Remodel Me Today is now a member of NARI

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Articles | 0 comments

NARI is the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.  Follow the below link to see our membership profile. Remodel Me Today NARI If you are planning on attending the 2014 NARI Home Improvement Show at the IX Center this January 23rd thru the 26th please stop by our booth (#1343) and say hello and learn more about our services and possibly walk away a winner from our drawing. All members of NARI are put through a screening process at the time they apply for membership and on an annual basis at the time of renewal! The NARI Greater Cleveland Staff checks to make sure that all contractor Members meet the following criteria: A favorable Better Business Bureau and Ohio Attorney General’s Report Must show proof of appropriate local Registration, liability insurance, and Workers Compensation Insurance Adhere to the NARI Code of Ethics Submit a copy of their contracts with the buyers right to cancel 50% of members have been in the remodeling business for 25+ years 40% of members have been owners of their businesses for more than 25+ years When you hire a member of NARI Greater Cleveland, you know you have hired a...

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Bathroom Renovations

Posted by on Dec 31, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

  Bathroom Renovations. Bathroom renovations may mean finding a reputable home contractor for your bathroom installation and design project Several unwanted challenges arise when updating older type bathrooms from the ancient plumbing leading into the shower cabin, bath or sink to water damaged flooring.  You never know what you will find once you start dissecting the bathroom. When you lift up that old ceramic or vinyl flooring, don’t be surprised as to what could be lurking beneath the surface.  I recently completed a home renovation tour with a local home contracting company, because I would soon be tackling my own bathroom renovations and wanted to ensure nothing was left to chance since I would be doing most of the work myself. Turning my focus to the bathroom renovation project, I was taken back a few steps by what I saw and quickly realized, if initially the job is not done correctly, you will actually spend more money in the repair process. Since the ceramic tiling was not properly laid, severe water damaged occurred over time and was in desperate need of replacing, the mortar was not spread evenly across the floor boards which gave way to rotted plywood and ultimately lead to having to start from scratch. If you are not a professional and need advice on proper installation techniques, local hardware stores often hold weekend classes on a number of different home renovation projects. From the installation of new showers enclosures, bath panels or shower cubicles, everything you need to know for your bathroom renovation project. Investing a few hours of your time to get it right the first time will pay off in the long term or if you are looking to hire an expert, before you do, thoroughly research past home contracting projects and get references from various sources. Hire a Bathroom Contractor to do your renovations If you have friends or relatives that have had any work done using a home contracting company, go out and have a look at the workmanship. Remodel Me Today has had the opportunity of taking on several huge undertaking of ripping out and installing new bathroom furniture, a new bathroom suite, and new ceramic flooring.  A perfectionist and extremely meticulous when it comes to doing the job right, Remodel Me Today never leaves anything to chance.  The picturesque bathrooms looked like they belonged on the front cover of Better Homes and Gardens, the well-finished bathrooms included a beautiful corner bath for space conservation, a traditional fixed rain shower head, wall mounted bathroom storage cabinets, new bathroom vanity and earthy colored ceramic floor tiling.  When the bathrooms were completed it was a professional design that provided a tranquil space that included subtle variations of wall colors, woodwork and bathroom cabinets all of which visually enhanced the look of the bathrooms and gave the appearance of spaciousness. It is highly recommended that you get the opportunity to see first-hand the previous work of a home renovation firm as this will help in the selection process based on pricing and the quality of work. Sign a contract with your bathroom design firm Before signing off with your home contractor, scrutinize their work under a magnifying glass, look for the slightest cracks and furrows in the ceramic tiles, examine the grouting, caulking around bathtub, showers, sinks and any cabinetry along with any imperfections in the walls, remember once the home contractor disappears from the worksite, it can be difficult to get them back to the home to make repairs. It is also vitally important to draft a binding contract between the homeowner and...

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10 Ways To Cut Your Electric Bill

