ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Home Updates Made Easy

Updated on November 23, 2008

Hints for Remodeling Your House


These are hard times. The economy is tanking, automakers are paying the price for a lack of foresight, retirement funds are in jeopardy, health care is a source of unhealthy stress and houses are losing value. President-elect Obama presents his economic team with some plans tomorrow (Nov. 24, 2008) and Bush becomes a shoddy reference for history books in less that sixty days, but it will take considerable time for the nation and its economy to rebuild.

So what’s to be done in the meantime? My wife and I looked around our neighborhood and noticed two things. First, houses on the market for two years haven’t sold; and second, seven houses on our circle were undergoing major renovation: new windows, siding, small additions and other projects.

That reaffirmed our conviction of a dozen years that our own house needed major updating to retain or increase value and be more marketable in the event we should ever decide to sell (we aren’t planning that, at least not for a long time).

Here’s what we did, and it’s worked to perfection. Perhaps you can learn something from our experience.

1.  We made a list of improvements that were needed: tile floors in three bathrooms and a laundry room; new toilets, sinks, cabinets and shower; hardwood flooring and steps in the family room, entryway and hall to the kitchen; new exterior doors; new light fixtures in bathrooms, hallway, stairwell and dining room; new door hardware throughout the house; refinishing all hardwood floors upstairs and installing new cabinet hardware in the kitchen.

2.  We got in touch with a contractor who was local, had a good reputation in the community, had done work we’d seen, related well to us and shared our vision for the renovations that seemed important

3.  We walked through our house with the contractor, discussed each item and then drew up a detailed checklist, room by room, of every alternation or improvement item desired.

4.  We requested a quote from the contractor for the alterations and discussed what we could do to reduce costs, agreeing that I would remove all carpet and   shoe-mould and do all the painting required, as well as minor work – like putting in new kitchen cabinet hardware and shoe-mould upstairs. We also asked for and received leads on where to shop for tile, flooring, cabinets, lights, and a new front door unit – saving us money by buying through the contractor’s name at his prices.

5.  We obtained financing, using a low-interest line of credit at our local bank and a credit card offer at low interest (paid off with the line of credit after payments to the bank made more principal available, since the bank loan interest is tax-deductible).

6.  We worked hard to prepare the job site - moving furniture, tearing out carpet   and trim, painting, hauling of trash.

7.  We did a last “walk-through” with the foreman of the job, using our detailed check-list . . . and then we left town for two weeks, allowing them to tear out all bathroom fixtures, floors etc. at once and proceed with construction without delays or interruptions, not to mention inconvenience for ourselves.

The result is a stunning improvement to our five bedroom, two-and-a half bath house that not only updated rooms left untouched since their original construction in 1973, but transformed it from a pseudo-Colonial home to a modified Craftsman-style house that’s much more in keeping with our current tastes, using a traditional look that’s always in vogue.




    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)