2018 Fall Décor Wooden Harvest Welcome Signs Collection (ML Warehouse)

2018 Fall Décor Wooden Harvest Welcome Signs Collection

You’ll Love the 2018 Fall Décor Wooden Harvest Welcome Signs. Those are lightweight MDF signs. That feature colorful slats printed with short phrases that reference the season. And a lovely addition to your autumn decoration!

The Approximate Sign Dimensions are: 10.5 Inches x 11.5-Inches And each of the signs also has an attached piece of nylon twine to hang it on.

2018 Fall Décor Wooden Harvest Welcome Signs Collection are assorted among the 2 styles shown

You should order soon, because we only ship the Seasonal Products While Supplies Last.
Further this will guarantee that you receive the Free Decorative Pumpkin Clips, 3-Ct. Packs with your order placed.

This products are only available through ML Warehouse whom is the only Authorized Seller for this Listing.

Order your 2018 Fall Décor Wooden Harvest Welcome Signs Collection Today

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Special Report – Home Built For Children’s Cancer Research

Special Report Home Built For Children's Cancer Research

An entire house built in 21 days for cancer research

The home will be auctioned off on the 21 of October 2018 to raise much-need funds for childhood cancer research. For more info follow the link at the end of this article.

Special Report - Home Built For Children's Cancer Research
Special Report – Home Built For Children’s Cancer Research

Building a home from scratch can take months, even years, of planning, designing, labor, and styling, but not when you have a whole community helping you.

To mark International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the Children’s Cancer Institute, McDonald Jones Homes, McCloy Group and Austral Bricks have joined forces to build a brand-new home in just 21 days, to be auctioned off to raise much-need funds for childhood cancer research.

To make this possible, everything has been generously donated from a suite of corporate partners and community groups, including the land, all materials, labor and furnishings.

This monumental project marks the fourth Build for a Cure, with the initiative raising over $2 million to date.

“The Children’s Cancer Institute exists purely to put an end to childhood cancer.

950 Australian children are diagnosed with cancer every year .with 50 of those children hailing from the Hunter Region in spite of significant advances in survival rates still 3 children are dying from cancer each week. Alone in Australia, we won’t stop until this number is zero.

Our goal is to save the lives of all children with cancer and improve their long-term health through research,” says Professor Michelle Haber AM, Executive Director of the Children’s Cancer Institute.

The Block’s Scotty Cam is an ambassador for Build for a Cure and even he has been blown away by the hard work and sheer speed of the build.

“It’s not every day you see an entire house built in just 21 days. It’s remarkable to see the hundreds of volunteers that work together to make this happen.

On day one of the build we start with just a slab and by sunset all of the framework is up and roof truss on,” Cam said.

"The Build for a Cure home is the ultimate package. It's a masterfully-built home, finished with professional interior design, immaculate landscaping and high-quality appliances all set in the beautiful Hunter region suburb of Medowie," says Scotty Cam.
“The Build for a Cure home is the ultimate package. It’s a masterfully-built home, finished with professional interior design, immaculate landscaping and high-quality appliances all set in the beautiful Hunter region suburb of Medowie,” says Scotty Cam.

And Scotty isn’t the only familiar Block-face involved with this inspiring project. Maxine and Karstan, who appeared on The Block: Glasshouse series, are also ambassadors for Build for a Cure and have been actively involved with the design of the home.

“We were approached by the Children’s Cancer Institute and said YES straight away,” says Maxine and Karstan, when asked how they became involved in the project. “This project is being supported by our local community and we are extremely passionate about cancer research and more importantly curing cancer,” they added.

Maxine and Karstan (middle) brainstorm with Jill Clements, Senior Interior Decorator, Freedom (left) ad Diane Birol, Interior Decorator, Freedom (right).
Maxine and Karstan (middle) brainstorm with Jill Clements, Senior Interior Decorator, Freedom (left) ad Diane Birol, Interior Decorator, Freedom (right).

The Home Built For Children’s Cancer Research

The Build for a Cure house combines luxe style with organic natural materials to create a modern, on-trend home that is still warm and inviting.

“Everything that has been selected is functional and practical for a family home. Whoever buys or visits this home will feel relaxed and comfortable thanks to the interior’s luxe-coastal flair. A lot of thought has gone into every space,” says Maxine and Karstan proudly.

Special Report Home Built For Children's Cancer Research
Special Report Home Built For Children’s Cancer Research – living room

Special - Report - Home Built For Children's Cancer Research Dining
Special Report Home Built For Children’s Cancer Research – Dinner Setting

The three-bedroom home features a large open-plan living and dining room just off the modern entertainer’s kitchen that features luxe elements such as black tapware, gold handles and Caesarstone benchtops.

“The look is a modern take on luxury interiors, combing timeless, classic style with the most beautiful materials and sophisticated detailing,”

says Sophie Devos, MyChoice Studio Manager for the Hunter Region, who has also been heavily involved in the design.

Kitchen Area - Special Report Home Built For Children's Cancer Research - Kitchen
Special Report Home Built For Children’s Cancer Research

Special Report Home Built For Children's Cancer Research
Kitchen In Home Built For Children’s Cancer Research

The home has been designed for year-round comfort with a home theatre for winter nights-in and an inviting alfresco cabana for summer entertaining.

Special Report Home Built For Children's Cancer Research

Freedom put their hand up to furnish and style the home with family-friendly yet luxurious pieces that are bound to appeal to a wide range of buyers.

Special Report Home Built For Children's Cancer Research - Bed-room

“We’ve incorporated a combination of texture and sumptuous plush luxe products, with velvet’s, leather and linen, using layers to create a cosy and relaxed feeling,” says Jill Clements, Senior Interior Designer NSW for Freedom Furniture.

“The main colors we have used are charcoal, naturals and tan. We’ve used this color combination because this is bang on trend,” adds Jill.

Special Report Home Built For Children's Cancer Research
Bath – Special Report Home Built For Children’s Cancer Research

Special Report Home Built For Children's Cancer Research
Laundry Area In Special Report Home Built For Children’s Cancer Research

This special home will be auctioned on the 21st of October, with all proceeds from the sale going directly to fund Children’s Cancer Institute’s vital research.

For more information visit buildforacure.com.au

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2018 Fall Home Maintenance – Free Pro Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall-Decor - Free Pro Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Don’t Forget to check your windows and doors on your free fall home maintenance!

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist
Doing a few chores around the house this month can save homeowners major expense in the spring, according to Rick Felton, President of Home-service Club of Canada.

First of all, let me explain as to why we are a big fan of PM and why we offer this to our clients.

“By doing a little preventative maintenance (PM) now. You can prevent minor problems from escalating into a major headache in the spring,” Felton said. “Minor repairs done now can prevent air and moisture penetration. And from attacking the structural integrity of your home down the road,” he added. Cleaning the eavestroughs in the fall, for example, can prevent ice damming in the winter. Where moisture is forced up under the roof’s shingles during winter’s freeze-thaw cycles. “Our roofing contractors are always busy in the spring. Fixing damage and leaks that have occurred because of ice damming,” Felton added.

Our Fall Home Maintenance Checklist suggests the following tasks:

The Fall Home Maintenance Checklist :

  •  Clean eavestroughs after the last leaves have fallen. Run a garden hose and check that they are draining properly. And that downspouts are operating and directed away from the home’s foundation walls. Check for leaking or damaged gutters, downspouts and hangers. Remove rust and patch the gutters with roofing cement. Caulk leaking seams and make sure pop rivets are secure.
  •  Check the roof for trouble signs such as broken or missing shingles. Look out for cracked, buckling or curling shingles. Or bare spots where the granular coating has worn off. Check flashing around vents, skylights, and chimneys. Look for pieces that have peeled back and for cracked caulking that could allow moisture penetration.
  • Have the chimney cleaned and check the exterior structure for worn flashing, loose bricks or crumbling mortar.

Safety Tip Don’t forget to burn a ” Pine Mountain Creosote Buster Chimney Cleaning Safety Firelog ” to clean out last years settled Creosote out of your Chimney!


  • Have your furnace cleaned, inspected and safety checked (local cost about $60). Depending on the system, you will need to have the furnace vacuumed, the filter changed and the pilot checked.
  • Check for blockage of attic louvers by wasp’s nests and put sheet metal, wire screen or wood over any openings, including under the eaves, to prevent animals from nesting.
  • Remove and store your window air conditioner. Make sure to clean the coils and filters and cover loosely for the winter. If you are leaving the air conditioner in the window, put a weatherproof cover over it to protect it during the winter.
  • Check doors and windows for proper caulking and weatherstripping. Do the draft test: hold a lit candle and run it along the seams of doors and windows. A flickering flame means your heating dollars are going out the window. Check the bottoms of doors for a snug threshold seal or door sweep.
  • Make sure your fireplace is in safe working order. Check that the damper opens and closes smoothly and fits properly to prevent heat loss. Check inside the fireplace to make sure no bricks are loose or broken. If your fireplace is smoking excessively, check the chimney for fallen bricks. Installing a chimney cap can cure a smoking fireplace by improving the draft.
  • Drain exterior water lines, hose bibs, sprinklers, and pool equipment before the first major freeze. Caulk around pipes where they enter the house.
  • Be Safe while working on your home


The Garden and Patio or Deck Fall Home Maintenance Checklist :

  • .Clean your lawnmower and other garden tools before storing. Give all the metal parts of your tools a wipe with an oiled rag to prevent rusting. Drain the fuel from gas-powered machines and run the engine until the lines are clear. Drain the oil and replace it. Clean caked-on grass and debris.
  • Clean your barbecue and store it in a protected place for the winter. Never store propane tanks indoors.
  • Clean patio furniture and store, loosely covered, in a dry place.
  • Wash windows to let in the maximum heat and light during cold winter days.   Doing your fall chores can make your life easier come spring when you would rather be fishing than fixing winter damage.

And just in case you wondered, we do offer Preventative Maintenance Packages for twice a year and seasonal (4 times / year) to our clients. We will help you to protect your greatest asset…Your Home.

We will help you to protect your greatest asset…Your Home.

BTW there are a lot more tips included on Home Renovation Contractors on the official Homeserviceclub website.


Fall Home Maintenance Checklist – Fall Decor



And to round things up we finalize the home with some fall curb-appeal.

Yes, now is the time to… Stock Up on fall colors and decor…. 



Halloween is right around the corner so why not stock-up on some party supplies or Halloween Party Decor as well.

Best 3 Backyard Deck – Best Design For Your Budget? [Plus Deck Builder Video]

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Best Backyard Decks – Construction For Outdoor Living

What is the best type of deck design?

Well, only you can determine that. First, let me outline what different design options we currently offer.