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

10 Ways To Cut Your Electric Bill

One of the major concerns in the world today is depletion of energy. As concerned citizens all of us must make a concerted effort to be conscious citizens and save electricity. Electricity has become integral to life but imagine having to live without power. Conservation of electricity benefits you personally as you will pay lower bills. Consider: 1.         Doing an energy audit. This will tell you how and when you use energy and where the wastage lies. You will be able to make an “energy savings plan” by pinpointing exactly how you can cut back on energy consumption. Some ideas may be as simple as don’t leave the coffee machine on at all times. 2.         Think about resetting the thermostat ten degrees lower during the night. If you can do this for say approximately eight hours a day you will save 10% on electricity without sacrificing comfort. Insulate the home in winter by drawing shut the drapes. 3.         Check all insulation in the house. If you increase attic insulation to around 12 inches the electricity consumption will reduce by 20 percent. 4.         Plant more trees around the house these will cool the house in summer and insulate the house in winter. Studies show that a green cover benefits in many ways. 5.         Have all electricity wires and outlets checked for leakage. Check all fuses and appliances. 6.         Fluorescent light bulbs are energy efficient. They use 75% less energy than ordinary light bulbs. These have a longer life and contribute to great savings. 7.         Use energy efficient appliances. These use less energy and believe it or not a high efficiency refrigerator uses less electricity than a light bulb. 8.         When you are away even for a few hours or days you should turn off and unplug   all electrical appliances and turn settings on the thermostat, water heater, and refrigerator to the lowest setting. 9.         Ensure that you use a water-saving shower head. Water heating costs for a family can be lowered by at least US$ 250 a year. 10.       Weatherize your home. This helps reduce heating bills by 20% and cooling by at least 10 percent. Even when building a home or decorating it use weather friendly materials—those that are not good conductors of heat and cold. Install windows and glass panes in the roof in such away that you use sunlight to light up the rooms during day light hours. Make an effort to switch off lights and fans when leaving a room. Ensure that the filters in air conditioners and heaters are always cleaned and free of clog and dust. If you live an energy efficient lifestyle you will see the numbers on the energy bill actually reducing. The power to cut energy costs is well within your control. It is as simple as only washing full loads and that to in cold water. Use the hot wash option only for very dirty clothes.  Cook food only just before you are ready to eat that way you can save reheating costs as well as refrigerating costs of storing the food. Turn the thermostat of the refrigerator to minimum in cold or cool weather. Switch off freezers if they are not in use. Small contributions can all add up to significant amounts of power saved. And, power saved means money in the bank. You can view images of our recent projects at: http://www.remodelmetoday.com/recent-remodel/ email: info@remodelmetoday.com or call us at 440-249-7665 Written by:      Brian Pauley Remodel Me Today North East Ohio Renovation Specialist 23420 Lorain Road #130 North Olmsted, OH 44070...

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Your Style, Your Budget…

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

Your Style, Your Budget Tired of ogling the latest styles in brand name home furnishing stores and catalogues, only to find that the price of one little coffee table equals more than half your monthly salary? Don’t be discouraged — with a little ingenuity, your home can be as beautiful and stylish as a Hollywood celebrity’s, for just a fraction of the cost. * Start with the walls. It’s easy to forget that sometimes just adding a fresh coat of paint or changing the color of your walls can give your living room, bedroom, or dining room a brand new look and feel. Wallpapering is another way to jazz up a room — but don’t break your budget hiring a contractor. Consider wallpapering just one wall, or only wallpapering borders. * Create atmosphere with Light. Don’t overlook the power of a lamp. The right lighting can transform any room. Forgo overhead lighting for lamps, and stay away from halogen unless it fits into your modern decorative scheme. Wall sconces are another great way to add a stylish touch to any room. Look for the type that lends itself to easy, self-installation. * Accessorize. Another inexpensive way to create a designer look is to buy a few key accessories, like silk pillows, chenille throw blankets, and fresh-smelling candles. Choose an elegant centerpiece for your dining room table or coffee table, like floating white candles, fresh flowers, or a ceramic or glass fruit bowl. Pictures, photos, prints and paintings can be hung around a room to create whatever look or feel you desire. Shop flea markets and thrift stores for prints and interesting photographs, or go to a discount store for frames and hang some of your own creations. * Buy furniture that won’t break the bank. Shop smart for couches, lamps, tables, entertainment centers, and more. Estate sales, consignment stores, flea markets, junk and thrift stores can be gold mines for second hand but stylish furniture. If you don’t want second hand, shop clearance sales or online. Online furniture stores can be treasure troves for good deals, since they generally have little overhead and therefore don’t pass those costs on to you, the consumer. * Can’t afford a new couch? If you are somewhat handy with a sewing machine, use discounted fabric or beautiful sheets to sew yourself a couch cover. Still have energy? Create more cheap but beautiful “new” furniture by sewing upholstery covers for your armchairs or dining room chair seat cushions. If you can’t sew, buy a shabby chic slipcover or tuck in a large beautiful sheet or blanket for a homemade slipcover. Finally, consider simply rearranging your furniture — finding a different wall to put your couch against can create a whole new look for your living room. Use any or all of these tips to achieve the style you want at a low, low cost. Amaze your friends and family with your stylish home, then dazzle them with the shoestring budget you had to work with. Go ahead! It’s your home and you deserve the best without having to spend the most. You can view images of our recent projects at: http://www.remodelmetoday.com/recent-remodel/ email: info@remodelmetoday.com or call us at 440-249-7665 Remodel Me Today North East Ohio Renovation Specialist 23420 Lorain Road #130 North Olmsted, OH 44070 Contribution by Brian...

