Archive | January 2014

A Useful Guide to Financing your Northampton Home Improvement Project

Amy Spencer gives a few pointers in this article published on The Nest about financing renovation projects:

“If want to save yourself those job-stopping surprises in the middle of a renovation, an inspector can tell you what extra work might need to be done (is there a rotting pipe behind the kitchen walls?) so you can plan for it financially. An appraiser (usually hired by the mortgage company itself for major jobs like home additions) can tell you if it’s worth it.”

If you’re planning a Northampton home improvement project, you should consider her advice. One of the first things she highlights is the importance of hiring an experienced appraiser who will give you a rundown of the most important and cost-effective things to renovate. She also advises you to talk to realtors to get a rough estimate of how your house will compare to your local real estate market. Of course, corollary to all of this is the proper management of your budget.


A Guide for a Budget Friendly Bathroom Design in Northhampton, MA

One of the most important tips for tile use in a bathroom remodeling project is to use less of it. Tiles are one of the most important things for bathroom design in Northampton, and it can also become one of the most expensive. She states that “using a few here and there” will help cut costs.

Some people don’t want to sacrifice the visual appeal of their bathroom, though. Homeowners with a more artistic taste can opt to use expensive tiles to complement ordinary ones. This way, they’ll be able to add beauty, while staying within budget.

One of the more important things she also discusses is her movement for going green. Effectively, not only are her ideas low-cost, they’ll also help cut future costs. She recommends using “low-flow toilets, sinks and shower heads”, in addition to buying used materials to help the environment. These can also add a unique and retro touch to your bathroom; for instance, tin cans can be used as a holder for toothbrushes, combs and other toiletries.