Decks are such a popular asset to entertain your friends or family. There are countless options and designs. As well as different materials and we just try to show you a few possibilities. In most deck construction the variation in the materials is mostly in the design and finish.

The foundation for the below-described design is always built out of presser treated lumber.

deck joist and cantilever span graphic
deck joist and cantilever span graphic

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Bathroom Remodeling Guide & How To Do It Yourself Step-By-Step

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Do It Yourself Bathroom Remodeling

A master bath remodel can cost you $10,000 & more. Our bath remodeling ideas help you to cut the total cost to $5000 or less. Dive into 😎 my proven step-by-step bathroom remodeling guide. And find highest ROI & how to cut costs in your own bathroom remodeling project.

Congratulations you completed your Step 1 the Remodeling Process and are now ready to dive into Step 2 our step-by-step bathroom remodeling guide. If you landed here without working your way through the process I strongly recommend that you go there before you start unpacking your tools.

Because my remodeling process builds the foundation to a successful remodeling project.

How can I say that? Well let me introduce myself, I am Juergen Kuhlmann,(don’t worry about pronouncing it… lol) And I am the Owner and Operator of Kuhlmann & Son Construction. 😎

Further I am a German Master Craftsman that founded the company back in 2000 and have been involved in countless remodeling and historical renovation projects.

Anyway, in my bathroom remodeling guide you will find the collection of task that are commonly take place trough out bathroom renovations and complete remodels.

Further I will share with you professional or practical bathroom makeover tips & tricks.

To you this article is the hub to all bathroom remodeling How-To’s & Tutorials. It is also a growing project that will be continued till I covered every possible task. That I include even in our smallest residential bathroom make over.

Therefor I suggest that you either subscribe to get my updates or swing by to find new completed chapters.  Further I would like to ask you, to leave a comment for any tips or questions below the articles. So that I can address those and share the additional information with other readers at the same time

With all that being said…

  Let’s get started!


Bathroom Remodeling Guide


Since we created your budget and your project scope during Step1 . We are now ready to make a few final adjustments if necessary.

Let me show you the list of tasks that are common during our bath renovations & bathroom remodeling project. You will notice that at least some if not all are in the from you developed Project Scope as well. Also if you have not done this download your free Excel-Bathroom-Remodeling Cost-Calculator Form

Rough In Work

  • Demolition
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Wall-Repairs
  • Sub-Floor Preparations

Bathroom Installations


Acrylic-61-Inch-Faux-Copper-Clawfoot Bathtub Without-Faucet-Holes-Copper-Maries

  • How to install a tub-shower unit?
  • Installing a Clawfoot Bathtub
  • Ways to Install Tub Faucets & Filler


Black Steam Shower & Sauna DZ959-BLK-R Steam Shower & Sauna - Right Configuration

Bathroom Lighting

bathroom Lighting

  • Best Bathroom Light Fixtures

Vanity & Sinks

Bathroom Vanity & Sink are the focal point in a bathroom design

Toilet & Bidets

Bidet Update

  • How to install a Toilet like a Pro
  • Bidet Upgrade Options

Bathroom Cabinetry & Storage Organizer


  • Installing Cabinetry
  • Bathroom Organizer

Bathrooms Finishing Touches

Good for bathrooms Perfect Bamboo Shower Bench with Storage By BamBambusi Perfect Bamboo Teak Shower Seat Bench & Storage
Good for bathrooms Perfect Bamboo Shower Bench with Storage By BamBambusi Perfect Bamboo Teak Shower Seat Bench & Storage


Material Sources:

Here Are A Few Remodeling FAQs

According to a NARI Survey Americans spent $340 billion on all home improvement projects in 2017.

Bathroom Updates are the third in line of most chosen & completed home improvement projects during 2017.

And Full Kitchen renovations as well as Kitchen Upgrades claim the places one and two on that same statistic.

Who completed the remodeling work?

· 32% of the owners did the project themselves.

· 32% percent hired a professional for the job.

· 21% hired the labor but purchased the materials.

· 14% contributed some do-it-yourself (DIY) labor.

This means that 46% of home owners are actively involved in their remodeling project.

And Here It Gets Interesting … For You!


What is the average cost of a master bathroom remodel?

According to NARI  The National Average was $30,000 in 2017

What is the average cost of a adding a bathroom?

With room addition the national average was $60,000 in 2017

What Is average cost of bathroom remodel per square foot?

According to my numbers there are 3 different bathroom upgrades.

  • Small Bathroom Update – will cost about $125 / SF
  • Medium Grade update – will cost about $200 / SF
  • High End Update – can cost $250/SF and more.

As result a small bath update (8′ x 10′) can be as low as $10,000

And if you choose the high end version the same room can cost you more than $20,000

How much of my money can I recoup (ROI)?

On average ONLY up to 50% of the initial investment can be recouped!

You can find ROI information on other home improvement projects. As well as answers on most common question on the subject under Remodeling FAQ


The numbers also show that the closing rate to sell property rose by 6% if the bathroom was recently updated. And according to Realtors statement about 18% of realtor recommend to their clients to update the kitchen or bathroom before listing it

How much of a bathroom remodel is for labor?

Labor Charges ranged in 2017 from 30% to 60% depending on task.

And the Plumbing and Electrician Costs are in the upper percentage.

Why does this matter and what does this mean to you?

That means to you that you should do all you can yourself. What brings me to the next point…

The following Infograph breaks down the cost of common updates during Bathroom Remodeling.

Cost for Bathroom Updates During Remodeling
Cost for Bathroom Updates During Remodeling

This Infograph above can help to spot potential savings. I explain in a moment… so keep reading.

How To Remodel A Bathroom On A budget & Save Money?

As you probably already know, bath remodel can add a considerable amount of value and appeal to a home.

However, the initial investment of $30,000 for a total makeover or $60,000 for an additional bathroom is not always in everybody’s budget.

On the other hand, the bathroom is one of the main rooms potential buyers contemplate when deciding whether or not to make a purchase.

So you probably agree with me, that  if a  bath remodel is needed, it definitely is a wise investment in more ways than one.

As we can conclude from the statistics above

1. The  return on the initial investment (ROI ) can be up to 50% when the right choices are made.(because the property value increases)

2. And about half the cost of most remodeling projects is for the labor.

So anything you can do yourself. Meaning without any professional help is money in your pocket.

Is it worth my time to do the work myself?

In the  “Cost for Bathroom Updates During Remodeling ” Infograph above, you can find potential savings options.

Look at the tasks and simply figure about half the cost is for labor.

So, If you are skilled enough to complete the task, that could be money in your piggy bank.

On the other hand, you need to consider what your regular income is and how much time you can invest into the remodeling task.

And as we already discussed during the remodeling process it will also depend greatly on your experience and skills.

For example: You get an average project cost estimate for a turn key job of $20,000. Say half of it (50%) will be labor charges. That is $10,000.

If you complete only half of the work yourself. You can save $5,000 on the same bathroom project.

Now, based on average time investment needed to overhaul a midsize bath. You will spend about 100 hours to complete the work. So a quick calculation $5,000 : 100 = $50/hr if you are done in time. If it takes longer you make less.

Sp decide for yourself if it’s worth $50/hour. And if you earn much more than that, it is probably not.

However, in most cases, the remodeling labor intensity is very high.

And your saving can actually be greater.

Another important factor is the time frame (project schedule). If this is your only bathroom you would want to complete this project as quick as possible. The same holds true if you want to rent or sell your property.

Therefore striking a balance between the project duration as well as the required skills can be very challenging.

And all those factors seam clearly in favor for hiring a professional remodeling contractor.

However, there are many project tasks that require more time and less highly skilled labor. Well guess what time is money and it will cost you in form of labor charges.

And it is exactly those tasks where a little help from your end is also well worth your time investment.

Below I will point out a few of those task so you better understand what I mean.  And if you can complete those yourself, you will cushion your bath remodeling budget for the more elaborate and costly features.

Here are my favorite 6 cost saving bath remodel ideas.

Cost saving bath remodel ideas # 1 – Flooring

Skill Level: easy

Like in every construction /remodeling project we will start from the ground up.

Therefor my first suggestion is the flooring…. If you have old vinyl sheet flooring in your bath or some for 40 years old and outdated tile flooring here are some options.

  • Demo you can rip it out and start over fresh
  • Layover cover the old flooring up with some thing new
  • Paint it will get expensive on a good primer ($50/Gal) however it is possible on a small budget.

Bath Remodel Cost Savings Idea # 2 – Refinish Old Cabinetry

Skill Level:  medium to high

When remodeling on a budget, consider cabinet refinishing or wood veneer laminates instead of replacement, especially if the bathroom cabinets are sound and in overall good condition.

Remodeling the cabinetry you have is far less expensive than buying new, and you will not require the help of a professional. Google information on installing wood veneer laminates and read my post on cabinet refinishing.

You will discover it really is not difficult to accomplish, even for an amateur. What a great cost saving bath remodeling idea. And the money you save will be well worth the time and effort. Maybe now you can afford  the a new stone counter-top that could make such a significant difference.

Cost saving bath remodel ideas # 3 – Update Cabinet Hardware

Skill Level: Easy

Cabinet hardware is available in all price ranges, styles, themes, and colors. Amazingly, the look of old bathroom cabinetry can be significantly changed with the addition of new drawer and cabinet pulls.

This is a relatively low-cost alternative to change the appearance of you Vanity & bathroom cabinetry. Without investing in entirely replacing the old with brand new cabinets. And you probably already know, that you can find countless of stylish hardware options for cabinets.

And even if cabinet doors or drawers never had pull’s, they can be outfitted with brand new hardware and create a completely different look.

Knobs for drawer pulls are super easy to install. All you need is a straight edge (this can be a straight piece of  lumber) and a pencil. as well as a drill with drill-bit a little big bigger then the knob screws.

1. You remove the drawer from your cabinet or vanity

2.Mark a pencil line from the bottom left to the top right corner (diagonal ) of your drawer front. As well as from the bottom right to the top left.

3.Where these lines cross is the center of your drawer front. This is where you drill your hole from the outside of the drawer.

4.Install the knobs and re-install the drawers.

That’s all there is to it…

This easy to do task makes it one of my favorite bath remodel cost saving ideas.

If you want to use handles (2 hole  install) is gets a little more complicated.

Here I explain this installation

Pro Tip:

You can save even more on cabinet hardware. When you for example replace the hardware of all your kitchen cabinetry, modern hardware can get expensive. If you are looking at door-handles. With price tags from $3 -$9.00 each.  For a kitchen with 10, 15 or more floor-cabinets plus the wall – cabinetry.

