Inesfly. The insecticides are released from the paint slowly, remaining effective for two to four years, while sprays typically need to be reapplied at least every six months. “The paint acts like a vaccine for houses and buildings,” she says.

Mateo says she’s received offers to buy her patent but refuses to sell out. Instead, her new venture, Inesfly Africa, will produce it commercially at a $13 Million dollar factory in Ghana. After years of donating paint to poor people in Latin America and Africa, Mateo wants the venture to fundher broader humanitarian efforts. “It’s not just the insects that are problem,” she says. “It’s the poverty.”

The minute amounts of pesticides released from the paint aren’t harmful to people but are devastating to insects, according to independent tests by scientists. The paint already approved for use in 15 countries, including China, Germany, and Spain. Mateo is seeking approval in the U.S. and a recommendation from the World Health Organization. Her idea is to sell it as an affordable alternative to sprays. “It makes sense,” says Adriana Costero Saint Denis, a program officer at the National Institues of Health. “You want something that has slow release, which is effective for a long period.”

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek May21-May27 2012

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