Home additions are not only intended for current homes, but for future homes as well. We all want bigger houses, but many homeowners should know that moving into a smaller home and putting in an addition could save you a boatload of money. It all comes down to price, time and a willingness to live through the renovation.
An active homeowner myself, I’m always on the lookout for the best home remodeling deals in town. Since 2013, I have been writing about home improvement costs and DIY projects homeowners shouldn’t be afraid to tackle. As a cost-conscientious person myself, this research doesn’t only help me save money, but provides more cost-saving solutions for our loyal ImproveNet readers. Beyond writing about home renovation costs and trends, I have interviewed contractors across the country, discussing everything from local trends, tips of the trade, how to work with a contractor, DIY pointers and much, much more. I use my research and interviews to not only write for ImproveNet, but to improve my Chicago condo. Prior to ImproveNet, I was the marketing coordinator at a non-profit marketing association in Chicago. Additionally, I worked at a real estate company for three years, seeing just how much work goes into managing a condo or apartment building. I graduated with a degree in journalism and business minor from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. When I’m not writing, you can find me at Home Depot trying to complete my next DIY project.
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AdditionsMar 20, 2014
Siding & Exterior
The key to any fencing project is open communication between the homeowner and contractor. Putting up a security, privacy, pool or any other type of fence can be a lengthy and difficult process. The best way to simplify the process is to always have an open dialogue with your fencing contractor.Mar 20, 2014
Roofing & Gutters
Now firmly into the fall season, a homeowner chore you can’t ignore is gutter cleaning. Whether you see it or not, leaves and dirt are starting to pile up and failing to remove these natural elements can ruin your home’s foundation, damage your roof or even cause a leak in your home.Nov 4, 2013
There is no better way to get to know your next contractor than with these five essential questions. Be as prepared as possible for your next home improvement project by asking these pivotal questions that all need to be answered before signing that contractOct 31, 2013