This adds up fast. However, with a little luck you can find the same or at least something similar in look, at your local rehab store. And since someone donated those they will cost only Penny’s on the Dollar compared to you building supplier.

You can also buy them in bulk to reduce the cost as well.

Cost saving bath remodel ideas # 4 – Updating The Vanity Top & Sink

Skill Level: medium

Let’s Get Started

Cost saving bath remodel ideas # 5  – Tiling Bathroom or Shower Walls

Skill Level: medium

Show me How

Cost saving bath remodel ideas # 6 – Install Accessories  & Lighting

Skill Level: easy

Tell me more…

Custom Bathtub & Shower Wall Liner

If your old bathtub is affecting the appearance and the overall value of your bathroom, consider investing in a custom bathtub liner instead of costly and messy professional bathtub and tile replacement.

Although this option is not cheap, it can still be less expensive than completely removing and replacing an existing bathtub and shower wall. The finished bathtub and shower unit will look fantastic, and no one will ever guess the original bathtub and shower wall are behind a liner. (think of Re-bath)

For smaller blemishes, you could hire a professional re-finisher  That will sand out blemishes and touch up your tub’s paint. What really makes that bathtub of yours look like new again.

I have seen it done and even I was amassed by the outcome.



Custom Vanity Update Option: We Update Bathroom Vanity Step-By-Step

update bathroom Vanity Step-By-Step - We chose to create a Glass Top & Stainless Steel Center Piece - vanity update option

Custom build in Bathroom Vanities come in odd sizes. And it might be necessary to update a bathroom vanity or at least  the tops.

Simply because you cant find a prefabricated replacement in form size or shape as needed..

We Custom Update Bathroom Vanity …. Cant find needed update for bathroom vanity bc of odd sizes?

That leaves 3 vanity update option that I explain step-by-step in this post.

Basically these three vanity updated option are:

  • Paint the existing tile in a different color
  • Layover with new tile
  • Replace the existing top and build a Vanity Top

To Update Bathroom Vanity As A DIY Projects Ranks # 4 On Our Bath Remodel Cost Savings Idea List!

And if you follow the instructions closely. You should be able to take your old 30’s style Vanity (looks most likely something like our before image).


Before the update bathroom Vanity
Before we update bathroom Vanity

To something similar to this from me recently updated vanity (after image)

We chose to create a Glass Top & Stainless Steel Center Piece

after update & pre-completion to update bathroom Vanity
after update & close to completion of update bathroom Vanity

Vanity Update Option # 1 :

Painting it in a new color is obviously the easiest choice.

Skill Level: medium

And if you are okay with the existing tile structure it is the quickest and cheapest way to get a new look for your Vanity.

The steps a very simple as well

  • Clean up all tile with soapy water or bleach to remove any soap scum or residue
  • Sand surface with a fine wet & dry sandpaper (200 grit or better)
  • Clean all surface after sanding.
  • Primer with an oil base primer
  • Finish Paint with epoxy paint (suitable for tile) The paint is more expensive than good acrylic paint. However, it is developed for painting tile and therefor has better scratch resistance. I still would apply 2 coats of paint.

Custom Vanity Update Option # 2: Layover Installation

Here is more detailed info on how to replace a sink.

During a layover we basically ad a new tile layer on top of the existing one.

I recommend to replace it completely to have a fresh start. However that requires a little more time and skill.

Materials needed:

  • Tile Adhesive – You should purchase a tile adhesive that is premixed and ready to be applied.
  • Notched Plastic Trowel to apply adhesive
  • Tile cutter
  • Metal Transition for tile flooring (Aluminum Edge need enough for 2 pieces along the front edge of the vanity)
  • 1/16 Tile Spacers
  • Unsanded grout
  • tile pencil (wax pencil) a sharpy will work as well
  • sandpaper or grinding disk

Step1 – Sand and clean the front lip / edge.

Next you need to  install a board (ledger) and mount it flush with your existing front edge. It need to stick out enough to set your front edge tile on. Mark and cut front edge tile.

Simply set a tile on the ledger scribe the tile along the existing counter top and cut it. Repeat this till you cut enough pieces to cover the front. (You can get 4-6 strip out one 12″ ceramic tile).

Cut tile edge trim pieces to length.

The soft aluminum can be clipped with metal snips or use a miter saw to miter adjoining pieces.

Pro Tip:   If you install the wood miter saw  saw-blade backwards you can slowly cut a perfect edge.
vanity update potion - new install - Aluminum Tile Edge Trim
vanity update potion – new install – Aluminum Tile Edge Trim to update bathroom Vanity with glass tile

Add some adhesive onto one strip and set it with the showing edge on the ledger. The grid like part should be submerged into glue and stuck to the old front tile.

Next you spread the glue (tile adhesive ) onto your prepared (cut) tile strips and stick them firmly against the vanity lip. use spacer to space them out evenly. Cut your last  tile strip to length and install.

You can refer to the product instruction of the adhesive for dry-time before grout application. My stuff takes about 4 hours give or take.

Use a damp sponge or rag to clean up any extra glue. if grout lines are filled with glue. You can use a putty knife or any other slim tool to remove it.

If you don’t, you will have to cut it out before you can apply your grout.

I suggest to just let it sit for the rest of the day or through the night and continue your topside installation.

You should know that full pieces of tile will not fit all the time and in every course of tile. But how can you fit them before previous once are installed? Here I will explain to you how you mark tile to cut a perfect fit piece.

And without taking any measures.

After your initial cleanup follow these instructions :

Beginning in the left back corner start laying your tile (no adhesive used ) and spread them over your vanity top from the left to the right.

Use the small (1/16″) tile spacer and lay your tile tight against those. Chances are that you will not be able to fit a full tile into the right back corner or that there is a smaller strip missing.

For a perfect job you should try to center your tile and split the difference on each side. However if your tile is only slightly too large you can just cut one side. Nobody but you will ever know the difference.

How to mark the tile:

once you get to your last tile you simply lay it on top of the one next to it (to the left) And snug it up against the right wall. Now you take your marker and mark a line on the bottom tile along the edge of the top one. Remove the top right tile and make you a little x or some sort mark on the left one in the part of the left side besides your line. This is the piece you will need after you cut the tile.

Yes, that is the strip that will fit perfectly and when you actually install the tiles you just use a new full one in its place.


Your tile will fit easier if you use a tile vertical against the right hand wall and you start laying tiles against it. (Tile thickness makes a great spacer and the grout will fill this gab perfectly )

Most times walls are not fully square to each other. And You need to add one extra step to complete this vanity update option.

If you notice that your walls are much out of square ( your joints will stagger and do not line up)

Place a tile on the front edge of the right corner of your vanity. Take another tile and stack it vertical with the edge on top of the laid one. (like you where tiling a wall) Hold the vertical tile firmly against the left wall and scribe the bottom tile with your marker.

When you remove the vertical tile you see your cut line that transfers the wall angle onto your tile. Cut the tile. Double check if the angle is good and if so scribe another tile for each needed row (tile rows from back wall to front edge of vanity)  once marked you can cut all those and start placing the tiles on your vanity top.

Note this will stagger your tile. And if you want to lay them in a grid you need to lay them on your top and mark the right edge so they will line up after you cut those.

Cutting the tile for a round sink

The tile that needs to be clipped in your Sink location is most times supposed  to be round. When your till extends over your sink location mark it from the back by inscribing along the edge of your existing vanity top.

On your saw you turn your tile upside down so you can see your mark.

Make multiple cuts from the to remove tile edge to your mark (looks like a come or rake)  lay your tile onto a flat surface with the tile strips that need to be removed hanging over the edge,

Tap the strips with your tile snips or hammer to break them of. this will create the round shape that you need. If some do not break where you want to use the tile snips and make the adjustments.

Pro Tip:  Once all tile laid in place I suggest to mark them in the order they should be installed.

That would be from left back to right front. Use painters tape and write the numbers on them 1-2-3 and so on.and stack them out of the way.

By doing this, you will have no problem finding the right tile for the right spot.

Set your previously cut tile into the tile adhesive bed and align it with the yesterday installed front edge tile. You may find that you need to apply a little more adhesive on the front edge to ensure good tile bond.

Remember to use the spacers for your grout lines and try to keep those lines even and clean of adhesive. Wipe of all excess glue with a wet sponge & Soapy water (Dish Detergent works well)

Give all the tile adequate tome to dry and set. Then you can proceed to the final step and grout the tile.

I thought some of you would opt for prefabricated Vanity tops. Therefor I included the How to video above.


Pro Tip:  “Grout ”  I usually use two component to install grout.

1. Is the regular grout that I mix with a sealer instead of water. Improves stain blocking of grout and reduces mildew /fungus issues.

2.For the edges I use the matching color acrylic-grout that comes in tubes like silicone.

This material will stay elastic what reduces cracking of the grout lines in the corners.

I use this combination for any type of tile installation regardless if I tile shower walls or flooring. And I never had a complaint.

Vanity Update Option - update bathroom vanity new install - 46” Benton Collection Cottage look Abbeville Bathroom Sink vanity Model CF-28325

Vanity Update Option # 3: New Installation

Sometimes the Tile overlay is not a good vanity update option.

If this is the case for you it is not that difficult to remove the old top and replace it.

Sometimes you can remove it even in one single piece

Either way once you removed the old top you should cut your new 3/4″ Plywood to fit, but do not permanently install it just yet.

First you need to layout your design for the sink (either on center. or of center) and cut your hole according to the template that came with your sink.

Should you decide to reuse your old sink. You can use it as template.

Simply Set the sink upside down on your new top sheet and scribe with a pencil or marker the contour on your sheeting.

Next use a spacer like a 3/4″ piece of wood or a compass to draw the sink shape smaller inside your marked area. Because the hole needs to be smaller to carry the sink.

You could just mark about 1/2″ to a 3/4 Inch inwards from the outside sink line. Connect the points and use a Jigsaw to cut out for the sink

From here on out there are 2 install options for your tile.

  • Use a flex-glue and install directly
  • Install hardy Backer Sheeting (cement board)

Either one will work, however for warranty reasons I prefer option b and the 1/4 Inch thick cement board is not going to break the bank . The required screws might but not the board.

Once you installed your sheeting. You are ready to install the tile. And you use the same method as above, in the overlay section.

After all your tile is installed, grouted and sealed.

You can turn to installing  your sink and faucet to complete your Bathroom Vanity.

update bathroom Vanity Step-By-Step - After complete vanity refinish
After complete update bathroom Vanity

One last thing:

If you noticed that the shutoff valves are very hard to turn, or even leak after you turned the water off.

You should consider to replace those as well. It will not take but a few minutes replace those. Plus it’s the perfect timing and it is easy to do ones the Old Vanity-Top is removed.

