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Homeowners Unaware of Tax Credit for Energy Efficient Improvements

Halfway through 2009, ConstructionDeal.com surveyed approximately 5,000 homeowners and discovered that nearly 40% were not planning on taking advantage of the $1,500 Tax Credit for energy efficient home improvements. More >

Improving Home Value with an Energy Audit

With growing environmental concerns and increased emphasis on energy conservation, a home energy audit has moved to the top of many people’s to-do list. Having a professional conduct a home energy audit offers a lot of benefits for today’s homeowner. More >

Signs of Basement Foundation Trouble

Do you have problems with a wet basement and have been worrying about how to keep it dry? Worried about the next thunderstorm headed your way? Perhaps it’s time to have your basement and foundation inspected so you’ll know why you’re having these problems. More >

Benefits of Adding Landscape Lighting to Your Home

Landscape lighting is a well known home renovation trend used for enhancing the breathtaking beauty of your home, garden and swimming pool. Installing landscape lights around ponds, statues and trees is very easy and safe and demands less power consumption compared to ordinary lighting. Adding decorative landscape lighting to your outdoor areas creates a perfect spot for outdoor entertainment and feeling of soothing tranquility. More >

Wrought Iron Fencing Adds Curb Appeal

Installing a wrought iron fence is a great way to improve the look as well as the value of your home. Everyone has a wood fence or even a hideous chain link fence. But a wrought iron fence is rare and beautiful. Generally the wrought iron fencing (which is also known as security fencing) is designed in the romantic and Gothic style of Great Britain. Wrought iron fencing is not only associated with privacy, protection and safety but also with sophistication and class. Wrought iron fencing includes, among others, Victorian and Renaissance fence, hoop, arrow, picket border and border fence. More >

Exterior Door Replacement Improves Home Value

There’s an old saying that basically says the very first impression decides everything. It is true even for your home. You can impress your guests by improving the exterior of your house and create a welcoming atmosphere. If you are planning to sell your house, then it is high time that you should start working on improving the curb appeal of your property. Even if you are not selling your home, your house may still need some exterior improvement. More >

Installing a New Garage Door Increases Curb Appeal

For most homes, the biggest part of what is visible from the street is the garage door. It is the first thing most people see when they drive up. Your garage door says a lot about your home to friends, family, and even prospective buyers. Is it time to replace your garage door with a new one? A newly installed garage door will add to the value of your home and to your quality of life. More >

Insulation Made from Recycled Denim

A hot new trend on everyone’s lips is using recycled denim as insulation. Denim? As in blue jeans? They’re not talking about stuffing an old pair of jeans between the studs in your walls or up in your attic. But they are talking about recycling cotton and denim to replace fiberglass as an insulation material. Instead of putting old jeans into the landfills, companies are recycling the material to be used in homes to keep the heat out in the summer and the cool air in during the winter. More >

Recycled Glass Countertop Installation

For an eco-friendly and sustainable alternative to natural stone countertops, like granite, you should consider recycled glass. If you’re interested in a green remodeling project your kitchen, recycled glass countertops are the way to go. Everyone is using granite these days, but it can cause a lot of harm to the environment to mine it, transport it, and prepare it for installation. Why not make a real statement in your kitchen with a beautiful glass counter instead? More >

What Is a Structural Engineer?

It’s important to know what a structural engineer does and how to find one when it becomes necessary. If you own a home, you may need the services of a structural engineer. What is a structural engineer? These types of engineers specialize in analyzing and designing load bearing structures. They are part of the group known as civil engineers but many only handle structural problems and construction projects. More >

Wine Cellar Installation Do's and Don'ts

Any general contractor can build a wine cellar in a room or basement but it is important to find an experienced wine cellar builder to do it right. A quality wine cellar is more than a wood frame with drywall and a refrigeration unit. Many make a lot of mistakes when it comes to building the cellar properly so here is what can be done to make sure your wine cellar project turns out well: More >

Residential Sandblasting Services

A sandblasting company can do amazing things to restore parts of an older home. Sandblasting can be used on a variety of sturdy materials to restore them to the original condition. So sandblasting can be similar to installing something new but for only a fraction of the cost. More >

