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Pros And Cons of New Build Vs Renovations

Should We Renovate Our Home Or Tear It Down and Rebuild?

We often get asked “how do we decide if a renovation or a rebuild is the best decision for us?”

Well, first of all, let’s examine the difference.

With a rebuild, your chosen contractor will demolish the entire living area and rebuild it up from the foundation. A renovation, sometimes called remodeling, is more focused on a specific area of your home, like your kitchen or basement.

Secondly, for the purposes of this article, we are under the assumption that you love your location and absolutely insist on staying where you are.

So, with that in mind, how does one decide which path to take?

The two main factors will be the age of your home and your budget. Typically, if your home is approaching 70 years old – i.e. built before 1950, and your budget can absorb it, … Read More

The Pros and Cons of Using Quartz Bathroom Vanities

One of the hottest trends in countertops today is the usage of quartz. It is popular for both kitchen counters and as well as for bathroom vanities and can be used to work with virtually any decorating style. But exactly what are the benefits of quarts bathroom vanities over another choice? Is the difference worth the investment? If you have wondered about either of these questions then take a few minutes to consider the pros and cons of choosing quartz bathroom vanity.

The Pros of Quartz for a Bathroom Vanity

· Quartz is a manufactured product that can be a beautiful addition to your space. Because it is a manufactured product, you can purchase it in virtually any color you desire, as well as being designed to mimic the look of natural stones. In fact, it is available in more colors than natural stones such as granite or marble.

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How Independent Contractors Can Negotiate Like Pros

Independent contractors may feel that they do not have much negotiating power. They are told what the hourly rate is and the number of hours expected and they feel that there is not much, if anything, to negotiate. They also have the notion that if they don’t agree to the terms, someone else will and they will lose the business. Nevertheless, I believe that everything is negotiable. Here are some tips to consider when trying to negotiate the best deal for your independent contractor assignment.

Everything is Negotiable.

Although at first glance it may look as though you do not have much leverage in negotiating; look again. Although it is understandable that each company has its own rates or standards and is reluctant to make changes to those rates, try to determine what can be negotiated before you accept an assignment.

A. Hourly rate.

Even if you feel that the … Read More

Kitchen Island? Pros and Cons

Kitchen islands used to be the area where friends and family would gather as well as providing that extra counter space we cooks love so much! Kitchen islands are now not just an area to have extra counter space. They can include a stove top, prep sink, small fridge, microwave, wine cooler, bookcase, and numerous other items for the kitchen.

There are certainly many pros to having a kitchen island. The first pro we will look at is that of extra counter space. Having resided in homes where counter space was at a minimum, the kitchen island was a life saver when cooking for larger gatherings. The second pro would be extra storage space. Who doesn’t need extra storage space in a kitchen? One kitchen owned was so small the laundry room next to the kitchen wound up being turned into a pantry as there was next to no storage … Read More

Collateral Loans – Pros and Cons

These are also referred to as secured loans. When taking out a collateral loan there are many pros and cons, which a person should consider before taking out such a loan. There is no risk to the lender because if the borrower does not pay back the loan the lender has the collateral that the borrower used. Many times with a collateral loan you can get a lower interest rate and a longer period of time to repay the loan. Before applying for a loan figure out how much money you are going to need. You should avoid taking out excessive collateral loans because in the end you will paying back more money. To get an idea of how much you can borrow you should calculate your monthly expenses and monthly income and then decide after seeing how much you have left, how much of a monthly payment you can … Read More

Custom Built Underground Homes – Pros and Cons

If you would tell someone that you are looking at custom built homes that are underground you would probably get some strange looks. The reason is that many have the misconception that the home would be dark, cool, and smell like dirt but this is not the case. Today these underground homes have more advantages over a traditional home that is above ground. There are four common custom built homes that are constructed to enable you to live underground. The types of homes you could live in depend on their construction method, location, and depth.

• Culvert homes – these are made of concrete pipes that were prefabricated before they are placed into an excavated pit.

• Elevational homes – these are constructed on a side of a hill.

• Artificial cave houses/dugouts-these are built by drilling a cavity into the earth.

• Earth berm homes – these are subterranean … Read More

Starting a Handyman Business – Pros and Cons

There are always good and bad aspects of any business. The handyman business is no exception. Yes it can be very good for the right people and very bad for the wrong type of people.

In order to become successful in this type of business, you:

Must be experienced:

If you are reading this article today, you have either been your own boss before or would like to be your own boss now. The handyman business is a good idea and fit for the type of person who is very skilled with their hands. You should have some kind of prior experience working in this line of work. This type of business is not recommended for those who have little to know experience in this trade. Lacking the experienced required could cause legal issues against you should you damage a customers property.

Must be a self starter:

If you have … Read More

Pros and Cons of Owning a Log Home

For many people, their vision of a dream home is a log cabin tucked away in the woods, or a luxurious log home overlooking a lake, where they can cuddle up next to a roaring fire in an open fireplace. Whether it’s a little cabin or a mansion, many people dream of owning a log home!

However, many people are surprised to learn that there are also special consideration to being a log home owner. Pests, settling/shrinking and unfamiliar maintenance requirements are a few of the items that can be intimidating for buyers at first.

Like any home, there will always be maintenance & upkeep to be done, so don’t let that discourage you. Here’s a list of pros and cons associated with owning a log home. You may want to factor these into your decision of whether owning a log home is right for you.

Advantages of owning a Read More

The Important Pros and Cons of Vinyl Siding

If you are on the market for new home siding, it is no surprise that you are considering vinyl. Vinyl plastic exterior has been a long-time favorite for both residential and commercial properties, and for many reasons. Although there are a few drawbacks you need to think about, this material is almost always a safe investment. Continue reading to review some of the common pros and cons of vinyl siding.

Pros

Vinyl siding is mostly admired for its extreme versatility. It comes in a wide range of colors, styles, textures, and more, which makes customizing the look of your home an easy task. Aside from versatility, vinyl is very low maintenance. Caring for it is simple, and there is very little you need to do to make it last a long time. Furthermore, installation is quick and easy, and the cost comparison to other options on the market is very … Read More

Office Renovation Pros and Cons

An office renovation is always a complicated task that requires careful planning. These renovations allow you to contemporize your space and improve various features of your offices including layout, technology, energy efficiency and more. However, despite the many benefits associated with your renovation, there are some growing pains along the way. Before you start remodeling, you should carefully consider all the pros and cons. If you decide the advantages of a remodeled office outweigh the potential disadvantages, you will be ready to go ahead with the work.

Pros of Office Renovation

Some of the basic aspects of your office layout and functionality can be made more efficient with a renovation. You’ll have the opportunity to restructure work stations so that you utilize the most efficient use of space. Ultimately, renovations not only allow you to reconsider the aesthetic qualities of your office, but to make changes that will improve worker … Read More