Read How I Save Cash On Tile


Now to you

Did I miss Something?

Or do you have other questions?

Please feel free to leave a question or comment below.

Thanks for reading & sharing!

Juergen 🙂


Remodeling FAQs & Remodel ROI – Easily Find Info That Matters To You

Remodeling FAQs & Remodel ROI - Easily Find What Matters To You

Remodeling FAQs Of 2017 That Should Matter To You!

In am often asked about our remodeling statistics and what we do with our survey results. Here is a prime example right in our FAQs section.

Remodeling FAQs & Statistics can be confusing & miss leading. Here I share insider info & survey results based on over 2,031 responses.

So you can easily find, what really matters to you!

We want to give consumers only the information that matters to them in our FAQs section.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) e-mailed a remodeling project survey to a random sample of 74,357 members.

The results are based on 2,031 received responses.

The survey had an adjusted response rate of 2.7%.

Respondent’s were asked to take the following into consideration:

Based on a survey from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, we have included the median cost of each professional remodeling project. Generally, assume a 2,450 sq. ft. home based on U.S. Census data.

This report totals include both

interior and exterior home improvement projects!

Download the PDF here

So let’s dive in …

Remodeling Q&A

How much money was spend on home remodeling during 2017 in the US?  

  • Americans spent $340 billion on remodeling in 2017

Who is interested in remodeling their home?

  • 35% of U.S. homeowners would rather move than remodel their current home.
  • 55% of owners in suburban areas would remodel their home.
  • 52% of owners in urban areas say they would be willing to remodel their home.
  • 70% of owners in rural areas are willing to remodel their home.

Why consumer remodel their homes?

  • 35% of consumers remodel to upgrade worn-out surfaces, finishes, and materials
  • 16% of consumer want to add features and improve livability
  • 13% of consumer remodel because they feel it is time for a change

How home-owner feel about their completed remodeling project?

  • 75% of owners have a greater desire to be in their home.
  • 65% have increased enjoyment in their home.
  • 56% feel
  • 39% feel satisfied when they see their completed project.
  • 77% feel a major sense of accomplishment when they think of their completed project.
  • 36% of owners report the single most important result from remodeling is better functionality and
  • 17% report durable and long-lasting results, materials, and appliances.
  • 17% report beauty and

Who completed the remodeling work?

  • 32% of the owners did the project themselves.
  • 32% percent hired a professional for the job.
  • 21% hired the labor but purchased the materials.
  • 14% contributed some do-it-yourself (DIY) labor.


What Are The American Top 3 Remodeling Projects In 2017?


#1 Complete Kitchen Renovation
Most completed residential remodeling project in 2017 was Full Kitchen Renovation
Most completed residential remodeling project in 2017 was Full Kitchen Renovation


Top reason for doing the project:

  • to upgrade worn-out surfaces, finishes, and materials – 31 %
  • .Second most common reason: to modernize – 23 %
  • Most important result: better functionality and livability – 44%

How home owners feel after project completion

  • 91%  said they have a greater desire to be home since completing the project, And they also said that their sense of enjoyment of their home got better.
  • 89 % feel a major sense of accomplishment when they think of the project.


  • 18% of REALTORS® have suggested sellers complete a complete kitchen remodel before attempting to sell,
  • and 14 %said the project most recently helped cinch a deal for them, resulting in a closed sale.

Remodel ROI :
•NARI Remodelers’ cost estimate: $65,000.
•REALTORS®’ estimated cost recovered: $40,000.
•Percent of value recovered from the home improvement project: 62 %


#2 kitchen upgrades
2nd place on the most favorite list of 2017 goes to kitchen upgrades & updates
2nd place for most favorite home improvement projects in 2017 goes to kitchen upgrades & updates

Top reason for doing the project:

  • to upgrade worn-out, surfaces, finishes, and materials – 42 percent.
  • Second most common reason: to modernize – 21 percent.
  • Most important result: better functionality and livability – 34 percent.

Consumers’ View After Completing the Project:

  • 62% of home owners said they have a greater desire to be home since completing the project,
  • 57 percent have an increased sense of enjoyment when they are at home,
  • and 78 percent feel a major sense of accomplishment when they think of the project.


54% of REALTORS® have suggested to sellers a complete a bathroom renovation before attempting to sell,

23% said the kitchen upgrade most recently helped to seal a deal for them and resulted in a closed sale. ( that’s huge)

Remodel ROI :
•NARI Remodelers’ cost estimate: $35,000.
•REALTORS®’ estimated cost recovered: $20,000.
•Percent of value recovered from the home improvement project: 57%


Back to the Proven Remodeling Process


#3 Complete Bathroom Remodel
second place in frequency of remodeling projects in 2017 was Full Bathroom Remodels
second place in frequency of remodeling projects in 2017 was Full Bathroom Remodels

Top reason for doing the project:

  • to upgrade worn-out, surfaces, finishes, and materials – 38 percent.
  • Second most common reason: to modernize – 19 percent.
  • Most important result: better functionality and livability – 40 percent.

Consumers’ View After Completing the Project:

  • 62% of home owners said they have a greater desire to be home since completing the project,
  • 57 percent have an increased sense of enjoyment when they are at home,
  • 78 percent feel a major sense of accomplishment when they think of the project.


44% of REALTORS® have suggested to sellers a complete a bathroom renovation before attempting to sell,

Only 6% confirmed that the bathroom remodeling project most recently helped to seal a deal for them or resulted in a closed sale.

Remodel ROI :
•NARI Remodelers’ cost estimate: $30,000.
•REALTORS®’ estimated cost recovered: $15,000.
•Percent of value recovered from the home improvement project: 50%


Interesting is, that the first 3 project types. Are also in the same order, increase the home value.

Back to the bathroom remodeling Step-by Step Guider

What Is average cost of bathroom remodel per square foot?

According to my numbers there are 3 different bathroom upgrades.

  • Small Bathroom Update – will cost about $125 / SF
  • Medium Grade update – will cost about $200 / SF
  • High End Update – can cost $250/SF and more.

As result a small bath update (8′ x 10′) can be as low as $10,000

And if you choose the high end version the same room can cost you more than $20,000

How much of the remodeling costs are for labor?

Labor Charges ranged in 2017 from 30% to 60% depending on task.

And the Plumber and Electrician Costs are in the upper percentage range.

So, What Home Improvement Are Really Worth The Cost?

To simplify things we can get a better overview of Cost vs, ROI in the following Infograph:

Home Improvement Cost vs ROI
Home Improvement Cost vs ROI – Image Credit Sesame

Here are the remaining projects from the statistic including the possible return on investment.

Ordered by affect on your home value from big to small affect:

  • Bathroom Addition      – 50% remodel ROI
  • NEW MASTER SUITE         – 52% Remodel ROI
  • NEW WOOD FLOORING      – 91% Remodel ROI
  • HVAC UPDATE                     – 67% Remodel ROI
  • FLOOR REFINISH              – 100% Remodel ROI
  • ATTIC CONVERSION           – 53% Remodel ROI
  • CLOSET RENOVATION        – 53% Remodel ROI
  • INSULATION UPGRADES    – 76% Remodel ROI


Before you commit to long term remodeling plans.

You need to focus on your intentions for your home.

For example do you want to stay in this home and is this your retirement home. Or do you intent to put it on the market and want to sell it fast?

If you want to stay in your current home, you should ask yourself:

  • How much time do you plan to live in your present residence?
  •  Will you reach delight in the outcomes of your remodeling job?
  •  Will the remodel fulfill a prompt however short-term requirement? Or be an investment in your way of life?
  •  How old are you? What sort of earnings do you prepare for in the years in advance?
  •  If you are close to retired life, is now the time to purchase home improvements?
  • Just how much chaos can you live with during the restoration procedure?
  •  Does your house the flooring plan, the garden, the bathrooms, and so on work for you?
  •  Will your home need a great deal of updates?
  • Will there be basic methods to upgrade points like energy savings?
  • Can you obtain your money back when you sell?

How do I know I made the right decision?

Curb-appeal the first impression matters
Curb-appeal the first impression matters

Well, you already know and it’s a fact that you unlikely won’t recoup your full investment.

Further you just learned about ways to reduce your initial costs.

To make sure that your numbers match. You should get a home appraisal.

This will give you your current home value as baseline.

Research & compare how neighbors  did after their renovation jobs.

As well as how those home values where appraised for the  marketed after the completion.

Estimate costs to improve your homes style and character. Because the wrong improvements can significantly lower your home value.

For example a ultra modern interior will make it hard to sell your Victorian home. As well as a sun room most likely will not help your bottom line in Texas

Further you should keep in mind.

That if you are planning to move in a year or two. You probably do not want to deal with the stress and inconveniences of an ongoing 6 month remodeling project.

If you wish to optimize your remodel for resale

the right remodeling choices can make you money


Your best invest in home improvements like:

  • exterior finishes,
  • more secure doors,
  • better windows,
  • and smart home features

The information from the above research concludes that those sorts of jobs can recover more than 60% of the investment.

Back to the Bathroom Remodeling Guide


Bonus rooms and upgraded master suits only recoup about 50%

And  your premium kitchen upgrade with custom cabinetry might not sell itself to more then 60 %.

Yet it will aid if your renovated kitchen can double it’s value compared to your grandma’s old set up.

An added bathroom is a must if your home currently just has one!

And this call is actually a good one regardless if you stay or sell.

You should also keep in mind that younger and smart buyers, will value any type of energy efficiency improvements.

Because they produce recurring monthly savings. And the beauty to you is that some of them are producing Tax Breaks as well.

Where as to a home office is further down of the needed scale since most people won’t have a need for it.

Swimming pools are everything about your satisfaction, not the asking price.

As a matter of fact in most cases they are considered a nuisance for insurance reasons.

And the pool upkeep is elaborate and expensive as well.

We back-filled plenty of those around here.

Where in other parts of the country like the West Coast a pool is just standard.


Wrapping it up in the conclusion

What brings me to the next point…

My take on those statistics –

If you ask me … I normally tell my clients that they need to look closer into those numbers. And another way of handling it is to reduce your asking price by the estimated remodeling costs.


A) that may swing a buyer to get hooked and

B) they can update as they want to

Plus it’s NOT your Headache.

Further I highly recommend to use Staging Professionals. Because they can make your home like a million bucks jackpot.

So be smart and get your home staged,

Once this is done have an open door …

most important is to collect feedback.

So ask your visitors to fill out a short to get feedback.

Then filter through the feedback improve your areas of critics and try again.

If you remodel to personalize your home. And you are planning for you to stay in it.

This would be a good time to return to our remodeling guides.


Now I like to turn it over to you …

Did you find the answers you where looking for?

