If your clients are fixing up their homes to put on the market, these webistes may help them save money:
- www.DiggersList.com is a home improvement classified site that offers heavily discounted items from other remodeling projects
- www.TheStoneBroker.com provides granite remnants for smaller projects that don’t require full slabs
- www.Rejuvination.com sells high-end lighting fixtures from top manufacturers at 20-30% off specialty store prices
From Money Magazine
Haunted-house experts from This Old House offer 5 remodeling tips to protect your home, should the un-dead rise and attack:
- Install Doors of the Dead – affordable and impenetrable steel doors are the living-dead’s worst enemy. Plus dents and dings caused by the heathen invaders can be pulled and puttied with an auto-body repair kit. For added security install triple-point locks. Zombies friggin’ hate triple-point locks.
- Make Sure Windows are Walking-Dead-Proof – tempered-glass, hurricane-strength windows or wrought-iron security bars will protect you better than unguarded single-pane windows. Either way it’s never a bad idea to reinforce windows with plywood for maximum un-dead protection.
- Good Fences = Good Un-Dead Neighbors – electric fences are best, but building a tough, tall chain-link, wrought-iron, or cinderblock version (at least eight to twelve feet high) around your property will also work to keep the un-dead out. (The local zoning board might take offence, but, seriously, man; this is an invasion – who cares about zoning?)
- Strengthen Your Siding Against Cold, Dead Hands – clawing can really wreak havoc on clapboard Cape Cods or Colonial Revivals. For the best defense, we recommend a quality fiber-cement siding.
- Keep a low profile – During an un-dead attack, it may be tempting to stand by your window and contemplate the end of life as we know it. But instead of a deep thinker, all the zombies, vampires and werewolves will see is the human equivalent of a Whopper with cheese. Conceal yourself by using heavy curtains, blankets, or even steel plates to block any unboarded windows — and never turn the lights on…
Don’t forget about the resale value these protections will add to your home. Buyers will love the fact that the home is move-in ready and zombie-proof.
What types of remodeling projects will 2011 bring? According to a poll by CBS Money Watch and the National Association of Remodeling Industry, the 12 hot trends for this year will be smaller, must-do projects:
- Bathrooms will get more attention this year – they’re smaller and less expensive to upgrade than kitchens
- Must-do projects like repairing leaky roofs and siding will trump “want-to” projects
- Earth tones and warm colors will make a resurgence from the white minimalist look
- Decks and outdoor spaces remain popular as easy ways to maximize the space homeowners currently have
- Consumers are expected to work harder to protect their interests by doing more research on the contractors they hire
- Builders may see more clients paying in cash rather than getting loans for renovations
- Open floor plans are back in
- The new “stainless steel” is now “aged bronze”
- Using green products and increasing energy-efficiency remains hot
- Since more people work from home, the industrial look is still fashionable
- Homeowners want an escape and are creating more relaxation spaces in their homes
- Contractors are also seeing aging homeowners prepare for retirement with more accessible kitchens and bathrooms