Septic System Installation and Maintenance

Septic systems have been around for a long time. And they are still in use today. In fact, 25% of the U.S. population still relies on a septic system for residential sewage disposal. Septic systems are found mainly in areas without city sewage lines like certain suburbs and rural areas. Septic contractors and septic companies are not only still servicing existing tanks and fields they are still installing new septic systems in this country. More >

Geothermal Heat Pump Installation

Want to save money on your utility bills and go green this year? And not with solar panels or a wind turbine. Most people with a heat pump have what is called an “air source” pump that works with the outside air temperature. But a better alternative is what’s called a geothermal heat pump. A geothermal heat pump is a great way to heat and cool your home because it’s more efficient that a regular heat pump. new plan. More >

2009 Stimulus Plan

On February 17th, 2009, the President signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and there are great ways for the American homeowner to save money. ConstructionDeal.com helps homeowners find contractors to complete home improvement projects and we have evaluated the benefits of this
new plan. More >

How to Find the Best Contractor

It's finally time to tackle that big home improvement project you've always wanted to do. Or, you might have waited so long, now you need to do the project. Which leads to your first question - "Where do I start?"

Well, the truth is... some jobs are simply too big, too complicated, or require too much time to handle on your own. Whether it's remodeling a kitchen, installing gutters, or electrical rewiring for your business - you'll likely need More >

Do I Need a Contractor?

You need to paint the house. Maybe you need to install a new bathroom sink. Or it's time to replace the inflatable pool sitting in the backyard with a kidney-shaped below-ground pool. But what you need to ask yourself is... do you take on this project yourself?

Well, it all depends. To answer this question, you'll need to ask three more questions More >

Cheap Pools Can Cost You

When Steve Randall of Parma New York bought a swimming pool last June, he thought he was getting a deal - $200 for a backyard swimming pool. Two weeks after setting up the inflatable pool, though, his local More >

Relocate or Renovate?

Should I stay or should I go? Inevitably, most homeowners are forced to ask this question at some point in time. The decision to sell their house and move away or to stay in their home and remodel can be very tough indeed. Many factors certainly influence whether you decide to move or whether you stay and remodel your home More >

A Building and Remodeling Checklist

Horror stories abound about remodeling and construction projects gone bad. Such stories make great "war stories", but they are likely to produce emptier bank accounts and headaches. Good planning is an essential component for a good project and prevents the most common pitfalls More >

Countertops 101

For many, their kitchen is the most important room in their house. And most real estate experts agree that the best way to improve or raise the property value of a house is to remodel the kitchen. The four major components of a kitchen remodel usually involve replacing the major appliances, installing new floors, replacing or re-facing the kitchen cabinets, and installing a new countertop. Let's focus on that final component - replacing your current kitchen countertop material with a new one. More >

Invasion of the Mold Spores

Mold spores. They almost sound like alien invaders from a 1950's sci-fi movie --"Attack of the Killer Mold Spores!" But that description may not be too far off the mark. Mold is dangerous. It can be more prevalent and can cause more health problems than termites, carbon monoxide, asbestos, or radon. In fact, mold is everywhere and impossible to get rid of in nature. More >

A Guide to Choosing Your Flooring Materials

Whether you plan to install new flooring in one room or all throughout your home, there are many floor materials to choose from out there and they can really make an impact. Today, there is a myriad of new hardwoods and even some old favorites are making a comeback (yes, you guessed it: linoleum has been on the radar the past few years!) No matter your budget, there are More >

Why Remodel Your Kitchen?

Remodeling your kitchen is an integral step to making your home your dream home. After all, the kitchen is where you live. More than any other room in the house, it's your refuge from an increasingly hectic world. The kitchen is where you relax, spend time with family, cook, enjoy meals and entertain friends. A gorgeous, stylish, updated kitchen can not only make More >

Why Replace Your Windows?

You know how your heart skips a beat every time the heating bill comes in the middle of winter? Or when your air conditioning has been running full blast, all summer, and your electric bill arrives? More >

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