Do you know other tips to save on remodeling projects?

Do you have any questions that are not answered?

If so,

Please feel free to leave a note in the comment section below.

And if you like this post comment & share this content.

Thank you for reading it.

JK 🙂

🤔 How & Where To Shop For Remodeling Supplies & Best Savings🔨

Whether you need a bathtub, new flooring, or Light fixtures, Do know where & how to shop for your remodeling supplies?🔥 Read about my Savings Tips.



Have you recently, made the decision to remodel your bathroom or kitchen? Whether you would like to remodel every inch of your bathroom or just a small portion of it, you will need to buy supplies.
The supplies needed will all depend on the remodeling project you need to complete. For instance, if you are looking to have your bathtub replaced, you will need to order a new bathtub. Whether you need a bathtub, new flooring, or a new kitchen island. Have you decided where you would like to shop?.

If you are like many other homeowners, you may be wondering whether or not you should buy your remodeling supplies online. However,

Are you sure that you are getting the best bang for your buck?

In this post I will show you How You Can Save The Most Cash While Shopping For Remodel Supplies. Further I will tell you about some great sources for cheap and good remodeling supplies.

And at the end of this post you can find a few tips on how and where I have purchased got new remodeling supplies with outstanding savings.

I.Bathroom Remodeling Supplies

Bathroom Remodeling Supplies

As previously mentioned, what remodeling supplies are needed will all depend on the type of remodeling that you are doing. The supplies that you will need will also help to determine whether or not you should buy your supplies online.

Of course, it is always possible to do, but you may find it costly. Depending on where you would be ordering your new bathtub from, it may need to travel across the country. If that is the case, you may find the cost of shipping or delivery to be quite expensive. In fact, you may also find it too much to afford.

In all honesty, the cost of shipping is really the only downside to purchasing your remodeling supplies online.

As a matter of fact there is literally, an unlimited number of benefits to purchasing your remodeling supplies online.

One of those benefits is the amount of time that it will take you to do your shopping.

Online, you could easily find thousands of different bathtubs available for sale. If you find a bathtub or any other bathroom fixture that you need. You could purchase it without even having to leave your home. So you can also save yourself a fairly large amount of time by shopping online.

If you are shopping on a budget, it is best to look for online retailers that offer shipping discounts.

Another way to rack up some additional savings is to purchase your bathroom remodeling materials, supplies, and fixtures through the online retailer outlets.  Where you can refurbished and fully warranted products.

Besides online shopping at suppliers like our shop you can find real bargains at ebay or even on Facebook Yard-sale Groups.

However, is online shopping for remodeling supplies the best option?

To be honest, Not all the time… Let me explain.

Your Local Building supplier can be a great source for bargain as well. Study sales flyer or use coupons. And if you already there browse the sales floor and checkout the returned or discounted products. I myself saved me thousands of dollars through the years by just doing that.

Here is a little insider trick on how to save big time at your local stores like Lowes or Home-Depot

BTW…Are you planing to DIY? If so you should read these tips as well🔨

Professional Paint Tips & Tricks – How Painting A Room As Beginners

Professional Paint Tips & Tricks - How Painting A Room As Beginners -paint your home office in blue

How to Paint A Room In 5 Easy Steps

Welcome to my Step-by-Step Guide on painting a room as beginners plus professional paint tips & tricks to enable you to get easier & better results.

Everybody can paint a room but to create a professional result it takes more effort and know-how. Here are a few small tricks, what will make the difference between a paint job and a great professional paint job.

In this article I will explain to you step-by-step how you can create a professional looking paint job on your own. I will also share with you some  professional paint tips & tricks to enable you to get easier and better results.

In this article You will be able to find answers on the following questions:

Further I will Give Professional Paint Tips to enable you to create a professional paint job yourself.

We have lot’s to cover so lets jump right in ….

What are the different types of paint’s for?

While some of the following statements may worldwide apply. I want to make clear that I am here referring to American Paint Products.

Oil-Base versus Water-Base

As you probably know the main characteristics between those two types of paint is the solvent or base the color is mixed in. Like the title says on is based on oil and the other is mixed with water.

What you maybe not know is that Oil-Base-Paint is been discontinued for environmental reasons.
Oil-Paint contains lead particles and since lead is a suspected to be a cancer initiator the manufacturing of Oil-base-Paint was discontinued in the USA.

And in case you are wondering why there is still oil-base primer.

I was told (I can’t confirm this) that the manufacturer of oil base paints are paying a environmental fine for each gallon produced. And developments are working hard on a environmental friendly alternative.

You may also not know that oil-based-paint does not have a Mildew Inhibitor in it. A Mildew Inhibitor is a substance that will prevent mold. That is one reason why you should always finish paint your walls after you applied a stain blocker even if you think the color looks good.

This becomes even more important when painting damp areas like kitchens, bathrooms and laundry areas.

Professional Paint Tips & Tricks For Beginners - color wheel - how to paint a room for beginners


As to keep it simple a Primer is like its name implied a first (prime) coat of paint.

There are many different type of primer widely available. Therefore I will focus only on the ones that I commonly use during my paint projects.

The basic purpose of all primer is to seal the pores of a surface to prevent the soaking up of paint. As well as an improved paint adhesion to the painted surface. Further they will improve a more uniform look.

PVA Primer

PVA Primer is used on new installations of Drywall (Gypsum). This Sheetrock Primer is a cheap way to seal of the paper layer and mud seams. ($30/5Gal)


  • Good Stain Blocker to hide Grease spots and similar.
  • is available as water and oil base.
  • Comes in 1 and 5 gal
  • More expensive than competitors
  • Hard to sand out


  • Lower price/ gal
  • Can be used for any type of finish coat (oil and latex)
  • Only in 1 gal paint cans available
  • Medium stain blocking

I prefer to use the oil base Zinsser Primer from Rust-oleum, because of its price and the fact it will work with any finish coat.
Also when I use Kilz to hide spots I always use the oil-base type


Professional Paint Tip:

As you paint-store clerk to tint (ad color) to your primer and to keep it just a tad lighter than your finish paint. This will improve to cover up previous paint jobs.

Paint Can & Brushes
Background color.

Finish Paint

Regardless if you are using Lowe’s Valspar or Home Depot’s Bear even if you go for Sherwin Williams.

All of those paints have a few things in common and really only differ from each other in their content recipes.

However, there are some differences to find in finish paint.

Exterior Latex Paint vs Interior Latex Paint:

For one we have Interior and Exterior Grade Latex. Even though every Brand keeps their ingredients a secret. I know enough organic chemistry to be able to tell you that much.

Exterior Latex probably has a higher latex content per gallon than the Interior Version.
Also I would expect that the Interior Latex has less if any UV-stabilizer in it. And the mildew inhibitor is probably lower in an interior latex as well.

Further out of my experience I can say that the amount of Latex / Gal increases with a higher priced paint.

I myself use only top of the line paint’s for all my exterior painting projects. Because it has greater latex content keeps the paint flexible. And therefore prevents it from cracking. As a result the paint-job will hold up longer.

You may also want to note that you can use exterior latex inside as well.

I have done this many times in small and poorly ventilated bathrooms.

However you should not use interior latex for painting the exterior.

Unless you are planning on re-painting it soon. Because this paint job will not last very long.

Further we have Acrylic Paint

Acrylic paint is also a latex paint however it also contains Acrylic. Acrylic has a higher scratch resistance in comparison to regular Latex.

And is therefore mostly used for trim, doors, and cabinetry.

Cheap Paint

Yes there is always a cheaper alternative and I purposely will not name any Brand
However, the Greek Gods are probably disappointed with the quality of the paint named after their Holly Mountain.

Sure you can purchase cheaper paint. However most times it is cheaper because you get more water and less latex and pigmentation (color).

As a result you will need to apply more layers of paint to produce a decent result so you will need more paint and time.

Ergo you are saving nothing.

On top of that the lower latex content and likely lower content on UV protection as well as mildew protection will guarantee a short enjoyment of your work.

Good example for darker ceilings in kitchens - white trim really pops
Good example for darker ceilings in kitchens – white trim really pops

What Is A Paint Sheen & Why Do They Matter?

High Gloss:

Highest grade of light reflection, Completed paint looks shiny and wet. Good use for trim and dark colors to counter the light absorbing effect of a dark shade. Because of it high reflection it will also show any imperfections in the surface.

Semi Gloss:

My personal favor and mostly used sheen, Good light reflection, easy to clean, still shows imperfections.


Very little gloss cam be cleaned but moister will seep into the surface. Imperfections are slightly noticeable.


No glossy sheen, often used for exteriors, and inside of historic homes, most ceilings are painted flat because it hides imperfection very well. On the down side you can only barely wash it off.

Professional Paint Tips:

To keep the amount of labor to a minimum. You should purchase paint in a mid-range price when painting a room.

Here in the USA that would equate to $25 per gallon and up (2018). In most cases that is enough paint to cover all walls of a 12’x12’ room with 8′ ceilings.

1 gal paint covers roughly 400 Sf. You calculate your SF as follows:

12+12+12+12 (4 x 12ft walls) = 48 (linear feet of wall) ,

48Feet x 8ft (ceiling height) = 384 SF 

On the first look this may seam to close and you are tempted to buy 2 gallons of paint. However keep in mind that we colored the primer and we did not subtract any windows or doors what in turn will save us paint.

You can save nicely if you plan ahead and purchase paint during sales events.

And you can make additional savings if you purchase larger quantities. For example a 5 Gal bucket of paint often cost about as much as four single gallon paint can.

Often you can find marked down paint because it did not match  the color from a previous customer. I bought good quality paint for penny’s on the dollar like that,

How to choose the right professional color theme?

Did you know that colors can trigger emotions and behavior in humans? It is true … There are colors that let you relax better than others.

There are also color tones that will alert you and can increase your productivity. Heck, there are even some shades that can increase your appetite.

With all that said you might want to take a closer look at the Info-Graphic below. Before you make your final decision on what color theme you want to use in your room.

Professional Paint Tips & Tricks - How Painting A Room As Beginners - how to choose the right color Info Graph

If interested here is more detailed information on  Paint  Design

What Paint Tool or Painting Equipment do you need?

Tools Checklist:

  • Putty Knife
  • Paint Brushes (get some cheap 2″ to trash after use & A starter pack of good
  • ones that cost about $20)
  • Paint Roller & Handle
  • Paint Roller Extension Pole to reach the ceiling from the ground/ floor (you can try If the threads of your broomstick fits the roller handle) it is easier to paint a ceiling from the floor in comparison to working of a ladder.
  • 4′ Ladder
  • Paint Tray
  • 3 Paint Tray Liner
  • Hand Sander
  • Caulk Gun
  • Box Cutter or other Utility Knife
  • Small straight Screw Driver

How to paint white

The Material Checklist below I base on an average size 12x 14 Foot room. Where all Walls, Ceiling and trim gets painted and 3 different color shades are used.

