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3 Websites that Save you Money on Remodeling Projects

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

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5 Remodeling Tips to Keep the Un-Dead Out

Haunted-house experts from This Old House offer 5 remodeling tips to protect your home, should the un-dead rise and attack:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?)
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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Top 12 Remodeling Trends for 2011

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:

  1. Bathrooms will get more attention this year – they’re smaller and less expensive to upgrade than kitchens
  2. Must-do projects like repairing leaky roofs and siding will trump “want-to” projects
  3. Earth tones and warm colors will make a resurgence from the white minimalist look
  4. Decks and outdoor spaces remain popular as easy ways to maximize the space homeowners currently have
  5. Consumers are expected to work harder to protect their interests by doing more research on the contractors they hire
  6. Builders may see more clients paying in cash rather than getting loans for renovations
  7. Open floor plans are back in
  8. The new “stainless steel” is now “aged bronze”
  9. Using green products and increasing energy-efficiency remains hot
  10. Since more people work from home, the industrial look is still fashionable
  11. Homeowners want an escape and are creating more relaxation spaces in their homes
  12. Contractors are also seeing aging homeowners prepare for retirement with more accessible kitchens and bathrooms

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