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A Hardwood Floor For Your Home

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

 A Hardwood Floor For Your Home Perhaps it’s time for a remodel and updating of your home. How about a remodel that will transform your home, add lasting value, beauty and elegance, and be something you will be proud of? Think about hardwood flooring. Generally hardwood floors come pre finished; this is when the manufacturer applies a finish at the factory. This finish is generally at least four coats of ultraviolet cured urethane resin. Hardwood floors are generally easy to clean with a simple sweep of a dust mop or vacuuming. You will need to protect your hardwood floors from scratches as much as possible. Putting protective rugs under your furniture is an excellent way to prevent scratches on the floor. Hardwood floors are meant to last a lifetime. You will want to choose a color of hardwood floor that will accent your home and home furnishings. As a rule lighter colors go with country, contemporary and casual settings. Darker colored wood floors are for formal or traditional interiors. But, of course, anything goes! Your decision should be based on your visual preference. Lighter wood would be a white ash, sugar maple or southern yellow pine. Darker colors are beech, birch, red oak, heart pine and mesquite. You want to make sure that your hardwood floor will be able to withstand denting and wear. Of the woods mentioned above mesquite is the hardest wood, and a southern yellow pine would be the softest. In the middle of these fall the yellow birch, heart pine and beech. If you are going to be hiring and contractor to install your hardwood floor make sure you ask for references. Go take a look at a floor that he has installed. Make sure that he is comfortable working with the type of word floor that you want installed. Make sure that you thoroughly inspect the hardwood floor after the installation. Look at the floor from a standing position and with normal lighting. The finish on your floor will not be that you would find on fine furniture. Deep swirls or sander marks or splotchy areas may mean that the floor wasn’t finished properly. There will however be some irregularities on any wood floor. However, these irregularities won’t seem obvious and will only add to the character of the floor. You can view images of our recent projects at: http://www.remodelmetoday.com/recent-remodel/ email: info@remodelmetoday.com or call us at 440-249-7665 Remodel Me Today North East Ohio Renovation Specialist 23420 Lorain Road #130 North Olmsted, OH...

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Avoid a Nightmare; Hire a Qualified Building Contractor

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

Avoid a Nightmare; Hire a Qualified Building Contractor This article is chocked full of helpful information to aid in the selection of a qualified building contractor for your project. Gain insight on ways to get a quality job for less money. You’ve decided on your building project, whether new construction or remodeling. Perhaps you have chosen a new building to house your business, and you will need either a general building contractor or a metal building contractor. Carefully choosing the right home building contractor is important to the success of your project, while an unqualified contractor can turn your plans into a nightmare. Here are some tips for selecting the right contractor for the job: Currently for the State of Ohio there are no licensing requirements for general contractors but your choice in contractor should be able to produce an up-to-date liability insurance certificate and be registered and in some cases bonded for each municipality they contract to do work in. Ask to see certificates; check with your local building departments for past issues with your candidates. Ask for references of recently completed projects; check each out. Make sure the contractor will acquire necessary permits and arrange for any required inspections and certificates. Give identical copies of detailed project plans to each potential candidate to get a quote for the project. You should get at least three different quotes before making your selection. Be sure the quote includes materials and fixtures that meet project specifications. The Contract After you have selected a building contractor, make sure that all detailed information is included in the contract, such as complete names, addresses, and phone numbers of both parties, as well as the physical address of the project. Be sure that project start and finish dates are included, and that a payment plan is described in detail. How to Save on the Total Bill If your project does not have to be completed on a priority basis, you may want to consider offering it to a contractor as a “fill in” job. Most contractors will take such projects at a reduced price, insuring they have other work in the event of adverse weather or materials delivery mix-ups at another project. Many contractors will accept a project as a “reference” contract. This is a win-win situation for the property owner; work is completed at a reduced price, and since the contractor will use the completed job to showcase his expertise to potential clients, only his best work goes into your project. Finding the Right Contractor There are at least three sources for finding a qualified building contractor in your area: word-of-mouth references from people that have recently had a similar project done, your local Better Business Bureau (the best quality contractors are typically accredited by the BBB, NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) will provide a listing of prescreened contractors in your area, and Internet web sites that make referrals. By following these simple steps, you can avoid a potential nightmare, and insure your project is a pleasant experience for all parties involved. You can view images of our recent projects at: http://www.remodelmetoday.com/recent-remodel/ email: info@remodelmetoday.com or call us at 440-249-7665 Remodel Me Today North East Ohio Renovation Specialist 23420 Lorain Road #130 North Olmsted, OH...

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