Material Checklist:

  • 1–2 tubes of painters caulk
  • Wood-Putty
  • Drywall Mud
  • 120 grit Sanding Screens for Drywall – The screen works better then sandpaper because the paper will get clogged up too fast
  • 80 grit sandpaper for sanding wood trim (sanding screen does not work as well here)
  • 1 gal. of Primer (Kilz is good Zinsser is better)
  • One gal of finish paint for your walls
  • 1 gal of paint for your ceiling
  • One quart of trim paint (Acrylic)
  • Painters Plastic to cover flooring and heavy Furniture
  • 1–2 rolls of Painters Tape (first-timers should use about 2″ wide and do not buy the cheap stuff)
  • Rags old t-shirt to trash will be good
  • Trash-bag larger garbage bag will be fine

Professional Paint Tips:

When it comes to buying your paint materials here are some additional professional paint tips.

You probably noticed that paint roller come in a variety of thickness. You choose the right roll based on the surface you paint. For example a short hair roller is for slick walls like plastered or drywall walls. The thicker ones ore for rough and structured surfaces like stukko or brick walls.

If you only paint one or two rooms you can buy some cheap 1 Dollar paintbrushes for the primer application.
However, if you are planning to paint many rooms you might want to consider to purchase mineral spirit and a wire-brush.
This way you can use a better paintbrush and clean it or park it till next use in a glass of mineral spirit.

Most Building Supplier offer starter kit that come with a paint tray, Paint roller and Handle Some may even include a paintbrush.

Compare the prices, sometimes it’s a savings most times it is not. Go for a metal tray and a pack of liners Get a roller handle and a pack of rollers. Buy a starter pack of Paintbrushes usually in 4 sizes that will give all the paint tools you need.

Look at your room and inspect it for larger holes, like the size of a door handle.

If that happened you either need a patch kit or a plastic cover plate.

Also this way you can judge how much of sheet rock mud you may need. For Your Information at the current time a 5 gal bucket is only about $15 and you just trash the rest.

Where in the paint department a small pound size container runs about $6 bucks, Plus you can keep the bucket that comes in handy to store your new paint tools. And that one would cost you about $5 bucks if you buy one.

Keep the cardboard Paintbrush Sleeve.

After you done and cleaned out your brushes you stick them back into their sleeve.
That will keep your brush protected and in good shape. That’s why the more expensive brushes have Velcro on their sleeves.

You should spend more money on Masking-Tape (painters tape) and stick to blue or green tape (3M – Brand) it will not bleed trough if installed right and removes much easier and in one piece in comparison to the cheap tan color tape. As a beginner you should  stick to a at least 2 Inch better 4 Inch wide painters tape.

How To Use Painters Tape Like A Pro?

Let’s say you tape of the baseboard so you can paint the interior walls.

You start in one corner of your room. Usually it  Start by unrolling about 2 feet of tape but do not terr it of. tack the edge against the wall. First in the corner and then about half way down (1foot).

How To Use Painters Tape Like A Pro?
Image credit the Handyman.com

Since you attached the painters tape to only 2 spots you can still move the tape in between  those 2 points. Move the tape edge as close as possible to the wall and tack it down a a few more spots.

Next you rub with your finger tips (I use my Index & Middle Finger) and attach the remaining stretch of those 2 feet. It is important not to bend or fold the tape. Therefore do not pull the outer painting tape edge (the one that faces you) down onto the baseboard. As shown in the images below.


The easiest way to get the corners nice and square is to use your putty knife.

Simply run a little stretch of tape up the wall and press the straight edge of your putty knife onto the baseboard and against the wall and terr the excess tape of.

Why should you not tape onto the baseboard? Because if you use a little too much paint it will run down the tape onto the baseboard or even the floor.

Leaving The Painter tape Straight will kind of work as a stop and prevents the paint run.

That is why you need to remember that you should always remove the masking tape shortly after you painted your borders. And that you need to buy more tape than the required footage because you will have to do more then one time taping.

If your tape wrinkles you should pull it of the edge of your trim, baseboard or whatever you try to mask. And either pull this wrinkles out. Or terr of the tape and start adding a new piece by simply overlapping the already installed tape by about an Inch.

Should you buy blue or green painters tape?

Honestly? There maybe some slight advantages in using on or the other in special applications. There maybe even some I am not aware of. However, for what we are doing and what this article describes.

Choosing blue verses green painters tape, seams to me more like a personal preference than a technical reason. Maybe it will strike a clients fancy. I used both and I go by the price per yard. Therefor I most times get the blue kind as illustrated because up to today it is the cheaper one.

Professional Paint Tips:

Move always into the same direction and do not start in each corner and fill the rest. Because if the overlaps are all in the same direction you will be able to pull of the tape in one stretch instead of having to pull of a bunch of little sections. What will make this much faster and easier. For example you tape from left to the right and remove the tape from the right to the left.

Yeah when the paint is still wet. That will give you a perfect and clean line.

If you let the paint dry you take chances that either the tape keeps tearing or worse you tear the paint itself and need to touch all of it up.


how to paint a wall yourself & how to paint a room for beginners

Here is a ton of information on interior design Styles



How to paint a room for Beginners In 5 Easy Steps

Step 1: Prep-Work is the biggest part of a professional paint job!

Therefor I will explain to you how to prep a wall for paint like a pro.

Clear out the room as much as you can. If you do not have the space for the furniture, move it into a garage.
Layout floor cover (painters plastic) or drop cloth.

You can either buy a roll of Painters plastic that will last for the whole house or buy single sheets at a dollar tree. Either way, just make sure you have all flooring covered up.

If you use plastic tape it to the floor in door-ways to keep it from moving.

If there is carpet you can also tape it to the base board or Door Casing for know.
Scrape all imperfections and loose paint of your walls with a putty knife.
Small Nail-holes can be filled with caulking larger ones you better patch with drywall bud.

I personally fill all with mud.

Because caulking will show up with a different sheen after you painted.
Most likely you will have to apply mud a few times and make sure you scrape all exes mud off so you can minimize sanding (big gobs of mud take forever)

Use the time in between applications to prep all the wood work. If you are painting all trim window & Door casings you should sand all imperfection of with the 80 grit sandpaper.

If there are paint runs from previous painting you should do your best to get rid of them or they will ruin your job.
You should also fill holes or cracks on the wood work and doors with wood-putty that you slightly sand out ones dried.

Sand your drywall mud between applications so you do not get a big build up. And apply a new layer if you still have a indention in the wall.

Ones all this prep work is done you should remove all dust out of the room. Brush off the walls and trim, or use a vacuum for the biggest part and wash off the rest with a damp cloth.

Next, it is probably best to replace the floor cover.
Take the tape loose and pickup each corner of the plastic to form a bag so you have about all dust in the plastic and don’t spread the mess.

Now you should caulk all edges and the inside corners of your room. By all edges I mean where the trim lays on the walls.
Use either a damp rag or your finger to wipe down your applied caulking.


how to find the right paint style - moroccan-themed-living-room
how to find the right paint style – moroccan-themed-living-room

Professional Paint Tips:

No worry if you make a mess with painters caulk at first. You can mix yourself a bowl of water with a little dish-soap and wash the caulking of.
It is useful to cut only a small opening on your calk-tube. So clip only a small piece of the tip. Also you should cut it in an about a 45 degree angle but that does not need to be perfect.
Larger gaps should be filled with sheet rock mud and sanded before caulking
Ones all cracks are filled and all caulking is completed you can move on to the next step.

Watch the how to prep walls for paint Video that might give you additional clues.

By now you should see some progress in the appearance of your room you did good.

Next you should use the small screw driver and remove all cover plates from electrical receptacles and switches. Either place all screws into a zip-lock bag or bowl. Or do as I do and put them back in, so none get lost.

If you paint the ceiling you should also loosen the light fixture trim and slide it down your pendent light. Flush Mounted fixtures you should tape off.

You better wrap your light fixture with painters plastic to keep paint splatter away from the fixture.

Don’t forget to replace the floor cover because next we start painting.

Apply a coat of Primer

Even though modern paints have already a primer included I still use and recommend to use a primer coat first.
And I will tell you why:
If you patched holes with drywall mud or exposed wood through sanding these areas will soak up paint. Remember 1 Gal of paint will cover roughly 400 SF and usually you should place one coat of primer and 2 coat of finish paint.

Professional Paint Tips:

Primer cost much less than a good finish paint.
For example if you installed new sheetrock the paper needs to be sealed and 5 Gal of PVA-Primer will cost around $30 in comparison to a mid-grade finish paint that will cost about $120 per 5 gallon.

The trick is to get the primer tinted (colored).

Ask your Paint Supplier to tint your primer to match closely to your finish.

How long does it take for the primer to dry?

The Kilz or Zinsser drytime will greatly vary by the thickness of the applied layer, room temperature, and humidity. You can refer to the product instruction of you chosen primer. Also, if it feels dry to the touch and is not sticky you should be able to move to the next step.

Roughly sand of the primed wall surface to remove pilled up dust. Wipe with your hand over the wall does it feel rough? Use your drywall hand-sander and wipe the wall of. This will create a nice smooth finish on slick walls.

Congratulations you completed all Prep-Work and now the fun part begins!

Step 2: Start To Paint The Ceiling Like A Professional Painter

Regardless if you are applying primer or finish paint, the best way to paint a room yourself like a professional is to follow this method.

Start by stirring your paint thoroughly and place a paint liner into your paint tray. We use liners because it will make it easier to switch colors or paints. And it will keep you from having to clean up the tray each time you change paint.

When painting a room you should start with the ceiling. Because if you would do it the other way around. Ceiling paint could get splattered onto your walls. And it would be a shame if you already had finish painted those.

So start with the ceiling if you decide on painting it as well.

cutting in area with paint brush & fill with paint roller

First you should use a 2-4 Inch paint brush and paint all the outlining edges. Where the wall meets the ceiling. The guy on the ladder in the image above is cutting in . While the the other one uses a paint-roller on an paint roller extension pole to fill the wall area.

If there is crown molding installed (ceiling trim) you should either tape it of, or paint it like the ceiling as you can see in the photo as well.

Professional Paint Tips:

To improve mobility you can poor some paint into a rinsed out milk jar (1gal)

or a 2-3 litter soda bottle. Simply take the box-cutter and cut the jug about half way off. Don’t use the tray till you use the paint roller.

