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Home Remodeling Tips: Make the Most Out of Your Garage

[fa icon="calendar'] February 24, 2017 at 11:43 AM / by Home Services Expert

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You'll look in your closets and your basement, if you have one. You'll look in that spare room that already holds so much of that household category known as Stuff. But it just could be that the obvious place you're overlooking is your garage.

When you need room for storage, your garage may seem like an improbable place. After all, you barely have room to park a car or two in there.

But the next time you pull a car into your garage, stop and look through the windshield, over the hood and up to the walls. Now you'll see a prime opportunity for storage on those vast, open walls.

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Home Remodeling: When You Need a Permit & When You Don't

[fa icon="calendar'] February 10, 2017 at 11:38 AM / by Home Services Expert

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Some homeowners who undertake their first home remodeling project register the news better than others: Before work can begin, Experts in Your Home must secure a building permit on their behalf.

After months of planning, these homeowners are understandably eager for work to begin and view the permit process as an unnecessary delay – and sometimes even a form of governmental intrusion.

We have capably navigated the permit process hundreds of times in many different communities. So let us explain why a building permit is necessary, as well as when you might need one and when you might not. Once you're informed and know what to expect, you're bound to face your home remodeling project with greater confidence.

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Let Our Home Remodeling Experts Beautify Your House for the Holidays

[fa icon="calendar'] October 5, 2016 at 9:50 AM / by Home Services Expert

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The last 30 days of the year seem to sneak up on most everyone, especially if they're trying to squeeze in a home remodeling project before the holidays – and maybe guests – arrive.

Make your New Year's resolution early this year by resolving to get a jump start on a project that is sure to imbue your home with added holiday spirit. Just as there are 12 days of Christmas, there are 12 projects in particular that Experts in Your Home knows can wrap up a home for the holidays better than a festive red bow and ribbon. By category, they include:

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Embrace the Outdoors: The Many Benefits of Building a Home Sunroom

[fa icon="calendar'] August 2, 2016 at 9:24 AM / by Home Services Expert

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The neighbors knew something was up; they just didn't know why so many contractors were visiting Nancy and Jim's home and spending so much time surveying the backyard.

In this close-knit (some would say nosy) community, the neighbors wasted no time finding out: Nancy and Jim were interested in building a full-glass sunroom addition on the rear of their traditional saltbox colonial, complete with a six-seat hot tub.

The neighbors – on either side and to the rear of Nancy and Jim's house – were quick to render their opinion: Nancy and Jim would only waste their hard-earned money on such an extravagance. But with every well-intentioned objection Nancy and Jim heard, they became more convinced than ever that the many benefits outweighed the one issue they hadn't yet reconciled: the cost of the project.

If you're considering building a sunroom – either to your current home or as part of a new construction project – it might help to understand how Nancy and Jim weighed the benefits:

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Does Home Remodeling Seem Scary? How a Project Manager Can Help

[fa icon="calendar'] July 8, 2016 at 11:15 AM / by Home Services Expert

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In his 1933 inaugural address, Franklin D. Roosevelt famously asserted his “firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

At the time, the country was in the throes of the Great Depression, but it is widely believed that Roosevelt tapped into his own life experiences to rally people to support his wide-ranging New Deal programs. Among those experiences: his forays into home remodeling, including his beloved Hyde Park home in New York.

In terms of remodeling, Roosevelt may have gotten it half-right; research since then has shown that people have legitimate reasons to fear home remodeling. Hignell not only knows what those reasons are, but has moved to erase them by assigning a project manager to every home remodeling project.

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Luxury Bathroom Remodeling: How to Create Your Dream Bathroom

[fa icon="calendar'] June 14, 2016 at 9:21 AM / by Home Services Expert

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You're a grounded, budget-conscious person. But this doesn't mean you shouldn't dream a little as you create a bathroom worthy of being showcased in a glossy bathroom remodeling magazine.

In fact, this is a key point that the bathroom remodeling experts at The Hignell Companies return to time and again as they guide homeowners through the exhilarating process of bathroom remodeling.

You can (and should) balance two objectives – creating a bathroom that is functional as well as stylish – when you follow what might be called Hignell's 10-Point Guide to Creating a Dream Bathroom. After the first step, you don't necessarily have to follow this progression in order, but these steps must be addressed at some point along the way. Let our bathroom remodeling experts help you:

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The Benefits of Home Bathroom Remodeling

[fa icon="calendar'] June 10, 2016 at 11:45 AM / by Home Services Expert

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For a room you zip into and out of at least several times a day, your bathroom should be a place you enjoy being in, too.

But maybe the fixtures are old and showing signs of wear. Maybe you can't move around as comfortably as you'd like. And you know that when the time is right, you definitely would choose a different paint color for the walls.

Maybe the time is right for a bathroom remodeling project, but you need a few nudges to assure you that the project is worth your time, effort and expense.

Let the home remodeling experts at The Hignell Companies present some of the benefits that our customers regale us with after their bathroom remodeling project is complete. In general, these benefits fall under two categories: quality of life benefits and financial benefits.

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Popular Full Scale Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

[fa icon="calendar'] June 7, 2016 at 9:37 AM / by Home Services Expert

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It might feel old and tired – and you know it's out of date. For a room you spend so much time in – the room that might well be the heart of your home – your kitchen is not exactly swelling your heart with pride.

New knobs and pulls on the cabinets might help. So might new counters, the addition of some dramatic lighting and a fresh, different paint color on the walls. For these and other ideas, perhaps you've already consulted a previous article from The Hignell Companies, “Popular kitchen remodeling ideas when you're on a budget.”

In the final analysis, you've decided that only a full-scale kitchen remodeling project will reinvigorate your kitchen and properly frame the heart of your home. But where do you begin?

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Popular Kitchen Remodeling Ideas When You're on a Budget

[fa icon="calendar'] May 23, 2016 at 4:37 PM / by Home Services Expert

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You know your kitchen needs an update, but the thought of “remodeling” makes you shudder. You imagine walls coming down, dust flying everywhere, months of inconvenience and a bill at the end of the project that makes you shudder most of all.

Just as there are many ways to cook an egg, there are many ways to update your kitchen. And all of them can be accomplished by leaving your walls intact, spawning minimal dust and inconvenience and surprising you with their affordability.

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Shock Your Electric Bill: Save Using Your Washer, Dryer & Water Heater

[fa icon="calendar'] September 21, 2015 at 3:38 PM / by Home Services Expert

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You're on a mission: to reduce the shock of your monthly electric bill. All together, your home appliances probably represent about 15 percent of your energy bill.

Unlike your toaster, coffee maker and waffle maker, you probably don't unplug major appliances when you're done using them, such as the washer, dryer, or water heater. That's partly why they're known as “energy vampires”: they continue to draw energy simply because they remain plugged in, adding constantly to your electric bill.

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