Painting the crown molding in a different shade of color will make is pop out more. However, if you have a small room, painting the trim and molding in the same color as the walls will make this room look larger. Also, If you paint the ceiling darker as the walls and combine it with a darker floor the room will appear larger.

If you live in a small space here you can find tips on how to make your home feel bigger.

Like in the photo below.

Making a room look bigger by choosing the right paint
Making a room look bigger by choosing the right paint color

Okay, back to your paint job…

After the cutting in is done you can use a paint-roller to fill out the rest of the area.

Poor enough paint into your tray to fill up the lower storage part of the tray. And close the paint can or bucket back up.

Don’t worry if you get the paint level a little on the rippled area of the tray. Just don’t fill the tray all up! Because the rippled area is used to squeeze some of the excess paint out of your paint roller and helps to cover the roller more evenly with paint.

Basically you will dunk your roller into the lower paint tank and then roll it in 2-3 strokes over the rippled part of your paint tray.

Then you can move your paint roller on to the wall and paint. In case you don’t know this, you best apply paint in an overlapping or crossing method to ensure that you don’t miss a spot.

Meaning you should paint like in a V, W or X pattern.

When you noticed that the paint on your wall fades you repeat the steps of dunking and rolling to pickup new paint.

Ones you are done get a small trash-bag or plastic grocery bag and wrap up your paint roller. This will prevent it from drying out.

Step 3: How to paint a wall yourself like a Pro?

While your first coat of ceiling paint is drying you can continue to cut-in the walls. Basically you will paint a wall in the same way as you just did the ceiling.

Here is a Video on how to paint a wall basics that you should watch!

Professional Paint Tips:

Before you apply your first layer of finish paint you need to rough sand off all wall area after the primer coat is dried.
Why? Because your paint roller collected all the fine dust from sanding that remained and creates little cluster of paint and dust.

Just wipe with your hand over the walls and you can feel it. It feels like sandpaper right? Get your hand-sander place a 120 grid screen into it and just sort of wipe of the dust.
And check in between if the wall feels slick.

If you are painting textured-walls you can skip this step.

Start by painting around all windows baseboards and doors, as well as in each corner of your room by using your 3″ Paintbrush. It is also smart to paint around your electrical receptacles and switches.

By the time you done all that, the ceiling should be ready for another coat of paint. You can also refer to the instructions on your paint can label.

Keep in mind to work your “v” “W” or “X” paint pattern. After you applied the second coat of ceiling paint you should give it a break and wait till the next day and let it all dry. If in the next morning you still find a few missed spots you can paint those over. Professional Painter call this a ” touch up.”


Also to create a professional finish you need to rough sand off all wall area after the primer coat is dried.
Why? Because your paint roller collected all the fine dust from sanding that remained and creates little cluster of paint and dust.

Just wipe with your hand over the walls and you can feel it. It feels like sandpaper right? Get your hand-sander place a 120 grid screen into it and just sort of wipe of the dust.

And check in between if the wall feels slick.

If you are painting textured-walls you can skip this step.

Stylish covered patio
Stylish covered patio

Step 4: How to Paint trim & baseboards like a pro

After you completed your ceiling and wall paint, you should take a break from painting and let all of it dry.

Take a quick look and check for any missed spots before you clean up your paint tools for the day. Also double check that you removed all Painters tape.

The reason why I call it quits is that it is much harder to paint trim when the walls are still wet. It gets really messy if you hit the wrong places so wait till the next day.

The following Morning, you best check if all the borders at your trim are dry.

If so, you can start taping the walls off along the trim edges. Or if you feel confident enough start painting your trim free hand. Practice on an section that won’t show like the door casing inside of a closet or the baseboard behind the sofa. By now you should have a feel for the paint and how it flows.

You can do it. And if you miss take a rag wipe it off and touch it up later.

Have fun!

kid bedroom paint design idea
kid bedroom paint design idea

Step 5: Cleaning & Store your painting tools for next time

All you need to clean are your more expensive brushes rinse the once that you used for latex paint under running water. Use cold or warm water.

Rinse as long as it takes till the runoff water is as clear as from the tab.

Turn your brush upside down (handle pointing to the ground and run water into the brush to flush out paint that run back to the handle while you worked over head.
If the water is clear turn her back over and tap it onto the sink like you would paint it.

Finally use a scrub or Nail brush and brush the paintbrush bristles from the handle to the end out to remove any paint that may have dried on.

Lastly give one more rinse and take it outside to sling the water out.

Professionals tap the brush on the tip of their shoes to slink out the last water.
Straight out the brush bristles and place it back into its sleeve till you need it again.

How to make a Painting Job Fun ?

Make it a party. Have your friends come over and make it a group effort add some music and if you like a few beers and the job gets done in no time.
Painting a kids room for the little ones. Get them involved, kids love to paint. Use latex so it will wash out or maybe even get finger paints and let them go wild.
When mine where little they where big sponge bob fans. So we decided to paint the room like under water.
We bought wall paper with fish and other under water creatures on it and cut those out and clued them on the underwater world.
This was a fun party and project and we all still talk about it.

It does get a little more tricky when the little people grow up. However, I have also some tips on how to design your kids rooms


painting like a pro - fished living room
painting like a pro – fished living room

Pro and Cons of Paint Sprayer

The big advantage of using a paint sprayer is time savings. However, It takes skill and practice to work with a professional paint sprayer. With out this practice you are very likely to create or wind up with a big mess.

Therefore I would not recommend to use a sprayer to a beginner.

I use a sprayer for exterior jobs, commercial applications and if I have to paint many rooms.

Should you decide to try it anyways here are some pointers.

  • Cover all walls, windows doors and flooring with painters plastic.
  • Rent or buy a professional grade paint sprayer.
  • Follow closely your sprayers manual
  • Get practice – start if possible in a basement or garage where it does not matter if you spray too much paint and get runs.
  • When Spraying interior walls or ceilings Use as little as possible pressure. This will reduce the amount of paint shooting out of your paint gun.
  • While spraying, keep your spray-gun moving and pull the trigger in a pumping like motion (keep letting go don’t hold the trigger pulled)

Don”t forget to wear a appropriate breathing mask and Eye protection.

By now you probably realize that this actually is more work then just using paint brush and paint roller. And you are right. I would never use one for just a room or two.

Another con or drawback is that you actually still roll after you sprayed to make sure you do not get paint runs.

Further, you waste paint if you spray you cover only about 350 SF. Because some paint gets lost in the mist (over spray that’s why you should cover the walls) and your paint coat is much thicker.

Plus you need to break down the sprayer and clean all the parts and pieces. While you can just pull off the roller cartridge and toss it into a trash-bag.

Now I like to turn it over to you!

Did you find everything you needed to know?
Will you be able to paint your first room?
Do you have any questions?
If so please comment below. Please don’t forget to like & share with you friends
Thanks for reading.
JK 🙂



5 Step Contractor Hiring Process | Hire The Perfect Contractor In 5 Easy Steps

5 Step Contractor Hiring Process

How To Choose & Hire The Right Contractor In 5 Easy Steps?

My practical 5 Step Contractor Hiring Process is a technique that is designed to find the best contractor for any kind of job & budget.

Picking the best pro was never this easy!

Do you know what kind of professional help you will need to hire for your improvement task?

5 Step Contractor Hiring Process - picking the right contractor is easy

No?…Well, You are not the only one.

Most people don’t even know the alternative services that are readily available.
Also, when thinking of experts, many people simply think about engineers, architects, and designers.
However, there are numerous other choices as well.

This simple to follow and practical 5 Step Contractor Hiring Process. Is a technique that is designed to find the best contractor for any kind of job & budget. And I successful used it for many years in my own remodeling business.

Below I outlined my proven 5 Step Contractor Hiring Process :

  1. Determine what type of contractor do you need. I will show & elaborate on main choices offered.
  2.  Finding Contractor Candidates for your project – Contractor sources
  3. First Meeting & Interview with your prospective Contractor. Here I will share my Interview Questions to find the best candidate for the job
  4. Collecting and Comparing Estimate
  5. Finalize the paperwork and your contractor choice

Further I will point out some warning signs or “red flags” you need to be aware of to avoid pitfalls.

Basically, I will give you detailed and practical advice. On how I select and hire my subcontractor. Regardless if I am looking for an electrical contractor or plumbing contractor. I always use the 5 Step Contractor Hiring Process.

Step 1 Determine what type of contractor do you need to hire. in 5 Step Contractor Hiring Process

Step 1 Determine what type of contractor do you need to hire.

Once you determined your project scope it will be fairly easy to decide what part you can do as Do It Yourself Project. As well as what part you rather should sub out (hire help).
First you should identify what are your strengths and weaknesses. The following is a list of skills, that may call for some professional assistance.
You should take a good look and decide if you can or can’t accomplish those on your own.

Pro Tip:

Be Honest to yourself because a smooth and successful project will depend on it.
Consider your experience level. Maybe you have done some of these tasks before in a different project.

Budget driving – Are you able to adhere to the readily available spending plan?
Elements – Can you coordinate products, color and textures for your project?
Design Styles – Do you know your desired design style and how to reproduce it?
Decisiveness – Are you flexible in your thinking and can you make quick and targeted decisions?
Experience – Did you previously complete any tasks in other projects?
Visualization – Are you able to envision the outcome of a completed project?

All the above are qualities that many individuals have and in reality are great at. If you are among them, then it is really imaginable that you have exactly what it requires to go it all alone in a DIY Project.
However, you should keep in mind that often you still need to work with an expert on a few technical parts of a job.

So keep this 5 Step Contractor Hiring Process handy.

hiring a bathroom contractor, hiring a plumbing contractor

Below I give you a list of the most commonly used trade professionals.

I also include a short description of what the services are commonly used for.

The Home Improvement Professionals:

  • Architect: Should be enlisted if you are building a new house or if you plan on major home additions.
  • Builder: In case you want to build a addition and don’t want to frame and sheet yourself. In NC contracts below $30.000 can be contracted without the requirement of a General Contractors License
  • General Contractor: Or design build firm that will handle the majority of, or your complete project.
  • Construction Manager: If you are not present at the job location but need someone to oversee your project progress. This is especially useful if you want to use not licensed but skilled laborer.
  • Electrician: As we already discussed under scope. I advise for safety reasons to use this pro trade.
  • Interior Decorator: If you need help to finalize your project to make it really outstanding as well as color coordinated enlist this pro.
  • Interior Designer: This trade should be enlisted before construction if you want to adjust floor plans and to optimize functionality of your space.
  • Plumber: If updating old and existing plumbing or rerouting the same this trades pro can save you many headaches. Further they install Toilet, bath-tub and shower units that can be hard to handle.
  • Structural Engineer: If you desire to remove or open up walls involving some sort of structural engineer is necessary because he will determine what kind of framing adjustment are required to ensure that your home will not collapse under use.

Needless to say the list can go on since there is a professional contractor for every task in a home improvement and remodeling project.

I just focused on the ones you may need during a DIY project.

You will find that for some jobs, the choice will be very simple. Like there may be structural modifications needing or technical blueprints required. An addition or brand-new building might need designers stamped prints and so on.
Other times it is not as clear and possibly not even required if you can identify your very own skills and certifications.
Once you decided what type of professional help you need to enroll for your project you will need to find the right man / women for the job. What leads us to the next step in our 5 Step Contractor Hiring Process.

Finding the right contractor to hire - hiring an electrical contractor - finding a professional kitchen installer - all with the prooven 5 Step Contractor Hiring Process

Step 2 Finding the right contractor candidates for your project

Whenever you decide to hire some professional help, making the right choice is among the most crucial steps you will have to take throughout your redesigning or remodeling preparations.
Experience has shown that it is more effective to work with a professional that somebody you know has actually recently worked with.

However, that’s not constantly the case. Projects are never the same. And lifestyles or situations change as well.
Either way to make the selection process a simple as possible you should follow my easy and systematic approach.

The goal is that you feel comfortable with your chosen professional. No matter how you feel about the business’s credentials, you need to feel that you can have open dialog and feel trust.

It is your property and your financial investment. Therefore it is in your best interest to be very specific when choosing the best service pro for your project.

Depending upon the size of your job, they will end up being like a part of your household. And we actually love to be part of your remodeling and home design family.

It is very important that you are comfortable with your contractor.

Because you will have to let him into your intimate area. And maybe even for a rather a long time.

Further, you need to make sure you’re professional choice is the best option financial as well as emotional.

Hiring a contractor or hiring an architect with my 5 Step Contractor Hiring Process
Hiring a contractor or hiring an architect with my 5 Step Contractor Hiring Process

Here are a few sources to find candidates:

  • If you’re dealing with a designer or architect, they will most likely have tips.
  • You can likewise check out contractor associations for referrals.
  • However in my experience it is most times best to speak with your friends or family first. Who knows, you may find an uncle that you did not know about that would love to lend you a helping hand.
  • Check our Service Pro Section of our shop
  • Local Phone Book
  • Local Internet Search
  • Lead Services like Home Advisor or AngiesList

I listed the lead service last because I do not really condone to them. Out of my own experience you will wind up with dozens of prospects that paid to get your contact information.

Further these services tell you that they screen all their contractor.

And I doubt that very much.

Because I used to be one of them. Back then I just started out and had not sufficient experience or any credentials. Those Companies make money of contractor that need work.

Good contractor do most times not need lead services. Because they can live of their referrals. Either way this list of sources should be sufficient to find the appropriate prospects.

 Step 3 Meeting & Interview with your prospective Contractor.- 19 Questions to ask your prospective Contractor before you hire

 Step 3 Meeting & Interview with your prospective Contractor.

Prior to your first meeting you need to make some preparations.

You should set up a spread sheet or a table in a note book that you can easily check off in.
Similar to my Designer Checklist I collected questions that I am most times asked during my first consultation with a new remodeling prospect.

I strongly suggest that you meet with at least 3 better 5 different service professionals (5 Electrical Contractor, 5 Plumbing Contractor and so on).

Below you will find a list of question that you should ask the considered contractor and note their answers in your table or spread sheet.

1. How long have you stayed in business?
2. Have you done similar projects?
3. Will you get permits?
4. What size crew is going to work on our project?
5. How long should it take to complete?
6. What is your regular work schedule (days & hours /day)
7. What insurance do you carry? (Workman’s Compensation and General Liability).
8. How will my project be managed?

We are making great progress and are half way there 🙂

9. What kind of price range you think is suitable?
10. What are your payment terms?
11. How will we be billed?
12. What type contract we will be working with?
13. Can you provide 3 referrals with contact number?
14. Do you have a current project going that we can check out?
15. Are you certified?
16. What steps will you require to safeguard our property throughout the process?
17. Will you supply a composed schedule?
18. When are you available to work on my project?
19. How will you handle unforeseen problems or delays?

Maybe this list seems long but you need to be extensive.

If the professional is hesitates to address any of these questions. Simply move on to the next one because they are not the right choice for you.

“Many of these questions are designed to reveal the character of the business and owner”.

They must wish to respond to these concerns and offer you the composed documentation as you request.
Ones you collected satisfying answers you should go into the project details and request a project Estimate.

Here you can download a MS-Exel Project Bid Sheet Template to pass it on to your Home Improvement Contractor Prospect to complete. It will also work with the free Google Docs.

Do not let a contractor persuade you to differ from your request. Or that you do not require any of these products.

You do and it is your right to ask and have them prior to letting anybody deal with your house.

As soon as you are all set to make your choice, make sure to acquire copies of all needed documentation before signing any contract.

Latest by now definitely before project take off you should likewise inspect your property owners’ policy to see if you have protection for anybody working on your home in case someone gets hurt.

Step 4 Collecting & Comparing Estimate…let’s talk Business. - by hiring the right contractor you will save money - hire only as much contractor as you need
hire only as much contractor as you need

Step 4 Collecting & Comparing Estimate…let’s talk Business.

If you followed my recommendations, you should now be equipped with a minimum of 3 professional project estimates for each task.

More would be better (I usually get 5-6 from my subs) you will find out why in just a minute.

Make sure you keep an identical project scope. As well as the same to be used materials. This will enable you to compare apples to apples and find the best offer for your project.

My usual method is that I look over all estimate totals and single the highest and lowest quote out.
What leaves me with 3-4 Estimates. I now add all those estimate prices together and divide the sum by the sum of estimates included. This will give me an average price.

Next I look at what estimate is closest to this average to determine my candidate.
See the example:
Step1: Filter
Quote A: $995.00 …excluded
Quote B: $1300.00
Quote C: $1700.00 …excluded
Quote D: $1500.00
Quote E: $1400.00
Step 2 : Average price
B+D+E = $4200.00 4200:3 = $1400

Step 5 Finalize the paperwork and hire the contractor of your choice
Final step in the 5 Step Contractor Hiring Process

Step 5 Finalize the paperwork and hire the contractor of your choice

So after double checking the details I most likely would hire the contractor that provided the “Quote E”

Please Note:

If a professional is unclear about costs or does not offer you exactly what you request in regards to rates or paper work. Exclude his job bid and cross them off your list.
Also, as you will find later when we produce your budget. It is always good to set a allowance for overruns.
I usually include a 20% safety to the job bid because there is always something not according to plans.

Once you collected all your job bids we can pick up our initial wish-list and add all the costs together to set a firm project budget.

This will also be a good time to make some last rate evaluations and cost saving adjustments if possible.

Basically ones you know what the project total will be, you need to decide if you comfortable with the amount of investment.

And if not, you can take a closer look at your wish-list, and decide what exactly you can do without. And remove it from the project scope.

Next you should contact your preferred Contractor and ask him to update his/her estimate. And remind him to attach any documents that you might be missing.

Once you got all the paperwork and negotiated a contract price you can move forward and hire your perfect contractor. 🙂

Again, when Signing the contract make sure you got a copy of their license, registration, and depending on the state of your residence a valid copy of their insurance certificates and W-9.

Red Flags & Warnings When Hiring Contractor

Red Flags & Warnings When Hiring Contractor

Believe me or not, I did hear some of those statements if not all first hand.

“We do not need a written agreement. A handshake is great.”

Even in some states this is still legally binding. It leaves way too much room for error. And a written document is proof. If nothing else get at least the written Estimate Signed and dated. Any contractor would want a written contract for its own protection. In case you decline to pay the balance.

Don’t let the billing advance much quicker than the project progress.

If you received a bill for a milestone in the project like for example the demolition. Make sure that the part is actually completed and done.

“We don’t need a permit or inspections”

In most states, you are required to pull a building permit. And once you have one there are required inspection that need to pass before you can continue with the project.
Typical Mile Stones for inspections are: foundation, framing, plumbing & electrical rough in, insulation, heating and cooling, and after completion of electrical & plumbing.

Keep in mind that those inspections are in place to guarantee at least a minimum of quality construction standard. Therefore Do Not let any professional encourage you otherwise.

The only time you generally do need a permit is if you are only doing cosmetics like painting or installing new flooring.

Be careful with Contractor that requests a very big deposits.

Avoid providing more than a 20% deposit unless you have signed a 3 equal payment contract. Or 50% upfront and rest on completion arrangement.

I myself require a 10% deposit to schedule your project and another deposit on the first day of work.

Usually, the second payment is a material draw to cover my material order.

“We only accept cash payments”

If you do make a cash payment require a signed receipt. On the other hand I could not think of any reason as to why a reputable business would not accept a check. And your canceled check stub is proof for your payment.

Any or all of the above should make you hesitant of this business. And you should be out searching for another professional contractor.

As you may recall, I mentioned earlier in the beginning of this chapter. The Hiring and Contract part is the most crucial step in the remodeling process.
Therefore make certain you pay your diligence. And don’t worry or fret about hurting anybody’s feelings or even anger them.

If you are dealing with a respectable outfit, they will be more than happy to comply & fulfill your requirements.

Also this is a chance to build a long-lasting relationship with a contracting company in addition to any of the subcontractors.

It will benefit all in the long run.

And you can build a reliable group of service professionals that you can get in touch with if needed.

On the flip side of the coin, the contractor will have one more happy customer for life who will most likely refer them to others.

And that is the name of the game in these days anyway.


Reading & applying my process in this chapter of the Remodeling Process will enable you. To find the perfect service professional, remodeling contractor & any other home improvement contractor for your projects. And hire the perfect contractor for you.

Now I would like to turn it over to you!

Did you learn anything new? Did I leave something out? Are you now confident enough to find the right contractor for you ?

Please comment or ask any questions below and i will do my best to reply

Thanks for reading and sharing



By the time you are reading this we may have already a a good contractor near you in our Service Pro Section. And if not you can also find professionals on services like home advisor.com  just make sure to use our 5 Step Contractor Hiring Process System.

2018 Sun Room VS Screen Room Addition – Design Guide & Video (Updated)

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Why Sun Room’s?

Sun Room Construction

If you are considering a room addition. You should read this post. In here we compare Sun Room vs Screen Room addition. I will explain three typical sun-room  Styles. And point out the pro and cons.

Reading this article should enable you to make a informed decision as to what type of sun room is right for you.

If you would like more detailed information for your own home, we naturally can supply a free customized Sun Room cost estimate to you as well

So please feel free to contact us.

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